Hello! Before I post anything, I have a confession to make. . . I'm a working artist, and though I draw every day and practice every night, I've never developed a loose and creative sketch habit of my own. And I've never ever tried to draw seriously in ballpoint pen before. Now I'm trying to do both at the same time, so please be kind
Here are this week's meager efforts. This is sketch chaos, because I don't really know what I want to do yet, or how to do it, and whenever I get uncomfortable on the page I turn the sketchbook around for a better angle. If something doesn't make sense, try looking at it sideways, or upside-down. . . or it never made sense to begin with.
I'm going to try to only post original material here and keep the studies where they belong (at the source), but some of my inspirations might show through. And photo imagery will definitely show up here from time to time - rendering in pen is an interesting challenge for me.
Here's last night's effort. I tried to keep the chaos down a bit - fewer, larger pictures and a single orientation.
Thanks for the feedback, Hurricane. Hopefully this will be an easier read!
I have played around with a brush pen, SirRon, but only for blind contours. I don't think I have enough of an understanding of this process yet to make a real go of it. Thanks for the feedback, and don't talk yourself down! We're all artists here, and everyone's got an eye for what they do and do not like. . .
Whoa... I'm glad you can rotate the monitor with certain graphics cards. I really don't have any critiques for you, one becuase I'm just starting, and two because you're obviously at a very high level of talent and skill.
The last post was much easier on my brain! I especially like the girl in the water and the guy with his eyes closed. Good stuff! I'd like to see more.
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hey...love the sketchbook. It's good to see such a solid understanding of anatomy and motion. Love the style and your concepts are looking good. I'd love to see a website if you've got one.
until then, i'd really appreciate any criticisms you'd like to make about my sketchbook. i know it's not necessarily cool to out your sketchbook on someone else's thread, so if it bothers you, i'll edit this post. thanks.
Just a quickie for this afternoon, I try to take it a little easier on the weekends. . . I pulled the line art for this girl out of last night's sketches and did some rough color work suitable to the style. I didn't bother to clean up the line art, and I think the face and hair need more contrast . . . but it's a sketch, right?
PS - Thanks for the comments, Ian and Clocktower! I really appreciate it.
Thanks a ton, Poise. Free sketching that isn't directly study-related is really difficult for me; it's a habit I never really developed, though I'm trying to after the fact. At work, I prefer to mentally 'sketch' and then skip ahead to more complete renderings, which I've realized is limiting the amount of exploration I can practically achieve. But I feel I'm so far behind in my technical education that it's hard to pull together the time (and confidence) to really dig into it. I'm glad you like this stuff (even though I guess that page has some Thom Yorke photo ref in it )
Thanks, Vigostar! That pic ended up full page inside the latest issue of Play; needless to say, I was pretty excited. I think there was a six foot tall version of her in the Leipzig train station for the German games conference, too. . .
Anyway, here's a couple more automobiles, more fun speedpainting with the oil pastel in Painter 6. Thanks for stopping by!
Here's another interesting automobile and something a little more conceptual (from a design show in Germany, I think?). I really like the colors in this one and for a speed-painting I feel it's pretty successful - I have a hard time working with light in an authentically polychromatic way, so this was a nice baby step for me.
Here's something a little different that I started doing this year. First thing in the morning, I'll get a bunch of reference relevant to what I anticipate working on that day and do some loose observational sketching for half an hour or so. . . I find it's a good way to warm up and it helps to build my visual vocabulary. I guess it's not too different from my machine studies above, except for the time of day and intention . . . H pencil, cleaned up in PS.
Thanks, Asoir! I'm trying to get a little something posted every few days. . . keeping my fingers crossed, at least.
Here's another speedpainting study from the last automobile series. Incidentally, this reference was culled from cardesignnews.com (if i remember correctly), a great website that was even greater when gallery access was free .
Thanks a lot, evildisco and artguff, I really appreciate it!
This is the last of the series on this particular automobile. A great thing about working with this kind of reference for practice is being able to observe the object from multiple angles and sometimes different lighting conditions; hopefully I'm learning a little something there. . .
Wow, lovely pen work at the start of your sb, you def have your own style. Poise highlighted a page in post#45, I really like that page as well, great line quality and characters - the female chara in the top right of that page is well designed, nice concept. Will def be back to see more.
Thanks a lot everyone! I'd like to respond to yall individually, but unfortunately I don't have the time at the moment; I'll try to swing back around this evening, maybe dig through everyone else's sketchbooks as well .
Here's a few more tv sketch pages. Texas Ranch House has been absorbing my attention these past few days; it'll start to show on the second page. . . I'm starting to worry a bit about tightening these up too much, or rendering them too 'clean' or whatever, but hopefully my coffeeshop gestural sketching is compensating in looseness (those are so bad I'm not going to bother posting them).
Here's one more item for today. We recently started a daily half-hour speed-painting group at work, drawing on topics from the random generator over on the Finished forum or from the DSG forum. . . I'm still pretty much a novice at this kind of on-the-spot creative work, and it shows, but I was pretty happy with this one (my first color submission, basic round tinting brush in Painter). Three weeks in, years to go!