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    Chirp Chirp's Sketchbook

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    Some recent PS doodles testing brushes I downloaded, a sketchup doodle, and some other stuff.
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    Vehicle designs ideated in sketchup. I was playing Planetside last fall and was really disappointed with the Sunderer APC vehicle artwork and game balance. That became my excuse to learn sketchup and see if I could actually design a vehicle.

    1. The first yellow and blue APC is my first attempt at taking a sketchup model and doing a paint over. Pretty terrible results I think but posting it anyway.

    2. The red background with blue and orange APC is my second attempt at a paint over. Happier with the results but I felt limited to a cartoony style because I just didn't have a clue how to do anything more complicated. Also note the lack of person in the scene for scale. I really wanted a person in there, but I didn't think I could draw or paint a character with enough style to fit the scene.

    3 & 4 Are simple side and top profiles to demonstrate scale.

    5. Starting Learning maxwell thought I would make a fake car ad.

    6 & 7. Getting the hang of Maxwell. Learning a lot about photography stuff and how to light objects.

    8. Somewhere between doing those other 2 vehicle designs I found this NASA concept art from Pat Rawlings and decided to see if I could model from someone elses work.

    9, 10, 11, & 12. I took some liberties with the design and thought about how everything would work mechanically. Here are the results.

    Enough of that. Hoping to get up to the point where I can take these designs and incorporate them into a finished scene like most concept artists are able to do.
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    1. UI design I did awhile ago for a demo.

    2. A photo I tweaked and then did a bit of paint over. I was pretty happy with how the eye area turned out. Though I approached it very technically, making lots of selections and layers for just about every color. Took about a day total.

    3. So after promising myself last night I would start up this thread today. I dug out my art supplies from design school and got to freehand drawing again. Here are the results.
    Warming up... OMG I totally suck!! My 2 year old son was helping me out with his red crayon, I think he might be better than me.

    4, 5, & 6. Plastic kids toys seemed to be too hard to start out with so I pulled out a stuffed bunny from my son's toy box. Finally started to loosen up a bit.

    And now everyone should be up to date. Just keep drawing, just keep drawing....
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    Good on ya for working the drawing skills. Do some figure studies, get back into it, keep posting! I'm enjoying looking at your vehicle designs.
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    Figure drawing study. I grabbed a high contrast nude to study from. Something I thought would be simple... unfortunately it took at least an hour. I must have rebuilt that ass at 10 times. I tried to stay simple with 1 brush and just changed blend modes, pressure, hardness as I painted. I had a real hard time trying to get smoothness I wanted especially with multiply on. Very frustrating experience. If anyone has suggestions for PS brushes and settings to start out with that would be great. Anyway here are the results.
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    Another day another post, so far so good. Well at least until I started my study, 1.5 very frustrating hours. I never thought PS could painful to work in. It feels like I am not using the right brushes or something. I started this one off with a few straight lines to help with proportions. I don’t know if that is good or bad. I think I am going to take a step back and draw more but try gesture drawing instead.
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    1. Another day another drawing... Today I pulled out the paper and pencil again then tried to do some gesture stuff of my 2 year old. Unfortunately he just doesn't stop moving so I ended up mostly drawing my own foot. I was able to get 1 of his foot leg before he took off and some how that is my favorite. Maybe I should do that more often since I have an unknown time constraint and it forces me to go fast. These were some of the better sketches.

    2. I finished up another render tonight. This was more tests with lighting positioning and color. I also played around making / tweaking materials more. This time I pulled the camera back pretty far and shot the vehicle with a high mm lense.

    Oh and thanks for the comments so far.
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    Some nice stuff in here, takes quite awhile to find your feet in PS, but getting a good fine art foundation is always useful.

    Just a few crits: your house sketch could make a good digital painting, but I'd probably avoid the smudge tool for clouds - very few people use it, and you can usually tell. Also, use a range of photos for colour/lighting reference to get a more realistic appearance.

    Also, use the 'Save for Web' function in Photoshop to keep file size at a minimum. It takes quite awhile to load the pictures in here at the moment.

    Keep at it.
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    I haven't updated in awhile but I have haven’t stopped learning, so big update.

    1, 2, & 3. I started doing the painting exercises I found on CA. Paint a grayscale sphere then try and copy the values in color. It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I remember doing these exercises in design fundamentals with paint but I didn't recall it being as hard. I'll blame it on the photoshop color picker for tricking me.

    4 & 5. I got tired of the diffuse spheres and decided to try and do a metal one. But I needed some reference so then I set up a scene with some materials did a quick unfinished render and used that as the ref. I think I tried too hard to copy what I saw. Again this study was much more difficult than I anticipated. My wife was watching and noted that I was blotting a lot with big air brushes. Not sure if that is the best way of painting. It definitely wasn't very fun but I think it turned out ok. If anyone has recommendation or tutorials on how they paint and brushes they use that would be great.
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    But wait there is more! At work I started doodling and drawing quick (terrible) studies of coworkers. Prepare for the wonders of the unconscious mind at work.


    I think I am finally done messing around with the vehicle designs I did. I am pretty happy with how these final renders came out. Overall I learned a bunch about studio lighting, materials and camera stuff like fstop and how different mm lenses change the perspective.
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    1. Dabling with PS brushes and figured out a method of blending. A few free hand painted shapes as a test run.

    2. I actually started this before I began playing with the brushes but I just couldn't blend very well. After the ah-ha moment with the brushes I returned to the exercise. Not entirely happy with the shadow but I think it came out ok. Probably the best thing during this was when I realized that I wasn't getting frustrated. I think I am starting to get the hang of things.
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