Some quick sketches of guff - at the very least im trying to build pictures with narrative
Gotta say, man, your pen and marker sketches inspire the HELL out of me. I love what you're doing with them. What kind of ink pens do you use? And how about markers? I have a couple of sets of Prismacolours that I treasure, but it's been so long since I've used them that I need to sort of re-learn how to do it.
You seem to not worry about using up the whole page, and that's definitely something that I need to work on. Don't get me wrong, your pencil work is amazing too, but your pen and ink just get me.
Here's my Book of Sketches
"Anything you can imagine is real." --Pablo Picasso
"Nothing says, 'I couldn't care less' like Times New Roman." --Me
I loved your Bargues on the first page, very inspiring! something I should get on and do shame the book is so much money though!
My Sketchbook!: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=208454
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Thanks Cozmo, I'm glad I inspire you - we all need a bit of that from time to time. I use Copic for both my markers and my ink pens. The pens are made of aluminium as opposed to plastic so they wear well and they are refillable - though mine hasn't run out yet and I have had it for months. The markers I get are the sketch ones - they are oval in shape. Instead of having a big and small nib at each end, the small nib is replaced by a brush-like one that of course has some give in it which allows you to put down marker at varying strengths with ease; the original square shaped copics had stiff nibs (like a classic felt pen) that were hard to colour with in the particular way i like to.
Yeah I do use the whole page but I have paired it back because they were getting rushed and cramped - I'm not afraid to leave a chunk of white space now after I'm happy with a few elements. Thanks again, I really enjoy doing the ink and marker work and it's a great way to make thumbnails quickly and effectively.
TheJackal - Cheers man. I know the book is quite pricey but it's a nice, heavy, hard cover thing that will not let you down. And the pics inside are also worth a gander
Thanks all for the crits along the way.
I have today received my copies of "Art&Fear" and Richard Schmid's "Alla Prima" - both talked about a chunk load "on the forums" and both are delicious so far. I may be the first in some thread to recommend Art&Fear yet..
Wow, great images here! You have lovely style and I like the industrial things and ofc the human studies
markers. Time for some more digital i Think.
Nickodemus: Thanks for the great feedback. I've been ploughing a lot of hours with the pen lately, so it's good to hear some positive effects. Thanks again.
Yor: Thanks, I have had a small break so will be getting back into them pronto.
I'm meaning to work on a digital piece, but can't make any thumbs that I want to develop further and really sink my teeth into; what I need is a story that gets me excited. My good mate suggested that I make bits in the form of comic book style: one image at a time and tie them together in a semi comic book style. I can start off with an idea or story I like, say an existing thumb, and paint that up into the first image of the story. Bit-by-bit I can add to the story with successive images. I don't need a whole story up-front and I can shape what little I have as I go which could mean a variety of image types. Sounds good to me.
For now, here is the last pen I have penned. I'm not happy with all of it, but most of it - the bits I did not rush. tut tut.
Finally, lumbering on some digital pieces. Trying out some ideas. At the moment I'm hooked on container ships. I might paint some tree feller fellas (hehe) tomorrow; small people, big, greasy chainsaws and huge dangerous trees.
Also hope the people in Christchurch are looking after one another.
Some pencils miles
Today I got Microsoft certified; I'm now an MCP. I had to do the test with a track-ball mouse. What gives.
More pencils. Looking forward to the day I pick up a pencil instead of a mouse for my day job.
A bit of each. A couple of photoshop warm ups. The guy with the mega-torch is an idea im working on.
More pencils on the way
Painter study + colour study + some more concept work in pens+markers. I know you're all sick of the pencils.
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Some concepts Ima working on
Been away on holiday in 'nam. Here's some old markers before I get onto to something new.
looks like you are making some good gain in the drawing department! I really dig that you draw in pen. This is going to give you amazing line confidence in the end!
On the digital paintings, i notice that you arnt making it very far into them and i hope that i can offer a few tips. Im defenitely not a pro but maybe a few words will help.
If you are unsure of where you're painting is going try to block out the actual drawing a little further:
This will take stress off of your having to make design decisions during the rendering process. Have a good knowlege of not only observational contour drawing but also understanding how contour can be expounded and exaggerated to show form will help also relieve some pressure from the painting process.
Take a look at the drawings of some of the florentine masters. See how they use contour hatching and line width variation to emphasize dimensionality on a 2d plane.
It has really helped me to always start my paintings with the biggest marks i can make, also the most vague marks i can make. I see you starting with gradients and i think this is an awesome way to give some instant value/chroma variation to a piece! One thing i started doing is using either an Air brush (painter) or the standard soft brush (PS) to do my initial lay-in of value/color. And as the painting progress then spend your rendering time choosing whether edges are hard, soft, or lost. But doing this to early in the painting will usually make it a more vexing process to create a holistic piece of work.
My figure drawing III teacher always said that most of the time should be spent in the planning phase of any peice of art that way as you are rendering you could stop at any point and the artwork still makes it message or carries its concept. I agree with this. I think in some of the paintings its hard to tell whats going on because both the painting and the drawing portions are under developed!
BE BOLD. Get big chunky brushes! Blocking in cannot be empasized enough. Be general, and be expressive. And most of all dont be afraid to get in there and get 'er done!
I think these advices can be valuable for both drawing and painting. And i hope they help. And also i have looked through most of your SB and really enjoy your work. I think you are really god about making concise decisions on color and value in a way that i am still learning. And i look forward to your progression.
lovin the inks my friend. ive been in here before, jus dont remember if i said anything. keep it up man, ur doing very very well.
my subconscious does not stop begging my conscious to draw.
hmm does that mean im a slave to my subconscious?
at least it doesnt beg for crack. ha.
Aryeh: Thanks so much for taking the time to lay some feedback out. I enjoy the ink as well - they're something I have really got some traction with and enjoy a lot. I agree with everything you say concerning my paintings - they are symptomatic of an idea unfinished. I go into paintings with no real idea of what I want to do; just one small detail I like and I never work it past that. In that way, my paintings are really just sketches because of that. I agree about being general, expressive and using big brushes to nail big patches at the beginning - trouble is, my paintings are not well thought out, and are not carried much farther. I am wary of this "half finished painting" situation teaching bad habits so I want to get a story idea that I know I want to finish, and these techniques and approaches are they way I'll go about it.
mrd33ds: Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy the inks, but I have a feeling I am doing them more at the moment to distract me from how much my painting is lagging.
Progress in paints.. I think I can I think I can
in2eternity: Thanks. I hope to finish some as well.
My MCP is in web development with .NET 4.
half hour study
Another hour study + some pencils. Self explanatory really.
Verehin: Thanks man.
tonights study + train pencils
Here are some more digitals and pencils. I wasn't that happy with the digital, just not in the mood like usual.