an illustration I did for a contest recently:
(based on this acrilic painting):
Somehow my subscription to this thread isn't working
Anyway, now that I'm here: Lot's of good stuff. I especially like the one in post #451. Good lighting and shadows, which kinda makes up for the rampant brushstrokes.
However, something that strikes me in all your paintings are the direction of your brushstrokes. A lot of the time it looks like you just slapped the colour on and paid no attention to the direction of your brush. Try following the forms you're painting with the brush.
Hi Hai, thanks for the comments. About the brushstrokes do you mean on the work on page #431, or in generall? In that work I wanted it to have a sketchy feeling so I decided to do some bold brushstrokes, some of them didn't work very well though. In generall there is still a lot to learn and improve I know...
this is a wip, I have already finished it but don't have a pic yet, the final version has a orange background contrasting with the black and white figure, and I made some changes in the face that has made it worse... I hate doing portraits...
Well, for example that last one (both in the last post and in # 452) on the stomach it seems you've moved the brush in a circle. Which isn't appropriate for the form (unless she's supposed to be pregnant, maybe). And in post # 451 you've got a weird, thin line going down his left shoulder and chest, which flattens that area. But you've got some lovely lights and shadows going on in that piece, and the sky looks great.
Whoops.and... she is pregnant.
Well, the only reason I considered that was because of the direction of the brushstrokes. You need to add some more shadow, 'cause it looks rather flat for a pregnant woman.
I'll give you one more example. If we return to post #451 (again), in the stomach area (again) there's a lot of small brushstrokes in different directions. Horizontal and diagonal lines mix without following the form underneath. This applies to the chest area as well. So basically just imagine the form underneath and follow it with your brush.
Last edited by Hai; July 25th, 2007 at 08:56 AM.
I think you are doing great with those acrylics man. I have just started using them as well but i will have to get better pics of them. I really like the last page also. I am a sucker for cartoons. and your faces are getting better and better i believe.
I loved post #460, man, great work! What about showing us your approach to a fullbody cartoon? I would love to see that
Whoa dude.. It has been too long since I replied here!
I think you're doing great, heads are definately improving, keep up the heads from ref as well as from mind and I think you're good ^^
The rendering on that skull is absolutely mindblowing.. I'm totally in love with it. It has some abstract shapes in them but it's still realistic.. Very cool effect!
Well.. Keep them updates up.. I'll try to be a good critter on your next update ^^ sorry I don't feel like going through all your posts since I last posted..
P.S. from the paintings I like the second and third most.. They're very different, second being very graphical and busy and the third being so simple. What I like about this is that it reminds me a little of Egon Schiele's work colour, and subject wise (and I love Schiele's work ^^)
Last edited by NoŽ; August 15th, 2007 at 04:40 AM.
Been a while since I was last here, i was surprised to find so much comments, he, he.
sorry for the late reply, I wanted to have something to post here before I would say anything.
Thanks call0ps, I will try to do more.
requiem- thanks, i am not very fond of doing too cartoony drawings, so I suck at it... maybe in the future! waiting for that argument!
Hi marleen thanks for all your comments, yeah I love Schiele too, even though I hadn't that in mind when I did that one. I like that piece even though you are the first one that says something good about it!
and here is a sketch, I haven't been doing much, I have other stuff keeping my time now.
painting WIP (acrylic on canvas, 90 x 80 cm)
I am updating my webpage, if you try to access it you may have some difficulties, especially the english version.
the portuguese version, is still up, but still has few images: FIL-arte
Last edited by voraz; September 6th, 2007 at 05:31 AM.
I like you colors, very interesting
You do lots of work, that's good. Your animal paintings are great. I really like the black panther, and the cheeta. You have some good painterly skills, the seascape is quite nice and the clouds behind the boat driver are real sweet.
You need to work on anatomy a lot though. Take a life drawing class and it will turn your world upside down. As hard as you work I know you'd be unstopable once you got some good anatomy skills going.
At any rate keep doing what you're doing.
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You have a great sb going. You clearly have that internal drive that keeps one from letting any piece get boring. You're constantly looking for ways to drive interest and express. It shows.
I tried to think of a crit that might be as helpful as possible. Here's what I came up with: push for more depth. There's a tendency to flatten. The concept of atmospheric perspective and far/mid/near planes one sees in lanscape work translates to all sorts of paintings. Some of your backgrounds are fantastic, but there's a tendency to punch-up things across the board and that can flatten painting. Art is often all about emphasis, and that could mean toning down certain elements of a painting even farther than you might think is necessary (in order to push-up others).
Keep up the great work!
It's been such a long time since I've been here.. Sorry man ^^ You're posting really nice stuff..
On this one I actually liked the very first stage best! That first figure has much more movement and emotion in her than the other ones, they became more stiff in the later stages. Very curious.
This last painting you posted looks pretty nice I really like the face of the left figure. The clothes are very nicely rendered!
On the neck muscles and collar bones: you seem to make them a bit too prominent, they stand out too much, like the muscles are very tense, and the collar bones stick out a lot. Usually some higlights where the collar bones are are enough to show that they are there.
Well overall: muchos improvement!! Really nice stuff man!
Something to try out is maybe make some studies of different poses before you start a painting? So you figure out how you want to have it before you paint it?