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awesome to see you back and posting in here man, your images are really getting a nice narrative to them, i don't know if you're still working on the vampire comic but it would be great to see some of the atmosphere in the first and third image carried over to a longer format. a couple of things to watch though, your poses are looking a little off balance in the second and last images and in both cases the figures are cropped in awkward places by the border. i think if you slow down a little on the pure b/w pictures and really carefully carve out the edge quality in the spots of highest contrast in these images it will help to give a more finished and polished feel to them. right now the overall image looks like they are done at a very hurried pace.
in any event keep on posting more, no more of those 3 month droughts.
Wombat - that is exactly what I needed to hear on about slowing the high-contrast ones down. I knew it, but actually hearing it helps sometimes.
Got bored in photography class today. My prof likes to goof around in photoshop too much and i already know everything he's covering. So fun with flikr. Found this image of a kid and he looked familiar, so I started drawing him and then I realized who he looked like
Sweet new stuff dude!
I particularly like that last one. Unless he has some kind of holy testicle in his pocket, he's about to get stepped on and forgotten, heh.
Always love the black and whites...perhaps start experimenting with colors more!
Always reallz nice to see this kinda improvement. I first watched your first page then the last, to see the difference, then watched them all. You really on the right track bro! OOOOOfcorse I love the waterfall with the enormous creature, really shows your imagination has developed also. Keep it coming!
holy crap, that one with the girl praying and the good vs. evil battle above her looks like it could be an incredible finished pic...if you were going to pick one and roll with it I'd hope it'd be that one. sweet.
Some crazy little characters in here. Love it all tbh.
EDIT: The sicko going at the Waterfall gaurdian Is a legend (Y)
My sketchbook, Im 13.
It's got some serious potential. "It always rained when my work was done"...i wanna see more of that one....its got a cool vibe to it.
So summer has been busier than the school year, a lot busier. I haven't had much art time with all the cool stuff (+work) that I have been doing. School starts back, my friend, who I take six mile walks with several mornings a week, practice ballroom dancing with a couple times a week, take horseback riding lessons from once a week, and write letters to when I can find the time; will be heading abroad to study, so with her gone maybe I will have more time to do some drawing, if I am not too busy emailing her.
I managed a couple scribbles this week. Thought I'd share.
The demon's name is Mutilation, he is one of my own personal demons and I thought I would try to capture his likeness on the page. He is much scarier in real life.
The second is of myself with my friend at our first ever Masquerade Ball. After several weeks of planning we managed to pull it off and it was a huge success. In addition to organizing the ball, she made her dress and my coat (I'll have to post a photo of that coat it turned out awesome) while I made both my, her and most of my siblings masks. Maybe I'll post some photos of some of those eventually. So yeah, fun summer.
Hey man, I just realized that you've been commenting for quite a while on my sketchbook and that I haven't really returned the favor much. I'm going to try and correct that.
I see you're really pursuing the monochrome scratchboard/woodcut technique. Thats not necessarily a bad way to go, but it would be good to see some steps outside the box. Also two points:
Your forms are looking really vague and rough. Right now the value contrast and the sheer amount of chaotic strokes are really overpowering. Try concentrating more on succinctly and accurately stating the forms.
Watch out for how you use crosshatching. Hatching is probably the most dangerous and misused technique out there!
Concentrate on varying the weight and density of the marks rather than layering them on top of each other. Also, always strive to make every single line count towards the total effect. Never just describe value when you can use the same set of marks to, at the same time, suggest contour and texture.
You might experiment with using hatching to follow the length of forms rather than across them (check out Charles Dana Gibson...he and a number of his contemporaries in illustration were trying to imitate the painterly approach rather than more traditional use of line)
A specific crit on the battle angel: He looks pretty good actually, but I can't help but point out the wings.
You have the general pattern and proportion down, but a bird's wings aren't a general pattern, they are a very precise and definite configuration of feathers, much like an aircraft wing.
In a healthy bird there is always a certain number of (flight) feathers and they're never out of place, but are really a part of the bird's limbs...think of the traditional Asian folding fan as a comparison.
sketchbook...a kitten dies every time you don't comment
“When forced to work within a strict framework,
the imagination is taxed to its utmost – and will
produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom,
the work is likely to sprawl.”
- TS Eliot
This image caught my eye.
Pretty good balance of fine and heavy lines. Remember to think about every stroke placement, even in a sketch. White bottom corner, competes for attention. Where do you want the eye to travel? Could be smoke cutting into dark figure, but, can still lead eye somewhere.
I like the strong mood to it. I would have loved to see better defined detail in the front area, where tendrils are. Not a larger area, but better defined. Maybe some clear decorative items, metal plates, insignias. This along with the face would be some nice areas of interest. Areas,
I would have loved to explore, look for clues to this character, etc.
Can tell you're having fun. Keep it up.
Thanks for the comments guys.
Life has been incredibly busy as I attend full time college and teach art lessons. I haven't made as much time for my art, but as we approach the holidays I'll try to kick up some more stuff, I need to, I have 4 classes to plan for January.
For my personal study, I want to focus more on portraiture for a while, here is my first piece in a couple of months...
Io- I am loving the new tablet, but I'm finding it hard to get nice big strokes because in order to really get that arm going I have to zoom in too far to have any idea what I'm doing on these portraits. I'll figure it out, I just need practice. You think I need to work on my values a bit? Probably right, I should try a few with only five hard values, that seems to help get my eyes back on track.
A self portrait, I was horrified when I realized I missed November first, but I there is always next year right? This one still has some work to do, but I'm finished for tonight.