saw this SB down way on the bottom and I thought I would bring back to the top
anyways the likeness on the study is fantastic, Did you use a grid or something?
and the values look great too, solid job on it overall man
keep it up
YuZa> Thanks, it's not quite finished though! I want to be ready though! Gotta draw harder!
Walid D> Thanks. It's not able to go any darker (comfortably) with the graphite I'm using. The point of these is also to learn value relationships, so if the darkest dark is still lighter than the original, then the other values have to appear in relation to that.
Ok, honestly, I'm not posting another Bargue update until it's finished, which will hopefully be later tonight, or tomorrow. Tendinitis is better, but still limits the duration/amount of drawing I do per day.
In the meantime, here is my entry for the Battle of the Sexes Thunderdome. Topic was "Loss of Innocence". I wanted to depict a gay kid having to suppress his self/personality, because, growing up in certain families/environments, that's what we learn how to do. Let me know what you think.
NoodleDoodle> If there's one thing I'm swiftly realizing, it's that I need more patience! I just want to put something down, but I don't think before I do it, and then I spend time fixing it, then I get more impatient...it's a dumb cycle, and I'm working and getting better at not getting myself into it.
Here are pics of my cast setup. I won't be doing the bust until after David's Eye, but I'm already looking forward to going through this one.
Janos> Thanks. I got mine from Statue.com, but GiustGallery.com has some great ones as well. Statue.com messed up my order, and I'm not sure their customer service is the best so I'm probably going to try Giust next time I order.
Ok, I fixed some issues with the block in, then added a wash of charcoal to the major dark areas.
Jamesy> I'm using sharpened sticks of medium, and hard vine charcoal.
Ok so I'm learning how to handle charcoal better. This first image is the initial gradient exercise to try and get a smooth transition w/smooth tone. It was crap and there were a few things I wasn't doing right, like consistently keeping the point of my charcoal stick sharp.
The second image is several hours of awesome learning, on how to get a good tone. I'm starting to get a feel for it, but still have a ways to go I think.
I toned the BG to what I thought would work best, seeing the sharp defined edge on the upper right, so that was lighter there, and then the "not so defined" edges on the leftside, so it's a bit darker there, and I think that divot where the browline hits, may even be a lost edge. Same for cast shadows, make 'em pop, so keep surrounding area light. Not as light as the highlight on the cast I think, but I actually didn't check that, I'll go do that.
Toilet paper is a dream for this. This sable brush is good too, but creates different effects, whereas tp will be more consistent generally. I'll probably save the brush for small areas. Finally, the chamois does a good job of lighting up areas overall.
Super combos! I'm not sure, but I think I'd like darkening in the corners, or some kind of overall ellipse shape to show the light direction, and help support the cast somehow. Not sure if it actually does that however.
Reverie pics! I'll be uploading each pic individually in the official Reverie picture thread sometime tomorrow but here are a few previews. I just didn't want to upload 30+ pics, twice. Ok, they're up, here are the links. Page 1 and Page 2
As far as the workshop, it was amazing! By the 2nd day my head was spinning looking and learning. I got to meet a bunch of folks from the forums, freelancers, teachers, ReelFX...man. SO many. I was also able to stay with Jonathan Hardesty (mindcandyman) and I learned a ton from him as well. I also had my first Boba smoothie, and Dim Sum while I was down there. The museum of art had a beautiful Thomas Cole painting (Google, The Icebergs), and some great Sargent works too.
All in all, a Massive Thanks to Jason for practically going sleepless to put this on!
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The foto referenced image is so gorgeous. The added atmosphere relly elevates it from the original. I kinda feel dumb for not doing that myself. I just copied them... tja!
I love your dramatized water reflection a lot and the mist of course.
The cast studies are very nice as well. I think the light on the brow on the last one could be a little softer.