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.