Net was down yesterday and i didn't do much drawing due to it, photoshop isn't online yes but i work better when i can have conversations with people and do the forum/sketchbook/portfolio jumping i do for inspiration and stuff.. i didn't like the previous portraitish study i did. muddy colors make me unhappy so i had to double my attempts today and do 2 to make up for it.
i did a little silhouette stuff today with my previous sils and found the character and attempted some costume ideas until my "client" said what was liked and disliked..
Its really messy but its enough to get a good idea of what needs to be there in a finished illustration. Other than this i don't have any studies or finished works today. I have about 3 others things in progress though.
Not much from me these past few days. I started rereading my loomis books again and i did some gesture/study stuff. No photo studies or life studies. Nothing much more though, i designed a Boat tiller over the weekend which will be going to carving soon. I'm gonna keep that off of here though until the carving is done. I also should mention that the last time that I've actually sat down and done gesture studies for longer than 10 minutes/warm up stuff, has been a few years maybe.. probably back when i was in school attending figure drawing courses at the JC a Town over from where i am. Felt nice to do and I've looked into life drawing sessions downtown on tuesdays that i may try to get to, but for now these work.
posted 4 sessions, 3 yesterday and 1 today. ALl scrambled together for space reasons. Drawn on Fujitsu tablet, kinda like a paper sketchbook
its been a while since I've produced anything to be honest. part personal problems, part creativity issues. Big part of it being that second one. Slumps are fun =\ I'm having trouble even coming up with ideas that i can apply what i learn from studies to. All i have is a photo study of a picture my brother in law took when he was deployed. Im very uncomfortable with environments which is funny because its what i wanted to do when i started down this road in art. But i don't do many of them, i think its been about 8 months since i tried an environment study/or imaginative piece.
so I'll try to get my studies up at least and try not to be so down that my creativity is severely lacking at the moment. i do feel like I've fallen out of things a bit and the tools don't seem as easy to use. must remedy that
** and i do acknowledge the comments before about little things that seem off, they are appreciated greatly
You have some cool studies in here. Keep at it! One thing that is worth mentioning is that you tend to make a lot of the things you paint have the same feeling and look of texture/material. It sort of shows in your studies and that is one thing that almost hasn't changed from your first few posts. If you carefully look at your studies, the way you render cloth, and objects/environment/backgrounds as opposed to the figures are very similar. This goes for the figures as well (everything is applicable, really), try to think in your mind as you paint "okay, i'm painting muscle, this has to be a soft surface... okay, now i'm painting bone, this has to look like a hard surface,"
Granted, not all of your paintings seem like one material, but a lot of them do tend to seem that way. I'm not sure if its because you kept it loose or they are speed paints, but everything should definitely have a different "feel" to it, even if they are speed paints.
Communicating that something is a different texture/surface than another thing is one thing I definitely need to work on as well. And I think the best way to truly teach yourself on how to paint/render different materials is to render simple shapes/objects like a cube or a sphere into different textures/materials. I know that sounds really boring, but I think its very effective, and I should definitely listen to my own advice .
But all in all, good job! It seems like you know what to do to improve
Last edited by ct2ulao; May 8th, 2012 at 07:06 AM.
i haven't posted in a little while but i have been doing things. mostly stuff in an physical sketchbook so i don't have much to show in terms of digital. I'll post what few digi stuff i have but it isn't much. I feel like I'm at that point where i thought i knew where i was going and what i was doing and got thrown on my ass and need to revisit all the fundamentals again. hopefully i'll get to visit everything and learn just a little bit more from it.
and to Ct2 they probably seem that way because of 2 things, 1. they are kept pretty loose but 2. i just really haven't spent a lot of time working on material studies and how they react differently. I honestly feel like its a little beyond me at this point only cause i feel weak in most aspects of my work. I look at materials and such but right now i tend not to worry to much about it cause if i can't get something to look right anatomically or from a perspective point of view, its materials and how they are painted don't seem like they will help the picture much either.. Its on my to do list though in the future and i have some pretty cool ideas about how to go about learning it.
as for what I'm doing right now. life drawing, trying to get outside. in depth anatomy, note taking, trying to get my mind to think more creatively since i lack greatly there and never seem to do anything in terms of personal pieces that aren't dull. and its been fun drawing traditionally again.
as for the attached images. i did some paper skull studies and what not and decided to take some pictures and see if i could figure out my own head for fun. Second being a landscape which i didn't really enjoy doing just cause i just can't figure out how should go about doing it. its based loosely on a photo my sister took up in utah, its unfinished i think but its probably due to discouragement than anything else. Most of it is done with standard round/chalk and poly lasso tool, couple texture brushes but i try to avoid using them if at al possible though i do make some time to time to small goofy stuff.
my discouragement might also be due to having no idea what i want to do anymore. learning everything is good but i feel better when i have a general direction i can focus on, I'm all over the place right now lol.
I'll post more often if i can help it. its helpful being on here hearing the few posts of feedback I've gotten.
ive been away from the forums a while, mainly due to having a semi anti social personality and an inability to share my work. I also spent a couple months building a motorcycle, but i have kept on some studies. I went back to drawing on paper. I had a couple old anatomy books and was tired of having such poor knowledge of faces so i studied the skull, muscles and each individual feature more in depth and have been trying to take what i think i learned and apply it.
This is kinda what ive been up to, ive also been painting traditionally again, and have work that is taking alot of time away from doing any of this but i still try.
Some stuff from the past month or 2. I gonna start another pass on the painting soon, get more contrast out of the colors and address a few issues with it. wouldnt mind hearing from others the issues they see and ideas on how to rectify those issues
alot of the skull drawings are done off of some dethklok mugs i made for the wife.. small 10-15 minute sketches on evenings when i had one sitting around drying. Although they are sketchbook material they still pretty funny looking, loose reference used on them from a few skull stock photos i had.