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I just registered here at CA and was told making an SB-thread would be a good starting point, so here I am doing just that!
I started drawing more "seriously" about 2 and a half years ago, I've been active at the Newgrounds art forum, learned a lot of stuff there, but lately I feel it's a bit lacking so I've come here. If you are really interested about where I came from, you can check my sb thread over at ng.
I do digital painting stuff in ps with a wacom bamboo tablet, regrettably my traditional (pencil/paint/whatevs) skills are pretty terrible. Art is a big hobby for me, but nothing more than that. I'm not really looking to be a fulltime professional artist but I'd love to improve my art so critique is very welcomed.
Also: I read the introductory threads, but if anyone has any tips of a newbie to CA I'll be glad to hear them!
To start this thing off here is a self-portrait I drew a week ago; I'll submit some more stuff in my next post but I'm gonna have to make a selection of recent stuff.
This post will just be a bit of a showcase of stuff that I've done. I'll try to select some varied stuff; in chronological order.
An entry for a Creature of the Week at Newgrounds; themed "Firestarter" (august 2009)
A portrait of John Coltrane (January 2010)
A spotless Giraffe (June 2010)
Another portrait of Coltrane (August 2010)
A more abstrahized thingamajig... I like doing somewhat abstracted stuff but it's hard and there wasn't a lot of support to be had for it on newgrounds... (November 2010)
A Kingfisher (December 2010)
Another Self-portrait, this one is more exaggerated (January 2011)
And finally a Robot (June 2010)
And finally: a piece I'm working on at the moment. This one is for a multi-round tournament for artists; the robot drawing on the previous post was for the first round. I watched some video tutorials from fzdschool and I think I took some stuff away from them.
This one isn't finished, so some pointers would be very much appreciated. The troll's left fist is definitely gonna be redrawn;I got myself in a bit of a pickle by drawing it all on one layer...
You're off to a great start. Not much to contribute, but I wanted to say that your self portrait reminds me of Matt Damon.
Julian Smith too apparently... I might have done something wrong cause I've never been likened to Matt irl that I know of...
Anyways, thanks for dropping by!
Glad you like the colors, it's a couple of color balance layers; the one layer is just the black and white drawing. I haven't really used any references, I never really do unless it's a portrait or something. I should prolly... should I?
The first portait of Coltrane is really great!
I'm not sure about the color scheme of you second autoportrait ^^
You seem to get much better: the monster in your last painting really got something...
But I find it sacrry when I look at his face and then not so much when I look at his belly.
Anyway, keep up the good work!
Sha's sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=224256
good stuff so far ... i would strongly suggest to improve your basics .. such as structure, anatomy, knowledge of light, colour and composition..
you got a solid fundation ! keep up the good work!
About an hour ago I started studying from Gottfried Bammes' "Die Gestallt des Menschen".
My problem is that I don't really know where to start. I can read german, but it takes time (I'm a native dutch speaker); and there is a lot to read if I were to start from the beginning. For now I've just been redrawing some of the drawings in there.
Any tips on where to start/what specific exercises to do?
So, I did some anatomy studies from Bammes:
first with guidelines, then some without.
Then I went and did some 90 seconds pose drawings from posemaniacs.com
Didn't go particularly well, couldnt finish a lot of em, then I realised I wasn't redrawing the pose but rather redrawing the outline or shape they occupied. Once that hit me It went a bit better I think..
Sorry for the at parts kinda shoddy scans; these aren't really stellar, but I can see how doing these for half an hour daily could get me somewhere..
more 90 sec gesture studies and a bit of bammes
more gesture drawing
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I worked on that troll drawing some more, mostly on the arm/hand; I think I'll call this finished.