golgari, yeah, it looks too flat and stiff. I'll try some more, next week.
Jester, this is my opinion: the legs are too short compared to the body and they turn on the right when the body is turned on the left...why?
The composition: what is the focal point in this subject? The man or the paper? Why is this part of the novel so interesting to be drawn...what is happening in this picture? A man who is reading something that is very important for him but I don't understand if he is happy or afraid or angry. (This is only a sketch, I know )
Jester, If I read the novel, first of all I see this picture then I'll read the chapter. So this drawing anticipate the story but it must not be the copy of the story or I'll "see" the scene two times.
Try, with your drawing, to be the second voice in this story: your partner has wrote a part of the story using the words, you draw the other part using the images and both make the novel. Put in your drawing only the things that the words aren't able to express.
"Mistakes are the portals of Discovery" (James Joyce)
Ugh, I've been extremely busy the past two weeks and only managed to draw some trees from Guptill's book which I haven't even managed to scan yet.
So this post is just to let you know that I'm still alive and kicking...
golgari, thanks a lot for your questions, this made me think about what I'm going to illustrate, again.
hI jESTER, keep hammering away at it man, drawing is a bitch sometimes, its a constant struggle with ones mind. Hope to see more from you.
jester great job man...definitely keep plugging away. Concerning the perspective of the previous drawing...the desk is pretty much in perspective as well as most of the chair (except for that one leg you erased and resketched)...but the individual isn't in perspective. This may help your thought process...think of the torso as a square and the head as a square. So if the back corner of the desk is higher than the corner closest to us then most likely (even though it's elevated more) the farthest shoulder of the figure will be higher than the one closest to us. The side of his and the side of his torso closest to us would be parallel with the side of the desk closest to us...not sure if I am making sense. At any rate good job and definitely keep going ...drawing the figure from memory has to be the hardest thing to do...sheesh
jester i cant believe you've got 11 pages worth of sketches here,..thats a lot of work, really an accomplishment.
StephenC, and it's going to be even more Thanks for taking a look!
I haven't posted any pics for a while (because I was pretty busy with my Biz) but this doesn't mean that I haven't been drawing!
So in a mega-upload, here's what I've drawn the last weeks:
Some studies from Guptill:
Two border designs for the book-illustration project:
Preliminary sketches for a watercolor pic illustrating a scene in the second chapter, it's meant to be a sunset scene and is seen "over the shoulder" of the main character:
And finally a color study for the sunset:
Please let me know what you think!
nice to hear from you again.
those studies look good - amazing to see how guptill manages to create trees out of those light strokes....
although the last ones don't look that realistically, i think i like them best (those with the straight strokes in the silhouettes). they have such a crisp feeling to them
the borders look good too. don't like the second that much, but the first is really great! very good color choice there. somehow i always have to think of tolkien's waterdrawings when i see your style of working on that book. that's a good thing, though, i suppose! =)
concerning your sunset-sketches... i think i like no3 & no4 best. the low horizon in no4 somehow creates a very...vast feeling.
i'd be careful with those heavy blues when creating a sunset. in the mornings, you usually don't have such high-saturated blues, i think...
Thanks, golgari, I decided to use the 5th prelim sketch for the final work. Since it's a sunset scene, I'm quite sure that those dark blues fit in. I'd rather put in some more madder/magenta but I don't have them as watercolors, only as watercolor pencils, so I wonder what it will look like.
As for your comparisons to Tolkien I haven't noticed that before but I think I know what you mean!
Guptill rules, doesn't he?
It's really really hot here right now - and so I did the only reasonable thing - I went swimming. Of course I took my sketchbook with me and this is what I managed to do, trying not to get caught:
And this little guy was directly inspired by MindCandyMan's pirate sketch
:beer: (I'd love to have one now...)
nice ones. especially drawing them in that heat... =)
the first two pages are really lovely. the first sketch on the second page really appeals to me...
the third page makes the impression of relying a little bit too much on the contours. you should pay attention to the masses, too, i'd say. that way you probably would get them more voluminous, too...
that pirate is nice. he's a bit short, though, isn't he? is that supposed to be so?
Hi Jester. As you might know we share the same hotness right now. I went swimming too and took my sketchbook along. But I wasn't able to do sketches as good as yours. Those people where moving permanently
The pirate shows that your efford to learn how to draw is really worth it. And i can see a much looser style, wich is usefull to put ideas down really fast. Keep it up!
For all of you noticing those short legs of the pirate... hmmm... I have short legs myself, this could be a reason.
No, Fipse, it's not a playmobil model (but you are very close).
Thanks Hermchen, they ARE moving like hell. Once you sport someone who seems to hold still he's sure to move once you start drawing him! As for the looseness: Signature asked for loose sketches in the Middle Class Weekly and I gave it a try.
wow, that are amazing sketches, jester!
i mean, these poses don't look exactly like they would have stayed that way all the time, nonetheless you managed to draw it with quite an amount of detail.
i like that loose way of crosshatching, too.
Thanks, golgari, yes they were constantly moving - but the secret I found is to choose people who are always repeating the same movements. so you can choose one pose they are getting into again and again. As long as the look another way or move their arms - draw something different, like the person next to them. Guess what, that girl was much more difficult than the men, even though the one one the right even changed his position from sitting opposite the left one to joing his side!
Nice!! I love your latest. the pen and inks are great too. reminds me i should start practicing pen and inks again!!!
hey, that's cool.
the arm of that lady looks a little strange,
but the pirates are really good this time.
i especially like the second pirate, the one on the treasure chest. the skeleton-pirate has a very flat skull. it's nice anyway...although i'd also love to see some new stuff for that book-project.
Jester, those pirate sketches look awesome. I think you're really getting good with that pen. the way you can suggest the forms with hatching is great. one crit, the captain looking through his spyglass is about to fall over backwards.
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Another one for the book illustration project. Maybe a bit too colorful, but that's what I had in mind. Still not happy with my out-of-my-mind-character-drawing, but I have to carry on, otherwise I won't make it it produce at least a drawing per chapter (that's 17).
Some years ago (in the mid-eighties, I think) I wrote a poem inspired by a poem by my friend, on an old warrior, fearing to become raven's prey. Here it is (my poem, not his):
Ich sehe die Raben,
sie kommen zu mir,
sie sitzen und warten
und schreien nach mir.
Rabenfraß sein -
davor fürchte ich mich,
des alten Kriegers Schrei
Ich sah sie heut'
über'm Bache kreisen,
ihr heisere Krächzen
drang in mein Ohr.
Und kommen sie wieder
und kreisen mich ein
des alten Kriegers Lieder
soll'n mein Schlachtgesang sein.
Literally translated it would be something like this:
I'm seeing the ravens
they're coming to me
they're sitting and waiting
and crying to me.
To be raven's prey -
that's I'm afraid of,
the old warrior's cry
I saw them today
circling over the brook
their hoarse croak
entered my ear.
And if they come back
and encircle me
the old warrior's songs
shall my battle songs be.
I saw a great documentation on ravens in the latest German GEO magazine (similar to National Geographic magazine) the other day - and this old poem came to my mind and I had to sketch them.
Please let me know what you think of this.
the book illustration looks good. The only crit I have for it is maybe try to get some more dynamic lighting in there... if the sun is that low there would be some dramatic shadows on the back of the person (like you have on the wall) and maybe a rim halo of light just on the left edge. I'm sure it's hard to do with watercolor though.
Those raven sketches look amazing. Really impressive texture with the pen, especially on the big head on top. They look like real feathers. Good job.
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Thanks Jeff. Yeah, more dramatic lighting, I thought so myself, but honestly, I didn't dare. Maybe I try that digitally in Painter first.
Also thanks for the nice comment on the ravens. They were really good fun to draw. Halfway through I thoughht I'd never make those scibbles look like feathers - but I carried on and it seems it paid off to do so.
Here's another illustration for the book project, a corsair being seen through a field glass:
It was meant as a prelim sketcg first, but then I decided to finish it.
your inkings are mad skilled and coming along great. the raven is great. i like that page a lot actually.
i know of my art teacher in HS who stayed at a place where this man did art but in every single piece he did there would be a raven somewhere!