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Ok, Thought I'd get off my ass and start a sketchbook. Had Badger strongly advisiing me to sort one out. So heres the first few. BTW I'm moving away from digital and attempting to devote an entire sketchbook to heads at the mo, then another sketchbook for every other part of the body. The heads'll be later though, when I get back to uni.
Environment sketch that i might finish
My first Robot. lol i think you can tell. Its a digital sketch straight onto the pc
The lines are all freehand. I really dont recommend it.
I only did it to see if i could, but it almost destroyed my wrist.
Anyways, they'll be more to come soon, promise.
Last edited by Kian; November 18th, 2006 at 06:30 AM.
Cool enviros and robot man! Keep em comin bro!
Ace man, some of this stuff is really high quality.
The ones based on the destroyed cities are reall cool, colours are beautiful.
The sketchbook of heads sounds like an idea i need.. its the worst bit of my whole art vocabulary. Looking forward to seeing what u pull out
Beautiful environments! The ones of the ruined city are lovely - great lighting and perspective.
Looking forward to seeing more!
Wow, nice stuff, great enviro's and characters. Especially like that bling on the one guy .
Wow, thats what I call a nice, or super great start!
well, I know you've been a member over here for about 2 years longer than I have, But i mean in the Sketchbook Area
Good luck, I suscribed to this thread!. so I'll be watching for updates !
Keep em' coming!
PHATAndy: Thanks man. So far the heads are going ok. Its amazing how fast you develop when you focus on the understanding of the head and not just what you "think" it looks like.
Mya: Cheers, they'll be more shortly, however they'll be less colour and more pencils!
Goog: Thanks. Yeah they're both pimps
Dile: apprieciate that mate
There're some very impressive pieces in here! Are all the enviros painted, or are there some mattes and\or 3d models involved?
Mid: Hey bro. Thats right, I should mention the destroyed cities had underlayed geometry. It helped far easier in establishing a good camera angle, and allowing me to focus on details. I will also use photos to get the high level of texture I need. Also for decals, like the London shots. The first image is a good example of how I work. Here you see my hand painted geometry designs, with lighting established from the outset. Its soo crucial! Then, i'd refine the geometry more, then paint in the windows with a custom brush. Finally, I'd overlay texture images on my surfaces. How ever, over the whole process, there will be a helluva lot of colour correction.
Also, the red city is a matte painting.
Last edited by Kian; April 22nd, 2006 at 01:04 PM.
wow your environments are most powerful, and damn that transformer. Good stuff. Keep it up! Thanks for the comment on my page.
Oh wow, great stuff man! I really like the three 'city in ruins' pieces you did...excellent lighting and atmosphere. Fantastic detail and indication as well. I look forward to seeing more!
About freakin' time, mate!!
Stupidly great work, Jon - hope to see more. I'd really like to see how you'd approach traditional paints (oil would be good for you, imo - acrylics would be the easier and less messy alternative). If you could execute your enviros in trad as you do with digi that would be amazing; but one step at a time, eh?
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Last edited by Quicksilver; April 23rd, 2006 at 06:17 AM.
Jon I've only recently met you, but in the short time, I have gained the greatest amount of respect for you. I've never seen a young artist with jsuch quickly growing skill before. Not to mention that you are probably the most humble, easy going artist I know.
I still hope to challenge you to a thunderdome some day soon. Some day when I am drunk and wreckless, I will wake up and fear what I have done.
Your work is only getting better.
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Glad to see the badger pressure worked, and maybe those pints...
Interesting to see the way you work, starting mono and working up.
You have a bit of a thing for red lights and blue shadows, it's really effective at quickly adding temperature.
Occasionally keep an eye on your values, sometimes they look a bit flushed out, carefull with adding the fog, and after watch your far values.
But as you know, you are a filthy, filthy, talented bastard!
Really enjoyed looking at your sketches. Especially the environments.
sabe2003: Thanks man
Asoir: Cheers mate. I should be posting alot more trad nowadays. Below is the beginning.
Jereus: Thanks, those cities are my personal favs too. I've a got a deep interest in the Post-Apoc theme.
Quicksilver!!: Ta babe. I think when I've got to a good point with ma pencils, oils may just be the next step.
Interceptor: Loren mate, thankyou deeply for that post. It means alot. The feeling is mutual too!
Badger: Hi bro. Tis tru, our deep convo got me thinking. That I needed to admit to myself what I'm shit at. And just
get on with sorting it out! Thanks man
Groover McNab: Thanks man. I enjoyed looking at your entire sketchbook! Youre a top artist
Heres the first lot straight after the London meet. Dirty_c inspired me to sort out my ultra sub-par pencils.
Last edited by Kian; April 23rd, 2006 at 05:36 PM.
The enviros are really nice, good atmosphere and nice compositions.
This thread definetely need an eye to be kept on.
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Evildisco: Thanks man
Heres a quick sketch for tonight. I'll be happy if you guys even tell who it is to be honest. The difference between this sketch and the ones before, were that there no pressure of making the people look exactly like their photos. Taking a famous person and drawing their portrait really gave me stress, which I think you can tell hurts the process
(The difference in the eye values was a scanner thing, his eyes look ok on paper)
hey kian (bob marley by the way...not me...the picture)
just seen your portfolio stuff so i came here from there, good stuff man i also like how your taking the 'in this for the long run' approach with your work, devoting a whole sketchbook to each part of the bodys one hell of a commitment but if you stick with it, MAN its gonna pay off.
also dig the 'get comfortable with pencils and then move on to oils' thing, van gogh did the same, learn to draw, then learn colour theory, then learn to paint, but hell your enviroments show u aint exactly horrible at it now
loads better than me and very inspirational hope to meet u at a UK meet some time.
A fellow northie! hehe, Glad to see that theres someone who knows the first thing about art up here lol! Great enviros man, thats really pro friggin stuff! Hopefully I'll meet up with you guys around mid june, got exams and can't go out till then Would be great to meet you, and good to see the dedication of working on your weaker areas, good stuff! And keep posting more often!
VERY nice cityscapes and enviros! I see you've focused your skill on them.
The faces fall behind but you'll get there. Most of the ears look like they are glued onto the heads, make them pop out more. The nostrils are huge also.
Do more studies, yhe ones you've done are good. Study faces from ref and when you're done with them, try to do them from memory to see what you've learned. It's a good way of gaining understanding.
But I'm le tired...
Lunch's Boiling Stew
Yeah man! Very very cool environments.
The problems you're having with pencil work is probably just not enough practice thats all..like lunch said, do some more studies. Life drawing is also really really valuable, even if you can only make a class once every 2 or 3 weeks..
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Wow...your works so inspiring. I'm not a huge fan of drawing backgrounds however your works give me a bloody good arguement why i should start to love them! I really like the destroyed city war of the worlds piece. Very nice.
sub par pencils my ass, those are good. I gotta tell you that i love your enviroments. Post apocolyptic worlds are my favorite subject for some reason. The colors you use seem to suit the Source engine very well with the Hdr lighting, it has that simaliar look! Which is a good thing.
As for a crit: I think working on more facial variations in your character drawings would be nice. It seems they all come from the same base structure which makes them look a bit similar.
Good shit man!
Ok I feel whenever I want to reply to posts, I MUST post a new sketch with it.
DannySketch: Thanks man! Yeah I think it'll bring me to edge of madness But I'll give it a go, see what happens. Look forward to meeting you too mate.
Blog: Hiya mate, Yeah I'm a Northerner to the core Thanks for the comment. I'll try post my ass off. These friggin SB's are addictive!
DC: Hey bro! Thats your working my friend. Looking through you SB in real life gave me a great dig in the face which is what I was needing badly. So I owe you quite a bit to be honest mate.
Lunch: Cheers dude, and you are sooooo right about my ears. I do struggle with their placement and form with the head. Which is the exact reason I'm doing the head SB. I believe it'll pay off. Well i guess we'll all see after a stream of heads keep gettin posted here. But thanks for the honest crit!
yAdam: Thanks bro. I think you're right. I knew I was crap with pencils for a long time but was scared to confront em. So yeah, with practice it should work out. *crosses fingers*
hinky doodle: Cheers. Environments are awesome! Glad you like em!
Kresh: Cheers bro. Post-Apoc is something im eerielydrawn to myself. Dunno why. About the heads, yeah totally man, but to be honest thats how i wanted to approach the task. To get a good understanding of the head's form before creating character.
Ok This is uber rough and not very good I know! its a 2 & a half hour sketch. I really liked working this loose. I felt free to just blast colours and experiment.