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May 21st, 2012 #211
It took a long time for me to come here and look at all your stuff. It's totally my fault, they were enjoyable already on the first page I dig your birds a lot, your figures got better as well, I better don't criticize your portraits too much yet.
What do you do wrong when you draw a portrait from your own head? You tend to put the mouth halfway between nose and chin, it should be closer to the nose; the eyes are horribly slanted, the outside corner is usually just a wee bit higher than the inner one; sometimes the cranium is too small - we need a big enough place for the brain and hair has volume too... The eyes are the main culprit if you ask me.
I'll surely return
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May 23rd, 2012 #212
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May 24th, 2012 #213
I enjoyed walking through the sketchbook pages, you are persistent and have passion for animals which I myself gotta start drawing more. I like your creature designs they are very interesting you should do more of those.
If you havent yet get Loomis Drawing the head and hands its a must and it will push you further. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/085...pf_rd_i=507846
I would recommend all of Loomis books as they are a gold mine of knowledge.
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May 25th, 2012 #214
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May 25th, 2012 #215
Will answer everyone properly tomorrow - am so sleepy!
1. Older redesign of demon deer character.
3. Playing about with greyscale from a few days ago.
May 26th, 2012 #216
Thanks for the kind words. Really like your anaimal studies too, that dog is awsome i can learn a lot from that pic so ill be looking at it a fair bit.
I am sure its an intentional style decision, but your mouths are always fairly large in comparison to the rest of your facial features. It works in some places like the cartoon frzetta looking female nudes, which i love, but in face portraits close up it can look a bit distorted and distracting. but you ahve a good body of work look forward to seeing more
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May 26th, 2012 #217
May 26th, 2012 #218
Nice place and good studies dude. But what I don`t really like is the way you draw and paint eyes - they look very toony or mangaesque. I think you would benefit from doing more realistic stuff. But you have a very good pencil stroke and I enjoyed watching your dynamic lines.
May 28th, 2012 #219
@Ja1307 - yep, very true - I have some old habits to break, and one of them is making everyone's features extreme. breaking it, slowly, slowly...
@Liberty - that seems to be the general expression all corgis wear...
@Klaustrophil - very true - still struggling to reign in the proportions. Recently worked out what I was doing wrong to make me want to draw eyes on a slant, think I have it under control now - watch this space...
I can't wait until Wednesday - took a couple of days off work, and combined with the royal weekend, means that I have a whole week off! Booyah! Guess what I am going to do all day?
Lots of sketches from week before this one.
1. From reference.
2. from imagination (middle two referenced)
3. From imagination.
May 29th, 2012 #220
I can completely identify when you say your biggest mistake the first time around was drawing dragons rather than studying the fundamentals. Same here, I kick myself now for ever thinking I was "too good" to ever study the basics! Your paintings look great, and your acrylics on the last page aren't bad at all, it just takes some practice. I love your sketch of the statue in your very first post. It has a great sense of light and looks like it's caricatured, which is really awesome. Keep it up! Subscribed.
"The most accurate way to predict the future is to create it." --Andrew WK
May 30th, 2012 #221
@LukeStarKiller - totally. Really regretting younger artistic choices, but hey - such is life. I'm enjoying the acrylics and thinking of breaking out the watercolours too! Love your sketchbook, have subscribed too
Seriously enjoying this whole art thing. It actually gets me through a long day at work - the thought that I have a half-finished pic at home waiting to be finished. Thoroughly enjoying it. Am actually wondering about taking an online children book illustration course to get a feel for that side of things as I really don't know what my long-term plans are for this. I thought it would just be for personal fun... but am beginning to wonder what five years will bring....
and I just want to draw dinosaurs, really.
1. Random crittery thing, designed after I found out about the Japanese flying squirrel.
2. sketchy. Faces from imagination
May 30th, 2012 #222
May 31st, 2012 #223
June 1st, 2012 #224
You seem to put a lot of heart into your pieces. The birds are great, and I like the style you put into the demon deer girl. Keep it up, awesome sketchbook. :)
June 1st, 2012 #225
@Winterspring - thanks!
1. Continuing on from yesterday's portrait, tried to do another from imagination, see if I could actually remember anything. Isn't too bad. Next!
2. Quick tonal studies, ten mins each. Hands are easier to paint than draw.
3. Couple of sketch pages, referenced.
June 2nd, 2012 #226
June 2nd, 2012 #227
The one in #224 still looks yours but more normal, with more realistic eyes I like it a lot, the colors, the expressive eyes. The neck could be better but the face looks good.
June 3rd, 2012 #228
@ShiNIN - ta! Yeah, I rushed the neck and it shows. However, I think I have knocked the issue with oversized eyes... we shall see. Doesn't help that the gal in this pic did actually have insanely large eyes. Sigh!
I... can't... seem... to... stop.... drawing..... help.... me....
horsies in preparation for a painting idea. Really hard to draw the sods.
Hands - trying to do the 100 hands thing. I hate drawing hands. HAAANDS!
Drawing a gal from imagination. Next task - start getting more confident with drawing bodies and being dynamic!
June 4th, 2012 #229
Another art dump! Clearing out the old stuff on the computer, before I get the scanner out to zap the sketchbook...
Last one is a redesign of an old character. Half gecko, half cat. What was I smoking back then? And can I have some more please?
June 5th, 2012 #230
Very nice animals, and dinos
Also your characters, and portraits seems to be better, and better. There's some easily noticed improvement!
You look to be pretty good with your sketches, some of them are really kick ass
I think its very good that you working now more with the values, and color taints. Trying to catch whole image with simple taint, or value can help you improve a lot in my opinion.
Did you tried to draw\paint silhouettes so far? I think playing with these stuff could help you improve nicely.
June 5th, 2012 #231
@Tsabu - Thanks! I have been quite frustrated recently, thinking that I am not getting anywhere at all, especially with drawing people which I find incredibly stressful - but then looking over the work done the past month... getting there, slowly... I haven't done any silhouettes, but my OH has mentioned this in the past and I think I will give it a go. The tint thing is interesting too, will try that.
I have a ton of things to scan, but going back to work tomorrow after a whole week to myself has made me mournful and didn't feel inclined to scan. However, I did enrol on a children's illustration course, so that is very exciting!
1. From imagination. Then I realised; it's Aragorn! (book, not movie)
2. First full body from imagination and scratch in Photoshop for a while. Getting there. Close up of the face because, for once, she isn't abhorrent!
3. Couple of silly bits in anticipation of the illustration course, trying to work out if I could actually do cute things.
June 5th, 2012 #232
Your latest heads aren' bad. It seems you are going into the right direction.
The gal in your last update has huge legs and the torso feels too short too, normal breasts aren't that high.
"Naughty kitty" is funny and looks nice in the first drawing.
June 8th, 2012 #233
Love how you draw horses!
Your portraits are improving fast, keep em coming.
Someone mentioned doing more silhouettes, i disagree.. at the moment you are working at fundamentals.
getting proportions right is far more beneficial then doing random silhouettes that is mostly benefiacial
for brainstorming concept designs in the most basic form.
not trying to be mean here, thats just my take on it.
June 9th, 2012 #234
Personally, I have found the best way to push through these times is to try something completely different than what I've been doing.
Currently you've been doing a lot of figures, faces, animals, basically organic stuff. Try mixing it up by doing a bunch of technical stuff - structures, robots, vehicles. Something that's really flat edged and non-organic.
It will offer you a completely different challenge, and flex different parts of your brain. ideally, when you go back to an organic subject, the hard-core perspective stuff will have sunken in somewhere, and you'll reach that next level
June 10th, 2012 #235
@ ShiNIN - Thanks, yeah, the eternal boobage issue. Next one to tackle...
@Lumens - glad you like the horses, that's the first time I have drawn them (aside from the quickie on first page) in several years. Good fun. Interesting take on the silhouette idea, although I will be doing some silhouettes more along the lines of looking at space, rather than character creation.
@Rhubix - hey, thanks for that. Definitely where I am at at the mo. I have been doing some animals today, always a favourite topic. I think what I might do is step back completely for a couple of days, not draw anything at all (esp as I might be about to have another whole week to art coming up!) and see what a break does
June 11th, 2012 #236
1. Child from ref. Arms from imagination. Trying to put clothes on the naked peeps.
2. Cloth still life quickie, couple peeps from imagination, getting clothed.
3. Acrylic painting from a youtube vid. Was getting extremely frustrated with the media, until I realised I was trying to ask it to do things it can't (delicate blending) or rather, that I can't yet. Not too happy, but it's a start, esp as I don't draw environments at all.
June 12th, 2012 #237
Well, I finish my current job on Friday, and have managed to arrange it so that I have nearly two weeks at home to relax before I start my new job. I say relax - we all know what I mean - DRAAAAW!
1. Another clothing study
2. HATE. But was mostly a study in cloth rather than character design. still - burn it!
3. mix of referenced and non-reffed
4. ugh, faces are hard. Need to study planes more.
June 12th, 2012 #238
I personally like your acrylic enviro a lot, it's a nice feeling to look at it, it lifts my soul... I can't help it
I agree, you should study head planes. I looked at the faces in this page. You have a good idea about face features (btw, the nose is smallish and not shapely enough in the last one) but the forms that has not much to do with features are weak, especially the cheeks.
June 13th, 2012 #239
June 16th, 2012 #240
@shiNIN - guess what I am doing next week! will win this one about the faces.
@in2eternity - thanks!
Have just discovered illustrator. It is awesome and frustrating on a totally new level. Yesterday was my last day at old job, now for two weeks of awesomeness....
Mix of studies from the last couple of days.