You have a nice touch.
And after trying charcoal out for the first time, I have no idea how you get them to look so nice :.
Sartell: thanks I'm actually shocked that one came out as nice as it did considering I over did it with the white charcoal
darkchild: thanks that is a portrait of Eva Mendez from a ref or my best attempt at it anyhow
max xiantu: thanks I didn't like charcoal the first time I tried it either, it was sooo messy. But now I'm starting to use charcoal pencils which is great. currently learning to use the stumping technique on my charcoal drawings and it's easy to mess up too
Anyhow, I am going to learn to paint if it kills me .... here are my first two attempts at painting a drop of water using acrylic ... I know, not the most exciting thing but gotta start somewhere
I am tempted to make you just do animal sketches from now on. Though the seal one doesnt excite me as much, perhaps because of all the black around him. I was always told to paint a white sphere with a new medium to learn the very basics of a medium. One day I will show you my first acrlyic piece, you and everyone else will laugh lol=)
unknown_epiphany: why just animal sketches? As for learning new mediums .. I don't think I ever started any the traditionall way those water drops aren't that bad, are they ?
a couple of quick sketches (reason why the faces aren't aligned correctly)
Heya there lee,
Proving us all to be a bunch of slackers.
I noticed that color and digi painting are your biggest challenges.
Could you possibly tell us what brushes and settings you're using?
Perhaps then we can help a bit more in that department.
The animal sketches are really coming along. That bird has me intrigued; perhaps just a line down either side to suggest wings. As it stands it's flightless.
The only other crit i have is this last girl's face, more precisely her jaw.
If you take a diagonal from her nosetip back down to her chin...her upper and lower lip should touch that line and her chin as well. If you mark it as you have it now...her jaw is too long..and her chin is protruding. Otherwise nicely handled.
I would offer some motivating saying at this point..but for fucks sake you have us all outpaced.
Actually, the only sketches I do is what is shown here in the sb , I don't sketch all that much really.
yah I always had a problem with colors .. even my clothes are basically black and white cuz i can't coordinate them as for the brushes, I just use the basic ones in PS and have smoothing/opacity set to pen pressure.
actually the dark patches on the sides of the bird's body is the wings, guess I should have made it more obvious
The cat drawing is cool, I really dig the pose. mr spock is fun as well, like the shine on his hair. its cool to see some portraits with charcoal, Im animating with that stuff and its like you said, a goddamn mess. What do you use to add white to your portraits btw, That stuff makes it really look slick.
edit: i forgot to crit anything. Your eyes are slightly flat. I think its the lines around it. Try folding the lower lid below the upper lid to create some overlap.
Realise that its literaly two layers of skin with thikness. You already got the roundness its just the lines of the eyelids that flatten things. I know its tricky
Im strugling with it myselve.
thanks Banshax the white is added using either chalk, white conte, but usually white charcoal. The eyes, yah, I have a tendency to leave out the folds in the eyes especially in small quick sketches.
my fourth ever acrylic painting attempt errr well maybe an acrylic sketch to all of you but it's a painting to me done on kraft paper with one layer of acrylic gesso.
i like your gestures, but I have to say the animal sketches are my favorite !
I like the entire animal drawings epically that jumping cat but maybe a bit more time spent on gestures would be nice to see.
'I HAVE NOT FAILED.I'VE JUST FOUND 10,000 WAYS THAT WON'T WORK.'
HAA...going for the cat and ape combo ehh?...
As for your acrylics...
The water drops look a bit odd with that sky blue blended in there.
You are going to get a bit of magnification of the surface below, and the highlights are going to be a gradient of the light color with a reasonably tight, hot highlight.
The birds...if you have this white light pouring down them..I would imagine that the feathers would get some as well. The thing is..if you were to add just a hint of blue to that...it would liven things up imho.
Keep up the work boss.
Hi again! Persevere with the acrylics - I found them pretty tough to begin with (still do to be honest - they dry too damn fast!). I like the blending on the water drops, try and work that into the bird studies too.
My sketches (such as they are)
and while you're at it, why not visit:
thanks gigglepixie acrylics isn't exactly my favorite preference to start with, but I chose it because of the drying factor (not to mention its cheaper than oil). I'm trying to learn to layer the work with thin coats of paint which is not going all that well, too much thinning and it leaves streaks and hard to control, not enough, its too opaque but I'm kinda satisfied with the first couple of attempts (considering it came out better than I expected) even though I used the wrong colors in some spots.
That portrait is slick as olive oil suntan. I think you might improve by working some mentleresque construction regimes. I mean, youre quite a bit further with faces then I am, yet its quite easy to see for a real noob like me that you didnt get the construction and proportion right. Instead the shoulder got you all confused. Just a thought
Im liking your loose lines and animal scetches quite a bit.
yah that last portrait was really off. Usually once I have the eyes sketched in, I would use a ruler to make the right angle line. But I was doing it laying down in bed using soft light, I was lazy and decided to make the line freehand (bad mistake). And when I looked at it this morning in good bright light, I noticed it was all screwed up. The face wasn't aligned and has a manly nose, screwed up the hair, and bad contrast
Liked the gestures you did I like the scared man, the portrait you did she seem to have narrow shoulders.
'I HAVE NOT FAILED.I'VE JUST FOUND 10,000 WAYS THAT WON'T WORK.'
Sory I have not commented recently, My computer was having major issues and I ended up needing to buy new RAM for it. I like your recent acrylic studioes, One day I may post my first acrylic paingint to give you an idea of how bad I am lol/ Keep chugging along bud.
Wow. You've been busy.
I definitely dig the animal sketches and the human gestures.
Perhaps making a color mixing chart with your acrylics would help you see the relations better.
Hey there mate. The last portrait is impressive. I also like those gestures a few posts back, very pro. It's nice to see that you're playing around with different mediums.
Keep it up! I can't believe I've missed so many fine updates!
http://www.spatsart.com/ - image dump
max xiantu: thanks but I don't think a color mixing chart is going to help me any. I'm just terrible with colors and having a limited palette isn't helping. I'll give it a shot anyhow.
Spats: thanks I'm trying to learn to deal with colors. I'm sooo bad working with colors, even worse with PS and painter. But, damn it, gonna learn even if it kills me
anyhow, a quick sketch