daaaaang, dude! great job with the SCS this week, and i'm not just saying that. there's lots of improvement over what you did before. i hope that you can see (as it seems to me), it's not a matter of "skill", but the more time you spend on these, the better you do them. so don't get discouraged. the most important part of drawing from observation is...observation. the more you observe something, and know what you're looking for, the better you can reproduce it. speed will come over time, so i would say don't worry about it so much, just do your best and you will get better and faster.
i think out of all the screencaps, your 3rd and 4th (74 and 75) are the best of the bunch. the contrast is great, the edges are awesome, you can really see the form. they look as if they're real in the picture, like the live in an actual 3d space. GREAT JOB!!!! value and edges, that's what it's all about. and the nude study looks fantastic! actually, i think your last one did (the un-"finished" one) is as well. what you rendered in that, you rendered well. brushstrokes, yeah, you hit the nail on the head. what matters is describing form (and then texture), so as you focus on that, the brushwork will work itself out. same as with a pencil, the strokes should be those that best describe the form. there's a great tutorial from Ron Lemen that talks about this and shows this in action, i'll link to it once i find it again.
keep up the hard work. and enjoy it. you're doing well.
Awesome screencaps , avis!Definite progress in there Character is awesome as always and your streaming?? GREAT , will watch you! have you thought of a specific time when you'll be streaming orrrr just wing it
Sushy: Thank you
purb: wow, thank you! That really means a lot to me. I also see that it works better now, and I hope I can keep it up
rastaray: Thank you No specific time for streaming, I'll announce it on twitter and facebook when I can find the time to stream the study
Longer studies pay off
Okay, this week I can't show as much as last week as I these studies took a lot more time than the ones I did last week. I noticed it really pays off to spend some more quality time with one study than just to do a large amount of them. It really helps me to get into the painting process again.
I also try not to get as angry while painting than I used to. Still hard, but it's getting better.
Although I'm not quite satisfied with how these look yet, but maybe I'll get there... eventually... one day *sigh* Gnrhajglskdjfheiend. Positive thinking!! Yaaaay!
And I want to have a cake
Ah, and I'm working on a master study and try to stream it everytime I get to continue with it. I'll announce when I'll stream on twitter and facebook, so feel free to add me, if you're interested.
And now I'll get back to my SCS and try not to puke *lol*
Very interesting painterly approach you have here. I really enjoy your screencap studies.
The time it takes shouldn't matter as long as you're learning stuff!
Your progress definitely shows...
this update, AMAAAAAAAAZING!!! i have folders for the stuff i really really like and can learn from on CA. i created a folder for your stuff. really, great job. i'm doing an illustration based on pre-raphaelite stuff, and i definitely love this drawing you just did. awesome, awesome.
here's that tutorial i was talking about on rendering/brushwork (check the "Figure Tutorial 1 - extra material"). it's about pencil drawing, yes, but it applies. hope this helps, and good luck.
This stuff rocks!
Mat: Haha, I always thought my studies wouldn't look painterly at all oO But thanks
MeteorCat: Uahhh. Don't say I got talent. I don't have any of that. I'd reather believe if you told me that I didn't have any talent But I'll keep working hard anyways! Thanks!
purb: Wow... thank you! It's also been sometime since I looked at that tutorial, gotta read it again I think
Giorge, Mac, LastGen, Cross_Faith: thanks, guys!
Getting rid of bad habits is a hard task!
So by now you might have noticed that I'm thinking a lot. Maybe I'm thinking too much. It's all that nonsense that goes on in my head, and sometimes it helps to write it down and share it with the world.
Anyway, so this is my resumee of the last week.
I struggled a lot with drawing faces, yet again! ARGH! It really felt like I made a step back rather than moving forward. And I asked myself if there was some crucial skill that I lack. That keeps me from getting it right. It's what happens to me from time to time, and I'm always struggling with finding the answer. So maybe I got to explain that I didn't start drawing and painting just a few months or years ago. I actually started drawing on a regular basis when I was 14. That's been 11 years now! But I got to admit that I really started studying about 2007. But that's also already 5 years ago! So I keep thinking why all these years don't matter and what it is that I'm doing wrong, or what it is that only allows me to progress so slowly while all the other young artists around me seem to progress in lightyears. Is it the fact that I can't concentrate well? The fact that I didn't learn to learn as a kid? That I have a hard time being attentive? Well, I notice quite often that I start to paint like a brainless zombie rather than paying attention. I get easily distracted. But I'm really working on being more attentive and to focus. And it's getting better. But then again: 11 years! Come on, some progress should be visible in that amount of time!
And then I thought about WHAT it was that I drew and painted for the first years. I was a stupid Manga-Fanart drawing kid and I didn'r know anything about form and anatomy. So I was learning all those symbols for the head, eyes and noses. A face was a circle filled with a symbol for eyes, mouth and nose. And I repeated these over and over and over again. So I don't just have to learn new things, I also have to get rid of the bad habits I learned before! So what happens anytime I start drawing a face and turn into that zombie mode: I start drawing a mix of what I learned and what my old bad habits are. And that's why they look like shit! So I need to try over and over again until I got the new habit burned into my brain.
And now comes what I already mentioned a few weeks ago: The hours! If it really takes 10000 hours to master a skill (or something like that, I'm sure it's not a measured and proven number) I still got some more hours ahead of me.
I got a daytime job and most of the time I'm spending 2-4 hours a day practicing. That will not make me progress very quickly, so I thought about keeping all the social networking distraction and everything else there is to a minimum and raise my daily practice routine to 5 hours. I really want to get rid of my old habits. I want to make pictures and don't want to rearrange and repaint them for about 20 times until they look somewhat satisfying. So I really need to be disciplined.
Ewww.... lots of talking. That being said, I only finished a few studies this week. I'm working on a colored finished piece too and the SCS I started this week looked like shit and I deleted it. D:
Haha. So bare with the lack of visuals this time!
I'll go on practicing
(Ewww... bad drawing quality... the paper in that sketchbook sucks... I might have to get a moleskine again :/
Wow those last updates look really, realy great. Your drawing and especially your painting skills have improved quite a bit since I last looked at your work. If I might give you one advice, stop comparing yourself with other artist and how faster than you they progress. Every artist walks a different path. Just keep focused on what you think is important to improve on in your art. With the skills you've got right now you should already be able to get work. Keep it up!
It's interesting to read your latest thoughts. Reminds me of the fact, that I often feel like I'm still drawing/painting some manga shit. Just a bit more pimped than the average manga kiddie would do it. But there's so much left in my work of that time, even if I was never good at it, that it drives my crazy now. I have no idea how many people can actually see that too. Will be hard fight to get rid of that to become the artist with the kind of understanding I want to be. Seems like there's much left for changing my frame of mind, even if I try to do so all the time. Well, whatevs.
I like your new thread title more than the one before! I hope you keep that promise
Regarding the studies I think it pay that you take your time now. They look beautiful! I love the one with the green dress.
And the colours of the latest portrait painting from imagination impress me. I like the melancholic feeling of the whole piece. But some smaller issues are bothering me. I feel like something in the area of the chin is not lining up right. But I can't really put my finger on it for sure. I just can assume that it would be a bit more on the left because of the perspective. And the upper part of the nose tends to be to far to the right, that makes that area look flat to me.
Maybe it's just rubbish that I talk about that stuff. But I think, if you manage ti get it right, your faces can just blow me away!
So keep it up and don't worry to much. You're on your way!
if i may just drop in this observation, i hope it is helpful:
on the natalie portman portrait, i was starting at it and trying to figure out why it looks a little "off", i think if you just stretched her whole face slightly, her eyes and nose and that whole area, it would fit a bit more?
i literally opened this in PS and just did a "transform" scale stretch and it looked good. oh well, make what you want of that lol
The girl in the green dress is just gorgeous. I am so envious of your painting and figure drawing skills, you have no idea. All of my figures are so angular and stiff. And don't get me started on my continuing lack of understanding of color theory. Arg.
fantasyartist: thanks a lot :d Yeah, work is not the problem, I got work. It's just the level I want to work on that causes the problem
Julia: I think tha main Problemn is that we used to draw manga as flat shapes and didn't think of forms. Actually the more I think about it, the less I think it's a specific Manga Style problem, but more of a general "learn the stylisation before the actual thing" problem, you know?
Good observation on the portrait too, you're right about that... I need to study the chin area a little more.
Meteor Cat: Haha... glad I could please some people with the change of my threadtitle
Lagarto: thank you
aks9: Ahh either I draw faces too long or too compressed :/ I really need to take a look at the proportions!
jorvaa: It's just practice... Really.
If it helps you, take a look at my real old stuff
That's from 2007 *lol* Hope I could entertain you!
Okay, now to the newer stuff
p_sage: self portraits? Where?
MeteorCat: Thanks, always a pleasure to read your encouraging words
This week I don't have much to show
I'm working on some more finished stuff, so when that is.. well.. finished I'll show more
Uahh... I really do remember painting different colors in that screenshot.. Uhh the faces seem way to light on this monitor now oO
great sketchbook Nele! good studies, growing of skill, and your character drawings are very clean. I think it should slowly transform from 4 star thread to 5 star.
Sorry for my english.
Great screen cap studies! Even in just this page alone your improvement is obvious, keep on pushing and I can't wait to see more finished work.
art is never finished, only abandoned~Leonardo da Vinci
Just so you know, I use your progress as both a guide and inspiration when I work. I'm working on getting together a (college) portfolio together before October, so looking at how hard you worked and what you tackled really helps me to keep hope.
Great gestures! I love how you use straight lines, but nothing is stiff.
toseg: uhhh thank you But I really want to earn deserve my 5th star
ezekrialase: thank you, I'll do my best to finish something this week
jorvaa: Wow, that's pretty flattering, althought I can't really see why you should look at me as a guy. There are definitely people that improved faster and have more effective methods to offer than I have :3 I wish you all the best for your college application!
Getting my sketchbook out again
Heaaa! I had a really fun time with my tablet in the train, but this week I left it at home and did some pencil studies again. Mainly studying tons of Loomis heads that I won't scan as they're too many But I think they helped. Also been working on more personal stuff. That WIP has been redrawn about a 100 times now but I think now I'm at a state where I can start to render it, as I'm kind of satisfied with the composition and figure drawings.
So here are the remaining digital studies:
I also figured out that you could use tennis photos as a nice reference for Sword fights. Although you would have to do some modifications. These two are both closely referenced and you see that it looks kind of strange. I think the first one works better than the last but you can still see that it's been tennis Just kinda wanted to tell that. :3