Second post's fifth picture was something too awesome.
It looks like the thing who lives under my bed. Love it.
Heck! I love them all! You're very talented!
Second post's fifth picture was something too awesome.
It looks like the thing who lives under my bed. Love it.
Heck! I love them all! You're very talented!
Cool sketches, I like the perspective angle.
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Hello, Mike! How are you? Do you sleep better at night? I thought about how you can improve it and kind of think it would be good for you to start your sport exercise again... I really do think it might resolve all your difficulties to sleep.
Heh, you found to whom to brag about your fingers and weird things you can do with them. I'm myself proud of my fingers, I can do a lace with me fingers, on both hands simultaneously, now... take that. I can bend my pointing finger in the opposite direction... I, I, ... I can touch tip of my nose with my tongue. What you can?
About recognition... if it helps you to move, if it inspires you... I say, go for it, use this motivation. It is understandable. Many great people were creating wonders with goal to gain people's love, so to speak... and with so many destructive things in the world, I would say, if from this ambiguous feeling you can deliver something beautiful... then it sure has right to be.
But to say truth... it is not freedom...it is an an opposite of it IMO.
Freedom is when you are self-sufficient, when you take information, flattering or not, and analyze it, strictly judge it, use it, but not getting led by it, when you live independently. When you have your own vision of beautiful and approach it step by step...closer and closer... In the end, people's recognition is the light sand between your fingers. It is flowing away, you can't keep it.
I just hope, that what you got inside you, the spark, that it has a restless nature,,, it just will not let you do something else in your life without always returning to what makes you feel inspired, what forces you to let it from inside out...
You see... who is a champion of rambling? In all of my on-line chats with my buddies, my word was the last. The other side was deeply asleep .
I would like this link to your Alaska journey photo site, if it is OK to ask... I'm finishing reading "Smoke Bellew" and want to see some visuals if you don't mind .
Looking at your drawings and paintings... my friend, what critique do you want to hear? they are beautiful... As I said, you feel beauty very vividly, longing for it... As from your life , what you mentioned to me... your reality is hardly graceful... but in your drawings and paintings and even studies (although they don't look like studies) life is elegant and fine. There is or was probably some source of refined beauty in your life... I don't know what it was... but it seems like you are capable to notice things, delicate things and be impressed by them and be able in the end to show their loveliness to others.
Those fingers studies for example: it doesn't matter where and how those thin, knotty, long bones are connected... but it is touching how loveliness is created from these airy, light, twirling, waltzing lines... Maybe you thought about the planes and perspective... but for me it looks like you thought about those ever changing, moving like ants, lively fingers. Nervous, impressionable hands, more than a study,,, slice of someone's personality.
And then those light drawings of animals, semi-transparent, like slightly distorted clouds, like dreams. A bit caricaturish, unreal, funny and delicate. Again, not just a study,,, it is an offered mood, magic, art.
They leave very clean and slightly sad feeling for me.
Study of the stature is very interesting... of course digital BG is kind of disappointing ... I would say look at bumski's BGs, he puts a lot of his heart in his BG, and they breath, and lead, and play a very important role in creating certain mood.. They are rich, his BGs.
I would ask for you to not to be stingy with your brushwork on them.
Looking at this study I remember that I wanted to ask... it looks like you had some art school training of sort... it is just that your art has certain educated restrain in the good sense of this word... it doesn't have this wild anarchy of the self-taught artist... maybe I'm wrong. But it feels like someone tamed your impulses, gave them a strict understanding of harmony.
About your new project... It looks exciting, Mike... you want critique... but with exception some perspective distortion ( third panel with the big chandelier, and especially the huge portrait or a window on the wall, its perspective is a bit off I think, should be wider on the top IMO)... well, minus this, I like this simple, but elegant style. I like those faces, almost distorted, with unusual but truthfully, interesting looking shadows, strange broken noses, strange types of faces ( one round and another elongated, strange king/ simpleton and his pessimistic waiter (?). He looks more like a minister/ adviser though...
Intriguing and effortlessly looking beginning of a new story..
I hope you will find colors which will not pull the blanket on themselves from the rest, so to speak... But I guess many interesting and brave solutions possible to find a harmony.
Hope you are healthy and happy. Sorry for making you read all this. I'm incorrigible in writing.
Last edited by sve; September 26th, 2008 at 11:42 AM.
You got some awesome and fresh stuff, dude.
Love the cartoon octopus brew piece on the first page.
Female figure studies are beautiful. Wish I did them!
yessssssss, I'm still alive and kicking. I haven't touched my panel till earlier today, just random "tossed into the garbage" sketches since the last update I made. This past week hasn't been the best, My mother has been in and out of the ER for these past few days... and i've spent the majority of my time sitting in hospital waiting rooms. I'm about leave so I figured i'll make this update before I go. She has a problem with her Thyroid, and I'll just leave it at that. And I'm really sorry for the late replies;
Quinn Simoes, D@niel, Reject-D, Vritra, AA-ron, Hideyoshi, Cyqunea, HunterKiller_: Thanks a bunch guys! I'm sorry for being a douchebag and bunching you guys up in the same reply. I'll make sure to make a note in each of your SB's, I'm just short of time and trying to hurry.
Mack: Hey glad you stopped by, we haven't had a chat in a while heh. I'm still pushing man, personal life is trying to drag me down right now and I'm trying to hold myself up. I'm drawing, but I hate most of the stuff I come up with. So lifeless... dull and plain. My work needs life and discipline. I'm missing those key steps, among other things. Hope your doing well,
algenpfleger: Thanks, i'll keep that in mind Your self-portraits are great btw, I need to try that myself sometime.
age: Whats up vanilla face, cool warriors and boobs?... sounds like a plan. Thanks for the heads up hoss. See you in gaytown~
kingkostas: Thanks man. That comment really makes me want to push my art to the next level. To me, I think thats what all artists want. To inspire others, especially other artists. Your work is on the incline, you have mad potential so make sure you keep that up.
sve: WOW... wasn't expecting that one. All "manlyness" aside, I almost cried when I read that post. Well, not really... but it means a lot to me.
Crikey! where do I begin?? Sleeping? It's safe to say that I've been sleeping better these past few nights. It wasn't so easy the first month as the hours were completely different. I worked a full graveyard shift at my last job from 7:00 in the afternoon till 3:00-4:00 in the morning! And at my current job, I now start @ 4:00 in the morning, The exact opposite schedule! Meaning that I'm actually asleep during the time that I used to be pumping bullets and sweating like a grease hog at my last job, and vice versa. Everything has changed. The time I eat, sleep...My entire schedule. Of course now I have shorter days, and I can expect that college is definitely going to fill them up a bit. I guess this is the right path, at least if I stick it in there I can get this damn degree out of the way and give the industry another shot. One thing that I swore to myself, is that I'm either doing it 100% or I die in the process. Without the ability to do this for a living, life does not mean anything to me. Once I get this damn degree, I'm leaving this crappy city and I'm hitting the streets. No...nononono Not as a prostitute... (but god willing if I have to for a job in the industry, ), rather in terms of literally getting off my skinny ass just driving till I find something. I'll live in my car if I have too, hell I'll scrub the floors of a shitty game studio just to get my foot in the door. Just a chance at doing this is all I need, I trust myself enough to do what I have to when the time comes.
Well I hope I'm not to ahead of myself here, but I couldn't help but laugh a bit when you mentioned my approach on hands. Long... bony... Nervous... That sounds a lot like my own hands. And yeah, I can do some pretty freaky things with my fingers. I'm actually able to place my pinky finger over and around my ring finger without placing it with my other hand, Once I get that finger on, I can literally do the same to the rest of my fingers in motion, making my entire hand look like a claw lol... I'm currently trying to master that technique with my foot... doesn't seem to work though, my feet are huge and weird
Interesting theory you have on the ideals of freedom by the way. I have absolutely no idea what it is like to live in a world without freedom, and I hope to never witness that kind of oppression. When my Grandfather was a child living in Spain, during the time of the Spanish civil war, He watched his mother get brutally raped and beaten to death by Spanish Nationalists before fleeing to Cuba in the late 30's. He lived in Cuba for a couple of years during the time of Batista before coming to the United States. Just after he left, Castro came into power and thus the Cuban missile crises began. My grandfather served in the United states marines and fought in the Korean war from beginning to end. Yet if there was anything I've learned from that man, it was to appreciate the ideals of what freedom really stands for. And even though I have not experienced it for myself, I don't think I will ever really grasp the ideals to that extent. But what I can say is that it never leaves the back of my mind. Doing what you want with your life is something that no one can take away from you but yourself, I think I've learned that the hard way. And I'd do anything to fight for that kind of freedom now that I've had a taste, if that makes any sense.
But regardless of what you say about your buddies Sveta, I've never fallen asleep on any of your conversations, no matter how in depth they were... which I seem to counter with my own in depth responses hah!
btw Sveta, thanks for pointing out the perspective issue on the third frame, I knew something looked odd...ly enough!
here's a weird looking penis in a banana;
Last edited by Coinpurse; May 12th, 2009 at 03:45 PM.
Thanks algenpfleger, she's doing fine now
Back to this, Finally fleshed out the characters for this panel;
likin those last ones, hm I dont know if its just me, but I feel the colors are a bit plain on them, like not enough contrast, hmm Im not sure. Post up them studies, and hot chicks with swords, killin, dinosaurs.
Hello, Mike... sorry for not writing earlier... but you were removing your images ... and I was afraid that by my memory I might say something wrong not seeing the image in front of my eyes...
But lets just chat a bit for now and then I will write my impression, OK? because this is all the same to me... visiting an artist and his art in his book and making contact, getting to know the personality in words and images. Both equally interesting.
Your grandpa... he had too much of hardship for one person... and I kind of think he was not passive in his life, didn't wait for things to happen to him, he met all the incredible events in his life on half way to them, so to speak. Just look... seeing his mother raped and killed... he didn't wait it over in some hiding place, he was a witness, voluntary or not, but he didn't close his eyes. Going to Cuba, being in the war... he sounds like man who belongs to himself, individual. I wonder if he had a philosophical mindset as you do.
My grandpa was in two wars, has been a PoW, was decorated with medals in the second World war.
Before that he worked for his rich brother's gold mining in Siberia.. he too saw a lot of grief... I remember him, he was extremely silent old man... Didn't like to talk about war ever. Mom said he experienced pretty heavy periods of depression of sort and was able to lie on his bed with back turned to the whole word for weeks, silent. He was extremely honest and in a way caring... after his death he left four old gold coins for us, his grand children. I remember them too, they were small and pretty, shiny like new, with Russian Imperial Eagle .... From one of the coin someone cut the little triangle... I suppose it was some black days and they needed money. I should have asked mom not to do anything with them, but this gold was melted for my wedding rings long time ago.
I remember his medals being in my box with buttons and rags of fabric for my dolls... and face of Stalin on them in profile. They were not shiny.
So here... we know each other roots a bit more...
Heh,,,, you can't tell me such amazing things about your fingers and not to provide visuals. I'm very, very curious. I'm dying to see how you are able to wrap your pinky over and around your ring finger... I never saw this... I suspect it might be one of the wonders of the world... can you show me this?... ask one of your dogs, the smartest one to make a picture, please .
It just can't be...
So you want to get an official diploma... well, I can't not to encourage you to this, it is a sacrifice and you need all encouragement you can get. I'm sure you will be a brilliant student. So go for it and take all their knowledge...
But I will add quietly... that it seems to me you already have more skills that I saw from people who graduated from art schools and colleges. I'm telling this absolutely honestly. You have already very attractive qualities as an artist, as a draftsman and very potential as a painter as well, IMO. I'm no way an expert, but I'm a viewer, receiving end, and your images have charm, beauty and personality. Which means they should be sellable, your skills should be sellable.
I would suggest to show your work more to the potential buyers. Specifically I hear again and again from people working in this field that concept art job to which you seem to have a desire, doesn't require a degree, not officially, not practically, it requires skills and a good presentation... I think you can be chosen.
But I do understand you wanting the degree...it makes some difference in confidence...
I would encourage you to attend more art workshops or exhibitions and not to be shy to show your art. I'm telling you, it looks very attractive and shows a lot of collected knowledge and skill.
That's what I think.
Now lets talk about the last images...
When I expressed a wish in my last post, that you would use the coloring carefully, not to make the images overloaded... I said it because the style was vary laconic, and because lines were alive, they were carrying certain information, little roughness, little thought process in the moment, you know... so I thought it was very attractive... But I think drawing this image later you became very conscious of people looking at it, and in my opinion, this tense awareness shows. You thoroughly removed all imperfections which were adding certain warmth, certain charm to the story and now it looks clean, perfectified and very, very reserved. Despite that it shows pretty strong skills with medium, in the same time it show lack of confidence and too much of tension about other people opinion, if you don't mind me saying this. Now I want some active colors to compensate those even, calm, introverted lines, I want some textures, I want those characters have each their own personal quirks, like hairy chest and arms, red nose of alcoholic, old rubbed clothes, bruises or something, something, which will tell me their stories and make me care or dislike them and differ them... make me love these personalities..
Right now, these smooth lines all tell me pretty much the same about them... show me that one of them Sanguine, who enjoys his good luck in life, another sad Melancholic, who always sees his glass half empty, the third is silly choleric, who enjoys his authority...Tell me with little hints and details what they experienced in their life before I met them in your book. If your don't mind tell me this with lines too and with colors and with textures...
You don't have too of course, and I understand they should be done in the same style to be in one story... but still... tell me those people are hardly tolerate each others different intolerable personality, so differetn they are...so unfortunately put in one room to coexist.
That's all. Hope you will take this not too strongly, just ignore this if you don't agree.
Hope you are healthy and happy
Really glad your mom is fine, hope those horrible worries will never happen again.
Last edited by sve; October 13th, 2008 at 01:40 PM.
Hey guys, thanks so much for the comments! I'm afraid i'm short of time today also. I'll make responses next post.
Heres a "Frame" Wip with Winkly;
Aw man, your studies make me want to do studies, but I have so much on my plate already. Curses.
Love your work! Keep on keepin on
seth1: haha Funny you mention im living the dream. Magicman told me to stop being a dreamer and start doing. Your post reminded me on what I should be doing, thanks.
agelaos: Yeah I know what you mean, I was trying to mess with the saturation and thought it was "Too Colorfull". Now their too Colorless! Gahh... One day i'll get the hang of it. Thanks bud.
algenpfleger: Thanks a bunch!
Sve: I'll send you a PM
realextension: Hey thanks for stopping by, glad you think so! thanks for the words.
Rumple: Thanks a bunch man, glad you like it.
Pseudocognition: Yup, I gotta do more of those. Thanks
Well, what can I say? its a Wip~
Taking a break on the Panel;
Heres an update;
hey hey don't give up, keep on finishin it!
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man your stuff is great. Love the blue pencil studies on the previous page. New stuff is cool too, like the change of pace to the cartoony characters. On that gladiator's front stomach armor piece, did you use reference for that? Cuz it looks great, and I always have trouble rendering chrome objects from my imagination.
Wip it, wip it good, wip it!
Mr.Delicious: Yeah def, thanks for stopping by hoss!
Pyroclasm00: thanks, you asked about reference? unless its a study, I actually never use references. It's something thats completely legit, theres a ton of artists out their that use references on anything. And I hear college professors usually require you to pull as much reference as possible. So really it's my own loss for not using them, I gotta break away from that. The best thing to do when your working with anything metallic, is to pull the hues from the background and foreground. This includes skintones as well, or technically anything that stands out or is close. The closer the object, the harder it reflects. That also goes with how bright it is, the brighter the stronger, the duller the matter.
Rumple: hah, glad you like it. Yeah I slipped it in there for giggles.
kidult: Thanks, I'll keep wiping the wips!
two studies and another update on the gladiator...
Last edited by Coinpurse; February 17th, 2009 at 07:36 PM.
I have been inspired and invigorated while looking through your sketchbook. You've got some amazing skills, I can' think of anything to fix!
Love what you have been doing man! Never stop!!
Brilliant stuff as of late mate, I really enjoy the cartoons, awsomeness!
Keep bringing those studies ^^I enjoy them o_O
I am also looking forward to seeing that gladiator come to completion.
Feed me moar!!!
oh, sweet, cool. Cool stuff man. I like that fat knight dude, hes comin out cool.
Kewl. Nice studies as well.
Heres somethin for you, while you are drawin warriors screamin killin dinosaurs
Huh! I was sure I posted here! O_ o
I wanted to thank you for your comment and say that I love the characters you do. They are funny and full of personnality. The gladiator is coming really nice.
Your backrounds are very interesting too : the use of surprising colors is nice, it adds a lot to your piece, drama lighting, colors, intensity...
I want to see more!
Hey I don't want to appear like some douch who is not gratefull for the comment, but "Oh dear" Is a little to vague for me, tell me what you really think! Also, your stuff is great Another great Churchill quote, by the way, is, as he is exiting the house of commons, having made a speech, a lady comes up to him and is infuriated by his point of view. It should be noted she is not the pretties apple of the bunch.
Lady: Mister Churchill, you are a horrid, horrid drunkard of a man! If I was your wife, I would put poison in your tea!
Churchill turns slowly, looks at the woman and replies
"That may be so, my good lady, but if you were my wife, I would gladly drink it"
A rock of a man!
Just went through the whole thread. I really like your stuff. Keep doing what you're doing. I can't wait until you post more stuff.
I particularly liked this one. The colors really work great: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v250/LXS|Je$ter/Chef.jpg
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