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Hello concept artists! I'm Karl Levy, and I have been an aspiring professional concept artist for as long as I've known that there was such a profession...which is to say about a couple of months now. I've been drawing all of my life pretty much, and when I was a kid I used to spend much of my (in class and free) time drawing environments and characters for and from video games. I was always what one would consider a talented illustrator, but I grew up to take on more "mature" work in both architecture and graphic design. While I did enjoy that work, I have always been drawn more to illustration and the epic side of games and movies, so I'm in the process of making a career shift in that direction-concept art for games in particular. After lurking here for awhile, I see that I have much to learn and I'm trying to do it as rapidly as possible! I'd appreciate any feedback and critique I can get...thanks! (Edited for Sketchbook Icon)
Last edited by kalevy; August 27th, 2013 at 08:52 AM.
Some more recent stuff...based on that great Concept Art 101 thread by Seedling. I took a household item, a porcelain teddy bear and transformed it into a little red riding wolf character
Here's a "jazzed up" self portrait-I added most of the beard, the sunglasses and the mohawk, and changed my outfit as well- and environment sketch of a landscape in the clouds (I know it needs work), a drawing of a Rhino loosely based on reference (I did not have a picture showing the rhino at that particular angle), and lastly some drawings of a velociraptor from imagination; I was working on trying to visualize it in 3 dimensions.
Like most people, the hardest thing for me to draw is definitely people, particularly the hands, feet, and any poses drawn from the back. So I've been doing studies on human anatomy like crazy from photographs, still life, and anatomy books to get an understanding of how everything works and where things should be located in and on the body so that I can draw them more realistically from imagination. I'll keep working on this subject until I die I suppose! Gotta keep drawing...
I like your studies! especially the eyes and hands Keep it up.
My Sketchbook )
Criticism much appreciated
Here are some of the more extensive anatomy drawings I've been doing, trying to piece everything together. Gotta work on those hands and feet! Sorry about the scan quality, some of the shading and finer lines are lost
Nice line work! I really enjoy pencil sketching like yourself. It looks like you are off to a great start in your sketchbook. Welcome to the community and I hope you keep posting regularly!
I was having some trouble capturing women’s faces realistically, so I used this page to practice getting them right (you can generally track my progress on the page from frustration, to indifference, and finally to some sort of peace in an “S” curve from the top left to the right & back to the lower left). The sketch of my wife making a funny face is from a photo reference, the rest are from imagination. As you can see, I tried to throw a few different expressions in there...
I felt like alot of my body drawings were too stiff and disproportionate, so I'm working on getting the angles and proportions of the body right in various gestures.
I'm glad I went back to the basics and started working on getting the basic structure in place thanks to some CGMW videos on youtube! I think I'm getting somewhere...
I've been pretty busy recently, some personal goings on, but I still found time to sketch! First up, as a huge Lord of the Rings nerd (as I'm sure many of you are), I dedicated a page of my sketchbook to a few LOTR characters: Saruman, Theoden, Eomer, and The Witch King of Angmar. I recently got a Wacom Intuos tablet, so I'll be colorizing these images soon, can't wait! I also have some more quick faces at various angles as well as an a couple of studies of Eomer's facial expression.
Continuing the LOTR theme with a King Theoden study…now in color! I learned alot from this piece, which helped me greatly with the following painting in which my angel concept has been taken to a more polished level via Photoshop…I can’t wait to keep going with this Intuos and getting better, faster, and more creative with my concepts!
Here's what I've been up to recently...lots of studies and some concepts. The wolves were mostly studies, but the last was my depiction of Fenrir, the giant wolf from Norse mythology who eats Odin at the end of the world. Same thing with the pages of serpents and dragons; after a failed attempt to draw a random dragon concept (that ended up looking more like a goofy Tyrannosaur), I went back to the drawing board (ha ha) and drew a few snakes from reference...Then I tried to use what I learned to create the head of Jormungandr, the massive snake wrapped around the world.
Here are some sketches I did trying to re-imagine Jadis, the evil queen/White Witch of Narnia from "The Chronicles of Narnia" based on the book's descriptions of her. I tried to depict as simultaneously fierce/intense and beautiful. I noticed that drawing her nose was a bit of a struggle so I took it on myself to draw 50 noses based on variations of a common structure in order to get better at drawing them. I'll be drawing 50 pairs of lips next...
50 mouths continued...along with some head drawing practice trying to get my conceptualized heads equal to my head studies. Last is a couple more concept drawings I did for Jormungandr, the Midgard serpent from Norse Mythology. I'm starting to think I'm better at creatures/animals than people at this point . Guess I have some work to do to catch up!
Hi, yes please keep drawing!
So much life and potential in your work. It´s pretty darned charming!
Carro - Thanks alot! Inpiring someone else inspires me!
nomansland - Thank you for you kind words! I have to keep drawing to reach/tap into that potential...
Here are the rest of my head studies; again, some are from imagination and some are from pictures. Also, I decided to try and come up with a realistic skull & skeleton structure for my Jormungandr serpent concept, mostly based on some snake and dinosaur skeletons with my own additions & subtractions. Any critiques?