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I have been batting around the idea of starting a sketch book here for way too long, and finally decided I pretty much have to. I get so much inspiration from these forums, but I useually shy away from commenting thinking "Well it's better than what i can do, sooo who am I to crit?". Seriously there is so much talent just dripping from here, I can't be the only one that's a wee bit intimidated right?
Well whatever the case may be, I feel guilty about getting so much in the way of advice (told to others) and inspiration, I figured as embarrasing as it may be, perhaps others could learn from my mistakes.
I graduated last september with a degree in comic book art, and then realised that to be able to do my dream job of concept art I would actually have to be able to paint, use colour and not just be some hack that throws most of his scribbles away.
So yeah, I guess I will post my attempts at painting as well as sketches if thats ok, and ofcourse any and all feed back would be greatly welcomed, should you feel the urge.
Cheers, and I hope you find something in here to enjoy.
(I have no idea what this means, but man, It's awsome, had to use it)
Last edited by Asire; August 5th, 2008 at 04:04 AM. Reason: Subject/changing thumbnail
Keep it up!!
Welcome, Asire. You obviously have artistic knowledge that we can benefit from, so please don't shy away from writing critiques.
This is great stuff; let's see some more.
Hey again, and thanks for the kind welcome, I really appreceiate it, as I said I was quite anxious to post here, thinking that my thread would get flat out ignored or somthing like that.
Just thought before i post some images, for any one interested, I should say how I plan on doing this. I want to post new stuff Monday through friday every evening. Weekends are for the family, so unless I get a gap on a random Saturday, there probably won't be anything new posted.
Saturns Gate: Thanks! Will Do!
Secret Sun: Cheers! I will try
Ex Nihilo: Thankyou, that's very nice to hear, especially from some one of your caliber. I looked at your SB, and your one of the people that make me nervous to post, lol
Chupacabra: Thank you... I think... have you put cameras in my house or anything? 'Coz I sware that huge stack of porn around my desk is purely for refrence...
And on to some new work. the wto painted heads were just me messing around, trying to figure out hair, stubble and skin.
The lines are tightend sketches I need to get around to painting, but colour seriously terrifys me I never know where to start. So hopefully for the rest of this week I will post my process, and if one of the many amazing painters here could give me a point in the right direction that would be great.
Cheers, and hope you enjoy.
Last edited by Asire; June 4th, 2008 at 02:17 PM. Reason: moving images to this post.
Great sb mate,
nice one, keep at it!
In the absence of light, dark will prevail.
see my NEW sketchbook[UPDATED] http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=123027
I love your line work. Very Nice!!!
You got some pretty awesome charactersmore please.
Thanks for the comments! I really wasn't expecting such a posative responce, so thanks again
Grafguy: Thank you She was the first thing I painted useing anything other than really basic flat cell shade types, so I am very happy you like it.
lilnebo: Cheers mate, thanks for stopping by!
JailHouseRock: Thanks for the kind words! I will!
mo206: Thanks! Hopfully some time soon I will be able to do some decent colours too. Maby by Page 10? or 50? lol
Eugie: Cheers! I alsways worry that my designs are too boring and stale, so thats nice to hear. Should have more every day Mon-Fri
Ookchk: Thankyou very much.
Some sketches from this morning (useually try to grab about an hour in a coffy shop every morning to losen up)... Everyone always seems to sit so I can only see their profile
Should have some colours following shortly. Thanks for stopping by.
So those colours that were coming shortly had to wait till today, I forgot I was playing in a 5 a side game last night.
Just building up the value before going back in with some colour overlays, this only has black, 80 and 50 % greay on it right now, but I stopped for a break, figured I would post where I was at.
Finished greays followed by colours coming up.
If you see anything to crit, please do. Can make ammendments on the fly
Think I am done with the tones on this. No where near perfect, but I am having fun with it.
Again crits ect very welcome, wanted and needed
I'm loving your work C: nice lines and cool characters.
Sketchbook please! http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=204442
Just updateing my progress, took a long break to cook dinner, bath the kid, and chillax a while with the missus.
So on to colours. I am crap with overlays, and colour in general, so apologies in advanced for any damaged eyesight.
Just laying out some basic colours to work with. Gone with the old faithful blue/orange complimentary, bout to warm up the lightsource, and make the colours less saturated in the shadows.
And thanks for the replys!
curry23: Cheers mate!
Lyno: Your right about the cheek, I hope I have adressed that, although I want the side of her face strongly lit, so i hope i havn't gone over the top with that. Also, for some reason, I can never get hair right in greyscale, so I finish the rest of the painting first, then paint the hair over useing sample values from the rest of the image. I know its weird, but thats why the hair is some incomplete.
Thanks to both of you for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it
Nice concepts you've got here.
Finished with this one now. Was playing around with the lighting, I useually do really boring lighting scheams, so i tried somthign a little extravagent (for me anyway) by placing the light at her side.
Crits of all shapes and sizes welcomed and enjoyed, so please fire away. and thanks for taking your time to have a glance.
I am off to bed now, I will be doing the same thing with a new drawing tomorrow, so feel free to join me late morning GMT
ninjacat11: Thankyou very much
Tones for today, working on the colours after dinner, so updates later this evening.
Cheers for looking !
Back from dinner, and the basic colours are in place. Next update will be the finished version. Will fix the bong eye and halo-ing issues along with painting on the actual hues I want. Want to get this done in the next 30 mins ish, so see you then
Cheers for looking
Dannelf: Thanks! Seriously, your too kind, I wish my lines were impressive As far as life drawing goes, I try to get out and draw people about 5 times a week (useually ends up being 3-4 as stuff comes up) but aside from that, there are no actual life drawing sessions anywhere near where I live that I know of. If I get the oppertunity to draw from models, This will be the first place they are posted Thanks again for looking
And here is the finished bloke. Another beautiful evening where I live, so the lighting again inspired by the sunset, as I havent seen a decent one in far too long.
As far as the design goes, I was picturing some faded rock star, perhaps contemplating his life? who knows, haha.
Thanks for having a glance, will do the same again tomorrow, new drawing, same old practice. All comments welcomed and appreciated
EDIT: I just noticed as i posted, my original sketch had scruffy stubble, so I added some (mainly because I find it hard to paint) So yeah, heres that too, Whats your prefrence? Clean or rough?
Last edited by Asire; April 24th, 2008 at 06:38 PM. Reason: BEARD!
cooool, this is a really strong start man - your characters have a really strong style, espec the b&w pencils in your first post, and are of a high quality... you've got a really good sense of anatomy going on... excellent stuff
im curious, have you got any life drawings? would be good to see them if you have
as for crits, i would say it might be good to try and loosen up a bit more, especially in your coffeeshop sketches. try some gesture studies and capturing a pose in 1 or 2 or 3 strokes and in 10, 30 and 60 secs... they might look like crap but they're really good for making sure you're arent too stiff...
secondly, im not sure how your colourising your b&ws, are you using the burn and dodge tools? i would personally steer clear of them a little bit at first as i personally feel they kill the colours unless you're very careful. also, it might be worth doing some studies on how light and colour bounce around... check this out if you havent already...
wow, this turned into something long and boring... sorry bout that...
looking forward to seeing some more stuff soon!
No painting so far today, I don't know why, but I woke up In a bit of a slump today, can't seem to do anything even slightly right. Going to go out and do some people watching/drawing, see if I can get out of it.
strybjorn: Thanks for the reply and compliments! I really enjoyed your sketch book (and will continue to do so) so that means a lot! The only life drawing I have is quite old now, the only place I had access to any sessions was when I was at school, and I can't seem to find any groups near where I live. As for dodge an burn, I avoid them like the plauge, mainly because as you have noticed, my work tends to become oversaturated. I think it's down to having a duff comp or somthing, becuse it looks fine on the section of my screen that works properly (Most of my moniter onlydisplays in tones of red or green) but If I look at it on another PC, it looks totally wrong.
Also, thanks for the link! That tutorial looks great, this is just the sort of feedback I was looking for, so thanks for taking the time to write it! Not long and boring at all! Cheers for the advice, and I hope you keep coming back
Your coloured pieces are cool. I think the girl from April 23rd ended up looking the best (when you placed the strong light at her side)... as for the guy, he looks best clean shaven. It is hard to add stubble and this version doesn't work properly. Maybe a change of brush, have it more broken up or something. I only have one other crit. and that is that although the way he's leaning on the side of his right foot is quite natural-seeming, it makes the foot look smaller than the left.
Your flesh tones seem a bit too yellow-ey. But that could be your monitor. Give it up for a bad job and get yourself a new one. There's nothing worse than a spazzy monitor.
But that's a specific, and in general I have to say that I think your pieces are really accomplished and I love their sense of balance and movement. Your quicker sketches in your first couple of posts look the business and show you're up for some great concepts. Keep posting!
dunno if this will help you or not, but a little while ago i found a database of evening classes around the country...i know evening classes arent ideal (im thinking something a bit more informal might be better) but if it gives you a model for an hour a week, then it would be worth it i reckon
the closest i found to boro is the newcastle version - i dont know the NE particularly well but i hope that you can venture into newcastle to find something... drawing classes
dont worry too much about the slump, just keep going man
Firs of all, sorry for the break. I hit a wall last week, and it dawned on me just how much time i had been spending chained to my desk, so I took a week off to have some family time. It was fantastic.
But now back to the drawing board. I am wanting, as of tomorrow, to get back on with posting every day. I am not sure how well it will go, but I am going to give it my best shot.
donalfall: Thank you very much. Ytou right about his foot, and my skin tones. Its a reccuring issue I have, and as much as I need a new moniter (I have plugged in a few different ones to the same result, so I am thinking its a graphics card issue), I still think it's down to my lack of painting experience. Also thanks for the kind words, I hope you keep coming back to see how things progress
strybjorn: Thanks again! It's good to see you came back! That link sounds wonderful, and would be very useful as I am quite near Newcastle, but unfortunatly I can't get the link to work. Perhaps the list moved? And thanks for the 'Chin up' I appreciate it. I am going to check out your SB after this post, hope theres some new stuff
And to show my good intentions for the next week, here are a few sketches, and an Idea I had when I saw the COTW thread earlyer this evening. I started drawing, then realised the deadline was tonight, and i would have to stay up to finish It. I guess I will paint it in my own time and take part in next weeks challange.
cheers for looking
Nice new additions. I like the top right sketch in the first pic of your latest post.
I have one or two gripes with this pic (the most recent coloured one):
Namely the stage-left leg, it looks very awkward and stubby, not sure if that was intentional but I think I see what you were trying to do with it. I'd say you could have lowered the foot a bit more, adjusted the angle of it a little, and also bent the leg. As it is it looks like the foot is leaning on its side but that single twist isn't even effecting the leg in the slightest.
I'm aware what you were trying to do with that image, and it's a tough pose to capture, but keep at it. =D