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 10:17 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 01:35 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.
There wasn't a lot of sketchiness today. One of the figures I wasn't pleased with at all, and the other I gave a quick once over with some ink and watercolor wash, but that's it. Good things are coming soon.
c&c welcome as always
Last edited by Craig Houghton; November 9th, 2004 at 11:24 AM.
hey man, nice watercolour stuff, i think once i've got my basic pencil draiwng down i'll start experimenting a few other mediums but anyway i like your sketches man especially that girls head sketch from yesterday thats pretty awesome man keep em comin
Thanks Kondor. A trifle is a small independent mechanical lifeform (even though it's inorganic). It's from a comic I'm working on. Tomato, here and here , is a trifle. Here's another pic of that Banyan thing, here.
rollb82 - Thanks, I appreciate it.
Well, there was no update yesterday. That's because I was busy learning some cg techniques (hey, I'm 95% analog all the way, but I hate to leave any medium untouched) and working on a commission.
This commission is a pair of pastel paintings, both 8x10, of someone's childhood home/farmhouse. There was no complete photo ref to use, so I had to piece the house together from various photos. Yesterday I worked out the form, and today I drew up this basic line art:
It's not supposed to look pretty. Oh, and the comp might look off because the clouds aren't there. They should break up that sky and point the focus wherever I want it. Anyhow, tomorrow that drawing, transfered using graphite transfer paper onto sanded mat board, will get covered in layers and layers of soft pastel pigment.
More stuff coming soon. Tomorrow I should be able to get some drawing in if I finish the commissions early. I've half a dozen more waiting though. It's nice to be booked, but I end up dying to procrastinate and work on something, anything, else.
Last edited by Craig Houghton; November 14th, 2004 at 04:32 AM.
hey man the farmhouse thing is looking great so far
the only thing that worries me is in your recent ones you draw so small you hardly use the whole page! dont restrain yourself man its a book for learning...even if ya cover it in rendering just do it coz its good practice anyways.
Rodrigo. Yeah, that's good advice. I tend to miniaturize everything. I'm not quite so happy in a drawing as I am when I'm going to town with two hands guiding a teeny little pen tip a few mm at a time.
I'll definitely try to open things up a bit. Since I'm usually home when I'm sketching, I have a tendency to draw a bit, and then if I like it, I use a whole new page for something else so that I don't mess up the last sketch. It's probably because I'm usually in-studio when drawing. But it's true, it's just practice.
Hey all. I didn't post yesterday or the day before. I'd been working nonstop on two commissions. Oddly enough, they were to both be the same. I told the customer I would vary the two, but in the end I pretty much only strayed in terms of the sky.
These are temp pics. Before I mail the commission I'll get better photos. These are both done from a compilation of photos each with a partial view of the house. It took a day to piece together
Today, I went to the zoo with my gf. I brought along my sketchbook. The inks are copic brushpen w/ some watercolor via a waterbrush. there's no underdrawing with pencil on those. the pencil stuff is the only stuff with pencil, rest is ink etc.
I had a long five hour block of time to fill today while listening to a taped lecture for a class I'm taking. I spent the time drawing and rendering this figure. My goal was to really study the muscles as they surface on a normal (non bodybuilder) female figure. In the end I ended up going for a very rendered look, but I'm not all that displeased, even if it isn't exactly a sketch.
hey man thats pretty nice, cool rendering,...im not sure about the waist it looks a bit flat or something. like the legs are supposed to be foreshortened but they dont appear like the waist is overlapping them, hmmm..but yea im not sure so dont take me seriously!
Thanks Rodrigo and Xia for the feedback and support.
I turned it up a knot again on the central face, but other than that, I've been working on other stuff besides sketches these past two days. Here's the update though. I also had a bunch of sub-par sketches that even I can't bear to post
That's heaps cool that face on your last post. It's awesome actually. The way the hood/cowl becomes the panel and the fact that there isn't anything else makes you imagine it. WOnderful. ANd i really like the barn too. Top stuff. Let's see some more.