been awhile since I visited again, glad I did. You really aced those studies.
been awhile since I visited again, glad I did. You really aced those studies.
cout: thanks, lol... it's really hard to hold a smile when trying to concentrate!
Alm0st: Thanks for the nice words!
Job hunting... almost to full speed. Career fair coming up... wow.
I'm working on a 3d scene that will in no way be completed by job fair, but I'm going to try for it anyways. I'll post it here once there's something to see.
I've decided to leave my newest master study in its mid-point state and go back to painting from observation (original on the left). I still need to learn to lay down colors effectively and quickly, and focusing on details right now seems to be getting the priorities wrong. The two illustration after the batch of 1-hour studies are the last pieces of my master's project. They are currently in early-ish wip state. I'll need to find more reference for the last one because the trees, well, they suck.
Last edited by Nightblue; November 1st, 2008 at 03:32 AM.
Wow nice studies Nightblue! Keep it up too!
Hope to see more.
Pixie Bergman: Thanks!
spent today touching up and finishing master's project illustrations. 2 down so far, 4 to go... eek!
1-hour study from observation... does sitting in a balcony count as plein air? Also touched up yesterday's exercise (technically done this morning at 1am) for the portrait day
i like that self portrait. Good painting. And that one with Jesus being tortured. The difference between yours and the original are hard to see.
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Yeah definately a good job with the self portrait!
It's nice to see you progressing like this Nightblue, that last self-portrait is really cool. Especially the glasses and the area around it are done nicely, but the hair could maybe use some work.
Also, in a couple of the other paintings it seems you're going in with too small a brush too soon, which causes them to be a bit messy in places. Jagged edges and silhouettes are really distracting (the same goes for little spots of the background color being visible in the drawing like on the painting of the dude on the couch, the white is shining through) You also use the soft brush for edges a little too much I think, which makes some look slightly out of focus rather than sharp and crispy.
Anyway, you're on the right track
Hey! I haven't been here in ages, its good to catch up. Definately some great progress though, so it was a good surprise.
The last portrait is a very good effort, turned out quite well. I was going to make the same comment that yoitisi did - the very small brush strokes don't sit well on surfaces that are supposed to be relatively smooth. I have seen them used well in some peoples work, but there might be reasons for that - such as adding specific texture suggestion, or it might blend well through the image and its focal points. Anyways the master study is wicked! I imagine you grab some colors and used a copy to layout the image? Still, you've got to be learning a ton.
See you around!
Hi NIghtblue, thanks for dropping by and bringing the encouragement
I enjoy your sketchbook, and I think you've progressed far since I saw that burning 2headed horse haha. The study of Bouguereau's piece is great! how long time did it take?
keep it up!
Thank you for stopping by in my sketchbook!
Good because it draw my attention to your sketchbook.Me likes your sketchbook a lot! Very inspirational!
Keep up the great work!
My57: Thanks a lot
Lakka: Thanks for the kind words!
yoitisi: Thanks for dropping by! Yup... I just figured out that I don't really know how to paint... I draw instead of painting sometimes. I'll try to catch myself next time before doing that.
Jakers: long time no see I do my master studies without grids, paintovers, or eye-droppers... in fact if you look closely, a lot of colors are off. It's always surprising what colors are really there, versus what you see,
Ben: Hi there! Thanks for stopping by How is everything going?
DV: Thanks a lot! I think the study took a total of 10 hour or so. I intend to work on it more once I become better at laying down basic colors.
AgentAlpha: You are so welcome! Thanks for the kind words!
School job fair is over. I'll be anxiously waiting to hear from the companies... had a great time. My rabbit passed away and I managed to break my cintiq though >_< Hopefully next week will be better.
Here's an art test I'm working on. I have not sent it yet, so feedback/suggestions would be great.
2 one-hour studies from observation.
damn you paint your face off girl!
just stumbled upon you sketch book! great studies here and your concept stuff is great too.
Would love to see some more contrast in lights and darks. Try to draw the viewers eye to what you think is most important using composition, contrast (in value and detail) and with color too.
I'm in the same boat... there's sooo much to learn! lines... value... color.. composition... lol. i find I'm constantly doing studies and rarely get a piece finished. Hats off to you for putting out so much content!
Keep it up!
thought I will leave a comment
Last self portrait is really cool and i'm very jealous of your orthographic dude (pleased to see that somebody has lots of patience).
My suggestion would be to concentrate a little in one thing. I think it would give you more efficiency.
Cheers and keep posting!
knoxie: thank you! I'm slowly learning value and contrast. Still unsure about how to use really dark hues and black. I'll definitely have to work on that
Mr. Juicy: Thanks a lot! lol, lord knows how much I'd love to concentrate. Hopefully all the crazy multi-tasking eases up once I graduate from school.
CUBICcube: No, the "one hour exercise" is the painting next to it I recycled some older textures for parts of the altar, so it probably took 5 hours not counting the Source engine's long and tedious exporting process. Thanks for the kind words!
blankslatejoe: Thanks! Paint more I really do enjoy doing the 3d textures, especially the hand-painted ones. Hopefully I can land a job doing it...
well, so much for posting on a daily basis. I've been a bit swamped, and the job hunting thing is getting really draining. One day I'll be able to go back to spending all my time painting and improving myself... and look back and... ok, that's enough ranting for one day
I've been working on a low-poly scene with hand-painted textures, and it's getting kind of close to being done. I still have to do the foliage planes - bushes, tree leaves, grasses, etc, and refine some textures. But it looks kind of like a scene now... diffuse and alpha maps only, no normal maps or spec or anything. I am working from a published concept art created by a mentor.
Several 1-hour studies, mostly from photo, but the portrait is from life. I've been too lazy to get out and look for cool stuff to paint >_<
Lastly, fixed up (hopefully) the barbarian scene I painted for the art test.
3d scene is pretty awesome. Watch for seams (in right bottom corner it's visible). And texture of trees (stumps) needs a little refine, but i think you knew it.
And think about joining objects with a ground. Maybe some planes with grass texture would help?
BTW what resolution and how much textures you used for the scene?
With examples like this one I think you'll have no problems to find a job as you want! keep workin!!!
thanks for stopping by!
your sketchbook is really wow, i love it!
keep up the good work just keep it up I'll keep on stopping by and posting
I'd be very glad if we could get in contact over msn or something, because It seems your going a similar way as i am
I'd be glad if you'd answer
Oh wowza... that 3D model is awesome! I love hand-painted textures
I had this big-ass long response going, but unfortunately, my computer decided it wanted to crash mid-response... so I guess I'll just sum up.
The barbarian scene is nice, but could use more refinement.
20081114/15 are the best on update: sometimes even the ones we believe are the quickest can sometimes win. KISS method works best.
...keep going, you're awesome, etc. etc.
It was alot better... but <sigh> lol
You are improving so much, im really glad to see it! Nice job on the master study in that case, really good eye for it and yes, colors are so hard to get just right.
You are doing many things right so I dont have a lot to say. Perhaps the way you start your paintings could be better looking at a couple of the recent ones, such as the tree - even though its quick, I think it is faster and more confident to start out with harder brushes. Even do just a couple quick hard lines to place things since they will get painted over quickly anyways. You know edge control so I don't need to stress it, I just feel its better to make hard edges, then soften up some of the forms later?
The barbarian is no longer falling, very different mood. I think it a bit strange he does not look at his opponent though, and the closer arm feels much more accruate than his right arm in terms of anatomy. For a natural position with his hand where it is, I would image the elbow to be down...try it yourself and see if you agree. see you!
Mr. Juicy: Thanks! I'm going to try to cover things up with plant planes. Having trouble getting the tree leaves to look... not silly... right now. I'll post it later when I'm somewhat happy with it. Most textures are 1024x1024 right now (ground plane excluded), and will either be shrank down to half-size or blended better later on.
hp: Thanks! yup, 100% hand-painted, lots of fun Seriously, I think it's helping my painting skills overall.
Hygami: Thanks! I sent you a pm
Matte: awww... thanks for the comments anyways The barbarian scene, well, I think mostly it has problem with the pose. Back to basic anatomy studies for a while.
Jakers: Thanks! I'm still messing around trying to get edges right. It's one of the greatest pains for me because I can't seem to get good-looking lines... I blame my shaky hands that often fell victim to caffine and sugar. I've tried different approaches and have not yet found something that makes me go "ha!" so I'll keep trying. I posed the barbarian in that way in attempt of guiding viewer's eyes, a trick I'm just recently learning. Definitely need a lot more anatomy studies...
Here's another mess of things. Been a bit lazy lately, catching up with sleep and playing more world of warcraft than I should. *kicks self* Getting used to job hunting and phone interviews...
THe first 4 are studies. The building drawings are practices of isometric drawings I did from photos or existing concept arts (not by me.) The last thing (pardon the size) is a poster for my school team game.
i think overall the contrast on the font and glow could be pumped up
i heard you got a job offer?
Studies are good as always, only colored head looks like speedy for now.
Last house totally kicks ass!!
And what about poster - i think more contrast would be good. And logo - I think that it's good idea to show meaning in visual way, but in this case i think it should not break the rule that logo must be readable in any case... Dunno maybe i'm wrong but i think so
So keep up and good luck with a job!!!
hp: Thanks! Yup I have I'm very excited about it. Going to travel and scope out the company soon, road trip!
Mr. Juicy: Thanks! I think the title will be readable due to the giant size of the poster, but I'll see to increase the opacity of it.
Still alive... working on a very fun art test that I'm not allowed to show.
Some more daily studies: a 2-hour iso study from a WoW:Wrath of Lich King concept art, one hour's worth each of 30-sec and 90-sec gesture drawings from posemaniacs, and a self-portrait drawing.
Also, a quicky mouse warrior for my little brother's birthday
very lovely stuff you have here, dude. hope the job offer thing goes well. with your poses from imagination, i often find it good to try the pose myself and see how comfortable/believeable something feels. sometimes they are on the unbalanced, cool-looking but not believeable side, which tends to not convey the action and the mood as well as you would like. i think that making something very realistic helps the observer identify with what the character is doing, helps put the viewer in the character's shoes, which makes for a more powerful illustration. i love your dedication, and you have such wonderful master studies! g'luck, you definitely have the drive and the passion to make it happen. take care, and i hope you had a happy thanksgiving!
Great studies going on here. I really liked that master study. How long did you work on it? I think you should work more on perspective and construction. Some of your drawings are flat in some places. Always think in simple 3d forms, specially when drawing figures in complex poses. Color wise I think you're doing great. Just be bolder with your forms. Keep up the great work!
with your environments, maybe branch out a little more in terms of shape...they seem very cubic. it's not really a problem, but it might be more interesting if you break those shapes up a little more.