Here's an update on the Bargue. This is an amazing exercise, both for patience, and proportions. Again, sorry, the lines are so light they're mostly not showing up, but I'm including a scan to give you an idea of the block-in.
Hey man, that Bargue study is coming along nicely. I like that your spending a
lot of time on it to make it look the best you can, but I would encourage you to
not focus your efforts on one thing for too long. Just be sure your not
neglecting other important studies while your working on it. Self-portraits are
looking good too, maybe start working in some values or color? Anyway keep it
up, I can def see some improvement.
well done on that! silly question....seen a lot of these around especially in atelier studies, what is the purpose of making copies of these drawings?
kidult> The purpose is to train your eye to see angles, relationships, proportions correctly, as well as value relationships. It whips your artistic eye into shape.
Jamesy> It's 9x12. It's basically really fine hatches, but I also fill the pits of the paper in with graphite, and pull off any excess, which makes it alot smoother. I even hatched in small circles in the shadow areas.
algenpfleger> Onwarrrd! I'll post my block-in later today!
Here are some environments for the EOW100, and 102, as well as my completed 2nd bargue study.
I put this ridiculous script font on my submission, and overall, I'd have to rate the presentation 1 out of 10. I'm going to Keep It Simple Stupid in the future, and spend more time on the concepts themselves instead of worrying about font size. Here are the concepts, from the novel "Return To Oz". I think it's obvious which ones I had a better idea for, and which ones I was still unclear about. I was not included in the public poll because I didn't read the fine print, so important lesson learned there: Fully read your instructions!
For EOW102, once again, I over cerebralized, and came out with something that just was not very clear at all. Now before read on, here's the picture, and you be the critic. Did I succeed? I don't think so. Maybe you can give me some good feedback/ideas. The topic again, is "space dementia".
Does anything work in the above?
I had this idea that a person suffering from space dementia reminisced back to his childhood memories in the countryside, decided to chop a tree because that's what he always did, and meanwhile he breaches the window of the mess hall in this spaceship, and everyone is sucked out.
Did you get that immediately? I don't think it works, so yeah...
Something that does work is this 2nd bargue study.
It was challenging because I had to keep the values relative, and with the shadows so light, it made the whole thing seem higher key. I'm also beginning to understand how value can determine edge quality. I learned a ton, and now I'm looking forward to this 3rd bargue study. After that...cast drawing! Woo! Moar studies!
That's all. Will try and update more often. No excuse for me.
sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet stuff!! love the eow.
sourgasm> Thanks for saying so. No, I have not heard that particular song.
Ok, so here is where I'm at with the 3rd bargue. I'm doing this sweet gel.
The levels are heavily adjusted because the lines are so light, but hopefully it'll give you an idea. I'm not using a plumbline or measuring device for this one, just trying to use angles to get it right. It's freeing not using the thread to measure. Just gotta make sure it's right.
Wasn't happy with the generally out of whack proportions, so I redid it. I'm more confident in this one, so I'm going to refine, block in more shadows, and refine some more. If I did it right, there will be only be minor changes being made if any.
Dude you got some really good stuff here, your developing fast. too fast... lol
"As you may have noticed, Im not all here my self..."
Give me some love! JARheads SKETCHBOOK of DOOM!
JARhead> Thanks. Must go faster.
Here is my block-in for the bargue. It seems very close, and I fixed a bunch of issues that snapped the entire right side and bottom into place. I'm going to add some tone to the major shadow areas and see if it still holds up, then tweak if needed. Halftones have a way of messing with my perception of distances & edges, so I'm trying to watch out for that.
Blocking in lightly some other areas. Some fixes were made to the lower left side of the base outline, and the left hairmass, but so far they've been pretty minor fixes. The block in holds up nicely. It's like a scaffold. Just trying to figure out value masses and transitions to see if everything still holds together.
And Bridgeman hand studies. The ones on the left are copies, the ones on the right are from life. I tried to really figure out why Bridgeman used certain strokes, or shapes, or lines to convey stuff. Another set of copies, and finally one last from life, using a mirror to approximate the same angle from the book.
Sketch from a doctor's office.
Continuing with Bridgeman. The guy has line control. Me wants.
And my ever-evolving EOW entry. I want to punch up the right side and make the path & tree a bit more of a player in the scene. Just a little. I have absolutely no idea what colors go behind those background trees. Hopefully I can find some reference to get an idea.
And some photos from our new camera. I know there's photomob, but I just gotta give you a few.
First, one of the plaster casts which I will be drawing. It's a combination of a darker photo and a lighter photo, and masked in such a way so that only parts of the floor and the entire cast are shown. A bit blurry cuz it was handheld.
And a macro of glitter lamp. I'm such a sucker for particle fx.
Ok, more soon. That bargue is being conquered soon!
AMAZING progress. Bargue's a genius eh?
Keep going in any case, maybe something i struggle with can help you:
Applying what you learn from your fine art studies.
I feel I tend to let them fade, yet I absolutely shouldn't, and all that remains is the technical sensibility acquired from working so accurately, instead of the actual knowledge.
Writing concisely helps too I guess, another thing I have problems with :p
I moved the right eye, up and left, slightly which combined with the centerline fix, helped the forehead shape come together.
The neck looks a bit "stocky" right now, but I think it's because of the angle of that major shadow shape. Maybe it's the outline too, I haven't fully fixed all the way around the bargue after I moved stuff left, so that'll come left, and probably get rid of the stocky look.
That's all until my hand heals :/ Guess it's a good sign I'm drawing more, but...I wanna draw moar!
Wow. Improved a lot very quickly. I love the Bargue stuff and you're environments look great as well.
The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.