animal sketches are great Maybe try to paint more studies also, paint some head studies for example to get some color practice in there as well.
The animal studies are good. Your faces are coming on - I like the top right one on that last pic.
Jskotte - thanks, and here is a painted study (I took your advice)
raminafshari - I'll give it a try, theres no way I'm going to make a sketchbook in CA without at least one dragon in!
Blackspot - gracias!
cgaddict - getting there slowly one baby step at a time...
Anyway here is what I've been up to yesterday and so far today. I think i've spent around 3 hours or more on this so far, but I intend to really work on this one until I can improve it no more (within my limits anyway). It is a still-life I set up in my kitchen. My first still-life with oils and I have to say I actually had a lot of fun painting it. I feel I learnt a fair amount and the actual setting up added an extra dimension of things to think about.
WIP but here it is so far...
EDIT: Just to clarify - the photo is just a ref to show the layout of the reference, not the exact angle from which i painted
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Some sketches from the old sketchbook today... Bit of a crappy dump but there will be better ones tomorrow (and some imagination thank god!) Have been working on vehicle designs today and using markers (or trying to), as well as continuing with the old still-life. I realise with it now that I have taken on far more than I can chew, as it is improving but painfully slowly with so much subject matter. Id have been better off with just a single fruit/veg to study! Oh well its all good
Lots of bridgman studies here mixed in with a few of my own hands, which were a little ruined by the markers on the page behind. Anyway, my general feeling in life at the moment is art is amazing! I just can't get enough of it... If anyone gets the chance watch some of the doc's on 4OD or iplayer, there are some interesting ones on there
Been working on some vehicle/mech/robot design with markers and pens. They are WICKED I had loads of fun with this (probably going to do more tonight!)
Also tried out some watercolour pencils and fountain pen sketching. The pen itself is really really low quality and scratchy so I didn't like that, but the watercolour pencils are seriously nice.
Anyway.. today's stuff (or what I can post before it gets really dark)
More Mech today.. working on the marker technique. Also spent a few hours on an oil painting from imagination which is based on the theme of apocalypse/sunset. A friend and I had an art duel which is basically you have 12 hours to create something to best the other person! This was my offering (started at mid-day and finishing officially at midnight) which took 3-4 hours in total. The final photo (at the bottom) was taken in very bad light, and the actual painting is far closer to the top in terms of colour (orangeness).
Anyway.. I'll post a better photo tomorrow but for now thats it.
Been away for the weekend and this is all I've done. The start of an Armour Study (I think everyone agrees on this site, armour is badass)...
Armour study is bad ass. Shame you couldn't work more on the still life as it had great potential.
Black Spot - thanks for the encouragement!
I haven't posted for a while (very unusual for me but Ive had no internet for a week and more). Anyway a lot to post so I'll just do a few (rather than one masssive one)
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and today I used a palette knife for the first time - I didn't really know what I was doing so I just went for it!
Here it is
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Haha almost no comments in like 2 weeks..guess I'd better work even harder than before! Today I did a PS study in the morning (which im really not hapy with! Still need to do more digitals as I always end up doing traditional paints at the end of the day), a Frazetta watercolour copy (postcard) for a friend and then I did a frazetta copy of an oil in acrylics. Only just finished that now (its 22:40 here) so Ill take a picture in the light tomorrow. Not a great update considering how much time ive spent doing art today, but hopefully tomorrow's frazetta copy will prove I didn't waste too much time today!
oh an yeah.. from looking through icon in the past few days and trying out some watercolour today I have to say... im coming round to them! slowly
Frazetta copy in acrylic and oil (acrylic for the underlayers then oil just to finish it off and paint the clothing and edges)
A little figure study and leraning to use arcs and perspective to make relative sizes...
And a little portraiture.. mostly loomis on there.. but some my own. Tonight I will do more heads from imagination whilst in the living room
BlackDelphin - Thanks for the encouragement I appreciate it
Wooh 10k views! Not that that means anything.. but its nice to know sometimes that people ARE seeing it!
Oh and more exciting news.. I have started to get my first commissions! Have 2/3 lined up which should be brilliant (I'm very excited to get started!)
Anyway here's todays - reworking of an earlier painting in oil
SirGreenSock - hey.. yeah thanks man and don't worry I'm not discouraged! The fact that most people don't comment motivates me! It gives me a target to work towards.
Today I did a Sargent study of Gabriel Fauré. Oils and again I had great fun with it. Not sure on time, probably 4-5 hours at least (in fact certainly!). Its a work in progress currently but I feel I've learnt a lot already, mainly about brushstrokes and the need for accuracy in colour (not quite there yet) when you reproduce.
Also went to a life drawing class last night and did an ink for 1 hour 30 mins. Not great lol the pencil was waaaaay better before I ruined it, but each page is a new lesson!
and some portraiture from imagination. Voila! BRING ON THE ART!
Watch your colours in the Sargent study, you're overusing your white and overestimating the hue changes. Hard to crit fully consider the photo has so much glare on it, but you are definitely using too much red and yellow in the skintones. To me at least the tones look more like a burnt umber or burnt sienna sort of tone, and not nearly as much white in the highlights, and using more pure colour rather than adding red for the deeper tones. Also note that very few of the grays in his hair are actually gray, they are more of a dull brown sort of tone (think raw umber with a bit of white, maybe some cooler colour added in). Same goes for the collar, definitely NO pure white in there.
In terms of proportions and edges it is well observed, but definitely watch the colours more closely.
SirGreenSock - yeah now that you say that I realise you are completely right about everything you just pointed out. I think I'm going to leave it a day or so to distance myself mentally then come back to it with fresh eyes! I think learning to really "see" colour is just like learning to "see" angles and values when you draw... I'm guessing it comes with practice! THIS is a crit I really appreciate
Wasabi89 - thanks, check your SB!
Jonathan C - same to you, check your SB amigo!
I quite like your palette knife still life. You can get a lot detail in but you need to get the colour right first time, which is pretty difficult. What I used to like about it was taking up up more than one colour at a time to create a unique stroke, but you have to be bold to do it, although you can scrap off the bad stroke.
Sorry I haven't been around much but unless I have something to show I don't go commenting too much and life has been pretty hectic.
The new updates are much improved, so good job on that!
One thing I would say is that when you are doing pencil sketches, think carefully about the lines you put down. If you close lines (you do this with the eyes a lot), it flattens it down, making it look poop compared to what a broken line could describe! haha. Remember to think about what each mark could and should do before you put it down.
Nice studies though, so keep up the hard work and regular updates.
Black Spot - I really appreciate your continuing support so there is no need to apologise for not being around! :p Thanks for the advice on taking up more colours with each stroke, this is something I sort of stumbled across and noticed by accident, but wasn't bold enough to really put to use in this paint! Next time though for sure!
FraserMcT - thanks for that bit of advice, I had previously noticed that Loomis in particular uses a lot of broken lines, and therefore giving his sketches a less flat look. I took your advice on board and spent yesterday doing loomis studies and photographic studies, then in the evening I did some from imagination and I feel I've improved just from you bringing it to my attention! so thankyou, I consider this another breakthrough moment in my sketching. Just like the first time someone really said to me "you know if you introduced some different line widths and weights it would look less cartoonish"
Below are the sketches from photos and loomis. Later I will post whatever I've done today and the imagination work from last night!
Something more today. Some sketches from imagination from last night and a VW painting I'm doing for comission and started today. Not very happy with it yet but I'll have to wait and see how it turns out tomorrow. Its acrylics (I feel safer that way, and so I try more things out) until I get the main shapes and colour scheme down.
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