Sleepless night with some sketches but I am tired as hell the whole night. I'll try to sleep now.
Icecold's tips are very good.
I think a schedule can be good, I made one, I probably won't stick to all the time, but it's good to fall back to, if you son't know what to draw or study. I do posemaniacs warm ups everyday and
tuesday- landscapes and animal studies
wednesday Still life
friday movie stills
and the weekend more of the same, but might not be full days. Are you using all your time on drawing at the moment? Don't know how good my plan is, I just made it.
I found it better to do many of the perspective and posemaniacs and stuff like that with a pen or pencil. And with perspective try to follow the lines through, indicate the line all the way to the vanishing point and rehears drawing straight lines without using shift.
regarding these last poses, you should really look at the structure, for example it looks like in the guy with the sword that his arm originates on his chest muscles.
Hey and thanks for your comment my friend. For now I have some hours a day. Mostly at least 4-5 hours each day. I am about 16 hours awaken and minimum 10 hours of these are CA, DA and drawing.
For now I'm going to do some posemaniacs.
Hey , thanks for commenting on my sketchbook! I feel we're on a similar path in trying to improve. I think you are coming on with your work really well. I'd echo what the others have said in that observation is really important. Maybe just focus on one body part or one part of the face and get really good at drawing it.
I found it helpful to get a book about drawing cartoons and just work through each page, copying the way the artist draws different things. Yes it might feel like cheating/copying, but it all feeds back into your style eventually!
Just an idea thats helped me along.
Schedule is definitely a good thing, but make it reasonable, don't put too many things if you can't afford to spedn so much time on it etc.
About the brushes and self portrait, well first of all try to get more opaque settings of the brush the one you've used leaves an awful digital mark.
Regarding the self portrait, it's always better to start painting the skin from middle tones and hair from darker tones. Go and look how oil painters like to start from darker brown-ish underpaintings, you can do it digitally either, and it tends to work well.
Just keep in mind that the difference between you and the professionals is that they did tons more bad drawings and paintings than you did, cheers.
Did start with darker colours but I think I did too much of lighter colours.
I paint with an standard round brush (have it oval, about 45° and 50% roundness, spacing 1% and hardness 100%. Airbrush, smooth. Flow and Opacity conrolled by pen pressure. I don't get the skin pretty "real" or "smooth", can't find the failure. Sensitivity form the tablet is standard with 1 step more hardness, so it's easier to paint "liquid". Maybe I just have the false technique for that.
For the schedule: I will go to search on the web for others who have an own learning system. Maybe I can get some good ideas from those from things I would forget or practice too much of something which takes the time for other things to improve which are more important.
Will try to get that portrait better.
So far, so good.
I think you have to work on blending the colours/shades. ( http://www.youtube.com/user/RANDISALBION - great tutorials - he shows you how you can set up a simple brush that works perfect for these things )
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I like how you have painted the eyes! There is definately some reward from you observing the image closely. Highlighs always seem to look cool in eyeballs dont you think? Actually i would guess there is a lot going on in that little eyeball with reflections and complex colours etc. I need to practice eyes a lot more too!
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Thanks man! First I have had the eyeballs kept really easy. Then I've added a little brighter colour cirular to it, really smooth and with a little hardness of about 30% on the brush. Following was the light, did an "overpainting" with thin brushes to get everything clearer, looking more detailed and "hard". That's the way I've observed from some other guys (looked some hours livestreams here: http://www.livestream.com/fuckinartwithmrdelicious
It's the stream of "Mr.Delicious"(in CA.org) also known as Dave Rapoza. Looked some related streams when he was offline. Crimson Daggers ruuules! I'm not good enough to post in their official thread but I will be doing this when it is the right time.
In english for everybody, we don't want you not to know what's written here
"I guess ( it's heavy for myself to observe it regulary ); draw everything, draw a lot. Regardless if plants, your room, your feetm your hands, your bedding etc."
Last edited by Charmer; August 4th, 2010 at 09:02 AM.
your painting is a bit too soft,you need to think more about planes,and paint those planes with blocks of colour.Infact,you might benefit from doing some black and white self portraits to train your eye.This will stop your face from looking flat.
Thanks for all the comments in my sketchbook! the studies look great, and good luck with your schedule! I noticed in some of your full figure work the torsos are all stiff and facing the viewer. perhaps find some good reference of torsos twisting and turning, that makes a more exciting pose.
Right on dude right on, you got your maniacs going and your doing your studies and the self portrait is pretty good! you need to understand planes of the head to give your heads more depth and make them less flat, but all in time, work hard and you will do great.
I do usually 10-20 minutes of 30 and 60 sec poses, and then I find some random poses and just study carefully the figure and anatomy as long as it takes.
Hey Flo, These faces in your last post, are they from reference or from your head? Its a good excercise, keep doing it. You dont have to take too long on each one. if im drawing a set of eyes or noses then i try and make it fairly quick, and if one isnt working i skip onto the next one. they are just little sketches so it doesnt matter.
in post 92 i like the 3d effect you are starting to get on those shapes, especially the sphere. Maybe try and change the opacity as you go along, i find that makes for a bit more varirty. although i have along way to go with my painting.
Ive been doing some posemaniacs.com poses, found the website on the link you sent me Its really good fun, im going to try and do some everyday.
All the best!
GUYYYYS!! YOU DON'T MIND WHAT I HAVE FOUND!!!!
There is a software called "Pose Master", its like Posemaniacs but its a computer program for download and you can use for FREE (posemaniacs is also free, sorry for that bad sentence).
The better side of it: you have Face Expressions, can learn Male Anatomy, Female Anatomy or Expressions. Or everything random mixed.
Here you have your sample, and there's the link for the download.
This thing rules. 30s, 60s, 90s, doesn't matter.
It's about 3MB, works pretty easy and fast.
And the best, what I miss most on Posemaniacs:
-you have a timer all the time to see how much seconds you have left.
-you can load EVERYTHING you want (I kinda thought about Bridgman or Loomis stuff, hands, feet, naked girls, dressed girls, cubes, cities [for 90 seconds mabe?], environments for thumbnail sketching etc.)
THIS RULES SO MUCH!!!
Last edited by Charmer; August 5th, 2010 at 08:45 AM.
Wow nice find Flo! i think you can actually display the timer on posemaniacs... maybe im wrong. And i thought pose maniacs was free?
Looks like a real useful program you found!
While we are talking about links, chek this out! : >
Some Loomis basic anatomy studies, after about 1 hour for the three perspectives it was pretty much easier to get it again into the front view without looking to the book. But I have to do looooooots more of them.
2 canvas' of Pose Master 60 sec studies. One male, one female.
And some basic heads where I tried to figure out how the chin opens for speaking, screaming etc.
Last edited by Charmer; August 5th, 2010 at 09:47 PM.
NIce updates, the fighter from post #96 reminds me of the old Egyptian style, where the charecter is always shown with head sideview, upper body front view and legs and feet sideview, but it does look a bit stiff. So does some of the quick poses, maybe try to draw the curvature of the spine. Good to see you started the anatomy more, males look okay, although the shoulders of the last one are a bit weird. But the shoulders are too wide for the females.
Fixed females shoulder etc.
I have some problems with my wrists while I'm drawing with my Tablet (Bamboo M Wide), so I tried to figure out my problem. Did some streching practice, set the sensitivity of the Wacom a bit less that I am forced NOT to press that hard. Works better for now, let's see it again in the next fex days or weeks.
More and better poses and changes on an older torso anatomy study.
Quick Thumbnail sketch of draculas caslte^^
Everyting goes forward, wooooot!
Btw I think I would be very much better the whole time if I would just draw and sketch on paper or more. Will be definitely more on the paper-course! Is it the same with your drawings, that the general qualitiy of your stuff is better on paper? Do you think there are some good exercises for getting into it or is it just learning by doing but first more traditional stuff(that's what I believe)?
Last edited by Charmer; August 6th, 2010 at 11:39 AM.
you should have a small sketchbook and a pencil with you at all times, sketch on your sketchbook as much as you can and everywhere you can, that is where your progress will happen, the combination of Books+sketchbook, real life+sketchbook.
Then if you want to save paper on pose maniacs do it digitally.
get pencils H, HB, B, B2, B4, B6, and notice how each one of them has a unique quality and purpose, I prefer for quick sketches the HB and B2, and for Landscapes I discovered the B4 gives really good results because of the wide range of values you can achieve, but of course you can mix different pencils to achieve different results.
Best pencils I've used so far would be the German Faber-Castel they are superb.
thanks for the tip danny, I did buy some pencils today. B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, HB and H6. The B-B6 was a set. They had no sketchbooks what really bugged me.
Some updates will follow tomorrow I think, today I'm on a birthday and have maybe no time to draw but I hope I can sketch a little bit in the car while driving.
I hope my old small shitty sketchbook will do it first. It's so horrible, no one wants to see that.^^
Last edited by Charmer; August 8th, 2010 at 05:17 PM.