great work in here man..tight oils...and the womans face in post 67 is real good..seems better than the rest of your portraits.. try to keep at that level..
haha the monsters on bicycles are aweome, brought a smile to my face
Somewhere along the lines of sleep deprivation and brain activity
hey man thanks for stopping by my sketchbook! haha I love this one!
anyway..kickass work. Looking forward for more!
those digital monsters are totally five star material. Great man! Nice oils too, especialy the skulls. Very nice start on the latest skull, really dig the edges in there. Keep it up!
thanks for all the support, crits, and comments everyone!
heres and update... worked on the skull once more(photo turned out colder. well) more paintings.. and that mutant piece im still working up slowly when i find the time(trying to finish it up tonight) .. i gotta get more consistent with my photographing haha
Sick shit Joel! The skull is badass!
Self portrait has a good likeness, and mostly good skintones. Think some of the shadows get too muddy and dull, such as on your cheek in the light, looks more bruised than it should
Portraits look great, youve really gotten a nice hang of edges and form! Its probably the lighting's fault, but Im finding most of the tones to be overly saturated. The model in the natural light is my favorite. Think the self portrait seems overworked in comparison to these paintings, they have a much more fluid economy.
Watercolors are awesome, love where youre going with them! Maybe push the deepest darks on your skin/flesh tones. The first guy's mouth looks weird cause the darks inside the mouth are pretty gray, so it loses that depth that it needs. Love the addition of blue on his face.
Same thing goes for explody-head, the fleshy-ness isnt quite fleshed out yet, but that one looks more unfinished as is so Im sure youre gonna get to it? If nothing else, add some wet specular highlights to make him more gooey?
cool to see lots of new stuff, theres something appetizing about your skull paintings, mabie its because they look insainly good. looks like your didgital stuff i way better now too. but that self portrate is a little scary, in the same way as waking up to someone in the morning with their makeup all washed off. messing around with watercolors eh, looks good, kinda looks like a haggard old popeye now that i look back twice. do some more didgitals of them sexy women so i can keep on wanking to them.
Oooh awesome shit Joel! Those paintings are a massive improvement, real nice treatment of temperature and value shifts! Those hands are my favorite, really well executed. No real crit on those, other than on the portraits there is still some slight shifting and misalignment of features, but even that is minimal and looks way better than before!
Owl bear looks cool, just watch your contrast, you have strong blacks against light values everywhere, kill the darks around the owlbear, make him more atmospheric, I think that oughta give it more sense of scale. Right now the similarity of values and contrast make the distance from foreground to background seem less so. You can also do the reverse, and soften the foreground for some depth of field and keep the focus onn the owl bear. Baby bear also looks kinda stiff just standing there legs perfectly vertical, seems silly.
lovely sketchbook pages, great variety of techniques and subjects, and the paitings are really really impressive, but those bike-riding monsters?
...really really awesome
this thread must be rated indeed, but its 5 from me
thanks for sharing!
Looks like a Dr. Suess painting come to life! haha, good job man love the stuff in here. Keep on postingg
Great paintings Joel...
Work is looking much stronger, so let me go into details...
CRITS (pros and cons)
the finished haunted house (tilted with green and purple)
- the bridge on the right side seems to be converging the opposite direction, convergence seems a little much on the right side too
- good swatch selection (purple, green, yellow), as most quick work is boiled down to a few colors
- very nice orange and blue, especially with the contrast in opacity (helps push the shell back nicely), nice licks of purple too
exploratory sketches lower down..
- always brave with these in lighting
- drawing line work is sometimes a little choppy- single, longer line strokes would look nicer, although there is no cap to repeating lines during sketching..
- slow down, care less when you get to the hands, lines get too agressive a little too fast. try going really light and just vibate (?) the hand to flesh out features like the knuckles.
- lights and darks seems consistently good to me in your sketches so realize this is a strong point
upside down pyramids with the pointing guru
- you might have gone a little short-sighted when working on this (as i always do) and it would look nicer if details was focused on one or two key areas. (ie- the foreground elephant would look nicer more blurry with the one in front of him a little more flesh out.
- i have a lot of thoughts about this one... so many im forgetting them as i go- but I'll be around next year of course
- your usual strong points (lights and darks, depth, imagination, information) are consistent here
- line quality is long and loose, bringing this into your final work is the tough part (me too, o me too man)
exploratory frogs, skeletal structure
- good- stay interested in life, in what you see. i noticed you hold, touch a lot of things. that's important, just like davinci. let things swirl in your mind. this alone is probably the toughest strategem- to stay interested for longer periods of time
I'm going to keep going with these crits later. you've worked really hard all summer while sum of us plaid the gaims- so don't slow down. your compositions are improving (that's what i can write about next time- as i always have a lot of thoughts on composition).
stay focused and fortify, fortify, fortify
Oh wow, I love stumbling into new awesome sketchbooks I love your paintings, you have such a great handle on colour and form! Though to be honest the drawing of the lady in the chair a few posts back stands out to me the most, expressive lines.
heres a new acrylic painting.. tree troll/public transportation..
sometimes i hate saving for the web, destroys saturation.. i dunno maybe im doing it wrong.. not using web safe colors i guess.. i tried messing around with color profiles before saving for the web seems to help a bit.. just gotta figure out which works the best for next time..
Ello again Joel,
I'll keep going with the previous crit, starting on page four..
Colored Monster series:
- These are obviously all strong pieces because of refinement, minimal color selection, appropriate humor and application of strong points. The strong points are painterly approach and subtle use of skin texture. They are solid and pro quality.
- Very minor, but- watch the draftsmanship on the bike frames.
- I feel tentative to make any comments on your paintings so bear in mind these are very individual thoughts. No comments on accuracy (that doesn't look exactly like you, whoever, etc etc) as you can probably see them.
- A little bit more detail in Frances' eyes would be the next move to make, and I'm guessing there might be slight strokes of dark paint in her eyebrows to help chisel out the final details. (excellent, and a good likeness)
- The eyes on the finished full body woman (with the tube dress) are the most interesting and I can even recognize some tan lines happening.
- The three quarter guy in the yellow t-shirt. The hair seems a little smeary on his head and goatee. I think a few chisel strokes of long hairs protruding would help give it another layer of needed texture.
- The wooden man. The brightness in the bottom white cloth would look nice behind his face. On the other hand, you might have already been playing up the whites in order to make his face more legible. It seems in between. The image might be just as interesting with a dark background (cool to seperate from his head), obscuring the face and keeping the knee his present focal point.
- Steph's portrait! I think this is one my favorite paintings you've done without prejudice. It reminds me a bit of the way Craig Mullins uses almost pure white pitches to get hyper real constrast. Depth is working very well especially with the addition of background color to the top of her head. It is just right.
- Emily. A little bit of choppiness in the strokes in her jaw line and hand. You probably needed 5 more minutes. I might've just painted a quick pupil.
-Andreas' hands. The plumpiness of the hands is well rendered. The purity of the hand plane on the left is making a good contrast with the information on the fingers. Nice setup and execution to make something kind of boring very interesting.
The guy with the exploding alien head
- A natural bridge for your abstract work and fantasy art. Ground it more though. It would be more plausible to see the weight of the alien head resting in his hands. There is a rectangle happening in the background that seems unnecessary. Hard crit to say cause it is a piece that is showing your improvement.
Tree monster public transport
- One crit- This could look interesting and possible to execute with a manet (?) use of lights and darks of leaves casting hard shadows all over the ground and on its branches. It would also be a reference to the same time period giving it much more historical context and richness in meaning.
I realize I didn't say much about composition, as I'm falling asleep here. Keep posting and I think your black and white monster piece isn't finished yet and I'd like to see you finish it. Stay focused and let's hit the ground running this fall.
Teen Wolf, eh? Wolf it... do your... thing
Your paintings are awesome. The feel of them... their simplicity and power remind me of Bob Ross's stuff.
And this drawing... wow. The lines are killer.
I'm going to read this thread from the beginning. Looks amazing.
It's been a while since i've dropped a comment in here, but you can rest assured i've been on your heels. I really dig what you did with the owl bear, and these sketch pages you just uploaded are great! You're definitely unlocking something!
Also, is there any way i can own this? http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1250279921
keep it up!