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April 29th, 2012 #1
High School Woes!
Hello everyone. My name is Jimmy Xia and my focus is to improve at illustration!
I hope to make your "click" worthwhile!
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May 4th, 2012 #2
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME 4/30
Got some more practice up with digital. Testing out some new brushes.
Some physical sketchbook pages as well
(the sad face is not a self portrait. sun wukong taken from cushart as reference)
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June 17th, 2012 #3
Portrait Study. Master Painting. + Other stuff
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June 25th, 2012 #5
@Gpozzo Thank you very much!
Here is a work in progress of an dragon archer shot.
Critique would be nice. Also suggestions on color?
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July 12th, 2012 #6
July 13th, 2012 #7
Nice book!. Like the use of colors. I do have one question. The one with the tree, Is that a tiny house on a normal tree branch or a HUGE Tree with a normal size house?
July 13th, 2012 #8
Haha I haven't really thought about it. It's probably a normal sized house on a huge tree branch.
Update on the WIP
July 15th, 2012 #9
Finished the Heist picture. Baaaaah too much time has gone into this... I need to be more efficient.
July 15th, 2012 #10
You're 17 and you draw like this? Holy smokes. Where do I sign up to quit life?
Nah, kidding. You're doing very well. Very impressive works. I particularly like the way you made your heist scene look lit... and the head-theif's face is well done (and well lit!)
Will be watching your book. 5* & sub.
July 17th, 2012 #11
@p_sage: thank you very much! comments like yours inspire me to do more!
Some quick photo studies and a miniature self portrait
I currently use the pocket moleskine sketchbook. I think I need to get a bigger sketchbook.
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July 18th, 2012 #12
Work in progress
July 18th, 2012 #13
Your pencil work is awesome mate, just keep up your figure drawing, it will not only help build your ability to draw accurately but also build your confidence. Great work so far, keep at it
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July 18th, 2012 #15
Mate you're knocking out some fantastic work already! How old are you? Shiiiiiiiiit... Looking forward to more
July 18th, 2012 #16
@Will McCraw: Thanks for the advice! Would you recommend doing figure drawing from photography? I currently don't have access to live models.
@DragonL: Thank you!
@GEB: Thanks! I'll try to post more often
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July 18th, 2012 #17Registered User
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ahh you are kidding me, 17... >__>
orz your work stresses me...
now I think I have to become better ... *motivation flows into me*
yeah so enough, I think your clothed figures look a bit chubby @__@
maybe some more drapery practise would be good to improve ^^
visit my Sketchbook!
July 18th, 2012 #18
You have some great values, good use of colors, and some incredible faces with the sketches. Really beautiful work and I love your Mona Lisa heist idea! =) I would just say keep it up - obviously your practice is helping you a lot. The sketches and the color exercises seem to be keeping you on your toes.
July 19th, 2012 #19
July 19th, 2012 #20
RE: Santa work.
It's a good idea, but not as accomplished as the thief work (which was awesome).
I think the lights/darks are a bit confused in it. A person would think that Santa should be the center of attention... the subject. But he's too low contrast to attract the attention. Instead, the candle on the back wall is very bright, with several dark areas surrounding it.... so it pops forward. The candle is saying "Hey! Look at me! I'm the subject!"
It's a complicated scene, and fairly well drawn. Maybe you'd like to try a different rendering to more fully consider Santa as the subject.
July 19th, 2012 #21
@p_sage: I'm glad you're actually coming back to check on my work! I've done some adjustments to the Santa piece to see if I could bring him out more (increase saturation, account for light reflection from paper, dust specks, light glow, etc). At the same time, the ball light still kinda screams "look at me" so I don't know if I did what I wanted to. QQ. (old image here http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/...ntaClaus11.png)
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July 19th, 2012 #22
It's reading better.
If you squint, you'll notice that the brightest and darkest areas are the things you see first (the candle, the shiny reflection on the floor... the dark window... the light on top of the tree)...
Maybe you should try a different layer where you really knock back that candle light, and then light the front side of Claus' face. Remember that the highest contrast will draw attention first. If you want people to look at Claus, you'll need to either make his features dark and surround him with light or make him lighter and surround him with darker areas. (light figure on a dark ground advances/dark figure on a light ground advances).
But if you knock that candle light way down in a "trial" layer just to try out the new lighting maybe you'll come upon the solution.
I like the way you handled Mrs Claus (or the woman)
July 20th, 2012 #23
@p_sage: Thank you for all of the advice. It's helping me a ton!
So in this attempt, I try to push out Santa's face forward more (as opposed to letting it shine in the "back")
I've also included a gif that compares the two in a loop.
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July 20th, 2012 #24
yeah man, your line work is really solid. Especially in the pencils
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July 28th, 2012 #27
Something cartoony for fun, monster "design", and a still life practice.
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July 29th, 2012 #30