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    that robotzard came out great bw. The only thing I noticed was you changed the orientation of the robot's right foot to allow the viewer to see the top and not the bottom. I've gotta say I think it lines up more with the way you originally had it. And like Muttonhead said if you get some ref of sparks it would really punch up the effect.

    great pages on the last two.

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    Cool new sketches. Brendan! Like the old guy from National Geo.

    Hey, have you heard anything more on the T-shirt contest? I wanna know when I can purchase my robot shirt!!

    Thanks! ~~~JadeDragon

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    spent a little time working on steak and mutton's suggestions. I re-did the sparks after looking at some reference and flipped the perspective on the right foot. I think near the end I was imagining his leg sticking out of the frame and hanging out like he was sitting in a window, never minding the fact it would require a rotation of his entire leg to happen. I also cleaned up some edges and sloppy lines.

    I didn't however follow the advice of examining metal surface quality because it would require a significant re-paint and the necessary dark reflections would break up the composition and give me a massive headache... Instead, I'm going to pretend this robot has a satin finish with a slight lilac tone, guaranteed to never fade or tarnish, a wonderful addition to your interior decor (also available periwinkle and fern)!!

    nah...I think I need to do some still-life paintings of pots and pans to get down that reflective/refractive metal surface.

    jade dragon: I'm glad you like it! but I have no idea when this contest is going to wrap...I don't think the last Thunderdome has been judged yet and that was supposed to be done last February!

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    Much better dude. The sparks really do the trick.

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    I really liked seeing the progression on that t-shirt design. The final image looks really great! Nice work.

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    This is a great sketchbook, the kind I wish I did .... so I guess I gotta get drawing !!
    I really enjoy your warmups and studies and I must compliment you on that T-shirt piece. I loved the sketch but I wasn't too sure where you were heading with the colors but you came through beautifully. All the info and feeling of the initial sketch is there.
    Small crits ..... if I may. The darker values of the robot could be lighten up just a teensy weensy with a bit of reflective light (greenish maybe like under the hat and under the "backpack"......)
    There could also be a smidgen of well placed highlights coming from the sparks. ( arm & eyes )

    I'm gonna keep coming back here fer sure

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    dennal floss-- thanks for the crit on the spark reflections, I'll have to put those in next time I have Painter running.

    eli, steak-- thanks!

    It can be kind of surprising to me how many bad drawings I can do every week. Here's one that's not too bad, something that I'm considering taking to finish: a soldier chick protecting a child from a pack of wolves (the sribbly thing in the tree is the kid):



    I'm imagining this in winter with a light snow cover, maybe 4 inches or so, enough to warrant a blue/orange color palette for a late afternoon time frame. this would be at the edge of a wood or in a clearing, so I can have lots of crossing blue shadows from the trees behind the people and wolves. I'm not certain yet if I'll continue on this drawing or restart it with a clearer idea of the compostion. I know I definitely need some wolf reference since these things look kind of like rat-pigs. The pen drawing in the upperleft is the quick doodle during my lunch break Friday that lead to this.

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    That's a promising looking sketch, BWK! Interesting subject, looks like a colonial era outfit, which is neat because you dont see a lot of women in those things. I like that because I admit I have a little fetish for women in uniform.

    Good start for your compositional layout. I like how the beasties are focusing the action at the hero, with the tree going up behind and off to the right (Careful not to cut off the childs head of course, we need to see the plight!). This is good for moving the eye through the piece from top right, down through the hero and out to the wolves. A nice "C".

    Maybe move the camera in and down a smidge to forshorten the angle on the wolves, so that they have different sizes on the page (too many objects of the same size always looks a little unfocused to me). This could also lead to a nice framing device, using the wolves as a frame around the embattled hero and intended victim. Of course, the way you have it now is super too, if you want to give that "Unattached God's eye view" of the unfolding scenario. Depends on your intentions of course.

    I'm horrible at giving advice, I always feel like I'm being annoying...but I think that's why we post, to get opinions from peers. Just thought I'd throw my two pennies at ya. Duck!

    Looking good, compadre! Cant wait to see how you flesh this one out! (Still waiting on the T-shirt, eh? Dang!)

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    As far as the t-shirt contest goes, there's been a poll in the Lounge for most of this week. It appears I misjudged my audience and I so far have a perfect zero out of 135 votes. My assumption had been that folks would like a painting, but it seems limited-color flat graphic rendering is the preferred style of the moment. Ah well, I made a nice image for my portfolio and now it's on to new projects.

    I'm still working on my last idea, people being hunted my wolves. I did some reference drawings of dogs and wolves from internet photos:





    I did a couple of other composition sketches after reading jade dragon's comments about composition (the guy in the upper right is just a doodle).

    I'm leaning a bit towards the sketch at the bottom, where my wolf pack has turned into something like a Wild Hunt with warriors and hunting dogs. The woman protecting the child is in the lower right, underneath an overhanging riverbank behind watergrass. The dogs will be leaping from the bank in front of the warrior with the deer antler helm into the water. Right now, this composition looks too much like other things I have seen. I'll have to play with it tonight and tomorrow to see what I can come up with.

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    man those animals look soo cool !!! i cant do animals for shit but yours are great !

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    working a bit on the composition, still playing around:




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    bwkeough- Great stuff, love the thumbnails and the wolf/dog studies, your coming on strong. Can't wait to see more.

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    I haven't been drawing as much as I should be...have to step it up..

    still working on the hunt



    some quick studies from national geo.


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    really feeling the animal studies bro. that last composition is the most eye-catching of them all, it has that old fairy tale feel to it. the pic with the hunts man is interesting, but he seems a little on the stiff side, he doesnt seem to be controlling the dogs with emotion.

    awesome work, now i need to draw.

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    like them dags.

    also like your sketches.. try to give your sketchy lines purpose, and use them as ideas for details rather than just filling up space. that way your more 'finished' sketches will still look fresh, like the two dogs running at the bottom of this page: http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch103.jpg

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    bojee, prostate, nova-- hey thanks, I'm glad you guys/gal are liking this illustration project with the hunting dogs.

    I too like the last composition with the dogs crossing the log and the people hiding under the tree roots. I stopped working on it because I think it doesn't have enough perspective depth. I'm going to work up another version where either the people are in the foreground, the dogs are in the middle, and the huntsman is in the background. Maybe find some swamp/bayou reference too.

    I agree, the sketch of the huntsman of the dogs is a little stiff, I was just exploring his character a little, trying to move him past "guy with a deer skull for a hat."

    nova- I agree about the sketchiness, it was frustrating me last night, too. I spend so much time 'exploring' that it looks indecisive and extraneous. I'm going to start my drawing sessions by drawing random photo ref from magazines to tighten up my hand-eye-mind connection before getting down to work.

    thanks again!

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    I love the way you sketch that the line is running around aimlessly like that, Im learning that kind of way of sketching myself too thanks for your comments on my artwork

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    gah! It's been over a week since I posted anything...anyhow, here's two doodles.

    eget- thanks! I'm glad I could help a little.

    I'm still kicking around my idea for the people hiding from the hunting dogs, here's another take on the scene:


    and a random soldier


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    the end of the hunt is in sight!

    well, I hope so, anyway, I'm impressed that I haven't given up on this idea even after a month of plugging away at compositions and concept-- I usually let things fizzle to nothing if I can't crank them out in 2 weeks or less.

    two pre-lim sketch pages, zeroing in on my final idea:


    The WIP sketchpage, working on hotpress 11" x 14" bristol board. I bought a pair of new mech. pencils, SumoGrips from Japan Sakura, 0.5mm and 0.9mm the thicker lead makes it easier to get a soft smooth shading. They're big fat-grip pencils, but they were only $3.50 or so each at Utrecht, which is about half as much as the DR. Grips or whatever that I usually see at office supply stores.


    Crit it up before I move to color! (I think I have another 4 hours of work or so at this stage before I do a final high rez scan)

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    Hi Brendan,
    Good to see the updates on your new project.
    To add to the confusion I must say that besides this one my favorite is still your original sketch because the focus there is on the woman and not on the hunters, just a thought.
    I agree with JadeDragon on the composition, but those comments wouldn't be too hard to implement.
    I just remembered that I still have to do a Beast-trainer sketch for you
    Cheers!

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    Hey, we we're typing at the same time
    That last one is pretty cool too, although the hunter could be a bit more agressive in his pose, to make him more evil.
    Cheers!

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    the hunter should be more evil, are you certain he is the "bad guy" in this scenario ? Let me finish up the lower left section of the image and we'll see if your opinion changes...I'm going to set this image up as having multiple interpretations.

    cheers!

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    really cool stuff here. Loved the process of the robo. Keep it up.

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    hey s.s.nails, I'm glad you liked seeing the process. I'll be doing the same thing with this hunting illustration. I have always enjoyed and benefitted from seeing other folks show their WIP. It also helps me to have people say, "hey, that looks goofy" before I spend several hours heading in the wrong direction.

    anyhoo, here's 3 pages of idle doodles and some more progress on the illustration





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    cool man, good lookin stuff. your faces are getting better. can't find any obvious things to crit, just wanted to say hey, and keep em coming.

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    wow so much progress. i realy like that last sketch, its coming along great.

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    damn, you guys are quick! Thanks for the kind words.

    jetpack, are you scanning your new Watts Atelier work yet? Have your classes started? I have ENVY for you my man, time and fortune doesn't allow me to take that route today. I'm going to see about getting my butt to some life drawing classes, though.

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    I like the story telling feeling to your sketches its like nicely mixing the real life with fantasy very cool idea I think I have to go dick the paper collection trash box and get me some magasines where one could get some action pictures I just recently for a change drew something like that and it gives a totally different feeling when the characters are actually interacting with the environment or to have any background at all drawn in general, Im still such a beginner that I have only drawn these quite seperately studying anatomy alone and not much environment but totally cool feeling feels like Im a movie director or something wow Im rambling, your sketches are really cool I love to see how you evolved with this one where the two characters are hiding while the wolfs and the wolfman are hunting them, where ever did you get that idea it looks like could be cool oilpainting subject, what do you usually do with your sketches are you oilpainter ?

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    awesome stuff man! I don't know why I haven't found this thread before...very very cool. I will be watching your progress you have some good stuff in here...I like the massacist (spelling?) robot

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    egets- thanks! I'm very much motivated to make narrative illustrations. Part of that is because much of my early exposure to art was from illustrations in the Hobbit, the Chronicles of Narnia, Treasure Island and many others. I also find that I can make more interesting characters and compositions when I consider the motivations and backstory of the folks in the image. Figuring out the "why" pushes me in different directions than if I was just drawing the event itself. Talking to my wife about her acting helped me reach these ideas.

    My masochistic robot is more than just some machine gone wrong: I was thinking about how neat it is that we're using digital machines to make art. From there, I spun to all of the now clichÚ robot emotion ideas that Raymond Bradbury and Philip K. Dick introduced us to in the 60's. Going past that, I thought it would be really wild if a robot was not only sentient but was mad for power and wanted to learn magic badly enough to sacrifice part of its body for it.

    So, yeah. now it's my turn to ramble

    Jon! nice to see you here, thanks for the kind words.

    ok, here's an update:
    This is the final stage of the pencils for the hunt:


    and here's some early colors, just blocking them in, setting up more values. I decided that the army behind the hunt leader was too much and took them out.


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