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February 18th, 2006 #1
(Nov 17, Update-tastic) Progress! HankTol's Sketchbook
Hey! Head to the end of the thread, where the new stuff is!
It does get better, I promise.
Hey everyone. I've been reading here for months, you're all a great inspiration. It's time I started a sketchbook, to keep me motivated and get some help from you guys.
So lets start with the anime stuff.
(Yeah, how much of a geek am I, practicing character's signitures?)
These are both based on characters from a friend's role playing game.
I'm trying to get away from the anime style, thought, because I feel it's gunking up my mind when I try work from life, or in a more lifelike style. To that end, I've started working on anatomy, and got myself a copy of Loomis' "Figure Drawing for all It's Worth." Fantastic book! Here's some stick figure stuff from there:
And a 20 minute PS sketch I did for a friend.
That's it for now. I'm hoping to keep this updated weekly, at the very least. Someone hit me with a club so I do.
Last edited by HankTol; November 17th, 2006 at 10:28 PM. Reason: thread update
Hide this ad by registering as a memberFebruary 18th, 2006 #2
Welcome to CA!
The PS sketch is by far the best...
Keep an eye on your proportions for sure (this isn't easy!). And speaking from personal experience, I've found drawing/studying more realistic work aids in improvement rather than starting out with an anime style, or any style really... develope your foundational skills first before you try and add style is what I've learned and found it quite helpful!
I'll have the club ready, haha. Good start and keep the posts coming!
Again, welcome to CA!
February 18th, 2006 #3
Welcome to CA HankTol! (again) First of all, I second everything IanE said about doing traditional styles first. Also, good job starting with Loomis! I know it gets tough and boing sometimes, but stick with it! You will see definate improvement. Try to draw often too. Good luck!
February 23rd, 2006 #4
(Feb.23 New Loomis) Progress! HankTol's SB
Hey folks. More Loomis stuff. Tell me how I'm doing.
Also planing on starting a daily painting thread soon.
That's it for now. Maybe more later today.
February 24th, 2006 #5
More new stuff
Hi folks. Got some more stuff for you.
First a profile portrait i did a while back.
A couple of self portraits, both done real quick. First is wax crayon, second is pen.
Photograph sucks, sorry
Some stuff I did at Barns and Noble tonight.
I really streched this guy's head out.
Finaly, a hand a day (at least)...
That's it for tonight. I look forward to comments. C'mon, keep me posting!
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keep up the good work.
March 7th, 2006 #7
Hey folks. Update finally after however long.
started going to figure drawing session. Going every week.
March 8th, 2006 #8
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you sketches looks nice, but do you useing a scanner or camera ??
cause it seem to me that your pictures lose valuse, after the scaning progress.
What I mean is that they would be better if you change, whatever you use to scan you stuff with
March 8th, 2006 #9
March 9th, 2006 #10
Character design, brush inking
Small update today, but first some replies.
IanE - Thanks! Yeah, I'm trying to steer away from the anime stuff until I have a little more experience under my belt.
Cup of Joe - Everywhere I read said that Loomis was the standard. I'm glad I was able to find a copy online. Thanks for the welcome and the C&C.
StylesArt - Thanks, man. I will.
Dile - I'm using an HP All-In-One, so it's not the best scanner in the world. It's also positioned on a shelf over my head, so it's not the best setup for clean scans in the world. There's no where else for the thing to go, though, so I'm stuck with it till I get a bigger desk, I guess.
Skeiff - Thanks, man. I'll keep at it. Loomis is a big help.
Can't post without putting something up.
Here's a WIP of a character design for a friend. This was my first time inking with a brush. Will Eisner described inking with a brush as sexy. I gotta say, that's exactly the word I'd use to describe the experience.
March 13th, 2006 #11
Whoaaa you're like me! Kinda. I started in anime, decided to try get back to the basics with realism, picked up 'Figure Drawing for What It's Worth', just up to those gestures, and draw people on the bus XD Except I don't have anywhere to do life drawing sessions (yet anyway). Your life drawing stuff is looking great so far, keep going with those, same with Loomis, the book has seemed pretty good so far. Gogogo!
March 30th, 2006 #12
April 11th, 2006 #13
After a long break...
Chisa, thanks for the poke in the ribs. School and everything else has gotten out of hand lately, leaving me little time to draw for myself. I'm trying to get back on the horse.
Here's a small update while I get my act togeather...
I've started working on my anatomy, little by little.
I go to figure session every week if I can help it. Here's this week's offering.
And a detail of her face:
If anyone has any tips about photographing work that's too big to scan, I'd appreciate it. That's why about half the stuff up here looks so dark or washed out. I'm photographing stuff well lit, with the light coming at such an angle that it doesn't glair. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Is there something I can do in photoshop to clean it up?
Anyway, that's it for now. More to come soon.
April 13th, 2006 #14
Doing some painting tonight. Did this quick self portrait sketch just to warm up my hand. It's really bad, but it's just an excersise to get the blood flowing. I'd thought I'd post it to keep this thing alive.
More to come.
April 13th, 2006 #15
April 15th, 2006 #16
Hey, I'm updating regularly. Awesome
Darktwin - Thanks. The anatomy stuff is so daunting. I'm working on it as much as I have time, which is not very much. I'll hit it hard this summer, though, hopefuly.
Ok, my offering for today is a WIP of a still life for Painting I. It's not much yet.
20 x 28 inches, Oil on streched paper
The wierd shading radiating from the top left corner is actualy a flaw in the streching. It's paper, not canvas, so obviously, I have to strech it myself. Unfortunaly, I'm not very good at it.
It's not much yet, but I thought I'd show you what I'm working on.
April 15th, 2006 #17
My daily painting thread is dead as dead can be. I guess that little experiment failed. I will try again in the summer, I guess. For now, I thought I'd move the single post from that thread here, so I could at least get some feedback.
Going to try the daily painting thing, but I started at the worst possible time. So, I'll make it work again later.
First one is acrylics, which I have very little experience with. I think I'm going to stick with oils for now.
That's it for now. More to come.
April 19th, 2006 #18
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haha, I know (yeah Im late) about that scanner, Its standing 2 feet away starring at me, and I absolutly hate that scanner...HP ALL-IN-ONE 1355
Great progress with the faces!
and those new traditional ones are also great!
I still like your Loomis stuff, more of that stuff
April 19th, 2006 #19
November 8th, 2006 #20
Back From the Dead!
I am back from the dead!
as happens to me so often, summer hit and my productivity dropped to zero. but now i'm back in school and drawing again, so i thought i'd resurrect this poor neglected sketchbook. Here's some of what i've been working on this semester.
As usual, I apologise for the poor photograpy. My lighting situation is still... no the best.
November 17th, 2006 #21
people hunting and peck studies
The work continues...
my offering tonight consists of people hunting sketches from barns and noble, and some skulls out of Peck. I'm going to be taking an anatomy class next semester, and i'm trying to get a head start.