I've been a long time lurker of ConceptArt, and I know there's some extremely talented artists on here. I utterly and totally respect so many of you, and the work you do and the help you give is wonderful, and I can imagine it helping so many people.
I come here today with my first post for help for myself, if any of you have any spare moment at all that can push me in the right direction.
I'm 22, and based in London. I have had no training in art and my current progress is all self taught.
This is a small selection of various works from over the years. I've kind've just painted what I felt like, I've never really thought about an end goal and worked towards it, which I suppose is kind've silly. The dream is to work in the art industry, (as is everyone's!) to work on video games or films. I don't even know what area I would specialize in yet, I just know it's something I strive to achieve as I completely adore painting.
I know my anatomy is lacking, it's something I've known for years yet I almost 'dance' around the subject hoping that over time it will naturally improve. But I know I'm kidding myself, you don't get anything if you don't put the effort in right?
I also find choosing colours a bit baffling. I see these masterful paintings which use practically all the colours of the spectrum together so beautiful yet subtly, but I have no idea how to even start going about doing such a thing.
I know I'm so far from getting a job in the industry, but I'm prepared to put the work in. I just would really, really appreciate a push in the right direction!
Hi! And welcome to the posting life as opposed to lurking. I like your stuff! And you know what I'm going to say now...the anatomy!! In both animals and humans there is a visible lack of knowledge anatomy-wise. The most successful pic is the one with the sea serpents (which is awesome and professional quality!), it has no anatomy flaws and IMO good handling of colour. In your other pics the colours are 'a bit all over the place'. I'm no expert on colour by any means but I'd suggest sticking to one small palette and do some pics with maybe two colors only.
Thank you very much guys! I'm really thankful for your responses!!!
Haha, yes anatomy. I also believe the sea serpents is the best in that respect, but I feel that's also because they're missing vital limbs which makes the anatomy quite a simple thing, haha! It is something I must start properly working on. But I know this may seem like a stupid question, but how exactly do you go about it? I mean, I know it's a long process of learning, understanding and practicing but HOW exactly? I've seen a lot of people recommend Loomis, which I think it's time to definitely get, but what exercises do i need to do? What really helps? I mean, right now I can think of a pose or something in my head, but i literally can't draw a thing without finding several references, which I've always been embarrassed about. I know references are important, but I feel I literally RELY on them.
I know it's definitely time to take a back seat with painting and start properly sketching and learning.
Yes! I can definitely agree that my colours are all over the place! I mean, with the sea serpent I started with a simple gradient and worked from there. It was definitely the most 'structured' of all my pieces, and kept the colour palette more under control.
I try and keep values in my mind when painting, but again I agree it's something else I need to understand properly. Before I have worked in greyscale to help try and sort them out, but you have to be quite skilled in applying colour over it to make use of that process, and that's something else I lack in.
That is also another challenge I find. Making the focus areas more detailed and others slightly less so. I don't how to 'reign in' detail effectively. If I try I find myself feeling I need to add more detail, which is the opposite of what I want! I suppose this comes with further knowledge of anatomy and composition.
I will definitely check out those books! Thank you so much! I find it so difficult to find proper critique so I cannot express just how much I appreciate it