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    Jephyr's New Sketchbook

    Hey!

    I had a sketchbook here years ago that had grown to 12 or so pages and I got to know some pretty cool folks here way back then.

    Unfortunately as Concept Art has moved from server to server my pics were (mostly) all deleted — and so I decided to start a new sketchbook to share my stuff.

    I'll get right to it with a tiger photo study I just finished.

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    I captured the painting process and put it on YouTube as well.

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    Last Fall I was sketching with a friend at a local fast food joint and saw this guy over by the door that I thought had a very interesting face with lotza character.

    I borrowed my friend's phone and went over and asked the guy if I could take a photo for and use it for reference for a digital painting. He was cool and said it'd be ok.

    Below is the finished portrait and a "process" composite that I posted to my blog.

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    I've been doing a little more "real world" art lately — and bought a pastel pencil set and some sketch-books with grey paper.

    I finished this photo study of a Cinereous Vulture recently.

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    I also like cartooning and do a lot of characters in my regular sketchbook and will include this one too 'cause it's kinda a cartoony vulture.

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    Here's a couple more from the grey sketch-books and the pastel pencils.

    The wolf was one of the first I did with them — and each time I use them I learn a bit more.

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    Hi!

    I posted this original sketch way back when (2013?) in my first sketchbook — and decided to digitally paint it more recently.

    I remember that day of the sketch — sitting in the coolish shade on a patio at a tiny Mexican restaurant — watching pretty girls walk by — and getting "thumbs up" through the window from the older couple who ran the joint.

    Painting it was almost as fun — but I was at home in front of my computer......

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    Jephyr--
    Not sure what you want when you post work that's better than mine!!
    Seriously, though, are you working on/through a weakness we can't see? Vultures aren't blue, of course, and wild animals have more than just well-rendered heads. If you want or need help, lay it out in the open, fer crysake, or there's nothin I can do for ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalle View Post
    Jephyr--
    Not sure what you want when you post work that's better than mine!!
    Seriously, though, are you working on/through a weakness we can't see? Vultures aren't blue, of course, and wild animals have more than just well-rendered heads. If you want or need help, lay it out in the open, fer crysake, or there's nothin I can do for ya.
    Thanks very much for the encouraging words, lalle. After this post I'll look for yer sketchbook/art here on CA and return the favor...as well as take a look at some other sketchbooks.

    Of course you're right...vultures don't have blue heads.

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    As for what I want: Just simple things like world peace, adoring fans, full time employment as a bikini-team towel boy. Ya know...the usual stuff.

    But seriously...I'm just looking to share my stuff and be inspired by other artists. If anyone sees something that would help a me as an artist I'd love to get that kind of feedback too.

    Your comment already gave me food for thought. I do love doing portraits...and although I've done all kinds of human, creature and animal bodies...after your comment I decided to look through my "Image Bank" and work on a pic with a body.

    I found a squirrel photo from a copyright free site and decided to take that on as a project.

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    I got about this far and started getting bored with just doing a more or less straight likeness of it:

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    And so I started messing with a background and some other ideas for it. Since I'm a HUGE Frazetta fan I went that direction and am calling this one Alvin the Barbarian.

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    Anyway...thanks again.
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    I commented in another thread about having a ton of unfinished projects and decided to go through my folder and look at some of my "works in progress".

    I opened one and have been working on it - and have made some good headway on it over the last couple of days.

    Anywho - I decided to share the initial sketch and a shading rough of it today.

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    And a sketch from the archive.

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    ^^^^ I take my sketchbook out if I'm going to out to eat or to a coffee shop etc. I was finishing the one above in a restaurant one night.

    A group of kids dressed all in black, with their hair died black, and tatted and pierced out came in and one of the girls looked over at what I was doing while they were getting seated and said, "That is BAD ASS!"

    I felt like I was sitting at the cool kids table for half a second.


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    Wow, the animal pencil paintings are stunning bro! I like that man you took a picture of, the portrait painting came out nice, he does have interesting characteristics. post more
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    Thanks Danny! I appreciate the very encouraging feedback!

    Since you mentioned the pastels I'll post another recent one - a photo study of another vulture (this time with a red head).

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    Before I did this one in color I did a pencil version:

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    I used to post all kinds of anatomy studies and life drawing here on CA.

    For a long time I got away from that but lalle got me to thinking - I have to get back to challenging myself more with stuff that I find harder to do.

    So here's the first figure from my imagination that I've done in ages. I felt so rusty but plan to do more to clear out the cob-webs.

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    Love that bird head with pastels!
    When doing characters try to have a goal, maybe think of a short story, give your characters a place, a time, it will add more sense and interest to the design. I used to have the problem of doing sensless almost brainless characters until I figured I need to put thought and planning into my work, even the simplest of sketches.

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    Thanks a bunch Danny! I do like working with pastels. Makes me want to break out the oil paints too - something I haven't done in a while.

    Anyway - here's another recent pastel - but on 18 x 24 grey paper. (there's more work that needs to be done on this one)

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    I get what you're saying about giving characters "place and time"...I'll keep that in mind.

    Thanks again for commenting!

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    I used to love drawing BIG happy women - and haven't done them in ages - I had a lot of fun with this one.

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    And a coupla recent cartoony thangs from my sketchbook.

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    Ciao

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    Sweet pastels! Definitely will try them myself!

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    Fun stuff hehe, try to push your values more, add more darks to make the lights pop and vice versa, cheers!
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    Love your pastel paintings man!I have also tried working with pastels many years ago but they were so hard to get used to them!>_< Keep it up!

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    I really like your stuff, especially your drawings.
    I think your paintings would benefit from you using the whole value range. You can make them pop if you go really dark in places where no light hits.
    Ha, I just saw that Danny_K said something similar.

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    Hayo. Returning the visit.

    Dude, awesome draftsmanship. Very accurate drawing and nice linework too. Wish I had a good an eye+hand as you!

    Like the other fellers said, I think you could really take things to the next level if you worked on your values a bit more.

    Shot in the the dark here and it might have nothing to do with it, but watching a process video of one of your paintings (I think it was the tiger head on the first page) it seems you are very lighthanded and like to build up things slowly, almost like watercolor or something. That's great since you can really avoid making silly mistakes that can't be corrected (because of medium build-up or how much work the correction takes), you'll get a very nice richness of hues and you'll avoid snapping the shit outta your shoulder and neck like I do all the time (I grasp the pencil hardcore) but it might part of the reason why your stuff lacks a bit contrast, particularly on the dark side. Maybe next time, when you think you're done, put the piece away for a day or two, come back to it and try to notice if you could punch in some darker darks somewhere.

    Also, nothing beats the convenience of it but working from photos can also be detrimental to how your perceive values, since they get flattened by the camera, particularly in shots taken outside. Maybe do some more studies from life with saucers, apples and a couple of nicely set up lights to study values?

    Lastly, dropping Aaron Blaise name here in the odd chance you haven't heard of him (you probably have!). Beautiful animal stuff, definitely check him out on YT.

    Keep working hard!

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    Great to hear you've come back to CA! This is already looking like it's going to be a very impressive sketchbook as it grows more. Your creatures are very good. The portrait of the man is very nicely rendered too, I'm not shy at all but I dont think I'd have the balls to go over to someone and ask if I could make a photo of their face for reference, hahaha but props for doing it!
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    some nice work and control of your mediums,my two cents are that I think it would add a lot to your work if you tried capturingthe big planer shapes and rhythms
    and eliminating detail where it is not needed.
    thanks for stopping by my sketchbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie from the moon View Post
    Sweet pastels! Definitely will try them myself!
    Thanks Z. Yeah...they'e a cool medium for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny_K View Post
    Fun stuff hehe, try to push your values more, add more darks to make the lights pop and vice versa, cheers!
    Thanks for the advice Danny. They used to really push us to do that in art classes I took. I've probably slipped back into bad habits again.

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    Love your pastel paintings man!I have also tried working with pastels many years ago but they were so hard to get used to them!>_< Keep it up!
    Thanks! I don't know why...but I always liked working with them. Hope you'll give 'em a try again someday. Thanks again!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggeraz View Post
    I really like your stuff, especially your drawings.
    I think your paintings would benefit from you using the whole value range. You can make them pop if you go really dark in places where no light hits.
    Ha, I just saw that Danny_K said something similar.
    Thanks Tiggeraz! It's good to hear that from more than one person 'cause it really drives it in. Thanks to both of you!

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    Hayo. Returning the visit.

    Dude, awesome draftsmanship. Very accurate drawing and nice linework too. Wish I had a good an eye+hand as you!

    Like the other fellers said, I think you could really take things to the next level if you worked on your values a bit more.

    Shot in the the dark here and it might have nothing to do with it, but watching a process video of one of your paintings (I think it was the tiger head on the first page) it seems you are very lighthanded and like to build up things slowly, almost like watercolor or something. That's great since you can really avoid making silly mistakes that can't be corrected (because of medium build-up or how much work the correction takes), you'll get a very nice richness of hues and you'll avoid snapping the shit outta your shoulder and neck like I do all the time (I grasp the pencil hardcore) but it might part of the reason why your stuff lacks a bit contrast, particularly on the dark side. Maybe next time, when you think you're done, put the piece away for a day or two, come back to it and try to notice if you could punch in some darker darks somewhere.

    Also, nothing beats the convenience of it but working from photos can also be detrimental to how your perceive values, since they get flattened by the camera, particularly in shots taken outside. Maybe do some more studies from life with saucers, apples and a couple of nicely set up lights to study values?

    Lastly, dropping Aaron Blaise name here in the odd chance you haven't heard of him (you probably have!). Beautiful animal stuff, definitely check him out on YT.

    Keep working hard!
    Thanks very much for the encouraging feedback dndallasta. As I said above...now that it's become a "chorus" I'll definitely be more aware of value. So thanks!

    Yes...I do tend to work very light handed...which is actually quite a switch from when I first started. Not because I was super confident...but I just had a cave-man's touch. Also I have virtually no digital training...but did take quite a few traditional art classes. With those mediums (charcoal, pastel and oil) we were taught to build things up slowly...and it definitely carries over to my digital work.

    You made some good suggestions about putting things to the side for a bit...give the old eyes a chance to see it new again....and working from life. I've done a ton of that in the past...but none recently.

    I checked out Blaise and LOVE his stuff. I didn't know him by name but discovered I'd saved a lot of his work on my computer already. I watched his video on painting big cats and learned a lot. So a big thanks again for all your tips and advice etc. And I WILL!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Kessel View Post
    Great to hear you've come back to CA! This is already looking like it's going to be a very impressive sketchbook as it grows more. Your creatures are very good. The portrait of the man is very nicely rendered too, I'm not shy at all but I dont think I'd have the balls to go over to someone and ask if I could make a photo of their face for reference, hahaha but props for doing it!
    Hey Dennis...thanks a lot man! It took me a while to just go up to people and ask...but I find that almost everyone is flattered (especially if you sell it right). Thanks again!

    Quote Originally Posted by GrayPersona View Post
    some nice work and control of your mediums,my two cents are that I think it would add a lot to your work if you tried capturingthe big planer shapes and rhythms
    and eliminating detail where it is not needed.
    thanks for stopping by my sketchbook.
    Oh man...you hit on a big one for me. I've always been a fan of realism...but learning what to leave in and out is a tough one for me for sure...and I really need to get that rhythm thang going. Hopefully like they say... being aware of something is the first step to change. Fingers crossed and thanks!

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    Just tried to post some pics and the color was all SCREWED up on one. I'll need to re-group and try again later.

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    Here are some sketches from last fall.

    One of a friend who nearly died in 2015...and another cartoony thang I started when I was waiting for my car at the repair shop.

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    I used a selfie he took being a "protective uncle" toward his niece's boyfriend

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    Just finished this one.

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    The original concept sketch and an early "form" rough.
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    Nice renderings, as others have mentioned before your animal drawings are great. you touch the subject slightly how about trying some landscape studies? I think you'll knock'em out the park!
    thanks for your comment!

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    I really want to make a joke about that squirrel and it's nuts.

    Anyway, I love the idea of combing a squirrel with frazetta, you definitely don't see enough of that. The rendering of your animals looks good too, I think my personal favorite is the pastel lion.

    Even though you've got some very nice studies and they look pretty realistic I think what stands out the most to me is the crazy exaggerated stuff, I think that's what gives you your own style and makes you stand out from others.

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    Thanks so much Adrian. That's an excellent challenge. I'm going to put some landscape studies at the top of my list. Thanks again

    Thanks shoebill. Yeah...hahaha...I thought about that too. While I was drawing it I often thought to myself that if anyone told me that one day I'd be drawing a squirrel's junk...I woulda said "no way."

    I REALLY appreciate your comment about my "exaggerated" stuff. I do love doing that kind of character—and would love to do a graphic novel with them. Thanks again

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    So here's some new sketches.

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    Had to re-draw this guy 'cause I blewy'd coffee all over the first sketch of him—but liked him enough to re-do it.

    Here's the first one

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    As I hinted to shoebill—I have an idea in mind for a graphic novel with this next character.

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    I wrote about my idea on my blog if ya wanna check it out.

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    The one above is from last fall but I realized I'd never shared it on-line anywhere.

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    ^ ^ ^ I started this sketch LONG ago...but just finished re-working it.

    Originally I had a cowboy, bull rider type dood riding it...but like it so much better with the girlie.

    And finally:

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    Not completely satisfied with this last one....but kinda liked some of the idea and the bit of humor in it......

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    hey great stuff! nice volumes and anatomy. post more!!

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    Nice designs and good renders. the last one might feel a little awkward because the horizon line seems to be 2m behind the human character, we would see way more mountains further in the distance, now it kind of feels like an edge. Looking forward to seeing more!
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    Sparekiss: Thanks for stopping by and commenting...I appreciate the feedback and encouragement.

    Dennis Kessel: Thank you too! Good call on that horizon line. If I decide to paint that sketch I'll definitely work on that.

    Thanks again!

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    I'll start with a few sketches I've finished recently:

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    ^^^ Just messing with "character" and had fun creating her hair.

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    ^^^ I forget what this character started out as...but at some point I just erased the page...but left a few lines that turned into his trunk...and then had fun creating that massive body of his to match the elephant-like head.

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    ^^^ Found the original sketch for this one in a "works in progress" file on my 'puter. I'd digitally paint a bit on it and lose interest and move on...but when I re-opened it recently...I finally started making head-way on it and just finished it today.

    Had fun creating the large script at the bottom using the pen tool and layer styles. Even though it just a cartoony character...it's kinda a surreal image and I want to do more stuff like it.

    Thanks for stopping by..........

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    Awesome stuff Jephyr, your work has a good balance between shape and form. And very creative characters too.

    If you want to get better at dynamic poses, consider studying how animators approach it. There are some great videos of Glenn Keane explaining and showing his thought process for depicting characters in action for example. Keep it up!

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    Your pencil pieces are as sexy as always.
    Your latest digital piece looks sort of blurry. If your intention was to put focus, literally, on the eyes by making everything else look out of focus I gotta say it it isn't really working.

    Keep up the good work!

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