kikindaface: I'll definitely do face and hand studies in the future, right now I want to concentrate on gesture first and foremost - I'm currently studying Vilppu at the moment and learning a lot in that regard, so I'll stick to that for now. And yes, Vilppu's approach is KILLER - really helps bring an image to life!
Seraph Fawkes: Thank you. I'll definitely do some pencil shading in the future. Shading is actually a lot of fun for me, so I'm very eager to do those actually. Glad you like my digis as well, I do paint every day, I'm just not allowed to show anything due to NDA, unfortunately
knut: Thank you, did a quick speedpainting below if you're interested
ObsidianPyro: Thank you You have some nice portraits in your sketchbook, looking forward to seeing you progress as well.
Donna: Interesting, looks like we have the opposite approaches And yes, lots of studies indeed (I'm addicted, what can I say)... My goal is to reach 1 million
Here's a speedpaint I did of the female torso from imagination, approximately 30 minutes. Had a lot of fun with this one, I'm probably going to do a lot more studies like this in the future since they're fairly quick, and I can practice what I learned as well.
I find a real growing in every page, I really like to anat. studies ( more clear then mine).
Keep it up! Cheers
Really nice man for 30 min. Tell me, are you using tablet? I am using a mouse and some sketches on grayscale like yours above takes me maybe hours... Ok, there's also the thing of unexpirience yet. Are you using a palet of 3 gray tones? Thanks in advance and keep it up!
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Great Villpu and Bridgman studies
very good color studies, all the way from page one to here. And an incredible amount of anatomy studies, just incredible. Keep working hard!
algenpfleger: Thanks Hannes, you're a huge inspiration to me as an artist, so it's great to have your support. I'll keep drawing daily as well - I'm having too much fun and learning a hell lot in the process, so I won't stop anytime soon
dleoblack: Thank you.
Vatsel: Thanks, I'll do my best
knut: Thank you. Yes, all my paintings are done using an Intuos 3 tablet (which I highly recommend, Intuos 4 even, which has more levels of pressure). As for speed, the trick is to do a lot of speedpaintings to help improve your technique. Eventually you'll be amazed at what you can do in 30 minutes, but it does take practice. As for my palette, I did everything with the HSB (or 'K' , in greyscale) slider tool in Photoshop in this case. Hope this helps!
jskotte: Thank you, Vilppu in particular has some great exercises which I'll be doing more of.
DHTenshi: Yessir! I generally paint very fast when working in greyscale - lighting and values are my strong points I think.
Ivan Turcin: Thank you very much, I'll keep at it!
And for today's updates: Lots and lots of gesture drawings, some from imagination, some from photo references, and some were done based on some of the figures in Boris Vallejo's and Juilie Bell's paintings featured in their artbook 'The Ultimate Collection'.
These gesture drawings are very challenging for me, especially when working from imagination, but hopefully it'll get easier after I do the next 1,000
Also did some leg anatomy studies from Bridgman, but gesture is something I'll definitely be practicing for quite a while now.... It's important that I practice this now since that's easily my weakest point as an artist.
Thanks for the reply and one again bravo about your studies. About the HSB, could you please send me a p.m?Keep it up.
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The figures continue to be tremendous, man. I hope you're finding that you're getting a lot out of it now. I'd like to see you apply some of this knowledge in more fleshed out drawings. Keep going!!
Holy cow, that's a LOT of figure studies! Quite impressive.
Really itching to see how all of this work pay's off in some finished illustrations!
Wow!!! What a vast amount of beautiful studies! I see, that I have to raise my amount drastically, too. You are really hard-working, man! And your work really seems to pay off.
You study a lot! That's a fact.
How many pages you do per day?
I can see major improvements too!
You're on the right way! Keep it up.
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Right I'm going to critique your bums. On that last picture, first one perfect, second one - it shouldn't be a C but a lot straighter at the top, the third is a pair of breasts and the forth - knees. Think about the shape you're drawing, what it is used for (no dirty thoughts) and if it looks right. The rest of the body you get fine, but this grates.
You be burnin'... But seriously, work on those butts, they look oddly attached to the body.
hey props on the huge amount of studies it will deffinitely pay off
Fleshing out a figure (or anything) from your head, in my opinion, is like solving a jigsaw puzzle. First you put down the pieces (lines) that you are absolutely confident about. Usually this is enough to define a rough figure. These first lines don't outline the entire figure, they just imply little bits here and there. After that, you deduce from what you already have drawn how the remaining parts will look. And finally, if you get really stuck, you can use a reference to see how to draw that portion.
So I say give it a shot. Use your current method for the initial sketch, and then if you like try the jigsaw approach Don't put down lines that you have no confidence in, and you should end up with some great stuff.
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I won't be able to update this thread until Monday - my brother currently has my camera and I won't be able to use it until Monday, when he comes back from a trip. I have been drawing like a madman though, I haven't been slacking off - I swear!
fantasyartist: Thanks, I'm actually applying what you said to my current sketches and having much better results, great advice!
knut: Check your PM!
Zebz: Thank you, I'm having a lot of success with the Vilppu method so I'll definitely be practicing it often. I'll do some more fleshed out drawings soon as well, right now I'm more concerned with the studies themselves.
Auspiciouspanda: Why thank you
marcotronic: Thanks, I hope it is paying off too lol.
chuck18mp: I try to do at least 1 hour a day, but I end up doing a lot more than that lol. Not sure exactly how many pages I do per day, anywhere from 10-30 I suppose.
Black Spot: Very good point, I have a habit of using circular shapes for those features automatically, which doesn't work in many angles, so I'll definitely be more conscious of it in the future. Thanks again, you always have a great eye for these things
Donna: Will study more buttox
prsnsweeney: Appreciate it.
meDrawUC: I'm very eager to pump out soon finished characters, but I feel I'm benefiting to much from these studies as is. I think continuing these studies will benefit the finished work more. I will however be doing more finished work very, very soon, as I feel I'm almost at that point where it should come much easier for me. With that said, you offered me some really amazing advice in terms of fleshing out the figure, I'll definitely be applying it to my sketches soon, thank you!
Excellent studies, but I think it's time for you to bring out some more original concepts when you get the chance.
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Beautiful, inspiring stuff!
Buttocks are like balloons filled with water, but slightly squashed. There are people who do get their butts augmented, but I haven't examined any.
Really nice work. I have been working on my gesture drawing to because I notice that is another weakness of mine. Keep it up.
alexson: Thank you.
DK_sketch: Thank you; Form is something I'm stressing a lot more now than I used to, so I'm glad it shows
zou: Indeed, that was the case - I kid, I kid I just checked out your sketchbook, amazing stuff to say the least.
FightingSeraph: Thank you. I'll definitely work on more original concepts, but right now my number 1 priority is mastering anatomy.
Brightdreamer: Appreciate it
Black Spot: That's a very clever way to break them down I'll keep that in mind when rendering thy buttocks
Istmin52: Thanks, gesture is something that looks simple but takes quite a bit of effort to master. Practice, practice, practice....
I have to apologize for not updating for so long; I seem to have had the worst luck as of late; My older cpu crashed and burned last week, so I had to purchase another one which took quite a deal of effort. I had to work non-stop to get work done for various projects as well due to the delay, so I've been ridiculously busy. Everything seems to be going well now, however. I uploaded the sketches I've done since the last update below, which consist of pretty much bits of everything, from gesture (imagination and referenced from various comic books) to the study of the head/skull. I'll update this thread later today with some speedpaints I recently completed as well.
That'll be all for now. Now if you'll excuse me, I need a cigarette or two
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Hell yeah man! Cranking them studies like a man possessed! And its showing in your figures from imagination, looking good.
I feel like such a lazy bastard now...
ima go draw bean shapes...
SixPrism: Thank you, learning a great deal with these studies, especially for the head. I'll keep practicing that for at least a month, I'm having a lot of fun with those I admit
Here's some speedpaints I did:
This is just a quick concept, roughly around 1 hour; First speedpaint I did using Photoshop CS5. No ref for this one.
Above image is based on a stock photo I found on deviant art. Originally I was going to incorporate this piece into something I'm working on for a company, but the idea was scrapped for something much better. This one took around 3 hours, painted with an older version of PS before my older computer crashed.
And that'll be all