knut-, thank you. I don't know if I actually draw in many different ways. I just like to experiment a lot giving various results. I am glad you like those colours! Once I get better I'll get back to that drawing and perhaps finish it.
Right. A little experiment of mine. I am visiting my mother and she has a big box with all kinds of art materials or things you can abuse as art materials. So I've decided to get all artsy and have been playing around with nail polish, highlighter markers, charcoal, pencil and some white acrylic paint. This is the end result:
Some more digital strokes on the sitting person. I also have some studies on paper but am unable to scan them right now. People are sleeping in zu house and the scanner I use makes more noise than a German Messerschmitt breaking through the sound barrier. So... first thing tomorrow!
Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been quite busy past weeks. It's time to get this baby back on track again with some new sketches.
I learned an important lesson about edges which is very simple but very important.
That is, the biggest contrasts produce the hardest edges. This makes total
sense and I knew that already, or at least, read about it but I was never conscious
of what it actually meant. For me edges were something I used to show my focal point.
The further away the softer the edges. Of course this still holds true, but this is
far more the outcome of the previous rule of thumb. Things distance from your
eyes so the values will get closer to each other, or in other terms, you have
atmospheric perspective going on.
However there still is a lot of variation of values and thus a lot of variation with
edges of objects that are at the same distance of the focal point.
I was busy on that standing figure his (you'll see below) sweater and the folding's
looked absolutely terrible. I first thought it was a value problem, because well...
most mistakes are. But then it dawned to me that there was absolutely no variation
in the edges I used. Once I figured that out I was able to fix the image and had
the feeling I had made a big step forward in a long time.
Woah, the giraffe one finished is awesome, that hand sketches are very clean for how correct they are, I will miss a lot of lines for sure, and the one you did on your mothers house is disturbing but very righ has a painting, solid fine arts piece mate.
¿How is the setting of your PS brushes? I'm still learning to work with it.
Hey Jean, I don't know if I'm the right person to answer your question. But about my brush settings:
- I mostly use a round brush or a square brush.
- Spacing depends on the brush, with regular brushes it is at 1%
- I mostly use the ones with 100% hardness.
- I've got pen pressure on and have put that very sensitive on my wacom settings. This however totally depends on how you hold your pen. I hold my pen very loosely and only produce pressure by holding my pen more vertical. That way I don't have to use my wrist much.
- My opacity is always on 100% and my flow as well. Only at the end I reduce the flow a little.
- Transfer, Airbrush and Smoothing is often on.
But in the end it totally depends on what works for you. It is advisable to just spend a couple of hours on an empty canvas and push a lot of buttons to see what the effect is and what you like.
Personally I liked it like it was, not 100% sure if was right, but remind me to Egon Schiele, if does look right depends about how feels the overall purpose of the drawing, if you're in to "ugliness" and contortion a bit, feels right.
Now is ok anyway, I don't know if is good to be very perfectionist on this kind of draw, if you're not in to pure realism or ilustration/comic, it will fit well with some imperfections, depending on the overall result.
You have the talent. But you need more information in your imagination in order to realize your dreams. You are in a crucial period of your development as an artist. And I highly recommend copying George Bridgman's anatomy books into your notebooks, 2 pages a night, starting ASAP.
Thank you for your critic Kev. This morning I dusted off my bridgman's life drawing book and started immediately.
I am doing these gestures in pen. The reason I will do that is because I can not erase any mistakes. It also forces me to look at the structure of the shape before putting the pen down reducing me mindless drawing and increasing my learning curve. I have to apologize for the bad scans. I don't know why they came out this grainy. I will try to fix this asap.
Doing these exercises I found out that I find the legs and the back especially difficult. This makes sense because I haven't drawn them as often as other parts of the human body. You will also see some proportional errors. These happened when I was looking at the book instead of the paper. Which is bloody stupid...
edit: oh, the last page isn't bridgman but from photo reference.
Dude from the trial & error thread here. I already commented on your great colors in there, but I feel like commenting here too. You should update more. It feels like there's a lot of potential underneath the stuff you've posted already. You've already got great painting skills, and your stuff is very interesting. That's two big wins right there. Your drawing skills are decent, but they're not up to your painting and imaginative skills yet (I'm working on the same thing). You should really update more.
Hi, nice to see you're posting more stuff here, it would've been interesting to see your development more over the last 6 months or so, as the improvement in your recent stuff is really obvious. I kinda like the attitude of removing distractions but as someone else posted, try not to be too hard on yourself, we all need a break now and again, not to mention balance in our lives. 100% art is unsustainable (well for me!), not to mention, where do you look for inspiration? It's good to be exposed to tv, film, games, toys, media, to see what's going on and to get your own ideas flowing.
I like your variety and experimentation, that is always a good thing and those gestures / life drawings are really good, you can see the studies and technique underpinning them. Posts 55 & 56 are interesting with the tree like structures, I feel you could really push the contrast / values on them to enhance the sense of weight, scale and volume, just pick a dominant light source / shadows.
My favourite piece is post 46, very unusual, almost like a theatre stage or something operatic. Take care.
Hey Dayle, I'm not liking the gap in this journal either but I really needed that time off. It gave my the chance to not be bothered with making anything presentable and just draw like a mad-men. I will upload some of these images in the near future but they are nothing fancy. Most of them are pen drawings like the ones I have already posted here but way more chaotic.
On inspiration: it never has been a real issue for me. Actually the opposite. I have a hard time narrowing everything down and are struggling to keep focused on ONE thing. Besides that I think most television (and other short attention span media) is dull as fuck. The same narratives getting done over again. I rather read a good book
anyway, third attempt to get this post up! I do hope this will be the last time.