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Hello my name is Bakari.
I've known about conceptart.org for a while but I wasn't able to get my account activated until recently. Even though i did not post on this site before I still documented my art. I call this "Stitches and Tears" because any improvement is as important as any mistake such as stitches and tears.Nearing the end of my high school career I'm hoping to go to an art college for illustration design/entertainment design. I hope to see improvement by consistently drawing/painting. Comments, analysis, and/or advice are welcome.
Last edited by Bakari G; April 20th, 2014 at 07:37 PM.
These are some sketches from Late 2013
These are some digital paintings from 2013.
figure Drawing and environment painting from today and yesterday. a problem with painting with me is that it's difficult for me to refine it and sometimes my colors seem washed out. these were made over my break and i hope i can still continue with school around.
sketches and digital paintings, trying to get looser with my drawings.
some old pixel art i remember i did, they came out pretty nice.
Also a Portrait black and white study today.
Had fun with the sketch, Not so much with the painting.
Painting of a Boeing 777 and a Fairchild C-123 Provider. Tried two different methods with each of these paintings and both were made with digital water color. Diving in and painting seems easier than making line work then painting, its probably just the way I'm thinking with the process.
I love your vehicle and creature designs! Just wondering, by any chance have you studied Scott Robertson? Your grasp of the 3d forms is admirable!
I really admire your sketches! keep it up!
@ dragning: Thank you dragning, I have looked at some of Scott Robertson's instructional works and I also own one of his books, "The Skillful Huntsman". For the 3D form I followed Feng Zhu's GnomonWorkshop video series and studied "handprint: perspective in the world".
@ AnuBird: Thank you
Here are some of my recent sketches.
Drawing fatigues me quite quickly, but hopefully I'll build more Endurance over time.
These painting just went wrong. I'm having trouble comprehending how people pick interesting colors and textures and end up with an interesting painting. I guess one of the main challenges of being an artist is being patient and diligent.
I knew i was doing something wrong, i was doing it like a coloring book rather than a painting.
more sketches. tried something new with the castle painting by adding noise for texture. And I also painted over an old sketch and got rid of the line work.
tbh i feel like i regressed a little with my sketches, they're neater but lack a little in liveliness.
Wow! The castle painting is pretty cool! Regarding improving your colors, you may want to check out the Ctrl+Paint video on the Tiny Study. You might find it useful! Also, check out Color and Light by James Gurney. I've heard great things about it and actually have it, although I haven't read it yet.
Last edited by dragning; April 22nd, 2014 at 06:58 AM.
@ dragningThank you. I looked at the tiny study on ctrl Paint some time ago and i found it useful(this is one of the few i did). I try to apply that by zooming out when i paint. Also the Color and Light book i actually own and decided to take a second look through it. Gurney makes fine examples on the nuances of painting with color and light, i would recommend buying the book.
@ kjyleeThank you, black and white is fun to work with because there is not as much to worry about with color. I tend to have more fun with those.
Regarding my uploads today, I have a mini study, a sketchbook page that i did at school, and 2 color studies. I used the color mixer rather than the color picker and was surprised of colors the colors varied on things that is not dominantly decided by hue.
I'm loving the colors on the sunset! Keep going!
@dragningThank you, that was my focus on that study.
More sketches from school today and two digital paintings that "I thought would be easy" One is a screen cap from oblivion the other just a small idea. Also digital notan sketches.
The ninja-esque women are great! Just wondering, have you tried doing a grayscale layer and then using layer modes to add color for your paintings? That might help you out, but from your seeming knowledge of art, I'm guessing you are probably already aware of the technique. I thought I would mention it though! Good job so far!
@dragning: Thank you and yes you're right I do know about the grayscale to color, but I was too headstrong to actually try it. I was able to focus more on forms, composition, texture, and lighting before i worked with the colors and the results were pleasing. I will probably continue my studies like that for a while, also I thank you for bringing it to my attention.
Bad day for sketching at school, got almost none done and only had time on the bus, and well we all know how that song and dance goes. A yellow jacket sketch painting and the grayscale to color study I mentioned earlier. a texture was used on the study made by Lexxy and I also learned that you overlay texture not multiply them. Minus the lack of sketches, I say today was pretty successful.
sketches and a grayscale to color canyon study. Been a little busy lately so i had to miss a day or two of updating my sketchbook, but these are some things i managed to do.
The bug sketches are great as always! I also love the textured approach to the canyon study. I've been rather busy (and lazy) recently too, but good job on doing something! By the way, are you planning to try out doing master studies anytime soon? They might help improve your painting.
@dragning:Thank you I was playing around with different settings. I'll have to do a master study in the near future, I hear it is a great way to gauge your skill and appreciate the artists before us.
I did some more bug sketches, it's just my go to thing when I don't know what to draw. Also my popcorn box that i made for calculus. by using the Optimization volume formula x(18-2x)(24-2x), I turned a 18X24 piece of cardboard into the largest possible volume box. Haven't been able to do much as of late, but i should be back on track soon.
A study of a woman trying to use colors directly, I'll have to practice more. Also hastily drawn sketches during my free time at school. It's nearing its end, but they must squeeze every second for learning.
Man, you really love bugs! But seriously, nice job on the color potrait. I really like the design on the bug with flippers as well. Keep working on those paintings!
@dragning: Yes, but I can't remember why I started to draw them. My physical sketchbook has lost some variety because of that, and i'm going to try breaking into different areas.
For now, here's a canyon pass from imagination, and a portrait study. I haven't been updating or painting as much as I should as of late and I'm going to need to work harder if I want a stronger portfolio.