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Thread: Tom Cardin's Sketchbook
December 27th, 2006 #27
heej > nice to see the process shot's off your work.
i can learn a lot from it.
and that last one did you handled well. but one question do you allway's start with some skeleton's first if you draw a gesture ?
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No, I don't usually start with a skeleton...Years ago when I had a real life drawing course in college I remember doing it as one of our exercises. Also I was given a paintover in the critique thread with a skeleton to show the anatomy issues on my painting. So I thought I would go back to that. I think it helped me a lot with my proportions and form.
It was also very helpful with this reference pic to understand how her ribs were showing and the contours of her hips as well as the alignment of her head. Even though I had a reference pic that showed me everything I needed to see, drawing a skeleton within the form helped force my hand to stick to what I was seeing.
December 29th, 2006 #29
I think I have finished this latest nude study. Here I have added color, not sampling from my reference but just using my own eye. I used several layers, colorizing my greyscale image and using it as a multiply layer then going in underneath and adding cool and warm areas to the shadows.
I am very happy with the results but at the same time uncomfortable because it appears so realistic to me. It's beyond me why that makes me uncomfortable.
December 31st, 2006 #30
Improvement on that last peice is fantastic. Definately go for that style when drawing from your head. Use skeletons/simplified shapes to knock in accurate values and proportions like that in drawings from your imagination and you're set. Keep doing what you're doing if you want photorealism. If you want realism you'll have to draw from life a lot more and figure out how to set a focus, as well as show balance and energy. The stuff i was going to say has already been voiced very well by AztcFireFlower, Jeri, and Kronos, so listen to them well! Keep it up, i can't wait to see your progress.
January 2nd, 2007 #31
Thank you Fishspawn!
Yup I learned a lot going back to my anatomy studies and less relying on my own mind for pin-up style figures. I am just a bit put off by being a copy machine, but thats my own demon to face. More anatomy to come!
But first I am going back to my dragon painting. I started this after reading the dragon thread...then found out I couldn't post to the dragon thread, I guess its closed. So its going here instead. These are the several stages of progress I have gone through so far, still a long way to go to final.
January 2nd, 2007 #32
Another update on my dragon painting..."greeting the sun". Next is enlarging it and adding detail to the dragon which is still very plain.
January 2nd, 2007 #33
Hey! I love the last dragon on here!
A couple of the ladies are a bit off proportion wise.
But everything looks great!
Keep it up!
Great imagination too!
"Well freeze my piss if the royal finger isn't beckoning me. How exciting."
"I am nature. you are art. Let us see how we compare."
January 4th, 2007 #34
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I really like your frog lady picture.
January 4th, 2007 #36
hey man, incredible improvements! well done indeed! the nude is rendered very well but you say you're feeling uncomfortable? i don't know, but is it perhaps because you want to get a more painterly look? i think working on that would be really cool. its kindof a hard thing to work on, but try and see if you can get lots of information down with few gestural marks rather than the intense rendering you've been doing, not that there is anything wrong at all with what you've been doing, its great, but variety is NICE!
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You have a nice style of your own. There's a lot of great art here.Well Done. ^_^
Going through them, I've noticed something. The dedatils seem kinda flat in a way. Don't get me wrong. It's clear that the images have depth, but small suttle details are missing.
Look at them closely and you'll see that some have no wrinkles or creases where there should be. Take yur frong drawing/coloring. There are bends in her pose, but at those joints the skin should have a few small winkles. remember, every creature has fat in it. even skinny ones like frogs.
Even your cool thumbnail painting looks a little odd without winkles in her bathing suit or skin.
You don't always have to draw these details in your art. Usurally shading/or coloring can add these little details.
As I said earlier, Very nice job. can't wait to see more.
January 6th, 2007 #38
Anubis713 - Thank you! I am really liking where this dragon is going as well, I should have a new update of it soon.
Cold - Thank you! I think I surprised myself with that piece. I was going to stop at the greyscale version in the previous post but I knuckled under and took it the rest of the way.
Saturniaus - Thank you! That was one of my first digital painting pieces and I learned a lot about what not to do on it...hehe.
Kronos - Glad you like it too! I would love to get a more painterly look to my work...what made me uncomfortable about this piece was just feeling like a copy machine. I was very focused throughout the work and happy with being able to maintain that state but the end result feels dry, though it was what I was aiming for. All reasons why I want to improve my digital painting abilities and that study gave me a nice kick in the pants.
SEspider - Thanks! I do need to work on clothing and wrinkles, I believe I will tackle a clothed figure for my next study.
Thanks everyone for checking out my sketchbook! I am thrilled! I just finished work on this week's COW...The final version is posted on the COW #72 thread, here I am posting a couple of the progressions I took:
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Very Beautiful and Unique.