Hi guys, after a thousand years of being a lurker here in these forums, I've decided to start acting upon my desire to be a great artist. I want to be able to create beautiful digital paintings, and if I can grab some monnies along the way, fine, otherwise, I'd be extremely happy to be able to paint great art.
Of course, if I ever get to that point, I'll be extremely happy to do something else, always focusing on getting better. Well, the human mind can never be truly satisfied.
So, to start my journey, I've decided to practice doing master copies. The first one is Abra, from a Caravaggio painting, Giuditta e Oloferne (here's the reference).
Comments and critique are always welcome.
(last updated: october 10, 2010)
Last edited by cl0aked; October 10th, 2010 at 10:54 AM. Reason: Updating thumbnail
great start dood. more pls!
Sketchbook: My epic journey from suck to awesome
I'm trying out new brushes on Painter. Probably not a good idea - i didn't like these paintings much. The first one came out looking too much like a man, with some glaring anatomical problems I couldn't point out. The second one was a little better, but my incompetence to paint hair destroyed the piece.
This is Countess Nákó, by Friederich von Amerling (as link):
And this is Portrait of the Sculptor Duquesnoy, by Sir Anthony van Dyck:
As always i'm open to critique and suggestions. I'd be really thankful for advice on using oils in painter.
Fifth head. Portrait of Dante, by Botticelli.
I'm trying to keep from working too much on each head. I'm aiming at 50 heads, not sure how many I'll really draw or the timeframe. This is the Bust of Cardinal Giovanni Garzia Mellini, by Alessandro Algardi.
Done in Photoshop, 50 minutes. (Reference here)
Last edited by cl0aked; September 11th, 2009 at 02:28 PM.
Your studies are great, portraits are well done too, thanks for stopping by my sketchbook and keep up the good work
Welcome to CA! Thanks for posting the link to that blog! Keep those digi's coming. However, I must say, go back to the basics, i.e. work on your drawing skills first. You must be great draftsmen before you can be a great painter.
Rock on dude!
Looks like pikachu had a hard upbringing, probebly drank a lot and did some drugs, good piece of humor, thanks for posting it
Great job with that Caravaggio study!
Very nice values and cool details in this one!
Stop saying your stuff is crappy man! Its your work, your dedication. Its maybe not as good as you wanted to be but is a honest nice try.
By the way, good overall stuff. You are doing great so far.
The most important think to achieve likeness in a portrait is to watch the distances between every single element in the face.
I usually spend more than 70% of the time of portraits trying to find the perfect location of the elements plus the distance between them and the corners of the face. A good thing is to flip the image (horizontally and also vertically) to "refreshes" your view of the figure. But I think you already know that.
This last drawing is almost perfect, saving some very small corrections. To me it'd be a very valuable practice.
I also appreciate your comment on likeness, I didn't think about that either. Thanks, man, really.
Quick portrait sketch. I need to get a hang on likeness ):