Looove the leopard, keep it up!
dierat: thank you!
I hope I can finish it with power, so to speak.
Sometimes I'm afraid to kind of paint and detail on until the painting lost it's "spark" it had in the beginning.
Only one way to find out, though.
...What am I saying, I will finish it, to the best of my abilities!
I'm on a rocket!
Could not help myself, started another one.
Acrylics on canvas, 60x80cm. Leopard.
Lumens: I really want to keep the spark, though.
Therefore, I have decided I shall do 100 paintings this year, all of them finished.
Starting stuff is not hard; I've already got 16 paintings underway.
None of them are finished however, lol
Still, I figured if I just start finishing them, I'll practice 100 times how to finish a painting - I'm bound to learn something from this, no?
Oh, and thanks man, to say I inspired you to bust out your oils. I will be smiling all day now
Update - nothing finished ... yet
But I did start some new stuff. And I did some work on the woodpecker.
All acrylics on canvases, 60x80cm.
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Damn it's hard to actually finish paintings!
I will do it however. No matter the struggles ahead, no matter all the demons in my head that are telling me I can't do it, I can't paint worth shit, I ain't original, I will fail, this is mediocre, etc. I will go down into the valley of darkness in my own head and I will put them to the sword. I will make these demons wish they'd stayed in hell where they belong.
Conceptart will follow later. For now I'm struggling for a career as a wildlife artist.
update. Been working on some things.
All are acrylics on canvases, 60x80cm
Wow.. it's been a week already. Gotta get back into the groove...
Also I've got to get back to practicing my digital skills.. argh!
So much to do, so little time! Still great though. Enjoying every minute of it.
For now, I'm just going to be me. And pretend I'm an artist
I've taken a break on the big ones (60x80cm) to just do something different, so now I've started 3 smalle ones (10x15cm).
Acrylics on mini-canvas, referenced (obviously)
Ok and did some work on the last big painting.
acrylics on canvas, 60x80cm, reffed, wip.
Last edited by Harmageddon; February 29th, 2012 at 10:41 AM.
CarstenJ & satupeikko: thank you for your comments.
The baby elephant is happy to be adored
I've been sketching some stuff; centaur and a page of weird shit from mind.The bulls are all reffed, apart from the bottom right one.
I'm getting stiff with a pencil. Must draw more often.
And some more work on the mini paintings.
Thanks for watching. And keep making that art you want to make.
The world could use some of that. Off you go!
update on the book cover
I'm making this for a friend of mine; he's got his 1st book to be published!
He wants a pencilled cover; no ink; no colours.
I'm kind of going overboard with the detailing maybe.. dunno.
Any thougths? This is supposed to be a wraparound with the guy on the front of the book.
And I started another painting. Reffed. Wip.
Last edited by Harmageddon; March 5th, 2012 at 06:06 PM. Reason: update on the book cover..
He wants an all-pencil drawn cover? I don't think that's going to attract many buyers.. is he self-publishing by any chance?
In any case, I know you've already got it planned out and started detailing it out and everything, but the best advice I have for you is to stop what you're doing and do some thumbnails. It feels like you sketched out the image and then just started going to town on it without play-testing the composition. Make sure the shapes are creating the movement that you want and bringing the viewer's eye to the important areas of the piece, then do a quick value mock-up to help you keep your value range in check. With a piece like this where you have a very long view distance, you have to be careful that you don't throw too many dark darks and light lights into the far background - that will draw attention away from the foreground and create a distorted sense of perspective. And that's an issue with the details as well. Objects get fuzzy and simplified further away, but we artists have a tendency to render out all the texture and details which will work against us if we're not careful.
Okay, about the composition you have right now, to be quite frank, it's a bit stiff. You have some crazy nice stuff happening in the sky back there, and that's exciting, but then you have this guy in the front that might as well be a cardboard box for all the movement happening there. I marked up your image to simplify it down and show you how you have to analyze your piece in order to determine how effective the movement will be. As a general rule, diagonal lines are king for compositional movement. Straight-up vertical and horizontal lines are movement killers that create flat images. The white box and red lines illustrate why your composition isn't eye-catching. The green lines demonstrate organic, beautiful movement that should be pushing us to enjoy the rest of your image. You might notice a kind of kidney bean shape happening in the center of the image created by the clouds on the right and his robe on the bottom. That's what we're looking for - lines that point to the focus of the image like traffic signs guiding the viewer in the right direction and tying the various elements together.
Okay that's enough for now.. I'm gonna go eat a sandwich.
Dierat: thanks for your exquisite and eloquent critique!
As my friend is the customer and customer = king, it will be a pencilled cover.
Whether it will sell or not; maybe just because it is different it will. Maybe it won’t. I don’t know.
I agree with your observations regarding depth to be conveyed by a
a) more details in the foreground and less in the background and
b) more black/white contrast in the front and less in the back.
I could put less detail in the background, but could not help myself while autopiloting.
Then again, the night sky is dark and the stars are bright, yet they are in the background.
The sky in itself is weird of course, but he wants a bigbang/stars and galaxies on 1 side and a sun on the other, and something in between.
As for the composition.
I'll keep it this way. (minor changes maybe)
The front of the book will only be visible to potential buyers, which is the right half of the drawing.
Composition wise this is the weakest part maybe. Lol.
You are right that I kind of rushed into it: I started off chopping it all up in thirds, then took it from there.
I filled in the sky, also in thirds. Kind of. Interesting enough shapes. Done.
Background with the fields would have a road in them (as he is a traveller, or prophet) and I figured only grasslands would be bland.
So I threw in a forest and a lake (that kind of sucks).
In all, not too many distracting things, as it’s about the prophet, not the background.
I'm still struggling with the foreground atm.
Putting some interesting things in there, to kind of draw the eye forward.
In all, I think you pointed out some valuable things
(some of which I notice in your own work as well, but that's how it goes with critiques
and I really appreciate your thoughts.
Next time, I'll do more thumbs, and think out main elements a bit further.
This was a rush job so it'll have to do.
Besides my friend is happy so that is what counts for now.
PS: you're up late? Lol.
YES! Finally! After 2 days; it is done. Feels...energizing.
That is to say, I need to take a better picture and tweak that a little in Photoshop, but it's just past midnight here and it's too dark to take a decent picture.
I'm just surging with energy and thought I'd post it anyway.
*pours a glass of wine* peace. Out.
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