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'Ello there, I'm Kaye and striving to improve, i hope to continue this indefinitely
I've been meaning to start a sketchbook for a while but have always been telling myself that I'd be too busy to keep up with it...but I realized I'm never gonna stop being busy so I might as well go for it and try and stick with it.
Anyways, I'm hoping to improve in areas of
- more original work/concepts/ideas
- human anatomy
- movement/dynamism in composition
Will try to get some traditional in here as well since it's something that I'd love to improve in, especially with watercolor.
I will try to post only things that are within the 48 hour range
But for this post, let's just start off with a couple of things in my sketchbook...
I'm always open to critiques and will love you more for it!
Last edited by Duplicitious; August 22nd, 2012 at 01:01 AM.
@Jacky-Boy thanks! gotta stick with it
I'm definitely gonna go borrow the anatomy book from my school and work at that
more stuff from today
posemaniacs 30s studies
posemaniacs 30s studies
study from one of my photos and one from Vishstudio@dA
Last edited by Duplicitious; June 6th, 2012 at 01:27 AM.
As said, great studies. I really love the pencil drawings in the first post.
For me, though, Loomis is the easier read.
I love the energy of your lines. They're so lively! Your studies look really great so far, I think my favourite is the first image in your first post.
It'd be nice to see something more finished from you!
@PoisonIvy definitely will check those guys out! thanks~
@Clur, I have an irrational fear of finishing pieces...aha I'm so scared that I'm going to screw it up somehow, but I will try to start and finish one now that you've brought it up
some more studies, lots of backs because that's mostly what I see sitting in school xD
some things from my head, I find that the more I do realism studies the less creative and the more I seem to hit a blank wall when trying to come up with something original, help? anybody else have this problem? ):
finding it tricky to do texture with watercolor, especially metal, but will keep chipping away at it!
Hey Kaye! Nice stuff happening here. The skull on the last page is awesome, and I think the texture works very well.
I think you have very nice rendering skills, but the figure construction can definitely use some work. When I look at your figure drawings, I see very nice gestures and proportion but the form sorta gets lost. Maybe pick up a figure drawing book and copy from it?
THE mermaids are great, the one on the right has very nice gesture and form. The one on the left though is a bit stiff, and the neck is very long(I know, easy to mess up when there's too much hair).
I know what you mean by can't come up with anything, I used to have the problems all the time, but I've come up with some ways to counter it.
1) Just think of a story I want to draw. Like instead of drawing just a girl standing, maybe try to draw a shy girl walking out of the train station looking for her puppy, or draw like Arya Stark or Tyrion Lannister(if you know what I'm talking about) or something.
2) Or I would make some completely random lines and try to see something in the chaos and turn it into a figure. Works really well actually, that's how a lot of character designers come up with designs.
3) Sometimes I would pose my body in a certain way and try to replicate it with drawing. Nothing original I know, but a great excercise anyway.
Anyway, you're making great progress my friend. Please keep on, I'll keep an eye around here(and give you some long-winding rambles from time to time >___<).
thank you so much for your helpful reply, I love long messages so lots of brownie points flying your way!
I completely agree with you, I need to focus more on my fundamentals in terms of form and shape instead of rendering and detail
Been looking around for some anatomy books and have downloaded a few off the internet but will hit those old book stores and the library as well, any one you prefer?
thankyouthankyouthankyou so much for giving me some ideas on how to approach that block, I will definitely be implementing some of those from now on!
thanks lots! shall work on that
it's been a crazy past few days, so much homework, I wish that I was out of school...
Watercolor seashell, I feel like I'm getting slightly better, but I'll keep working at it. The texture part of watercolor is still giving me trouble...
trying to simplify complex forms into basic ones
more forms and some studies from an anatomy book
more watercolor, the female down below is unfinished
a exercise to get better at controlling brushstrokes by trying to draw varying weights of lines of colors with the smallest amount of space between them
Wassup Kaye, nice studies all around. Definitely improving. Keep doing those structure studies. Those would be very useful. I like the boy in the fur coat as well.
The photo paints are nice, but maybe you should choose more classic lightings with strong Chiaroscuro? Even lighting is the hardest to paint and it doesn't really teach you much about structure.
Here I did a quick paintover on those 2 studies. Really really simplifying your values would make structure a lot stronger. Try really thinking about plains even though it might not be obvious.
For a start though, maybe find faces where the plains are stronger? It would be a hell lot easier paint.
Last edited by Aaron_; May 31st, 2012 at 12:28 PM.
@aaron hey! lovely to see you around again thanks for smacking some sense into me again, definitely shall get some stronger lighting oh sensei
more watercolor and just doodles
more watercolor fruit xD and an idea for the layout of the tarot card
anatomy study from book
gestures! hopefully w/ more volume/form than before
some concept art for a tarot card that I'm designing as part of a group project thing, I'm doing the star, thinking of doing the final in watercolor with a pre-raphaelite type feel... but not sure yet
some watercolor faces from my mind, heavily influenced by agnes-cecile on dA
Last edited by Duplicitious; June 2nd, 2012 at 12:39 AM.
Lovely watercolors, reminds me that I failed that class tho.
Me again! Thanks for the crit in my sketchbook.
Those gesture drawings look great! They've got both movement and volume, which is hard to balance sometimes. Also I think a pre-raphaelite look would be very appropriate for a tarot project.
Your watercolours look pretty sweet, but the features look a little over-worked, especially the eyes. Maybe try not outlining them so darkly? Also the top of the second girl's head cuts off kind of suddenly, but you could probably fix that by adding a bit of volume to her hair.
@TNiznet it is very much so great for getting loose
@Izaya-Shirow hey! no failures if you learned something
@Clur nice to see you again thanks so much, I'm glad that something's working. I totally agree with you on the watercolors, it's hard for me to let go sometimes and I tend to overwork my watercolors so I will keep that in mind next time for when I'm doing them. Totally noticed the girl's weird hairline after I put it up.....= = shall fix!
not much done today, procrastinating major projects = nothing productive gets done ):
a character concept from my head that may or may not get colored and some more gestures will try to do better tomorrow
OH my gosh your inks are beautiful in your second post. I haven't even finished looking through you SB, but I need to comment on them. What's your strategy for gesture? Does it just come naturally for you or do you take a certain approach? Either way, they have so much life. I love them.
Thank you for the advice you gave in my sketchbook, I appreciate it so much, forms are something I struggle with because I've always rushed through them. And it's funny because I didn't even realize that's where I had the most trouble until I started getting active with CA a few weeks ago. So good to know, thank you for the link as well. I'll be stopping back by to return the favor!
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i think you most more study anatomy.
thanks for stopping by my SB.
I can never thank someone enough for posting useful crits and advice.
Nevertheless, I do try and return the favour,
In all honesty most of the crits I can give in regards to your work is mainly on the detail looks off here, or this could use a bit more rendering there.
(for example the last watercolour face in post #12 feels like we should be able to see more of her left side so it breaks the illusion. Its a difficult angle but judging by the other stuff you'd probably handle it better than I can atm )
I feel its not really much of a crit if its something that can be fixed by investing more time in the artwork. I think it would help if you chose to try and bring some of the digitals to higher finish. I myself struggle like hell after the 4 hour mark since thats when I just begin to lose interest. (also cause its when I notice huge flaws in my foundation process -.-; )
I'm envious of the quality in just the first page of your SB! Hopefully I can catch up!
If I could give a recommendation i'd say do more hard surface studies. I try to mix up between soft (organic schtuff) surface and hard (industrial/man made) surface. I think that you'll obviously specialise in what you prefer but the versatility in the foundation will make you stronger as a whole. Hope you understand what I mean.
Keep it up! hopefully this CC helps in the growing process as yours is helping mine.
Your watercolor pieces are really nice. With that being said, I suggest that you study up on texture.
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Wow, loving the sketchbook. Its really good how you're doing so many different things, and also using many different mediums. I always seem to get bogged down doing portraits when i should do something else the will benefit me much more I think ill try to take a leaf out of your book Keep posting!
Beautiful sketches, they have so much energy! I especially love the mermaid sketch in post #3 (though the placement of the spine feels a little far to the right).
For a crit though, I must echo some of the other comments in this thread in that I think you should spend a little time attempting more 'finished' work. There are so many gorgeous little sketches and studies in this thread that have potential to be really beautiful images if only you spent a little time on them. But I totally understand the fear of finishing something, because if you never finish it you never screw it up. My suggestion is that you try doing really small finished studies just to see how far you can push an image or even how far you would want to, at what point is the image 'finished' and what does that look like? Find a small, simple object, something that you can sketch out quickly and get through to the final stages fairly quickly, and use that as a test. It's just a study so it doesn't matter if you don't really like the end result; you'll learn from that and do something different next time.
Good studies, very good, I think the ones without the ink wash are better, you're loosing some strenght on the line in the washed ones, also, nice digital artwork, I need to learn that...
Wow great updates. Well, no crit this time as there are quite a lot of great crits already. I like your loose works a lot, the watercolors are beautiful and the gestures are looking very good. I think they're stronger than your longer renderings as of right now because they're much more confidant, you did say you love rendering though >____>
@LukeStarkiller thanks so much! and generally for gestures I've always used to do the 30 s drawings before as just contour drawing/outline types and now I just block in more forms hope that helps!
@DragonLe i definitely agree
@Little-Maiden yes, details, I think if I feel like it's too far gone I just forget about it xD and with watercolors it's such a balance b/twn overworking /not working the piece enough @__@
I completely agree with you in my surfaces, I'm not very adept at any hard textures aha...to many humans. thanks for the help!
@FightingSeraph thank you! running for more texture-y things
@DanBK thanks for the kind words! I never feel like I do enough xD have to fight the urge to do faces all the time...
@dierat i will take that advice and try to work on a smaller scale, let me set a goal to pump out 25 mini finished pieces
@JeanFumero thank you! i'll keep that in mind and try to maintain a balance there
@Aaron hey great to see you again! it's all about that confidence aha or lack of anxiety
movie shot, will be doing more of these for environments and to learn bit more about texture c:
okay with this except I lost a lot of the texture on my rocks in the front cause I had my monitor colors all screwy = =
should have pushed the details in the background a bit more :/
#1 mini piece
more work on the female huntress/too much hunger games
Lets keep on doing more *_*