I've loved this site for years, and I'm finally buckling down and looking to improve myself as an artist. I work as an iPhone game artist doing mostly vector pieces, but I've always been heavily into concept art and paintings. I'm hoping that by making this sketchbook, I'll have something that I can come back to and see how much I can improve in a year, in two years, or even in 10.
Please help me by providing constructive criticism and feedback, and I will do my best to do the same the more I learn from this community. Thanks!
EDIT: Can anyone tell me how and if I can change the title to my sketchbook thread? Thanks!
Last edited by Eikoae; November 7th, 2012 at 04:28 PM.
I've been doing some studies, beginning with noses. I had a lot of fun with the curves and the shading around the tip, but found the underside rather challenging. You will see that my worst depictions are when the nose is lifted up and we are looking at the underside. I've been using three circles to begin the nose, and when it is facing that way, it seems that the middle circle is obstructed, or that the shape is changed. I have to find a way to sketch out the basic form and work off it, but my next 50 will be more about overcoming this challenge.
Also, I plan on investing in a new scanner, but until then my pencil drawings will look a little off-colour and wonky as I take pictures with my camera.
Okay, after FINALLY having some time for personal work, I've got two here to show you!
This first one was obviously inspired by the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. I didn't have too much trouble with it, though I did struggle a lot with the folds in the blue dress, and maybe even the background. I wish I had planned out an idea before I started adding details, but by the time I thought of it, I couldn't get anything to look right. Oh well, with every mistake I'll learn for next time!
This second one is a Work in Progress. I'm having a lot of difficulty with the lighting and colors. I want a heavy feeling night snowfall in the woods, so any comments or critique would be GREATLY appreciated. I'll keep working on it in the meantime. I'll also attach a post-illustration mockup of what the lighting is going to look like when I'm done with it.
good job with your studies and paintings : D i wish i could help crit but i'm terrible at painting/drawing in general so i may be wrong ;x nonetheless you should check out pic 3 from post #4. it might just be me but it seems kind of stiff && the arm seems kind of.. bent? if you know what i mean o: ? may just be the sleeves though :d
I've been wanting to work on my color and lighting skills a little bit more. I'm always really inspired by jellyfish and the way they seem to glow under LED lights, so I went ahead and made one with a tophat and a moustache.
I'm also working a little bit more on the Winter scene. The composition was bothering me, as well as the lighting. I still haven't gotten to a point where I'm happy with it, but I'll keep playing and remind myself to do studies next time.
Another update. This is what it's going to look like with the post layer effects (dark lighting around the border, brighter light, snow falling down). It's not rendered beautifully right now, but i'm waiting until the rest of the piece is finished before putting the time in.
Wow, the sheer quantity of work here, I'm surprised more people aren't commenting! Your portraits are looking good, especially in the lines of the face. You seem to have trouble with edges, sometimes, like the arms of the girl in the purple dress in post #4. They kind of look cut out from paper and glued to the page... they don't really seem to work in space. But then you clearly do know how to render the appearance of form because the nose and lips of the aviator in the same post are really lifelike. Just keep at it and I'm sure capturing the form will become second nature.
With regards to your last piece, the winter one, yeah I can see why you aren't satisfied with the composition. It seems a little cramped to me. I've done a quick paintover (hope you don't mind!) and tweaked the lighting a little bit.
Basically if we're assuming the light from her lantern is the only light source (and maybe a little fainter ambient light from the moon/sky/overcast clouds), then because she is carrying the light source, she will cast a shadow on the ground and onto the tree. I stretched the picture horizontally to give it some space, maybe also moving the trees so they don't clash in importance with the central subject. Hope that gives you some ideas at least!
Started a new something last night. I haven't done a value/tone study since college, and never before done in Photoshop. Reference used, but going to be using my imagination for the clothes/jewelry/story (and elf ears!)
Would anyone care to give some advice about transitioning from grayscale to color? I'm experimenting, but I've never done it before. I'm very cautious about applying opaque paint on top of my tonal study because I got it mostly to the point where I'm happy and I don't want to have to redo it all.
Put in a little ring there and some hints of clothing. I'm going to work on the clothing details tomorrow (and add some sleeves), plus some more accessories, fiddle more with the hair, and eventually some cleanup work.