Hey Blackspot, I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for commenting on my sketchbook. Your still life paintings of glasses in posts #95+96 are looking really nice. Also I really like your newest figure drawings where you implemented directional hatching, particularly in the 2 lying poses in post #117. I think it helps to define the planes of the figure better and also adds a bit of movement. I also particularly enjoy the full-length skeleton in you post # 120. Keep up the good work ^^
It was a pleasure.
I haven’t done any art for three days; I’ve been wrestling with my website, which I’ve rewritten pretty well from scratch. I had a look at a WYSIWYG builder, but I hate all the extra coding and having the CSS on every page. Boy, is my html rusty.
My old site used CSS to make tables, so I thought I’d finally give divs a bash. I think I was so-so successful. At the moment there isn’t a lot of content, and the About page is pretty embarrassing; I mean having to write about yourself in the third person is very difficult. I’ll be expanding it a lot.
One sad bit is that a number of sites did actually link to one of my pages. I’ll have to tell them the new url when I get the stuff back up.
I was really chuffed to get the lightbox working and then spent nearly two days getting it to line up on the page as I wanted it. Any suggestions for wording etc, would be gratefully received.
One other thing I’ve got to do is delete the forum I attached to the old site. Sadly, in three years, I never got one comment – total waste of time. I’m waiting for my password to be forwarded so I can rid of the blasted thing.
Chuffed? ... I know I shouldn't say it 'cos you're all frustrated from the website! ... but... Britishy words are really... adorable...
Sorry! So, what do you mean suggestions for wording? I've actually put together a lightbox gallery recently so I could help you out if you still need it
Chuffed means pleased. Not being a natural coder, and coming to webdesign later in life, it's a big achievement for me. It's not the coding wording I'm worried about, it's the words presenting my work. I'll sit down and redo it when I have a few minutes. Due to IE quirks the lightbox style in my CSS won't validate.
Been busy the last week doing my entry for Newborn exclusive to everything else. Got so much to do to it before I show it to anyone. Actually I'm going to two based on the same picture - the second one will have extra gloop.
Okay I thought I'd post my Newborn work here.
Remember this sketch from my first page?
Well I decided to do a modern Birth of Venus. It's gone through a lot of transformation from the original sketch. Actually, as I said before, I'm going to do two - one plain and one covered in slime. Still lots to work on.
Well she does grow into a fully formed woman in there, so it had better be comfortable. Been working on the face - redid the mouth completely and straightened out her nose.
Hay Black spot,
Love the animation's on the last page, so cool and great colours as well!
And your portraits of everyone on CA are so cool, lots of life in all of them!
Last one's looking beautiful too
dierat, you’re right – I’ll redo it again tonight.
alesoun, the shell’s on water. There will glimpses of some fish heading towards her and maybe some butterflies fluttering overhead, but I want to keep it fairly low key because I like the composition and don't want to break it up. I haven’t painted water in yoinks. There’s nothing like a challenge to push my self out of my comfort zone.
Thank you Matt.
mmmm scratchy....haha but yeah loving your scratchy sketchy style.
That Newborn piece is a great idea. I realise that it's not finished yet so you may already have this covered but I think you need something dark behind her to create some contrast and help her pop a bit more. Atm her light value is against the light value of the shell and she's getting lost a bit, which is a shame as it's a great pose and nicely painted!
Looking forward to seeing it done.
That's okay Dan, I tend to work in an odd way and put the shadows in later. The actual living bits of the scallop are going to be more like cushions in the end.
It's a bit straighter, but I opened a bottle of wine and that's all I'm doing tonight.
It took me an hour and a half to get home tonight, so Iím knackered. This morning I started on her left hand. The nail on the little finger needs to be bigger. As you can see the lighting from my references (posemaniacs) is wrong and I am working that out. Sort of fun learning on the job so to speak.
Both need a lot of work before Iím finished.
Didn't get much done today, had some bad news and couldn't face drawing until tonight. Worked a bit more on the hand and then played around with the colour settings.
Wow, very sweet start Black Spot, and a good idea as well
She's a bit muddy though, but I guess you'll fix that out later, like you're doing with the hand.
Looking forward to see what you can come up with for this one
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Yes, I need her to be much pinker.
I've started a thread in the competition area, so this place is going to be a bit dead for a while. You all could talk amongst yourselves though.
Sort of lied in the last post. I didn't realise that some people dislike decorative pieces. What's with all the sci-fi? While I do love SF, I do think they tend to look very samey after a while. Went over to DA the other day and some people were promoting the contest here. I'm just waiting for the first Newborn Furry to appear.
Redid the hand. Found my original reference and preferred it. Also started making the body a bit pinker. The last one is taking the solid colour away from the body. I prefer the hair in the water without the brown and the overall feel is softer, so I might work a bit more on that. I'll post again in the official thread when I have got a lot further along.
I wasn't happy with the body and most of my refs had the wrong lighting, so I bought some play dough this morning and made my own. The second picture is where I overlaid the manikin over her body - I was amazed I got it so close. Because of that I changed the position of her arm again and started to reshade/colour. It might seem several steps back but I'm not scared to redo things if I feel they're not right. I'm a lot happier with her stomach area and boobs.
Okay, did a bit more today. Most of the day was taken with worrying about Iran, so I'm surprised that I got anything done. The first is pure vector, the second is where I took it into PhotoPlus and smoothed bits out. The right leg shadow where it meets the stomach is too low; it's funny how a couple of hours can make a big difference in one's perception of what one's done (gosh don't I type like the Queen speaks?). I was going to post the smoothed out one over on the NB forum, but cold feet when I spotted the mistake with the leg.
Just noticed her right arm looks squished and I think it's too long.
I don't think it's too long but perhaps too thin? I've noticed in my own work that if the arms are too thin, they will appear disproportionately long compared to the head. Also it would be more elegant I think if the arm were slightly bent so her wrist is up and her hand is hanging down a bit. Or maybe she could have her hand pulled back by her head like she's just waking up.
I think the play-do is a great idea; something I sometimes do is use barbies and photograph them to get an idea of the lighting, then change the proportions in accordance with my refs.
I think her hand is too small and her wrist. Thanks for the tip.
I forgot to mention that I put her left arm back in its original position and so didn't lose the work I did on it. Yeah for saving multiple versions.
Just a quick update. I worked more on the bottom shell today.