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I've been painting for a few years now, but recently I've seem to hit a plateau, both motivation and skill wise. I've decided to start a sketchbook amongst other things, hopefully it'll motivate me to start churning out stuff daily again...
I'll be posting some of my previous stuff + any new doodles/sketches. Please feel free to critique on any areas so I can improve on those. Thanks!
Last edited by RustyPulley; December 22nd, 2012 at 12:29 PM. Reason: moved pieces to later post
Some of my older stuff:
Imo some of my main problems are concerning speed, anatomy(esp hands) and workflow. Hopefully I can improve on those, as now I tend to spend too much time fussing over 1 piece.
Some stuff I did recently + today...again, any crit/comments are welcome. Thanks!
Last edited by RustyPulley; December 22nd, 2012 at 12:35 PM.
nice stuff in here !
Well the fastest way to work past that plateau is tons and tons of studies. I think it might be a good decision to work on traditional medium as well, perhaps fill a sketch page a day? You will probably work a lot faster if you, as I said before, start doing tons of studies rather than finished drawings that way your mind will be constantly exercised on the main points before tedious refinement. gestures, life drawing, quick observational drawing, quick perspective studies and many other things are good ways to grind your skills to a higher level.
First off, sorry for the late reply-- was kinda off the past few days being busy with stuff. Yeah, that's a good idea, thanks for the suggestion. I actually have the same book that you have, Michael Hampton's Figure Drawing. :] Tried to get into his system, but couldn't really get into it for some reason. Now I try to re-read a few pages everyday. I also have pdfs of bridgman, hogath and loomis--they are collecting digital dust though. :|Well the fastest way to work past that plateau is tons and tons of studies. I think it might be a good decision to work on traditional medium as well, perhaps fill a sketch page a day? You will probably work a lot faster if you, as I said before, start doing tons of studies rather than finished drawings that way your mind will be constantly exercised on the main points before tedious refinement. gestures, life drawing, quick observational drawing, quick perspective studies and many other things are good ways to grind your skills to a higher level.
I should probably stick to a more disciplined daily routine, lol
A gesture warmup I did today--no ref, was trying to construct some figures.
My hand anatomy is particularly rusty.....gonna work on that. ...
I love that yellow piece from your very first post. And a lot of your landscapes/backgrounds look swell! Can't wait to see more from you.
Sketchbook is HERE
Those two paintings in your second post with the caped guy fighting look nice. The 3D spaces feel really solid, perhaps because you nailed the shadows.
Last landscape in your latest post looks awesome, too. Nice lighting and colors.
Great work bro! Also following you on Deviantart now. keep it up.
Thanks for the input, really appreciate it. Usually when I start with linework 1st I tend not to paint over the lines so as to save time (dont have to redefine stuff). But I do see where you're coming from. Nowadays I'm starting to just work from painted thumbnails 1st...
Some stuff today, plus some animation I'm starting on...its been quite a long while since I've touched animation, but its kinda fun.
I really like the painted gestures. I might want to try a similar study. Great work!
Hey Rusty! Mate your environments look amazing! I can see you are already doing speedpaints for improving your workflow, so just keep on doing them because that's certainly helpful! Also might help you to use some custom made brushes, they will improve your quality and your speed! Since you already do fine with the basic brush, might be a good idea for you to step up! (I can see you already use some for the tree foliage, so I apologize in advance for the tip if you already using them a lot ). I can see that your figure drawings fall a little bit behind in skill but it's OK! It might help you to do speedpaints of parts of the subject instead of the whole, that way you can focus more on the edges and the definition, which is also good for the workflow imho.
Cheers and keep up the great work!
Thanks for the input! yeah, I'm now exploring more of custom brushes too. I do use them, but for that project I tried not to as there are 2 artists (inc me) and we needed to keep the rendering consistent..
Some env piece for today----its actually for a practice group on DA. Something about arid savannahs and wildlife. I exercised some artistic license and added impending storm clouds to up the dramatic-ness of it.