Fantastic resolve on that Link! There are definitely some areas to improve on, but I would put it aside for a while and do some new work. Once you have some more distance and experience you can come back and pop a new layer on to apply your new knowledge. Great work! Hit up a full illustration now!
Wow MARRIED!? How long? Wow. I do hope the best for you. Another famous married person I have heard talking is Brad Rigney (sp?) He even had to pause the interview to attend to his daughter!
Anyway good on you and I hope you can find time to realise what you truly want. Remember to set a rule in the house so that everyone knows when daddy's "art time" is "art time". So you can work in relative peace!
@Psychobuddy - Thanks a lot, man!
@sony - Yeah, you're definitely right. Thank-you so much for taking the time and effort to put that together for me. I appreciate it very much.
@f1x - Thanks, dude. And, yeah, I really need to start working on backgrounds. I'm foreseeing some nature studies soon.
@CKLamb - Thank-you, CK! I think I'm going to do just that. Thanks!
@Eternal Apprentice - Haha! Famous?! You must be thinking of someone else, haha. Thank-you, though. "Daddy's time" is hard to come by. It's usually at night, but by then I'm tired and can't concentrate. :/
So, I don't have a whole lot to show for the past three weeks. My grandfather passed away three weeks ago, and I've pretty much been outta town since then. A week in Florida for the funeral, followed by a week out of town for work, and another three days out of town for a work-related conference.
Needless to say, when I sat down to draw, it was like I've never drawn before. I finally got a sketch going for a personal project I've been working on for a very long time. I plan on adding a simple forest background. I will be painting everything together this time, too. Instead of working on the character separate from the background.
SS, nice to see you back in the mix! Great start! I would focus on creating a stronger directional light, it feels kind of ambiguous, and atm he is sort of floating. Keep it going!
The most recent composition is great, much better than the one before it - the figure has a much more dynamic and believable pose, and feels more integrated into his environment. I think the pose could probably be pushed a little more, actually - did you shoot reference at all, or at least stand in front of a mirror? The arm holding the pole could stand to have a bit of foreshortening, and that shield would be better tilted back in space instead of viewed straight-on. Also, I think bringing something into the foreground - perhaps the pole, or his raised foot, resting on something - would create a better sense of space. I like the stuff you're starting to do with the environment, nice textures on the ground and the trees.
@Revidescent - Thanks for the helpful feedback! I haven't shot any reference photos for anything, but I think it's past time that I do. I called my younger brother the other day, and we're going to setup a day he can come over to pose for me!
Here's a scribble from tonight. Just trying to get looser with my drawings. I feel like I'm so paranoid about everything that I lose all momentum.
The only thing I'm noticing is you have a trend of making people place their weapons at a decent arms length away. 2nd one on the page looks a bit like he's using it as a walking stick which is ok as long as it's more so in front of him than away at his side. But just remember when sketching out to make the characters feel comfortable in their poses. If you've ever carried a real spear they're actually pretty heavy you wouldn't be carrying them with your arm extended out almost all the way. Learning to draw people in poses that are comfortable or feel real is a task in itself.
Nice improvement from page one though. Enjoy seeing how far people progress in their SBs
Get back to work!
I hope you're doing well. You got some pretty good crits to work with, I think as long as you keep pushing you're going to see some awesome progress.
You know, sometimes sticking with it helps a lot. Quite a few times I was about to abandon a painting but just kept going and, at the end, they turned out quite good (at least I thought they did at the time). There's always something to learn whether you keep going or decide to abandon it, so hopefully you did learn something anyway ;]
I like the sketch of the dude in this last post. Bows are just too awesome. You could make it fancier, though, for example.
@razz - Hey, man! Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll trust you on this one, and try and revisit that last illustration when I'm done this character illios.
Here's an update. I'm trying to stay loose in the rendering, but my OCD keeps kicking in. Next pass I'm going to try and finish a bit more loosely. Thoughts?
I'm guessing the pose is supposed to involve him resting his foot on something - you might want to draw it in; I know these sorts of character shots don't have much of a background, but it looks awkward as it is. Overall, the illustration's looking pretty nice, but his pose looks a bit unbalanced, like he's about to tip over backwards. I think it's partially because it looks like he's putting some weight on the raised leg and the arm holding the bow, but his posture's tilted slight back, instead of forward, giving the impression that he's pushing back on them. I'll keep on saying it - ref ref ref.
Despite the crit, I like what you're doing here. The design's nice and your rendering is definitely heading in the right direction. =)