Oh, that's really nice, funfetus!! O_O The third one seemed to give you a bit of grief! Ha ha! All those lines, they'd totally throw me off! I love the first and second ones, though! The first one has a great concept of the lighting!
Some sketches focusing on pose and gesture, and a little perspective-y dwelling of some kind. It's really simple, but, you know, baby steps. The last week or so of my analog sketchbook is mostly full of little perspective tests and crappy spaceships and tanks and buildings. I'm gonna pull it all together and make something cool pretty soon, just you watch.
Wow, really great sketchbook, man! I like your drawings from the photos.
Good stuff. I especially like the variety of figures in the Starbucks sketches. I agree about the dog's shoulder needing some defining. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
My humble Sketches
i really love your quick life studies they show you have a good eye.
The gestures are once again full of life, the kids from school are not the only ones who are jealous.
Whoa you stuff rulez... I like the coloured one with the gunner and the dog.
Risen from the Dead
great updates... its cool to see you picking at your self about the finer details such as perspective. i can see you harnessing your skills and am eager to see what you will do with them in the near future since you have a strong foot in your foundations. these latest post, i really like the gestures, particularly the guy running in motion. w the drapery post i think in general they are a bit light in value which makes some of them harder to read. i really like the top right and the woman in leather on the couch. gwork!
So I spent the last 4 days in San Francisco, and, while I had important things to do (lesbian wedding, w00t!), it was a great opportunity to do a TON of sketching. I just carried my little 5"x7" sketchbook (which started off right -- dinosaur with uzis!) everywhere, and drew whenever I had a chance to stand still. My friends were good subjects for gesture drawings, and there's a ton of cool architecture and just some friggin' CHARACTERS up there.
I also spent a lot of time observing light and shadow, and how colors are affected by various circumstances, having just read a pretty in-depth tutorial on light. I saw a lot of things that I already knew from having read about, but that I haven't really observed out in the wild, plus a few things that I didn't really know. It was awesome. Here are some of the notes I took:
*In daylight, shadows take on the color of the sky, usually blue, due to the sky being a huge diffused light source.
*Values on flat planes are much flatter than you think -- unless the light source is very weak, and falls off quickly.
*Atmospheric perspective is noticeable at a nearer distance than you think. Way before things start looking blue, there's a loss of contrast. I think your brain kind of auto-corrects it, but if you line foreground and background objects in your line of sight, you can see the difference.
*In shadows, the direction of ambient, diffused light sources and reflected light must be taken into consideration, because the form is no longer being modeled according to the main light source.
So, here's the work. The first few are actually lunchtime stuff at work, but the rest is all from SF. I left out most of the architecture sketches, because they were really ugly, shaky sketches that I drew in the car, mostly for my own reference.
hey man, the last round of updates is looks great! Did you go to the wharf in sf? I noticed a sea lion on one of those pages Can't really find much to crit except that maybe you need to start working on a finished piece or two. Maybe you could try multi figure drawings also. As in two or more figures directly interacting together, something along those lines. Either way, everything is coming along nicely!
Oooh!! It's a wealth of eye candy for me!! I want to go to SF!! O_O There's a LIZARD there!! I mean, there are all kinds of expressive faces that you've shown, but WOW!! Even the lizard is lively!!
Your notes are well taken!! I knew of the first because of a tutorial linked from CA! O_O Hey, could you show an example of your last note? I can't quite grasp it yet!
wow man i love the characters! especially the last one, great line work! I like how you are experimenting with different facial features to make all your characters unique.
Crits... well i can't honestly think of much at the moment. Well the one thing i would say is that in that in the bottom left corner of this, on the woman's face, it would probably look better if there were darker values in there. I would also love to see some more rendered concepts from you, any plans on taking that last character to the next level?
What the others said Fetus, give us a few finished works.
Looks like you had great fun in SF..
No big crits, maybe 1-2 of em could use longer legs and about the last one... I think his pants should tighter around the body. Overall great sketches FF, keep it up
Damn, this is fantastic stuff - pretty inspirational no crits from me
awsomeness. love the minor details, the ripples in the pants read really well on that last guy. very nice set of face studies as well. your portraits and people have been looking very nice for a while, its good to see you stepping out of that and doing the monsters and ids stuff like the rest of this forum although u dont seem as comfortable drawing them? the little dinosaur w the guns is badass though, perhaps checkout carlos huante if ur in need of inspiration.
long time no see
so finally I am back to the game hehe
now I can have again a normal life =D
nice updates you have ... that event on SF must have been great! hope you have had a nice time
I don't really have a crit, I just would like to see that dinossaur with guns with some more development and maybe some colors? =))
so, the book is quite good but it got tons of text haha .. but it is a good book ... the good thing is all the time using other artists's reference to describe some process and goes further, when is ok to break the rules
I like it =D
"Dream is not what you see while sleeping ...
It is the thing which does not let you sleep. "
MentalSherpa: No, didn't go to the wharf this time. Been there, though. There actually isn't a sea lion -- you may be seeing my fat guy with his legs melded together. Don't worry, I'll get to some finished pieces eventually...I'm still working on a lot of fundamental weak areas right now.
Jazz: Thanks so much. You should definitely check out SF if you get a chance -- it's a good place. I live in LA, and it makes me ashamed. I'll put an example of my last note in with my updates. I hope it makes sense, it's pretty crap.
Clocks: Thanks, man. I really liked the last character, as well. I don't think I'll take it any further than this, though -- it's kind of a little too silly to bother. It's probably the best comic-style rendering I've ever done, though.
Shea: Patience, my friend. Patience. When I emerge from my cocoon, my butterfly wings will be more beautiful than you can imagine. Hahaha, no. But I really want to get all my issues sorted out before I start more ambitious things.
The Donut, Loolarge: Thanks, guys, I appreciate it.
Kawakaze: Thanks very much, man. Yeah, I had a lot of time in SF where I didn't have any particular studies or anything to be doing, so I just drew some crazy shit. What is it that seems uncomfortable about them to you? It's true, though, I don't do that kind of stuff very often -- never really have, even when I was drawing much more casually. 99% of what I've always drawn has just been people. Usually bald, naked people.
Bruno: Thanks, man. I had a good time. The dinosaur will probably get more attention, because how could it not. I've gotta scan it at a higher res anyway, because my girlfriend wants it for a desktop background. I picked up the perspective book from Amazon -- I've got it right here next to me. I've glanced through it, but I've got a couple other books I wanna finish reading first.
Speaking of which -- I have a really small update today, because I've been doing a lot more reading than drawing lately. I got my copy of Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting by Richard Schmid, and I've mostly just been reading that when I have spare time. It was really highly recommended, but I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. It's very much focused on oil painting from life, so I'm not sure how much help it'll be for digital painting from imagination. The chapter on edges was really good, though. I'll finish it up and try to grok it a bit more before passing judgment. The pictures sure are pretty.
Most of these are heads that I did after doing some studies of the planes of the head. I was going to post those, but I was doing them in Painter, and my laptop just frigging SHUT OFF without warning before I'd saved. It's done that a couple times lately. I need a new computer. Anyway, I feel like I've got a much more complete understanding of the head's planes now.
Here's a quick dealie I did from the New Media Coloring Book. Focusing mainly on getting a good "color harmory". Color has always been a big mystery to me. Schmid's book talks about how the color and temperature of your light source mixes with all the local colors, and creates color harmony. Mixing every color in your painting with one single color is "an exaggerated effect" that "illustrator's have exploited for generations", according to the book. So, I picked a garish light pink, and went for it. It does seem to lend a certain cohesion. This particular color scheme also somehow reminds me of the Gen 13 comics from the 90s.
I'm curious if the robot is mad about your laptop shutting off! Hee hee!! Cool robot, though!
And your heads are good! It's awesome that you comprehend the planes more! I have to work on heads. I've neglected them. XD The facial features...they don't seem to stand out as much! Is it because you're focusing more on the planes? Maybe it's just me today. My eyes are playing tricks on me.
Yaaaay, example!! O_O I see what you mean about the light source! Very true, too! Of course! The primary light source is probably reflecting light onto a surface below, which then become the light source casting those shadows. Maybe??
The colour harmony study is good!! It's tricky figuring out what the surface colour will look like when certain coloured light falls on it. o_o
Hey man, i'm afraid I have no crits..except that the colored piece could be a bit darker but it's an early stage and it has been a few days so it probably is by now
JazzW -- Thanks, Jazz. I think you're right about the heads lacking expressiveness -- probably because I was overly concerned about structure. It's all learning, though, so it's good. I'll put it all together eventually. As for the example -- yes, it may be an example of reflected light, or something else entirely. I made it a bit exaggerated for easy understanding, but in reality (in sunlight, at least) the parts in shade tend to be much more diffused, without strong shadows. The deep shadows are only in cracks and holes and whatnot that light can't seep into. Open shade outdoors is lit by the sky, which is sending light out in all directions, and bouncing it off of everything. And my color harmony study looks pretty dreadful to me now that I look at it again.
Shea -- Nope, it looks exactly the same. That was pretty much just a quick experiment -- I'm not gonna put days of work into coloring someone else's lines. Just an exercise in color selection. It actually came out kinda ridiculous now that I look back at it, but I guess I learned how NOT to do it.
Okay, so, I haven't been incredibly productive lately. I've spent a lot of time reading art books and not so much doing art. Which I don't think is necessarily a bad thing -- I need that knowledge -- but I should probably learn to balance it out better. I also took a couple days where I just didn't draw. I wasn't feeling burnt out, necessarily, but like I need to just chill a bit and do whatever. But in the last couple days I've drawn a lot, and I feel like I've turned a corner. Leveled up, if you will, as we're all nerds here. I had an epiphany. I (maybe not anyone else, but definitely me) need to use perspective grids and boxes and whatnot when I draw figures, and especially heads. I've never bothered much with perspective on non-architectural subjects, but I think the sense of space that it gives me is hugely helpful. I have to credit Mike Mattesi's Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators book for this one. I feel like my drawings are instantly better.
So anyway, here we have a couple of pages of lunch-hour sketches. Then, I got dragged to a birthday party at the bar. I'm not a bar person, so I made the best of it with my sketchbook. Then some gestures, some TV-time drawing (at the bottom of that page you can see the epiphany), a few pages of perspective-boxed heads, some figures, and a super-pissed dude.
cool stuff there my fellow fetus.
Thanks, fellow fetus.
Okay, here's a quick speedie I did today. I've actually done very few of these, and I want to get in the habit of it. Reference is on the right. I kinda started winging it on some of the buildings and whatnot. Colors are all eyeballed. Some of them aren't quite right, but I'm getting better. I wish I had more to show, but I've been in "experimental scribbles" mode for the last few days.
Great batch of reference work and studies! It's a great idea for brushing up on anatomy...so good I'll follow suit myself. I'm used to using Getty images and hadn't thouight of flicker before. anyways, keep up the great work..it's very inspirational!
Thanks very much, silvestri99. I'm glad I could help in some way.
Okay, here's another speedy. I made a couple custom brushes (and wasted a lot of time playing around with Painter's brush engine) for the flowers and the clouds. It's interesting how much detail you can suggest with just a few strokes way off in the background. Gotta love the aerial perspective. I also let the actual proportions get away from me a bit again. Bad habit. At least it's hard to tell on lanscapes.
I like the progression on the man and dog piece, and it looks like you have some good positioning for them. It will be interesting to see what you do with the environment they are sitting in. Good work on your life drawing as well..you have a good knack for capturing poses that look natural.
always a pleasure to come back and see what your doing here. perhaps i chose the wrongs words before when speaking of your monsters etc. i find it hard sometimes give valuable critique to your work, from the few montsers u have put in, they feel like they dont have that loose quality which reads so well in your figure studies. if this is an issue and people are what you are familiar too, draw your monsters in the same respect and just deviate from the normal a little while using the same structural formula. muscle/bone strucutre in particular.
w your last two digitals i think they are great overall, to be nit picky about it they feel like they lack the polish of the darkest shadow values. anyway good work as always. keep it up.
Sorry I haven't been saying much on your SB, funfetus! I'll have to explain myself in a while. But since I'm here, I can say NICE studies! Expressions are great. Your faces get to me in a good way!
Love those figure studies, especially one girl with thick legs! I see what you mean about gestures and movements. I still can't just do it like I used to.
As for the landscapes, they're great practice! Lots of work you put into them! I think something that you might want to add is more saturation for some of the colours. Yours are looking less bright, but all you might need to add are some rich orange, and orange-yellow hues to brighten up the atmosphere in the first pic, and the flowers in the second pic, respectively. Great work, nonetheless! You're getting really good with the landscapes!