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really nice to see people hard at work, its inspiring. keep it up! back to work for me too..
That alien head on the right is fantastic, he looks so slimy, well done.
My Sketchbook Feel free to drop in and offer advice
@Denzel: Thansk! Good luck with your studies.
@Ambiguity: I liked how that came out too. I should do more work like that.
Tonight studies - more clothing, and some environments based on the monochrome palette of one of last night's sketches. Also a bust of David, who hasn't been getting much love this week. I really want to get one of those planar heads.
Last edited by SmallPoly; July 13th, 2012 at 06:33 AM.
Great studies and I like your idea of doing a whole buncha small studies.
The blue background works way better than the grey BTW, but with the palette you're using, I feel a dull red would work great too.
I like the idea of using a dull red. I tried it in today's landscape sketch.
A few random things today, mainly playing with long thin brushes and manually controlling the angle (for the most part). I want the strokes to be pretty clear, so they're set to pressure flow (instead of pressure opacity) as I tend to do a lot lately:
I did a dog study based on a photo, a landscape, a space ship that's meant to resemble an animal head, and a creature bust with some turtle influences.
'hoy! Nice meeting you at the sketch crawl. Your work looks even better in person, real crisp lines. (:
LOve all your excercises! you are such a hard worker! where do you get all these ideas for your excercises and the resources?
check out my : SKETCHBOOK: All critiques much needed and WELCOMED!
Thank you for stopping by my sb and droppin some knowledge on me. I have been pretty apathetic towards art lately but looking through your sb the past couple of days, has reinvigorated my spirits to tackle my shortcomings. Your work ethic is something to be emulated and There is a real sense of enjoyment in your work that is refreshing
Thank you all for the comments. It was great meeting you too halkure. I forgot to ask before - do you post your work anywhere?
My girlfriend wants me to come to bed so I'll have to give everyone a proper response tomorrow.
I had a great time at the sketchcrawl - definitely worth the trip. I'm pissed though - I forgot my art supply bag at a restaurant just before leaving town. Luckly I took some shots earlier of the sketches, and my friend Mae has agreed to help me get it back. I'll post some things tomorrow as well. :-)
@wutangclam: Thanks. I mainly look at my sketches, identify a weakness, and come up with a couple ways to isolate the problem area for practice.
@QPK: Keep at it! You've got some good studies there.
@Jaik: Thanks! I find that working small lets me work faster and also helps me focus more on the general shapes of things instead of getting lost in fine details.
@Mr.Ebony: Thanks. Go for it. It certainly feels like it's helping me improve.
Here are the sketches from the crawl. I did some others the day after, but they were in my art bag so that will have to wait until I have it back.
Sketching could be a difficult and time consuming proses, however it is pleasurable and enjoyable if you can put it this way, but a lot of practice is needed in order to be good and the using of your brain turns to be the most important thing.
Thank you, mr spambot, for the encouragement.
Landscape thumbnails tonight. Mainly from imagination, but the last 4 are from reference.
Photo studies. Original images on flickr copyright Doug88888 and CubaGallery.
Last edited by SmallPoly; July 21st, 2012 at 04:02 AM.
environ thumbnails are looking very good.
Hey! Some great stuff you have here keep it up.
"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it." ~ Danny Kaye
Great amount of work here. How long do you spend on each thumbnail, roughly? Like those mountain photo studies?
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
- Ray Bradbury
Christ, you really do practice like a mad man. Great stuff.
@Pete Hidalgo: Thanks. It feels like i'm getting better on them. Really need more observational stuff though If I want to get them to look more realistic.
@Nayru-7: Thank you.
@littlebones: Thanks. Right now it's usually around 5-15 minutes per thumbnail, depending on the complexity. I could probably use a lot more mountain studies. I can't draw one even remotely realistic from imagination right now. It should also help with doing "epic" landscapes in general.
@Ty Dawg: Thanks. I figure it's the only way I'll get better anytime soon.
Here's some creature stuff from today, and some other sketches from a couple days ago. It's been a while since I've looked at Loomis's books. Maybe I ought to run through them sometime soon. I'm also still planning to get a planar head. Maybe at the start of next month? Speaking of next month, I'm turning 28 on August 1st.
Used this brush for a couple of the last ones:
@halkure great! thank you. The still lifes look very realistic. I like your gestures and you work with flat colors as well.
Some more paintings and observational drawing, from the last couple days. I took them with a proper camera this time (instead of my ipod) so the photos are much clearer. I should probably do it this way more often (no guarantees.
I'm also thinking of trying my hand at selling my work on the walls of coffee shops, once I have some things worth selling. I suppose that means I'll either have to do limited edition prints or bust out the acrylics. Maybe even try oils O_O. Both things I haven't done in years. Or maybe I could do more watercolor pencil stuff?
It's been a while since I hung out at that starbucks on the corner for my people drawing. It was nice to get back there. I think I might go to the farmer's market tomorrow. They've got a semi-transparent decal up right now at Starbucks, so people were a bit blurry in places. I also ran into a friend/acquaintance of mine there this time who I usually see at the gym. Also still waiting to my art-bag to get back to me in the mail. :-(
One last thing - I just noticed my sketchbook has a star rating now. :-D Whoever that was, thank you for thinking I'm worth 4 stars.
50 composition studies, 50 photo studies, and a landscape.
Edit: I noticed the star rating for my sketchbook went from 4.33 with 3 votes to 3.5 with 4 votes. C'mon, guy. I know I'm not great, but voting a 1? I guess someone thought I needed to be brought down a peg.
Last edited by SmallPoly; July 31st, 2012 at 02:03 PM.