Editted the pics here to my second update.
Editted the pics here to my second update.
Last edited by Clocks; December 18th, 2007 at 04:41 AM.
Wasker- Thanks a lot! Yeah I need to start doing more anatomy studies... ill wait till tomorrow haha.
Banshax- Thanks man, yeah I agree, just gotta keep drawing!
Alright well I figured I'd update with a few sketches I did tonight. I'm not sure about the lines... I'm sort of experimenting with the way I sketch but I'm not sure whether its turning out good or not. Anyways here they are.
portrait of my dad
Sistine Chapel Studies
CHoW Entry I did
Last edited by Clocks; July 26th, 2007 at 12:37 PM.
Well I did a portrait sketch today from a photo and I tried to paint the goblin from yesterday's update. Not sure why they keep turning out so waxy and muddy looking. Crit away!
Oooops forgot to do anatomy sketches today... Ill post up some Hogarth studies tomorrow I guess.
Last edited by Clocks; April 20th, 2007 at 10:40 PM.
Hey man. thanks for the PM, like I said when I responded I will think about your question. You are off to a good start, I wouldn't worry so much on creating a focus at this point in your development. Learn your human anatomy, you'll hear it just about everywhere you look and people say it for a reason - it's 110% necessary. Search around the site and download the loomis pdf's and they will give you a great starting lesson in many aspects of figure drawing, which is more/less a prerequisite of being a concept artist like you were talking about you wanting to do in your PM. It's really important to try to balance your studies - try to keep equal amounts of concept work with equal amounts of ref'd, and life studies. Don't worry about going digital, buying a tablet, or any of that stuff, become proficient with a pencil and a piece of paper first. Judging by the work you show you still have a long way to proficiency, but with a little humility and hard work you'll get there quickly. Master your values in gray scale, and remember not to bite off more than you can chew. I say that because making the jump into digital painting puts you in a situation where you're learning about coloring, composition, values, anatomy, all that stuff all at once which is a huge task to undertake for any artist, regardless of innate natural ability. Keep working at those pencil portraits, and draw some cool monsters and whatnot along the way. For the pencil work that you have shown here one thing that bothers me is the extremely light values you use.
Hope this info works for you. Keep it up, and don't forget your studies. You'll see the improvement for yourself in no time.
just one thing that I think it would help ya is trying to do more use of edges and lines ... like, vary then, do a big fat outline, places lit a thin line, places far away thin lines, etc etc ... that would increase drastically the quality of your drawings
check the concept art guide from prometheus, i think you can find it at the tutorials section or fine arts studies ...
it is a VERY good guide
"Dream is not what you see while sleeping ...
It is the thing which does not let you sleep. "
Sepulverture- Hey thanks for the reply! Yeah I always notice that my portraits are way too light but I guess I'm just afraid to be too hard with my pencil. In this update I tried to be a little darker with my lines but I'm not sure if it turned out as dark as I'd like. And as for your figure drawing suggestion- yeah I'm going to start right away. I think I might still try to do some digital painting on the side for fun but your right I need to focus on my pencil drawing first.
brunopicinini- Yeah you're right all my lines are sort of a fixed width, I'll try to work on that!
I did a selfportrait yesterday and spent SOOOOOO long on it (seriously like 4 or 5 hours straight). I thought it was coming along really nicely and I was pretty hyped about it. After I finished I took a few steps back to look at it from a distance... and it looked nothing like me haha. Well needless to say I was pretty mad at myself for just blindly drawing for 5 hours and ending up empty handed, so thats why I didn't post yesterday.
Today I decided to take people's advice and do some anatomy study. I got Bridgman's book and its actually pretty cool. I think I'm going to try to do at least a page a day (of anatomy studies). I've tried to do Loomis's books before but for some reason I wasn't able to finish them. I'll give it another shot though and see how it goes. Well here's todays updates:
Bridgman studies: (Wow that guy on the left has some short legs hahaha)
Portrait from photo ref (can you guess who it is? haha probably not but it would be fun if someone could.)
Hello again, another update!
Well in my last update I talked about my self portrait and how it turned out so poorly. Unfortunately its for class so i couldn't scratch it completely. I tried to turn it around and fix it, and I think I came out with decent results. I spent most of my time doing that and so I only had time for one page of studies today and no digital paintings . Oh well its my last project this year so I can devote more time to fun stuff from now on!
My Self Portrait, added some armor to make it more interesting
Some studies I did, top two are Hogarth studies and bottom two are Bridgman. Mixing them up seems to make things more interesting (for me at least).
Well I'm gonna try to include some concepts next update so STAY TUNED!
Bridgman, Hogarth and the boys...... This is where we all learn <> learn to analyze not copy <> what is important is why before how. IF you understand the why the how becomes much easier.
Always ask yourself what the line you are about to draw is accomplishing what is it describing where does it start and where does it end <> once you know what you know what you want your line to do then do it.
To just copy to copy is a waste of time.
You are doing the right things now just do the right things better.
Thanks for dropping by my thread and fueling the fire....
yo dude, good for you for starting up a sketchbook.
great to see you studying bridgeman. He is absolutely awsome to learn from. You might also want to check out some of loomis's free books online. Both are great teachers.
Keep doing those self portraits, they seem to be a great way to understand faces better.
Also, keep pushing your values. They seem a bit light here and there. Try to keep your tones as contrasted as possible to really help things pop out. Some might also suggest that you not worry too much about shading right off the bat until you have a good understanding of form. Try to draw with just lines as much as possible as this helps the most with form.
Um, what else...oh yea, life drawing is also very helpful. Pick random objects of different shapes, sizes and textures and draw them.
good start so far, just keep going
KromNz- Hey, thanks for stopping by, I'll keep that in mind.
mentler- I think there has been a few times where I have caught myself just copying. I kept that in mind while doing today's studies and I think I got a lot more out of it. Thanks for the comment!
Wake101- Thanks for the advice, I agree about the values. As for the still lives I'll include some of my previous ones just cause you said that haha. I thought they were too boring to post but oh well I'll see what the reaction is I guess.
OK STILL LIFE TIME!!!! Note: If you aren't into still lives don't worry, I don't have the patience to do many of these!
And a couple pages, well one and a half... of studies. First page is from Hogarth second is from Bridgman. I tried to think about every line and yeah it really did work a lot better than before.
I said I'd put in some concept work last post but I don't have any time to whip anything up... I have a final portfolio review tomorrow and I have to fix a still life for it. So I'll try to do some tomorrow instead!