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Fell in love with the watercolor landscape in post #289, and these new ones look so serene as well. You've come a long way, I enjoyed going through your sb. Keep going
Whoa - those horse studies are awesome. Liking the new watercolours too; nice and fresh.
As others stated, these are some wonderful marvelous stellar water color landscapes.
Your true mastery shines here. I will be looking after that animal anatomy book
that you also used, can give one some unearthly powers.
Bloody hell. How did I get onto page 11 so quickly? Wait, I know. Too much talking not enough arting, oops.
Unfortunately not much art today either. Just some mannequin doodles and a rough idea for COW - The Thing. One of my favourite movies so I couldnt resist it.
Last edited by Candra H; October 30th, 2013 at 12:23 PM.
You’ve cleaned up the lines nicely on the COW, I didn’t saw the end result yet,
but I believe that it will be tremendously gorgeous. The self portrait is looking good,
but I think that you are still struggling with values (that’s why you should go back
and do some more grey-scale studies). and you have some symmetry issues. No man’s
face is 100 percent symmetrical but it’s pretty close to being symmetric. I suggest
that you flip the canvas from time to time, if you are working digitally. For the traditional
ways, you could use a mirror on your paper to see the symmetry issues. You are
doing great, a few more adjustments, tweaks and your skills will go near perfect.
You're both spot on re my values - need to work harder on those. I did try a couple of greyscale thumbs like you suggested, Plissken, but they turned out crap - will post them below so you can see how bad they are. But it made me get back to basics and do some proper value studies in pencil. They were tough, but I learned a lot so I'm going to do lots more.
Also going to do some greyscale photo and painting studies to get my head round it properly. Been avoiding it for long enough, I think.
Anyway, enough chatter. Thanks for visiting my sketchbook, Mr Frenik, really appreciate it!
P.S. I spectacularly missed the COW deadline - somehow thought it was today, oops! I'll get it finished and posted in here anyway, for the experience.
You don’t need to do this size of paintings for value studies, you just
try to paint small thumbnails, will help you more to get the hang
of perspective, values and depth. The problem with this size that you
did is that it requires details to look good, and that is not the point of
this exercise. You should always remember the next thing and that
is, that every painting that don’t look good in small version, will
never look good in big version, and every piece, composition, value
range that looks good in small (thumbnail), will also look good enlarged,
be it just on an art canvas or a huge painting on a building wall. Also
on those environments I got a feeling that you didn’t used the whole
value range, you don’t have hundred percent whites and hundred
percent blacks, so I would suggest that you do some environments
with full range, to have a total dark part (100%black), some corner
or shaded area, and to have a full bright shiny something (100%white).
The graphite drawings are cool, you could also push some values here
a bit more, make the darker parts to be more darker. Hope I was
clear enough with the explanation, still struggling with English,
but if I helped at least a bit then I am very happy. Please
continue with your work, and share more love.
Maybe just using 5 tones on the digital work and seeing where that goes. Make 5 really black as you seem to be scared of going that far.
Yup, I know the principle. Those were zoomed right out while painting and only look big now because I uploaded them at normal file size.
I made a palette of 5 values but ended up only using about 3. Think I did most of my mixing onscreen so I ended up with what looks like lots of values in the top one. Fair point about going for a pure black though. Not sure why I don't use it, guess it's a knock on from traditional painting. Will give it a go for sure.
Thanks for the feedback, guys, much appreciated.
Finally finished The COW Thing, about a week overdue, heh. Not happy with it, and I struggled with lots of things, but I learned about clipping masks and some other stuff so it wasnt a total waste.
COW; The Thing is looking gorgeous, scary as hell, but we are not really sure
the material which he’s been made of, it kind a look like mud or wood, a half
mud half tree man. I think you should do some digital material studies, you
know the sphere stuff, that people use to do in their sketchbooks. Try to
do different materials, like wood, flesh, shiny metal, rusty metal and similar.
Also we are not sure where is the light source on that painting. I would put
in some more shiny whites in those eyes to look more like slimy and wet.
I like the lines on that Cowboy horse painting, you are really good at drawing
and working with clean lines, I admire. Do continue with your excellent
approach toward greatness and success.
Heh. You're a hard taskmaster, Plissken. You're right though, I need to do more studies of things. Will add it to my to do list.
Working on portfolio stuff so just a couple of doodles today.
Perspective studies = ace
Head drawings = very nice
Horse head = outstanding
Robed figure = superb
I think that your performance is boiling up to a red notched
peak point, and there is no natural force, deeply dug sand sack,
or reinforced brick dam, that could stop you from climbing even higher.
A true reinventing, cultivating enlightening feeling summons up
within our souls and hearts when looking at your work.
Finally finished painting up that ship from the last page. Changed things around a bit from the sketch and think it works better, though there's still lots of room for improvement. But I'm a bit happier with this than the last oil painting I did.
Last edited by Candra H; December 6th, 2013 at 12:24 PM.
nice rendering and studies on this page I love this last painting, the ice is superb! Keep practicing ^_^ I think regular self portrait paintings would be a cool way to practice, I have enjoyed that
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You've been putting out some really nice stuff lately, love the painting
Thanks guys! Regular self portraits sounds like a good idea, Muddy. Will definitely give it a go soon.
Here's my entry to The ArtOrder Inspired challenge. I didn't get in, clearly. The work I was up against is stunning. Good practice though, and I learned lots from it - basically, what not to do in future pieces, lol, so it's all good.
Last edited by Candra H; December 13th, 2013 at 11:26 AM.
I've only had time to go through the last couple pages of your sketchbook, but I wanted to post a quick comment.
On those value studies (post #309), you mentioned that you got most of your values by blending. I think you would benefit by trying some value and/or color sketching with 100% opacity (still using life or photo refs). I've just started doing that recently, and I've found it really forces you to look at what color/value you're actually seeing, instead of just smudging around until it 'looks okay'. I've also found that I almost learn the best when I accidentally pick the wrong color and start laying it down, because that's when I find the flaws in my mental assumptions. And, at any rate, its just a sketch, so if it comes out looking like crap it really doesn't matter at all!
Anyway, hope that helps. You're doing really well, keep it up! I'll look forward to more updates
Your traditional work and oil paintings are blasting through almost everything,
you have a black belt in oil paintings, just like a ninja has it in origami. That ship
on ice is as best as it gets, now the Titanic has a true rival, an opponent which
will make it’s old days to regret. Great work overall, big evolutional steps
under your summer blanket, I wish you to keep up the good spirit,
and don’t pull the handbrake until you hear the ground shake.
Like those thumbnails, keep practicing
"The important thing is to do, and nothing else; be what it may."
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