Hey, everyone. I've been loitering at CA for about a month now and I haven't posted any work, so I figured I'd start with my sketchbook. These are some from the past few months.
Hey, everyone. I've been loitering at CA for about a month now and I haven't posted any work, so I figured I'd start with my sketchbook. These are some from the past few months.
Last edited by madplanet; March 4th, 2007 at 02:53 PM.
I like it a lot... Feel an urge to start drawing!
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Transitory- Thanks a lot for the comments and I will post more. I have some sketches from my last sketchbook that I think are much better and would like to hear what you think of those, too. I looked at your sketchbook yesterday and I liked what I saw.
Anna- Thank you, too. Your comments are encouraging. I think you should try to draw. You are around art and artists and you definitely know what you are talking about when it comes to that, so go for it!
The sketches that I showed here (the 3rd and 4th ones) are for an idea I have for a colored pencil drawing. It's four portraits of fictional (except one) characters who I think have similar personalities. It's kind of like The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Not the movie, which I didn't like, but the comic. My characters are Papillon, Holden Caufield (Catcher In the Rye), Don Quixote, and Montag (Fahrenheit 451). They are all struggling against something. What do you think?
I believe I should really start drawing
As for the sketches, I like the idea of portraying these 4 characters together. BTW it is very interesting what things of common different people find in different objects. I cannot but agree that the idea of struggling unites these characters. I believe that this very idea should be reflected very vividly in the drawing, though i don't know how it can be realized... Just my 2 cent...
oil paintings - ART-VOLGA Gallery
We need more! Nice linework, keep on plugging away.
J. Christopher Schmidt
Comic Book Artist / Illustrator
Nice tech! I like your pen work. your art work reminds me of some of Rodney Matthews stuff. Great work! keep it up!
Long Live RED!
Sve: My pants are perpetually on fire for one reason or another.
I was having trouble with the Lord Of The Flies sketch. I really wanted to capture that line because I thought that it was so well stated, but I couldn't get it right. I think that I might try your suggestion to show the other fist, it might show more of the tension.
I get so many ideas from staring at aquariums...it's an addiction.
Wouldn't be the first time someone said that I was distorted and uptight. Or was it not screwed too tight?
OleOlsen: Thanks a lot for your input! It's appreciated. I'm very happy that people like the horse and kid drawing, I wasn't too sure about how it would go over and it's great that the message is clear. I said before that it felt good to do and it feels better to be understood. I might do this as a small painting, so I will work on those values that you mentioned. the background needs to be just right. Thanks again.
Hurricane: Hey man, thanks for stopping in. I'm giddy with delight over your thoughts about my sketches having the storybook feel. I really should try to get those stories out there more and search for a better way of showing them too! Technical...ugh! My achilles heel if there ever was one, but you are so right. I will think more of this... Thanks a lot for your comments.
MikeDunbarr: Thanks for the compliment, but I can't see the comparison. I'm flattered, of course, but he seems different in a way. I had to look him up on the web and recognized his album work right off. The Aqua cover for Asia is cool. Roger Dean is a hard act to follow...
Thanks for the comments everyone, I'm going to work on what was said. Someone said that I need to draw more and I know it! I need a push sometimes. Or a shove.
Ok, now to shake things up a bit. I had some time to kill this morning, so I took my camera and headed for downtown Detroit for some pics. Back in December of 2003 The College of Creative Studies graphic design department was making a book of art placed in and around Detroit, so this is what I did. It's a minotaur that I put under a railroad bridge and almost two years later, it's still there getting all dirty and looking grungier. It's a sculpture sketch.
Here's what it looks like from across the street:
Here is a detail of an acrylic painting that I'm working on. It's the face of The Spirit Of Detroit sculpture that's downtown.
<My pants are perpetually on fire for one reason or another>
Really?! Maybe you need to always keep a lie detector nearby , so people would be able to have decent conversations with you .
Now seriously. I like all your new update very much.
First I want to say it before you'll start to cover up the background on your merry-go-round picture with new colors. Please do it on some other paper. I like it just the way it is. I don't know. Maybe it looks different in real life, but looking at it on monitor I wouldn't add or remove anything from it. And I actually like how you did it from technical side point of view too. As I said before the emotion is subtle, despite pretty bright colors. I'm afraid you will change something irreparable. Of course, final act is for you, but if you will save it I promise to put it in my Favorites (I think there is the option in our Public profiles) together with Steve-I's land dragon and his animation ( if he will keep his too). Its a major destroying attitude is going on here .
About the Lord Of The Flies sketch. I actually like how you wanted to do it, I was talking about tools and technical side, colors. They can add a lot, you know . As far as I know one of the boy's group was pretty civilized, the other was rough and bully. They were behaving differently.
Of course you are the artist, that's your choice.
I like your Minotaur and the idea that he sits somewhere under railroad bridge on Detroit streets for already two years in row. The place where I was born has a lot of old Buddhist temples. Yes, I know the Minotaur is Greek, but pose, mood, colors, solemn calmness are very close to what I saw there. That's probably how he survived these two years, contemplating Buddhist ideas inside him, searching for inner harmony .
That's why I don't believe the ideas in art can be kept hidden or be stolen. They're in the air, everything was already invented before us, we just can give it a new meaning based on our heart.
I like your acrylic painting very much. Very elegant. At first I was trying very hard to find some other silhouette in it. Do you want to try to do the this kind of an ambiguous painting, sort of like 'Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire' by Salvador Dali:
You can inject as much symbolism as you want
Sketches have a good smooth lines. Who are those personages?
Last edited by sve; September 16th, 2005 at 11:36 PM.
Sve: Maybe that's why I'm having such a hard time conversing with people- it's the flaming pants!
Thanks for the comments on the merry-go round pic, but I'm not going to change that one. That will stay as is. I was thinking of doing it again, but in acrylic. We'll see. And HA! beat ya to it! I already saved two of yours.
I'm glad that you caught that the minotaur was in a meditave type pose. When I did him, I made it as though he was waiting to be killed in his private labyrinth, but after I placed him under the bridge I thought just what you said. The minotaur was actually from Crete, but Greece had eventually assimilated the country and now it's always associated with Greece. I'm hoping that the homeless denizens have adopted him. No one has touched him so far. The buddhist temples sound great. I'd like to hear more about that.
And now you bring up Dali. One of my all time favorite painters, I have a bunch of books on the nut. I'm very familar with that painting, but I really wasn't going for that, I'm not that creative. I looked at my painting after you said that and it does have that feel to it, but there isn't anything else there.
By 'personages,' do you mean the one with the wizard type guy? If so, those sketches are for an idea I came up with a couple of years ago about taking fairy tales and folklore and setting them in and around Detroit. The top one is based on a Brothers Grimm story called 'Iron John.' In it, this iron man lives on the bottom of a lake near a castle, so I thought of placing him near Zug Island where iron ore is produced and this Iron John would be a by-product of this slag crap.
Here's something I did last night. I heard someone talk about looking in the sand for a friend's footprints, the difficulty of it. Kind of like finding a needle in a haystack. I thought that the image was interesting. Oh, and that's real sand.
And here's a couple from today. This one is due to my frustration of hitting every single red light! Every single one. Imps.
I love them all. Very much. Of course the second is my fav ( I like to laugh too much). Are you calling those sea gulls the graces? Did you even see them at close range? They are greedy and cruel predators. Just look at their crazy eyes. Oh, I despise them.
Thanks for educative information about Crete and Greece. I do need somebody to correct me.
<HA! beat ya to it! > Well..???
<I'm very familar with that painting, but I really wasn't going for that, I'm not that creative.>
You meant not that crazy. Good for you. He was total nutcase or total jerk.
Yea, picture in picture is pretty tough job, but not impossible. When I was a child I had a fear. When the light was dull on a small rug near my bed I was seeing some blood freezing images. At day light it was a regular rug with a picture from very simple Russian fairy tale "Fox and Crane". But every night some terrible images reappeared from the same lines. So I think it's doable.
I like this third drawing from the post before. Iron John? Don't remember this one. Maybe it wasn't translated on Russian. Care to work more on it?
Last edited by sve; September 18th, 2005 at 01:56 AM.
hey Mad, good to see some nice ideas floating about, really feel for the "sometimes" sketch.. really can relate to that one. nice idea. You have so many great ideas, hehe you do have a great mind, explore them and show us more. cheers dude, oh I can't quite follow what you and sve is discussing must have missed something, meh
Strange mood is created mostly by first four drawings, maybe five . Oh well, lets allow the cowgirl join the "strange" company, what's good in staying alone. Mermaid in Andersen's fairy tale actually wanted to talk, no need to restrain her mouth, she didn't have her voice anyway .
Icarus- I thought he was happy inside, stubborn, but happy, mayby you need to educate me more. Why are those harsh words near picture? Somebody I know?
Iron John - My bad, it could be rust, I'm taking my words back.
Fourth - I took it to my collection.
Fifth -You need to educate me more about a hystory.
Sixth -well, I have strong associations with some regular striptease club.
I'm sorry !
Last edited by sve; September 23rd, 2005 at 09:34 PM.
Bumskee: Thanks for the comments and the visit. I always enjoy them. yeah, that drawing was an easy one, I think a lot of us can relate.
Sve: The hand over the mouth was kind of symbolic, if you know what I mean. I'll have to tinker with it. The Icarus one- Ha, I was wondering what you were talking about and then I looked. That's too funny, I didn't even catch it (You got your toe, I have this). Yeah, I guess maybe you do know him. About the fourth one, thanks. On the last comment, you should reword that, I think. It sounds like...well, never mind. And what are you sorry for?
Here are some from last night and early this morning. They are both from referrence. I dug up the skull from my yard and thought it would be cool to draw. I'm kidding...it's from my neighbor's yard.
That's some lifestyle you have . I can't say anything about skull, need to draw at least one first. No, wait, was it intentional, the asimmetria?
Portrait of young man is interesting, would be even more interesting in colors. Did you darken light areas in both of drawings on purpose? I've got an advise on my thread not to do that.
I like the fact that I can look at you work and tell that you actually have to try (I do also)
some people you look at thier work and you think they don't even have to try to create really cool work
as I perused your collection I noticed that you have a very refreshing style
it seems like your own take on children's story book art - I like it, I enjoyed looking at it, will have to catch up with you again later on
hmm hello madplanet, I swear I saw an image, but now I can't see it.. Alice in wonderland kind of work.. right? I really liked that work, maybe it's just me who can't see it. As I said before you have a very interesting style, I think you will make a great children book illustrator. Love the finished "stork" drawing. show us some more coloured work dude!!!
Hello, madplanet .
I like the finished (?) drawing very much.
Those textures are irresistible for me. I can look and look and feel how my brain is getting clearer and clearer. It's like a hypnosis to me.
Poor Alice, she needs a huge injection of a french pastry, and needs it fast. Or maybe a bite of this juicy caterpillar. And a relaxing smoke afterwards .
Why are Alice's hair not blowing in the wind like her skirt?
Could you draw a picture with her face open to viewer. I wonder how you see her?
Well, I like how this painting turned out. I thought it would be different. I always wanted to know how you draw those textures, especially the sky in a rhino picture. How long does it take. I'm sure it has a therapeutic effect, like knitting.
I agree I missed your colored work. Treat us, please, with new one. I like your saturated colors.
Last edited by sve; October 11th, 2005 at 02:55 AM.
Hey! Thanks for posting in my thread. I can tell that you like pen! Don't be afraid of pencils! They are your friend. Really. I went through your entire sketchbook, and noticed something. You have very few life drawings. Those hand studies were great. Keep doing them! Don't be afraid of life drawings either. They too are your friend. You definitely have the technical skill to rock my socks off with life drawing. Your line quality is excellent. You just need practice. One other thing. On the radiograph doohicky. I have no idea what a radiograph is, or how it does what it does. Can you erase with one? Everything in it looks really neat. However, I do suggest that you take a look at the arms. Have you ever read or seen the comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm? The left arm looks very much like the arms from that strip. The right looks rather like Conan the Barbarian after a really really unsuccessful cancer treatment. I suggest that you pick one, and make the other match it. What'll it be, skinny dog or irradiated barbarian? Still, the line work and overall look of that piece is excellent. Can I have it? I would be more than happy to pay in liquid french pastry....
Bumskee: hey man, I hope that you saw the image, it's up on my end. Thanks for the comments, I think that being a childrens book illustrator would be very rewarding. Yes, I need to do more color work and I will. Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments.
Sve: Hello Sveta, are you hyp-no-tized, yet? That was my goal, by the way. Yes, maybe Alice is asking the caterpillar where the nearest French bakery is. The Mad Hatter was no help at all. C'mon Sve, her hair isn't blowing in the wind because of HAIRSPRAY! Yep, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. The background in the rhino drawing didn't take as long as you'd think, but it was mindless drawing and at the time I did it, I enjoyed it, not thinking about anything but little lines. Pure excitement. Just like knitting. Exciting. Another for color work. Ok, will do. Thanks Sve, you keep me on my toes.
Sedig: Hey, thanks for coming by and getting revenge! After your comments about the arms, i went back and looked and laughed my ass off. How could I have missed that? Apparently, very easily. It DOES look like a Grimmy arm and hand. it must be the cartoonist in me. That's so funny. What a piece of crap drawing I did! Good analogy, too, by the way. Yes, I love to sketch in pen. I got hooked years ago, but I will do some pencil work and I'm going to be attending some life drawing sessions next week. It's been awhile, so I am looking forward to it. I'll post them here. Thanks for the comments.
Liquid French pastry, eh? You should ask Alice about that, or maybe Sve, but sure, it's a deal.
Draw: Thanks a whole bunch for coming in for a visit and I'll definitely keep drahn!
Ok, here's some from the past week:
Yesterday, went pumpkin hunting. The guy with the glasses didn't seem to like that I was sketching him.
The guy holding the small pumpkin reminded me of the Green Goblin with his pumkin bombs. I'm going to do that as my Halloween drawing for this year, The Goblin bombing people in a pumpkin patch.
Last night at Lenny's Coffee Shop.
Thanks everyone and remember, all comments and crits are always welcome.
I like the Alice Pic. But it reminds me of this David Cronenberg movie called "Naked Lunch". Do you remember the scene where this "caterpillar"-man-thing rapes the young arab? I think that as a children illustrator I´d die out of hunger
....but you won´t
it's been a while since I've been here (though it feels like it are almost like a thousand years ago ) that alice picture was magnificent, because of that I just had to watch that movie again. (I geuss, that it is the only animated movie where the creators had to smoke a lot of drugs before they could create it btw )
Good sketches, madplanet, I wish it was more like a crowd your know. and maybe some weird ones too. Take your aquarium with your next time when you go pumpkin hunting. All women will be yours . I like sketches of suspicious guy in glasses( i can tell he's worried about you ), Boys with pumpkins, girl with long hair, Lenny, Duc. The most wonderful things about them are expressions of faces and pretty good showing of an age of these people. lines are very nice too. The drawing of the table has a strange hatching on the leg. It's wrong, in my opinion, it should be concave the other way, because everything else is. In general very good impression of peaceful weekend activities.
Hey hey hey mad planet! Thanks for the comment in my sb, returning the favour, and I sure am glad I got to follow you down your mad road, You have a great personal style, (more prominent in the beginning of the sb) I like it very much, sort of a surreal ambiance to a lot of them. You should check out a tv show from the 60s called The Prisoner, I think youd get a big kick out ouf it, and a huge inspirationinjection! Id like to see some life drawings if you have the opportunity, your style applied to that would be really interesting!
Keep it up!
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Those coffee shop drawings are really nice. I have the pastry, so send me the drawing. Ill post more later.
You wrote that you´ve got problems drawings hands from memory. So why don´t you switch from drawing hands from ref to drawing hands from life? ... Try to capture the outline only and don´t get irritated by all the stuff going on in between. I guess, that as soon you´ve developed a feeling for the overall shape it won´t be much of a problem understanding the things in between. But that´s just how I would make it
I just absolutely adore the pumpkin stil-life
and I also like that poster, but somehow I am a little confused about what you are trying to say with it, that it is death boring or something? nah, I like it very much
SVE: hey buddy. So, if I'm looking at all the groceries for symbolism does that mean that I'm falling into the still life trap? I'm glad that you liked the stalk, I thought that it was an interesting one. I'm going to have to do some more drawings of that pumpkin before it starts to rot. I did a sketch of a figure in the stalk (see below). It didn't come out so good, so I'll have to play with that again. Now c'mon, Sveta, who's gonna come out and play football when the flier shows a bunch of flowers? The skull image started years ago when my friend was doing the fliers and I kept the theme when I took over doing them. We had great turnouts back in the day. 22 to 28 guys would show up coming from Boston, Illinois and Ohio. Now, it varies from year to year. It's still fun, though.
VAN: Thanks for the comments. I'm always inspired by your artwork.
TIMPAATKINS: Hey Tim, thanks for coming back and giving your thoughts on the t-shirt/flier design. I've already started on reworking it according to your suggestions and I'll post it here when I'm done. Thanks for the pointers.
JOHNNY78: Hey man, thanks for the thoughts. I will try those exercises for some hand studies. I need all the help I can get with hands and feet. When I do some. I'll put them up here.
HALDOR: Hey Haldor, happy that you like the pumpkin stalk. The skull was kind of like a skull and crossbones type thing. If you saw us play, you might say that we play boring . The older we get, the slower we get. A few years ago, my one friend was playing quarterback and he threw the ball about 20 yards past me and when I came back to the huddle he said, "sorry, I thought I was throwing to 1985 Bruce." Yeah, real funny.
This first one is a variation of a figure in the pumpkin stalk.
Went to Chicago this past weekend and these are some of the sketches that I did while I was there.
My scanner is acting up, so sorry about some of these images.
Hello, madplanet. Still worry about falling in a still life trap ? Relaxed, you are already inside. Going at that pumpkin the second time, can't get enough of it . Yep, grocery store ads are your near spooky future.
Look at the bright side. Still life artists sell more and their models are free and of nice nature.
Who will be attracted to football by flowers? You know the answer. I will. I'll play football for bunch of flowers . Some probably will bite the bait if it's bunch of rotten pumpkin stalks with hidden women breasts in there somewhere . OK. What else is standing on its feet, needs a little push to fall down? I was going to ask about a mental state of those guys coming from Boston, Illinois and Ohio. But I guess I did enough for today.
I like the lovely wavy stalk lines. Yep, a woman body is the first association with them. Should've been drawn more subtle though, not so obvious. I would try it too but my pumpkin doesn't have a stalk. The most exciting version to look, when you are in doubt: is it a woman, an angry face, a pumpkin stalk or construction workers laying cable wires down?
About sketches, very interesting to look at new faces and scenes. My favorite are the guy made with red ink (pretty good shape and volume in this fast sketch) and buildings on the third page. Chicago looks very modern city.
I left with the feeling that you need to post more, like 20 times more drawings.
So do it, please
Last edited by sve; October 27th, 2005 at 01:23 AM.