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You have a nice "natural," gentle way of sketching it seems. I like it! It's good to keep your sketches from being stiff or awkward. Your lines flow really nicely.
Here's something I thought was inspiring. It's Glenn Fabry's work, especially his sketches.
http://www.glennfabry.co.uk/gallery.htm - gallery
http://www.glennfabry.co.uk/gallery9.htm - sketches
I wish I had a magic machine that took my sketchbook and scanned it for me. I'm soooo lazy when it comes to scanning stuff in.
Knarf-Thanks Frank! It got me working hard, which is the key methinks.
eminkey2003-Thanks for the links and compliment!
I gave Sketchbook Pro a try and MAN does it make nice looking brush strokes! I highly suggest downloading the trial and giving it a try.
Hey Brinkman, you got my vote for the TAD scholarship, crossing fingers for your letter of confirmation!
Are you doing fashion stuff like this one from reference or imagination? Either way, it's impressive! I'm really impressed by people who can draw drapery. It'll make the pictures more lifelike, I think. If you want to apply that kind of detail to your figures and faces, then you'll really push the realism of it. Otherwise I'd suggest working drapery into your style, so it matches the rest of the figure.
Buuut I'm just rantin'. Keep on truckin'!
witcrack- Thanks, will do!
Metal Fingers- Thanks! You're totally right... the speech bubble is my way of justifying a problem I was too lazy to fix!
phizpietl- I'm TADing it up all the way! Are you going to be doing a pod? I'm hoping to get into the KC one. I'll definitely keep up the studies
Reymus- Thank you a hundred times! It looks like my chances are pretty grim...I assumed that asking everyone you know outside of CA would be off limits...I guess that go to show what assuming does! Anyway, everyone in the poll really deserves it, so I'll be happy for those that get them.
eminkey2003- Those are from reference (www.lookbook.nu). I'm hoping that if I do enough, a little fashionable costume design will seep into my characters from imagination Thanks for the compliment big guy!
Here's the earliest early drawing of a new still life. It's a jacket of mine. I'm posting this mainly because I told myself I'd start posting every day. Stay tuned for updates on this and some updates to my portfolio pieces I've been nibbling on since I last posted them.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
I like that still life-- could you show us a photo reference too? I think the proportions of it look more realistic than usual. Kudos, if that's what you're going for. Maaayybeee you could do a double illustration, with one half showing you wearing the jacket. That'd be cool.
You're making good progress, man. Keep at it!
Great work since DISCOVERY dude! Great studies on that jacket! Not sure what scares me the most, painting all those lil details, or that fact that you own that jacket!
We want daily updates!!!
Keep it up Andy, and congrats on the TAD scholarship.
Leave it to me to claim that I'm going to update every day and then disappear! I've been doing art this whole time, so I've got some stuff to show yall.
Thanks for the comments, friends, I'll swing by your SBs and return the favor.
I've got a couple'a CHOW things, an illustration idea, a small update on the jacket and a bunch of sketches including some watercolors and new prismacolor pencils. Woot!
M to the F to the mutha fucken DOOMMMM! good shit son! talk to me more on facebook i feel so ronery...
Here's a copy>paste of my post in the CHOW thread, in case you don't lurk there like me and you're interested. Feedback super-welcome!
I ended up approaching this from a pretty literally. As I started thinking about what a mystic, old west, gunslinger would be I realized that it'd be interesting and plausible to cast him as a wiccan, since witch hunts continued right up through the end of the 19th century. This lead me to think about how his witchcraft would shape his life, and in the 19th century, practicing wicca would surely make you an outcast from American society, leading him to affiliate with the American Indians. After some research into wiccan and native american theology, it became clear that there are some strong ties that made the pairing perfect. Animism, a concept of Mother/Father god dualities, and a holistic, natural approach to life are present in both.
That's how I landed where I am with this guy currently.
I based his features on Charles Bronson because I love how in his cowboy films his ethnic/cultural background is flexible. I feel like that adds to this character's outsider-straddling-two-worlds mystique.
Upon stepping away from this for I bit, I've noticed spacing/anatomy issues with his eyes and face. I'll hit those on my next pass!
I like the idea of a Wiccan cowboy, but I think his pose makes him look awfully wimpy. It looks like you've put some research into the anatomy though. Something more like the butcher's first pose would be better.
The sketches are great-- lots of variation and nice experiments. I like how you're distorting the figures in different ways. I say keep doing more dynamic poses and perspectives, and generally more dynamic everything. Try not to let your ideas get stale, otherwise you'll just keep making the same drawing (happens to me most of the time). I think that if you come up with a lot of different ideas, you'll stretch out more, and be more flexible. By the way, nice Lenin face! I think the likeness is pretty good.
Edit: here are some poses I liked. I think it helps to have a really clear silhouette (and a good imagination):
Last edited by eminkey2003; April 2nd, 2010 at 02:02 PM.
I really dig the composition in the soldier sketch. It feels as if we are just beside him watching as the explosion happens, maybe even lowering our eye level would be even more effective? Nice water colors.
Yo yo! I'm back.
eminkey2003- Thanks for the suggestions/crit, very helpful indeed!
Mumph-Thanks mang, feedback is always appreciated!
For tonight (this morning, really): Some folks from the "What does everyone look like?" thread, some samurai and a new direction I'm trying with a looser, more expressive painting style.
Also, some dope music for you to listen to while you peruse:
Last edited by BRINKMAN!; April 11th, 2010 at 04:28 AM.
Fucking love the sketches and watercolours man, adds another level which is just so cool.
Keep them coming!
JailHouseRock2- Thanks! I can't tell you how fun it is to splash watercolors around in your sketchbook. I carry a cheap travel set with me everywhere now... I'll have more soon!
Ted E.- Thanks! I think you'll dig this update
Here's an update on the expressive portrait. I should come clean and say that I'm heavily borrowing from Jenny Saville in my color choice and technique... but hey, learn from the best, right? I'm really excited about this painting. I slept for 4 hours, got up and started working on it again straight away.