Gave the cyclops some ears and chilled him out a bit.
Tried using the smudge, dodge/burn to make some textures and build form. When I get paid I'm buying a scanner, I need to start drawing by hand again, since getting the wacom I've hardly used a pen or pencil. I feel like working straight into photoshop may not be the best aproach for me.
I got the idea for this composition lying in bed at 5 am not able to sleep, its not great but I'm trying to see the positive of insomnia. 2 beers and my sleeps patterns a mess these days, I think I slept better when I used to take drugs.
The figure pose is courtesy of a spiderman action figure I found in the street a few years ago, he has loads more joints than the star wars toys I grew up with. Kids today have it all. It also frees me up from trying to draw from scratch or trawling the net for good photo reference, googling 'male figure standing from behind' can bring up some scary results.
I like the last painting, i would recommend u to make some values study and not thinking so much in colors, for example in the last painting, u are using black everywhere and there is almost no mid tones, so my humble advise is to paint in grayscale and then add the colors.
Thanks Shadow, your right about the black in the last piece. I did some changes on it to sort this but it kind of messed it up, the value studies sound like a good idea. I'm going to try and fix the figure anatomy out further down the line.
This new character is an old sketch I scanned, she's a girl I saw at Buchanan bus station in Glasgow. Sadly not all the girls in Glasgow are as hot as this.
Got myself one of those brush pens, no risk of tipping over the ink pot. Used the scanner at work, I need to get one myself. Its got a bit more soul than the stuff I try and do completely on photoshop.
I tried reworking the alien ink drawing in a more comic airbrushed style, its good to work with the brighter colours. My wacom did an update yesterday and now its not pressure sensitive, its a bit of a pain.
It doesn't make much sense to make a terminator a steroid filled Austrian giant. He would have aroused much less suspicion if he was fat and badly dressed. The less said about the accent the better.
hah the church of snake handlers made me laugh - nice work. No crits for you really, other than I'd like to see a few more pencils in here, but thats just a preference thing.
Anyway, keep on doing what you're doing, its looking strong.
You got some cool stuff goin on. You have a lot of interesting shapes in your sketches
One crit from me is maybe to try getting your lighting setup in there and sort it out,
deciding on your shadow patterns and the direction of your primary light source.
They are loose sketches but you can still give some form suggestions a few of your
sketches make me feel like they aren't affected by light. Just my random thoughts,
keep grindin dude
Just have fun.
Thanks for the feedback guys, I'm getting a scanner this week so hopefully I'll have some more pencil and sketch work.
Thats a good point about the light sources, its always at the back of my mind but unfortunatly thats where it ends up staying.
I got some free 3d.sk figure reference stuff with imagineFX so I put a couple together and started this comp, the quallity of the photos are great with lots of contrast. I'm considering a subscription, has anybody else used the site?
Just in case anybody else has had a HP F4180 all in one printer in their attic for 2 years thinking its broken and about to shell out for a new one, try removing the ink cartridges and blowing on them.
I can't believe I've been scannerless for years and thats all it took. Hopefully I'll have loads of sketches on here now. This is the preliminary biros for my fat terminator.
wow amazing work mate! I love your line quality and anatomy studies. Great creative work also! If I could suggest any areas of improvement, I would have to say work more on your rendering (something i still need improve on). Other than that, keep it up man!
yogeshj25: Thanks so much for the feedback, thats the first "wow" I've got from anybody yet, its a real boost. Your right about the rendering, I think if was to spend more time planning then I wouldn't give up before stuff gets finished.
There is definitely more of a hippy new age vibe to this so far, more than I'm comfortable with. All it need is a rainbow, unicorn and an American Indian/dreamcatcher floating in the sky.
Hopefully I can steer it away from the cheesy side of fantasy art and dirty it up a bit.
All that said I'm quite happy so far.
dlincoln83: Thanks buddy, hopefully there is an overall improvement. I'm sure we all feel like our work is going hill sometimes but that means we need to work harder.
I've given up on the little pan character, he was starting to smell of incense.
Using another one of the 3d.sk images, this time I've got more of a plan for the composition rather than plowing in without a clue.
ahh i see what you mean about the biro work. I have hardly touched one myself in the whole time I've been learning to draw, so perhaps its time after seeing your ones. Loving the fat terminator post
ThomasM: Get on that biro mate, it just flows perfectly for loose drawing. Glad you like the fat terminator, I was planning a series of unlikely terminators, fat, pregnant, maybe a baby.
shambok: Thanks for that, just took a look at your work. I'm guessing your not a newbie. My girlfriend saw some of your creatures over my shoulder and thought they were great.
Updating my baseball bat piece, there's going to be some zombies coming through on the left but I think I need to get some reference for them. I drew some in from my imagination but it looked strange with the realistic dude and the loose zombies.
Also some stuff from a game I was working on, it a facebook social thing. Not much of what I did got used but it was a good challenge getting out of my comfort zone subject wise.
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