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    The Benihana Book (update 4/27/07) Painter Tutorial

    Go to the end of the thread for recent works!

    (moved to next post for easier editing of thread title)

    I'll try and get stuff from the last week or so scanned in and up over the weekend. As always, C&C is more than welcome and especially appreciated.

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    Some Bird studies:
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    A brief phoenix obsession:
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    A decent drawing that died a slow death when inks got in there:
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    The figure on the ground is very poorly realized:
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    Playing with the snake/human hybrid, based off a facial appliance a friend has:
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    A color comp for a kids book pitch I'm working on:
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    An awful elven mummy design for a gaming cover:
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    Some anatomy studies:

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    Random Armor and costume designs (to be actually constructed)

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    A terrible page of stuff from the head:
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    Some studies from ref:
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    Thumbnail and a few studies for a SF piece I'm working on:
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    Attempts at figures and faces w/ no ref:
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    Sketch for the last C.O.W. that I ran out of time to take to paint (I need to go digital!)
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    Some rough ideas for a SF baseball piece I'm in trying to hammer out. (robots and baseball, what's more american?):
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    C&C is greatly appreciated

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    really good stuff here!
    keep updating!

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    "Classic" is for cars and movies, not software

    Experimented a bit in digital paint over the weekend. Most of it was done in "Painter Classic" which came with my Wacom. I have no idea what I'm doing with it. I'm frankly scared of what will happen when my copy of Painter IX comes-- I think I'll be way over my head.

    I also seem to have some sort of "digital disconnect" What meager drawing skills I have seem to go out the window when I try to sketch digitally. Oh well. Keep banging at it, right?

    Here's a sketch for an RPG cover. The creature is described as a ritually summoned predator composed of the bones of various animals and held together with energy. This one fails miserably, in my opinion:
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    Here's another sketch for my robot baseball. A little better than the last, but also a little more sketchy:
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    After getting frustrated with Painter, I went over to photoshop, which I understand a little better. I also decided that, since my digital drawing skills were crap, I'd try and just color an existing drawing. Nod to Mike Corriero for some of the technique to approaching the image:

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    Working comp for that SF piece a few posts back:

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    There's a number of issues I have with it that I'm still trying to work out. I'll likely take the tracing paper to it to try and figure the background out a little better, or I may use it as an opportunity to hone more of my digital skills.

    Here's another sketch for the piece I'm in the middle of right now. I'll try and get a WIP picture up soon:

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    Ugh... A sketch for the Swamp Creature COW this week:

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    Hoping to go digital on it tonight and bump the color. Finally got Painter IX in, so I'll likely flounder around in that.

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    Wow, you're awesome.

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    hello bdfoster

    your stuff is awesome, really like the things you are doing here.

    to give a crit;

    your heads look really, and then I mean really nice when they are standing in a way so that you can see like 3/4 of them. But in other poses they look a bit less.

    nice stuff nontheless.

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    Heya,

    You've got some really nice stuff here - *LOVE* the pencil works!

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    great stuff! the animals and figure stuff is awesome.
    i like the shading on the 2nd piece from post 7. hurry up with the wip man! i cant wait
    keep rocking!

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    your work is very interesting. Although the quality is sort of inconsistant. Some of your figures are spot on and beautfiul while others are sort of awkward and positioned strangely. the heads on many of your characters get a little small at times. It's hard to crit since you get it right in some images. Just keep it up, I suppose. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

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    Number 6, Recursive End, Sawa-- Thanks for the kind words.

    Haldor-- thanks for the note on faces. Do you mean my 3/4 views are the strongest, and the rest (front, side, bottom, etc) lacking? Faces from my head kill me

    Oregano-- (Oregano is in my skecthbook?!? Rock!!!) Thanks! Pencil is definitely where my preference lies. I just need to get better at the constructing part.

    SpaceManChris-- I'll put money on the fact that the inconsistincies you're looking at are driven by whether I was working with reference or completely from my head. Reference is definitely where my skills are, but it's too much of a crutch for me at the same time. That #2 sketch in post 7 is evidence of it-- you'll see more when I post the painting in progress. I had great reference, but leaned too hard on it and realized 1/2 way into painting it that the concept was lacking. For one, it looks too much like he's carrying a woddsman's axe, which wasn't the intent. Check back when I get the WIP up. You'll see what I mean!

    Thank you all for looking and commenting!

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    yup, your 3/4 views are the strongest

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    wow, you got some good stuff going on here
    the realistic work is top notch, and i like our creature designs
    keep em comming

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    I really love all the details you put in our pics, they're awesome!!
    But i think that sometimes you're portraits ( faces ) aren't as nice, work on those. Anyhow , I can't wait to see more!

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    Here's that painting WIP:

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    As I mentioned in an earlier post, the sketch followed my reference a little too closely. I'm back to the drawing board on it, trying to hammer out some of the detail of the axe, especially. I've also given him the beard to age him a bit, and a guantlet on his right arm to say "warrior" a little more.

    Here's another sketch that I'm gonig to have the same problems with:

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    nice update, I like the last one, though I think though one of your mayor focusing points will be the hand he isn't coming forward enough. Maybe make the pool of water opposite. Now you are having a triangle pointing to us, maybe try to reverse that, and make it a triangle pointing to the guy with the sword. Then you will have the hand in top of the triangle, which makes your eye automatically looking to that. And else maybe make the hand a bit bigger or something, so that it raises more out of the water.

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    yeah some cool stuff you got in here, mate! I really like the WIP painting I am really excited how it will turn out finished!!
    I also like the studies but watch the size of the heads, they tend to be a biit too small in your drawings!
    Keep on rocking mate, you're doin good!!

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    Haha!! Apparently I've been looking at too much El Greco! (master of the 12-13 head figure) Time to get out the anatomy books and get back to measured proportions.

    Thanks for the crits guys!!

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    I like your stuff dbfoster,

    your pencil work I like the best. Its really fun and creative.

    see ya, Bruce

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    the lighting in the torch painting is really nice. I'm sure it's because it's a WIP, but the flame looks a bit clumpy. I could also see making the main core of the picture darker, give some more contrast to the strong blue light and strong torch light.

    the pencil drawing looks great. I wouldn't say drawing from reference is a crutch, it's hard to do and mastering that gives your "from the head" stuff a lot more knowledge for you to base it off of. And you really get the from reference stuff. Are you using photos or live subjects? Either way, great work.

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    The torch painting is quite stunning so far. The lighting looks great. I agree with spacemanchris in that it could use more contrast. Also, the one thing that is bugging me is his grip on the torch seems really loose. I'd bring it further into the hand to show a stronger grip.
    The second picture looks good, but I cant quite figure out what angle its being viewed from. The foreshortening suggests a top-down view, but the background and the hand reaching up suggest something a bit closer to eye-level.

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    Looks pretty good to me.

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    Spent most of last night working on my COW. Then, instead of my CHOW entry, this guy came out. Oh well!!

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    I really like him, don't know anything to crit him about...

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    It's good. I think his left arm is a little short though, and his face doesn't stand out enough from the armour.

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    thats pretty cool mate!! You should try to add some more texture because everything seems to be made of the same material in here, try to work with the contrast a little bit more and try to use some of your blackest blacks to make the image pop.

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