and a pencil from this evening
Gosh, I love your updates so far! I see you've been experimenting with watercolor lately.
I love the playfulness of this sketch here. Everything works as one composition and that watercolor swatch fits right into the environment.
wonderful creatures my friend. The paintings looks awesome
you just jump to the deep ocean of the art study
keep it up my friend
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aahhhh... love all the activity that's been going on in here lately thomas. what a comeback i could have sworn the landscape paints from the previous page were actual oils xD. good job on emulating texture with them.
as for the watercolors-- you seem to have a nice grasp with them. i know you will do great within that medium :3
Wow.. your pencils are mighty fine! =) You put my stuff to shame =) Mmm.. not sure about scanning for watercolours but I don't know whether this helps, when I first went to use my scanner I had to do a 'test scan' first, it was one of the options in my scanner menu, and then I set the resolution and turned off Autotone, then I set my levels/colours by hand in Photoshop, as I said though, dunno whether that helps =) Got no crits really, think your work is pretty amazing, will be coming back soon. Good luck with your next watercolour and studies =)
I like what you did with those animal sketches and the sketches from the post before that. Your lines are really clean and fluid aa ;o; Good luck with those watercolour studies
spaceship - thanks man, and yeah I'm working on that linework all the time! There is no drawing that goes by when I'm not constantly thinking "how could the line variation be better?"
Kungfoowiz - thanks, I do love the old pencil. Thanks for the advice on scanning watercolours - I'll give that a go next time I do one and let you know how it goes!
teapo - thanks man, I'm gonna try my best to get some of it down because when I go to south america in a few months I won't be able to take another set of paints.
qlotzan - thanks again for stopping by. Yeh when I go for something I throw myself 100% into it, like I have done with art. I love the feeling of striving towards something, especially a task as mammoth as teaching yourself to draw/paint.
orochigenocide - thanks! Yeah I have been really into sticking things into my sketchbook recently - especially if it covers up a page I'm really uphappy with.
Thanks everyone for your replies and leaving feedback. Here's another creature in graphite - plenty more of these to come. I think I learnt more about form in this one. Oh and whoever gave me those stars - thanks!
Last edited by ThomasM; September 3rd, 2011 at 09:09 AM.
I went to a black tie dinner last night. I'm never drinking champagne again - feeling horrible now but at least I managed to get this creature done on the train.
Nice updates, I'm loving your lines. Especially the creatures you study with ink.
However, on post #1300, I think the yellows of the jackets stand out too much. Maybe that was your intention, but it seems to me like the hue is a little too pure for the surrounding colours. But hey, that's too much of a nitpick.
Anyway, keep the artwork coming. Looking forward to more updates.
Vritra: yeah I love using ink. It forces me to draw quickly because I feel more confident with my linework when I work fast. I'll definitely practice more. Oh and yeah youre completely right about that crit in the watercolour. Great crit, thanks!
p sage: yeah we're on our way to the final goal one small step at a time! Got to have the passion. I read Malcolm Gladwell's book "Outliers" and it changed my life, and really made me kick myself into gear. That was last march and since then I've not looked back. Working my fingers to the bone with artwork, but its totally worth it.
Another couple of creatures - I'm going to tackle a full oil still life tonight too, after an inspiring exposure to some of Chardin's.
eeeeuuurggh (groans) my head. It was definitely very ambitious of me to think I could set up, draw accurately, and then paint a full oil still-life - all in one evening. Hahaha oh well, I think its off to a quite tasty start, and now that the hangover has gotten the better of me I'll leave it until tomorrow.
must... learn... painting...
oh and I realise that the lid of the pot is a little askew, but I'm waiting for the first layer of oils to dry before I correct that
This is a really great update. Definitely looks like a major step up from the earlier paintings.
Although, I must say, no need to rush these things. Just take your time, and observe keenly. After all, that is one very important aspect of drawing from real life. Also, since this piece is for educational purpose most of all, I think it's important to nail the textures of the different items. Don't fall into a formula for painting, look hard at the objects before you. Getting the surface right is an integral part of still-lifes.
Again, this is a great update. Really glad I decided to drop by.
Looking awesome Thomas! =) Yip, I can't drink either, it craps up my drawing so much, I stay away from the stuff at all costs =) Your draws and the still life are all looking solid.. especially liking your last couple of draws.. tasty work imho =)
Man I really dig your pencil sketches. There were some pages on 42 that I
loved. But these studies stood out to me, I don't know why but I'm always
attracted to technical studies because its what I learn best from.
But yeah I'd love to see more like that!!
Just have fun.
Replies to come later - in a hurry!
WIP to be rendered as fully as possible in coming days
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Hey Tom I love your big ambition and these varied updates are looking great. Glad to see you've got yourself a nice easel, if I didn't have a nice one myself I might be suffering easel envy right now!
In this last creature/robot don't forget about how he would move and function. I can't tell if the whole bottom would twist round of just the feet. Hope that helps.
(P.S. I'm still busy drawing, just not had a chance to update my SB for a while.)
yo man, some awesome updates lately! love the traditional paints! they are looking really nice. also, those pen and pencil sketches are getting alot cleaner, and much better overall!! keep it up man!!
Second night into this still-life and its starting to take shape. and a little more work on that bot. Threw in a lens flare just because I saw the option in PS - and what isnt made better by a lens flare!
Marian - ah I didnt think you'd have gone far! glad you're still around. Yeah I saw your easel in one of your updates - looks great too. Thanks, yeah functionality is something I do need to think about, rather than just "it needs to be more shiny"! Great crit, thanks
NickyBeats - hey man, thanks. Yeh I'm really enjoying the traditional paints, and working in oils is something that has taken a while for me to come around to but its worth it now.
Last edited by ThomasM; September 5th, 2011 at 06:53 PM.
Still life is looking tiiiight. Watch the square 'shoulder' on the bottle. Look for the internal circle or oval to give the shoulder a more gradual shape.
(I can nitpick bottles cuz that's all we drew in art school )
nice linework man, really exciting work here!
I like the traditionals.
My Sketchbook ---> http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...42#post3225942
knut- - thanks man, yeah I'll never stop breaking out traditional work, I always feel more satisfied with something I can actually touch.
p sage - thanks for the helpful crit, now that you mention it I see that the right side of the bottle is a little off so I'll correct that tonight.
p sage - haha cheers amigo
Self portrait in graphite (from a mirror). Everytime I try this its so difficult, but then thats exactly the benefit! Pretty good likeness, although it does make me look very serious, which is a terrible reflection of my general mood! But I'll put that down to a concentration-face
Vritra - hahaha maybe my chin isnt that wide now you mention it, I hadn't noticed that before. But not far off! Thanks again for the kind words, I'm loving using these fineliners at the moment. In fact I'll trot over to your sb in a minute and check for updates.
Finished as far as I'm going to take it this week. I'm fairly happy with it considering my only aims were:
a/ do a still life in oils with a half decent composition/setup
b/ paint SOMETHING on a large blank canvas I had lying around
c/ get SOMETHING on the blank wall in this office (what I like to call "the studio" to annoy my parents)
Check, check, check. Sucess. Now time to squeeze in some more art before a 6:20 start for work tomorrow
Vritra - thanks, haha yeah thats terrible, but glad you pointed it out
Feil Magnus - no worries, ha I'm sure you'll have some crits once Ive produced some more work.