Love the way you approach these studies, they have a really nice aesthetic to them.
Tom - Thanks man, glad you like em. I definitely need to spend time making little doodles like that. I love quirky little environment vignettes but I never do em enough. Thank you.
Dope - Awesome, thanks a lot, appreciate the niceties
Socks, Thank you as always man
Well, its pretty annoying lately, I still feel like I wanna post everyone day, But I'm not a allowed to post everything I do.. arrgghhh. Or its not worth it. I spend a whole day just organising my Neuromancer work and putting it together into sort of 'presentation' sheets.
Its hard on my sketchbook orientated mind.
I'm working everyday... but I cant prove it! GUILT!
But you get 2 today (and maybe some more!)
This is a life drawing I did on Thursday but didn't get to photo it till today, and a study I did today which relates to my project I'm working on.
Im doing some sort of Gangster characters, but going for an african/tribal vibe to them. Trying to mix up genres and be more contemporary - I don't want all of my portfolio to be sci-fi or fantasy.
Edit - TOTALLY forgot. Found out about this guy. Had seen his work before but never really paid it much attention. Looked through his blog, and its blowing me away.
He works for Bungie, did Halo Reach stuff (go thru the blog to find it). Its fucking sick how good he is
Not ashamed to say this guy is gonna influence me a LOT atm. Hes a perfect mix between all the techy drawing stuff I like, a la Gabo or someone, and the lovely brushwork of Jaime Jones.
Anyways - poot:
.... (breathes heavily)...
That Dorje stuff is mind-blowing. Haha maybe not quite enough to make me physically wretch, but close!
Thats it, I'm heading off to sketch. I have just one crit for your work first.
Obviously you already know, but its definitely best to avoid using such completed shapes when drawing the eyes, and particularly the shadow between the ball and lids. Simple completed shapes really flatten down in any part of an image. On both her eyes, it is possible to make an almost complete (slightly pointed) ellipse of shadow around her eyeball.
Just something to think about perhaps as breaking up those ellipses would give some instant depth.
Lolbbq Thanks man, such an awesome comment, Im glad you feel I am :3
Kostas No problem man, just sharing the love.
Tom Yeah I know, hes totally blowing me away. I really need to do some studies of this guy. Really get something down from his work.
Good crits too. Id post up the other painting I did on Thursday but Its an uni, so ill have that soon, iirc, i did it a bit better, but much different approach.
Just some doodles, been away for weekend, My role of doing work seems to keep getting interrupted, but I seriously don't see why I wont be posting most days now. I'm gonna try a study everyday, so hopefully ill have that to post.
Except days when I'm doing NDA stuff
Some more buildings, I need to think of some more bigger-contrsuctive ways I can work with this stuff, maybe incorporate it into a Uni project.
Hey Phatandy, I havent been on CA for a while. But after checking your thread out again I see you have been raging! Great updates, I really like the latest digital of India (I presume), there is a great sense of simplicity in it, i really like that!
I also really like how you are doing your studies lately. very inspirational
Keep up the great work
I dont even...
Fetsch - Thanks buddy, appreciate the love. Your SB is awesome, great work!
And my project Im working on. Started blocking in colours but not enough to show.
My linework - hopefully I can carry most of this through. I quite like some of what Ive got here.
great stuff andy. Obviously it isn't coloured yet, but keep an eye on those feet. At the moment they look a little off in terms of sitting on the same plane.
good to have you back to posting
Pfft, so much work.. so little time.. And here I am trying to make my own website wich I make so little progress on... Blargh! Good job on the oils, I really like them! There are many more colours in skin than you are using though.. Don't know if i'm stating the obvious here, but I said it! It's too late now!
Really enjoyed those interesting building ideas - I've done some in the past purely for shape design but this makes me want to pick a concept to help flesh them out. Well done! I really like the 4th and last one, almost shaped like a water dam.
Luckers Yeah, without sounding like Im pulling out an excuse - the painting has MUCH more colours than comes across in the picture. The scan seems to have given everything a very pink tone to everything. Ive got more blues in the shadows and the main strong light source puts a lot of oranges and yellows in. Its a shame it didnt scan well - as putting colours is in is something I do a lot of. Most of the time i put too many colours in.
I might have to try some adjustments.
Yor Cheers dude!
Jakers Well spotted, that was actually the idea - the idea for the 1st and 4th were like dams. I had this cool idea of using the water as a defense for defending the tower from the dry side, and obviously you have water on 1 side. The only problem is the cliff on either side... didnt really consider that. lol.
Anyways, thank you, glad you like em.
And todays few hours work - taking this bad boy to colour. Im sort of enjoying where this is going. I seem to have learnt something along the way, although its not great, its going quickly and easily. Its flowing nicely. So ill have time to finish it, make adjustments and work on refining some stuff.
Also, if you guys could post some feedback on what the contrast/brightness is like, I would very much appreciate it.
On my main monitor - obviously, its fine because Im working on it - but my second monitor it seems insanely dark - but i dont think its calibrated badly.
On my main monitor, I seem to be working right down in the darkest bottom of the pallette. Makes me think that Im working too dark because my monitor isnt set up right.
Feedback would be helpful.
There is excitement in your brush.. and that’s good!
I also much appreciate your links to other great artist. Lots of good inspiration.
Thanks Bergulf. Appreciate it.
And it goes on! Probably gonna do some more tweaks here and there, but mostly done. It was supposed to be a quick project. Ive pretty much done it in 4-5 days so not bad.
Probably about 6-8 hours on the painting, it went quite speedily.
Crits are always useful, I might spend a day next week putting in anything I/you can think of.
The figure of posting # 630 is awesome! Post more of your pencil drawings, please! Added your Sketchbook to the pencil masters list.
When I saw all you moutain.integrated environments / buildings, I just thought, that would be an interesting object for you.
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Surus Thanks! Wow, Im not sure I'm that good.
I'm blushing just thinking about the other people on that list, haha!
Ive never seen that one before but I LOVE buildings intergrated into the scenery and landscape. Its like a little fetish of mine.
Theres some amazing Red Indian stuff, and some Indian stuff where the buildings are carved right into the rocks. I love that shit.
Cheers for the links.
Unknown Cheers man!
And I punched this out just, just over 2 hours work. I was thouroughly suprised how quick it came together. I started working with lots of photos just overlaying them, building up the background shapes and stuff. It saved me a lot of time instead of having to block things in the background and build up that ground etc. Was a very useful technique.
Lets me knows what you fink!
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I love the rock in this one. Lol. The colours overall in that image are so interesting.
I'm not that interested by people, but yours are so convincingly full of personality.
These building sketches are so lovely. They look like theme park buildings.
But that last painting really blew me away. The colours, the highlights, the magicalness and the TREES. The trees are magnificent. The colour amongst them and the sense of light breaking through them is incredible. And in 2 hours? Can I purchase some of your skill please.
great pieces!!!lovely textures and brushwork
The contrast and brightness of the piece in 678# looks ok,looks balanced
Maybe an overlay(with the mode, in lowered opacity) of some color would unite better the whole piece, and also will make the shadows some more colored.
keep up the great work!!!
Holy shit edit!: Totally forgot comments cus Im a d-bag.
Tom - Thanks man!
Hajime - If i knew how to sell my skill I would, I could do with some money right now and that sounds easy.
Kostas - Good call bro, I was hoping to paint a more desaturated sort of lighting and more ambient, but I think your right that the shadows have become very dull and need more colour. Im planning on doing some revisions of some work soon, so Ill do that. thanks!
nicky - Cheers!
Justin - Thanks a lot man, its great to see you posting again. Thanks for the comments,
Everytime I seem to do work lately, Im either doing NDA or Im doing boring pages which are just tonnes of little thumbnails and loads of writing all over them about some crap you probably dont care about.
But atlast, Im starting a full project which is gonna give me time to do loads of studies and loads of ideas and proper sketching etc.
Basically we get a book published on my Illustration degree with everyones work in it. We have 1 double page spread to illustrate a quote of our choice.
So basically, Ive got to just make a single fucking awesome balls to the wall painting, which hopefully I will.
So ive just got some sketches of character ideas and shit like that here. Also some studies of Nigerian men I did for my that painting up there ^^^^^.
In the mean time, Im sure you guys have heard of Alphonse Mucha, but you might not have seen THESE BAD BOYS.
He painting 20, YES 20, fucking supremely badass 15ft high canvas' of sheer awesome. Because hes a boss.
Probably some of my favorite paintings ever right there, it popped up on the Lines and Colours blog recently and it reminded how awesome they are, and how i NEED to see them in real life. Go looksee.
And my crud pile for today. NEED to get back into sketching, and sorting out the idiotic fact that I simply forget EVERY time I start a head, that the space between the eyes is 1 eye. I know it, and I think about it. But fuck I dont do it enough. I think im gonna tattoo it inside my eyelids.
Edit for some stuff Im noticing - Im getting bored/impatient at the bottom of the pages, I need to make sure i keep my attention to detail up as I go on. The last ones always feel rushed.
Bigger is much better for me when It comes to drawing heads. I cant get any of the proportions right at all, when Im working small.
Edit2, Im not putting anywherenear enough variation into actual face parts. Like my noses mostly look the same, same for everything really. Need to work on that.
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looking good man! like the african people paintings. I noticed sometimes in the very background it gets a bit flat, but its easily solved by just defining the planes- always think light/shadow and front/back/side even for the simple bg parts.
that environment is solid for two hours of work.
the only real issue is that the elements do not seem uniformly lit. i can see light hitting various things, and how they react to that, but i dont feel like light is hitting the entire scene as a single atmospheric event.
one really, really easy way to fix that is to flatten the entire image into one layer and throw that on top of all the others. head to levels or curves and dim the entire scene down, pushing and pulling your highs and mids to get a scene that is fairly evenly within shadow. throw a mask on the layer and swap to a big, fuzzy round brush and paint into the mask, revealing your layers below. it allows you to paint with light, rather than paint objects with consideration of light. think only of light and atmosphere, a la sargent. be creative with it, but fudge it in a fairly believably way. control the mood
does that make sense? i can do a 5 minute paintover tonight to illustrate the point better