The Sketchbook of 'Wowo- (2/4/07) ~FINAL ART DUMP~, College Paintings, Fanarts, etc.
Hello there, I suppose a brief introduction is in hand. I've been drawing, like everyone here, almost all my life, copying pictures of DBZ and Pokemon in my junior high years. I didn't seriously start to draw until around 10th grade high school, where I started trying to draw pictures without reference. I took several art classes the following two years, which has all led me up to where I am now.
Currently I am enrolled at CSU Long Beach for Illustration. I want to be... well, a concept artist, and I figured what better way than to start here. I kind of always considered sketchbooks to be personal things; I dont generally let friends flip through them, but I've gotten to the point where I would like some feedback as to where I should be taking my art. At first I thought this board would be waaay too out of my league, but looking around more it looks like it's for anybody who is dedicated enough to get better. I hope I'll fit in ok.
Also, as you might be able to tell, I'm looking for a... style to call my own. I started out drawing horrible anime, and then moved onto more traditional art with figure drawing and still lives, but for my sketchbook, I'm really hoping I can find my own style.
So anyway, I hope you all enjoy, and please don't hesitate to respond with comments/opinions/critiques/whatever. Thanks a bunch, CA!
Here's some oldish stuff (by old I mean fall 2005)
Some style searching-
Sword poses (with ref)-
Female body (w/o ref)-
More style searching, this is supposed to be Samwell from A Song of Ice and Fire-
(for some reason I'm terrible at drawing a profile of a face I've drawn and retaining the likeness. This is something I hope to work on.)
These were done while watching LotR: The Two Towers, so they're heavily influenced by that-
Then, these were done while watching The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly-
(this one could've came out so much better... the likeness just isn't quite there.)
(this was a quickie, I was too engaged by the end to finish it up more)
Then, the last one for now, and most recent (done yesterday)-
For some reason I decided to give it the hair of Ed from Cowboy Bebop.
I suppose that's enough for now. I'm hoping this sketchbook will get me to draw more, as I feel like I'm not drawing enough. So, I hope this is a good start, wish me luck!
Last edited by Joshawowo; February 5th, 2007 at 12:22 AM.
Yikes, only 9 views. This board sure moves fast. Anyway, I thought I'd post this up. It's something I've been working on recently.
It's supposed to be Jon and Samwell from A Game of Thrones. I haven't viewed much ASoIaF art, so I'm not sure if my characters remotely resemble the general consensus of what they look like. Anyway, here's the digital coloring that I've begun.
This is hugely an experimental piece. I don't have much experience in digital coloring, but would like to learn the trait. I certainly don't have my method down, but it's something I'm trying to develope. I had a background planned, but when I sketched it out, it really didn't look right. And for now, I might as well keep it simple and just learn how to render a character.
Any crits on this piece would be nice. It's not ready for the WIP section yet at all, and I plan on changing Sam's color schemes around quite a bit.
Ah, I see some really good sketches here! You do indeed seem influenced by anime and manga, and I think you have developed that style well. At the same time, you draw many realistic looking characters as well, and my favourite is the guy with moustache and cowboyhat. I think that if you like to draw anime like characters, you can do both that and realistic. That's what I do, though I stick most to the realistic ones. Keep experimenting with drawing, and your style will come naturally.
The only thing I wish to say in adition to this, is that the mouths on some of the characters seem twisted. Be careful how you draw mouths and grins. The two that I am talking about are drawing nr. 2 and nr. 13.
For the coloured piece, I read that you are still quite new to the digital colouring part. Personally, I never found it a good method to colour the whole character with such a high opacity first, like you did on the one to the right. I sketch up the lines first, and then paint with opacity set to 2 or 4 (very low). Usually I paint the dark areas first, and then the highlight. Afterwards I work with blending the colours more together. When you blend, make sure not to wipe away all contrasts and edges between the separate colour areas, like you did here. Remember that in real life, some shadows on for example clothes doesn't blend into the rest. Ok ok, I am so bad at explaining... If you can read the gist of this, then lucky you.
Keep drawing, it will get you far!
Thanks for your comment! My first one I agree that my style is influenced by anime and manga, however I wouldn't say that "I draw anime." Because when I hear people say this, I believe this means they found an anime style they like, and are copying it, which I don't want to do. I'm very influenced by the style of Kentaro Miura's "Berserk", but I dont want to draw exactly like him. Anyway... I'm still looking for exactly what would define my style.
By the way, I'm afraid I did "Angel Eyes" (the cowboy) no justice. He looks too nice in my picture, rather than menacing. I appreciate the comment, though
Regarding the photoshop pic: I definitely see what you mean about aplying paint gradually rather than full opacity right at the beginning... something I'll consider for future efforts. The only thing is, for this picture I dont want outlines at all (I'm not sure if thats what you were implying).By the way, I have the line art over it, I just removed it for the sake of this picture. I like line quality well enough, contour lines and all, but for this particular piece I would rather have the characters fully rendered. It's something kinda new for me... so yeah, its an experiment.
My main struggle with getting used to digital painting is brushes, and how the tablet affects them. I get confused when I should be turning down opacity, or flow, or use a soft brush instead of a hard... I haven't even tried any textured brushes yet. Anyway, it's a learning experience, and the help is greatly appreciated. I've been looking through many helpful tutorials on this site and others, and I'm starting to get the gist of things. Thanks again for your comments.
Hey dude, welcome to CA and good start on the SB. It's good seeing you do a variety of life studies/imagination/ref'd sketches. And there's no need to be intimidated, everyone's here to learn no matter the skill level. And style will just come in time, a lot of it is just natural progression. So keep it up man, cheers!
You don't need to show the lines in the finished work, just use them as guidance in the start. I suppose that's what you do, too. What I mean is that when you have added the different colours, blend the outlines into them. Ok ok, never mind. You seem to be experimenting a lot. Keep going. If you have the chance, try Painter! I find that it's better suited for digital painting than Photoshop, but that's just my opinion.
Hey there and welcome. I have to agree with heychief with the value range. It seems that you have your lines pretty well in place. My suggestion is that you should start studying about shading. You are off to a good "start" here. I'll keep following your progres.
heyChief- Thanks. Its true, and I didn't realize it until now, but I dont shade enough in my sketchbook. My next update may have a few things, though.
JaneM- I see what you're saying, thanks for the tips. I've never thought of blending in the outlines. Oh, and I'd love to try Painter, but I dont have it. Maybe I could... get it... somehow. I'd love to try it to see which suits me better, I've seen spectacular work with either program.
Placeboast- Hi there, thanks. I'm planning on updating here pretty soon, probably with stuff from my figure drawing class.
Oops, sorry Zord, forgot to respond. Thanks for the welcome and the encouragement!
Here's some stuff I did last semester in my Life Drawing class. By the way, I forgot to point out that this is my first year at CSULB, so basically this has been my only college art course so far. I had a thread in the Fine Arts and Studies forum for this, but I figured it'd be ok to post 'em again.
A few still lifes (sorry for the horrid cropping)-
2 hour pose, contour lines-
2 day pose, charcoal pencil and vine charcoal-
2 day pose, pencil-
Master Copy, charcoal pencil-
3 day pose, black and white conte on colored paper-
2, 1 hour poses-
Extra Credit assignment (as recommended by the anime otaku's in my class.) Take the pose and draw it in a different style. So yeah, more style searching basically-
2 day pose, charcoal pencil. I was going to do a background, but the model didn't show up on the third day she was scheduled.-
Mmk, that's most of the stuff from my class. I passed it, yay. Hopefully I can get a few more sketches up today.
Small update, tried to include some ammount of shading. Sorry for the poor scan quality... not sure what happened:
Some random insanity, lots of different "styles"-
Female anatomy studies w/o reference-
Ouch, this made me realize I'm going to need to do some more studying. I dont know what I was thinking with the hand-stand pose, but it feels way off. I still can't get something as simple as a walking pose (top left) right. Any advice would be greatly appreciated...
And yeah, critiques on the shading would be nice, too. It doesn't help that the scanner butchered my hatching even further, haha.