YOu should make the arms as small or as large as you want. It depends on the character you're portraying. Realistically, female arms are larger than what lots of artists draw. I love an ebony pencil for shading. You can go jet black on it. It's like charcoal on a pencil.
Thats definitely not a bad start. The apple looks a bit flat and could use more different shades. And try not to use pure red for the apple, mix it with some other colors. Did you paint the wooden table? It looks good...
Nice paintings. Like the second one better than the first tho, you got a better sense of form and more realistic colors in that one. In the first on the apple looks real flat, the light side just isn't rendered at all, and the contrasting super saturated hue really make it stand out. Painting is super hard tho I know. You should see my first attempt at a still life in oils, you'll piss your pants laughing...
You need to blend the edges of the shadows and add in some highlight. DOn't buy canvas though. Just use primed masonite. Much cheaper and more convinient. You won't have to stretch any canvases. Pre-stretched canvases are expensive as hell.
SOme hue changes in the fruit will help but it's hard to do it w/o changing the value with traditional media. In photoshop you can sample the original color and just slide the Hue slider.
hey oki try to make some more cleaner and bolder lines, it will make the difference in your work. Try not to rush it.
Its okay to sketch them in at first, like taking a 2h or 4h pencil and sketching in things till your happy with them. Then go little harder and build up some values.
Then take a No.2 Pencil (or if u have something nicer) and pick out areas for darker lines and deeper values.. Since you have everything there already sketched it will be easy for you to feel where to make those percise single stroked lines.
I hope this helps, ask me any questions if u need any.
That female study is very nice. Nothing else to crit that was already mentioned. Keep up the good work, im seeing improvement.
Last edited by Kresh; February 10th, 2006 at 09:48 PM.
Try using the side of your pencil to shade faster too. Mass your shadows and learn to see in only 3 values: dark, mid, and light. Try squinting for this. it'll help you see the form better and thus allowing you to render it more precise.
excellent stuff. realy like the hatch work on that first ass. lol keep it up, and a scanner doesnt cost that much, they all scan shitty anyways so i doesnt matter wat u buy, just tweak up the curves in photoshop.
Don't be afraid to draw faces and hands, it may not look like much in the beginning, but you'll get better. And as OBX said, nice ass indeed
You may want to use some more 'darks' in the warrior's suit, he doesn't really stand out from the background like this...
Oki i just bought a scanner/printer combo for $60 at wal-mart. As long as your scanner scans at least 600 dpi (which i think is every scanner out there, but i may be wrong) then your golden. Your drawings are looking great. Remember, this place is a great way to improve. The more you post the more help you get! there are also great tutorials in here as well as workshops. best of all it's free!! ...what the hell am i paying $70k for when i can come here, hahaha.
Hope to see more soon Oki!!
"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
I notice in the pic with the hand and face issue, the value for the reflected light is the same as the midtone. It would work a lot better if you go darker there so the the main light is more dominating than the reflected light. Soften the edges in shadow some more too.
Does your camera have macro? try turning it on and prop it on something to take the picture and you should get sharper results.
good stuff. You're keeping the proportions correct. Hips and shoulder at about the same width. Try to pitch your darks more and shade in the midtone and leave out the highlights. HOpefully someone can help you with the armpit since I"m struggling with that also.