i'll TRY to drop by SBs over the weekend and update the main thread xD. trying not to let school overwhelm me
yeah Teopo, go go go! Daily Selfportrait is a great thing for learning digital painting. Improvement is on its way! Sometimes you may try some custom brushes or even do it in colour. If you start to get used to painting yourself, never forget to add new challenges.
keep it up! Make 2012 be your year!
@towy: lol i'm so bad @ painting myself too-- but you should try it
@Valyavande: thanks Valya, those are some good points. this one.. i tried painting with just one brush but i ended up softening some parts xD... i do need to do some color eventually D:
hmm.. i should grow a mullet again. LOL
Man, you're dedicated! =) Much admiration for that, especially when it comes to daily self-portraits. That takes effort and carving out time and staring at yourself in a mirror constantly. Your values have improved a ton and I like your experimentation with different light sources. However, like someone else mentioned, you do need hard edges. I feel that the edges of your cheeks are too blurred, so that when it's combined with a hoodie, it blends straight into it. If the edges were crisper, it'll show the planes of your face's bone structure that much better.
Keep it up! =) I also LOL'd at the "OMG, you're Asian?" comments. Being Asian myself, that got a good inner chortle.
I look forward to seeing what you do with color.
Daily self portraits are a great idea. I learned a lot about drawing faces by doing them years ago. I would recommend though that you don't neglect the ears too much. It's cool to keep them minimalistic as long as you know how to simplify them, but right now it kinda seems like you're not quite sure how to render ears and don't really care much. It's certainly worth the effort to learn though. The weakest part of your portrait will often speak as loudly as the strongest part.
That most recent one has much better definition. =) I started out using the airbrush tool and then later jumped to a brush tool but with still soft edges. That didn't help much with delineating anything. It wasn't until I started using hard brushes myself that things started improving. Funny how edges do so much, huh?
@wasabi89: thanks wasabi. digital is challenging for me D:
@Tea Drinker: thanks, me too XD.
@Sycra: that's a good point sycra. yeah, ears are tough. i should do some focused studies on em anyway, thanks!
@D.M.: hehe thank you DM.
@ShroudStar: haha yes, you're right shroud. i think i should do more with just pure hard brushes and leave the airbrushing alone for a bit
umm... i kinda bs'd this and it was super quick D: back to more drawing XD
That beside the point, those hard brushes are helping you. Like your values in your last one. =) Your nose does seem a bit lopsided in some of your pictures but then again, noses are hard. I can't even get them straight sometimes depending on the angle. Keep 'em trucking, man - you got this locked down something hardcore!
@ShroudStar: thanks shroud. yeah noses are a pain xD.
really have no time tonight to do a 'decent' sp. trying to keep up with some school work and readings D: so here are some semi-blind contour drawings lol
hmm.. i forget, but can you lift your pencil/pen on blind contours? i'm guessing not... hehe
go teepo go
i like 1/06 and 1/23 the most. you should try using both the hard brush and the soft/airbrush, the blocky brush images look more interesting because edges are interesting to look at (btw what brush is that, I want xD)
you should also get on skype more often :B
@Airuko: lol thanks for the feedback lena. and yes, i agree with the usage of hard/soft brushes-- really trying to understand edges with this but it's tough sometimes xD. i'll try to get on skype more often. i just can't seem to concentrate on things when i'm on there haha.
whooo... new month already D: i think i will start breaking into color for the SPs sometime this Feb.
Edges really are hard to control when you're worried about getting the features and likeness right. Just concentrate on one problem first and if you got the right, worry about the next one. Just take it step by step.
And remember: The more you fail now, the more potential you got to get better (At least that's what I tell myself all the time )
I'm really excited how these will look in summer!
Keep up the hard work!
@ven-: thanks ven
@AvisNocturna: hmm.. never really thought of it that way but yes; it is hard to concentrate on getting correct edges while also trying to get likeness xD. very good point. thanks avis-- hopefully in the summer there will be some big 'jump' in improvement. XD.
pupils are always tricky to draw D: sometimes i make em too big/small.. in this case-- too big.