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December 21st, 2006 #1
Tom Cardin's Sketchbook
Welcome to my sketchbook. More recent work is at the end...but you're welcome to view my progress over the years.
My goal is to improve my 2D digital painting abilities with the help of this fine community of artists.
Please view and enjoy and comment lots!
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December 21st, 2006 #2
A racehorse I did to familiarize myself with the forms involved. This is a scanned in sketch that I worked up in photoshop.
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December 21st, 2006 #3
Somehow it got into my head to draw a sexy frog version of my wife's Everquest 2 character. Again I started with a scanned in sketch and took it a long ways further than I originally intended in photoshop...it was about then that I realized how much fun I was having with digital painting...and how much I have to learn still.
December 21st, 2006 #4
Thank you Haxxxor. I agree, my reference for the racehorse was a very small image which I sketched up quickly...I slacked off and lost focus on what I wanted to do. I am finding constraints to work under which are helping me maintain focus and dig deeper into subject.
December 21st, 2006 #5
I took what I learned from painting my sexy frog and went right to work on a huge piece. But I put a color constraint on myself because I wanted to keep it more serious. I am not sure if I succeeded in doing more than making things washed out. I have trouble with color and its something I wanted to focus on here.
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December 21st, 2006 #6
This is a piece I haven't finished yet...I began it while working on my spacegirl painting. There are a lot of things that bother me about this amazon and I am still not sure where to take it. I tried to learn more about drawing and painting hair with this piece.
Last edited by TomCardin; January 3rd, 2007 at 05:31 AM.
December 21st, 2006 #7
the last one is good, i like the values on the horese but often you have a lack in anatomy and value... do some studies
December 22nd, 2006 #8
I like your overall gesture poses, they have good weight and movement. your overlaping on the figure needs some work. try breaking the figure into the basic shapes with a two point perspective on them. it will help out with maintaining volume and porportion as the figure moves from foreground and background.
Thanks for the crit in my sketchbook.
my sketchbook http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=1#post1147944
December 22nd, 2006 #9
Thank you for the crit, and for visiting my sketchbook.
Thats a good idea, I goobered up my spacegirls right arm where her torso is overlapping it. I can still see all the joints in my earlier versions but I lost something later on in the process.
New sketch I just started: 10 minutes into it and I can already see where I am having perspective trouble with the mech's far leg...I will concentrate on fixing this as I work this piece up.
December 22nd, 2006 #10
Thanks for the comments in my SB. Good start to your sketchbook. Improvement is a lifelong pursuit for sure. Solidity comes from understanding. Life drawing is always a good basis for that road.
And any book by Loomis; Figure work will strengthen by leaps and bounds.
There is a dragon thread somewhere in here as well, that I think is still going strong. Since the theme is of interest to you, should post some work in there.
December 22nd, 2006 #11
What crazyace31 said.
Also, I get the impression that you attempt to have light and shadows diffusing into each other in a uniform gradient most of the time, even with strong light sources (as in the spaceman pic). Light doesn't work that all the time, and I think you may find it useful to try and go with discrete/sharp highlights sometimes. You might also try to use some other colors to portray volume instead of black/grey.
Hope that's relevant.
December 22nd, 2006 #12
AztcFireFlower: Thank you, I agree wholeheartedly. I am on the hunt for more Loomis books. Also gotta hunt around for that dragon thread.
Jeri: Thats exactly what I am looking for! Yes I really want to develop my coloring and lighting skills. I am learning a lot just browsing through here but any pointing in the right direction is much appreciated.
Here's a quick update of my little red mech, gotta get some more christmas shopping done so this is all I have time for for now.
December 22nd, 2006 #13