This book just got better and better. I guess its been said nice watercolours.
Maybe this is just a personal preference but I'd like to see more "grit".
Hi RedSquirrel, very nice sketchbook here! The way you use watercolour is fantastic and although I am not a real fan of that style you paint, I have to say it is lovely. It is good that you have so many details in your works. What kind of pen do you use for the outlines in your paintings?
The sculpture from #45 is great. I also tryed fimo once, but quite failed. Clay is the better choice in my opinion.
Try out some outdoor live painting when the weather is good!
Your work has an airy, fantastical feel to it. Very atmospheric stuff, even the studies, which make me realise I should do more myself.
Oh wow, you do have quite an incredible imagination... and you put it all on paper so well. Beautiful, I Love your sketchbook.
i particularly like your watercolours.. those flying rats are fantastic.
TATKA - Thanks, and no, I don't feel qualified enough to have a homepage yet
Sadetar - It's not really in my nature to go back to finished things and add bits too them, I find I usually end up ruining them!
Wilkerson - Ta, i'd like to come out with some grittier stuff too ;p I will see what I can do.
Engelhardt - I must be doing something right then hmm! I believe clay will give you a lot more freedom yes, I loved working with clay - and I will definately want to go out and paint on location sometime.
Thanks to everyone else for the nice comments
Only a few things here, im not the fastest of workers -_-
Some crummy sketches/studies and another final painting. My hands are suxxors
Last edited by RedSquirrel; September 2nd, 2009 at 06:35 AM.
And don't worry. You're way faster than I will ever be. Awesome update again!
Still madly in love with your style. In the last finished one, did you use ink in the outlines or just pencil. It would be really lovely to see picture from the progress. And I don't know why, but those creatures remind of Zelda series. I don't even know why, but that picture sure is lovely.
And by the way, how often you do studies like that?
*sigh* You're my absolute favourite in here.
Ink outlines were done around the leaves on the bush and in the air because the brush ends were too big to put lines around them, everything else was sepia watercolour outline. Didn't take progress shots this time (will remember to next time) but there isn't much to it really, slop paint on the largest areas first then smaller things and detail later. And it may Remind you of Zelda because of Skull Kid! (same black face(or Vivi from FF.))
And I try to do life studies once a day.
oooooh beautiful work.... just beautiful...
keep up the studies too! right now imho they're not as strong as your imaginative work, so as you're life drawing improves, i'll be almost scared to see how good you become.
Forgot to post more of the black faced glowy eyed things(sorry large pic is so bad, camera just wouldnt take a decent shot). Iv'e got to start drawing things with actual faces now ;p
A study done on some decent paper for a change. Was better before I added the outline I think..
wow man, really cool bunch of sketches you've got here!
the lines are really clean, lively and really rich in detail, and the paints look good and like you've had fun with them so kudos!
I'd really like to give a shot at that kind of painting, but i have no idea of how to even start using them, are they watercolor in tube? i woudn't even know how to setup that kind of thing, wold be cool of you to share some more process stuff!
And do you scan the paintingss or photograph them?they look as if the colors are dulled down a lot, maybe try some post-scanning adjustments?
my 2 cents: i think the outline in that last pumpkin looks good actually, you should lay with it a bit more.Your drawing look like they could gain something with some more attention on line weight And about the actual "design" i'm lovin the glowy eyed dudes, but my suggestion would be to try n do some reasearch on actual existing patterns (celtic?medieval?etc etc) and design "bits" (belts, studs, armor, buckles- props) it could enrich the design even more, making it based on something the watcher can in some way recognize
whoa, long boring post here, 'nuff said
looking forward to seeing some more!
Now when you said it, of course it was the skull kid.
And where on Earth you get those ideas to the clothes? I mean I struggle always with clothing and other details. Even if I got something in my head when I start drawing it's all blank, when I should put it in the paper. I love those funny little creatures, their awesome clothes and other details... And now you can say, you did at least one weapon design, like you promised some time back.
And that pumpkin is also quite cute. Hard to say was it better without the outlines, but it sure looks fine to me even know.
And the pleasure is all mine. Looking your sb is a great joy and source of satisfaction.
Hey mister squirrel, these pieces are all great. Your watercolors just keep getting better and better! I love the colors you use, especially in the last final pieces.
The only real crit I have is in your still lifes. Just watch your ellipses as in a few on the last page they are off a bit. Everything else is just awesome man
Thegnoll - Some of the colour comes from tubes, I find having tubes of browns handy because i can use a lot of them in a wash, easier to get lots of pigment from a tube than from a pan, but ultimately i preferr pans, as you dont have to keep unscrewing and screwing the lids all the time(in some ways i can be impatient), and pans seem to last longer anyway.
I take pics not scans, but I dont have photoshop yet >_> so I unfortunately i dont adjust the colours and such. Need to sort that..
And yup, I have loads of books at home on medieval costume!
Sadetar - clothing and armour is really just sort of doodling...I have a habit of getting lost doodling intricate stuff that doesnt make sense, nor look practical ;p
TATKA - Cheers
Retardedmonkey - Mister? And yes, practice makes perfect i guess! thanks
Have been working on some stuff, some of it isn't exactly what I call art art (more messing around with materials than anything else) however I do have a bestiary to post. Its supposed to be based on monsters(or people) that live where I live (made up ones by me ofc). Im a big fan of illuminated manuscripts and would really love to be able to mix them in with my illustrations.
Anyhoo, sorry for picture quality again...
the book you made is sooo beautiful!
Especially the antique looking paper and the golden decorations on the pages.
I also like the usage of the feathers!
And that is definitely art.
Would like to see more^^
btw love your style!
You create the most wonderful and whimsical worlds, it's alway a pleasure to peruse your sketch book.
Really nice sketchbook you have here! i love your little dark faced glowy eyed imps! And your illuminations are lovely.
Awwie. You good Squirrel, are awesome.
Your book is absolutely brilliant. I love the illustrations, really beutiful and quite authentic, and the usage of gold. Only thing that I would have perhaps done different is the text type. I mean that maybe archaic penmanship would fit better with the old look.
But I really like your way to try some new things and mix different materials. Do you use gold leaf to those gold-platings?
SamC - Ta very much
Mike Butkus - Its nice of you to say so
Burdie - Thank you
TATKA - I made the tea stained paper which I drew the final animals on in ink, the actual paper I wrote on was just pre bought 'parchment'. It didnt take watercolour very well. And I agree about the inside cardboard, I need to think of some way to improve it. Suggestions welcome people
Sadetar - Im mixing a lot of different materials because a lot of this stuff is going into a portfolio to get me into uni, and they like all that mixed media stuff. And yes its gold leaf, and I totally love it. I will make use of it more often. I also agree about the text, it would have looked infinately nicer if I had done it like the old illuminated bibles and such, but it would have taken an age to get it completed!
Phew ok, this is what im doing just now, sorry its grainy and barely visible, can't move it off the art table since its all stretched and stuck down(and because my photo editing skills are 0).
Very nice... I think you'll have a stong chance at admission with these in your portfolio for sure. My only criticism is that your text-type is way behind the quality of your images. I would suggest, trying some caligraphy or maybe some script type writing styles.
Excellent works, keep em coming...
Thats my handwriting your talking about ;_;!
Ha yes but I do agree, i'd love to do more illumination so next time I will spend some time getting the font right
WIP of this next illustration for a story I made up. Now im having a bit of trouble with the two front trees, can't decide what colour to make them so they stand out a little better from the rest of the trees..hum, any suggestions anyone?
Sweetie, the last one is coming along really nicely. Awesome!
I always love those progress shots you have. They are so helpful.
And I think that the colour of the trees could perhaps match a little to the smoke that comes from the chimney. Like a little bit of glow from the smoke, but not quite. I don't know was that understandable. Or orange warm light, if you think that in that night there might be a a warm moonlight. Hard questions, I always struggle with colours myself.
But what ever you decide, it will be brilliant. Trust me.
how interesting to see the process))
I really like that you hang pictures of different stages of work
not sure that I can give you some advice that, but may try to make a contrast with the background, for example, that the trees in front were a bit lighter than the distant
really want to see how you finish this picture ))))