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May 26th, 2012 #31
Right, so I haven't been on here in ages! My bad.
Well, I've had exams so as far as excuses go... but now they're over (nearly) so e expecting updates regularly!
If i don't provide feel free to give me abuse and kick me into doing so work :L
Now enough of the excuses, onto the update Sketchbook work from yesterday and finished off today. Kindof got a little bit obsessed with Alice In Wonderland so i ended up drawing The Hatter and The Cheshire Cat. May continue with this and do them all. figured i should just do studies of absolutely everything so I'm learning lots of different skills.
Really appreciate all crits and comments, expect a constant stream of bad work that you can crit to help me Cheers
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aw, i wish i would have more time, too
however, great update you got here
the values are coming along very nice
and a wonderful movie for sure
keep it up
May 28th, 2012 #33
Cheers braineater, i appreciate it
Time is definitely something a need to find more of, just stop wasting it really
Just a small one. Sketch of The Dormouse from Alice In Wonderland. I spent so long on this sketch, wanted to get the proportions as close as possible. still not quite right. Will probably colour it tomorrow if i get a chance amongst revising for my last exam on wednesday. We shall see.
So basically after wednesday this thing should be flowing with sketches. hopefully.
May 28th, 2012 #34
Nice work on the redhead. Your portraits are really coming along.
June 1st, 2012 #35
Cheers Shorinji_Knight The redhead is my favourite too, probably because I spent the longest amount of time on it
I keep starting things and then just leaving them... this is probably bad.
Anyway, heres the update
First off an absolutely awful study of Alice (Alice in Wonderland). I could spend ages trying to make it right or i might just bin in and move on
Then a bear study which has been sat on my desktop unfinished for ages, still need to add some details but thought i should post it anyway.
Then an update on the Dormouse sketch I've been working on. Decided to try out colouring pencils (trying new techniques and that). Man they're difficult! it probably didn't help that i decided to do an animal with withe fur so i had to do nearly all the fur by working with negative space. DIFFICULT. Anyway, I should continue with this one and see how it turns out
Comments and Crits hugely appreciated as always Thanks guys
June 3rd, 2012 #36
Quite a productive day today put some finishing touches on the bear and a study of The Queen. It seemed appropriate seeing as its the jubilee, even if I'm not that interested in it, it seemed like as good a thing to study as any. Also, i noticed i hadn't done any studies of any old or young people so it made a change
The bear. It was pretty much just trying to figure out how to paint fur, i still don't really know, can anyone help with this?
Now a step by step of The Queen. Maybe someone will be able to tell me what I'm doing well / badly this way
I also tried a different method, instead of doing an initial sketch i went straight in with blocking in the colours and getting the outline this way, worked well i think
I moved her head so that i could zoom in to do the details whilst still being able to see the reference
I think it was about this stage that it dawned on me that i hadn't flipped the canvas at all during the painting Could explain why its not very accurate
Body. Hands are difficult.
Fur was a nightmare, just like the bear. HOW??
Final result. Could have done with some more work on details but the day has finished
June 4th, 2012 #37
June 4th, 2012 #38
With the queen, she looks rather desaturated. Look more closely at the colour of her skin -- she's got more of a reddish tone in the reference, and her shirt is a lot pinker. Unfocus your eyes and look at the two side by side (or take off your glasses if you're myopic, like me) and you'll see what I mean. The reference is a lot brighter.
Otherwise, it's a (relatively) simple matter of measurement and proportion and so on, like how in the reference more of her necklace is hidden than in your painting.
The black and white study looks great. That's an intense gaze/angle there, that must hve been fun to paint.
June 4th, 2012 #39
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Man loomis sketches are awesome on first page, keep those up !
Also, you seem to have a particular affinity with colours ( traditional is yet better than digital, but you will get some skill with practicing photoshop, just a matter of time ! ) , your color choices are working like a charm !
Your faces are really improving so keep doing some !
Ho and yeah, you have got a pretty amount of work right here, never feel ashamed of the quantity you produce. But get MOAAAAR of them, always ! :p
(Ho and yeah², you're 16. That's amazing. Just stick at drawing, be patient, do not draw only in the wait of some improvement, HAVE FUN, and you will be a pure beast !)
June 4th, 2012 #41
Great studies going on here! I love how the dormouse is coming along.
One thing I think might help: you need to embrace repetition. Like, that last b&w study you did was great, but you'd learn even more if you did about four or five like that in a row. Repetition really hammers the knowledge into your skull better than anything else
Also, I wanna see more stuff from your imagination! Studies are great as long as you keep applying them to your own work. Do nothing but copy (life, photos, masters etc) You'll become amazing... at copying. Studies are a means to an end, not a be-all-end-all. Start doing personal stuff and test how much you've actually learnt!
June 6th, 2012 #42
yay for exams being over !
still got mine in about 2 weeks.........fml
but anyways, onto art tings
good rendering with alice in wonderland but you've lost the foundation there as the anatomy and form are both missing from his face, softly rendering parts won't cover up a lack of form. Try studying some faces and doing anatomy studies w/ form/blocks w/ bridgeman or other anatomy books, loomis, bammes
another thing that should be worked on is your color theory, right now your colors are looking pretty bland and washed out, definitely do some studies with that and just wondering but are you using the eyedropper tool?
your values look okay but with colors read up on some tutorials on deviantart and try and do some color studies from life! remember, reflected light, always shade with colors and not simply more lighter/darker versions of the same color.
Light depending on the environment, contains yellows generally and shadows contain cool colors like purples/blues
June 7th, 2012 #43
Wow, thanks everyone! Seriously appreciate all of your comments, so much love!
Literally just typed out nice long replies to all of your lovely comments and then my crappy computer goes and decides to crash. Anyway, here we go (again)
Umbravita - Yeh i know what you mean about the colours, they always seem to be off. I guess if i notice the colours wrong at the start and change it then i won't get to the point i usually do where i feel its too late to change it. will definitely try unfocussing, squinting and stepping back from the painting far more often to make sure every things going write and I'm not just going off putting detail into something which is wrong from the start. Cheers for the pointer
The black and white one was fun to do, good setting a time limit and a cool reference always helps
el eiko one - Thankyou! Appreciate the comment, you're too kind
Shad - Cheers, kind of slipped out of doing them getting back in to doing them now though.
Yeh, i do like the traditional colours, I guess I'm better when i have an actual palette with actual paints i can mix up, but digital colours will come in some more time i hope
Thanks, don't think I'm going to stop doing them anytime soon, the problem is getting myself do do something other than them!
Yeh need more, always. still wasting way too much of my time, but getting better
Too kind yeh thats a good point, ill definitely keep that in mind, thank you so much
Jessibelle - Cheers, i should really do some more on that some time soon.
Yeh i see your point, i need to make sure of what I've learnt rather than just doing something as a one off and then leaving it. Ill definitely keep that in mind
I guess I've never really done any of my own work, guess I'm not really confident enough to think of an idea and be able to put it down on paper. then again if i don't try i guess ill never know! cheers for the pointer, hopefully you'll be seeing something (even if awful) of my own on here soon
Duplicitious - Its so nice Oh well, not long to go - Good luck!
Yeh i see what you mean now, looking back. his face just looks flat rather than having any form. I definitely need to get back into anatomy, slipped away from it and i guess its showing.
Ive never really looked at colour theory, i guess its something i need to learn about. Ill check it out! Yeh, i understand. cheers for the tips! will definitely be keeping this stuff in mind now
Seriously appreciate all of your comments, got loads of stuff to work on now, better get cracking! Cheers for the motivation
Anyway, on to the update!
White queen quick study, more lack of form. really should have changed it but i moved on.
Eyes study. Haven't done anything with pencils in a while. They are meant to be a pair but apparently i can't draw two things the same size
Very quick hand study. What kind of fool starts a study that won't fit on the page? lol.
Loomis hands, entirely unimpressive but getting back into anatomy
Imagination heads, seeing what i can remember from when i did that loomis stuff which seems like it was ages ago!
Also I've been doing a werewolf study, something a bit different for me which is fun should be up in the next few days
Oh and i did some proportions stuff and other stuff that i didn't save by using Sycra's Youtube. Love his work and will probably be looking at a lot more of his videos in the future. Check him out
Again, thank you kind people for stopping by! You're all welcome back any time
June 8th, 2012 #44
Heres the werewolf I've been working on for a few days. Put quite a lot of time in to this and pretty happy how it turned out wanted to work on something other than a portrait. also was looking at backlighting which looks soo awesome all the time! oh and fur needed work. so here it is
June 8th, 2012 #45
your proportions have improved drastically. Keep it up
click and crit
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June 18th, 2012 #49
so I've been attempting to do some imagination stuff no idea what I'm doing tbh but i guess i need to keep doing it to get better At school we've had to choose our own project so i chose to do fantasy which means ill need to be having ideas and putting them on paper, slightly worrying because i can't do it for shit at the moment but i guess ill improve so much more than if i just do portraits over and over.
so imagination page:
and a photo manipulating of an idea. i don't know :/
Then I've been doing a bunch of anatomy studies. started looking at bridgman stuff so these are from him
Crits and comments hugely appreciated, cheers
Last edited by DanBK; June 18th, 2012 at 09:21 AM.
June 21st, 2012 #50
so yeh, first attempt at doing perspective. Going quite well (i think). drawing rectangles is fine, you don't need any other shapes, right?
Ive been using this tutorial. Loving it, definitely check it out.
On to the work, pretty self explanatory i guess, going from 1, 2, 3 points to attempting to draw ellipsis
One and two point
1, 2 and 3 point and applying perspective to life
should do some more from life perspective, that stuffs complicated!
Shadows and finding the centre
My god these are difficult, more work needed
Crits and comment are always welcome if theres something I'm blatantly doing wrong call me out on it and ill love you forever!
Thanks for looking
June 26th, 2012 #51
Finished my first sketchbook! first of many, hopefully
More perspective stuff
Attempting to make poses interesting using one of sycras youtube videos
Self portrait attempts - they're difficult! but ill keep doing them, and they'll get better
Spider study - studying random things, mainly smaller animals and bugs because they look creepy as hell and it'll hopefully help with my project because its just like taking things out of normal scale and making them huge so you can actually see the details.
Still life of a small tube paint - need to do far more from life
Fly study, i think its a horse fly but not sure
No new digital stuff but I'm currently working on an acrylic painting and doing as much sketchbook stuff as i can make myself do
Crits and comments welcome, thanks for looking
July 1st, 2012 #52
Self portrait 3 - For this one i did the basic outline and then my computer died and because i was using photo booth rather than a mirror i decided to continue on from imagination. It was good to do, more and more imagination stuff to come (thats the plan anyway)
Snake from ref
Full imagination, i don't even know :s
Self portrait 4 - mirror. The best so far, but still plenty that needs to be worked on
Also, i was trying out a new technique of getting the shading lines to follow the form which was difficult but it looks so cool when its done right so ill continue working on that
Finally, some Bridgman studies
Thanks for stopping by
July 2nd, 2012 #53
Instead of doing a normal self portrait i decided to draw my individual features. This meant that i spent far more time on each feature making them a lot better rather than spending less time per feature when i was doing the whole face.
Using a mirror is really useful
Also a page of only imagination. Some of the drawings i was trying to apply what i had learnt from my self portraits and some i was just letting my mind wonder whilst trying to have some control so that it doesn't end up as just random squiggles on the page
Crits and comments hugely appreciated! Thanks to looking
July 5th, 2012 #54
July 7th, 2012 #55
i see a lot of various things since the last time i took a look in here
your rendering rocks as always (this one is amazing!)
i also think that your proportions keep getting better (something i totally fail with )
it's great to see you doing those landscape thumbs, too
keep on rockin'
July 18th, 2012 #56
cheers brain eater Its awesome that you're noticing things that I'm actively trying to improve, makes me feel like I'm getting somewhere
Been so bad with posting here so this is quite a large sketchbook dump. Still not doing enough but the work ethic is slowly improving (i think)
self portrait 5
quick photo studies
Trying my luck with pen
1 study and some imagination
quick sketches from life, all of the same person
from ref (is it a study if I'm not trying to copy it exactly e.g. changing a full colour photo into black and white?)
Mirror stuff and quick study
July 18th, 2012 #57
Oh, and I almost forgot, I've got a bunch of oil paint from school to use over the summer so will be experimenting with that as well
Just experiments at the moment, getting used to it. Will probably produce some finished work with it at some point
super quick studies from a book I've been reading called 'Paint the Sea in Oils Using Special Effects'
Study, will probably put some more work into it later - this was very rough and quick and experimental
don't know why it came out rotated :/ sorry
Thanks for stopping by
Crits and comments always appreciated
July 24th, 2012 #58
July 26th, 2012 #59
Wow, your improvement in this sketchbook is coming along in leaps! Dedication's really paying off I mean, in just one page, look at the incredible difference in the quality of your pencil work! Inspiring, man.
It's great to see you paying so much attention to your drawing skills; working in pen too, that'll really help your line control and how you think about putting marks on the page. I know what you mean about working from imagination, it's difficult and frustrating and kinda scary in a way that studies aren't... It's something I struggle with too. But it's way more rewarding and satisfying, and in the end the studies are just the means to an end, it's the personal stuff that's the real important stuff. :')
I'm seeing lots of portraits... they're real fun, but any chance we could see some full figures from you? Also, more stuff from life is good. Other than that, you're doing great, keep it going! Already looking forward to checking back to this sketchbook again soon
July 28th, 2012 #60
Jessibelle - thanks so much for your lovely comment its good to see that you can tell why I'm doing what I'm doing, makes me think that I'm actually doing the right thing rather than just blagging it
Good idea, i think I've been telling myself that i would start doing full figures for a while and i should really stop putting it off! Thank you so much, gives me another little burst of confidence
On to the update:
Stuff from imagination
Quick animal studies with some imagination faces mixed in
Portait studies, each page has many different view of the same person in an attempt to make them look more accurate and like one another
Portrait studies of famous people, again in an attempt to make my drawings looking like the actual person. 10 points if you can guess who any of them are
quick bike studies, a start to moving into full figures rather than just portraits
Crits and comments appreciated