Thanks for your comments my friends here's a new wip. Let's face it tomorrow again!
Hey guys! Here's a new update AND the video I captured while painting that image. Maybe you have some advices for me Thanks. I like How I Met Your Mother.
try to imagine the head as a 3d object with planes and different values on each plan, look at Loomis book drawing the head and hands for a better understanding of this subject, keep going the effort shows.
Thanks Danny! I did zoom out more often and more far away from me. Stood up etc and tried to figure it out. So here's the final version I guess/hope! It still needs a lot of practice to learn how to get the correct distances between the features and the right ankles etc, need some advices if you guys have some sort of. It's important to get THE features of the face I am drawing, so that anyone can see who it is on the first few seconds.
The last one is maybe okay proportionwise. Not sure right now.
Last edited by Charmer; October 17th, 2011 at 04:54 PM.
Some cityscape doodlin'. I think I like it's roughness.
Doing lots of anatomy studies this time. Maybe I'll post some of those in the next days. I always try to get the "feeling" of something. Painting really rough this time.
Hey Guys! I got my Intuos 4 and what can I say... I love this thing so much! Can't lay my hands down in front of it.
Did a whole lot of work the last weeks and the best stuff I'm going to show. My virtual design study began some weeks ago and everythings just awesome.
Here's a portrait of a friend of mine. She's a beautiful girl and I tried to capture that, the colour is not original and nothing is picked. I really wanted to get use of my color studies but I know I have to work hard on faces, especially when it comes to getting real faces onto paper/canvas. Can you recommend any books or do you have tips for me? I wanna fix that portrait stuff. Its the most challenging thing to me this time
The Character Design is just some random doodling of a walking Bird without wings. Just liked it in any way.
Some eyes of course, I did lots of other anatomystuff into my sketchbook but got no working scanner now and I'm too lazy to fotograph them all.^^
The "Princess"-alike thing is some sketch from mind in my sketchbook which I just drew pretty fast in illustrator and colored in PS. We have a lot of stuff to do for school but I promise you: I'll be so much better in 3,5 years when I am done here. Man its so amazing. The b/w landscape is just a quick sketch I did when my Intuos arrived.
Hope you all are fine and sorry for the big delay. I'll be posting a lot more often from now on again. Keep it up my friends,
Last edited by Charmer; November 10th, 2011 at 06:35 PM.
Madagascar Girl. Painting time ~45 minutes in Photoshop
Feels like my colors are getting a lot better, feels more natural to me to just use colors without thinking a lot what works in which way. Unconcious painting rules
Last edited by Charmer; November 14th, 2011 at 06:09 PM.
Thank you Danny, that pushes me a bit more again! I think I got the drive to rise as a painter
Here's a portrait of Hayley Williams. She's the voice of Paramore. I need to fix the problems in portraiture. But where shall I start? I know the proportions but... I always get away from the way being lost in details and trying to fix something but don't know how to REALLY fix it. I just see there's something wrong. Maybe it's my anatomy... Need a good book or so.
Yesterday I just ordered some books:
- Alan Lee and John Howe: Handbook of Fantasy-Art (behind the scences of LOTR, Beowulf etc.)
- Bridgman: The book of a hundred hands
- Art & Fear
- James Gurney: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
Guys I can't wait to see my level in some months. I'll be working very hard to get good. Did a self portrait and a lot of cubes and other forms just to get the basics good.
Last edited by Charmer; November 26th, 2011 at 06:47 PM.
Basically a color study without refs but with my awesome book "Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter". With a very limited palette except the bit green. Everything else is based on the palette in the right bodom corner.
Wow, geile Farben, alter!
Voll gut geworden bist du damit, das Madagascar-Girl da ist hammer gut!
Now crit the shit out of me!
Hi guys. Recently I joined an anatomy study group here. Did lots of heads and head anatomy the last days and I had not very much free time, cause we have a lot to do for school (we have to do our first character design which I am REALLY exited about, more later in the next days :-] )
Here's a Lion piece I did at my Livestream at livestream.com/charmerart
very nice! you've improved quite a bit
art is never finished, only abandoned~Leonardo da Vinci
Foundations foundations foundations! First, learn how to measure! Comparative, see _distances_ and _angles_! Put those strokes into the RIGHT spots! That way, you'll learn how to see and be more precise and get better at drawing. THIS is the one and only thing that holds everyone back, not some fancy anatomy or brush-trick or shit like that. Only that will already teach you everything there is to know conceptually bout the craft!
Then do the same with the very basic principles of mark-making: Values (all relative!), edges (all relative! Linequality in linedrawings)
Alright? Now put effort into more abstract fields like anatomy (gesture, proportion, bodytype, anatomical rythms, bones/muscles/tendons/fat/skin) perspective (linear, aerial, overlaps, basic geometric forms) and design (principles, psychological mechanics, division of space, subjugation of technique to idea/concept)
But all the time, be criticall! Look at your work and look at all those problems and try to solve them. Problemsolving the the #1 goal in your life and your art. The other #1 goal is to be sensitive and piercing with your observation as to what you are drawing as well as what your feelings towards your work are, those and none else should be your guiding light.
None of this involves screwing around with digital media to make bad 20 minute copies of fotos on the internet. I know you are having school and all and you just want to relax after work, but if they don't let you practice the foundations there, you have to do it here, otherwise your art will become generic and boring, you will not evolve as an artist and a person.
Hey guys. Thank you very much for your comments.
Faust, I'm already joined an anatomy study group and try to get anything done in my "free" time which is all around my "school time" I need because we have to learn 3Ds Max, V-Ray, Illustrator, Flash etc and thats a whole freaking lot. And I sat down for like 20 hours now only in front of the iPhone model and my iPhone 3d model isn't finished, still need at least five more hours I guess. I'm really working hard and can't wait to have more fresh air to breathe, believe me.
Whatever you told me, I just can agree. I should really keep on moving on my foundations and so I will. Thank you so much for your comment, really.
Do you mean measuring like Bargue Studies and measuring with my pencil in front of still life scenes etc? I try to get anything like that down on paper.
I personally think that bargue-copies are useless in themselves. They have their use when you have guidance and good teachers that watch over your shoulder, but then you can copy pretty much everything with their help. But again, without anyone giving you hints about what to look for and pushing you to more precision I don't think mastercopies do you much good. Of course you need to be SUPER fucking critical about yourself but facing those truths is a hard one, seeing your imperfection nd trying to face them continuously. It's like those last drawings you made of those muscles. The structure of the heads is off, the form is weak the lines aren't coherent and proportions re off, so pretty much everything is out of place. Of course it's better than what you have done before in those regards, so well done I guess . Also, they serve their purpose when you learnt something about the nature in the movement and the form of those muscles you were describing (Although I think it would be more sensical to actually include the insertion points into your drawing of the action, for instance the sternomastoid need a sternum and the levator claviculae need clavicles to move so you understand the underlying mechanics.)
But saying that, what I mean with measuring doesn't necessarily mean that you learn how to use some comprative method or sight-size. In the end it is about you seeing your mistakes better and sytematically become more precise by introducing some sort of structure into your drawing. If you learnt how to sit in front of a stilllife with a pencil, then by all means, go for it! Use objective, technical method to guide the objective and technical truths, proportions being one of those. When you use your emotions and feelings to determine them you end up with something like this : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1318189801 (I know a great deal of artists who prefer these kind of drawings to accuracy, I understand their arguments). Learn how to really see and stop making assumptions! You think you don't know enough about the facial features, well guess what you're wrong! You know too much about them nd nothing about anything else. Learn the sceletal structure of the head, learn about the geometry of form.
Thing is, I could tell you exercises to do, you probably read a lot of exercises on how to draw there is tons of books in the hobby-sections of all bookstores all over the world about this kind of stuff.
Truth is, you want to know your own way, your own method and seeing nd drawing what you yourself deem important. So all I can tell you is to get more precise, don't settle for anything that you SEE is wrong nd if you don't see that something is wrong, find a way to CHECK. becuse noone is perfect, there will always besomething wrong.
Hey man, thanks for your response. Let me tell you something. I have a good friend who studies guitar at one of the best colleges you can go to in germany. He's an amazing guitar player, fast, exact, in time like 110% all the time. He loves playing guitar. But when it comes to the easiest jobs, he's sometimes playing stuff I think "man, what are you doing? It's time for some chilled scales, not for fuckin' arpeggios from hell". Guitar players who never had that kind of professional underteachment play more "from the heart", which arrives more people than playing "what there has to be played".
What I mean is, that I am almost somekinda critical when It comes to the quest of academic vs. "open" learning. Habits are what CAN make something interesting in the end. Listen to Jimmi Hendrix! Both have their facilities and I am very happy to have you here, getting your advices. And so I will do. I will push it to the given limit (time) and even higher, really. First I'm gonna do my anatomy stuff in the study group here and after I did all party of the human body, I WILL actually draw and paint them very much more correct and often. I've been doing portraits like hell. 5 hours on one freaking portrait in DIGITAL and I sat down in front of my still life for school for like 7 hours now.... with pencil and charcoal. It's like I have to learn to draw from zero, because I never really did studies in A2 with a so critital eye on what I do. I am getting better and I thank you very much for your time and knowledge, this is something that's not to be taken for granted.
Thanks. I will ask myself a lot more questions and do my studies more efficient from now on.
Yeah I agree technique isn't everything and it's the emotions and the expression thereof that speaks to us more than cold perfection. That said, you still need to be more precise. I met a lot of prodigies who don't need advice on drawing, putting down what hey see on paper or canvas, check. Kind of frightening, really because it sometimes makes me wonder wether I actually do the right thing if all that talent crushes me in the end.
Those guys have the exact opposite problem, being always too hung up on technical details, no ideas and concepts, no life, so they struggle to learn the "art" part of drawing. Not that I am any better, but struggling with the technical part teaches me discipline and hard work which in the end makes it easier to concentrate on other aspects of my work. Still, if you were one of these guys my advise would look a lot different. I'm not saying you have no talent I'm just saying you are just as normal and apt to do this shit as any of us. We are not the 0,001% of the population who is gifted with extraordinary sensitivity so yeah, habits can be bad for us.
I for instance always sucked at technique, still am struggling with putting down accurate likenesses and having the values, colors and so on make sense. I consider myself still a beginner in pretty much every aspect of the craft. So I struggle to grow in my art and with the years I see myself growing as a person at the same time so the way of learning is the way that I chose. That said, putting me off as an "academic" is a bit insulting because it implies that I don't care about expression and that I blindly accept what others give me to eat. I assure you I still consider myself selftaught and I second guess every advice that is given to me which I advice you to do as well.
One other thing, I think when it comes to what you want your art to be, other than being "from your heart" or to whom it arrives, I think the most important thing is that it arrives to you personally. A part from being your greatest critic I think it's important to be your greatest fan as well, if you only draw for other people I don't see where you can grow tbh. That is all if you yourself think of your art as a part of yourself or just a job I guess. You live in germany, lack of financial success won't make you starve, but lack of personal growth will destroy you spiritually because the culture is devastatingly bleak-
Faust: I think you did not understand everything as I meant it. I DON'T say that you're an academic and because of this you're like without expressions or something. I know about guys like you said and I know that it's a hard way for me. Maybe harder than it is to a lot of other guys but in the end I love what I do, even though it is very frustrating sometimes to see others grow up a lot faster as an "artist". I'm in a kind of learning about myself-phase. You know, I just turned my whole life 180 degrees last year or so and I'm doing my stuff because I love it. I know I should put lots more of my time into studies and such and it... fucks me up. Totally.
I'd say you ARE more gifted than I am in drawing and painting and you did a lot more work than me that's for sure. Maybe I only think too much. There's too much spinning in my head all the time. Its 03:35 and I can't sleep because I think about my life as it actually is and how it should be or could be in a few months since I'm not far from moving to the city I study in and so on.
My main problem is that I cannot focus on something for a longer time. I don't know why but I am distracted from working really hard on ONE thing at once because I want to learn everything. Additionally I have to learn a lot for school. Just had to learn how to sculpt stuff in zBrush and Mudbox. I want to work hard and I put myself so much pressure onto my chest, can't figure out how to get good in drawing and painting without that.
Maybe it's because I have ever been the 'loser' (for myself) and started being someone when I first started getting serious with all that here. I already did and for the future I will put all my ups and downs, my time and love into what I do. And in the end I hope I can call it art myself. Right now it's all studies trying to be an artist. I want a lot too much in so little time. I hate that, I know about that but I'm not able to turn that shitty habits off. Still trying to find the way out of that. Thanks for everything man. Really.
Cam: Thanks. Really appreciate your comment. I like your blog / videos and I learned a lot from you. It means a lot to me. Thanks.
Merry christmas to you guys!
Last edited by Charmer; December 25th, 2011 at 10:36 PM.
Hey, Charm, bro!
Great stuff you have here, man!
Your discussion with Faust kind moved me, because touched the exactly points that my mind struggles... And was great see more people having the same issues, sharing the pain if you what i mean...
I feel the same things you do, man... Lots of stuff that i want to learn, in little time, put myself in big pressure, and then, feel horrible because i can take everything i want...
Great debate, mates... Thanks a lot for this ideas!
Your improvement from the beginning of this sketchbook to now is just amazing! I just started a sketchbook and seeing yours is very inspiring. I admire your hard work and dedication to both your school and your art here. Keep up the good work!
Hey Leo and Morgan! Thank you both for your responses!
Sometimes you just have to set yourself goals and keep the eyes on it whatever it may take - that's what I did. And what I already do and will do for the future. Here's a study I am not so happy with but I spent 3 hours for it. Did lots of anatomy stuff (torsos, heads and figures etc.) in my real sketchbook but have no scanner right now. So here'S a digital piece. Thanks everybody!