Satupeikko: haha, LOL! I just googled it, since it suddenly struck me like a strange word; wondered if it were a name at all.
Evil goblin, eh? I'll better watch you then.
The images are taken with my smartphone (scanner broke down on me) so their quality is a little crappy.
I try to tweak the brightness & contrast a little in photoshop to make them more like the real thing.
The real drawing being somewhat light; mostly HB pencils, sometimes 2B.
But good point, I'll experiment with darker pencilling from now on. See if it works.
Still practicing photoshop - round brush for now, playing with all kinds of settings that go with it. Although mainly I just play with opacity and flow.
Some update on the portal landscape (added a dude for size) and a referenced landscape study.
Both still works in progress.
Thanks for looking. Comments and crits? Feel free to speak your mind.
I've come up with a concept of tiny dragons, that has probably been thought up many times before, but what the hell. I'm thinking of doing more of these. For practice.
Mainly practicing photoshop - because I find it harder to work with than, say, a pencil. Or paint. Or any other analog medium.
As for now, I'm working with round pencil/paintbrush on 2 layers (one for the background, one for the creature)
This one is based on a tropical poisoned frog, bright colors, froglegs. Attachment 1385894
Update: another one; still wip. This one is based on a bird.
Small one, like a robin. Tiny, highly aggressive. Harmless.
Ok, so the previous Voice of Sauron piece was based more on what I thought he'd look like than the actual videostill from youtube.
I got the proportions completely off (I really thought he had a taller, thinner head) and told myself that it was a study and was focussed on conveying metal anyway.
So I've kicked myself in the butt, and made another one.
What do you think: better? Or not?
Till next time.
I'll probably post throughout christmas this year, although for those of you that don't: a very merry christmas and a fruitful, healthy and productive new year!
Happy newyears! Hugs and kisses, much love, and tons of artistic and personal improvements to all of you! And all in good health and fortune, of course
I've had a great time, christmas was nice, we actually celebrated the 3rd day of christmas as well (bunch of friends got together and everyone made a course, awesome!) and newyears was rather relaxed, with friends, in germany.
Did not do too much during those days (nothing at all, actually so I've been busy trying to pump up the pace for the new year.
So here's a dump of stuff I'm working on.
Most of it is for practice, figuring out photoshop.
Also started another painting: of a horse, this time.
Still have several unfinished paintings lying around, but that's the way it is.
Last is a design for a flyer, for a friend of mine. Party for climbers.
I've been busy making a picture for a flyer for a climber's party, where they wanted me to draw a picture of a devil/heidi kind of thing. I've been working on this thing several hours now. Any thoughts?
No reference used, so some anatomy/lighting is somewhat wonky.
update on turtle study and finished the flyer design.
They think it's a little too creepy. So maybe change it round.
Deadline was due yesterday so we'll see.
Also some musclestudies. Kind of hard to capture all the skintones right.
I love how those guys stare as if their pea sized brain just thought of something
Any comments/crits appreciated.
If you feel like lurking, that's fine too
Junpei: thank you! Domo arigato.
I hope I can keep delivering more and better enjoyful stuff in the future.
Been busy stuyding all kinds of things.
I keep finding it hard to actually finish things.
I feel like I've left my drawing skills wither in a corner for far too long .
And now, I'm in a hurry to make up fotr 10 years of not drawing much at all.
It kind of feels like I'm in for a very long battle. But I'm determined to win it.
Maybe that's part of the problem though.. as finishing takes easily as much time as building up the thing to a reasonable level,
it sometimes feels like I should not allow myself the time to finish stuff. But that way, I'll never learn finishing.
Anyway. Ramble ramble, blah blah. And such. Gotta just draw more.
Some studies. Wips.
Nice studies dude, it's awesome that you're exploring so many different subjects and challenging yourself. My favorites from this page are the turtle in post #127 and the shark and horse in post #123.
For a crit, I think you need to work on simplification. Right now a lot of your paintings are looking muddy, messy, and convoluted. It's easier said than done and takes a lot of practice, but try to focus on simplifying the subject down to the bare minimum. Block in the image with just a few (3-5) values - highlight, midtone, shadow - and do the same for color. Don't get too fussy too early, instead try to capture the essence of the image with as little as possible. And I saw a comment you left in another SB about this, but I think you should try to use larger brushes and higher opacity/flow longer - don't reduce your brush size or your brush opacity/flow until you really need to. I'm sure you're already doing this to an extent, but I think it's something that you could really push further. Learning to economize during the painting process will help you move through the early stages of the image faster and give your paintings a more harmonious, consistent feeling.
About the trouble finishing stuff, oh man, I am so there, lol. That last stage of a painting is so dull. All the interesting problems have been solved, and it's just down to elbow grease and tedious rendering. What I'm trying to do right now, and I would suggest this to you as well, is to work in simpler studies that have less complexity in the image and allow you to focus more on getting the image as far as possible and just improving your overall process and technique. You could, for example, paint a single piece of fruit or another simple object, but challenge yourself to take that image as far as possible. It'll probably take you as long as one of these more complex studies but allow you to explore all the stages of the process, including the finishing touches.