My name is Justin Howell. I have just recently graduated from a state college with a degree in art, mostly focusing on graphic design. My passion is in illustration however, but that was not offered at my local university so I had to spread my education between design and in general drawing and painting classes.
I have a great desire to do what it takes to achieve my goals and to one day work in the field that I enjoy so much. I know that I have a lot to learn and have already taken steps toward helping me in this goal. I have already purchased several videos from ConceptArt as well as taken some streaming classes when I caught them on sale. Still, I find that I lack the constructive criticism needed to propel me forward in my journey and that is exactly what brings me to finally posting.
My idea is to post a lot and as often as I can so that I can learn correctly and effectively. Thank you in advance for any comments, criticism, or helpful knowledge that you might share- I am truly grateful.
The first image below is an assignment that I had for class. I used photoshop to create this piece and it is based on several reference pieces.
The second image is also an assignment and it is created with oils and based on several reference pieces.
Also included are some of my sketchbook pages that I've currently been working on.
I am having a hard time working out anatomy and it doesn't help at all that my school only has figure drawing for roughly two weeks a semester. I've been trying to use books such as George Bridgman but often find that I'm just merely coping what he has laid out. Does any one have any advice on how I could practice in this subject area?
New work like the piece below found later in the sketchbook: