My name's Joanne, I'm self-taught, working in the IT industry, and would like to move to doing art professionally sometime (maybe as an illustrator, maybe as a concept artist). I need to improve but there aren't any applied art schools where I am, so... I'm hoping people here can help get me moving in the right direction.
Last edited by vineris; December 9th, 2010 at 01:24 AM.
Hey, that yellow object looks familiar, there's one just like it at Carleton University here in Ottawa. Good works overall, good luck on finding ways to improve!
The Nezumi Works Sketchbook - Now in progress
My online portfolio
"Skill is the result of trying again and again, applying our ability and proving our knowledge as we gain it. Let us get used to throwing away the unsuccessful effort and doing the job over. Let us consider obstacles as something to be expected in any endeavor; then they won't seem quite so insurmountable or so defeating." - Andrew Loomis
@Nezumi Works - Thanks! Maybe yellow industrial doodads are a Canadian thing? That would be pretty interesting.
@Psychotime - I've been there for a couple years, and I've liked it -- I still follow many of the artists I discovered on there, although I don't post much any more. Much like everywhere else, you don't really get attention unless you're great or participate a lot. Someone told me that he's been having a really hard time trying to register there for the past few months, though, so you might have problems joining up.
Finished Stilgar for CHOW #131, and this week's speed paintings. Vista and Photoshop conspired to eat a particularly nice speed painting I was doing, so in a fit of... well... art rage, I bought ArtRage to try out. So there's one crummy experiment and one not-so-crummy one. Both are from photos.
really good start to a sketchbook you have here. the comical characters are great and the stylisation in the mosh-drawing is cool. also the colors in your studies look pretty good.
now I'd recommend you try to do some studies of wide open range landscapes. In the Stilgar piece you left the background to flat and lost a bit of the perspective. do some studies of these to see how color and value changes in distance. same goes to the sky as it wouldn't have almost the same color everywhere at this time of the day. repeating a few cracks or rocks close to the viewer and further away also helps to create the illusion of depth.
oh and the little markerscene looks awesome. looking forward to more!
It's a slow month. I have a ton of stuff in the sketchbook, but it's not coming home until the book is full. In the meantime, one speed painting from a photo (the nicer-looking one) and one quickie for EOW 99 (just screwing around with painting landscape not-from-reference, I'd probably brighten the colours in the refining stage).
You are awesome with the backgrounds! For self taught you are very talented. Keep updating! Would love to see more.
"Looking for critiques! Any help is appreciated."
My favourite piece here has to be the cartoony demons... your later digital paintings have NONE of that confidence in design and line. Why!? I know you're self-taught and all, but the demons look very professional and claim the SB so far. Please apply that style to bigger projects/paintings!! Just in terms of interest, here's a new blogspot page I've recently stumbled across to inspire your style -
You may wonder what the hell this has to do with improving your skills; but it should help with how to free up your drawing skills at this stage.
This guy gives massive artistic advice for free. http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/
Thanks SkyTheArtist and Euphemism.
I've followed JohnK's blog for a while. I'm a huge fan of Katie Rice & Kristen McCabe, and I've been trying to do more goofy caricatures and whatnot to loosen up. I'm just finding it really difficult to do a more complete digital painting without having things look flat, or cleaning it up to the point where there's no life left.
Also, I'm glad *someone* likes those demons, because I'm really fond of them -- and the sorcerer girl too. I can just hear her going "FZOW!" every time I look at her.
Now if I can only find a good market for demons, I'll be set.
While I'm here, it's been a slow month (NaNo-ing, so not much time to draw) but here's an art card I did that actually got to the intended recipient. Marker, ink & pencil crayon on cardstock.
Nice...I think you´re really talented in all fields...what can I say...keep drawing and stay at CA...inspiration never stops around here haha.
My New Year's resolution is to see how long I can keep a sketch-a-day going on my blog.
Bettie Page for CHOW:
A sketch from a photo I found on dA, unfortunately I lost the link to the original:
Another photo sketch, from this stock photo (I messed around with the colour balance before painting, to see if I could get some interesting colours to play with):
Just a quick something I'm hoping to turn into a short comic someday, a winter spirit that suffers from loneliness:
A character from one of my comics, no reference:
Man, I need to work a lot harder this year! I'll be starting a painting course late next week. It's a bit scary, but pretty exciting.
Quick nun design, playing with silhouettes:
Testing the Pentel pocket brush pen. The ink flow is disappointing, or perhaps I'm using too textured a paper:
From a random Flickr photo. The Mars Graphic Duo markers aren't great quality but the brush tips are fun to use.
Finally started my painting course! Doing 2-3 small paintings a week, mostly acrylic on Masonite. Getting a bit tired of still life.
Very first try:
Homework studies (monochrome and greens + violet, pardon the wonky perspective):
Three-colour in-class study:
I'm looking forward to getting out at some point and doing some figure studies and landscape painting.
Hi Joanne thanks for dropping by my SB and heping me out
you are drawing pretty well i like your nature/enviroment pieces the best (makes me want to travel)
if you continue like this im sure you can become a illustrator/conceptartist one day!
Some nice character design here, but my favourites are those enviros. Your coloring schemes are awesome.
Keep on sketching!
"Try again, fail again,fail better!"Samuel BeckettSketchbook
Hey, I've figured out how to post older attachments! Yay!
CHOW 125 (I think):
Self-portrait for Self-Portrait Day (photoref):
Started working on the mummy for Hallowe'en CHOW:
But decided to go with more stylized movie monsters instead. Here's a stab at Dracula:
I'll be working on some more movie monsters next, then maybe a few old CHOW designs, and then I should probably get back to environments, since I need the practice and people seem to like them. Thanks for the comments, everyone!
Great sketchbook! I'm really digging your character designs, especially the caricatures. =)
I particularly like your pen and maker environment studies. There's a great energy and flow to them. Keep 'em coming! =D
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I really like your fun style, your caricatures are so awesome! I feel though that they could be stronger if you put more gesture in them. Even your last female figure doesn't seem to really be standing and seems off-balance, but in your characters it seems all a little too stiff. Create more movement in the pose and there will be more interest, but also to really get into that feeling of movement. Keep at it, your style is pretty unique!
@hopebay - Thanks! I should get back to doing the environment studies. I need the practice!
@majortom - The ref for that figure was definitely odd. I think I didn't throw her hip out to the side enough. I'll have to correct it when and if I do a cleanup. Thanks for the suggestions for things to work on!
Did a lot of sketching this week but I'm really behind on scanning and I can't find half the stuff I want to scan in the great pile of paper.
Something that will likely make a good illo:
And some sketches from life from earlier in the year: