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January 21st, 2014 #1
Hey, Sup guys. I started a sketchbook here many years ago but lost the drive to keep up with posting cause of school. I'm determined to post everyday now while trying to build a strong portfolio over the next couple years. I would really appreciate it if you guys would give some firm feedback, I really want to push my design and painting skills far in order to get a job in Video Game design.
A couple of studies, designs and a min grey scale speed painting.
Last edited by t-jd; January 21st, 2014 at 03:45 AM.
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January 21st, 2014 #3
I really like the firetailed girl, she is cool and has a nice design. I would like to see her taken further.
I see you are struggling some with using digital brushes. There is definitely a learning curve with them.
I really like this guy's videos, he definitely helped me to figure out how to better use brushes.
Watch digital painting 101, and do all the practice exercises he gives.
I hope this helps out a bit, and I hope that this new Sketchbook goes well for you!
See you around if you keep posting! =]
January 21st, 2014 #4
@Scott Harris Thanks!
@greyskill. Thanks. I'm planning to take her digital and do a coloured version. Yeah, ended up just using one brush that I used for blocking for the entire thing. I was reading up on a tutorial that said it's better to use a harsher brush then transition to a softer one for details. Problem is there are so many custom brushes it's so easy to get overwhelmed. Thanks for the link!
Today's update! Work in progress of a painting,some unfinished designs i'm still working on and sketches and some tonal studies to get ready for grey scale painting. Trying to think of everything in shapes.
January 22nd, 2014 #5
Working on getting values down in grey scale for the next couple of days. Having some real struggles with painting my character in grey scale . Any critiques are welcomed! I'll be back with more.
January 22nd, 2014 #6
OOOh neat work, I love the inked creature head in the first post !
Critiques on my work always welcome!!
January 22nd, 2014 #7
Just finished this one up.
January 23rd, 2014 #8Registered User
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hey dude thanks for looking at my stuff i replied already but my computers freaking out and not sure if it posted so ill just try and repeat what i said, cant wait to see your character design develop looks really interesting and that inked creature head is awesome it reminds me of Cthulhu really nice stuff man
January 24th, 2014 #9
A timed study from a still (Raid Redemption)
Getting really comfortable with digital, feels a lot better since I first started this journey.
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Hey man keep your work ethic!! you are gonna go far if you do
I like your character designs!
January 25th, 2014 #11
@kingdoop Thanks! Still trying to work out this painting thing, but I'll post it as soon as I finish.
@RiccardoUltimo Hey, Thanks. Gotta do something everyday no excuses.
Back to the basics with some head studies. Trying to focus on all the areas i'm weak on. (Placement of eyes and noses, Planes of the face and shape, etc.,)
Some misc. Luke Skywalker thumbnails for an weekly art collective i'm a part of.
January 26th, 2014 #12
Some more work on this character again. Gonna shift that left arm over. I accented a few areas I need to emphasize more with value.
Might not do anything with this but I wanna go more in-depth with this character's props and weapons.
Some more photo studies
Getting really comfortable working longer periods at a time digitally. Gonna see this one all the way through.
Critiques are all welcome.
Last edited by t-jd; January 26th, 2014 at 02:02 AM.
January 27th, 2014 #13
Some rough ideas for the new CHOW topic.
Forgot my pen so I did a bunch of traditional stuff.
Did a redesign of the movie version of Quicksilver.
Little speed paint from imagination. Time to take of the training wheels
Some longer studies I've just started as well.
January 28th, 2014 #14
Finished the study of the cast head. Gonna try and do each view as well.
Finished this study as well.
Plan to take this one in colour.
January 29th, 2014 #15
Yeah there really are way too many brushes out there, that I why I always keep things simple.
I only use my own brushes, unless I really need one for a certain effect eg. watercolor.
Mainly I restrict myself to the soft round and hard round brushes with their spacing turned way down. I think that most people use a soft brush and then change to a hard brush for details. The soft brush helps to get smooth gradients and transitions, and then the hard brush can be used for small sharp details. Honestly though, you could use either of them exclusively and get a good painting, especially if you used the selection lasso...
Anyway, I am rambling, I really came here to drop off a paintover I just did.
I hope this was okay for me to do. If not, I can delete this post. XD
Okay, main rundown of what I did.
The most important thing I did was shifting the balance. I moved the hips and legs back and the head forward.
Second, I changed the width of the shoulders and hips to make her look more feminine. Also, shadows don't really fall all the way around the breasts, especially when they are covered. There are some folds and then the fabric just naturally drapes around them.
Third, I softened the facial features and reduced the neck size and arm lengths a bit. The were all too long and made her look too manly. The sternum was a bit over rendered as well.
A good rule of thumb for arm length is that elbows should fall around where the bellybutton is, and if they are lifted they naturally arc along from the bellybutton. Also, the when an arm is hanging naturally, the fingers sit just above mid thigh.
Lastly, a tail would come out of someones pelvis where their tailbone is, so it is actually pretty high up.
Man, I actually wish I was finishing this painting, heh...
Sorry if this post was too long... XD
So yeah, sweet concept, just some tweaks and you will be on track.
Keep rocking on, keep posting! =]
January 30th, 2014 #16
@greyskill Hey thanks for the tips. It helped a lot!
Started this painting.
Here are the color notes.
January 30th, 2014 #17
Attempting to paint with a more variety of colors instead of just going down in value. Feedback and critiques are welcomed.