Your cityscapes are hot as hell, but you got enough people telling you that already. My favourites of your drawings are your trainsketches, especially the ones from your jan 9th post and that jan 13th marker guy. How do you get the space do to them anyway? I've seen movies of those tokyo trains and they been PACKED!
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Hello, tensai, I'm very interesting in how your last idea will turn out. I love it so far. If you want some of my impressions so here.
Baby looks a bit flat right now and not totally naturally placed into this picture, you need to create shadows and some other connections, interactions between baby and this busy city.
As an idea for one it would be great if that lighting from the cities lights was reflecting on the baby, and again shadows from buildings produced some combined effect on all objects ( you are probably already confused trying to understand me, sorry.).
I see this baby rendering in a realistic manner, but of course it's your baby . I'm looking forward too see the finished picture.
Would be great too if you are able to catch the mood and atmosphere of night in a big busy city. And maybe the season too. In this I mean the sky, it's hue, coolness or warmness of colors. Looks wonderful though already, it's just didn't exactly connect the huge baby to current moment.
Well, I hope i didn't do more harm trying to say my impressions. Ignore all of this if it disturbs your way forward . I love this piece already, actually.
Lunch - thanks, the link didnt work for me but i think i know what you mean. i used to have a t-shirt by keith haring with a crawling yellow baby on it almost 20 years ago (!). maybe it slipped in.
zord - you gave me an idea, i dont think car logo as much as a giant chinese suv/toycar would be good. there was this SUV called landwind and it had really bad safety records (i mean more than other SUVs). im gonna try out putting that in there. thanks!
strych9ine - thanks for dropping by man. you got one hell of a sketchbook yourself. the cityscape are a love/hate thing. it takes a lot of energy and halfway through the linework im always convinced its crap. ten minutes later im high on it again.
sve - thanks for all the input. a lot of what you said is planned in already. this was a first colour experiment. buildings are going to have shadows, and lights on inside, to catch that night atmosphere. i hope i have time to finish it. the baby im not sure yet. for now im going for a similar style as the rest. looking forward to more comments when i upgrade (hopefully at the end of the day)..
made a small unrelated citysketch in between, just to get my mind of things.
Last edited by tensai; January 25th, 2006 at 05:28 AM.
The bamboo shoe is so cool!! I'm not a person who goes crazy about open, leather striped shoes, but that design would be spectacular as a Japanese style flip-flop (or whatever its called, dunno the exact English word XD )
Also the last sketch is really nice.. Man, you're one crazy person!! All those cityscapes are brilliant. I'd die before I even finished one building with that intense amount of detail eheh (well i'm a lazy bum too, so that figures)
love the robot in the cityscape...on the whole, i'm impressed with the staggering amount of detail, but I hope you're gonna add a lot of color to the buildings, or tone down the other things...don't like them sticking out the way they do now.
Beautiful sketch, tensai, somehow very lyrical. All my childhood I kept losing keys from our apartment and spent a lot of time standing and looking at our windows like this. That's lyrical part .
Very pleasant sketch, nice feeling of height, so perspective is great. You need to write tutorial already how to draw buildings in perspective. I need to read one badly.
It would be great in watercolors, or inks, or pastel, I think.
As everybody else, I am amazed with your cities, the details and the buildings. Also I liked very much the trainsketches.
chinese cityscape wip pt4
Silveraxe - glad you like the bamboo shoe. im also not a fan of open leather striped shoes, but when i see this one on a foot, i like it. its now being produced and soon should be hitting the stores.
max1975 - yes, hopefully things will integrate once i add lights, neons and shadows to everything.
sve - i had a lot of perspective drawing when i was studying architecture. in fact thats almost the only drawing class we had. if you want to learn from scratch, there are two really good books on perspective you could read. but it all doesnt help if you dont practice with it. the books are 'Design Drawing' by F. Ching, or 'Creative perspective for artists and illustrators' by E. Watson. both are good. first one is more technical but is not only about perspective.
jtheanswer - thanks, i hope i have time to do some more trainsketches soon. i think i may be rusty cause its been so long...
ok, quick and maybe unimpressive update.
im putting in shadows on two different layers. have to get started with it because its such an overwhelming amount of work. for this reason i do them on separate layers, so that i can tweak the value and colour later on, without painting everything in again (imagine that). i added one layer of darker tones, and im just now adding in a darker darks layer in the lowe left corner. its a bit hard to see right now, on this scale and with this intensity, but ill tweak contrast of the three separate (base, darks, darker darks) later on. i also quickly tested putting in some lights inside the buildings.
its not very exciting right now but all this stuff takes time. a lot of detailing etc.
not satisfied with the baby outline yet, let alone the colouring there. got to redo that. the suv is in the wrong place. and i need to add more stuff anyway. i do like the brighter colour scheme of the robot.
ok, got to get cracking.
thanks for the comments everyone!
Great work mate, your city scapes are always fucking great and that last one is looking excellent, would really like too see more drawing of people if you got any or when you get them done, thanks for sharing
Neat! It must be a wonderful feeling to have your own design made into a real merchandise.
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Shinryu - thanks man for dropping in. would love to do some more finished people ills. its all been sketches and drawings up till now. maybe ill have some time when this last cityscape is finished.
Silveraxe - its certainly is. one of the great differences with working as an architect. with buildings it can take years and years. interiors are better of course but still...
ok quick update.
didnt get nearly as much stuff done as i thought i would. worked on the shadows and lighting and threw some new stuff in, like mao statue, big-ass tv. did some searching and found this hugely popular but banned taiwanese soap series. im putting that on the tv screen i think, just as a minor element. still have to redo the baby. oh and started to add this typical cheap modern chinese architecture thats being pooped out everywhere. (that glow was a quick try, will have to redo that.)
chinese architects work like crazy! ive worked freelance in hongkong and while i was working on concepts for a huge 5 star hotel complex, constructors would call us and demand to know where to put the foundation, cause they wanted to start pooring concrete asap.
tv, mao, chinese toy building and baby all unfinished. have to start finalizing them. afterwards maybe ill add neons, and i might adjust colours quite a bit, see if i like that better.
as always, comments and crits appreciated.
chinese cityscape wip not- final!
alright, times up!
i might tweak a bit over the weekend, after looking at it with fresh eyes, and i have some files with slight colour variations, but i think its finished. the lines look much darker overhere due to the small size i guess. but i think the image should now speak for itself, so ill just drop it here.
comments and crits appreciated,
edit - fresh eyes and printing this thing out made me strongly reconsider the green guy. i wanted to give him a sort of neon glow, but he stands out too much, and he looks like a baby hulk (wtf).
i also read voraz's crit just now, thanks for your comments man, it seems we agree largely. i will consider this tomorrow or the day after again, and make adjustments.
edit - pic taken down cause of bandwidth
Last edited by tensai; February 10th, 2006 at 06:13 AM.
Hi Tensai, I really like your cityscapes, they are great. In this picture I think the city is great but I really don't like the green kid there and also the yellow arches. I guess there's a point for them to be there but in my opinion it makes the picture worse.
Just my opinion
Lok -- this sketchbook is really taking off! I knew I recognized your name before but I didn't connect it to those crazy city designs until today. your figure drawings are getting better and better. it's like salaryman said back in november: no crits cause you're on your way.
I am going to add my name to the list of folks requesting a photo of someone modeling that shoe -- hot!
sweet stuff in here, such diversity!
i'm awed by the massive details in the cityscapes (i'd love a sketchtrade for one of those)
impressive progress on the figure sketching too btw
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