Hello, my name is Kyle and I am finally coming out of lurking and starting a sketchbook.
I recently moved to Washington in the US and hope to get a portfolio together and apply for game companies within the coming year.
I still got plenty of room for improvement though, so this sketchbook will also help me keep track of my progress. I have a goal to meet and I'm ready to work for it!
For the moment I am starting off with some illustrations from my imagination (And in some cases, photo refs), but hopefully this can at least give a general impression of where my foundation skills are currently at.
I am here to improve, so any critique and advice is welcomed and greatly appreciated!
Just a couple quick pieces to add to the sketchbook today. I have a deadline coming up so I'll have to post more once I'm finished.
For now I have a concept for a "Huldra", a seductive forest creature in Scandanavian folklore that may appear as a beautiful woman, often naked and with long hair, but from behind is hollow like an old tree trunk. In the Swedish version she can be depicted with the tail of a fox or cow.
This was drawn at a Drink-&-Draw event without reference, but I will use reference when I paint her to push the 'tree bark' aspect of her back.
The second are some quick face studies. I'm a bit isolated at the moment so I am limited to photos from google and self-portraits. Better than nothing though!
ilmenhin: Thank you for the kind words! I agree; A pet Trex would have been fun to bring to Show and Tell.
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Updating with a couple quick 20 minute doodles. The exercise is done with a single default brush and a single color on multiple layers at varying opacities. I start with a quick squiggle drawn with my non-dominant hand and then make it into a creature. I use an egg timer to limit myself to 20 minutes from start to end. I find it a good way to start my mornings and loosen up my drawing hand for the day.
ilmenhin: Most welcome! To answer your question, her back is supposed to be hollow like an old tree with bits of bark around the edges. Hopefully it will be more apparent after I paint it.
Wow, you're very talented! You're great with crosshatching. I love that t-rex on a leash.
On the first one, that's some really good detail on that head piece! And your technique for creature design is VERY innovative! When you're drawing with your left hand to make a foundation for what you're about to do, do you just let it roll or do you look at something while you're squiggling? I think I'm going to give that a shot sometime. Creature design is difficult for me so maybe that will help knock loose some inspiration! Looking forward to seeing more from you!
jane_lavisant: Thank You! When drawing with my left hand, I try to make a contour line as quickly as possible and with as few intersections as possible. One or two intersections are usually okay but too many can create shapes that are very difficult to work with. If the overall shape isn't working very well, sometimes adding an additional line here or there or simple placing an eye in a random spot can bring it out.
I'll keep an eye on your sketchbook. I would love to see what you do!
Here's today's warm-up. I'm also including the original line to show what I'm working from and how I turn it into the final piece. Today I saw a couple things in the same line so I ran with it and did both.
These are both done in 20 minutes using an eggtimer program (A self-contained executable that has been invaluable in helping me keep track of how much work I'm doing and limiting how much I let myself be distracted).
Participating in my first contest over at Sketchaholic. The theme for this one is "Flight", which leaves quite a bit of room for ideas. Almost too much room, so I decided to start hammering out ideas.
Using a timer I spent about 5 to 10 minutes on each thumb, working on getting a steady flow of ideas.
I wasn't happy with any of them though (Not enough narrative) and came up with a completely different idea. Deadline is Saturday so I'll post the final after the contest.
Neat updates! (Why are your creatures adorable~ ) Your stylised pieces in #6 and #9 are pretty good.
And good luck in that contest- your concept thumbs are pretty awesome - I initially thought it was a comic you were working on. I like the 4th piece- going by L-R, up down. I could almost feel the majestic swoop of the dragon's wings.
ilmenhin Haha, thank you! I realized after I posted it that it does look like a comic. I've considered rearranging the panels to work as such.
in2eternity Thank you. will do!
ThomasM Ah, methinks you nailed it! I'm going to try painting it later, but I'll definitely keep that in mind. Thanks
Deodatus Thank you much!
Just a couple sketches today; my morning warm-up and a quick dragon doodle. I'm currently working on a commission, the current C.O.W. and my contest entry for Sketchaholic, so I should have plenty to post by Sunday. Thanks again everyone for having a look and for the feedback!
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Uploading a couple color pieces. The first was my entry for a contest on Sketchaholic this past weekend. The theme was "Flight", so I had the idea of a redneck Larry Walters shooting at floating taxidermy animals. Perhaps was funnier in concept than execution.
The second is a little older piece from back when I played D&D with the neighbors. As a druid I botched a polymorph spell on a beholder, meaning it got to retain some of it's abilities. This was the mental image I got from the scenario.
Sorry for my lack of activity. Been working a freelance job that's been eating a lot of my time as I try and finish up before the holidays hit. Will probably be busy through January as well but I should be able to squeeze in more personal projects too.
For now, a warm-up painting. I usually only put 20 minutes into these but I had an audience for this one and ended up spending 40 minutes instead. Possibly due to my early exposure to the works of Everett Peck and Fil Barlow as a child, whenever I'm unable to make sense of a scribble, I just start adding eyes, teeth, and other facial features until it turns into something like this.
Wow! Some very beautiful designs here. I love your use of colour and shading, and the imaginative scenarios you create. Your range of style is wonderfully broad as well, going from simplistic, exaggerated caricatures or to outright realism.