More quickie portraits:
Using a slightly smaller brush for these (3/8" flat rather than 1/2" flat). I think the top two used permanent alizarin red while the bottom was cadmium red middle.
These are slightly better than the last batch, I think.
Thanks for stopping by my sb!
I really like what you are doing here - lots of experimenting, lots of humor! You have some curious ideas for illustrations, and that's the very best kind IMHO... the kind that make me, the viewer, inspired and crazy trying to figure out what is the story into which I am catching a glimpse. I think that pumpkin head girl with the curly-foot dog is my favorite!
@Saramel - No problem! It's a good start to a sketchbook, I'm curious where it's gonna go. And thanks for the comments, I'm really trying to make a go of illustration so it's nice to know some of them are working out. I'm hoping to colour Pumpkin Girl and Gourd Dog one of these days -- the last try didn't work out too well.
More of this week's work.
Children's illo for the porkfolio:
The tortured werepug:
very nice portrait studies and I absolutely love those animal sketches!
Though I don't get to paint the figure as often as I'd like, one of my favorite palettes for figures is flake white, yellow ochre, cadmium red (or vermilion) and black. Give that a try on your next one. You might like it!
@MattSterbenz - Thanks! I've been experimenting with variations on the Zorn palette, I might have to pick up some flake white to warm the portraits up.
Next batch o' stuff:
Continuing work on:
Next time: Bears! Yes, bears. Lots of bears.
The result of all those bear sketches:
And with that I think I'm done with bears. And I'm temporarily (if vehemently) done with raspberries and aspen woodland.
Next up: goats. Baby goats!
IOW 10 is totally sexy
I really like 'Take This With You', it reminds me a lot of the game ICO for some reason and has that abstract, innocent sense of humour that's as if it wasn't intended to be funny, but is.
You have a good sense of the whole of what you're drawing, but need to focus on developing smooth, confident lines. I understand though, it's hard to get a feel for the form without going real sketchy. Some of your drawings like that deer just above this post have those eloquent shapes, kind of 'Chi sketch' as i interpret it. Always like that stuff!!
I also suggest doing longer objective drawing studies, but i guess that's what you're doing with paintings anyway, so never mind
Keep it up man!
Not a bad result! keep it up!
Good stuff! I agree with what Max said about confident lines and such, and I really like your self portrait too. Haha I also almost never paint from ACTUAL real life, I really should!
Keep it uuup! Will be tuning in : )
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Ah, Christmas. When everybody goes on vacation and shows up at your doorstep looking for food and entertainment. Not much work getting done at Casa Vineris lately unless you count cooking and hiding all signs of what a big slob I usually am.
A couple of sketches from our last D&D session:
A fast plein-air painting from Christmas morning. Acrylics on watercolour paper:
@Max Challie: Thanks for the comments! I've probably gotten into some terrible habits with sketching because nearly everything gets inked afterwards. I just expect to fix everything in the inking process.
@Wingal: Thank you!
@NatSmall: Thanks! Painting or sketching from life is a lot of fun and a good excuse to get outside and go places you usually wouldn't. I definitely recommend it when the weather is nice, even if you just go to the closest park and sit under a tree.
I think that after a false end or two I'm finally finished with this one:
By which I mean I'm sick of trying to fix that sleeve... sigh.
WIPs from the past couple of weeks:
I started Thorn back last January and it never went anywhere. I might actually get it to the point of presentability in the next few days.
Love all the animal studies- that bear work definitely payed off for the illustration piece.
I think your work gets a little stiff in places. You tend to keep your figures pretty strait up and down. Even your belly dancer (with the cutest shoes evar) Has her hips and ribcage very horizontal though offset.
Play with twisty, bendy poses and explore the range the body has.
exaggerate actions- look for opportunities to make things asymetrical
Below I played with the poses of your latest post- (sorry my goat looks like it came in on the short bus >.<)
You've got a great story there, so play it up. goats run way faster than kids- so the boy has to really book it- messy hair-flailing- sweat, red-faced - all that stuff.
The lady's going to be some level of surprised- so pick a high level and exaggerate it.
The goat's looking pretty good, but you can keep pushing that pose, emphasize the difference in the ears and legs, look for really interesting silhouettes
You've got some great ideas in here, and a good sense for colours - I think you just need to get braver - explore the character- what are they doing? How do they feel about it?
Really suck every ounce of emotion from an action you can get - even if it's through subtleties like expressions, line weight, and tension.
Happy sketching Hope this helps.
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And once I'm done with the porkfolio it'll be fun to re-do the goat picture because hey -- goats are awesome!
I'm not sure I like the way this turned out... the world is supposed to be like ours but dark, ugly and horrific and it was difficult to make it both dreary and interesting. Still, I guess I'll stick it into the portfolio until I can replace it with something better.
Actually, that would works as an overall critique too, most of your pieces seem to rely mostly on the utmost least shading as you can go with, instead of using shadow to your advantage.
Studying some film noir would probably help, or at least give an interesting challenge. And I don't mean that you should start covering 60% of your drawings and paintings in black heavy shadow, just applying non dark shadows can have a much more striking effect as well as work better in terms of composition and leading the eye around.
"Angel Heart" might be one movie worth checking out for use of shadow in a scene.
Anyway, about this image, like said I'd reference real and non-real abandoned places for the colours and general grittyness. Movies like Silent Hill, The Crow, Dark City, Blade Runner, Jacob's Ladder, all those feature a lot what you might want to convey with the image, and Dark Roasted Blend has tons of articles with photos of abandoned places: http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008...ed-places.html
(though, like said I can't remember if those were mentioned, but I'd stay away from drawing very new looking graffitis on the walls of the city since it makes it look like there's still humans around so personally I'd rather remove it or make it look really old and worn).
Here would be my alternative suggestions for the lighting, though they lean bit more on the night side here, but hopefully they give some ideas:
And another pointer I might give would be the way you cut the tongue in the middle with the wall, which is something I personally wouldn't do with a scene as weird as this, as it may make it bit more confusing for a casual viewer to understand immediately that it's really a tongue, especially because the width of the tongue changes a lot between those cuts (as in it ends really wide but is really thin when it appears again).
Thanks kindly for the detailed crit!
I've been cleaning up and I found my blue pencil leads! Yaay! Must be time for portraits.
Working on finishing Thorn up:
A silly rough for the Year of the Dragon. It is a scientific fact that dragons love steamed pork buns.
Loa of Love, Erzulie Freda for CHOW:
Don't think I'm gonna get a chance to finish this one.
I think these colour studies are starting to do me some good:
I liked the description of the latest Art Order Challenge, and I've recently done a colour study I thought would mesh well with a wizard dressed in white and gold:
Hey, it was Hourly Comic Day yesterday. So here's some Hourly Comics:
And there's another 12 panels where that came from. But I'm probably gonna post them tomorrow because I'm still inking.
And that's it! If past performance holds I'll be doing this again in 2014.
Man, I really need to go to life drawing on a regular basis so I don't wake up the next day feeling like I've been beaten with a sack of erasers.