I had surgery the end of September, and am just starting to feel better... LAME
Here is the stuff I have been doing the past week or so. The Troll was an Illustration assignment from the book Harry Potter. The Halo one is another assignment for the same class, and this is just my under painting/comp I'll post the final. The other two are speed painting's half an hour each I did after spending 2 hours scanning and photographing all the stuff today...
Thanks for the outstanding feedback, I thought that to myself, then my teacher said it, and now you! I will most certainly follow 3 people advice! Once I put some light on the right guy, I mostly just need to noodle small things and add a few more little highlight kicks.
It is fun to look at this most recent work vs. the very first painting I did a year ago here:
I really feel like I am improving, and I really feel like throwing up looking at the old one. I HOPE I FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT THIS ONE A YEAR FROM NOW!!!
Wow. Looks like you made the right decision. Im really stunned by the amount of improvement here. You still need to work on anatomy, but overall your stuff is looking great. Especially that last piece is awesome.
GOAL: Here is my new daily boot camp quota:
1 Head Study - Self portrait, person from life, or photos if needed. 1 Environment Speed Paint - About an hour or less, I also need to start working on more color environments, I am doing to many gray scale, and it's becoming a cop out. 1 Character Speed Paint - About an hour or so again. Color is optional for now, design and drawing is the focus. 1 Hour MINIMUM Drawing on paper - Anything goes, but will be focusing on anatomy, gesture and imaginative drawing. Weekly Life Drawing - Minimum 1 open life drawing session per week.
That means minimum 4 hours of art a day, lately I have been doing about 14...
So here is a few from this week, at least there is only one way to go from here right?
Last edited by K-bot; November 15th, 2007 at 06:01 AM.
Great stuff man! Ahhhh I've made schedules like that myself and just havent kept up with it....make sure you write it somewhere like a whiteboard, or have it in a calandar you can tick off haha.
Your doing 14 hours a day! (well with normal life stuff I assume) I kind of wish I didnt work so I could do the same, the art I do at work isnt what I want to improve upon the most. The rock formations are cool, neat quickies. Great job on that halo piece...I didnt play it much (so maybe I just dont understand) but I'm not positive I like the bridge like things coming out of the city on the left? Cheers!
jeeeezus you have well and truly caught the bug mate, nice dedication and that’s what its all about, you have some fantastic ideas that seem to be just waiting for your artistic ability to catch up, keep at it, you are doing all the right things.
this sketchbook was a nice kick up the rear, thanks.
Man, I'm impressed with your improvement. It seemed like in the space of the posts from June of 07 to Nov 07 you took art pills and got good. Nice work.
My only crit on the piece above would be frame composition. Putting the kiss right in the center of the canvas really hurts this otherwise beautiful piece. Try moving it to the left and let the dude fade into more black on the right. Keep your sig where it is so that helps "balance" the piece a little bit. Otherwise nicely done. (Maybe just a little more definition on his hand since it directly leads from the focal point and the eye will go to it right away.)
I had to drop a word of encouragement after seeing how dedicated you are. Your military discipline is really paying off. I envy your latent talent, as even your starting point isn't as bad as I think you feel it is.
I think you make good use of atmospheric perspective(it's a strong point), though sometimes I wonder if you use it to hide information instead of just to inform the viewer? Also, on your cowboy piece, there seems to be a disconnect in the moment of the rider and the victim, the victim's gun is already in motion, but it looks as if the rider's pistol is still firing... unless you intend this to be follow up shots? It feels unnatural to me. Maybe a smoking gun instead? In any case, I like the piece.. maybe scale up the rider's hand+pistol to give a better sense of depth, too?
Last edited by KLONG; February 29th, 2008 at 12:31 AM.
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