I finally gathered the guts to start a sketchbook thread of my own. Let's see how it goes.
I really want to improve, so feel free to drop comments / pointers. Cheers!
Last edited by Crimbal; August 8th, 2011 at 01:30 PM.
Composition's one of my weaker subjects. My photography teacher's told me I've a natural eye for it, but my paintings tend to lack that quality of composition. Probably because I tend to make things up as I move along. :p
So now I'm breaking the habit and starting to prepare for my paintings well beforehand. Today I spent some time making [three-]value studies before bed, I'll do more tomorrow.
The quest for more interesting compositions continues. These are some of the three-value studies I did yesterday based on Rembrandt's paintings. After a bunch of these I picked some favorites and used them as a basis / inspiration for original compositions utilizing the same dynamics.
Today I spent an hour doing solely croquis (or gesture drawings). I hadn't done those in a long time and this was my first time doing them in Photoshop using Posemaniacs (I most definitely prefer a live model though..).
I've always struggled with them, going in every direction trying just to fill the mass of my subject in time. I usually end up with figures that look like messed-up thread balls. I'll keep doing them though.
I didn't have time to make the three-hour study I planned for today, so I settled for a quick skin tone study. More tomorrow.
Cool SB so far!
On this one, I really like the colors and values overall. To improve it, I would remove the rim-light around the backside of the face (the white border) because it's flattening out the far side of the face... and maybe define the ear a bit better.
Good work though. The thumbnail caught my eye... I think you can push that first image a bit further and really make it good.
p sage: Cheers for the feedback! The freaky border on the portrait study came from a sharpening filter I've been using [too much] lately. I'll keep your comment in mind in the future!
dog-faced: Come to think of it, the human proportions are something I know, in my head, but don't physically grasp. It's a lot of hit-and-miss. I think I'll start doing studies to tighten my proportions tomorrow. Thanks!
I did more gesture drawing today. I work on a Cintiq so this time I used my whole arm (like it's supposed to be done in the first place, duh) and I got a whole lot more out of it. The drawings range from 30-second to 5-minute drawings.
(I swear I'm not going to flood my sketchbook with these, promise!)
Come to think of it, I like the analysis you did of that Rembrandt (the Dutch painting, anyway)...
Cintiqu = cool. Soon as I'm on my next contract, it's the first thing I'm buying... before health insurance
Pfffff, who need health insurance when you have a damn Cintiq? :pSeriously though, it's a great tool, and it's made learning and making digital art so much easier for me. (Though naturally it's got it's faults too, and I still enjoy drawing on a tablet every now and then).
Here's a couple of hours worth of drawing-for-fun from imagination. I'm trying to implement more texture into my work to make it more interesting to look at.
Last edited by Crimbal; August 19th, 2011 at 01:38 PM.