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Hello, I used to draw a lot and am now getting back into it and learning digital painting. Here's some of the stuff I've done. Hmm, just realized these are all from pictures, I'll have to start drawing from real life.
Last edited by BindyMac; May 27th, 2014 at 12:35 AM.
Something I'm working on now - sorry for the size, I'll fix it later.
Today's sketches. The last one is my eraser.
Tried to draw from life today, but nothing good came of it. So here are some older works.
Wow, your rendering skills are truly impressive. You should post your life drawings if you are looking for helpful critique. The drawings that need the most improvement get the most helpful critique But I'm a noobie so maybe I'm wrong
One more for the night. Apple drawn from life.
Thanks taylorqt, I'm definitely going to post more drawings from life. I have a lot of trouble with it - not sure if it's because I'm drawing digitally or just because it's been awhile.
Today I decided to draw spoons. The spoons are from life and the woman is drawn from an image. While the angles of the spoons are mostly wrong, I learned a lot from doing them.
I don't have much to show, but I did want to post this. I'm getting into the habit of warming up by drawing from life, and then moving on to something different. The spoon is from life, and the head is from an image. The head is a work in progres, but I'm really enjoying myself with this piece.
Decided to do a self-portrait - haven't done one in years, and it was my first time doing it digitally. I have no idea how to draw my hair :/
So many spoons~ I'm still ever impressed with your feel for values. Great self portrait as well. I should do another self portrait soon. Keep em' coming!
This is what I spent my weekend on. I think I redid this one three times, and I'm still not very happy with it. I wanted to do a realistic portrait of a cartoon character, Razer from Green Lantern: the Animated Series. Any critique would be welcome.
Work in Progress.
Not much I can say at this point as your work is way better than mine is, haha. Keep posting, I'm interested in seeing this thread progress!
I once went to buy macaroni and came back with no macaroni, a new tablet, and monitor, so yeah, I can be impulsive.
Progress. I think once I finish this I'm going to draw from life, and then start using color.
Finished the portrait - I wanted to see how far I could push it, but then I realized that the face is a bit off. So now I'm going to focus on the construction stage, because I think that's where I'm really weak. I usually just slap on some values, and then if it's wrong fix it along the way, but after browsing through the forums and seeing other people's sketchbooks, I think I should really focus on stage one and really getting the shape and form right. So here's a bunch of sketches, including the portrait.
Didn't have that much time today, decided to draw spoons. Random face from imagination.
Today's stuff. I've been feeling all of the place lately, think I need some direction of what to focus on.
Did a still-life today. Wanted to work in color this time, it was a lot of fun.
Your portraits are truly great, Specially the first one, the variation in shade is really great. Definitely keep doing more color though, it can seem daunting(I know) but keep at it and it should come easily the more you go at it.
Help me improve!
Hi BindyMac. Welcome! It's great to see all these fundamental studies. I'm working on my fundamentals too. Keep doing what you're doing. One thing I think could make your studies pop a little more would be to put in some sharp edges. Right now most things look a little blurry. It might help to make a few sharp passes with an opaque brush in some of your edges after you've put in your foundation.
Keep posting. You are already at a great place and will only get stronger if you keep up the work. All the best.
Thanks for the responses guys!
IsaacEs, I'm definitely going to do more color, needs lots of practice with it.
Grumpysaur - Thanks for the tip - I'll try to make sharper edges, sometimes I get lazy with it though ;/
I needed to give myself an assignment or a project so I'm going to spend the next 30 days doing 30 still-lifes, one a day. I really want to focus on the construction stage and it also gives me a chance to explore colors. I'm really enjoying playing with color, even though I'm having a bit of difficulty with it.
1/30 - My glasses case. I didn't have a very good light source for it, and that shadow was a pain. It's sitting on a reflective-ish surface, but the picture doesn't look right.
EDIT: Took IsaacEs's advice, tried replacing the black parts with a really dark blue instead. Didn't spend too much time on fixing it, but in the future I'll definitely remember
Last edited by BindyMac; April 14th, 2014 at 10:51 PM.
The glass case looks really good, you should try and not use so much black when painting black, it sort of dulls everything else out, I would suggest using more dark blues or dark browns to liven the image up
Help me improve!
Thanks IsaacEs, I'm gonna keep that in mind.
Today's still-life. 2/30.
Got a bit lazy with the handwriting I'll probably clean it up later.
Loving the stills and the self-portrait, especially the hair. The labeling on your last still looks very familiar, what is it?
Anywho, I look forward to your progress.
3/30 - Today's still-life - horrible really, didn't spend too much time on it and the angles are all off. I'll probably redraw this tomorrow.
Incho - Thank you. The labeling's on a Shea Moisture lotion bottle.
Your doing great so far!
Personally, layers and hard round eraser is really helpful when trying to get an edge. Just paint on a layer, get the edges you want, and merge down without worrying too much about messing up what's already there.
Also, have you ever checked out Ctrl+Paint? Really useful information on the digital workflow and tutorials on things like blending and edges.
Hope it helps! Keep up the great work!
(updated August 27 2014)
very nice greyscale studies, and digital paintings, but i dont see you use the sharpening tool to define the painting
and try not to use black for shadow when u use colour
keepit up, great work ^^
Main Sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...23#post3801623
Portraits Only Sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...=1#post3835715
5/30. I did a still-life yesterday, but it's hideous so I'm not showing it :p.
This isn't done. I'm having a really tough time coloring this - the charger is actually white, so I'm not sure how to do the shadow. Honestly I'm getting a bit discouraged - might need to choose a different subject and come back to this with new eyes. The second picture is after I used the sharpen tool (I'm still learning how to use photoshop, so I don't know a lot of the tools).
anime-master-96 - Thanks for the tip - I'll remember not to use black.
AK_Guerrero - I've watched a lot of the videos at Ctrl+paint. I'm gonna have to use his technique to get some sharper edges.
A master study and two still-lifes - for the master study I just wanted to focus on color, so I didn't care how messy it looked. The colors are still a bit off, but I had a lot of fun with it, so I'll be doing more in the future.
Not happy with the still-lifes - think I really need to slow down. I'm getting better at the construction stage, but I rush through the painting process and I'm not spending enough time actually looking at my subject.
So my light source for this changed drastically in the middle of drawing, but I did the best I could. 9/30