I believe it's time for me to revamp myself. I haven't been doing much art for about a year now -(or half a year).. The old sketchbook has tons of sketches and exploration. Hopefully this one will be more focused.
So, this is my NEW online sketchbook...
[I think I'm currently aiming for the Character Design field, because I'm best at that. I'll still do a lot of explorations,
but I'll try and get things close to finish in this book - If I can.
I took some old photos on my comp, and then I played around "compositionally" <(not a real word? lol)-- with cropping, flipping, adding brush strokes, things like that - it seems like a cool way to implement style and abstraction into a working piece. Although, these that I've made aren't directed towards anything. Perhaps I'll direct it towards something in the future...
but for now, it's just for fun and testing out skills.
I've got some grey-scale portraits and other stuff to post soon!
Wow, it's impressive amount of portrait studies! Looks pretty nice, values are good, you may try to concentrate also more on your brushstrokes, keeping it simple and thinking where you would place them. Keep it going!
Something that helps me that may help you is to avoid thinking of drawing and painting as trying to assemble parts together (like eyes, ears, etc). Instead, think of the whole at all times. In other words, when drawing the eye, think of the other eye--but also think of the top of the head at the same time... and the chin and all the other parts.
It will slow your work down, it will make you think more... but it will also help you to develop your visualization... since it is hard to think of "the whole" all the time.
hey man thanks for the comment on my sb,from what i can see
you would be hugly benefitted by doing still life of simple objects
practicing value and edge control,there is a great series about it on ctrlpaint.com.
Hello Everyone! Thanks for the kind words! I'll keep going!!!
Androno- Hey, brushstrokes is kind of my only focus right now lol. thanks!
p sage- Hey. I'm actually trying to "actualize" that principle at this moment. Focusing on brush strokes in particular, but also focusing on seeing the 'full' form of things as oppose to single units. Thanks.
GrayPersona- CtrlPaint.. I'll check it out man. Thanks!
Some more character color concepts and brush stroke practicing. Non-stop! Non stop! until I master it lol...
for portraits-- is breaking down the color economy: the hardest challenge, is figuring out how those colors affect the planes on an interior blending level. Blending is not the problem, it's how do the colors work in harmony when the blending occurs within their plane changes... *going mad*
Sketching characters is whatever. The problem is finding uniqueness in a variety of shapes.
Shape harmony, shape contrast, and interior shape complexity is the challenge for me.
I know that my aim is character design. I'm really just trying to see where to go from here.
Getting my rendering game up (on an imaginative level) is killing me right now. More studies from life and photos, I guess is the only solution I can see.
Hi there. I love the thought that you are putting into your work. The documentation of your aims and thought process are something that I may have to steal from you and apply to my sketchbook now I'm getting back on with it. I'll be sure to check back here to see how you're coming along. My favourites of these are the colourful alien heads. Very nice.
Staal Sander- Hey, thanks for stopping by. I'll holla back later! Gritto- Hey Gritto. Feel free to apply whatever you feel is helping you. I'll check your stuff out soon!
I've made progress. Concerning breaking down colors- which has been one of my goals in the last year- I've made a breakthrough in understanding. The only thing stopping me, is not enough time. Family obligations keep preventing my study time. Honestly, I wish to just be free from this, and practice like a madman, until I'm a full-blown master. But alas, I must take things slowly.
But anyway, back to topic: I've learned to use the photoshop cut-out filter and apply the understanding of abstractness in color forms and shapes as a method of breakdown. When I have a reference pic, I might as well see how photoshop handles the cutting out of color breakdown. It's highly abstract, but the approach, I really like. I'm starting to use this knowledge as one of my own methods.
It has increased my speed, because I can see through the details - like in pencil drawings- but it's colors instead.
So, here are a few examples I tried out attempting. I also see the fault in this: it can easily become a "style" - which is something you want to avoid. The idea behind it is all I'm using, not the approach in itself. I couldn't copy the approach anyway, it seems illogical and sporadic.
enough said. Here's art!
p.s-- I'll be away for two weeks. So I'll try and do art within that time - but I don't know. We'll see what happens.
thanks for your comment in my sketchbook! your stuff looks great. your portrait skills have really developed a lot. I like how you simplify the colors and brush strokes. certainly an area I could also use a lot of work. keep it up man!
SO I'm glad to be back browsing this awesome site... I think I might even start posting concepts again!!
Although, I haven't been sketching as much as I would like (I was a mad sketch-a-holic, it was scary! lol - the last sketchbook I had, I complained a lot about never reaching my potential, and posting loads of unfinished works...) But I think my whole creative approach is a lot more focused now. I still love the art form of concept art a.k.a "pre-production art" or "Visual development"... I think a lot of young artists have the whole field 'idealized' into a fairy tale, lol. But I digress... I'll be trying to start updating again, once I get some free time!!
Feel like I'm starting to step up to where I want to go in life... Hopefully this positive vibe keeps up!! I want to inspire people! DO WHAT YOU LOVE!!! Don't be a slave to your Job, or your Life !
1) I'm teaching art now, part time, but still something!
2) In 2014, I started a creative arts company!!! (super excited with it)
3) Working on my first illustrated Children's book, and the author has more stories!!
4) Part time Freelancing designing logos and stuff (going okay, but at least getting work with art right?)
5) Professional Caricature Artist at different client events (Thinking about registering as a 2nd business, since people love that stuff!)
So, to my online strangers/friends who view my sketchbook--- Glad to be browsing CA again!! Catch y'all later !!!
Last edited by poetry man; April 10th, 2015 at 07:07 PM.