Nisshoku - Thank you for your solid critique and kind words!
I agree completely about that SG study, and especially about the need to pull more from life rather than just photo studies. I'll definitely get away from the screen and post some traditional mediums in the coming updates! Happy New Year to you
Page 4! (always feels good)
This one started out as another Value study but I quickly got lost having fun with it. The face is pretty much me just going off on a tangent and bears little resemblance to the reference, which was fun as hell.
Between the last 3 or 4 digital paintings, I feel like so many huge missing pieces have fallen into place for me with regards to digital painting/drawing in general. Things that everybody states and restates but until you really put in the time to make it click for yourself, you just don't quite "get."
I'm starting to really see the things I look at as an arrangement of shapes and values. The more I paint the more the world around me begins to appear as just a complex arrangement of shapes, positive and negative spaces, values, and tones. And i'm starting to understand how to break things down into a manageable process that leads towards a more fully realized piece. I used to try so hard to get to the finish line before ever putting in the miles it takes to get there. Getting frustrated that what I was pushing around on the canvas wasn't resembling what I wanted quickly enough and walking away from it discouraged. Haha, man that was misguided.
It's amazing to watch your understanding grow slowly but surely over time until BAM... suddenly several concepts you've struggled with for so long become clear all at once. Like someone removed the veil that kept you from seeing it.
2011 was a crazy year.
A lot of growth went down.
- Slow down.
- Take your time.
- Get the big picture first.
- Lay in the big shapes and general proportions.
- Don't worry about step 10 when you should be focused on step 2.
- Flip the canvas.
- Look for contrast in edges, values, shapes, colors, everything.
- Rendering is just icing on the cake, the big battles of your image are won early on in those general shapes and proportions.
- Walk away for a bit then come back with fresh eyes.
- Loosen the hell up.
- Have fun!
- A critical eye is healthy, until you're picking apart what you do so much that you cease to enjoy it.
- Remember why you got into all this in the first place!
Big thanks to those of you that took the time to check out my sketchbook, and especially to those of you that have been kind enough to leave comments and critiques.
It's been a hell of a ride.
Can't wait for 2012!
Happy New Year Everyone
Last edited by MBK; December 31st, 2011 at 08:06 AM.
Hey MBK. Thanks for the comment, I'm bookmarking your sketchbook, great work man!
Hey, mate. Nice to see you updating again! Happy new year to yourself, too.
Like others have said, your rendering's getting real nice. The skull studies you did look nice too, Almost feel like I've learnt something looking at them.
Also, those studies from other artists! Nice to see you doing a change from your usual study sorts with that Frazetta one. Keep up the good work, mate!
Intesting value study! I like how you kept the contrast a little bit lower than normal to really show us the different tones of the body. It may just be me, but the only thing that bothers me is it feels like her boob disappeared on both sides. Maybe further rendering with the ribs and chest area would help? I know it's not very helpful, but I honestly don't know what exactly needs fixing in that area, it just feels... flat? compared to the rest.
Or you could just ignore my ramblings . It's a nice value study! Very creative! Oh and this might sound weird, but my favorite part is those feet. They're beautiful O_O.
Tamaira2011 - You're right! i've gotten trapped in the habit of just doing studies of other things, it's like I hit this stage a while back where I felt I was nowhere near where I wanted to be and decided to do more studies.... then got caught in a rut. I really need to stretch my knowledge and crank out some non-ref stuff >_< Thanks for pointing that out! It's easy to get stuck in a certain (narrow) way of doing things.
Derra - Thanks man
Naked Ninja - Appreciate it dude. You learn a hell of a lot about value and rendering when you sit down to a longer study like that. I learned a lot about value striping and how alternating light and dark next to each other really pop the forms. THanks for dropping by!
Naidy - Hey there! Thanks for checking 'em out I really love drawing this little skull on my desk lol, i'm trying to see it as a combination of basic shape masses and that seems to be helping a lot.
Nisshoku - Once again, thank you for the valuable critique! I agree, although it does the same in the reference, now that you've pointed that out, it makes me realize just how much more I should be doing still life studies. Admittedly I get caught up in using photo reference and lack the first hand experience to know when to push a form more to make it appear as it does to the eye rather than the lens. Thank you for pointing that out!
Well, it's been a busy week. I'm about to start my new job as a truck driver tomorrow which practically means I won't be drawing much at all in the next month. Kinda bummed about that but keeping my eye on the big picture. Training consists of me riding and driving from coast to coast for the next 4 to 6 weeks, with the truck only sitting stationary for about 4 hours throughout the day. At any rate I may turn out a shitload of shaky road drawings and abandon any hope of line control haha.
Anyways, here's a mechanical pencil/charcoal drawing i'm working on. Still want to do a bit more but it's late and I need to crash.
Sorry about the shitty photo quality, i'm in a hotel room with bad lighting but wanted to share it anyways.
Till next time...
You just continue to blow my mind with each new piece.
My Sketchbook: Criticisms and Feedback needed
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
wOw, what an awesome sexy sketchbook. One of the few here that I actually enjoyed
Great stuff in here, definately worth flipping through your entire sketchbook.
Very nice studies of Frazetta and the suicide girls.
You're growing, and as you are doing what you love, you will keep on growing just fine.
You still have some areas to work on but you know this, and your determination and willingness to experiment
with all kinds of media and all kinds of subjects, is going to help you grow even faster.
I copy/pasted your proclamations and thoughts on the year's end of 2011:
those are great inspirational texts that summarize your ability and determination in the field of art.
And they are speaking to all the areas I should work on as well.
Thanks. Keep up the great work!
Nothin to say but woooooow~~ and ,the girls are awesome!!
after see many hand studies ,I think ,will it be better draw a neverse hand,and draw a relaxed hand(two hands with same pose/motion) to compare?
One day One step,Two day Two steps.
Your studies are really awesome,especially the Frazetta ones and the last suicide girl,which is very photorealistic!I like the fact that you add good value into your studies,whether they're digital or traditional.
LastGen - Thanks man Frazetta was fkn brilliant O_o
Darkstrokes - Glad you dug it!
Kerah - Dude, your skills have come such a long way since the last time I was here!
Harmageddon - Happy you could relate man Keep pushing!
maolaosan - Good call haha, I didn't even think about the fact that I only draw my non drawing hand O_o
Mr.Pryminista - Badass dude! Can't wait to study there.
Xcarbon - Thanks man!
Joe777k7 - Appreciate the kind words!
Kriss_Kringle - Thanks for stopping by man, you'd be amazed at how much you will learn trying to recreate a Frazetta piece!
Just wanted to post a quick Photoshop painting I did recently. I spend about 11-14 hours a day driving from coast to coast for my job these days and spend about 6-8 weeks out on the road at a time...
Needless to say, this year has been a surreal, blurry, tiring, and intense stretch of time. Most of the time I wonder why the hell I'm even doing it. Ah well, i'm outta debt and halfway to my goal of attending TAD.
Here's a quick photoshop painting that I enjoyed immensely while at the same time coming face to face with the fact that i'm rusty as hell with the digital painting format lol
Hope everyone out there is doing well Thanks for stopping by!
That last image is lovely, keep pushing!
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hmm. your really got a nice painterly style. i like.
keep them coming =)
Chips - Thanks man! It's great to see how far your work has come over the last year!
lupre - Appreciate it man!
Just in off the road for a few days and did a quick painting in Sketchbook Pro 6. Mostly experimenting with brush strokes. Really sweet program.
Thanks for visiting!
I can't wait to see this.
Last edited by MBK; March 25th, 2013 at 05:48 PM.
What's up people!
I finally pulled the trigger and picked up an iPad/ JT4 combo so i could carry a digital sketchbook option on the road. Being a long haul truck driver for the last year and a half I've missed the hell outta photoshop! 650 miles a day tends to beat the hell out of electronics so I was wary of having a pricey laptop/Wacom combo out here.
And then I saw Procreate. I can't believe how powerful and intuitive this app is! O_o
Really looking forward to painting digital landscapes with this!
It's a far way from being a cintiq but for what it is, it's surprisingly fluid and natural to use.
I'm still getting the hang of it but it feels great to have the option while I'm driving all the time.
* Sorry about the image size, I don't know how to resize images on the iPad, but the mere fact that I can paint and post from a slab of glass in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere is blowing my mind...
Last edited by MBK; July 27th, 2013 at 01:19 AM.