Looks so fantastic
Today i turned 25, and its almost a year exactly since i started this journey, and it is a year exactly since i did my first self portrait painting. Its been a strange year and its gone very fast. I feel ive come quite a long way, but still have a huge distance to go.
I'll leave with 2 self portraits, 1 done 365 days ago, the other today.
Thanks for viewing =)
I really love your cow from post 179. Your creatures rock!
I read through every single page in your sb and I know it's
hard to see the own improvement, but you got really far.
Look at your pencil strokes in the beginning and your strokes
and hatching now. Its amazing! Keep up the good work.
Working on your own weaknesses is the best you can do.
I will follow your progress :3
You got some pretty solid pencil studies. They are structural, clean and purposeful.
That's what I need to do is hammer on that Loomis stuff again! Glad I can see such good inspiration here in this forum.
Okay, I'm gonna try to critique/comment on several pages of sketches, so here goes!
First, I just have to say--love your pencil studies. From the Loomis sketches to your figure studies (where do you get your references for those, by the way? Are they life or photos?)--you're clearly making an effort not just to draw the figure and anatomy, but to understand it as well, which is great, and you improve over the course of your sketchbook. (Also, on a side note--awesome bird studies! You really have a knack for drawing birds!)
On a random critique note, your post of the turtle in Post 124 is great, but I think it--and a couple of your other creature concepts--might benefit from stronger lighting. You have a tendency to use a more diffuse, subtle lighting, which is great if you're trying to set a mood (like in your COW entry in post 179--that one looks AWESOME), but especially if you're presenting a creature concept on its own, it might help to punch up the value contrast just a bit more--not too much, but enough to highlight the focal points a bit more (the aforementioned turtle's head, while well-rendered, would pop a bit more if you dialed up the lighting/contrast just a bit).
Oh, and the improvement in your self-portraits is really cool to see side by side like that. Keep it up!
Last edited by Meps; January 27th, 2012 at 12:03 PM.
I feel the expression of the one on top is nice. i feel the energy of fear from it.
Tamaira2011 Thanks alot! Yeah i guess your right, i try not too look back at my past stuff, but instead just focus on now and future stuff. I still have a very long way to go, and i appreciate your support. Thanks for popping by
LukasUrvan I'm glad you think so man! Loomis heads and hands is really useful, i'm still learning stuff from it now. Just keep at it and practice as much as you can, the results will come in time.
Meps Hey Meps, the reference for the figures is all from photos, i don't have a life model to study from sadly, but i would highly recommend using one if your able too. I get figure reference from ImagineFX resources which sometimes come on a disc with the issue. And also deviantart, heres a good place to find figure stock http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/
And a good place to find portraits http://www.portrait-photos.org/
Thanks alot for the crit! I think your completely right and i didnt notice it until you brought it to my attention. I'll make sure to practice my lighting and colours more to improve on this! Thanks again
Deepinonespersona Thanks alot, cheers for visiting my sketchbook.
Not been doing much pencil stuff because ive been hammering the perspective stuff recently.
random speedy film still
archer chick study
applied archer chick study
I really need to start looking more closely at the content on those CDs--usually I just oggle the workshops. Thanks for the tips!
I'm really liking these face and figure studies--great job mapping out the plane changes on the figure and face. The muscle studies in that fourth sketch page are looking -awesome-.
Wow, lot's of nice stuff in your newest update. Dig the hatching in you pencil work. Looking great! Also there are good volumes and colors in your photo studies? How many time did you spend on the naked woman and the archer (from ref)? By the archer from imagination: You should implement atmospheric fog...means the leg in the back should lighter and not such contoured like the front on. Keep it up! you are getting better and better. And thanks for dropping by in my sb. I appreciated it!
I just looked at the wonderful winter night starred sky
and your latest work, and I realized that there are very much
similarities between those two things. Something gnostic and mystic
you have discovered. You are using your power on your art skills,
just as Yoda used it on his robe covered hairy body to depilate
himself in holiday time. You are something special, and I feel
so euphoric for being around you.
Meps Thanks dude, yeah imagine fx has great resources. Gotta keep pushin, thanks again for stopping by!
Tamaira2011 Hey! Heres the original ref i used for the archer chick - http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/...et=24#/d2o4byf
I didnt spend too long on it, probably no more than 3 hours, but spent way longer on the imagination archer which i tried to apply stuff from the study. The naked chick i did one afternoon after work, so was about 5 hours give or take. Your right about the atmospheric fog idea, i got too carried away painitng creases and folds in the skin ;D
Thanks for the crit and for stopping by
Ramalooke Hey man! Your right, i need to do much more imagination stuff, i push to work harder, thanks as always for your support.
LtPlissken lol! Yoda is much greater than I. My powers are still raw and unfocused. When i was a child i was carried to the temple of Antherdas and cast down for my lack of powers and ability. Now i'm training the focus, so one day i can avenge my downfall, and claim the temple for my own.
Thanks for being here, to witness the journey, and for giving for great support.
Trying to speed to the process, heres a few studies and imagiantion stuff
skulls, bout 1 hour/hour 1.30 each
random bedtime imagination doodles
The studies are looking great, man! I love that last painting XD That creature has so much personality.
One thing that you might want to pay a bit more attention to (and this is something that I also need to work on <<) is your edges. You have some nice, crisp edges in your work, but there are some times when they seem a bit too crisp. The study of the girl in the blue dress in your most recent post is a good example--at that extreme an angle, it might be better to introduce some softer edges farther away from the focal point (on the arms, the dress, etc.) It might help to create a sort of "depth-of-field" effect and would also give the image a bit more of a painterly quality.
Looking forward to seeing more!
Meps Hey man! Yeah your right, i'm still prity new to working edges, and still have loads to learn. Another useful crit from yourself, thanks alot! I'll apply your advice into future works.
Couple of skull studys under different lighting conditions
shite from imagination, which i got so depressed doing i ditched it.
Need to learn to adapt my work process, be more creative with my ideas blah blah
Love your self portrait - you've come along way!
Wow man, the development in the year is beautiful.
The form and stroke in your work is sick now and your understanding of anatomy and stuff is just chillin'.
The self portrait comparison must have felt great, really sick sick progression.
Look forward to seeing how you continue you develop
alizak Thanks dude, many more to come in the future hopefully.
TFsean Cheers man, i still have much to learn and a long way to go, thank you for your inspiring words and support
Some daily stuff
skull study about 1 hour again
couple of speedy machine studys. Mixin this shit up! 0_o
doodles from imagination, playing with colour and atmosheric stuff which i dont really understand.
Sketchy stuff will have to wait, im lazy and scanning is time consuming. Ill try and do it all in a dump laters.
ramalooke MOOOOOOORE!? thx dude, i'll work on it, my colours tend to be prity shitty ;0
Tamaira2011 Gotta keep pushin, i feel ive slowed down so gotta pick up the pace again. Cheers for the compliments, more still lifes to come ;D
got some new busts, hard as shit to paint 0_0. my respect goes to anyone who tries paints these because their frustrating as f***
aliens film still
Random character vampire/zombie thingie slayer thing.
You've improved so much since the first post! I love the use of different brushes, it adds some interesting textures to the painted works.
one thing I noticed is your figures can seem stiff sometimes, especially in works from imagination. Do loose gesture drawings and try to see the line of motion in the poses, it should help.
Heya, thanks for stopping by yet again!
Your skulls and studies are getting better throughout the page!
Watch out getting too soft and smudgy on the faces though, you need some hard edges to complement it But you're getting there!
Those hands are looking GREAT! And the coloring on those skull studies is awesome--great job there. Also, I noticed in that last character painting that you're working more with edges, and it's really helping to integrate your character with the environment
sharks Cheers sharks, for the compliments and crit. Your not the first to mention my stiff characters =S. Ive done literally hundreds of gestures in the past year, i'll do more and work harder to improve on that. Thanks again.
Pixeltuner hey dude! Thanks afor stopping by, your right, i'll watch out for that. Ive still got much to learn, cheers again.
meps Thanks man, yeah your crit was very helpful, and ive been trying to apply it in my imagination stuff recently. Still lifes are great also for learning about light and colour. cheers again for stopping by and giving your support
sorry for the little update of crap, part time job has rapped me for time. i'll try to do more this week!
still life study - struggled alot and the light changed during the couple of hours which didnt help.
random doodle practice before bed character thingie
WIP on the latest cow.
hello there war! oh, was checking out the last pages of your sketchbook. and I gotto say, I really LOVeD those constructed hands you did. so strong in space; you should really try and bring some of that to your digital pieces too. I'd bet it would push them even farther!
ramalooke Thanks man, yeah my images lacking drama and looking static is a common problem which i suffer. I could see as i was rendering it this problem arising, but i have no idea what i'm actually doing wrong to cause it. I spent a whole day doing thumb nails and messing with composition with this image, ive done literally hundreds of gesture drawings through the past yeah or so but i still suffer from that problem. studying comics is a cool idea which ive never thought about, ill look into it. Do you know of any good comics in perticular, or comic artist which are good to study? Thanks as always man
ashess Thanks man! Yeah hands are a bitch to draw and paint, there something else i need to study more at to improve. Thanks for checking out my stuff
Today is a lame day, i just dont want to draw or paint. I think it might be down to spending so much time into a piece for it to just flop, and not really know why. The time is coming soon, where i'm gonna have to start making some money for a living out of this, and if i'm not able, then i'm gonna have to get a different career path, which i really dont want to do. Living at my parents at 25, giving up almost all my friends and social life and making vitually no money to support myself is beginning to take break me down. Rather than inspire me, its frustrating me when i hear of oher artists, most the time younger than myself who are able to live in their own places, with partners or friends.
Anyways, sorry for the boring rant, heres some more shitty art.
studys from recent c.o.w
still life which failed when my crappy laptop kept lagging.
random crappy sketchy character doodles thing which ill never finish.