Oh noes! D: Ah well it happens to all of us at some point of another. Probably better that you did it on a study so you can learn from it and develop a better system for keeping your files. As I work I frequently flatten my layers and save the img twice, once as a new low-res jpg and then as a new psd file, so if anything happens along the way, I can always go back to the previous version. It's not awesome if I accidentally save over a current file as I lose whatever work I've done since the last save-as, but it's better than nothing.
P.S. w00t page 2!
YAY! new page, Haha.
This is working better than I thought! I'm really motivated to update and it's really cool to keep track of my studies.
It's certainly going to be fun looking back at the beginning in a year or so (...hopefully!)
.Forscience: Yeah, I know but I've been getting some super useful pointers already.
If I figure out the secret (...to life, the universe and everything... oh wait, we know that one already...) I'll let you know, haha.
Yeah, Dierat, ... that's the clever thing to do, haha.
Oh,... dammit. But at least it was just a study. And what I usually do is save, resize, save as jpg, UNDO, go on.
...that is obviously a very, very flawed system. I see that now.
But I actually liked how it turned out at this point and I learned a bunch, wich is the goal of these things anyway.
I was soo tired tody as well, still am and I was so confused I went out shopping (after an afternoon nap) and I was all shocked that all the shops were closed and I was like "OMG, how long did I sleep!!11"
But it's the day of the german union so, a holiday here, so.... Oh man.
But I did some more studies.
Posemaniacs, 30 sec, 60 and 90.
Never did that so exactly timed before. This is a whole lot of fun actually.
I wasn't happy with the green part so I changed it. Don't know if it looks better now.
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Mmm is that prei? Lekker..
flatten, save, resive, save as jpg, undo, save as new psd, go on..
and then you have my system down. Once I got into a problem where I was on the final img and resized over my psd, and the problem was that because it was the final I only had 1 full rez file. So to fix that, I keep 2 copies of the final full rez img and I keep one of two of the almost-finished wip files.. just to be safe.. so now the system has been perfected! Mwahahahha.. haha.. heh?
I think it's bedtime -_-
Dierat: Haha, uh, you clever girl, you.
I think I'll adapt that!
And do backups!! I mean, I do have an external harddrive... I could use that!
Did another study.
The coat is not my design!
Just felt like pointing that out.
Also the ref is real small and I improvised on the dragon. Anyhow.
And one more from photo, because artificially lit interiors with multiple lightsources are real hard.
Last edited by DigitallyDumbfounded; October 3rd, 2008 at 10:37 PM.
I love the style you have in your pencil works, I've wanted to draw things like that for a while so this is really inspiring work! I also think you have a good sense of color in your digital works, love to see more! Thanks for the comments on my work btw! ^_^
If you have time, any comments would be helpful on my sketchbook: Jesi's Sketchbook' o' fun
Jedinjaman: Thanks. I was hoping the material would be readable, good that it does.
Estrella: Thanks. Yes! Go, draw pretty things.
Shalite: Ah, yeah, I googled that guy. Super beautiful stuff. Haha, we share a nose-style.
I did some horrific 90 sec poses taday.
And also, a horrific study.
I'm absolutely lost on this because there is al that texture that creates difference in value and I don't really know how to proceed now.
And also satarted thumbnailing around with my lineart.
thought I'd help with this one -
first, make some perspective lines, perspective seems off
secondly, youve reached some very dark darks in those windows, thats what is throwing you off. tone the darks down and youre back to your midtones, and then just work on modeling forms with lights and darks, I can see it starting to work in the upper left-hand corner.
Jedininjaman: Aw, thanks. Sometimes I just feel like I'm going backwards. ;P
LeSeraph: Ah, thank you so much! You're right about the darks. Skewed my perception somewhat. I tried to fix the angle and hope it's actually better, not worse now.
Oh well, time to rewatch Carl Dobsky's demo.
Also some little study. tried to get the "characteristics" and reflectiveness down as quick and simple as possible. Not much blending here.
For textured objects, it can help to blur your eyes when considering how to simplify values. I've been told that especially helps when you're looking for the darkest darks and the lightest lights.
For the lineart coloring thing you have going on- Are your tonal layers set to multiply? It looks like your paint is covering your pencil lines a bit. Also atm I'm a little confused as to where your light source is coming from as the trees are so dark and yet both the figures are so light.
Hey, thanks. Ah, I just thought, when you say blurring, since I'm working from ref, I remembered someone suggesting to put down the resolution on the ref to get the basic layout down/see areas of value.
As for the lineart: My sketch is set to multiply. :/ I'll probably have to do another selective color adjustment to get the white whiter.
And the light is supposed to come from behind then guy on the left, rimlighting the trees. But I guess she wouldn't be as bright then.
Heh, yeah, I'm also confused. I thought maybe the light could break through the tree above her and illuminate her leg.
I might have to make the space on the left side beside the tree brighter to make this work.
I'll search for some ref, I guess, or put my toys in a similar setup.
This was my original thought:
Much less contrasty but then Ithought I had too push my values.
I still kinda don't want this to get too dramatic but I'm afraid it's turning out too flat.
Anyway, geting this show on the road >:o
Last edited by DigitallyDumbfounded; October 5th, 2008 at 09:53 AM.
dude there's stuff here i didnt even imagine you had made
really great stuff here buddy
I draw therefore i am
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Concept Art skeetchbook
Nightmare: Thanks. Yup, that's what the sketchbooks are nice for. You really get to show all kinds of facets of what you do. The good... and also the not so good.
Did some studies of male faces, loosely used referenced (like, real loosely. ;P) and tried to make it work in "my style", as far as I have one.
I really need to do this muuuch more.
All my male characters, and the female probably too, look alike.
And sum slight kink.
Don't ask me why she's throwing her clothes off in this wind, brr. :X
The wind direction is also real incoherent...
Uh, and I tried half-succesfully to actually draw the same character again.
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Today is one of those days I could throw my computer out of the window.
I had a lenghty text typed up and hit submit and there ya go. Freeze and crash and grrr!
So, ok, again in short form.
This I did today trying a new way of coloring.
I'm quite happy with this. It lacks depth in some areas but I didn't feel as awkward and lost while coloring. That was nice.
I didn't clean up the lines and tried to incorporate them. Don't know if that looks good. (And the background is lame...)
I'm trying to find a "style" of coloring that isn't so opaque, blocky and choppy as I feel it is right now, or has been.
I feel like my drawings are more "fluent" and "light" and I loose that when it gets digital.
So I try to somehow translate that into the colors as well, but the result seems to be that I loose some depth. I will really need to figure out how to bring that together properly. :/
Anyhow, another one. I just want to pull through with my paintings right now and finish some of them.
I seem to have trouble with that.
I also posted this in the WIP section.
Having trouble with the light.
So. That's about it for now.
I'm out of paper.
I'm nearing completion with this :3
And I did some subpar sketching on the backside of old paper and the scan is also, uhm... well.
OK, anyway. Also, I seem to have lost my touch with kittens.
And some random face. Trying to stay loose in my lines. Might color this.
And some more sketching. Trying to get... characteritic characters?
I actually posed with a baguette in my hand for this.
theres some really great stuff here. in particular I really like the busier sketches you've done, lots going on but not too messy. the figures are really good especially if you havent been using a reference. im normally not too keen on digi work but I like the vivid colours. As for constuctive criticism I think you could work on your hands and feet, the seem to be a bit stubby at the moment but its nothing that a bit of work couldnt sort out.
your pencil work and painting skills are cool dude
Kellyx: Aw, thank you so much.
I also like how this is turning out.
The lighting, however, is still atad off.
Hedwordup: Thanks. Yeah, those nasty hands and particularly feet. Grr, I hate feet. But I keep studying them. And I love busy, twirly kinda chaotic compositions. I think more about the negative spaces since they tend to become the actually relevant shapes for the dynamic of the composition, when there's so much detail going on everywhere else.
Studies. (sory for the crappy quality, I'm using up some thin old paper and neither the scanner nor the digicam picks the lines up properly. )
Eh, some more coloring practice.
Not so happy with this. Has proprtional issues and he looks like he's wearing lipgloss.
And some drawing I'm working on. I hate his face somewhat! Gotta change it...again.
Also his hands are shitty. Urgh. Lots more to fix on this. Heh. Anyway. :
Okie. More later.
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Hey, DD!!! Woooow, I so admire your linework!! Actually, I like your colouring too!! It's rather vibrant and glowy! Animated.
I looked through your coloured pieces and noticed that at the "blocking in" stage of your colouring, you still put small details in that you could possibly wait to put in later. I don't know if the spots lend to a confusing/muddy outcome, but that can happen, definitely! Well, happened to me once...I thought some light spots were bumps.
Anyway, before worrying about the small parts, make sure you have the larger areas down, as far as your basis for colouring goes!
...Well gee, I lost my train of thought. Oh!! Now I remember... The pink onion is REALLY well done!! If I liked onions I might've bit on the screen...instead I could simply taste the icky pink onion and cry...but it totally worked!! Question: when you've got your stylus (pen) mode going, do you also associate the brush stroke size with the pen pressure? In some cases that might be a good help, too!
Uh-oh...someone might need me here. I must flee!!! Glad I got to peek at your work!!
you are great with colour matching! i wish i had such skill as you! - you could do with varying the body types and shapes of the imagined characters you do - I like a lot of the stuff you have here and the quality of your lines. have you tried working with brushes and ink? I think it would be nice if you did some loose drawings like that keep it up - I love this SB!
Wow, great start! I'm really enjoying your color studies and the paint pieces. That's where I'm at so seeing someone else learning is inspiring. I'm diggin' your line art.
As for crits, I can't really offer much because I'm not exactly a master at this or anything. Just keep on with the anatomy studies, I can see improvement in just the two pages you've got so far!
LIVE FREE. DRAW HARD.
Viking Raider: Thank you.
Toffeeliz: haha! Spot on, I need to get more variance into my characters.
And thanks but I used reference for that one. That really helps!
And about ink. Have you seen the trainwreck on page one? I am so baaad with ink although I like it. Heheh. I need more practice with that.
Clochette: Dang! Thanks so much. It's so obvious now. I really messed that up. Gonna fix.
JazzW: Oh thank you. Yes, you're totally right about the early detailing. I really still am confused about when to place my darkest darks and brightest highlights. Mrrhm. Doh!
About the brush size: I dissabled that on the brushes I use for my block ins. I just end up with disjointed strokes but I do use it for detailing.
Glad you dropped by, happy working. Chin up.
Shalite: Thank you. Heh, don't really know when that happened though, the style I mean. I always thought I'd have to "make one up" but I guess it just snuck in.
So. Teh feet, I hate dem.
And, like I said, need to try different characters.
Got a little stylized here.
And birds. God, these are bad.
And some poses.
Even more update.
Colored another sketch.
I tried to use overlay constructively to unify the picture and I'm also still pretty clueless about using edge variation to actually make things read better.
Has a slight He-man feeling to it, doesn't it.
And some more random characters.
And something I started working on.
I will make that hair have the same quality that those tree thingies I always draw have, I'm just still not really decided about the direction this is going and quite literally so, since I haven't yet figured out the general angle and movement of that hair.
Yeah, that's it for now.
Edit: Ok. I just jumped right into expanding this here.... without much of a plan. Doh!
Eheheh. Then I actually stopped for a moment to roughly sketch in where I'm going with the composition.
SO, to whom it may concern.
That's what I'm thinking compositionally.
I know it's a very centered X shape.
I'm not happy with the roots on the left side and will change that...somehow.
Ok. Aaand expanded the canvas.
And this is where this little adventure ends.
I'm still not so sure where I even want to go with my coloring in general. This is so bright and colorful and I don't really know if I like it. I mean, I kinda do, otherwise I wouldn't do it, I guesss. Oh dear. I'm rambling.
I don't know I look at these and in the one moment I think they look good and in the next I think "holy crap, what was I thinking" and then I panick and rework stuff.. and I'm getting the impression that's not a good idea.
Er. Yeah. anyway.
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here's the most likely last version of the flame picture.
I do not like the lower half . meh.
And I finnaly got new paer and art supplies yesterday. Yay!
Don't really know where I'm going with this.
I tend to draw dead people lately. Dunno what's up with that.
And this one is a little older. I liked the kids expression much and the scenery, so I might give it a go with color.
This is one of the only drawings with a planned out background I've done, so I hope that's going to make coloring easier.
And this one is actually a character I made up when I was 10. I found a large folder with all kinds of characters, maps and stuff like that from the world I started creating at that age.
Some of that stuff is hillarious to read but the whole world and story is still developing and I want to actually drwaw more of those characters. I also have the version of this character I drew when I was 12. That's really awesome in a way.
Ahah, love that last character- the expression is so melancholic but at the same time I find myself laughing because he looks so cute.
Also laughing because I've done that before. I wrote/sketched a lot back in third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and a little even now in eighth grade, but I've always kept the little torn up notebooks and sketchbooks and laugh at myself when I open them at the end of the year.