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After years of lurking and a smattering of short posts, Ive decided to really get more involved here. So Im starting this thread for the sketches I have accumulated.
Unfortunately due to my liking for creatures and biological forms, most of my sketches consist of various creatures.
I would like to improve in the following areas:
- Human Anatomy
- Foreshortening and poses in prespective
- Inorganic forms (vehicles and structures)
I would like to make more improvements in digitally rendering and painting my pieces. Currently Im not as efficient as I would like to be in my blockin and rendering stage. In addition I would like to improve my understanding of color relationships.
I would like to address these issues in future sketches.
Please offer your expertise. Anything you can offer will be highly appreciated.
Last edited by Spiralfish; August 23rd, 2008 at 02:26 PM.
The 2nd Image of the Mechancal creature is aslo posted in the Crits forum.. I really need some advice on that one.
cool stuff. like the first creature with the signs on the skin.
Im making somes attempts to break out of the actual biology of bone structures.
Something that frustrates me greatly when I draw creatures is that Im always tempted to build upon things that already exist as opposed to exploring options that could have been.
Here's a creature that I drew recently. He turned out real cute, so I drew a cartoony version of him in the corner.
I still need to come up with a non-cliched body type for him.
I havent posted anything in a while. Even though this is the sketches forum, the overall quality of the work here, dictates that I should only refined or semi-refined sketches.
Hello and welcome to CA Spiral Fish!
Wow, I really like your pencil sketches, they are excellent and very clean!
I do feel that your digital painting doesn't live up to your visions however, but hey, you know you're working hard and that will come in time. I'd also suggest looking at the brush work of classical masters and learning from them, they hold many secrets that only study can decipher!
The other thing about your sketches is that they radiate life and personality, always a beautiful thing to look at! =)
If you have time, pop around to my sketchbook, would be great having you =)
Hey these are great I hope you have more
i think you kick ass ...there is really no need to improve i mean what is it that you are reaching for ...animation or classical?
Please visit my sketchbook ….I love the feed back
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These are really cool! your monster concepts are quite eye catching. also i love the way you use color and lighting!
This is a nice SB, and shows a lot of potential. Like a lot your creature designs and pencils sketches. Keep the practice up and keep posting!
Love you creature ideas, especially the last one.
nice line quality, value and personality.
Definitely do more of those!
You have good skills so far. specially shading. Very nice creatures and wimen. You have good taste and style.
Thanks for dropping by my SB. You're creatures are great.
I really like that first picture in post #3 - the wolf person? Got a lovely fluid motion to it and weapons its holding look awesome.
As for colour - you do seem to be using alot of greens and blues in your sketches, branching out into other colours might be beneficial.
First, Thanks to EVERYONE who took the time to view and comment on my sketchbook.
I really appreciate the encouragement and advice that you have to offer.
Your criticisms are very important to me as often I am unable to see trends or recurring flaws in my own work.
I hope that you will continue to offer valuable advice.
And Now Some Replies.
Seaport: "not sure about the face on the last image, the far side of the face seems very angular where other parts such as her arms are smouth and quite rounded, is it intended to be a mask?"
No it's an anatomy Issue, I will watch out for it in the future.. thanks for pointing it out.
Iceman: what is it that you are reaching for ...animation or classical?
Im most impressed by realism, but I feel that the ability to draw realistically is essential to abstraction.
Kovah: branching out into other colours might be beneficial.
I'll keep working on it. Color is an area that I need more practice in.
Last edited by Spiralfish; July 26th, 2007 at 04:03 AM.
This is a nice sketchbook you have started here, Spiralfish. You have a nice, clean technique, and a good design sense. I like your creatures with the large lower jaws and small upper jaws. That's a very interesting design that isn't too common in nature. You tend to cover the same ground with some of your designs, but it also seems from your words that you're aware of that and making and effort to branch out and improve, which is good.
Some crits, especially about your color work: I noticed that in almost every colored piece in here, the coloring is done with very soft, blended brushwork, and done under the lines. I encourage you to try your hand at actually painting a piece. What you're doing so far is mostly just colorizing sketches. Go one step beyond and start placing brushstrokes over the linework, and try to describe forms with light and shadow, color and value, hard edges and soft edges. Lay down thick, opaque brushtrokes that obliderate everything underneath them. Paint outside the lines. Make a mess of things and then work your way out of that mess. It's fun, believe me.
I really love your clean style, awesome imaginitive creatures, and bold color. I also checked out your website- great stuff there too (I loved that fish-man from the "illustrations" section)! I noticed you also model the creatures that you draw up in concept form. Are concept artists often expected to do this?
Anyway, your creatures have a kind of elegance, everything works together to make it shaped and organic at the same time. As for anatomy, couple minor crits- the legs of the woman in the dress (love that one) seem a little short and thin for the body, while the head seems a little large. Then again, it's sort of a stylized figure anyway, along with the one above it, so, might've been intentional.
Oh, and with color, perhaps if you unify it. Like if you have a creature with red and green parts, perhaps bring a little red into the green and vice versa? Dunno, guess it's case-by-case.
I'll look forward to an update.
Nice work mate ! I totally dig your style ! Great sence for monster drawing !
The only critic I can give you is , not putting more drawings
Hi there...Never seen your sketchbook before but I've seen you around so thought I'd check it out! I really like your work, the colours are great..nice and vibrant, and these strange dragon/mech like heads you draw show you must have a good imagination. I like your sketching technique too, would be nice to see some of them cleaned up and maybe taken even further to a more finished style, because there are some inteesting character designs throughout.
It's nice to see you are very clear (in that you've made a list) on all the areas you are looking to improve upon too. This should be an interesting journey...I'll be sure to drop by again to see how you progress.
really great design sense here - the industrial designs are spot on and the characters are well designed and very cleanly drawn.
maybe the one thing i would say is in some your more organic pieces im a little confused about the forms...i think this may be due to a slightly unclear light source - might be worth doing some studies where you break down the form in really dark shadows / midtone / white highlights?
those gestural sketches are great - keep em up!
Wow, damn. You've got some crazy cool stuff goin' on here. Enjoy your style.
Very interesting character. And i like you lines.