O.K. well here goes nothing.
So I just registered here a few months ago and posted some stuff up in the crit centre where I got some very useful crits which helped me push myself further than was comfortable and the pieces I was working on turned into some of the best work I've done, so thanks C.A.
Other than that I've been scoping out the rest of the site and regularly picking my jaw up off the floor. You folks in here make me want to be better. I can't say enough about how inspiring it all is. Thank you all for putting yourselves out there so that I can learn form your work and experience.
Well enough talk on to the pics.
These are posted from earliest to most recent. ( Oh yeah as it is a hobby I don't get to draw as much as most folks on here so I may not update all that often.
ref'd from a photo mag. graphite on paper
some hand studdies
Portrait of my buddy Jim graphite and conte on Illustration board
Some ref'd figure studies trying to get away from using a smudge stick - teaching myself how to use the pencil to create tonal changes - So far to go!
non ref'd figure - did all the construction stuff but it got to messy so I had to trace from the outline - not good- line work is shite!
Portrait of my sister-in-law and her new husband graphite&conte on illustration board. (this one should come before the figure studies.
Last edited by Chas; February 19th, 2010 at 06:03 PM. Reason: Changed title of thread
Thanks. It's the only way I know how to do highlights with graphite. Are there more? do tell.
After looking through some more of the work here I realize that I need to start working bigger - All of these pieces are 9"X12" - gotta go buy myself a big pad and maybe some charcoal pencils too.
What is "subtractive highlighting"
I like a man that has his priorities straight.
Well as I've stated I don't have a formal background in this stuff, but I assumed that subtractive highlighting refers to the technique of removing graphite from the image with a kneadable gum eraser thus creating a highlight .
Small update here. I got a new Moleskine from my wife. She wanted a notebook, but accidentally picked up a watercolour book by accident, so she asked if I wanted it as the paper was too toothy for her. I said yeah 'cus I've wanted a small portable sketchbook for a while now. I'm not sure though 'cus the paper is pretty coarse. Here's a elf portrait I'm almost done fiddling with what do you folks think? any ideas as to how to make the best of this paper for sketching?
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i really like your rendering with the pencil stuff. your watercolors seem a bit flat, though, which may be intentional. you may want to push some of the lights and darks though.
nice and thanks i haw updeited my skechbook schekit!=)
im fan of pencils and i really like effects you create using them. lovely shadings very natural from noobs point of view
I really like your work man. Great light/dark contrast and good lines as well.
You should keep at the watercolor paintings, they look good...at least to me : P
Hey thanks for the critique on my sb, thought I'd stop by. Man, totally I thought there was something wrong but I could never pinpoint it, and it always felt like hit or miss, so thanks so much for stopping by the thread, time to study study!
On your stuff: I simply love the personality of the characters, you really nailed it.
Oh my god, your stuff is good. I'm glad you found your way back to Ca.
Thanks s lot L.L. Sorry this took so long. Don't get much time to draw nowadays, but here is some recent stuff.
A portrait of Lefran from the Draw From What Does Everyone Look Like thread. A couple of unfinished Bougereaus, and a guy - also unfinished.
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You've taken the use of line and tone to a whole another level. I demand moar.
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