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Thanks for the comments everyone. As for my process I usually use a regular mechanical pencil, big blending stump (which I use to draw a lot), kneeded eraser (drawing also), big vine charcoal sticks, and on larger pieces I substitute the blending stump with a shamee I forget how to spell it.
This summer I am getting an oil set, I have been doing research on a color pallet, mediums to mix, and brushes. Hopefully I will get going in the next few weeks on some larger color pieces when I make my studio back at home. If anyone wants to suggest anything for oil setups feel free to fill me in!
i enjoyed the last sketch you did, and the last digi-enviro was a neat style.
DStrak: Appreciate it bro
Here is some more stuff!
Last edited by Samuel Gray; May 8th, 2009 at 07:28 PM.
here is something i made up
Thanks amarryth! I had fun with it. I see myself doing some larger traditional paintings with those types of figures in them.
Here is a quick charcoal study I did last night of Rembrandt. And my new studio setup, got the wood for my birthday =P
hey sam.. that looks fantastic! i can't wait to have a space for myself completely dedicated to art. maybe do a self portrait from life sometime soon? you have got the rendering from source image down... time to challenge yourself
Thanks amarryth! Ya its about time for a sp... haha. But, here is my first real oil painting... I just set up a banana in a box and went at it. The picture is from my phone so its poor =/
Here is another oil painting I did for my girlfriend.
amarryth and karein thanks for the comments
here is my girlfriend pencil drawing and a random oil painting i made up that i am still working on.
Seeing some great progression.
keep it up -Omerta
sketchbook updated October 6th
Nice work on the portrait The fur on the hat would have driven me nuts
Did you use photo reference for that one? Because when I look back at the photo's you posted of your girlfriend, It looks a little like you might have made her features a little too small, or her jawline too big.
Still looks great though, And I really like the oil work. Keep them coming
yeah, the photo reference thing... if possible it would be great to get a bit of the referencing from life.. drawing strictly from a photo is flattening, especially if there wasn't a ton of attention to light and shadow by the photographer.. and the proportions do look a bit off.. and for some reason the hair doesn't feel like it's in front of the face even though logic would tell you it is.. just some thoughts
Karein - Ya i used a photo reference. It was a model picture of hers. Ya every time I look at it I think there is something wrong.. I will post the reference though.
bapsi - thanks =p
dile - preciate it man
amarryth - ya it was from photo... its hard to get something good in a short amount of time from life, but that takes practice.. haha. i tried to make the drawing darker than the photograph. Also, the photograph really made the drawing lighter than what it really is, but here it is!
So here is the reference I used of my girlfriend and my most recent work in progress, a 4' oil painting! Picture is bad but I basically did an acrylic underpainting for the background and then some burnt umber for the darks in the figure. I will clean up alot and try to build some form tomorrow!
Nice work all round!
I think you need to stop worrying about all the little details with the portraits.. get the image far away from you when you're drawing and look at the tones and how they relate to each other. There's something beyond the surface that's missing. I think you're worrying about being too perfect with it, and not letting anything of yourself out onto the paper. For that most recent one, leaving some parts of the paper unshaded could make the difference, as giving the same smooth treatment to the entire drawing is unifying in a bad way, it puts it all on one level and flattens. I just really think you should step up with the observed from life. It will improve your knowledge in a way that photo ref'd never can. Just like a runner can greatly benefit from weight training, you need to look beyond your photos to improve your rendering.
I'm only kicking you in the ass cause everyone is still giving you the credit you deserve.
Excellent studies! Especially Rembrandt. But aren't you afraid of getting charcoal on that pale sofa?
Live life, Live love, Love life, then die -- SaiVix
I would really love some honest critiques and improvements suggestions
Renewed Study - I'm drawing again!!
I really appreciate the comments everyone. amarryth I know exactly what you are talking about. With my portraits I am too worried about the details and having it all the same. It really doesn't show anything except my technical ability. That is one of my weaknesses I guess. I tend to not think about expressing myself as much as I think about getting it exactly right etc. But I know that being able to create from life is a huge part of the learning process.
Anywho, here is an update on the painting! I am going to decide probably on completely changing the background to a warm tone. I have been having an image of my head of a guy that is in the air that will be holding something (a religious necklace) that will be either protecting him or symbolizing that he is taking a leap of faith out of darkness. Originally I wanted to have cool colors to show how he is ascending but I think I will have a more warm feeling to show some type of nervousness. I probably should do more scketches of what I have already but I am enjoying the process. After I get the values down on his skin i plan on doing a warm wash over his skin and bring back some limbs to create some depth.
Help would be great!
would like to see more of those abstract paintings from you. they can be pretty interesting I think.
your other drawings just need some more "spark". like amaryth said.
they don't pop out enough in my opinion. but the eyes in the drawing of your girlfriend are amazing. really well done.
Thanks for the comments Karein and dhchamp! I am having a blast doing this painting. Any comments would be great!
I think I might add a gradient wash to the bottom and wash the chain once it is dry to a warmer color. Cheers!
Love the panitings mate, great work all round!