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July 29th, 2014 #1
Andy's Sketchbook, Never Gonna Give You Up.
Hi everyone, thanks for checking out my sketchbook first of all, I'm hoping to keep this updated regularly but to start off here are some studies/imaginative work I've done in the past I hope you enjoy, any feedback is great and much appreciated.
(still life, sugar in jar)
Imagination (no reference):
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Spent a few hours on this, didn't even attempt rendering the feet/hands, definitely need to do more anatomy studies.
July 29th, 2014 #3
Just wow! Some of the studies look completely like photos, you sure have patience. But I also love your more loose strokes, when your "lines" are visible. It all feels very good, and varied to me, so keep it up!
July 30th, 2014 #4
Thanks ynne! Patience and a lot of spare time!
Here's today's stuff, not much drawing, done some anatomy reading/videos and currently having driving lessons
and a lame doodle, lots more anatomy studies tomorrow!
July 31st, 2014 #5
More studies today, some figures from imagination and a portrait sketch from imagination.
(TOP STUDIES, BOTTOM IMAGINATION)
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Well, you're pretty much set on your way! You could additionally focus on attributes, your pieces don't always have a mood going on due to a seclusive feeling. Keep it up
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Ah my bad should have caught that it was a study xD Well I'd say keep working on the anatomy and figure drawing! I feel like your work really needs it more than anything else. Do some bodies from imagination too! It helps your imagination stuff out a lot
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August 1st, 2014 #10
Yeah I don't think I'll ever stop studying anatomy, it's all interesting stuff!
Here's a piece i've been working on pretty much all day, always loved the idea of angels and demons, this is supposed to be the gatekeeper of heaven, she'll have some keys in her other hand eventually, hoping to finish this weekend, then maybe a hell version would be super cool
August 2nd, 2014 #11
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August 3rd, 2014 #13
Mhmm, you're on a great track.
Looking at the gatekeeper, I can imagine the pose would be somehow uncomfortable/painful even? I recommend trying the pose yourself, at least upper part of body (considering she's flying). I think the hand with keys should be more loose and the hand with sword more firm (in firm grip) because the sword is heavy and it takes more strenght to hold it. It would slip if she held it this way for longer time. I also think it's weird we don't see any of that hand.
I love the armour, although I can't imagine how the things on her legs hold onto her, I think it should be connected under her knees somehow?
Try to think of the practical side next time, to make it work, not just look pretty (it looks lovely indeed).
One last thing would be her wings, I know people tend to stylize them, but the simple anatomy of them is a matter of 3 minutes looking at real wings, and adding the bend would make it look twice more real even if you didn't add more details.
I like how you painted skin, although I'm unsure where all the lightsources are, I know nothing about light, but it may be simplier to have 1 main lightsource at first.
I tried to help as much as possible, but you know I'm a newbie myself, so it's mostly my humble opinion only.
Keep it up!
August 3rd, 2014 #14
I can see what you mean about the pose, I was just going for something dynamic but maybe exaggerated a bit too much, and this is why other people's opinions matter! I never thought about how loose/tight her hands were, I agree it is a bit strange not seeing the other hand, as they're the second most expressive part of the body!
I will definitely bare everything you said in mind, wing anatomy and armor studies are in order! The multiple light sources were hard because the clouds are basically a big light box casting light everywhere so if it were just one light source I thought it might have looked weird, probably better starting off simple though
Again, thanks for the comment!
August 4th, 2014 #15
Pretty boring update, did some figures from imagination, only a minute or two on each, then started working on my newest piece, so the basic lines are done for this, I re-read James Gurney's Color and Light so hoping to apply some stuff I got from that, limiting my light sources and hopefully coming up with a more powerful final result.
August 5th, 2014 #16
I'm glad my comment possibly helped a little
I wouldn't guess half of those is from imagination, you are definitely getting better. About the newest piece, it looks like it will be quite interesting, and it's great you want to follow the much-recommended book; just about pose, I would try myself if the hands are comfortable placed like this (the laid down hand looks a bit stiff?). The head and shoulders are quite good, and I like how you managed to draw his feet... as I said, it looks promising, but that will not help you improve it. Hm. Seeing the hand holding the weapon, I think it creates a tangent with knee? (Moving the arm behind knee, or resting it on the knee for more comfort, would probably solve this.)
Wings got better from last time, although the "fingers" usually come from the "wrist" like in human hand, this reminds me of pterosaur wing and then I assume there would be no fingers at all. Maybe it's just for effect.
But I still think the wings should have thicker base, and start lower?
Anyways, I hope it helped instead of discouraging you!
August 5th, 2014 #17
I haven't really studied the anatomy of a wing yet I just glanced at a few images after seeing your last post but I will be doing studies soon, so much to learn!
Thanks again, helped a lot
Anyways here are some anatomy and colour studies, some imaginative figures in there, then pretty much been working on rendering the last piece, it looks very cheesy but I learnt a bunch from doing it so all is well
August 6th, 2014 #18
August 7th, 2014 #19
Been a frustrating day, I do gesture studies every morning but today wasn't going well, no point in posting the results here but I went away for an hour and came back and then got onto studies and imaginative stuff, overall a fun day
Also a portrait I did a while back for someone's birthday that I can finally post
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August 8th, 2014 #22
Great figures from imagination, can't even tell some are from imagination at all! Your digital photo studies are excellent too. I'm sure you sit there obsessing over getting them jusssst right lol good work dude. I'd like to see some tighter environments though. Maybe sit down and do a really focused study on one? I'm sure it'd come out great and you'd probably learn a lot too. Keep on truckin my friend
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August 8th, 2014 #23
Just studies and a doodle today, fed up with my imagination, really didn't feel creative today, I feel like I've studied my way into killing my creative side, I think I need to start doing a lot more imaginative work and lowering my study time a bit, break through this wall I'm currently facing.
August 10th, 2014 #24
Didn't get to post yesterday, went to an agricultural show which was pretty nice, lots of animals but there wasn't really time to sit down and draw.
Anyway, here is today's effort, a mixture of study and imaginative stuff, experimenting with colour, I really want to get better at it and just messing about like I did really opened my eyes to it, any feedback is appreciated.
August 11th, 2014 #25
I really enjoyed all those digital studies, they look awesome Keep up the good work!
August 11th, 2014 #26
Here's what I've done today, a photo study and then a sketch from imagination, the photo study took forever because it was full colour, got there eventually I think, the goblin was definitely inspired by Even Mehl Amundsen, watched the interview he did with Jonas and Darek earlier.
I definitely need to study some expressions, I have Hogarth's books to study from now, I've already studied Loomis and many others but Hogarth seems to capture powerful poses excellently.
August 12th, 2014 #27
Not done much today aside from this, got into the "there's so much to do what do I do first" scenario, really want to go out and sketch some people in public but doing that where I live may get me killed, all in the name of art I guess, any feedback is appreciated, this took me around 3 hours.
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August 15th, 2014 #30
I've been lazier than usual these past few days, due to just being down about the work I was producing, but it's part of the journey, I definitely need to start working on a portfolio, I want to focus on character concepts but I enjoy environments as well, I am struggling with colour, I know colour theory it's just every time I go to apply what I know I screw up, then I go and watch artists churn out these amazing colourful pieces, I think more master studies are in order.
Here's what I've done today, anatomy studies, colour studies and some sketches from imagination, corel painter has way better lines than Photoshop.