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AdrianNagorski: Thank you! Yeah when I'm painting I kinda get impatiant and just jump into colors... for better or for worse.
Octic: Thank you very much! Honestly I haven't done any guesture/anatomy studies in many years... I don't think I've done them since I took a couple of art courses in my freshmen year of college (13yrs or so). I grew up with How to Draw the Marvel Way, so I feel like I've done them to death already.
Here's something I've just doodled. It's just a raw sketch right now, but I'm planning on posting it's progress.
1hr from imagination
86% - 75% opacity
I'm getting close to finishing this one...
This is what I've been working on for the E.O.W.
Getting close to finishing it up... more refining and so forth.
Finally got around to working on this one.
Last edited by Shorinji_Knight; January 22nd, 2012 at 03:22 AM.
This is an experiment in matte painting. Mostly Paint but touched up lizard texture mixed in.
Here's another one I just finished.
Wanna go go go on an adventure...
Trying a different approach in my painting. I just had my portfolio critiqued and I feel like it has helped me to get out of the rut that I've been in lately.
Had a long day today taking my kids to the eye doctor where we had to wait forever in the waiting room. So I did some sketching of the people there and when I got bored with that I drew the guy in the armour. I threw in another sketch here just cause I barely ever post raw sketches.
Also did this alien commander concept the other day.
Here's a practice portrait I did last night. I'm still trying to get cleaner with my rendering. I've also always struggle with color, cause I'm a penciler at heart. I picked this photo from a stock site. I thought she had an interesting look with a unique full smile.
I'm liking the painting and ideas, but to make it better i think you should do more anatomy studies,
and just painting stuff thats around you in general first, it will add a level to your imaginary works that you wouldn't expect trust me!
Thanks Adrian! Yeah I actually have been doing lots of studies lately (since I had my portfolio reviewed). Been going to posmanics.com to work on guesture drawings. Also I've been sketching stuff around the house. I think the biggest problem I have is using proper color theory since I really haven't done much painting before last year. I'm probably not going to post my boring stuff here though. I've been trying to excercise more discretion in posting my work. I'd hate to think that some of my real garbage works are floating around the internet with my name on it.
Anyway, here's a practice painting I did today. I'm really tring to tighten up my rendering for a more polished finished.
Last edited by Shorinji_Knight; March 7th, 2012 at 03:04 AM.
Here's some more stuff.
Last edited by Shorinji_Knight; April 7th, 2012 at 12:25 AM.
I've been trying to get better at using lighting properly.
A lot of these are really nice. My one crit, which you already addressed in your last update, is that the lighting is a little iffy in some of them. I think the issue is that you're moving directly into color without figuring out the underlying values.
My advice, for what it's worth, is to spend some time working only in gray-scale. Force yourself to really figure out where the light and shadow areas are, without the added layer of complexity of color confusing things. Once you get great at this, it will make the sense of light in your paintings much stronger, plus, the grissaile underpainting + color glazes technique is a very strong one itself; lots of great concept artists do all their stuff that way.
Attached is this amazing basic gray-scale painting tutorial by Greg Pro (gregpro on this board - search for his posts, he did a bunch of these). Just the tip about value control (limiting your palette to 5 values, two darks and 3 lights) is invaluable.
Anyway, some really nice work. I think focusing on lighting and value control a little more is all it would take to take it to the next level.
@jcpahl: You're right. I realized recently that I needed to push the lighting more in my pictures. Thanks for crit and the cool tutorial! The five value thing is definately gonna be helpful. I appreciate you sharing this.
I guess I should upload something while I'm at it...
I just completed the D&D art test for the city guard. Here it is.
The critique jcpahl left on my work got me trying to touch up some of my portfolio pieces. It funny how you can be almost blind to a problem in your work, and then someone points it out... You wonder how in the world you never noticed it before! I knew I needed to work on my lighting, but I didn't realize just how bad it was until I read that little mini tutorial and then it clicked. I went on to search for all of the other ones that Greg Pro has done. I highly recomend them for their simplicity in explaining complex ideas.
Along the same lines, dose recently explained the difference between high frequency and low frequency painting. That was a break through for me. In fact until he said it I didn't really know anything about it. He took the optical illusion with Albert Einstein/Marilyn Monroe and showed how it worked. http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=240495
Anyway between the those two relevations I decided to repaint one of my portfolio pieces. I'll post the old version along with the new.
Anybody else like to depart some more gems?
I did all of these last night.
Nine pencil strokes - I think your drawings are coming along. And your paintings are improving and improving - keep it up!
Last nights work.
The recent pencil sketches have been killer. I would love to see some fully rendered pencil pieces.
The one bit of CC I can give would be that in your color work your choice of color schemes feel a bit muddied. They are expertly rendered and everything but it gets difficult to distinguish the figures from the background. The values and hues of the figures/foreground are too close to those in the background. Now I acknowledge that is probably on purpose but most of the color pieces you have shown are like that. It colors my opinions a bit and I had to think about it for a bit before I realized what you were doing.
So again, I’m not saying you don’t have a good handle on color but everything is a bit muddied.
@DHLarson: Thank you! You're absolutely right. I discovered recently that I didn't have my color settings calibrated right. I ended up ordering a sample pack of business cards from moo.com (great quality there by the way!) and that, along with days of reading everything I could about it, helped me to fix things. Some of it is just crummy style also. I'm trying to work through it.
@Natalia Soleil: I spend a lot of time studying costume design. One of the best places to find ideas is http://www.deviantart.com
I go to the library and check out books on historical costumes. Racinet's work is a good starting place, it's amazing. He died back in the 1800's so his work is allover the internet and there are a lot of books that compile his work.
Tristan Elwell just shared this site awhile back. It has some great stuff. http://armstreet.com/store/new/
I've been doing a lot of experimenting lately. I'm trying to get away from digital painting because everyone I know has told me that my traditional work is much better than my digital stuff. I think they're right.
I also would like to have the physical works so that I could sell them. The only problem is I've always been a pencils guy and only occasionally did any painting. I think doing the digital painting has helped my traditional painting a lot. After doing a lot of different test pieces in most of the major mediums, I think I've decided the oils suit me the best.
Here are the oil sketches I did last night.
Sketches and stuff...
Here's some wips. I'm not quite done rendering everything out, but I happy with the direction it's going.
Haven't updated in a while. Here's some recent stuff. It's a mix of speed paints, wips, and a couple of finales (last two on the bottom).