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August 19th, 2005 #1
Orcas & Owls | A sketchbook
I can't quite pinpoint why, but it suddenly hit me like a speeding train: it's time for a new sketchbook. I've grown a lot since I started my original sketchbook, and I feel like it's time to turn the page now.
I'm gonna start this book off with a couple of my favorites from the last one.
I also want to group a few pics together that constitute the first half of a 10-illustration project. Unfortunately, I don't know if the 2nd half will ever get done, but ah well, at least I have these...
On a different note, I have been so busy lately, I can't remember the last time I've left a comment or crit for someone. In conjunction with the new sketchbook, I pledge to renew my involvement in the CA community. Peace y'all, and thanks in advance for indulging my habit!
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wow nice color really greate love the first one with the elefant keep it up
August 19th, 2005 #3
hey, jaff.. these are looking vwery good man.. nice to see you around again... i really like the shot of the two dudes.. very nice... keep it up man!
August 19th, 2005 #4
Yea, these are pretty nice! You're tablet skills are pretty decent. I'd say just work on some studies and such. Work more from life. I'm sure you're already doin' that tho as these are just some selections from your older work. Keep the stuff comin' tho. These are quite nice!
August 19th, 2005 #5
It's a good start-over
Amazing stuff. I dont remember seeing your old sketchbook so. I'll take a peek at it if you don't mind (if it's still around somewhere).
Can't wait to see more from you
August 29th, 2005 #6
Thanks guys, I really appreciate the support.
I have nothing new to show you unfortunately (though I hope to change that later today), however I have recently put a web site together for myself and was hoping for some feedback. If you're interested and have a moment to spare, you can check it out here: www.jeffzachowski.com
Hopefully it's all up and functioning
September 6th, 2005 #7
A couple new ones from the long weekends.
My baseball team is threatening to go into a nosedive, but for now they are still in the playoff hunt. Just doing my part to send them some positive vibes:
Then there's this one...an advocate for the necessity of good reference. I was inspired by this cover from New York magazine, which was simply too good to pass up: click it
Standing on the water, casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing
Distant ships sailing into the mist
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing
Freedom just around the corner for you
But with truth so far off, what good will it do.
thanks as always
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September 7th, 2005 #8
September 7th, 2005 #9
Great paints, Jeff. That picture of Katie Holmes is really creeping me out though. Wonder what Dawson's thinking? Strange. The paints are great though. How quick do you bust these out? Keep up the great work!
September 7th, 2005 #10
Jeff... HUGE improvement dude.. awesome man... I was looking at the baseball dude and I was like.. wow.. he has really improved then I scrolled doan and saw that you did with catwoman character.. very nicely done... congrats dude..
September 8th, 2005 #11
arkham is my favorite
September 8th, 2005 #12
sweet sweet stuff!!
awesome colors and execution !
bring more !!!
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September 9th, 2005 #13
Zebz, thanks for coming back for another helping...I appreciate the return business The time on these really varies because of the way I work. Sometimes late at night I can just tear through something, but by and large I need many many breaks. I'm also rarely devoting 100% of my attention to something, so that can slow things down as well. Definitely a pretty slow painter, lol. Anyway, the portrait of David Wright (the baseball player) took several days because I made it unnecessarily large and put a lot of detail in. I also was working from some severely grainy photos, so I had to watch a lot of tivo and really mess with it before nailing the likeness. The Joker and Catwoman pieces were much easier because they were primarily head shots, and I was working from much better reference. In general, the better the reference, the easier the process. I am constantly battling my own impatience and urge to dive right into a painting because I know it will suffer if I don't adaquately prepare. Right now I'm not good enough to pull it all out of my head...yet
Vigo, thanks man. steps forward are always better than steps backward. you're stuff has improved a lot as well since our thunderdome waaaaaay back when. it's really just doing this stuff over, and over, and over, and over. I frustrate myself because I'm really not drawing and painting as much as I should. There are definitely days that go by when I don't even look at the pencil or tablet. I see the improvement, and I know I'd probably be even better if I would just put the time in. it's a process though...hopefully eventually we'll all get to where we want to be.
thief, thanks bro
Hurri, I'm a big fan of your stuff, so it's always a treat when you comment on mine. of course, you're pretty tireless when it comes to crits (1,483 posts don't lie!), but the effort is much appreciated, so thanks a lot.
September 19th, 2005 #14
September 19th, 2005 #15
cool stuff. that marley pic kinda makes him look like a buck-toothed donkey.
cool beans to you...my friend.
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September 20th, 2005 #16
September 20th, 2005 #17
Always willing to help a brother in business for himself. Take a trip to my shop if you get a chance. These are nice, man. I like the Marley pic but I think you could refine it more. The Catwoman one is still my fav. The sketch is pretty sketchy... no more grass... be confident in your line, bro. I'm trying to take my own advice on that one. Keep it up.
October 4th, 2005 #18
Some new stuff. This was a warm up in painter that i dug:
This is for the Relic illustration project that I mentioned previously. I thought I had a strong concept, but I had trouble executing it. The composition ended up being painfully static, and I worked hard to establish some trail of kineticism for the eye to follow.
And this is another for the same project, but I'm much happier with the end results. Think I've got 3 more of these suckers to rip out. Need to get my ass in gear.
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October 4th, 2005 #19
jeff... cool shit man... your chipping away at the all the esenttials!!! kkep it going.. sketching is very important.. i think it helps you to explore your imagination a bit... just by doodling and sjetching whatever.. maybe a crease on someones shirt cathes your attention, or a color, or a pin, or the way you made a certain line, highlight, shade, texture, eyeball, shoes.. whatever... keep on posting those sketches and keep the art alive!
BTW--- cool bong... is that a plastik one?
October 7th, 2005 #20
I would've responded sooner but I've been pulling my hair out for the past 2 days over the nonsense with photobucket. anyway..."chipping away at all the essentials"...that's a good way of putting it. I'm definitely chipping, though at times it feels like i'm working with a toothpick when what I need is a bad ass chisel. Glad you like the recent stuff, man.
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October 7th, 2005 #21
Ha, thats great man... I have an idea for making custom bong.. I have a friend thats a really handy dude.. He's one of those guys that can do almost anything.. anyways.. I figured I can design some cool bongs and then add artwork to it.. either by painting or printing out a clear sticker... if people out there purchase custom made nikes for $250 then I think some of those many pot heads in the music industry and every other industry would fork over some cash for them.. just an idea...
October 9th, 2005 #22
Nice paints, Jeff! I like the Joker like face on the first one! I see what you mean about how static and stuff the composition feels in the second. Something's not really setteling well with me on the third either. I like the creature but the guy shooting... I dunno. It seems correct but... dunno. I'm tired. Maybe that's it. Hey, and glad you had fun at U2. I'm gonna jump on that train all too soon. And BTW, hope your Yankees get stomped tomorrow. Go Cards!
October 9th, 2005 #23
I hate the yankees, zebz. Don't ever breathe such nonsense again!
Yeah, on the static one...I tried to brighten certain areas and toss some color in in order to provide a more fluid path for your eye, but it's still not all that interesting. On the other one, I just updated that one a bit, so mabye you'll like it better. It's not perfect by any means, but I think it's one of the more "complete" pieces that I've done recently. Thanks for coming by!
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October 9th, 2005 #24
Just thought I'd pop in for a moment. Your stuff is looking very good. You've made a lot of progress. I know it's been a frustrating journey for you at times, but really, your work is looking good. I really like the relic illustration above.
Keep at it man,
October 11th, 2005 #25
October 22nd, 2005 #26
The internet has really been killing me lately. The other week my photobucket disappeared, now my website seems to be MIA. It's pissing me off.
Anyway, here are the last 2 pieces for the Relic illustration project. I will probably post all 10 in the finally finished forum as well when I get around to it. Hope you guys dig these.
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October 25th, 2005 #27
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October 28th, 2005 #29
Some pretty good pictures, anatomy's a little off though, like the baseball player. The cat woman picture loses some dynamism since her mouth isn't reacting to her tongue.
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November 8th, 2005 #30