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Hopefully im welcome here. Havent been able to find an artist on this website that doesnt kick the crap out of my work, but whatever.
Decided to suck it up and join, hopefully with the goal to get some advice and actually improve with my work, rather than slowly watching this inital forum post drop down the pages forever.
Very new to Digital Art, owned a tablet for about a month.
Have always had an interest in drawing but only ever dipped a toe in, hopefully this Sketchbook will be an outlet and a place to show my work; giving me a goal and something to draw for.
But who cares, usual newbie crap, yadda yadda.
Stuff ive been doing this past week ive decided to upload, I have a tendacy to not finish things what I get started with them.
So please ignore the half finished stuff, its as "done" as its going to get.
Well, here it goes. Be nice.
Last edited by McKlane; February 17th, 2011 at 07:30 PM.
My heart wasnt really in it today,
I also did another Speed Paint portrait, but it looked very off proportions wise so Im leaving it out.
If you're a beginner than what am i?? Lol
Any advice for learning digital painting?
"If it was easy, everyone would do it"
We can be Beginners together!
Im not really the one to be asking for advice on Digital Painting, thats really why I am here.
At the moment I just vibe it as I go, make shit up and see what happens.
Invest in a tablet though, if you havent already.
I sure hope speed will come with time, because I am spending hours on what should amount to simple projects.
This is all I have to show today, unfinished Roger Waters speed paint.
Thing was taking me so long I had to stop for a break, this is as far as ive gotten.
If anyone knows, should I just keep going the way I am? Practicing, or look into some actual painting techniques...
I also did a speed paint of Jimi Hendrix but it looks scewif so ill leave that for another day...
**Might have to zoom out, cba changing the image sizes.
Last edited by McKlane; February 19th, 2011 at 02:07 PM.
Not much again today sadly.
Looks like not much effort but in actual fact I spend a long long time doing the speed-paints.
More of a slow paint.
Anyway, some more figure sketches; which im thinking of replacing for actual "studies" of specific body parts, rather than arbitrarily drawing them for the sake of it.
Also added more to air-pumping Roger Waters down there.
**Also found a sensible canvas size that looks nice uploaded. Go me.
Digital art is as painful as traditional art. And the only truth I know is that we have to practice a lot. I'm as new to digital painting as you. But I've had good guidance here. I was told to draw because drawing and getting better lines I'll do a good job digitally. I like your figure studies. But I think that you are still mechanic, try make some curves on the figures, do it more fluid. Maybe you should forget about the tones now and deal with lines first, contour drawing is a good practice. Than come back and start painting in gray scale, and after that start coloring. Post here some pencil drawings as well, for us to see your experience.
Thanks for the post. Im glad you mentioned something about my Figure stuff, I dont think im taking them as seriously as I should be and I agree they are lacking "flow".
I think I need to spend a little less time fussing over them and adding needless lines, perhaps look at specific body parts, maybe starting with the torso area, then come back to them....
hey McKlane, from the looks of things, you are new to digital art, but not drawing in general am I right? Because I think your drawings are pretty dandy, as far as I can see.
I can't say I'm a great artist, but I can mimic the advice that I get often here from good artists
"Do studies and practice practice practice."
Best of luck to you
nice start for a beginner take the advices and start drawing a lot, first of all grab one anatomy for artists book and start drawing from there (try to copy with understanding of proportions, muscles etc.) except the curved line you got in your figure sketches you doesn't paid attention of the proportions, there are weaknesses in your figures which are hands and feet.So my advice is to take bunch of copy paper one pencil and start drawing,drawing,drawing go with the head first if you wish or draw from life (there is no better way to improve your skills) then go back to the digital painting.
really nice SB start, i think that you should concentrate on few things though.
A. Try to use less line work in your sketches, try to keep them fluid and clean, try not to make them too 'hairy"/
B. Try to make some more life studies from references where you can study proportions and anatomy, hands, feet, arms...etc.
C. DRAW! draw everywhere, try not to stick to one medium (painter/photoshop) draw with pencils, oils, pastels and etc...so you could get better understanding of colors shadows and shapes.
D. DRAW! 2. draw everywhere, and everything, try to carry around with you a sketchbook so you could draw a thing that you might like on a street, draw in trains, buses streets...etc so you could better understand how things interact with each other and the different shapes and proportions that you've got in nature.
E. I'm a beginner in digi painting but it really helps to make black/white studies (like you do) and paint from life to better understand how the different colors work and how the light affects them.
Hope i helped a lil bit, i said a lot of stuff but like i said at the beginning of my post you've got a potential to be really great, you just need to work a bit more.
Keep up with those studies and with the great job!
- Peter Berkovski
You guys are awesome. Thanks for the advice and kind words.
A running theme here is I should move onto some paper drawings. Tthis used to be the only way I worked through college, before I bought this tablet and wanted to play with the digital stuff.
But I agree, sticking solely to digital is constricting, plus I think my figure drawing is a little tight anyway since im using a relatively small tablet base.
Ill get on some pencil work tomorrow I think, see what happens, its been a while...
Nothing to upload today sadly, I spent the day doing some work for Uni, it was art work but I rushed it so im leaving it off here for now. Hopefully some actual updates tomorrow.
A little frustrated.
Not had much time to draw today or yesterday, managed to do these to portrait things, which I dislike.
I think I need to go back and study the face proportions seriously (for obvious reasons), rather than just drawing faces. Darn.
This is going to be harder than I thought....
Not happy ive only been able to post every other day so far and today, with only little to show.
Had to focus on some University work today, some of which required the drawings below aswell as some documentation.
Ive attatched the best of it, although unifinished.
Still taking me along time to finish things, or not finish, in my case. : (
Hopefully I will find the time to actually practice and do some studies of anatomy which Ive been meaning to do.
Anyway, short and sweet today.
I really like your gesture drawings. They are a bit hard to see because of the paintover, but they are good. I'm also pretty bad at digital, so I can't comment on that, however I do think the last batch of characters seem a bit stiff. The horse also seems a bit unnatural, (maybe its the back legs, they seem off?) I might be completely wrong though. But you got a better headstart than me sir, keep it up.
Well, I haven't posted in a long long time. Ha.
Still, attempting to get my head straight and get some priorities. Some of this work is related to the Games Design project I'm working on, if not all of it actually.
Apologize for the images being so large, uploaded them here on a whim, Ill get them right for my next post (assuming that ever comes).
Last edited by McKlane; November 22nd, 2011 at 12:20 PM.
McKlane, welcome, man! I LOVE seeing beginner's work because it lets me know that I'm not the only one out there who's just kinda starting out in all of this.
One crit I can definitely give is to work a ton (and I mean a literal TON) on the human figure, both with basic form and anatomy. I'm not sure what YOU need to learn first, but I can tell you that I wouldn't have understood anatomy for shit at first if I didn't know the forms and rhythms of the body first. But of course, that's just me. Then after I saw more and more how the body was constructed in these basic forms, the anatomy helped me to solidify why these rhythms happened naturally. The best thing to do would be to draw tons from life, either photo reference or actual living models, and do it every single day. You'll only improve and we'll all get to watch it happen. How cool, huh?
PS - don't be afraid to stop on by my SB and say hello!
Just some general crap, stuff I've been working on.
Trying to get into Muscle structures for Anatomy and study them a little more, working on some stuff now but here below was my first rough chart I made up, going to try and do a few more like that assuming Im drawing the muscle structures correct.
Also some older 3D and character concept stuff.
Well it sure has been a while.
Ill just dump some stuff Ive done that isnt totally terrible since...uhm, December 2011, fuck it has been a while....
Also here is my blog, which I actually do update regular:
great sketchbook man, i like those anatomy studies do a shit-ton more of those, remember you have to do 1000 crappy works to pull off a really good one so build up that line confidence good luck!