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Sketchbook is reinstated, I have things that are not 8 years old!
Last edited by ohjay; January 9th, 2014 at 05:58 AM. Reason: Reopening the old sketchbook
Yo! These are all looking quite good.
My suggestions are:
1) Get a drawing tablet. I have a Graphire4 and it is simply amazing - you'll improve three-fold at least with the newfound freedom.
2) Work light into your scenes, even if you need to find excuses to do so. Use PS's dodge to simulate light - it works brilliantly. Your first pic is pretty much spot-on.
3)Post more stuff!
These are real promising - keep it up!
Yup, thanks demented - you're absolutely right about the light - I believe I have an issue with lighting and contrast - especially in colour pieces, and also with direct (visible) light sources. And the tablet is the first thing I get as soon as I get some money
In the meantime, here are some pen sketches. Junk'oid and random scribblies.
Thanks fooxoo ; I saw in your sketchbook you consider yourself "messy" - I have to say I dig your "messy" style!
Now for a new painted one...
I don't know, me and a friend had this thing going where we were supposed to do a piece every fortnight or so...the first "brief" was "spaceship". That was 3 months ago - here is my contribution, finally! He gave up on his...
Fortunately, I don't need him for projects now that I have all of conceptart and your great community activites! I love the Cohesion Campaign yay!
Yeah!lookin much better!
I love your pen sketches. Solid, man!
Your last one also has the light your previous ones needed. Just doublecheck your shadows.
Good, solid and structural design. Nice stuff!
I like your first steps in PS already! You should enter the IDoW, EoW & the DSG's
It will help you to improve fast!
Cool sketches you should try to render them!
Thanks TheGnoll, Kei-th and setmonkey!
I will absolutely get myself a tablet soon - I was supposed to have one already but blew the money on one hell of a holiday
I'm on the roll to enter the IDoW as well - just two assignments to finish up. In the meantime, may I present an excersice I did at a while back at Uni, it's called a "Morph" - basically, a creature morphing into a machine. I don't have the first stage digitized - which is okay cause that was in the beginning of the semester and it looked shite anyway
Marker, pastel, pencil - the works.
See you all later, thanks for feedback - TheGnoll when you start on your environments, does that mean I have to start mucking around with anatomy? Oh, the pain!
Love the pen skecthes. I think they stand out because they have more definition than your other work and are cleaner. With your digital work I think you need to make it crisper and less fussy. But overal you have some solid concepts - just the randering needs a little work. Getting a tablet will make everything so much more easier .
I don't know if you have started to look at colour theory?. Experimenting with colour and really learning about it could enhance your pieces, keep posting.
Nice! But the poor mouse !
Nice render! So are you a ID student? And did you learn how to draw like you did in http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h4...sketch1205.jpg in school or not?
I am going to study ID next year I hope I become this good!
I love the last stage of the Owl.
Alcian is right: Your renderd stuff need to be a little more crisp, but that should automatically improve once you get your tablet, so don't worry too much.
Otherwise, not much to crit on. Solid stuff, man.
hey ohjay tahnks for stopping by my sketchbook! thought I take a look see here but I cant see anything. Not sure if its a bug of your imagehost gettin weird!
Hey all, thanks for commenting!
Alcian and demented: Yup, what you say about crispness is taken into consideration. Basically, all you see here has been 'experimentation' - I'm trying to figure out what looks god and how rendering in ps really works.
Personally, I kinda like the style in the 'Stranded Ship' one - but it surely is quick and messy. I would love to give tight I.D.-style rendering in PS a try, just haven't had time yet. Give me time!
Kei-th: No, that particular kind of drawing I actually stumbled upon myself - inspirations drawn from various artists, of course, like Robertson and Zhu.
thegreypencil: that sucks, I trust you'll stop by some other time. Maybe if I promise an update? Images seem to be coming up fine now though. See you around.
'I am unique. Demented said so. Demented is always right."
pshaw! you reallykick the llama's ass!
ahem..well i totally dig your robot drawings.. them ink ones! more please Id also like to see more developmental silhouettes, like 30 in a page of different bot designs mm...i always like those silhouettee thingamajigs but could never get used to them
Thanks, funny how people seem to like my silly junk'oid. That was just some crazy ideas runnung through my head and the perspective is slightly off... Oh well, guess I should do some more of those. 8) Personally, I like that sketching style, so it's all good then.
I don't normally do silhouettes, more like crazy, blurry, fuzzy thumbnails. Not much to look at, those...but they seem to be helpful. Maybe that's and idea. Maybe I should go clean the house. Hm...
Hey all, it's been a busy week! Well, for me anyway. So little time...
Thanks to anyone who might have given me awesome positive feedback just by voting for my funny tank in the IDoW, and thanks wakazou for your comment!
I decided to hop aboard the EoW, if for nothing else then just to practice ps rendering. Alas, where is my tablet? Money, I call thee vice.
In the meantime some thumbs for my contribution, think I will be going for some island-community living in buildings suspended between rock faces. Yoink!
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Sorry about that scan on the last one, but it's about the general idea at the moment so you'll manage.
Your EOW stuff is really good!! Dam I love that!
ohjay - thanks for the comments in my SB!
*regarding a tablet - I bought a Cintiq 21ux from wacom. it's a lot like a really big, really expensive tablet PC. I like it, but its not a useful as i thought it would be.... I would recommend buying a cheaper one or finding one to test for a few weeks until you are sure it will benefit your work.
Also one thing i learned after buy the tablet - a tablet will definately make you faster, but is no replacement for strong drawing fundementals....
you may also want to ask some of the poeple on this site that do a lot of digital painting - they will probably have many more thoughts and tips than me regarding tablets and software for them.
*EoW(the last black line drawing) - it looks pretty sweet to me - nice composotion. the only recomodation i would have is - use a straght edge when drawing the suspension wires and the building's achitechture for a good contrast between the organic rocks and the city... Also depending on lighting you plan on using, the city would probably reflect to some degree in the water below....and the water may reflect on the city...
*the red/vanillia bike - you're right i was destartced drawing girls!
Hope this helps! I can't wait to see the finished EoW!
Hey thanks for the feedback rob-ot, quite helpful.
I've got some more thumbnails of the scene, trying to decide on the excact composition. Also, I started thinking about adding a vessel near the reef, some fisherman or something. Came up with this: (Nevermind the shoe-box car and flying stuff... )
Oh wow... i love how you prerendered your image before you painted it. Gosh, if only i would have done that first. haha - i'm so disorganized when it comes to things like this.
In the line of tablets..i agree with rob-ot about getting a cheaper tablet. If you were saving up for a tablet PC from Wacom, use the money to buy a small Wacom tablet (Graphire 4 i believe) and an Intuos 3... which would come up to around $400 more or less. i myself have has a Graphire 2 for several years, but never started really painting on it till summer of 2005. i'm enjoying it tremendously, but not forgetting my traditional stuff as well. back then the Graphire 2 was $99, but now it's like $50 or something because of the Graphire 3 and 4 that are out now (which are better, of coarse).
again, i like your pre-work on your images and how you think them out before you actually work on them. those concept vehicles are sweet and hilarious. ;D bbl
Wow, really good seeing you work on the composition so much beforehand, and a great idea too. I kinda like that boat right at the bottom of the page.
Post a more rendered one soon!
Real good job,
Hey thanks d., I haven't had a look in your sketchbook for awhile - I guess I oughta stop by. The rendered version of the village is in the current EoW, but here it is as well:
No boat made it to the end, though. Maybe later
Great! I haven't seen he rest of the entry's but I am sure you make a good stand! great job! But you should have added a boot
dude! This last one blew me away! That is simply amazing use of colour.
Two things though: carefull with shadows and reflections on water, and add some white to show the foam the waves create when breaking on the rocks. Working on the composition beforehand really payed off. Other than, that, I have a new background!
Great work (and i actually think it works better without the boat, now that i see the finished thing)
Post more soon
Thanks d., your comments regarding the water have been noted. This was the first time I've tried using custom brushes in PS though, so I think I deserve the leniency...
meanwhile, here's a quick and dirty rendering of my first post in the DSG. Slight remodification also.