I'd give my eye teeth for one of those
nilaffle: Thanks for the comments. I guess messing with eyes does have a tendency to get creepy. Like the Corinthian in the Sandman comics. *shudder* On this one I tried to do the line weight varation better.
Here's an inked version. I paid attention to darkening the lines away from the light source, placement of blacks, and using a series of short lines perpendicular to what would have been the main line. (Forehead wrinkles, for example.)
Last edited by scottmcd; March 23rd, 2007 at 09:28 AM.
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This is from a couple of months ago, but I've been meaning to post it here anyway. It's from a web comic I did based on a bedtime story I made up for my daughter. I wasn't concentrating on the art so much, but I liked this panel.
There's a good anatomical drawing site at the Atlas of Human Anatomy. You can zoom in on them quite a bit if you have Quicktime.
This is the work of just over half an hour during lunch today. The proportions are off - I should have blocked out the whole figure first. Instead I started from the head and kind of just kept going. I also want to be more clear on how the muscles wrap over and around each other. I'll do a few sketches from Bridgman's constructive anatomy book for that.
Started class this week
I'm trying an online drawing class. It started this week. I'm a bit skeptical, but hopefully the feedback is good. The first couple of assignments deal with getting a good outline of things and breaking them down into their basic shapes. As part of it, I did a couple of "facial expression gestures," as nilaffle suggested.
This is a tree outside that hasn't gotten leaves yet. I didn't draw every last branch but instead tried to get the major branches and formations. I used a grid and measured with a ruler at one arm's length to get overall proportions and some specifics. I also used a straight edge and curves since I was concentrating on breaking things down to their base shapes.
The first version is the pencils, and the second is inked. I used two nibs - a Hunt 102 (small) and a Hunt 512 (I think - large). Light source is from the right, so larger lines are supposed to be on the left. I think I could enhance the depth by shading completely some of the branches in the back.
Another dad study
Here's another study of my dad in prep for the ink drawing. I still think the mouth is a little off, but it's getting better. Part of the point of this exercise was to see how using a grid would affect the drawing. Overall it helped, and I'll remove it once it's inked.
I'm going to print this as light blue and ink it several ways, then drop the blue out in Photoshop.
ETA: I redid both eyes and the mouth. I also added more highlights to his right side and put more shadow on his left - he should be squinting a bit more than looking angry. Second version below is actual size.
Last edited by scottmcd; March 27th, 2007 at 07:56 PM.
i like your sketches.. i like the guy with the eyball in his mouth that was really neat.. keep up the great work!
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nOtoRiuZ PiG: Thanks for the comment. Copy and paste makes the capitalization of your name much easier.
Here are three inked versions of the pencil above. I printed it blue and then removed the blue (mostly) afterward. For the final version I think I want to hit an inking approach between 1 and 2.
Cool studies Scott! And y'know, this is weird, but I think I prefer #1 to #2. They both look good, but I like how the shadows and the hair are darker. The high contrast and simplicity of the design make it more interesting. But the hatching on 2 is good, cleaner than 3, so a mix of the two should produce a winning result. Keep the updates coming!
Back, light, kid
Nilaffle: Thanks. I agree and am going to try to hit a place with the high contrast and just a tiny bit of shading. I may do more detail in the background.
Today's updates are some sketches on anatomy of the back, from Bridgman and a couple of my own based on that. Then is a lighting & shade practice, and finally my daughter held still long enough for me to sketch her.
Cool project you have going on! I like your inks - keep doing those studies though, they'll pay off :]
Here are a couple of panels and pieces of panels for the Arabian Nights comic. The first one is a door opening. The second one has three people: the Caliph (holding the torch), Masrur, and the sleeping Abu Hasan. My first take on the Caliph was so hideous that I whited him out. That didn't quite work, so I did a second version of him on a different page and spliced them together.
Last edited by scottmcd; April 3rd, 2007 at 08:48 PM.
OK, time for a serious rough draft of the helicopter pilot picture. I'm taking my time with this, so what we've got here is an initial blocking out with a grid. For reference, I'm also showing the original (actually, a cropped version of it).
ETA: More detail work on the picture.
Last edited by scottmcd; April 8th, 2007 at 08:04 PM.
A quick lighting study of one o' them model hands. Single light source in this case.
Hey, I noticed you posted in my SB 10 years ago but I'm saying thanks now anyways I've been pretty inactive in that thing. You've got a lot of sketches in a short amount of time which is great, I'd say the best way to improve so keep at it. As almost every jerk on this site will say, do more studies from life, work on doing quick gestures of figures to capture the rhythm and balance of the figure, look at the art of people that are on a higher level than yourself on a daily basis, surround yourself with art, look at someone else's art and ask yourself "how do I do that?" and never stop if you want to become better. These things I hear on CA probably more than anything else but thats because they're true just keep on going and you'll get where you want .
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