Ludic: Thanks, and yup, they're oil alright. As for the typography, which one are you talking about? The Abbott and Costello video or the storyboard (squares with a bunch of text in them)?
Rift contest. Working on fleshing out the whole composition. Man, I've a lot of tweaking to do.
Rift Contest WIP. Today's forecast: a severe storm with a chance of dead bodies.
Won't be working on much other than this and Bargue studies for a while . . .
Bargue studies + an en plein air I forgot to scan last week. Haha.
ears - plate #4
pencil value range
foot - plate #5; 5 hours using pencils 4H - 6B and a tortillion
en plein air #19; plopped down the basic shapes and values in 20 - 30 minutes
You have just increased the deceased!
Guidance of our intimacy
Holy love is what I see
Direction from the book of life
Jeremiah just softened his lementation.
You have shaked my mind with your stuff
just like a shaker would shake lemon out of the juice.
Some side effects will remain in my shrapnelled mind,
cause I just cannot sleep at night. You are shaking
the walnut more harder than a Tibetian wind would shake
a monks balls. You are an invisible crystal glass amongst
the visible monochromatic parasites.
I feel frozen.
I feel frozen.
You are gorgeous.
this is the right shading study
nice idea '' the girl between plants ''
keep it up my friend
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LtPlissken: Thank you, Lieutenant for the kind and poetic words. Haha, "shaking harder than a Tibetan wind would shake a monk's balls." I like that. Terrific analogy.
teapo: About the same: 5 hours (more or less). The first four takes a while because you have to get the angles right, and you have to draw multiple objects from one plate. Random note, but I was reminded of differential calculus while drawing the line schemata. Odd.
qlotzan: Yes, quite so, but you learn more than just shading. You also learn about simplifying! And thank you very much.
WIP for Rift contest on DA. *beep beep* This just in: a rift has been spotted in Telera in less than an hour ago, and sightings of monsters have been confirmed. A severe colossus warning will be in effective until 11 days from now. 'Til then, take shelter and cover immediately!
LtPlissken: Thank you, sir!
6th Bargue plate; took about 5 hours for each foot using pencils 3B, B, H, and 4H; had to take it with a camera this time. :<
EDIT: It says on the bottom "This reminds me of polygonal 3D models. The schematas remind me of blocky sculptures when you first start out." and "differentials = lines (tangents), line modulation; integrals = shapes, values, and volume"
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teapo: Thanks, my man. I work on 7.5" x 10" paper, custom cut myself. They're about the same size as the plates in the book.
LtPlissken: Thank you, Lieutenant. That they are.
Metal Fingers: Yes, they are extremely helpful. And the readings are loaded with useful tips.
Been working on the Rift contest this whole week (so no Bargue). It's over now, but I'll still be working on it so I have something finished to present at least . . .
Also, I'm taking a break from this for a couple of days. Hopefully, the magic will start happening when I'm rested. Frustration. >:C
EDIT: Lesson of the day - don't spend so much time on the "underpainting" layer when working digitally. Same applies to working traditionally.
LtPlissken: Thank you, sir! There is still some work to be done, however.
Bargue plate #7: Stayed up all night just to finished this. I had so much fun with this that I didn't want to go to sleep. Ugh, now I'm tired. Used B - 4H pencils and blended sparingly with homemade tortillions. Also, a comparison.
teapo: Thanks, man. There's some minor measurement errors, but that's okay. Hooray for Bargue studies!
Started using Alchemy again, and the exercise went a little longer than expected. It's so much fun to get in the moment of what you do.
And the writing exercise along with it:
A child is born. The mother goddess, Quan Chi, comes to nurture her newborn before it opens its eyes to the world. She wraps her body around the child to give her warmth and love. “‘Xua Hua’. She will be known as the goddess of hope.” The little dragon-like goddess shines as a mirror image of her mother, endowed with the same beauty and grace. Her mother sleeps in her presence to await for the new day of the next generation. The French call this new day ‘fin de siècle,” marking the beginning of an era that will rebuild society into an ethereal place at last. During their slumber, they hear a call from a human on Earth, praying in a form of a song. “Blessed are we for our bounty. Hear us, Quan Chi, for we give thanks to you. Grace us with the strength to live. Help us renew ourselves for the coming day. We greet baby Xu Hua with open arms.” Thus, Quan Chi fluttered her many delicate fins to waft the air into a gentle breeze. Along the breeze, seeds of new life glided through skies and floated down to plant themselves anew.
(I was listening to "Pray" from the DDS soundtrack. So as you can see, that kind of seeped through the picture. )
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Your alchemy work is simply beautiful. Way to go.
Did I told you that Quan Chi is my great friend?
Even greater than Nurhaci was. They all know me
very well. Used to BBQ together earlier.
LtPlissken: Really? Wow, never knew Quan Chi BBQs. No wonder she has so many grills in her backyard.
teapo: Yup. The guy in my avatar is my favorite character. Though admitttedly, he is a dick.
Gosh, these are getting increasingly harder, but they're still fun to do. Can't wait to work up to the arm plates. Now, here's the foot of the Medici Venus. Uh . . . I think this took a little longer than 5 hours.
Another Alchemy doodle. Ah, I think the influence is a bit obvious. Also, there's the writing exercise along with it.
Poor Ms. Lisa was lost while searching for food in the barren city. Initially, she didn’t want to emerge from her shelter, but her hunger urged her to find rations to get through the day. Her emaciated body grew weak from starvation, yet she managed to drag her body through her travels. Carefully, she made sure to walk in the alley and out of the back doors in order to conceal herself in the darkness. No noise could be heard as she scoured throughout the neighborhood. Then suddenly, sounds of oozing and gurgling crept up behind her. Sure enough, a light shined on her back, illuminating her out of the shadows. A shiver jolted through her spine as she trepidly turned around. At the sight of the hideous fiend, the Embracer, Lisa bolted from the spot. Panicking, she ran as fast as she could. Unknowingly, however, she made herself vulnerable by running down a wide empty road. The Embracer lit its way through the mist to catch its prey. It’s whip-like appendages lashed through the air and grappled Lisa by her arm and leg. Her fate now? She might be constricted so tightly that her body is torn in half. Or . . . The creature might wrap her in its arms and bring her close, allowing her to be engulfed in its chest. When they become one, it will leech on her, leaving her in a vegetative state forever.
You are doing great my dear.
Your art is improving more and more
every time i visit.
I have no sweet words like you have,
I am just here to support and to cheer.
Your kind words can turn a stone to gold.
Keep sharing your love.
wow those plates show real dedication. Do you have anything like that you could draw from life? If you search around on the internet you can usually get something relatively cheap, like an ear or a nose, which is great practice. I will be starting my own bust study in the coming weeks, once I can work up the nerve to start something so massive!
Thanks for the continued support in my sb, I'm definitely going to keep stopping by here to see what you've been up to.
BTW alchemy looks interesting, what made you return to it?
nice work a lott of variety
Every critique helps me to get on step closer towards my dream so feel free to
LtPlissken: Thanks for the support, sir.
ThomasM: Thanks Thomas. No, I do not have any marble casts to draw from. I don't plan on buying some anytime soon because I've got lots of junk to get rid of. Maybe in time, I will decide to get some casts for studies. And I was getting into Alchemy because I was inspired by Andrew Jones' designs.
teapo: Thanks teapo. Ah, yes. How could I forget about toning the paper?
Grey Rift: Thanks dude.
Hello. I've been a lazy bum. Posting some sketches to show I haven't abandoned art.
I've been experimenting with a new schedule lately. Starting yoga, getting into Calculus again, practicing better ways of learning, working on an en plein air, and making the Rift maquette for reference. Also, I've been think of doing things in rotation so that I can focus on one thing at a time. For example, the next two months is for en plein airs and the Rift maquette, and then the other two months might be for Bargue studies. Then, I'm going experiment if going at slower pace will help me make more qualitative works or not.
Cheers, and always experiment with new stuff.
Dan Miragliotta was at my house today.
We were sitting on the couch watching your latest
updates. He got very excited. Hell, I got
excited myself by seeing your power.
He then started touching
my knees as he was looking at your keyhole masterpiece.
He was talking about skin shedding and melting butter with honey,
dipping it all into white chocolate. His mind was gone. He mumbled.
He was OUT!
Can you see the destruction and terror that you can
cast with your beautiful art? Can you see it now!?
You should be contained in a secure area, cause
you are about to blow.
You are about to
deliver something shocking to this word.
I am fascinated. Miragliotta sipped a bit
more out of his fermented tomato juice.
His eyes are swollen and full of tears.
You are a very much like a sun, shining
down on us in a magnificent manner.
You are a magical creature running
naked through the dark forests on
a frozen half rotten leaves.
nice light/color study on that knob! was afraid you weren't going to post again xD but it's good to see the update!
hmm.. seems like an interesting schedule you got ahead of yourself... the yoga seems like a good idea, especially being an artist you should keep yourself active (physically)! i look forward to the production of the Rift maquette, en plein airs and the bargues!
LtPlissken: Sir, you don't want this magical creature to run naked through the forests. And Dan is making me hungry. Mmm . . . melted butter dipped in white chocolate. Fatten me up!
teapo: Thanks man. Sitting all day at a desk isn't too good for you. In fact, you're actually supposed to do little stretches and exercises every 15 minutes. I learned that in my yoga class!
EDIT: I just realized that this sketchbook thread is 2 years old now. I started this back in the summer of 2009. Onward to 2012.
Hello friends. Squeeze in still life this weekend. Too busy with Cal II last weekend. Trig integrals are kicking my butt. This idea was taken from seedling's Concept Art 101 - (Night and Day). Good exercises to spice up current studies.
Gosh, this is supposed to be viewed from a distance. Medium: watercolor (grisaille and color washes), color pencil
left: used red, green, yellow green, pink, orange, yellow (accent), purple (accent), blue, orange, light blue
right: used light green, pink, orange, blue, light blue
Just a crazy thought. I was learning about Kepler's law again in Cal II, and I thought of how it relates to how the eye moves around a focal point. If you're not familiar with Kepler's law, it states that an object (in space) will orbit in a elliptical shape, and it orbits faster when it's near the focal point (i.e., the Sun). So if your eye moves in the same way, you may want to group details near a part of the focal point. Where math and physics creeps up, you'll never know.
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Well, I just came here to celebrate your 2 year old
sketchbook anniversary, together with you. So,
do not wait, let's open something to drink. I will
have a few beers if you have them in your stock.
This 2 year old sketchbook shows how determined you
are and it shows your true indestructible spirit.
I bought some BBQ meat, so let's fire up things.
Kepler was at my place two days ago, he had some
trouble with his gears on his bicycle, and I helped him
to fix it. He was hungry and he drunk two jugs of yogurt,
and then he went crazy drinking up all my cognac.
The little mischief- ous one started gargling and he
threw up on my new Maharashtran blanket.
Nasty tomato mixed up with yogurt covered stains
darkened my soul. Hope that I will regenerate pretty quick.
Your still lives are looking good.