Like a kitchen stove full of sketches rolling down a hill
My last sketchbook was a bit of a complete flop. Two years have passed and I've gotten more productive and confident. Just bought a new sketchbook and polished up my tablet, and it's time to pick up the pace. Bring on the critique!
MisterY, thanks for stopping by! More than anything else I like to draw "functional" fantasy--I'm not a huge fan of Warcraft-style megapauldrons and glowy crystals and eight-inch-wide swords. So there's a lot of buckles and rivets and peeling paint and horse crap in my drawings. I also try to pull inspiration from frequently-ignored parts of history--Neolithic Europe, Central Asian cultures, the Americas in the early days--there's loads of awesome stuff to draw there if you poke around. That's not to say I don't still enjoy drawing the occasional hoplite or feudal lord
That, and I like to draw all kinds of people, male, female, old, young, bald, hairy, skinny or ripped, you name it. People in their infinite variety are quite fun.
Anyway, enough navel-gazing and on to the sketches! Next time I hope to have more anatomy studies, and perhaps less deadpan expressions.
It's good that you're doing grayscale digitals and study the light/dark distribution, the colour ones were suffering in that department. You ever done some reading on colour theory? If you haven't, might be worth looking up. Try poking around this site, i know there's some good info around in here. Pencils are deft, but you need to think more in form and less in line, that habit is holding you back a little. Hope that doesn't sound too hermetic, feel free to pester me if you want more clarification on that.
Your 'surreptitious sketching', where do you do that? Just in the street? I've never managed to get close enough to see their faces.
I really like that black and white of the woman smoking, its very expressive and feels very natural. In the colour ones, I reckon that the colours could be a bit more unified. Like in the man with the spear on the mountain one, the colours all seem very separate. The guy in particular looks very bright and saturated compared to the background. Maybe try pulling colours from other areas into each other, or adding some fog or something.
Walnut! Having you critique my sketching was a minor life goal, so thanks! Anyway, yeah, color is definitely my biggest stumbling block. I still haven't found an optimal way to practice it properly (or I just don't know my way around color fundamentals). I'll keep poking around like you said. And I totally get what you're saying about form over line. I'm trying to break the habit of starting with outlines because it's definitely making my sketches look flat. It'll come with time and practice, I hope. Thanks again!
Rovanna: For sketching strangers in the wild, coffee shops are your friend. Everyone's engrossed in their homework or their laptop, and sits nice and still for you. Plus you have something of a workspace and easy access to caffeine, so what's not to like? As for the critique, you're dead on about the saturation. I'm slowly getting the hang of unified color schemes, but light levels and saturation are still causing me problems. :/ Welp, more crap to practice!
It's been pretty unstructured the last couple of weeks; just drawing this and that. I did some super quick landscape thumbnails just to get the ideas down on paper. Might try to build off some of those in color and see what happens. Oh yeah, and there's a picture of my friends' awesomely terrible band.
Really need to get a better scanner and a flatter sketchbook. Fuckin' gutters!
Hey man thanks for dropping by. Awesome to see someone else bringing the malz characters to life. Quick Ben is pretty much exactly how I imagined him and I really like the direction you took Tool in as well. I feel like the heavy brow and slightly neanderthal look works really well for what the T'lan should look like. As for crits, I would suggest pushing your lighting more in your paintings. Like if you have a warm light, really hit up those shadows with a cool color and vice versa, it seems small but it really pops your character forward. Other than that, just keep up the studies. Will definitely keep an out out for more
I will definitely have to try the coffee shop thing then. The colours in the swordsman picture look much better, much more unified. And I really like the personality in the characters in the last picture. Who are they?
Pundt: I took your advice on lighting, and good god did it help. Thanks mate!
Kimtan123: Thanks for stopping by!
Rovanna: That would be my friends' band, The Hostilities. They are talented musicians and atrocious songwriters. They say they'll make that their album cover, assuming they ever produce an album, so that's pretty cool.
Today, let's see...more 1 and 2 minute gestures. Some random out-and-about sketching. That black and white landscape could net me an illustration contract when it's finished, so I'm pretty excited about that.
And then, color studies. I was trying to make use of the advice I've gotten in this thread so far, but only today did it really click. I found a photograph that nicely referenced the lighting I wanted, and holy shit, I feel like I just leveled up. That douchey elf may be my greatest work thus far!