What was it again?(no)
Tip - try reading up on some head/body construction (Loomis and Bridgman books are good places to start). It'll make your posemaniacs and other drawings look better.
Just turned 15 too ;D
Been away for a long time (about 2 months?) - not literally, but just not active on this sketchbook. Here some random junk I've done since then, most of sketches I've done aren't worth posting.
Last one is attempt at a master copy (Degas)
-need to work on digital badly-
You're making nice progress there...
New semester and finals are over, so I'll be uploading some of the stuff I did in art this semester sometime later...
I switched to Commercial Art this semester, which is seeming pretty fun so far.
Self Portrait (About 2 hours), we've got a 4 day weekend so hopefully I'll draw up some good stuff.
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your studies/sketches are looking really good! and i'm lovin' that crab.
LieutenantHanz: Thanks, I've kind of given up on the crab though as I've lost the reference picture haha.
Done over today and yesterday...about 3 hours maybe? Ack need more anatomy studies, and dress/feet need the most work. Probably won't work on this anymore though.
No reference used for this picture - trying to do some imaginative stuff, even if it's not very creative
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Is it bad to be painting in grayscale and then to get the colors through overlay?
I just saw the technique somewhere and wanted to try it..(below)
It seems easier, but I don't want to do it if it'll hinder me somehow later. I also really want to start doing environments, because I feel like I've only learned about anatomy. I've no idea how to start on them though.
Yeah just doodles for today, 20min each - no reference for either
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Hey! You're going off to a nice start, but I personally don't suggest using overlay. It'd be much better to learn colours, doing life studies are a great way to pick out the colours. Try painting an apple from life and really look at the colours. You'll be suprised.
Same for metal. And there's nothing wrong with working from a photo reference (or better get, yourself in a mirror) to get to grips with how skin is painted.
I've just started doing some environents, I've been using this site: http://freetextures.3dtotal.com/
And trying to just roughly get the colours down before i refine it. Hope it helps!
Elz: Thanks for the input. I took your advice and painted an apple, hopefully I'll get the time to do more foods haha. It turned out good in my opinion except for the shadow maybe. I like the reflecting light on the left especially
So yeah, an apple:
...and a question: Is it bad to use a spackle brush to blend? Someone told me I should be blending with just hard-edged brushes at 100% opacity and to vary opacity via pressure. So tell me, what's your method of blending?
(From life + an hour or two)
using greyscale is not bad. Do what you feel is right, greyscale has benefits, youll learn how to control contrast better, and for where youre at learning how values work is gonna help out a lot, learning/observing how color works can always be done as well, or later. Using greyscale and then overlay is just one technique, so dont rely on it, just look at it as another tool.
I have a video posted of me using overlay but its not something I do regularly:
That apple looks great! Very nice. The shadow could be worked on, but it's nothing major. Try painting a spoon or something metal next, maybe?
I'd say use whatever brushes you find comfortable, what works better for you? I usually use a kinda hard brush, but easy to blend with, on my Adobe it's gotten used to the name "the second 19 brush". Really should find the name for it XD
However, I downloaded a brush set a while ago from someone on deviantART, and there's a brush that's like a paintbrush, a bit harder to blend with than my usual, but it makes me focus on getting the colours right.
So; have a play around. See what works for you. One thing though, I'd say stay away from the Airbrush, it can be useful but generally gives off a too smooth effect for my liking. Might just be personal preference
Elz: Thanks, I'll do what you suggested and try metal later. Yeah I don't use airbrush either, and I know which one you're talking about haha. My main brushes are that one, a hard 19, a spackled brush, and a custom sketching one.
Andrew Jen: Oh I do paint in grayscale but I wasn't sure if using overlay was a good method. Thanks for showing me the video, and the end result was great too!
Two quick environments, 1.5 hours, 40 min for first and second one, respectively. I just put colors into it without painting grayscale first, so I think I'm getting better at picking colors out. I kind of spammed some of Photoshop's brushes for texture ^^;
The rest are random sketchbook pages.
Haha so school kind of took over for a bit as I kept forgetting to do homework/doing it bad. But no worries its back on track for a couple of weeks hopefully.
I'm really getting frustrated with digital painting, my colors seem too desaturated (I think that's the correct term) and they look "unfinished". Maybe it's just a matter of working on them longer.
I did a Heath Ledger portrait but I haven't gotten it back yet - some anatomy studies will be posted later.
So here's a jellyfish type thing, references were only used to get a better image on what they look like. This is a WIP - so any critiques on comments on where I should go with this is VERY welcome.
Yo! So just some Bridgman stuff, i Have more pages + more sketchbook pages, but I don't want my sketchbook to be flooded with all these crappy studies.
I had some time today w/ no algebra homework (hurray haha). Working hard on anatomy, and gotta try to stretch into environments and other stuff too!
Studies from Constructive Anatomy:
Application of the Study - so no reference:
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I really want to do a full "illustration". But I can't come up with any ideas, or I can't flesh them onto the canvas.. It's very frustrating. Hopefully it'll come with time.
I'm using an alternate image hosting site since it's a bit faster and less tedious. I hope they never expire or anything >_>
Couple portraits from photos, didn't realize how crappy the bottom left looked until I scanned it.
A couple of the arm studies I did from Loomis/Bridgman. Had a few more but didn't want to scan them all.
A pepper. At least I think it is
Quick portrait to try an apply what I learned from the portrait studies - no ref.
Question: I'm using a mechanical pencil for the majority of my sketches...Is that bad?
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It's great to see that you're doing a lot of studies, that's definitely what it takes. You'll see a lot of improvement if you keep it up daily; only advice is: try to focus more on basic shapes of things right now (for the body construction) and do a lot of studies of each facial feature and then slowly put the features together to make an entire head.
And just keep drawing from Bridgman/Loomis/Hogarth books and from life / photo refs / imagination daily. Keep it up! I think you have good potential
Doing some digital studies!
And trying to work on colors, unfortunately on the photo study I succumbed to using the colorpicker a few times for the skin tones,
the mannequin luckily was done from life, so no chance there, haha.
The colors do seem desaturated though(did I use that right?)
From Vanderpoel's Human Figure: Eyes/Noses
Haha you can tell which sides referenced and which one isnt.
Not too much time to scan today as my sister came home so shes using this computer.
Watched the free TAD workshop, was very informative, I was hoping for something with more...painting involved? Just me being spoiled I guess, 3 hours of lots and lots of info!
Self Portraits - done in front of a mirror
Tips for holding a pose/self portraits in general??
10min (weird pose to hold, I was afraid my face would get stuck like that..Haha)
15 min - Still getting facial proportions messed up on these and scanner kind of blurred out the left side(sorry).
It's up to you to just keep working hard. You have potential, results will come. And you are only 15.
Go and do it, cheers!
Ivan Turcin Thanks! I'll try haha
Some non-ref'd figures, trying to focus on balance and gravity? I guess I kind of forgot about that midway through the exercise. Only about 30-60 each one, so nothing special.
Studies on Female hairstyles (because I'm creeper like that!)
Haha, actually since I noticed most of the ones I try to come up with on my own are plain and boring.
And a character...did others but this is the best one of them. Which part of the anatomy is most messed up??
unnamed.device: Thanks, I'll try to expand on my studies and keep them versatile.
Been doing a lot of female oriented studies lately, so I got some manliness in here with an MMA study..
Still need a lot of work when it comes down to these.
And..the most fun I've had drawing in awhile actually. I just watched part of Marko Djurdjevic old "Character Ideation" video and I was feeling really inspired to make a character of my own.
Not quite as insane as his, but I'm okay with it (scan turned out pretty crappy though).
Out of poor planning however, I didn't have room for complete legs. No ref!
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