Dude really cool updates man what brush opacity and flow do you work in?I really dig the look of the peices.
have a good one
OmertA - Hey man, thanks! Opacity varies, linework is usualy 100%. When painting I lower to 77% two 7's next to each other kinda feels right
100% flow aswell.. never experimented with flow.
More work on the ChoW .. also did a random werebear-thing. Forgot to save the psd and all I have is this wip haha, ah well, if I blow it up really big and render it some more and then resize it back to this no one will notice Not so happy with it anyway, kinda lost it when I started applying colours. Saved a big version of the linework so think I'm gonna re-work it from scratch.
You work pretty fast, that's good to see. One thing I notice, in your paintings you often seem to jump into using bright colors for a base pretty early on - such as a bright skin tone to map the basic silhouette of an entire person. And while it might as a whole seem a bit closer to the end result...
I think it might make it a little difficult for you to really depict volume, and lighting. Perhaps try starting with a darker first pass of colors for the silhouettes of shapes, and then lighten them up as is necessary for your lighting schemes. It also saves you the trouble of having to paint in shadows later on, or at least a good portion of them.
That might just be personal workflow preference, though, but take it for what you will. Fun stuff regardless. I'm also a huge fan of how you map out your pieces basic composition beforehand. It reminds me a lot of what I find myself doing more often than not, in a very similar style, as well.
Oh, you're back! I've miss.. Okay, I'll stop now. haha
How are you man? Really nice updates here. They really do look like oil paintings. I like the way you do the strokes and the colors are great! But as kingkostas said, the face of the female is a little weird-looking. I don't think her right eye and cheek should be so visible, and they look a bit high up compared to the her left side of her face. Hm, hope you understand hehe.
And it would be really nice to see some studies as Benjie mentioned.
Keep up the great work mate!
Last edited by Spaggen; December 2nd, 2009 at 07:09 AM.
Kingkostas - Thanks man, I knew something was off! I actually allready made the face larger before I posted it but I notice I'm still way off (checked some references and yup, heads tend to be bigger than breats, which is not the case here silly me..)
Two Listen - Thanks for your great words, I agree with you. I'm still not comfortable with the way I approach a piece.. I tend to re-invent the process every time. When I began painting these two I was inspired by this thread http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=82263
William Whitaker has some great notes about oilpainting.. What I was aiming for was the gray foundation first and then laying down some colours. I have no idea what I'm doing though.. and yes I've heard that my pieces tend to be a bit flat, and I think it's because I do bright colours early on. I'll try a darker foundation next time!
see you around!
Janos - Thank you! adding purples from the background into the shadow felt really weird at first, unnatural. But it really works actually, to my astonishment it reads much better than the darker browns I had earlier.. still have so much to learn, so much. I'll remake the bear, check around for an update soon
Benjie - Thanks man! I will definitely pick up the studies again, it's only a matter of time - still got schoolwork.
Spaggen - special treatment for you I'm great.. finally found some of the spark again, all I want to do is going friggin paint-spree, but I can't yet. Thanks for the crit, didn't really notice that about the face. I used a ref and they are kinda similar, the right eye should be this visible, I havnt shaded it that's all.. and I think the left eye should be further up, more leveled with the right. Thanks for the input!
Thank you for all your great inputs, crits and comments! will have to put the chow aside for now, bigger things going on.
Mentioned earlier about the ArtOrder blogg and a challenge running there I began to participate in, however havnt had the time to really work more on my ideas there.. the grand finale is due sunday, I really want to finish. Not done much today, more to come this week.
I love your linework, it's so familiar, and yet somehow so much better than mine. You just seem to know what you're doing a little bit more, I think. I've been doing some sketches lately, heading back to the lines and it's not going so well.
This is great stuff though - and great timing. It's really helping to take me back and get into the groove of things again. I appreciate that, by the way.
I don't really have any critiques, even prior to, they're more...an analysis, a speculation of possibilities. All I know right now, is that you have improved a large amount in a short amount of time, and as a result of your honesty your determination is very apparent. That kind of individual doesn't need people like me to tell them "You should do more of this ____", because let's face it - you got yourself here. And you will undboutedly find your own way of doing things.
It is my hope that you're able to get hold of some more free time here soon, and that you're able to let loose all of the various ideas bouncing around in your head. It's a delight to see them.
Thanks for the special treatment my friend, rawr! haha
Really nice sketches as usual. I just love your creatures and the liveness in your pieces. So few lines but so much to see. Very interesting. You've a unique style, be proud! Hoppas att du får mer tid snart så vi får njuta lite mer!
Har uppdaterat min SB förresten. Titta gärna!
Last edited by Spaggen; December 5th, 2009 at 07:22 PM.
Hey sup man thanks for answering my question. dude your lines your lines! there beautiful. keep it up always awsome droping by your sketchbook full of inspiration in here.
have a good one
till next time
I really like your creatures! really cool looking... I should start doing more imaginations stuff more then ever...
My observational skills may be great but i said nothing about my drawing skills
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Please comment on my deviant art I need friends T-T
BUY MY SHIRTS PLEASE - They're awesome.
wow, you are SO painterly in your approach. i am VERY envious. i find it hard to work the same way in both traditional and digital media, but you have no problem. i can't help myself and try to blend every area perfectly (which does not really make for a better image) and your colors have been very VERY nice on your dragons. tremendous control.
my only crit might be that your figure drawings stay relaxed and fluid, but the CHOW figure is kind of stiff. still a good start with color though.
your creatures are VERY nice. you keep a good balance to the figures and push your color in the great ways.
can't wait to see how you grow from here.
Two Listen - Thank you, there is a certain something about your posts. Something inspiring. It motivates me alot to hear, I have to say what you write gets me into the groove too I hope to be able to deliver something fresh very soon
ArtofInca - Thanks! see you around
Spaggen - Hwey! thanks, allways to hear from ya. Jag droppar förbi asap
Man Made God - Hey mate! hehe, oh my life consists of boning. Lots of boning, hopefully more boing when the holidays are upon us! Thanks, for some reason I have trouble doing studies while I'm busy with other things. I only find the time to draw from imagination.
OmertA - Thanks alot for the compliments! I played around a bit with flow, I find it great for when having a rough look at the background, will have to try some more See you around.
My57 - Thanks, glad to hear! gogo do some more from imagination!
Goat27 - Thank you! I try to paint as if I were painting (lol?) I've noticed that when I'm sketching without caring about the outcome, my lines are very fleunt. But when I try to draw something specific I tend to loose some of that.. I'll have to draw more I guess
Kingkostas - Hey friend thanks! see you around
I found myself drifting away.. from art, from studies. From it all. Sometimes we loose track, and sort of wander about with no distinct direction. These latest weeks have been so.
Trying to get a foothold again.. need a break. Good stuff; last week of school!.. bad stuff; exams.
Was tutoring a friend the other day, mostly out of curiosity to see what's possible to convey. We had a great time.. he wanted me to draw a chinese dragon. I explained a bit on how I approach a piece and which steps I try to follow when creating a piece. We streamed my screen through skype, and it went alright besides some minor delay.
Never got to finish it, soon I will. I've noticed that it lacks a sense of depth. There are no shadows to define it's shape.. Light and shadow are my weakest areas. Ah yet so much to learn
I find it much easier to add a sense of depth when working with regular pencils so that is where I have to start. My teacher allways told me to paint as I draw, so I guess I'll have to improve my drawing if I want to be better at painting. oh and I never got to finish the chow or the book-cover contest. Crap.
Thank you everyone for dropping by though. All your inputs and comments are refreshing. It is very much appreciated, cheers!
actually i think you got some very nice lights and shadows here.And if this was more rendered it would seem like a dragon inside a very nice atmosphere.These neutrals here and there gives it great feeling.It just needs more work(and to not alter these properties)
Great piece!!!keep up mate
cute updates, I like. tror ja frågat förut men var i Sverige bor du egentligen?
think u should work a little with ur clean ups, sktechy lines are fine, but it has to be on purpose, define ur shapes, clean up the lines u want to and keep the others sketchy, not just all of them, this mostly emlies on ur latest digital pieces,
anyway, great update, keep em comming ^,^
Kingkostas - Thanks mate, I havn't put this piece to rest just yet.
Benjie - I'm planning on studying half-time during the spring-term. I've applied to some smaller courses, a 3d graphics course, rethorics and a psychology course. I've been accepted into the psychology, however I'm waiting to see if I can enter any of the other.
This will give me much more time to focus on art, instead of having school the whole term I'll only be studying about 2 months.
My goal is to take a year at an art school starting fall next year and then get enough money to study at an atelier, preferably Angel academy of art in Firenze, Italy.
Lotet - Oh there's allways a purpose for every brushstroke, wether it is purely there without a function or adding to the piece. though you're right. Sometimes I have a hard time seeing what I've made myself because I don't clean the focuspoints. Thanks!
I had this in mind when drawing this, less messy lines I hope.
Jag bor i Höör, mitt i skåne liten by hehe.. omgiven av åkermark på alla sidor.
Sketchy.. small challenge at the ArtOrder blogg - http://artorder.blogspot.com/
"Concept Name: Krampus
Due Date: December 20, 2009, Noon PST
According to Wikipedia entry, Krampus is a mythical creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas in various regions of the world during the Christmas season. The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature. While Saint Nicholas gives gifts to good children, the Krampus warns and punishes bad children. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly in the evening of December 5, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas the tradition also includes birching by Krampus, especially of young girls.
Modern Krampus costumes consist of Larve (wooden masks), sheep's skin, and horns. Considerable effort goes into the manufacture of the hand-crafted masks, and many younger adults in rural communities compete in the Krampus events.
In Oberstdorf, in the southwestern alpine part of Bavaria, the tradition of der Wilde Mann ("the wild man") is kept alive. He is like Krampus (except the horns), is dressed in fur, and frightens children (and adults) with rusty chains and bells, but is not an assistant of Saint Nicholas."
The Wikipedia entry has numerous pictures of Krampus, all of where he is portrayed as a traditional satan, or faun-like creature with horns, goatfurr etc. I try not to clinge to the traditional picture too much. Instead of painting him as a faun I want a more neutral take on the topic. Aiming for a demon of sort, though wearing pieces of furr and a mask with horns and such.
Will add colours to this concept and when I've decided on something final I'll sketch out an illustration.
DStraX - thanks mate!
Hey, thought Id just post a quick piece. I also saw Avatar yesterday and it completely blew me away, it wasn't even in 3d .. It's one of the best movies I've seen on screen so far. I'll write more about it later and add some more work - have some stuff to scann too.
Trying out a new brush for now, very intuitive. Used it to work on this piece.. havn't decided whether this is a demon or a dragon yet
Allright! Where to start... hum hum hum. Had a great weekend, first of, holidays are here which means I don't have to study any more
Feels fantastic! It's really a relief.. looking back on the months passed I'm happy of what I've achieved. Could've painted more ofcourse, but I've learned a lot with what I have and for that I am glad.
Saw Avatar yesterday at the cinema. It is a fantastic movie, what I like so much about it are the clichés and that it's quite obvious what will happen. It's not a complex movie so it's easy to just rellax and shut of the brain, leting the mind float away and just absorb the movie.
even though I didn't watch it in 3d I was still utterly stunned by the feeling of the forest, the creatures, the characters. Those of you who havn't seen it yet you definitely should.. if you can't take clichés and a "weak" plot atleast go for the feeling of being in that place and the genius creaturedesign.
The conceptartists behind the movie must be some of the best.. the way they've designed the unique plants and creatures. I stand in awe..
ah it was just such a boost. Really needed that movie now, and I think this movie will have a great impact on many people. Probably making them more aware of how beautiful our own planet is and how intricate natures species are in the way they corespond to each other. A delicate balance.
I'm a sucker for sexy tall blue aliens anyway.. lol.
And on we move. Sat down and worked the Krampus piece today. Had a good time, and I'm geting into the work process again. Was about 5 hours work from start to finish, and I've mainly been using two-three different brushes with opacity set to ~70% and flow at 100 and 65.
Been using overlay and multiply alot, to enhance colours and get a variety of chroma. Still something I have to play around with
Don't know if I got ready for the deadline, nevertheless it doesn't matter. The piece turned out good.
As for the WIP's I flattened several stages, forgot to progressively save them so this is all I could get out of the PSD. There are adjustment layers over these steps. When I painted the colours werent this saturated. I usually add these layers in the end.. maybe I should try to add them during the process. Will have to find out
Basically though it was multiplying colours over the sketch, adding some overlay colours to get several hues. Rendering some of the background and then the body. Finishing with details like the paterns on the mask and the leather.
I think I pushed the highlights on the skin too far. I should've stayed with the same hues as in stage 2 with just a few highlights.
Until next time!
Last edited by DefiledVisions; December 20th, 2009 at 07:21 PM.
wohoow... good stuff... mate ... makes me feel like a lazy bastard ... better get on drawing
last one looks really nice , hmm a bit weird on his/her hip ...you know has one leg up , but can't quite see it one the dynamics of the waist area, the same thing with the shoulder area
nice lines , nice color variation
take care , cheers
loookin sick man keep up the good work.
Giorge - Hey man! thanks. Yea it's kinde flat, sorta like egyptian hieroglyphs. I became aware of that when painting but decided to keep on painting since I would have to re-work too much. cheers!
Sketchibo - Thank you. You're welcome
OmertA - Thanks!
drd - Guess I'll have to work a bit harder then! thanks!
Finished the "burning" piece I posted earlier.. Turned into a hellbeast of sort. Please crit this, does it look flat? I get the feeling it's.. are the colours too intense?
I've been staring at this for 7 hours and can't tell right from wrong any more. Fresh inputs more than welcome.
I like your piece a lot, and I think it works well colourwise (then again my screen is a bit too desaturated, so it might not look as good for other people). The lower body works best, but I do think the head and upper back seems a little flat, compared to the lower body. Great to see your process.