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October 7th, 2012 #331
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@asa - thank you very much.
So much to draw, so little time. Torn between the fantasy, lifedrawing, portfolio... but it is all good.
A couple of older pics from when I first started experimenting, drawing more from imagination. These were done as a commission for a friend. Only finished them a few weeks ago, but already... have moved on. I was not sure I was going to post these older ones, but this sketchbook is a journey, a true record and I liked them enough to share.
The centaur is the first picture that I started experimenting with textures and had a lightbulb moment - I am trying to use texture more and more in my work now. The fairy was also an experiment with brush types, and again - really love this brush and process.
I have to get off the computer now or my eyes and hands are going to start to bleed.
October 12th, 2012 #333
October 13th, 2012 #334
Whole bunch of naked people! All referenced. Last one is a colour study - still struggling with colour and form with human beings, but persistence will get me there.
October 14th, 2012 #335
Man, I really like your creature work and some of your colours; you've got a really nice style. For your more realistic stuff, I'd recommend drilling facial planes for a bit - you've got a lot of features that don't wrap around properly, and are migrating around the face a little.
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October 14th, 2012 #336
@Revidescent - thanks! And yes, people are most definitely my weakest skill... time and patience and lots of drawing.
This painting was for fun, and to explore texture experiments again. This is an oooold character by the name of Sakaath that I created ten years ago – that fact alone horrifies me. Ten years. Ten years in which I should have been drawing but it was not long after creating this character that I set down the pen in frustration and walked a different path. Stupid me, quite frankly.
I found the original drawing on an old CD and cringed! Then I felt sorry for her and decided to give her life again. A shy, secretive species; the mountain gryphon spends most of their time looking for the warmest rocks and hunting small lizards, and snapping their beaks angrily at the true gryphons wheeling in the skies above.
October 16th, 2012 #337
Grace and Router
Redesign of an old, old, old character (The lemur type thing) who also had a rather bad name and decided to turn him into the sidekick of a rather Calvin-esque character. Had a lot, lot, lot of fun with these two, and am planning on putting them into a series of predicaments.
I decided to set myself a challenge with this one and put a timescale on this picture - as in, what if I had a time frame of only two days to come up with these characters. So this is what I ended up with after eight hours of designing and colouring. Admittedly, Router was already "designed", (albeit rather different!) but Grace was from scratch. It was a lot of fun.
October 17th, 2012 #338
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October 19th, 2012 #340
@asa - thank you
@Spacejelly - thanks - and they are such a bugger, too right! I am rather pleased with my little Router - however, a professional has cast his eyes over him and has a couple of suggestions to make him better, so expect a revamped version in the next couple of days.
Another slightly older picture, but one I really like. I used to keep leopard geckos and they were fun to draw – and I love to create dragons with their stature and personality – stumpy, big tailed and always slightly petulant.
October 21st, 2012 #341
October 23rd, 2012 #342
This week’s personal painting. Progressing skills with environment and storytelling.
This one was fun and quite frankly, there are not enough Ewoks in the world. Perhaps I should do a Wookie painting to accompany it – I love drawing fur!
First time around, first couple of hours, was just.not.feeling.it. Looked terrible. I stopped, threw a tantrum, drank a cocktail and watched Game of Thrones. Came back to it the next day and deleted the work I had done. Started again and so glad I did. Learnt a lot more- particularly that it is sometimes better to just start again than try to keep overworking something that just isn't right.
October 25th, 2012 #343
October 25th, 2012 #344
Sayink Nuffynk. It had to be done. Kinda going on a Starwars kick at the moment, plus dinosaurs rock.
October 27th, 2012 #345
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November 4th, 2012 #348
Had a surge of nostalgia and had to draw my old gal, Nagini. She was a good broad, a troll hunter who was the highest level character I played. She keeps trying to call me back to the World of Warcraft….
Somewhere by the Crossroads, Boxley, the awesome hyena of awesome awesomeness (sarcasm), had once again managed to pull 100 enemies. After the usual cursing and dispatching, Nags has to use “heal pet” on her suitably abashed minion. Good thing she loves the stinky hyena. A passing windserpent has stopped to smirk.
November 5th, 2012 #349
November 12th, 2012 #350
Wow, this place has gone quiet since the big move. Absolute shame but - probably a good thing as more time for more art and less browsing
November 12th, 2012 #351
Ally thanks for dropping by my thread again You have some good new stuff going on. Even though you are further along in progress than myself, I would like to suggest really pushing values and highlights in your toons. Really get them to pop. You have done this in some images. I would love to see your toons taking on more of a 3D form. Unless this is how you want their style of course. Really digging the designs of them though. Keep pumping them out. Great work!
November 15th, 2012 #352
@Damien - thanks Hon. Working on the "popping" part! Trying to work out how to get more of a 3d effect - all to do with lighting, another thing to study!
Was just trying to paint a woman - working on drawing from memory, and to practice skintone. Didn't know who I was drawing until it was nearly done and I thought "Catelyn Stark!". Still a loong way to go with drawing people, but I like this one. Needs work though.
November 15th, 2012 #353
Wow Very impressive life drawings!! Great painting too but I think they look a little linear. Maybe try and do some value only paint studies .. no lines just light and shadow! Might be helpful
November 17th, 2012 #354
@Whirly - thanks! and I am trying to work more with lighting/values, so hopefully some improvement there in the next while...
Two gals from imagination. Features starting to get less "floaty" I feel.
November 17th, 2012 #355
Hey these are looking good The last one is really taking some form. Looking forward to more from you. Keep at it Ally!
November 19th, 2012 #356
@Damien - thanks!
Today's contribution - this has been floating around for the past couple of weeks or so, dangerously close to never being finished as I lost the "feel" of it about halfway through. It really didn't help that I decided to draw in every scale on the dragon. Lesson learnt. Decided to finish it as 1. it is part of my Tarot project and I still have 70 odd to go so didn't want to lose the hours, and also wanted to force through the "wall" and make myself finish something and feel the love for it again. Got there in the end, and I don't hate it!
November 23rd, 2012 #357
Have recently really found an interest in caricature - can't get enough of it, and am looking at people's faces differently (I... must draw you!). This is rather a revelation for someone who six months ago hated drawing people.
I have done about eight of them in the last few days and here are the first two caricatures I have ever done. More grotesque than exaggerated - but so much fun!
November 24th, 2012 #358
November 27th, 2012 #359
Aaand a couple of more. The Tuvok one - I like! The other, well, I don't think it particularly looks like the person. Interestingly, women seem a lot harder to caricature - can't push things as hard or they really look grotesque - and many "mainstream" women are really, really hard to figure out. I like a challenge though. This gal didn't work so well, but she does have "something" about her of the actress, so I won't call it a failure.
November 27th, 2012 #360
women do tend to caricature harder than men, since overdoing pretty much any feature makes it very manly. One thing I find that usually works is overdoing the mouth. There's a latent stereotype of women talking a lot, so it naturally doesn't feel that off (even if the woman in question doesn't talk that much). This is in turn strengthened by the fact that usually women (and not men) use lipstick and the like to accentuate their lips. These two things generally avert the attention from other features that otherwise would feel very manly (like a large or strong jawline, which is often present in caricatures).
The same goes for the eyes and eyelashes (to a lesser extent), too.
I really like the piece with all the birds you did from a while back, by the way. I absolutely love the colours. How did you go about picking them, if I might ask?
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