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February 23rd, 2013 #1
By the Oak's sketchbook
I've realized that lately I've been focusing so much on making finished pieces for my illustration program that I've neglected my sketchbooks and haven't done as much digital sketching as I used to. So here I'll be dumping all sorts of sketches whether they're any good or not. Feel free to give criticism or any comments! (although bear in mind I don't use photo reference when I'm doodling so I know my anatomy is off)
So starting off with some older junk..
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February 23rd, 2013 #3
Thanks a lot Clockwork! I worked on that rabbit one some more, I'll post that soon.
February 28th, 2013 #4
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March 20th, 2013 #5
Elves almost finished, and did some more work on the nature god sketch until the board had enough, and a work in progress painting of the Morrigan of Irish mythology.
Last edited by bytheoak; June 15th, 2013 at 02:36 PM.
May 13th, 2013 #6
June 8th, 2013 #7
Couples! All but the first picture are commissions.
Last edited by bytheoak; June 8th, 2013 at 11:07 AM.
June 15th, 2013 #8
Meh. Abandoned things.
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July 1st, 2013 #9
September 18th, 2013 #10
September 18th, 2013 #11
September 18th, 2013 #12
Frazetta studies and pastel portrait study, digital work
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September 18th, 2013 #13
September 20th, 2013 #14
tree is china marker, vampire is willow charcoal
September 23rd, 2013 #15
Last edited by bytheoak; September 24th, 2013 at 04:18 AM.
September 30th, 2013 #16
These are some quick iPad drawings (Drawcast app) from life and imagination. Figure was done on the PC with reference.
October 1st, 2013 #17
Another scratchboard/china marker sketch and stuff for the weekly spartan challenge.
October 1st, 2013 #18
Side of a house from life (in my tiny travel book) and a mountain photo study.
October 3rd, 2013 #19
2 hour portrait study. I think all the life painting I did in school helped me learn how to copy well, but I wish I could get the same results from memory.
Also some random chest sketches.
October 3rd, 2013 #20
Forgot to post this one before, but I fixed up my Morrigan piece.
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October 3rd, 2013 #21
October 4th, 2013 #22
Thank you so much
October 4th, 2013 #23
October 4th, 2013 #24
Lovely stuff in here- I love deers and animals - and the fun detailing you put in. I haven't done much mythology type stuff recently - makes me want to do some
Only suggestion would be to explore expression and the face a bit more, you seem to keep emotion mostly in the eyebrows, and on the pretty side.- the face is pretty elastic and widely varied - it can get really fun once you start drawing old cowboys- or people who have been smashed in the face a few times.
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I love all of your mythology stuff! I love the bird/harpy ladies ...
October 5th, 2013 #26
Thanks Zandragon and Rhubix. I love mythology, I did my whole final year's project in illustration on it. I'd like to explore different faces and body types and I was planning to work on that this week. I guess most of the artists I admire and look up to use very idealized figures and that's what I tend to try to do, but I should branch out more.
October 5th, 2013 #27
October 5th, 2013 #28
Ooooh, that last guy portrait study is gorgeous! Lovely colors. And I love that first SB page from post #7
The Morrigan piece looks lovely as well, but there seems to be a bit of a problem with her jaw maybe? It seems a bit wide, and maybe you should add a sharper shadow under it? I don't really know how to explain, so here's a photo to make myself clearer.
Anyways, I really envy your use of colors, awesome job. I'll be looking at this SB more often, for sure.
October 5th, 2013 #29
You use a great combination of soft and hard lines, realistic without losing the painterly feel. That and your color schemes are lovely, will definitely keep an eye on this thread!
October 6th, 2013 #30
Wow my sketchbook exploded with comments out of nowhere :p
Thanks guys, it means a lot!
Whistler I didn't put a strong shadow there because I felt it would be wrong with the light source. Maybe I was wrong? I also wanted her to have a round face with a wide jaw, but I appreciate the critique and I'll try it out and see if it improves the piece.
I'm having trouble finding freelance work other than the odd job here and there so I'm really trying to improve my portfolio pieces and my memory.