Still repping the way of the pencil. Waiting on an order of bristol board to start the next piece... excited I've never tried bristol before, haha.
Some sketchbook, some fabric studies, some studies after Wes Burt. Guy really knows how to use a pencil haha, learnt so much from those.
Sorry for the crappy quality of the sketchbook pages, they're impossible to scan and I *really* need a camera which isn't part of a phone...
Jess, your stuff deserves more comments and more attention!
I really like coming back to your sketchbook and to see it updated
Really delicious pencils in the last update, I especially like how you did this one.
There is a softness and accuracy to your pencils that I'm unable to achieve when drawing from imagination, I'd really love to. Do you work somewhat slowly to achieve this? I'm curious!
Anyway, keep the studies and the fun stuff piling up!
@Kerah: Ahh, Thankyou! In regards to the pencils question, I think it's mostly just practice - I do go pretty slowly I guess; the only time I'm speedy with it is in the early stages, I'll block it in or throw up the gesture really really lightly just to figure out where the drawing is going overall. I think it's about trying to use as few lines as possible, trying to put the right lines down first try - at least, that's what I'm trying to train myself to do right now. :') So hard!
Current WIP - working on Bristol Board for the first time. It's absolutely godly! so smooooth
Sketchbook pages, inc. very messy plans+quick studies for that piece ^
I think I'm finding my main dissatisfaction with the way I sketch boils down to me being far too hesitant with the pencil - I wont put down bold lines or marks unless I force myself, and I have to work up to it, so the end thing lacks clarity and cleanness/smoothness. It's a whole 'lack of confidence' thing that comes through in all my work I think, sadly So I'm gonna be doing studies and sketches in less forgivable media for a while - pen and ink all the way. :')
Self-portrait - how do people get clean hatchings? How?!?
Some ink face studies - most are reffed from tumblr, hence the abundance of stretched ears
Aaand some trouser legs in ballpoint, cause I was having trouble drawing the folds in octo-man's trousers on the WIP above.
Gonna try for daily postings next week, since I'm not doing much overtime at work. Let's get shit done!!
Just been browsing your sketchbook, love your work
I know what you mean about being hesitant with the pencil, at the moment I'm trying desperately to force myself out of the habit of doing lots of short jagged lines instead of doing one long clean one. I guess using inks more will help with this, can't really be hesitant with them! Reminded me of This guy, he uses really harsh brush strokes, very minimalistic!
Keep up the good work
@DanBK: Thankyou! :') and Thanks for the link aha, his stuff is ace, I really admire people who can work oils like that, it's something which escapes me x) everytime.
Okay, I know this isn't really classed as daily since monday ended nearly three hours ago... but since I haven't slept yet, I still consider this to be yesterday, okay.
Spent most of today finishing this off. I really tried with this one, and there are parts which I can see it paid off, which is really satisfying... I can also tell that my pencils still need much more work, buuuut I miss digital painting. :') So pencil's gonna get dropped just a tiny bit for a while.
Also, just been watching Snow White and the Huntsman... Some plot points were a bit niggly; but, seriously stunning visuals, seriously. (And I'm not just talking about Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, surprisingly, although still... unf.) I'm feeling so inspired right now... Lots of ideas for paintings I love that films can have this effect on me. I advise any one else to go watch it!
So.. Bit of a shorter post today, due to me not going to bed till 6am this morning, thinking I wasn't in work till tomorrow... then getting woken at 10:30 by a phone call telling me I had my days wrong, and should have been in half an hour ago. Finally had breakfast and got started working at about 5:00pm when I got home :') Bigger post tomorrow, promise!
Some more ink face studies, this time with a pretty thick brush pen... this was interesting, more challenging than with a brush since I couldn't get any subtle or thin lines, so I had to think even more carefully about where the lines were placed. Many mistakes but good exercise!!
And sketchbook pages - all done in pen/brush pen. With the second page I was thinking about how I've had this sketchbook for two years, looking at the first page and thinking, I really haven't improved as much as I should have in that timespan... especially when drawing from imagination. So I redrew the first few sketches in this thread. I was right, not nearly as much improvement as I'd like, not much at all, (although these were rushed quite a bit, and in pen...) Still gotta work harder!!!
Not much today either, considering I woke up about 2pm, then spent most of the rest of the day cleaning my room and getting my head around sculptris... I remember why I never used to keep up with daily updates. Work too slow :/ Gonna keep trying though!
So, a photostudy and a skull done in sculptris. First time properly sculpting digitally, and I can see it's benefits for understanding form, but this annoyed me so much when I got onto the smaller details it might be a while before I try again, haha. It's was fun to do most of it though
So I still haven't slept since the last post... Since I woke up at 2pm yesterday actually, haha. It's 11 am and I'm still not sleepy... this is what happens when I let myself sleep longer than my usual 5 hours :')
Photostudy and progress on latest piece. Dropping these off now in the hopes of getting some feedback on the WIP before I go onto colour... Any help, guys?
Been sat in front of the computer all night... I need to get out, do something. Walking into town for some lifedrawing sounds lovely right now.
@dierat - Ahh, thankyou! It was a fun design to play with
Todays work - Progress on the Snow White piece (skin still needs a ton of work) and a character for tonal practice, since the WIP of Snow White shows how badly I need it... Working working working!
Will probably have to skip posting tomorrow, since I'm at work all day... speaking of which, I need to get up in about 5 or 6 hours... and I'm not even slightly tired. Coffee will be required tomorrow.
Finished Snow White piece... Not happy at all but that happens, I guess. Onto the next one.
Sketchbook page.. Top right is from life, from Saturday morning Starbucks sesh before work (which is possibly gonna be a weekly thing).
Hour long acrylic tonal study and messy anatomy study - bones drawn in blue pen, muscles in red.
Great ink and pencil work, I especially like this portrait - the forms look very solid and you nailed a good expression too. Also, great lighting and overall use of graphite for different effects on the illustration on post 216! Love the dramatic lighting, variety of materials and how well everything reads.
The snow white piece has good storytelling and a clear point of interest, nice rendering on the face. The compo leads the eye out of the picture the left though, with all the lines leading there, the elbow being cut off and the hair forming a tangent with the border. I did a quick paintover with more space on the left, hope you don't mind. Rest of the changes I made:
-removed the other branch on the upper left because it was leading eye to the border (best to avoid too much stuff happening on the edges)
-erased some of the hair from the top to get rid of the tangent with the branch
-made the flowing effect of the hem of the dress more linear and gave some slack to the creases on the sleeve, it looked like someone was pulling it from the lower edge
-straightened the deltoid/upper arm a bit and removed the tangent of the shoulder and hair behind it.
Keep up the good work!
@smuli: Ahh, thanks for taking the time to do the paintover! It looks much better afterwards I probably won't go back and fix it myself, simply cause I lost all enthusiasm for it since I was so disappointed at how it turned out... But it's good to understand the reason for my disappointment, aha. I'll make an effort to keep a closer eye on the composition and tangents in the next one
Some more hour-long tonal studies and anatomy studies, and some thumbnails for a commission I've been asked to do. Feeling a bit unmotivated today.. gah. It'll pass, hopefully. Just need to get stuck into a piece again!
Oh, and sorry for the creases on these, they were done on discarded pieces of cardboard :')
Not uploaded for the past couple of days just cause they've been so busy - two work shifts, a job interview and starting lifedrawing again The 'unmotivated' feeling disappeared within a day, thankfully, absence wasn't due to that. Uploading the stuff from lifedrawing now, and I'll upload the other stuff I've been getting up to in the next post.
(Sorry for the shadow around some, sketchbook was too big and hung off the edges of the scanner) First three are terrible, charcoal and five-minuters. Last two are various colours of biro and are 30 and 50 minutes respectively.
Still got some sketchbook pages to upload, but these will do for now
My entry for this week's Teen Challenge, feels good to be doing these again:
and more anatomy studies. Lots of repetition, trying to rely on referring to anatomy books less and less each time:
Fell a bit behind on updates this week, bit busy - college exhibition, fathers day, working the last week at my current job whilst doing paperwork/induction for a new one (Plus last night was spent getting very drunk to celebrate... which I regret doing incredibly now, for various reasons.)
Bit of a dull update, some studies I managed to do - anatomy studies, and some tonal acrylics (one from life and one movie screencap). I feel like I struggle more and it's more of a challenge to do studies in traditional media, and I'm working with the theory that bigger challenge = learn more. Plus it stops me dropping into autopilot and forces me to actually concentrate.
Still got sketchbook pages to post.. ahh. I'll just do a big dump-post of them soon.
Here we go. Anatomy studies and sketchbook pages.
Felt I was getting a bit stale and monotonus on the leg studies, so I decided it'd be better to focus on different aspects each week. This week is torsos Lets learn dem abs!
I was (before last week) aiming for mostly daily updates; but this new job, as much as I like it, has unpredictable hours and when you combine that with my unpredictable sleeping patterns... heh. I may lose track of days. But I am setting myself a target of updating every two days at least, let's see how that goes :')
Like I said, update every two days... although I've slept once, so it seems like one day to me :')
Spent monday night painting this up... A birthday present for my dad, big Bruce Lee fan.
(with a little camera-phone shot underneath for comparison... this is why my sketchbook pages always look so crap, this is how bad my camera phone pictures are.)
Work-in-progress that I'm working on for about half an hour here and there, whenever I have time between stuff... first of two parts. Practising tonals. Long way to go.
Compulsory anatomy dailys. Bridgeman and Jeno Barcsay.
Now I really need to get ready for work.
Pretty big post; I've been too lazy/busy to scan everything in, so it's kept building. :') In my defence, I've finally bought a proper digital camera (No more crappy camera-phone photos!) and I was waiting for that to arrive for the sketchbook/oils stuff.
Unfinished oil's practice - gonna be doing alot more of these; I'm fascinated by oils, I love them and wanna get into doing more with them. Especially whilst it's still warm enough to leave the window open as ventilation, haha. The heart is a study for a much bigger commission.
Sketch for the next piece, the sister piece to the one in the last post:
Sketchbook stuffs, including some lifedrawing in the staffroom at work (all animals from ref)
Aaaand obligatory anatomy studies. Lil bit of fashion in there too.
@smuli: Thankyou! It's just a shame that's the only life drawing session I could get in. :')
Didn't mean to be gone for so long... life's just been crazy, starting a new job that's just taken over my life practically, haha. Trying to get into some sort of stable routine.. My body really doesnt do routine. :') I have more stuff to upload than this, I'll put up the rest in the next few days and hopefully be updating more regularly.
Finished personal piece, anatomy studies and another unfinished oils study.
Aaaand this upload brings us back up to date. :')
Some sketchbook pages (with some lifedrawing from starbucks and the staffroom)
Some shots of what I'm working on atm - big-ass canvas painting, a commission for a friend's band. Did the underpainting in ink since the song it's supposed to be illustrating is actually called "Ink My Soul" (at the moment.) This thing is the biggest thing I've painted, easily A1... time consuming, but unexpectedly fun.
Also, because I've just remembered - my friend makes his own music... If you like listening to ambient/electronic/chillstep/space-y kind of stuff, you should definitely check it out. I actually think it makes really good music to just zone out and paint to (and I'm not just saying that for the shameless plug, haha, honest.)
His youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SEAWAVESmusic?feature=watch
Aaand if you can like it on facebook, you're awesome. http://www.facebook.com/pages/SEAWAVES/123947271049023
I was gonna upload this last night, buuut I came home from work after midnight, stole some of my drunk mother's pizza, and passed out instead. :') Also, my scanners not working atm, so I can't upload anatomy studies...
Here's where I'm up to on the huge canvas commission:
Sketchbook page, and a little quick colour study for a traditional piece I'm planning (as a contest entry):
hi there, you are doing amazing... please keep it up.
Love coming across sketchbooks that have loads of study in them - gets me all inspired! I'd say thus far I love your oil studies - they have something about them that your digital works lack. Might be in the way you do them - digital is horrible for being able to just get in there and noodle with details before you should, yet your oils have this great sense of freshness of brushstroke. Could be worth paying conscious attention the next time you do an oil study how you put down the strokes, and try and replicate that with your digital stuff.
And on a random note, I love the really dark red fingers on your latest teen challenge piece - something about that coupled with the frost subject that tells a story for me.