Hey Thought I'd drop by here. Had a good look through your thread...Everything is getting better so just keep at it. Your last study is good. Like others say, maybe move to a traditional medium like pencil and do some studies there. Paint more from life. You are getting better.
Thanks everybodyI appreciate all your comments.
Had to do some overtime so not as much drawn last nite and this morning.
the top two robots i think are from last week, everything from imagination no refs. bedtime . . . .
hey! thanks for dropping by and giving encouragement! Its always welcomed and needed
You're going well, theres obvious improvement from page 1 through to 7; which is what is important. No one wants to stay stuck. So know that you are *going* somewhere. How fast ofc depends entirely on each person and the work they put in. You're moving forward and thats always important to keep in mind.
I do have a few suggestions though, as you noted in my own SB, I should really start working on skeleton structures and muscles more. My advice to you is the exact opposite, you should really really start doing gestures- and I don't mean the 60 second gestures.
I have a warm up routine which has generally helped me alot. Even if you don't do anything else in the rest of the day- the warm up will help you get better.
This might seem like a bit much but try starting your day out with this:
(each time you see a * it means to use reference and if you dont see it it means from imagination)
This warm up should take about an hour or a bit more. After this you can get into a proper extended studies, or keep on doing more elaborate 5min studies. It won't feel like you're getting anywhere at the start, but consistency with the warm up is key.
Those profile creature heads in #189 looks cool... You should improve your human heads too, well, you obviously makes effort into that direction. Sometimes I have a feeling you focus on the face but the other parts of the head gets less care than they should. Keep the shape of the skull in mind, give your heads a big enough and nicely shaped cranium Some proper hair would be nice too but I'm so totally not the one who should talk about it...
there's some definite improvement within these seven pages, but I think you need to take a strong focus in your structure and anatomy - if you could find a book to do some studies, it could be a lot of help. for example, you seem to structure torsos as a triangle that starts at the shoulders and ends at the crotch area, when it would be more appropriate to structure it as a barrel that covers the approximate same area than the ribcage.
another thing is the way you keep scratching the lines. i see that you're gradually moving away from that, but i'd say it's important to start pushing for doing each line with a single stroke, even for sketches. it doesn't matter if it's not perfectly accurate - in fact, i'd suggest a good transition (at least when working on digital media) would be to replace the scratchy lines with a single but much broader brushstroke - and, as you advance in the drawing, you start piling layers of linework made with smaller and smaller brush sizes each time.
one more thing i could add is about digital coloring: I have noticed that the blur, dodge and burn tools in photoshop are all rather unnecessary and tend to make the whole thing look worse - I would suggest avoiding them in favor of the smudge tool - in fact you could go the extra mile and try to work a few pieces without using brushes in different opacity - just solid colors.
My very first COW was a sea creature, so i thought i have to do this one as almost a tradition/anniversary thing.
So basic wip before i go do my nite shift job, its a shrimp x turtle x jellyfish x ZERG lol Attachment 1384239
So last nite at work i did a little bit of a study off my imagined critter,
still haven't used refs, but i will on most sections, just searching out values
and feeling out the design a bit more, will actually start painting tomorrow after
hey thx for commenting on my sketchbook =) so i looked through your entire sketchbook and I really do see lot of improvement. i also like between if you have work or school you still spend as much time as you can on art and improvement which means you have real dedication. keep it up =)
"Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo Da Vinci