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My name's Chris and I'm a new artist that hopes for a break in the fantasy and gaming industry.
Being self-taught, I have to admit that this world is intimidating. There are so many talented people, each with a unique style. So, I thought I'd join CA in order to develop my skills and improve my style.
I started reading Andrew Loomis' book "Successful Drawing". Well, I thought I was walking, when in fact I was leaning on crutches! Damn!
The second paragraph makes perfect sense:
"There will always be a certain amount of confusion about what is talent or native ability in drawing and what is knowledge of the craft. Too often knowledge is construed as talent. On the other hand, drawing that lacks constructive knowledge is seldom successful as drawing. The truth is that we do not see the talent until the means of bringing it forth has been developed. That means is a reasonably accurate analysis of the laws of nature as they apply to man's vision."
So, according to Loomis, there are 10 fundamentals/qualities. The 5 Ps: Proportion, Placement, Perspective, Planes, Pattern. And 5 Cs : Conception, Construction, Contour, Character and Consistency. In my humble opinion I have some skills on Placement, Perspective, Conception and Contour. On the other hand, my drawing lacks of Proportion, Planes, Pattern, Construction, Character and Consistency. So, I have to improve those qualities!
Right now I'm studying G. Bridgman's book "Complete guide to drawing from life" and here's my first sketches/studies.
This is my first study on values of planes. Based on an image in A. Loomis' book "Successful drawing".
Hope for your constructive critique through this quest of mine!
Last edited by c-rallis; October 27th, 2011 at 07:08 PM.
Amazing art, I hope you will update this thread often. I am looking forward to see how do you develop your P's and C's... because it might also help me improve them .
You got some awesome skills already. Cant believe your self taught, well that fact means I can be awesome as well!!!
wow just wow on the plane study
i can't figure out what medium did u used ! (digital ?)
besides, your studies and all the things you posted are great. nice strokes and nice shading !
actually nothing to crit, or perhaps your pages are too clean !
Are you really self taught? Those are some impressive bridgman studies and I love the digital painting. I think the shine on the knife may be a bit distracting, but I'm a noob so you know.
Wow that chick is awesome! The lighting is beautiful. Do you have her number?
Thank you all for your comments! I thought I should try to apply the things that I learned so far. So here's a wip of a painting of my favorite band "Diary of Dreams" inspired from "The wedding" video clip. Still some work to be done.
Some neck studies...
...and a self portrait, just to flatter my vanity.
My references were W. A. Bouguereau's painting, 'Portrait of Monsieur M.'
And my photo, which had nothing to do with the painting's lighting. So, I had to figure out the correct light and shadow forms. That was a good exercise though!