You're welcome . And yeah, you have to realize that for most flying animals, the tail functions as a rudder. This is actually very much how planes work too (which isn't a coincidence); http://www.flyingfear.net/wp-content...necontrols.jpg . If a tail is weak and flaps and curls around aimlessly, it'll just throw off the balance and make flight practically impossible. If it is stiff however, but flexible at the base, the animal can swing it around to aid it with steering (not to mention that it often looks much more powerful and gives a nice sense of motion).
I hope you don't mind me posting this here, hope it helps .
Great updates! I like the acrylic. The horror piece, well, it made me pucker. tasteless comment?
great sketches as always.
But I don't think it's working the way I want, and I'm preferring your theory about keeping them stiff out from the base. It would maybe need different bone structures or muscle groups which I don't know anything about and would probably need a lot more study, but it could definitely work. And I like the way it looks in your sketches. Much more visually appealing than my curly attempts. You've given me lots of food for thought.
But yeah, I understand what you mean about the curved body more. I think I was getting confused and thought you were talking about something more specific. Thanks very much for coming back and taking the time to answer my idiot question!
Really glad you like my sketches. I'm slowly beginning to loosen up with the landscape studies so it's good to hear that it's showing through in my work.
And no, not tastelss at all. Haha. That illustration was meant to be kind of funny and gross at the same time so I'm glad that came across for you.
Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.
Okay, I know I'm supposed to be working on dragon anatomy but this particular pose has been bugging me for a while, so I had to get it out of my system before it drove me crazy.
Going to ink it traditionally for light and shade, and also maybe colour it digitally for the practice.
wow, I think you've done a great progress since I visited your sketchbook! I really like your landscapes, and animals... and anatomy studies... and dragons! Keep it up!
Thanks Kat! It's really good to hear you think I'm making progress because sometimes it doesn't feel like I am at all.
A slow week so not much to update.
I tried inking the dragon above but it didn't work out too well (I wanted to build up layers of washes but kept making them too light so it turned out muddy in the end).
Also starting to work on Loomis figure construction because I need to develop that side of my studies now. A couple of heads before moving on to full figures.
Lots of interesting stuff in here. I particularly like your landscape piece in post 97, because you have a tendency to work with contours, and often your lines are quite dark.
Doing value studies without guild lines is a great way to learn - alternatively, if you've been working on a digital line drawing, deactivating your line work will show you how effective your shading is. I don't know how many times I've done that- just to see that my lighting is not working at all- or is so wimpy, It barely makes a difference.
keep it up! Happy sketching
Rhubix, yeah, I have a tendency to go too heavy with the pencil when I'm drawing. I can sketch light when I'm working on landscape and outdoor stuff but when I'm concentrating on something like anatomy, I push way too hard and end up with dark scruffy lines. It's something I'm aware of and trying to work on so I'm glad you noticed it and reminded me about it. Glad you like my acrylic landscape. I'm doing those without any linework at all - just blocking in colour and light/shade - and it's really helping me with composition. I don't have any underdrawing to fall back on so I really have to think about where I'm putting those masses of colour.
Caspia, I'm really pleased to hear you think I'm progressing and showing improvement in my linework. Sometimes I feel like I'm taking two steps back for every one forward so it's nice to hear others noticing a difference. And thanks re my acrylic work. I've been messing around with those for years but only recently got serious about using them properly and working more realistically so I kind of feel like a beginner again.
Okay, a mixed bag today. Some figure work using Loomis mannequins, an update on the acrylic painting and a couple of pages of doodles for illustrations I want to take forward to completion.
Need to get some studies going for the different elements in the horse and man picture, and take ref photos for the dragon girl pic. So those are my next jobs, and no excuses.
Thanks, Twilightmoon. I like to mix things up as much as possible, keep myself on my toes.
A few bits and pieces of anatomy and some studies of Claymore swords, clothing and a Clydesdale horse for illustration. Think I'm also going to rework the composition of it at some point because I'm not happy with the current one.
If anyone has any suggestions re a good composition for a twin portrait in a landscape setting, I'd love to hear them.
P.S. I've been prattling a lot of repetitive bullshit lately so apologies to anyone who got a useless response from me. Got to pay more attention to what I'm doing and people are saying...
I am really enjoying the work you are doing with the environment studies matey they are improving in leaps and bounds, good job!
The Dragon at the top of post no 100 is very good too I like the sense of depth to him and movement that one deserves a well done too!
Thanks for the SB visits and all the very best to you matey
A great kind hearted lumbering bullock
http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=209918 = my Sketchbook
Work more on structures and see your sketches always from a distance, during and after you draw. That will help to see details on structure and pose you can't realise when you look it very close (maybe you are doing this already).
I think you don't have to focus so much on details like bones and muscles yet.
Put your efforts on seeing how people move and the basic shapes of forms.
My Sketchbook ---> http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...42#post3225942
Hey Candra, I agree with Lightship in that you're environment studies turnout out very nice.
Overall though, the sketches you do have that certain energy to them (I especially like the landscape in post 101). I'm kind of jealous. Keep up the good work.
Hmmmm, a double portrait within a landscape? The only thing that I can think of is having the faces be apart of two separate mountains. But that's a terrible idea XD
Sketchbook: There and Back again Updated- 7/04/12
Lightship, I havent visited your sketchbook for a while, sorry about that. I'll head over there shortly. There's also a few other people I've been meaning to check out so thanks for the inadvertant reminder. I'm surprised you like the inked dragon because I thought it was pretty unsuccessful - for some reason I've totally lost my confidence with inks and it's really showing in my work. Got to do some quick loose studies I think, things I'm not bothered about messing up. Thanks though, for the encouragement and boost - it means a lot.
Knut, thanks for visiting and commenting. You're right that I need to work on overall figure poses and construction but I couldnt start that until I learned the bones and muscles. I'm either methodical or overly pedantic... I'll let you decide.
Matthew, thanks for stopping by. Glad you like my landscapes but you shouldnt be jealous. Everyone has their own way of working and I think mine only have energy because I'm usually rushed for time and/or racing against unpredictable Scottish weather, not to mention midges. Thanks for the portrait suggestion. It's going to be a seated man and a standing horse so probably not really possible to stick them on the mountains, haha. Thanks for taking the time to think about it though!
Another very rushed outdoor sketch (the midges were out in force this morning so I only had time for this effort and a few photos before they ate me alive), horse study and an update on the acrylic landscape. Painstaking progress on that one because I'm so afraid of putting paint in the wrong places. I think I painted the bridge arch about three times and it's still not right. Oh well, hopefully I can build on what I've got.
I really like all your acrilic landscapes (for me it seems soo complicated to use acrilic T__T)) Also horse studies look good, but maybe you can try to draw shadows in more soft way? Just to show forms more accurately))
And yes, keep posting!
(and sorry for my english XD)
Hello! While you've come a very long way when it comes to understanding anatomy and shapes, I think I'd really like to see you work on smoothing up those values and lines!
Sketchbook --I'd love some feedback!
Kat, yeah, I should have softened those shadows on the horses but I was so busy trying to get their characteristics down, I forgot to pay proper attention to everything else.
I'll be working on that and maybe smoothing out my values. Though, that last is a route I'm not necessarily interested in taking with my pencil work. It's a lot of intensive labour that I just don't have the time or patience for when I'm doing a sketch or pencil study, so I'll probably leave that to the graphite experts.
Doesn't mean I cant work on cleaning it up some though, so thanks for pointing it out Randomeister.
A piece of fan art from John Howe's Forging Dragons, and some possible compositions for the man and horse illustration.
Really neat horses and dragons! The thumbnails also look cool. I like how your stuff actually has scenery... not just subject matter and nothing else, like my work often is. Haha.
The advice I have is mostly to just watch the silhouettes when you do the thumbnails and prepare a composition. Look at the negative space when you are sketching and make sure it is readable by itself (ie if you block in the basic shapes, can you still tell it is a horse, person, apple, etc? If it's a living being, can you tell what they are doing? - think gesture, posing, etc).
Anyhow, best of luck. Keep up the hard work!
Great sketchbook your dragons are so cool! A little suggestion though, try studying different types of animals like lizards and insects and stuff in order to get a better aspect of design for your dragons like maybe a 2 legged dragon or a 4 limbed where it has 2 legs and 2 wings, you never know the endless possibilities!!
Help me improve!
Thanks, Isaac, Syrella, for the comments.
Isaac, you're right about trying out different dragon types, and I do when I'm working for others, but for my own ones, I'm too busy trying to get a handle on that specific design, I just don't have the time or energy to try different ones. Thanks though, for the reminder to study more lizards/insects etc because I'd forgotten about that, heh.
Syrella, thanks for the suggestion re compostion sketches. But I'm not really interested in making them readable to others at the moment. As long as I can tell what the lines and marks mean, I don't really mind if they don't read like what they're supposed to be. Once I move forward to more detailed sketches, I'll definitely work on making the shapes and forms, light, perspective etc more accurate though.
Having a frustrating drawing session today so nothing new to update this sketchbbok with. I'll come back later.
Thanks for passing by my sketchbook. I can only imagine what your dragons are gonna look like in the near future. : D Phenomenal.
wow your anatomy studies are paying off. The cloth study is gorgeous, I like the angular mark making with lots of room to breathe around each mark. And your environments! I'm looking forward to more plein air painting from you!