With this thread I'm going for quality through quantity. Instead of just posting here and there, I'm going to fill this thread with my daily work. For a selection of finished works, look here. In this thread you won't find the finished stuff, you'll see the raw material and the grunt-work that goes into the finished pieces.
I've never been much of a sketcher. I've always just approached each piece with a finished product in mind, assembled a host of reference materials, and dived-in, hacking away at it until I put on paper or canvas what I saw previously only with my mind's eye. That's not to say I haven't done hundreds of studies and sketches. I have, but usually they were either material or technique practice runs or an intentionally inconsequential work for the sake of practice.
The exception to this has always been plein air on location painting and from-life studies. I suppose they've been my equivalent of sketching, but nonetheless, my work is screaming for the imaginative confidence that seems to come from a lifetime of sketchbooks and studies. It's rare that I go it no ref (i.e. not from life, model, or photo), but I plan on quite often doing exactly that in this thread.
Thanks for taking a look. Feel free to comment and critique. As the thread grows, I'm going to especially be looking for comments that can recognize overall mistakes in approach or technical ability that I make time and time again.
Thanks for looking. This should be quite a ride. For better or worse, I'll be posting almost daily. I'm not starting this thread off with a selection of older drawings. Instead, I'll begin by posting todays (only) sletchwork as a new dated post.
WARNING THIS THREAD DOES CONTAIN NUDES (lots of em' too)
Last edited by Craig Houghton; November 16th, 2008 at 09:17 PM.
nice stuff Mr.Craigh! maybe you should make more human anatomical studies? Check out Leonardos Da Vincis stuff and analyize why he kicks so much ass? But by your website it might seem that you dont need no help at all, that you are on the right track
Thanks GriNGoLoCo. I've dusted off my big book of da Vinci that I've had laying around, and re-reminded myself exactly how good his stuff really is. Sometime over the week I'll be doing some anatomy studies, probably a few from his works. Thanks for the comments.
Ok, I've only one thing to add to the sketchbook today, but hey, it's an entry.
and, for the interested
c&c welcome as always
Last edited by Craig Houghton; November 4th, 2004 at 12:35 AM.
Then, I decided to put what I learned to use on an actual skinned human. I decided that a ridiculously muscled individual would be a great place to start. Exaggeration did indeed make it easier to get all the muscle masses in there. I'll also be working to get a better understanding of how the superficials show up on a normal build, but for now..
Hey Man, good stuff!!
Im really liking these anatomy studies. Theyre awesome! Keep it up!
]http://img115.exs.cx/img115/1756/sb_tomato.jpg THAT IS TOOO CUTE!heheh.
This is one of my faves. Really neat drawing right there. I like how you did the pose to make the person really seem like he's thinking. The pose is pretty neat too!
Keep it up!
Today was a really busy day, but I did find some time to do an ink sketch with some watercolor washes. It's a bit boring, but it's good practice. I just wish that middle ground wasn't so empty, but hey, it's just a sketch.
Nice stuff, man. I echo the previous sentiments about the guy playing cards. You have alot of life in your drawings of people. Can't really offer any advice, so I'll just say keep posting, because I'm really enjoying this thread.
BTW, off topic of this particular thread, I really like your watercolor work on your site. That's some great stuff.