Natalie's Sketchbook. Let's do this.
Hey all, so I've been drawing for a while, but I'm still very new to using Photoshop, so basically I'm going to be doing a lot of studies to push myself and improve so that I can eventually paint with the best of them. :)
First post: A few pencils and 2 grayscale studies from the last week or so. I hope I can keep the momentum building and post fairly often.
Big Sketchbook update, 1 month of anatomy and some portraits
So I know it's been a while since I posted anything, and I know that also goes against my pledge to keep updating regularly, but with all that in mind I am still excited about this post.
I've actually been getting a fair amount of practice in, and granted I haven't been painting much, I feel like I've definitely learned a lot so far in these studies. The anatomy books I ordered, (Bammes, Bridgman, Vanderpoel) came in and I started studying from all 3 simultaneously, along with my Loomis books, and I think it has helped me understand things much better than my previous attempts at this stuff. Also, important to note, I owe a BIG thanks to Hannes (algenpfleger) for uploading a bunch of his old studies, which helped me, not only as a nice reference in my own studies, but also as a reference of which master artists would be beneficial to study from.
I also ordered a scanner, and bought a new camera, which I am already in love with. And these will help make posting drawings way easier, as well as help me get some nice references to study from. My camera performs really well in low light, so I'm going to try and take some dramatically lit images and use them to study light/shadow/form later on.
So, aside from the big pile of anatomy studies, I've also thrown in some old old paintings from my senior year of college. They're acryllic, and probably the best handful from that semester. Just wanted some color in this thread.
And finally, I made a compiled image of all the portraits I've done of people in my capoeira group, which was a lot of fun to put together, and I figured it would be easier to upload that than each one separate.
Okay guys! Hope you like, and hopefully now with my new tech I'll be able to post a lot easier and thus more frequently.
Update:: Yay it didn't take a whole month!
Hey! So as I had hoped, my camera makes uploading these drawing so much less of a headache. As such, and since it's only been a couple days, here's the anatomy I've been doing. It's been a week of Arms so far. Hoping to do a bunch tomorrow too, and then do some torso's that aren't armless.
Also, been thinking a lot about the "Deathline" challenge/initiative that Dan and the Crimson Daggers have started up. I am going to work on setting up a blog so I can start that up, I think it's a worthwhile practice and hopefully I can stick with it for the year. Though I'm going to refer to my efforts personally as "Skyline" because I think I would depress myself talking and thinking about a deathline all the time. S-kills, K-nowledge and Y-ou = SKYLINE. It's probably a corny thing to change or fuss over, but like I said, it's more for my own emotional contentment than anything else.
Onward and upward. :) - Natalie
Update, first bloodsport entry, tons of personal growth by doing this.
I know it has been a while, but I wanted to post this as one big update just to set a marker for the upcoming months. Attached is my entry for the Crimson Daggers Bloodsport Challenge on Toy Design. And also a compiled image of all the studies I did for it.
This is super exciting for me, for a lot of reasons. It's the first full color illustration/project I've done in Photoshop. I was able to get over my apprehension regarding a lot of things surrounding practice and just getting used to my tablet/painting in Photoshop in general. And not to sound like I'm blowing my ego up, but I'm actually pleasantly surprised with the final result, I didn't think when I set out on this challenge that I would end up with an image that looked like this.
Anyway, really excited to continue with these challenges, the next one is going to be a ton of fun. I'll probably post my studies as I work on them instead of doing the giant compilation at the end this time around.
Starting bloodsport 5 - Miyazaki Re-invented
Yemi775 - Thanks! Gotta keep myself focussed and working on something.
SoulReaper - Thanks I guess, I don't think I'm all that impressive though :x
Hoang Nam Viet - If you like this you should check out the Crimson Dagger study stream with Daniel Warren
CarbonBased - I will try to update as much as I can! :D
Okay, so hey everyone, like I said I'll be posting my studies for this challenge as I do them instead of waiting the 2 weeks. Hopefully it pushes me to produce more on a daily basis. Starting the 5th Bloodsport challenge, Miyazaki Re-invented. I chose Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Been thumbnailing and doing comp studies for a couple days and I finally have 2 that I like. I will probably only finish 1 within the time frame, but I'd really like to paint both images someday. Anyway, rambling, here's the jacket I painted today, practice for Nausicaa's costuming.
Cutest creature in the world and some duuuuudes
Hey guys, here's today's studies for the Miyazaki Bloodsport. Working on animals that I can apply for her little pet thing, and some faces of actors I might try to work into the other characters' likenesses.
my eyes hurt.... T^T
Ruining an actress's face and some mold...
Eroquii - Thanks. I've been using a bunch of different books and going back and forth between them as I move through the human figure. I feel like that way I expose myself to multiple approaches and hopefully internalize as much information about each bit of anatomy that I can. But to answer your question specifically, I've looked at Andrew Loomis, Gottfried Bammes, George Bridgman, and John H. Vanderpoel so far. And also for faces and some of the figure poses I've been looking at Wes Burt's drawings and some of Hannes' old work. Anatomy is a big thing to comprehend, so the more resources you explore and apply the better you'll get. *sorry ranting again*.... -_-''
Okay, hey guys,
So I didn't post yesterday, was feeling really crummy and didn't get a whole lot done. I'd like to blame the horrible job I did painting Amy Adams' face on the fact that I have a cold, but really it's just because I suck. Still I learned a bunch and its the first time I've practiced doing a portrait/hair in color in PS. Anyway, got what I wanted out of it, and then this afternoon I did this study of moss/mold as an exploration of textures and things I'll need to apply to my toxic jungle. I did a color adjustment just for fun afterwards and I am really excited now. Probably going to work on design stuff in pencil for the rest of today and do some more face studies of my actors. I'll post those tomorrow.
Bloodsport 5 - Miyazaki Re-invented
Hey everyone! So here it is, after 2 weeks of working, studying and basically doing nothing but this, my Bloodsport 5 entry. I've included my compiled studies and references just to show process and the things I used to bring this painting to where it is. Thanks to everyone who gave me crits while I was painting this, they were definitely super helpful.
For those of you who don't know, this is based on Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.
Can't wait to start the next challenge. :)