My name is Andreas, and I'm from Toronto, Ontario. I have loved art, and by extension, this site, since I was about thirteen. At the moment I'm one year out of completing my bachelors degree in Business Management, and all I can think about doing is getting involved in the art world in some way or another. Though I have been drawing for a long time, I have -never- had the discipline to sit down and actually get all my stuff straightened out.
For the past two months I've been waking up extra early and dedicating an hour or two to sketching/painting/learning something about drawing. Recently, I have purchased a few books on anatomy by Burne Hogarth; my most recent anatomical drawings are actually not half bad, however they are in my physical sketchbook and I don't have a scanner.
(Anyone have any tips for getting sketches off my sketchbook and onto my computer without a scanner?)
Anyway, I'm digressing. I am here to learn how to be incredible at art, and I really don't want to settle for anything less. I would be extremely pleased if you would be as harsh and instructional as possible, if you have the time to aid a budding artist get past his baby steps. I can take verbal punishment; what I can't take is being crappy (or even mediocre) at art for the rest of my life. Over the next year (and beyond), I hope to attain a level of proficiency that could, at the very least, land me some work as a freelancer (until I figure out what to do with myself).
I am -so- excited to finally be part of this community. It is a pleasure to meet all of you!
Please try and get past my first page. ...Not so good!
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Hey guys, my first upload here. A few paintings done from ref, some Hogarth studies, and another leg study from ImagineFX's anatomy issue.
I'm going to post up some others from imagination here in a moment, as well as a few more Hogarth studies and a Bridgeman.
Here are some Hogarth studies I did over the weekend, followed by a Bridgeman.
And finally, some paintings from imagination.
This is a very recent one from imagination,
Hate the girl in the foreground, but the skyline is alright.
Thanks for stopping by guys! I will be drawing, and drawing, and painting trying to get better. Please leave some C&C to help me speed along the process.
Right now my routine consists of generally doing anatomy studies, and painting a bit when I get bored. Anything I should really look at? I like Bridgeman more than Loomis, and Hogarth is cool because of his instruction on rendering in space...kind of gives a better description of how the form exists, and not just what makes up the form.
Also...are my images too large? And goddamn! They look - horrible - at 100%. Any tips on that? Is painting at 50-75% a bad idea?
Thanks for stopping by again; eagerly awaiting some feedback.
You seem to be off to a good start, Bridgeman and Hogarth and good things to practice from. Don't forget to draw random things for fun, its a good way not to get bored with anatomy studies and it also can bring up things you need to work on or just really like to work on.
many (most? who knows) people draw zoomed way out and only zoom into 100% to put the finishing details on. of course then you'd resize pictures to share them. I think it makes drawing and paintings look better when you work at a bigger size.
keep up the good work and I hope to see more from you. (I really like the first blue/green painting.)
EDIT: Removed...because it was just too crappy for...well, anything. Not representative of me.
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I didn't even end up finishing it, really. The form/face was actually pretty good before I got painting. But then I ended up just saying screw it, and throwing paint over my good linework.
Holy moses, I didn't even see replies to my thread;
Octopus - Thanks for the tips dude!
Benjamin - Yeah, arms are my serious weak spot. Well, perhaps painting is, at the moment. But in terms of anatomy - messy.
Hey guys, a quick update for the day;
This is a WIP that I'm working on. I recently bought the Speedpaint tutorials by Whit Brachna. The dude is really good at enviro's, so I was inspired to try my hand at another one here.
I think it's working alright so far...
Anyone have any comments or helpful tips for tackling the rest of this?
Thanks in advance,
Things that are standing out to me currently:
The background recedes too abruptly; need some more buffer space.
Treeline obviously needs to be rendered a bit better
The building needs to be rendered and solidly constructed.
The foreground might need something interesting.
strange style and also strange way of using color , very good and dont forget to draw more .
Raminafshari - Thanks man!
Hey, this is a question. Are my photos too monochromatic? How can I break away from that?
I'm uploading this WIP that I'm really struggling with. I tried to break up the monochrome by introducing pink, though the top half of the picture is completely unfinished.
1) What do you think of the trees in the foreground, and how they relate to the trees in the mid-ground?
2) What direction should I take this?
3) Should the pink sky affect the trees more? Should there be more pink in the photo? Is pink the wrong choice?
Bah, thanks so much for the help in advance. Color theory really blows my mind.
Well, here is the final piece.
I'm not happy with it for a few reasons:
1) I don't like how monochrome it is (need some help with that)
2) I don't like how there isn't enough of a focus
3) It lacks polish
4) It needs something in the foreground to make it pop
I am happy about:
1) It's the first enviro that I've done that is actually showing me that I'm progressing. It will take a lot of practise, but I think I'm on track.
Major props to Whit Brancha's Speedpaint 1+2 tutorials. They have helped me immensely.
Stay tuned, more stuff coming soon. And feel free to drop some C&C, I'd be ever so obliged
Hey guys, how're y'all doing today?
It's bloody chilly outside, and so I'm a little inspired into a winter scene at the moment. Im using a painting by Ludwig Munthe as reference, though I have tweaked it a little bit.
I really need some advice on the composition, especially concerning the lake on the right. Is it too small?
Again, this is -very- WIP (only spent about an hour on it so far), but I'm learning so much!
Also, major props to Whit Brachna for introducing me to the sharpen tool...my god, my images are so flat without it! I don't apply it until the end, but it makes a world of difference.
Anyhow, it's a bare-bones thing, but please give me some advice if you can spare it! Thanks a lot CA,
I'm very happy with how this turned out; it took about 4-5 hours, but it looks pretty damn good.
C&C on it? Please be harsh, I want to get better, and though Im proud of it...well, I want to know -exactly- how I can make it better next time.
Newest photo from ref; somewhat happy with it, though it looks crappy at a higher resolution (as per usual, /sigh).
I am happy with the work on the fabric, which is really the study I was going for. Just gotta keep at it.
C&C if you please!
Ah, forgot to mention...photo is from ref!
Did this one speedpaint style; pretty happy with it. No reference obviously, and Im happy with the colour palette. Its a bit dark...could have used another light source but I got tired after ~2 hrs. Props to SamsonsReaper for his process vids on Vimeo! Quite inspiring.
i really enjoyed the winter scene. composition is weird to me though. dont know why....
thebluepuppy - Hmmm I think I know what you mean. The right side is a little barren, and the path kind of goes nowhere. Any other thoughts?
Having some trouble with this one. Been wrestling it for over 3 hours now, and I can't get it to look right. Any tips on fixing the skin tone up, and/or dealing with the hair would REALLY be of help to me.
I'm not certain which brush really works the best for hair. If anyone has any suggestions, that'd be great. But it could just be my mechanics; I've never been good at hair.
Worked on this a little bit longer today; hair is getting better, but I think I overdid it. Not sure if I'm going to colour it...maybe keep it as a value study.
@vanaga - Ah, thanks man! Nope, just a hard round brush and a spackled brush. I'm still toying with creating brushes at the moment.
Sept.24th - Sept.24th - Another enviro sketch. This one proved rather difficult, even with use of ref. It turned out not too bad; Im getting texturing a little better, though my colours could use some work here. About 3 hours.
It's a little stylized and messy; I got tired with it. Any crits?
So basically, I need some more routine to my paintings. Been doing too many enviros lately...agh, anatomy is so boring though.
I also have a bit of an issue painting things in perspective. I suppose I should work on that. Any tips?