I'm James Fitzgerald, thanks for taking the time to check out what I've been working on. I'm always happy to receive constructive criticism and work with people that have a project idea they want realised (It's all good practice). My main aim is to get work as Concept Artist/Illustrator.
I grew up and went to school in Sydney, Australia. After finishing high school I started working straight away to save money for the art course I wanted to do.
Unfortunately in 2005 I was assaulted by a group of 8 men who stomped on my neck and back leaving me unable to walk up until a bit over a year ago. I was told I wouldn't walk or work again by doctors, I spent most of the last 5 years unable to roll over in bed; but was later able to get in a wheelchair for short periods.
I'm now back to my old self, walking again and doing everything that I used to do; wanting to be able to paint again was the drive that kept me going. After being told I wouldn't walk I spent over a year doing all the rehab by myself at home, to the point I was able to start my college studies in Screen & Media. Although I had some good teachers, the course didn't really cover digital painting and concentrated more on the 3D side of things.
I'm now taking a bit over a year off formal education so I can spend all my time painting and sketching, generally working hard increasing my skill set to get into the industry.
Again, Thanks for looking at my work and I'm looking forward to getting to know people in the ConceptArt.org Community.
These are a couple of characters I've done recently, the second one is a "Bucca", my take on a creature from a book called "The Wanderer's Tale". Ive done a couple environments lately as well that I will post.
Wow, man, that's a hell of a story. Like kwangho said, great to hear that you're feeling well and back up to speed with your former self and if anything it's awesome that your motivation to get better and achieve your goals is probably much stronger than most. Good luck and certainly keep at it.
A few crits - since that what we're here for, right? I would say work on perspective and anatomy right out of the gate. If you can draw basic, simple shapes in perspective, form will be much easier for you and all of your drawings will start to look realistic, even if they're aliens and monsters you've made up. Anatomy just helps to root you more in realism, since all characters that you draw will have some basis on human anatomy. Hope that helps a little bit, and don't be shy to go to as many sketchbooks as you can to look around and get used to the community.
Thanks for the crits MrFrenik, always good to get feed back. I've just moved to a new area so I'm scouting around the place for a life drawing group, failing that I'm always watching tutorials which are always great, Gnomon has some good ones.
Good work so far mate, these show some cool design work and are pretty imaginative (i like the guy with little wings best).
My main advice to you would be to really get stuck into studies. An example of where you lack of studies shows is the chameleon type creature. His feet have a similar look to a geckos feet, but not similar enough to be believable. More studies of real animal anatomy, would help you nail these cool designs and make them believable.
Thanks Jacky-Boy , that's one thing I really want to get into doing more of. Most of the sketches I put up arn't really finished (like on the lizard I skipped the feet because the people I was waiting for arrived, same deal with the dragon thing).
I mainly use it for quick notes of ideas while I'm out and about so I don't forget (always try to keep a sketch book near by). I'm just going to put them up because they're ones I'm going to paint up properly at some point.
Are there any good examples of peoples studies around the forums?or good education resources? I'm still finding my way around.
Heya James, I'll give you advice everyone gave me, which is lay off the photoshop or at least add pencil studies on top of it- the pencil sketches are much cleaner, and as jacky-boy said copying alot of anatomy/still life will help
best of luck!
You can't go wrong with learning online. I've learned everything I know from crits on here, watching TONS of painting/drawing videos on youtube, and anatomy/painting books that I've picked up at stores. It's a new age, I feel, and it's totally possible to get just as good, if not better, as traditionally educated individuals by self studies online and in forums/communities like these.
Thanks all for the advice. I'm going to look at getting that book "An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists", it sounds like it would be helpful; I'll check out those other authors too.
I'll be doing more anatomy studies and sketching them out, I'll also be trying to use the tablet and PS to sketch a couple because I actualy haven't used it that much and still like drawing in sketch books better than the tablet. I need to get to the point I feel just as comfortable with both. I also need to source a better desk, the one I have at the moment is an odd height and not the best for me.
I would have to agree with the online learning, a friend of mine is a concept artist and gives me a lot of good advice. He got to where he is through self teaching, now he's really good. He does a lot of live steam painting online that I watch each night, just watching the process from scratch has to be the most useful thing I've found so far.
Thanks again for the crits.
I've finally got my laptop back again, the motherboard decided it had done it's fair share and retired early.
So... now I can post again . I've been doing a heap of studies so I will just post a couple so you know what I've been up to. These are just a few I did of facial features. I will be doing more on the full body soon & motion soon.
I've also sourced a life drawing group that have a model sit for 3 hrs each week, $12 and I take my own equip; all I need really and it'll be good to meet a few others in the local area I could work with. I will do a few more studies on my own and maybe start next week.
I like it man, glad you started posting again and that you're doing life drawing- i actually started doing it couple weeks ago, and it has helped me so much already... as for the latest piece, I would recommend establishing a light source, and shading the tree because it looks rather flat on the paper - also, maybe try and blur out the back tree a bit to establish a larger sense of distance. I do like how you didnt detail out the back trees though
Thanks for the link, I'll have to check that one out; I've got a couple of good anatomy/drawing books that a serving me well. One is Complete guide to drawing - by Giovanni Civardi. I also found another called "Art school how to paint and draw-by Hazel Harrison (only $10) that covers the basics across most mediums.
The tree pic I Definately wanted to add more depth and I was going to have a bloom of light from the top left of the image. This is the first time I've used charcoal or pastels and I didn't want to risk it becoming muddy from being overworked.
I made myself go into this one without an over all plan so I could just get used to the mediums.
Charcoal on its own I found was good to translate ideas quickly, with pastels added I'm sure it can be effective but it's something I would have to develop; for now there are other medium I want to try to find the best fits for me
I'm visiting the family atm, when I get home I can scan my work & upload... Then I'll be aiming to post content each day
Last edited by James Fitzgerald; May 3rd, 2012 at 05:33 AM.
Since my last post I've been getting into studies on form and perspective more, I've also still been doing a few characters & environments. .
Here are just a couple of sketches I was mucking around with today. The first is for someone that asked for a WW2 era female (may need to play around with dif clothing) that would fit in with a poster layout from the same time. The second is just a creature that I came up with, nothing too special design wise as I was looking more at perspective; improvement will come with repetition & prac so I'll keep at the studies.
Last edited by James Fitzgerald; June 12th, 2012 at 10:12 PM.
Since my last post I've had a large pain issue, I've been seeing my dr's to try and get it under control. I've been doing some sketching in between but it hopefully won't be much longer before I can sit at the desk and get right back into it.
Hope all is going well with everyone!