Nihil_: yeah, thanks. I try to do that for every one of them, kinda, and it does help...most of the time.
Thanks : )
Hello, tharr. Back again, with another update. I didn't get to do as much as I wanted to, but I managed to do some stuff at least. School has been abusive to me lately, and so has personal life.
I managed to do a self-portrait. mostly imagination, though I needed to study my own facial structure from some photos I took. of course, the lighting is imagination too. Speedpainting video below. Attachment 1345807
Study of a piece of armor. Not much to say. Speedpainting video of it below.
These two next are a bit special. I always wondered how to actually render the mountains, and the trees, as shown. I don't have an awesome brush that " breaks" and creates random rock formations for me, so I have to come along and do shit to make it LOOK like I do. Kinda.
As for the trees, I never figured out how to render them in a distance.
And, oh, right, this one. a 15 min practice scene-thing. Fun as crap. Found inspiration from another painting on CA , regarding the placement of people. Not much more to say, I'm afraid. Attachment 1345817
And lastly, here they are:
If you ever have any questions, or you want help, all you need to do is shoot me a message.
Can't hurt, right?
Right, I'm back with a quickie update.
Got some stuff done, most notably the illustration below.
I also got this kinda nifty selfportrait that is also available in speedpainting format below.
Also some other...stuff. Just random doodles.
Though, the illustration. It kinda bugs me that I have this inability to create what I want to create. the crowd in the background was a chore, but I only blame my own idiocy for painting them wrong. So I didn't end up correcting those mistakes I made.
As for the leader/person/lady in the foreground? I spent about the better part of an hour just figuring out the fucking lighting on that brat. I got it looking good and not too shabby in the beginning, but I had to change it, didn't I? "Just to make a couple of minor corrections," is what I told myself, but that wasn't it. I wonder if I just grew ashamed of the thought of showing this to someone. It mostly looks like what I had in the beginning anyways, so it's weird how I can get lost in absolutely nothing for a while, and gaining almost nothing. That is dangerous to my workflow...
anyways /rant. I have a couple projects coming up, I think. I'll see where those go.
Unless you don't know: artrage is extremely hard to use in pure painting mode. Though, I recommend fucking around with it just for the fact that it's kind of weird and interesting. Kinda like that program called alchemy.
Damn, I gotta download that sometime.
made a couple sketches. The second one is actually a bit older than the other, but whatever.
The third one, the illustration...man that gave me a headache. Took me probably 5-6 hours, and I just finished up the editing of the footage to make a speedpainting video. I'll probably edit it in at some point when I get to upload it.
Hey Toffers, i am liking them studies!
It is good that you are applying your studies through personal work.
something i should do more often.
I am by no means an authority to critique.. all i can say is really spend some time on drawing fundamentals, it will improve your paintings,such as the figure drastically.
Lumens: yeah, you know, you have a point. I need to do more fundamental stuff in the forseeable future. I've for some reason not done so many studies lately. I don't know why. Need to focus on rendering, gestures, and some anatomy for now I guess. Thanks for stopping by : )
Right, I'm sick right now, so I haven't done much. Got a couple of doodles done though, and I just focused on some rendering and color and stuff. Really simple, derivative, but i learned a ton. Especially about creating nice edges and such.
They're all in order of creation. As you can see, from number 1 to number 3 the rendering has improved...though I got lazy on the fire, sorry : )
Silent-samurai87: Thanks brah. And naw, I won't work on that painting more, it was a quick(yeah right) experiment to see how I'd fare at an illustration after only doodling and studying for a while. Thanks for stopping by : )
Still....kinda sick. Ok, pretty sick. Though that gives me time and not the energy to paint...therefore I've painted... more than usually actually, when I think about it.
Did two portraits...badly, of Alissa White-gluz, and Lisa Foiles. Idk why I had to paint them...
Then I did a random painting, focusing on edges, values, lighting and such. Just trying to get the basics right on him.
Then I remade one of my self portraits...that was cool to do.
Now, except for the first one here, I'm actually genuinely a little embarrassed to post this...It's all I've got right now, nothing else. Just 20 minute doodles.
First one is a kind of unconventional self portrait. 2nd and 3rd are both just doodles. The 4th is something I did while trying to make some recording software work. Lastly, the 5th is ...well, it's grind, basically. It's just some warm up, to creating something. You can see that I kind of had no "go" in the beginning, starting to get meaningful and kind of cool in the middle towards the end, and at the end I just say fuck it. I'll be doing this every day at least, to warm up.
Dannyphoto : Thanks, man. I don't think it's too impressive myself, especially considering the people that frequent this site, but thanks to you! Appreciate it : )
I did some studies. I have a competition image I'm creating, and it's so fucking full of detail that I might just go fuck myself in the eye socket rather than to anything remotely similar today, or the next few days. So studies it is. I also did a rather loose b&w shot of some ritualistic dance, just to take my mind of all the tests at school right now.
I don't really know where I'm going generally, I feel like I need advice from someone who KNOWS studying. What the fuck am I doing right now? I don't know, but I'll at least keep trying!
Nice sketch book so far man. The enjoyed seeing the dog with the glasses XD and i could recognize the daily show before I even read the comments! Looking at your stuff makes me have the urge to practice environments again. Anyway Keep posting!
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Here, I'll show you something funny. The one to the left is the first attempt.I used about 10-20 minutes just going " what the fuck do I do??". The second is, well, the second attempt. i used about the same amount of time, just that this time I was prepared.
Great sketchbook here Toffers, be more positive about your work, the way you paint/ render has gotten a lot cleaner and a lot sharper since you began this thread.
One thing I would say about portrait drawing and figure drawing is to study the skeleton, muscles etc. to get a better understanding about what's going on underneath. I think the studies you have done are useful in that you're learning about rendering hair, skin etc. but there doesn't seem to be a complete understanding of structure. (I hope I'm not being over presumptuous, i'm no expert myself )
Really nice stuff man.
Thanks for commenting my sketchbook.
In my opinion you have a pretty strong sense for colors and the overall brush work, where to use what brush, ...
You need now to concentrate on anatomy a little bit more. Your heads tend to be a little bit too big.
Just work your ass on anatomy off and this will come along very nice.
Hunin: Thanks a lot, man. I appreciate all of it.
And yeah, I know, I know, about the underlying
features I need to understand. It's something
that I've been meaning to do for a long time, but
haven't gotten around to. I need to force myself
to do it sometime soon, haha.
Rastaray: Thanks to you too, glad that you enjoy
my work. Also that you like the videos. I need to
make more of those... anyways, thanks for
Silwynar: You're welcome, fun doing that paintover
thingie. And I know, I started noticing recently that
my proportions are fucked up, hahaha. Well, maybe
it's because I've been so used to drawing Dwarves
for the Bay12 community over the past few months,
that I've integrated it a little in my work. Got me
some Bridgman books( three, in fact) and I'm going
to hit up some Andrew Loomis soon too. Thanks for
the advice, since I really need people to bash my
skull in with these things. 4 stars though? Thanks
a lot, I really appreciate that. Thanks for stopping
Some images, in reverse order of creation. The first
one was interesting to me, so I had to paint it.
The colors of the filter that was applied to the photo
was something that I'm not used to so I wanted to
earn about the colors. I didn't think too much,
though, while doing it, which is kinda sad, hahaha.
The black and white one was just a quick figure
thingie, that I dragged out over the course of, I
don't know, an hour or maybe even two. I'm too
much of a perfectionist, and I try to go above my
own skill level, which ultimately ruins my work, so I
need to bring myself down sometimes.
Landscape thingie I did just because. I felt like I
needed to do some practice. Went through a lot of
changes, and I repainted it perhaps 4 times. Good
practice, although the result wasn't exactly top notch.
Nubian_Greene: Awesome of you to comment here on my sketchbook. And of course you are
absolutely right. I tried out a couple more mock experiments, but my computer froze. I have
to say that it worked better that way. I need to think more when I paint, even like that. Thank you!
kidult: Thanks to you too. I'm flattered. I'll be painting a lot over the next couple days, so I'll keep things going.
I was sick for about a week. I'm really not sick that often,
and if so then not like that. Shit was divine, the way I
managed to puke my guts out. Well, that didn't happen
too much. After that I did some sketches, and then later
a mock up poster-ish thing.
Nothing more, other than a lot of IRL sketchbook sketches,
but then again I never post those things, do I.