Hi Asa! Good to see you here! And I am glad you find my sketchbook entertaining
I've been doing some 'pin-ups' lately, mainly because I've been under the weather and therefore indulging in drawing cute stuff I like (a break from website design)...
Some random bored, beach gal-
As well as Gally from one of my favorite comic series; Battle Angel Alita-
And another favorite comics character, Poison Ivy-
Final: Nature Calls-
I've been doing a few caricatures this week. It's not as much about exagerrating the features as sampling the characteristics that make a person readily recognisable with only a few lines. It's a study of likeness for now, but I'd like to colour them eventually.
Here's who I got so far:
Last edited by Sekino; June 19th, 2009 at 06:45 PM.
Nature Calls really looks like the miyazaki style!
More caricature practice.
I'm trying to 'exagerrate' the style a bit more because I find the previous ones are mild cartoons of people as opposed to caricatures (However, I don't want to make everyone look like they have Proteus Syndrome either: Some caricatures are so deformed that one can barely recognize the subject and I don't see the point in that). So these sketches were done more carefreely (takes a while to loosen up ).
And I couldn't resist colouring Bjork because... well, she's Bjork
Thanks for the comments, AustenFM, AzuzaPesant and PatrickDeza
Yeah, I see there is definitely a Totoro feel in the bunny...
Sekino, what a fantastic bunch of updates! I just your work! Hee, I think we're sort of in the same boat subject-wise, I doubt I'll ever do some dark and serious art work Happy and cutsie stuff is more my cup of tea!
Let's see. Your bunny illustration cracked me seriously up! Oh man, I love it to bits. Is it traditional? I couldn't quite tell, but I'm guessing so, considering you don't have a Wacom (getitgetit!). It's a pleasure to look at. Same goes for your pinup chibi ladies, those are so cute and fun!
Oh, and then we have the cartoony caricatures As much as I love your cute illustration, these are simply fantastic! I thought all were easily recognizable, especially Björk (I'm not being biased!), she looked even better coloured. Although maybe adding pupils...? She's a bit alien-like without them, but then again, when isn't she?
I hope you'll do more of these! Maybe try playing more with line width and quality, I feel some are a bit flat in those matters, like Miss Kidman. It would make your otherwise excellent drawing pop out more
Thanks, Asa! Glad you like the bunny! The sketch is in ink but the colours are in PS.Let's see. Your bunny illustration cracked me seriously up! Oh man, I love it to bits. Is it traditional? I couldn't quite tell, but I'm guessing so, considering you don't have a Wacom (getitgetit!).
And speaking of tablet, guess who's a very happy camper today:
I finally caved in and got one yesterday (Intuos 4). It rules!!! It might take a while to get totally comfortable with it, but so far, it's a lot easier than I thought it would be. The gray high-friction nibs sorta make me feel like I'm drawing on my usual watercolor paper... The hardest part will be to peel myself off the tablet to eat and shower for the next few days
**EDIT- It also works in Inkscape!!! Too...Much...Dopamine...
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Congrats, Celeste! I'm so glad you gave yourself this well-deserved treat
The Intuos4 seems like a real candy (I only have Intuos3 ), so I sure bet you'll having trouble nourishing and showering yourself I'm looking forward to see your new work with it! The portrait above looks really lovely, nice start
Another Intuos practice... This tablet is just so great! What was I missing all this time??
(I used some refs this time)
Last edited by Sekino; June 30th, 2009 at 01:22 PM.
I am infatuated with the picture that you drew on the frist page. The colors for them are very well executed, and make your work stand out. You might not cal it seious art, but your use of colors is amazing. Very well done I"ll look for more.
Ev'sSketchbook for the lazy minded but willing!
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There are some things here which are really remarkable Sekino. Some has a real late 19th/early 20th century illustration feel, a la Dulac and Rackham. Which I think is the most original aspect of your work, which sets you apart from the rest. I imagine you will be tempted by the whole digital aspect now (with your tablet), I hope you manage to retain your originality there as well.
Evxyza92- Thank you for the great feedback! I really appreciate it and hope you'll enjoy the artwork to come!
maeharrington- It is wonderful to have you visit my sketchbook; I'm a big fan of your art (and will keep visiting). Thank you for the great critique and be assured that I will not give up on my 'old' ways: The tablet is an absolutely amazing tool, but there's nothing quite like ink on paper
I realized I haven't been posting my latest CHOW entries...
Death and Despair of the Endless (Neil Gaiman's Sandman... Awesome CHOW topic!!)
Both with a Native-American inspiration...
Next CHOW: Erika, zombie slayer...
The next CHOW was a characterisation of a city. I chose Iqaluit, the new capital of the Nunavut territories (Canada) meaning 'many fish'-
I visited the "Draw From What Does Everyone Look Like" thread and had a good time drawing sunny AsaB and dainty Spaztastic:
(try it: It's fun! )
Hey Sekino, the last update is a great one!
I missed your take on the Endless at CHoW, absolutely adore them! The Native American feel is so fitting for Death, not sure why! But she is just beautiful and I love her costume. It seems you know a thing or two about Native Northern American culture, also considering your lovely take on Iqaluit--I adore it, I saved it to my Inspiration folder
It seems like you and the Intuos4 are becoming good buddies! The kid portrait study is very impressive. As much as I adore your more cartoony work, I'd love to see you do more realism too, since you seem well able to do so!
you are doing really good coloring job... it has some kind of natural taste... love it and really good ideas... nice avatar
My first sketchbook... wanna improve!
I also wanna rock! ROCK! tuptuptudum...tudumtuptudum...tudumtuptudum... I - want - to - rock!
Hello, dear Asa! Yes, I do like Native art and have been exposed to it quite a bit; probably a Canadian thing. Glad you like the inuksuk! I have a thing for drawing big stone creatures, for some reason . Haven't got to play with my tablet quite as much as I had envisioned yet: I've been swamped with 3D exams... But I have lots of 2D illos queued up (nom nom).
quackart- Thanks for the feedback! I know I tend to favour desaturated colours so I'm glad people enjoy it, despite not being that flashy...
MoKhi- I appreciate the visit! Thanks for looking
As mentioned, I've been doing lots of 3D practice lately, so I figured I'd post some of them.
At this point, it's still all about very basic modeling and some environments. Here's an alien planet landscape (I used very looney-tooney colours for the objects since I'm not doing texturing/lighting yet... watch your eyes)-
(crappy JPG render... sorry!)
This is an underwater environment. I'm pretty happy with the rendered result. I used some basic lighting/camera solely to render some caustics-
This was my final exam for basic modeling (meaning that I'm moving on to... less basic modeling next ). We had to model a bedroom- without colours- including a list of specific items. My room is pretty barren: Even though we could add as many items as we wanted beyond the brief, I used up all the time allotted.
(Apparently, it went well, though *whew*)
Yay, you're updating!
It's so odd seeing fancy 3D renderings from you, I've gotten so used to your lovely 2D drawings and illos! But that's by no means a bad thing, seems like you've got quite the knack for the world of 3D as well The underwater scene is simply gorgeous, the colours and reflections are so realistic. And the bedroom! I love how you designed the bedpost, it's so simple and elegant. Ace stuff.
I don't think I ever asked you, but where are you studying? And are you majoring 3D only or what? You got me curious!
LOL, Thanks for the encouragement! I'm still terrible at gauging exactly if it's promising or not. Since it's distance education (at home) I don't get to see what other students at the same level are coming up with so I can't compare. Grades are good, though and I'm hoping with more practice, I'll do stuff that will live up to my own standards (might take a while ).
The Course I'm taking is Basic 3D Animation. It's only a technical school diploma (Digital Arts Technology Training Institute). I had to go with what I could afford but so far it's doing well. I feel I ought to be able to play around and figure out interesting ways to make 3DsMax work for me once I'm done.
I will certainly not be leaving 2D behind though. I need the smell of pencil
VISIT TEAM COCO MEOWZA for more character fun!!
Sketches for team CHOW. Our team had a quick pre-brief practice: Objects/fruits inspired characters!
Even though team CHOW is keeping me rather occupied, I couldn't resist participating in this one: