Dudes from an art jam.
Wow, your art is cool !
I think your best strenght is expression, attitude, gesture, while you weakness might be landscapes ! :p
I'd suggest to practice some more , and do studies like the boats one at the bottom of first page ! I think it would help you telling stories if you can create landscapes with a good atmosphere in them.
By the way the interior study looks good !
Hope it will help you !
Thanks for the comment
As you've pointed out yourself on the last page, a lot of your colour work looks very flat and 2d-ish. To me it seems as though there is very little contrast, all your colours/values are very mid-range. Do studies from photo's with very singular, obvious light sources and cast shadows. These kinds of photo's often pinpoint exactly what areas are in light, and what areas are concealed in shadow, it will definitely help you to achieve more depth. Other than that your work is looking very clean and tidy. Hope that helps!
Cool sketchbook. You really know how to draw the figure. Your characters are really awesome.
As for your paintings, are you using black to shade in the darker areas? That's what it looks like to me. It's making the colors look very muddy. I would say posts #53-54 show this the most.
I think the reason why your work looks flat is because you are only using a couple of values and in fact, there is more of a range in value on objects. Maybe you aren't painting or seeing the half values or the values in between that? Try painting your darkest darks and gradually build up from there. Your last bug painting is starting to capture the form but parts of the leg still look flat. Also, try painting just basic shapes(sphere, square, cylinder, etc.) with one light source. This might help you underneath how to paint different objects. I think I read in a Loomis book that a sphere, triangle, square and pyramid can create almost any form. If you can understand those, you'll be in a good place. I'm still trying to do that myself. You can also look at some painting tutorials and see how other people paint. That might help you.
Also, even though you draw figures well, I feel like drawing faces is still a weakness for you. Try to do more face studies to understand how the face is constructed.
Hope this helps.
Thanks a lot for the feedback Istmin.
I don't use black for painting, but I've been told by other people that my colors come out muddy (I'm still not sure what I'm doing wrong). I'll just keep up the studies and hope something sinks in. The only way I seem to get past it is by either colorpicking things or starting with a selective palette. As for faces, I guess I do still draw them pretty cartoony. I'll work on that, and the shapes. I hardly ever have the patience to just paint shapes. As for the values, it might be because I've been trying to work on contrast lately too.
In the meantime here's a peacock mantis shrimp I'm tired of looking at.
hey dude, sorry to say that, but before trying to learn to paint, you should work hard on your drawing skills . you doesn't have enought understanding of perspective, volume for now, so i suggest you to draaaw a lot from observation and imagination, and when you'll be able to not make huge anatomy mistakes and have a good understanding of volume, then photoshop will be a gift send by gods, it'll be very easy, right now it's more a pain in the ass ! Anyway, keep it up and cheers !
And I think I get what you're saying Kikinda. I do draw very frequently, outside of photoshop as well- admittedly, it's more often from imagination than otherwise. If anything though, wouldn't painting be a good way to get a better understanding of things like volume? I imagine in large part it's more my methods and approach that are depriving me of those things, and I admit I don't put much time into them, and I should. I've seen a lot of people who work with photoshop and still successfully study things like perspective and anatomy, even on painterly pieces.
Anyway, here's more...ssstufff.