I'm very sorry with the lack of updates. I haven't been drawing very much and when I have been it's been traditional so I haven't uploaded it. Here's something I doodled today in photoshop. It's very rough but I started it at 12:30 AM and I need to go to bed as tomorrow is my Dad's birthday. I'll try to finish it tomorrow or the next day. I did this by just drawing an interesting silhouette and then painting on top of it. The second image is another 2 AM doodle I did about a week ago. I hope the tiredness is an excuse for how shitty it is hahaha...
Jacaszek - Treny (2008 )
A bit more work on that character thingy. It's fun seeing this thing come together from randomness. I've been working on only one layer this entire time. Comments greatly appreciated!
NP: Mouth of the Architect - Quietly (2008)
great work man, it seems like you are begining to understand how the illusion of form works, plane change = value change.
keep looking at art and absorbing knowledge, think about why the artists make the choices they do and apply it to your own work.
now, about the first post in this thread that you made about a month and a half ago, I really hope things have gotten better since then, and im glad you are posting again... but you have to stop making up stories like that, thats just what they are. You have decided that thats the way you feel about things. but really, if you want to feel physically healthy then you should excercise, if you want to be social, start learning about how to be social, join clubs, go to youth centers, call your friends, anything. (I felt the same way about being social a few years ago, and its just as easy to learn about it as it is learning about art or music, you just have to put in the effort, read, observe and apply) if you want to be emotionally healthy, get in touch with yourself, relax and meditate (doing lots of art = lots of time to think about things). if you want to get better grades, figure out what the teachers want and give it to them. for example, if you are doing an essay, ask the teacher for what things need to be achieved to get a certain grade (which you are entitled to, at least in sweden by law for anything you do at school, in written form) and just use that as a guideline for your essay. it is really that simple. everything you put in you will get out.
you are lucky that you have a hobby that you are talented at, use the confidence that you get from that to enhance all other aspects of yourself. (i mean, rockstars love your work dude, you have to have gained some confidence from that)
there is really no reason at all for you to feel the way you do, i mean, i dont know you but really, they are all just stories you are making up in your head, and you can be any kind of person you want.
keep posting man, looking forward to seeing more stuff.
They're not stories honestly. Look, I don't really want to post my lifes problems on the public internet. I've tried sessions with my dad (who's a psychologist), and the school therapist... nothing has helped. I don't choose to be this way. I just am. Depression is an illness. It's literally a chemical imbalance in my brain that makes me be this way. Love/happy songs greatly depress me... that's how messed up I am. And I listen to a fair amount of them with The Beatles, The Zombies, etc.
I forgot to post this. This is as far as I'm going to take this character I think.
Nice work there man, definate improvements going down, keep at it.
I really like the 2nd duder in post 64, good lighting on him.
Jake, you haven't failed.
You're still at school for chris''sakes, growing up is hard and takes time.
Honestly just be open to things, don't tell yourself "That's how i am",
you know, it's funny, you actually do know (or should) that what you're doing
is what petulant kids do when they come to this site and post their drawings, when they receive critique, the reply is "That's just how I am, leave me alone!"
Don't stop yourself from growing... Just, take that frustration and sadness and do something with it, but don't wallow in it.
I felt uninspired for around 2 years, I had to learn the hard way that inspiration is something that is accumulated by action, by living. No idea, no matter how great it is, will automatically expound upon itself and simply change your life, you will have decisions to make: will i sit on this idea and let it fade or will i do something with it? Just do it! Use your impetus.
Failure is never final... The only real failure is that which you refuse to learn from.
You have more knowledge of and contact with the art world than i could have dreamed of when i was 15.
Even if 1 doodle in your sketchbook is all you can manage some days, keep it up. Even when hope seems to have vanished, just keep going, emotions come and go, records of your thought processes stay though, in drawing form ;D
You already have a lot worth working on for, that you only see your failing when you look at your own work is normal, good even, how can artists expect to learn otherwise? But find enough balance to realize you're making progress.
Every problem we conquer we take for granted, but that's what it means to succeed, to be confident in abilities learned so that one can look onwards.
Social, Academic, Artistic, Psychobabble-ish-ical are all ways you can change in, if you resign yourself and despair though, what will improve from now?
Find your strength, I know you have it. You've shown us all glimpses of it...
Who says we're here to be happy all the time anyway?
Melancholy is a beautiful emotion as well.
big up on all this art. although there should be a rule for you that you can't post in your SB without an attachment
I definitely dig the vibe. When I look at your pieces I can almost hear the music in the background. btw, if you don't own it, get Cave In's discography. It's from 97 or 98 before they went all emo, and it's epic as hell with a feeling reminiscent of early Botch and Acme.
nice stuff man.
View My Sketchbook!(Crits are needed)(Looking for a mentor)
Sorry for the lack of updates. I actually have been quite artistic I just haven't been bothered to photograph stuff.
Here's a WIP for the battle of the sexes TDome. I'm going to go over this bit by bit. I can't really think of colors so it might remain B&W. C&C PLEASE!
NP: Axis of Perdition - Urfe
Hey dude. Its nice to see you still working on the art, sorry I haven't been in contact much lately, been busy Looking cool as ever man, keep on studying and enjoying your work and you can go far
Also, music wise, have you heard of Kyuss? I'm sure you'd love them. Check out 'deamon cleaner' and 'Green Machine' if you haven't heard of them.
@Miles - Hey man! Yeah I know Kyuss but I'm not a huge fan. I respect their influence on the genre of Stoner Rock/Metal but there are much better bands within that genre nowadays.
My finished entry for the battle of the sexes thunderdome.
your gallery is KICKASS! hahah-I'm jealous you got to see opeth and amon amarth. Opeth came through San Antonio, but I already bought my tix for the In Flames/All That Remains show and didn't have enough for both. Wish my school had cintiques when I went...or wacom for that matter >< Keep up the good work dood! .)
A few weeks ago I emailed many, many alt/metal record labels with a link to my website and contact information. Out of the approximately 50 that I emailed, only two labels, Code666 & Seasons of Mist, emailed me back. A few days ago Code666 emailed me and told me that the Romanian Experimental Black-Metal band Negură Bunget was looking for an artist to create a T-shirt design, evaluated my artwork, and said they wanted me to do it. In less than a week the label was happy with the final design, I was paid (though not much), and the band was given the rights to my artwork. The T-Shirts will be released in April and I will post send a link when they are available for purchase. I can't post the design until they're released, sorry.
I'm very excited to have had this opportunity as this is the first signed band I have ever completed (paid) work for. I hope that in the future I will receive more work through Code666 and Negură Bunget.
I am also a big fan of the band and this was a true honor to be able to create a piece for a group I so heavily admire. Their 2006 effort "OM" is one of my favorite pieces of progressive Black Metal.
Negură Bunget means “black foggy forest” in archaic Romanian. In a 2004 interview, Negru explained the symbolism of the name:
“ Negură Bunget is a black fog coming from a deep dark dense forest. The name tries to picture somehow the kind of atmosphere, both musical and spiritual we’d want to create through our music. It has also an esoteric nature, standing for the inexpressible parts of our ideology. The two words are also from the Tracic substrate of the Romanian language (the oldest one, containing about 90 words) as the interest for our local history and spirituality is something of crucial importance and meanings for us as a band. ”
I tried to stick to their archaic sense of spirituality and deep interest in nature within the design.
View the trailer for their 2006 masterpiece "OM" here:
Negură Bunget Myspace:
Negură Bunget Website:
- Jake Kobrin
Its really cool that you're doing stuff for metal bands.
Shit, next time Ensiferum or Amon Amarth rolls around, hell, any of them, I'm going to have to draw them something epic.
I listen to a LOT of power and progressive metal, but I do enjoy my melodic death/viking metal.
I got this article published today if you're interested, it also features some of my artwork.
NP: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening and Closing
Jake, really diggin' your work man, the texture work and mood are really strong and, best of all, I like the design sense! Saw in the lounge that your strong point isn't drawing the full figure... so let's see some Loomis sketches! Dunno if you've taken a stab at it, but your work will start to improve tenfold if you copy Loomis' and Bridgman's body drawings.
I read a while ago that you were taking some saturday classes at the academy, which one would that be?
Keep up the good work.
hay man, kudos for the t shirt design and that mini paintover (wich btw looks pretty cool)
some of your work is pretty badass, but my suggestion is just to expand what you do with heads and busts to the full figure, cause fog ,darkness and incredibly heavy overlayed textures can only do that much if the underneath construction is wrong.
Obviously, loomis/bridgman/hogart studies are almost a must, but if you're working on a specific pic, just use reference to fit everything in together
just my 2 cents
Thanks guys! Yeah, I just finished a figure life drawing course at Academy of Art. I learned basically nothing from the teacher but I believe I improved slightly from just doing it. Oh, and the teacher is friends with Jason Chan which is sort of cool. I've done about 100 drawings in that class over the past few weeks and I'll post a few good ones eventually. If anyone wants to come, the exhibition is on April 4th at 10:00 AM - 12 at 601 Brannan Street in SF (which is sort by the freeway). You can get there by turning off of Van Ness to Grove and then on to Brannan (I think at least). I was doing a lot of Bridgeman and Loomis studies last year but I've done barely any this year. I don't really know why I stopped...