Yes, the one at Taka. In the $7-9 range I think. The first time I went there they told me they didn't stock them and showed me this Pentel "Aquash" set of aquarelle crayons which came with a water brush. That was about $17 for the set. The second time the guy knew what I meant straight away and directed me to someplace near the rack where colored pencils/colored graphite is sold...it was on a low rack and the brushes are in blue Derwent packaging...but it's Pentel inside.Hey! Where did you buy that waterbrush from? Artfriend? And how much does one cost?
As a side note I got the medium size and water doesn't flow out very quickly sometimes when doing washes. You have to squeeze the brush to get the capillary motion started again.
been having exams for the past week and a half...last one on Monday and this round is done. After that comes mugging for A-levels! The actual thing! It's frightening.
I finally did up my website (www.jessicayangart.com) and made a sketch blog on Tumblr (http://jess-sketches.tumblr.com) as well. Seems like Tumblr is where all the cool kids and/or hipsters hang out nowadays so...
Not many observational drawings as of late, and I apologize for that. Trying to organize a still-life session with some friends to produce work for the 'art supplement' you can submit to US colleges in your application.
1. I really did try to keep the light consistent but, well, you see. Mixing the flattening 2D outlines and this painting style is pretty weird, and her nose is messed up. And the hair looks plastic. Time to bring my sketchbook to school to draw hair again.
I found this Photoshop trick for simulating sub-surface scattering when painting skin (copy the shadow layer, duplicate and adjust to a SSStastic red-orange, put below original shadow layer) , but I wonder why it works.
2. sorry it's so big! anyway needs reference
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First attempt at fancy letters (it shows, rather painfully) done at school in my planner.
Text: "Quenta Silmarillion". Figures are not anyone in particular, and I haven't read through the whole of The Silmarillion yet either.
what to do with that huge block of empty space between "uenta" and "S"? my friend suggested a dress but I'd prefer to keep the humanoids inside their "Q".
been getting my preliminary exam scores back one by one this week. What's really surprising is that I haven't bombed everything like I predicted - I guess 'sufficient diligence' normally and paying attention in class is really the key, and I'm fortunate to be the kind who finds learning new things interesting even if the teacher is immensely dull. Art history score today in particular was a pleasant surprise - tied with one other (I think) for top in class
1 month to A levels! omg
1,2. webcam portraits
3. spotted a Noah Bradley webcast and he was painting this! I entered pretty late so just did a little copy as best as I could.
4. (uploading error - moved to end) need to revise the bottom half of the outfit. I'm sorry I didn't use pose ref T_T
8. face reffed from photograph but not hair nor body.
Inconsistent eye level...?
Also slanty bobs are cool but impossible unless you have rebonded hair, sadly
looking sick! proportions and drawing skills generally are getting better and better. the conte stuff a page or two back is sick, lets see some more of that.
the stuff with the water soluble coloured pencils is cool as well, you might have already come across it but james gurney's blog is really sick (http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/) for all art stuff, and if you do get into the water soluble coulour plencils, he does quite a few posts on them: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/se...lor%20Painting ...
going really well, ill be back soon !
Nice progress in here and I like your persistence. I really like the Psylocke and elf girl with purple hair renderings. Keep it up
My Sketchbook: Criticisms and Feedback needed
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
raffix and bishop: thanks mate I've been saving up cardboard (the kind that backs pads of lined paper...) for figure drawing using the conte pencils.
I want to do live figure drawings again (SO fun.) but the sessions I can find are closed to minors! And definitely want to attempt a still life with oils sometime soon, though a fear of the unknown is pretty strong with that medium
1) not sure where this is going, or if it's worth continuing.
2) came from the same sketch as (1)
3) self portrait from mirror (charcoal) - it came out a bit wide and think I need to avoid the temptation to smudge everything together when working with charcoal
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Sucks that the life model class is closed to minors But that self portrait is rad !
Well my UK uni applications have all been sent off! That's one load off my chest. Been digging out pictures for the art portfolio supplement for US apps. It's proving a bit difficult because this year has been dedicated to coursework, and I've never really done much in the way of tighter, more finished studies. Brown, Stanford and UChicago allow portfolios of ~10 images, and I'm still unsure about sending to Yale, whose website copy makes it sound like they want M.A.-level work.
Looking through the accepted/current portfolios thread I have been mostly scared shitless and occasionally lulled into a (false?) sense of security about my own.
specific questions about artworks - would really appreciate comments and advice
- I want to submit one piece from this series: http://www.jessicayangart.com/post/1...res-of-nanyang but don't know which one to choose.
- Am also thinking of including 2 digital paintings from my art coursework this year (combination of 'straight' observational and referenced imaginative work).
- This post's attached self-portrait: yay or nay?
- Are these figures OK? too unfinished?
- The rest will be portraits, figures (if I can get anyone to pose for me!) and still lifes I guess. Haven't worked it out yet, but I bought canvas boards and cartridge paper today. Will try to abduct a classmate to sit for a portrait tomorrow.
I need to touch wet media again! but it's been so long...and still trying to persuade figure drawing session to let me in, maybe I should just gatecrash and bring a parent's letter of consent
another self portrait, compressed charcoal 2.5 hours. Wasn't at a constant angle to the mirror (again, awkward position in bathroom) so the underdrawing got a bit distorted, and it shows. My parents and entire extended family say that it makes me "look like a terrorist" and that I should not include it in the portfolio because it will scare the reviewers away. I'm not bothered by that (and I look less fierce irl, trust me) but I am a bit unhappy with how the face came out too long - which is weird because I measured everything really carefully - and the eye spacing issues I need to get new glasses! can't see what I'm drawing clearly.
There's not much time left to redraw things though - I need to mail prints out by the start of next month to make sure they're delivered to admissions offices in time. I'm only doing these on weekends because I have school on weekdays.
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I like a lot of stuff in here great to see all your practicing and trying new things, and I like the variety of poses you've drawn all throughout, and that you're doing traditional as well as digital. Great stuff! Keep it up
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-Walter Crane, 'Line & Form'
drapery study, my first one heh. This one is going into the portfolio.
I was so disappointed when I put china marker to newsprint for the first time today. the feeling fell short of my expectations, like things are wont to do when you fantasize about them
Those hands, and the cloth you drew really show a lot of improvements. Well done.
thank you Magyar and Iris
did an acrylic still life today, my second one ever~ I always thought grisaille seemed like an unnecessary step because it would get covered up by the paint afterwards, but after trying it out today I've realized that it's actually very useful.
Was going for a gradual gradient towards the top right with the background, but this happened :s
5. my gross palette (wet kitchen towel)
Sent off a portfolio on Friday. Tracking mail online is so exciting haha. I put in 3 pieces from this year's coursework, and padded some pieces from 2009 (the creatures, somewhere on page 4 I think) with work from life.
Submitted this to the critique forum.
happy 11/11/11 folks
posted (OK, fine, two minutes passed while I uploaded the picture) at 11:11pm
30 minute break from studying (referenced). I am going to un-suck my environments arr
This is a forest park somewhere in China. I enhanced the view a little. I was so mystified when I looked at my blank canvas @_@ I really have no clue how to do environments sigh.
agenda for next week:
- two A levels
- two interviews
- one uni application
- line quality exercises
- some basic shapes and lighting practice
- the human body from BEHIND
feel free to call me out if I don't do at least one of those within the next 3 weeks.
thanks naids! my A levels are finally OVER!!!
I feel like it's awfully hard to absorb information from drapery studies somehow...like say skeletons or even musculature stay somewhat constant but drapery is so dynamic :s I can see general trends but it's hard to use them in a way that feels 'correct'.
For some reason your traditional work seems to be of a much higher quality to me than your digital work.
I myself have found that it's easier for me to concentrate when doing traditional work. Would this be the same for you? That would explain why I see this difference.
And I would advice you to try some pieces with a 100% opacity brush. Your digital work can get very obviously digital because fo the stacking of the low opacity brushes.
Anyway, keep it up! I hope to see those studies with the 100% brush soon!
I love how ppl name their threads "learning to paint" or sth like this so I think that the author is a newbie so I enter and then see a next 100 times better than me user
http://www.conceptart.org/showthread.php?t=267414 - c&c welcome
If you do not allow yourself the time to grow as an artist you will forever and ever regret not learning and taking the time. I am at the place and have been there for a couple of years. Mainly because I have had to unlearn a load of bad habits. Be patient, trust your ability to learn and absorb.
Think of yourself as a seed, with proper planting watering you can grow into a strong tree. You are obviously committed, so don't weigh yourself down or try to hurry the process. Really concentrate on technique, but do not let go of your expressive style.
enjoyed viewing your sketchbook.