That cave picture came out great in the end - real depth to it. I like the painted character you did to go with the initial design, there are some very nice touches in places like the body.
Now, you mortal, may have gone for other kind of metal. But insted it seems that
you have not been introduced in the secret lodge of highlighters ("we, those
that are here to enlight the earth").
It seems to me that lots of illustrator just don't want to give out this simple trick
beacuse they are idiots afraid that you'll take their job. The truth is that just by
adding this simple tiny highlights -tiny is always the key for higlights, fat ones are
bad- it tends too look better and more like an illustration. It's also true that most
of us over use it ("father I've sined"), but I think that you could do very good use
of it specially for metals, and water (I've noticed that your water above also lacks
some highlights. If you're interested at the side are some annotations about the
steps. They're actually not difficult, it's just about getting used.
Where should you put them? in the same place that you used them, it's just
that instead of putting a lighter tone, you use a white brush with the
pressure on. So, in shinny metals, the ratio jumps a lot, making a very clear
Then, you look at the middle, the core of the highlight and add the hotspot.
Remember, the thiner and smaller the highlight is, more shinny the material
Now I declare thee a member of the order of the ancient ones.
(You must proceed and kill a pig dedicated to Apollo)
But before you leave, be warned and carefull you the now also feared one:
Use it with wisdom! For those who abuse the powers of the light, shall not enter the
kingdoms of the just!!
BTW: Great SB my friend!!! You really are doing a terrific Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thanks a lot for the tips lennon! very helpful stuff
here's some figure drawings from the last couple weeks. sorry about the crappy photos :/
and here's a character illustration that i don't really like and will need to redo with a new concept:
arg so ugly
Hey I love this image you "don't really like" I think it's awesome!! I think maybe you could work the tones and colours a bit more, but tbh I think it's mainly there, hope you don't abandon it!!
Charcoal stuff looks sweet, keep'on updatin'
Huh? But that's a really cool pic. Her left hand seem too big and the figure could pop more with some more saturation verso the surroundings, and okay, that left leg may be better of going in another direction, but you can make a winner out of this one man!
Loved your last CHOW! Your figure studies are also looking quite good. At the moment, no crit with that enviro. Maybe you could do something about the composition, to make it less boring. Also I sense something strange in the perspective of the circular structure, but I'm not able to define it.
Anyway, good work overall! Play a bit with saturation and your works will look a lot better!
I like the environment you did. Maybe the foreground (rocks and water) could be darker.
Life drawing is coming along a treat.
hello mate.Very nice studies you have here.Good job.
In your digital pieces i think you do a lot of tonal coloring.I mean it seems like you use white for light and black for shadows.Maybe search some more the color theory to improve your understanding.You are doing great in overall so keep going
AlexTooth: Thanks man, good advice.
walnut: I may clean it up later but for now I think I'm just going to start a new drawing. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it a lot!
Abrodos: Thanks! Yeah, that environment is definitely a bit on the dull side... I'll need a better drawing next time.
Black Spot: Thanks for coming by again, and for the good advice.
kingkostas: Great tip! I try to do that, but I tend to be way too timid, so I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for coming by.
Here's my latest CHOW entry:
The CHOW are really cute, but can I ask what CHOW is? (noob, sorry)
The life drawings are really good, and I really like you character illustration, but I think maybe adding a bit more saturated colors is certain areas would really make it pop more, just a though.
Black Spot: Thanks, glad you like
darknight: thanks man!
jskotte: thank you! CHOW = Character of the Week, it's a weekly competition held in the community forums here. Good advice, that is something I've been trying to work on.
MoKhi: thank you sorry about the photos... i'm to lazy to walk all the way to the building with the scanner. I actually do a lot of faces I just haven't really uploaded them lately... i will try to fix that though!
Wow. I like how you do the color and shape on that dandy man.
The painting with two character look sweet as well, but the area around the man's left knee (our right) is problematic. It looks like his knee is being squeezed too much by the hand, making it looks too small (except, off course, if he has a fake leg, like made of skinny metal, but i don't see any hint to that) and the cloth's wrinkles on that part make the whole leg looks off in perspective. Lastly, The grabbing hand's shape itself is looking off. Other than that it looks promising. I like the idea, made me wonder who are they and what they do.
Well, i hope that's helpful
That fragmented man is really good. Great to see a lot more diversity on this page.
Like the COW. Life drawing is looking good. Have you tried white chalk on top of charcoal? Doesn't need much, but it can really help to get those highlights and add more depth.
I love the stokes you used in those figures.. very gestural. Keep it up.
Black Spot: I have but I ran out of the white chalk, lol. I used it in some of the drawings towards the top of the page.
Here are a couple wips for class projects:
I'm done with classes! Almost done that is, I have one more test on Wednesday that I'm not too worried about. This summer I'm expecting to be doing a lot less finished projects and a lot more sketches, a welcomed change! I do however plan on building another 3D car, this time modeling and existing model, an Audi TT Roadster... Mom's request!
On this night without homework, I did these sketches: