I'm new to these forums and have seen some amazing stuff here. I've let my own meager talents atrophy in laziness and hope that a good dose of critisism will save my soul. I currently animate those crappy lasershows that you might see around the U.S., which means I make a few half-ass drawings and use a program to move/rotate/scale them. It's a job for a trained monkey. Anywho, here's to kicking Art's ass and moving on up in the world.
Here's me making myself look much more attractive than I am. I'm aware of some of the proportions I got wrong, but could use some advice.
Please, let me know what you think, and I'll be sure to post often. Thanks!
Last edited by anticonnor; June 12th, 2006 at 04:20 PM.
Um, honestly, I think you look more attractive in the real picture. Drawing beard stubbles that detailed makes you look lazy. -_- Try a simple shading with the pencil instead, maybe use the flat side of it to put darker tones where the stubbles are. Also, when you mark the border between highlighted areas and areas in shadow, don't let the lines show.
Anyway, the similarity is indeed there.
Your hand studies are pretty nice; do more of those! And the whale caricatures are cute. Nice going!
Hahaha! The doodles are funny! Your self portrait is pretty well done, although a bit caricatural... Is that your hand? It looks like child's one ... maybe you should have made thinner fingers and longer palm... Want to see more.
Keenox: I can't believe you would make fun of someone with handicapping child hands! Do you know how difficult it is to draw with these things?
JaneM: Yes I am quite handsome, aren't I? I do realize that I tend to think very 2D and seperate everything into just a few levels of tone. Thanks!
I was thinking of posting some animations if I ever wind up doing something decent. What's the best way to do that here, just posting an offsite link to a Flash movie or something?
I intend to post the hell out of this sketchbook, so stay tuned for progress!
Here's a few more. I really need to start working on toned paper. I should also say that I virtually never finish a project... that's part of the reason for posting here. I'm going to start studying anatomy more, working on my tones, and once I get my drawing techinques under control I can move on to painting. So please, crit away!
Last edited by anticonnor; June 12th, 2006 at 04:19 PM.
Sorry man! I didn't mean to offence you in any way. I didn;t know you have a problem... I'm really sorry! I thought it was just a drawing problem. The newly posted drawings are really nice. Maybe you should try coloring them!
haha man,u draw pretty nice for a trained monkey. No really, lovely stuff, those charicaturish portraits are way cool.. and what Jane said. check those edges, where light and shadow connect, u know...
Good stuff, keep this updated! Peace C
hehe ..those little fishies from teh first post are supersweet.. would like to see them coloured!
Hey anticonnor! (wich connor is it that you dislike? )
Great start on your sb man, and thanks for commenting mine.
Most of these are really cool, you seem to have pretty nice control of faces when you draw. I guess you could practice shadows and rendering tho, to increase the volume of your figures and shapes. Try basic shapes and mark out a light source and render away! it's fun, easy and great practise.
other than that, keep posting, I'm watching!
Just a quick update... I'm going to be busy for a while, so I don't know if I'll get a chance to post here again for a couple of weeks. I am working on a 3CH painting... it'll be my first Painter attempt. It's coming along nicely. I don't have much experience with backgrounds, so that's a bit of a challenge. Everyone's tips on shading are much appreciated, and much needed! Here you go...
This new attachment manager is pretty handy! I'll try to post some more in the next week, but it won't be until after the 4th of July that I can start seriously pumping out some new material and delving into Painter some more.
Last edited by anticonnor; October 1st, 2006 at 04:16 AM.
Awesome style. I spy a little tint of plimpton in there. If youre still working on the self portrait, its great, the shapes are a good combination of accurate and stylized. I like the simplified light and shading. The only thing that needs, is for the far eye to be closer to the photo, as it is it looks like a copy/paste of the first one a bit.
Trollboy: I'll try to get more monkeys in the next post.
I spent the last four days here at work (except for the occaisional potty break) trying to get a couple of Led Zeppelin songs animated before I take a vacation. I have absolutely no time to post, but this forum is like crack. I'll keep doing more and more depraved things to get my next fix!
Some of the little creature doodles were ideas for this weeks COW, "leaf rider", but I have no time to render. I might still flesh out one or two when I get back. Attachment 3695
I'll post more in about a week.
Your penwork is pretty good. Stylized, a little abstract but still mostly representational http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...8&d=1150934617 The lines represent edges of forms and corners, but there's still calligraphic elements like the top guy's chin, or the extra little lines outside the jowls on the guy on the bottom. I think it would look better to emphasize the blockiness of the heads more, make the lines of the faces a little straighter less curved. This type of simplicity is always fun to look at, the obvious use of shape and context(they could easily be leaves instead of whales) http://tcgsupport.com/connor/concept...k/whales01.jpg.
For shading the problem is that you're using only one tone to differentiate the sides of the forms. A cheap trick to give a little more depth is to emphasize the core shadows, for example on the self portrait I can't find one core shadow. Cast shadows tend to be darker that the dark side of the form casting that shadow, check the nose of the photo. The point of shading is to explain form, the forehead in the photo is obviously round but in the drawing it looks like it's bent in some weird way. Scott Robertson has some rendering dvds on the gnomon website, I ordered those a few weeks ago they should help you. I have to admit, I'm still working on the exercises from the perspective dvd though.
Hello Anitconnor, thanks for posting in my sketchbook, I really appreciate the constructive criticism, and you are right my more fleshed out stuff is rather frozen its a comfort thing i need to break out of. In any event you have very nice line work, I really enjoy your charicatures they are solid in construction. Keep posting more work cannot wait to see what you have in store for us next!
haha some of these are really good packed with expression and I personally think that pictures with expression, and of course pictures well drawn as in this case, are worth more to look at than a realistic face with nothing happening. Good show!
More of the same. I need to start sketching some digital and try to attend a life drawing session or two. I've definitely come to realize that I HATE drawing but faces and rough bodies. Thus I need to practice the hell out of those things until it's second nature.... hands, feet, environments, inorganics, clothes... you'll be seeing plenty of these in the future. Scout's honor! Attachment 6394
Thanks for your note in my Sketchbook! Some really cute caricatures here, they really make me smile. You might enjoy checking out the 50 Portraits Thread, see the link in my signature. Keep pushing yourself and keep up the good work!
Trollboy, Blanquish, Rebeccak, Nallen: Yeah, I have a lot of fun doing stupid faces, that's probably why I never push myself too hard to improve elsewhere. Whenever I start doing tedious hand sketches, my ADD kicks in and I make a cartoon monster out of the hand. It's a curse.... but not an unbeatable one.
As promised, I got myself to a life drawing class this weekend and got a few sketches from a single pose... then I reverted back to sensless face doodles. These are the first life drawings that I've done in many years, so please crit. And if anyone has any suggestions of something I should take further, I'm all ears! I already plan on digi-painting the goofy whales from my first post. Enjoy! Attachment 7689 Attachment 7690 Attachment 7691 Attachment 7692 Attachment 7693 Attachment 7694