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Hello peeps on CA I'm a 19 Year old (self taught) artist living in the US(I guess im more of a student
atm), I had a sketchbook on here before, And I was working really hard on my work for a long time, but
I eventually (took me a while) noticed I was using digital art as a crutch. I would overender things -and not even study correctly!
and focus on everything but good solid drawings And as you may know , no matter how much you
render something if the drawing is bad, then the drawing is bad. Good composition,color,etc will help
a painting but if the drawing is off,anatomy is off,etc no matter how much you paint it, it will still
be off-So I had to go back to the pencil drawing foundations. Enough of that rant though, I decided to
specialize my path from being a general concept artist to being a character designer. so I can have my own niche, and when you specialize it is easier to get a name as a freelancer.
right now is step one: make great,awesome work(which ssounds simple but as you know is harddd), then later I can worry about saving overhead,marketing myself and creating a brand. any help is appreciated I really want to take this all the way, have a great day guys
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heres some more stuff
Last edited by blazingdimensions; July 20th, 2012 at 08:04 PM.
I noticed you're quite new so I hopped on by to say hello! I look forward to more posts from you since you seem to have your head in the right place (Frank Frazetta, fuck yeah!! I should do some master studies from him). Keep up with your studies and always fill your head with beautiful and awe-inspiring artwork. The concept art world is tough competition (not speaking from experience, of course) so push as hard as you possibly can to become a great artist. If you get discouraged, keep your head up and come look at the work of people here who started without knowing a thing about art. Celebrate small accomplishments to keep yourself motivated and take your journey as an artist one step at a time.
Cheeeeers!! Keep posting!
Every artist was first an amateur.
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Please, help out with critiques!
heres some more ideas(new and old)and studies too- have tons of studies but takes too long to scan em all in so just showin a couple
30 minute digital still life from observation
Last edited by blazingdimensions; January 29th, 2012 at 01:01 AM.
finished value study of that one guy, when i finished i noticed i messed up a bit on proportions because his nose should be a bit longer and his orbicularis oris should be a bit smaller
Value studies are pretty helpful.
With the last -- aye, the proportions are off. The eyes seem a bit small, too. When you get the sketch down check, double check, triple check that the proportions and foundations are right before you continue, it's a lot easier to fix it in those early stages than later on. With digital art it's especially easy to fix things.
I love the area around the eyes, forehead, etc. I think it would help you to use harder brushes at parts, but you really nailed the character of the reference, especially in that area.
I also recommend doing some gestures to help loosen up your poses and characters.
Good job, keep practicing!
figures from imagination
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thx Umbravita i have a problem of not noticing those things at first then finishing the details thennn seeing them :p
Remember not to just do the drawings in the anatomy books. Really read and understand it. The point is to get the idea of what everything looks like and why. Then you can apply it to your drawings. If you just do some sketches you see in the book you don't grasp it and tack it on without knowing why and it won't fit. You don't need to know this is the deltoid muscle or blah blah blah, just what it does to the human form.
I'd be more sparing with digital when first starting to study. Digital is a tool with a lot of shortcuts so people tend to ignore the basics when you can just skip over aspects. Most professionals when using digital I notice barely even use a lot of the tools they just do what they would in real life painting. For digital right now I'd focus on 2 things. Line drawings for your studying and maybe value (black and white)
This is a good tutorial for some info. Basically you want to avoid things like smudge tool or a bunch of low opacity small brush strokes. Get your values down first. But this is a later step. First thing is just drawing what you see and doing figure studies. The more the better.
This is also a good site for all sorts of info.
thx and btw i know what value is and i already use those sites, but thx for the advice and helpful information
Hello! With this last image, he's leaning a bit far back. I know for me, sometimes all it takes to keep my character standing straight is to use a light vertical line to use as a guide. I really enjoy the drawing with the dog, and how you used the texture of the paper in an effective way. Is it your dog?
thx GoGoJojo it was of a friends dog and just a very quick sketch to tell the truth, and for the last guy ya i noticed something was a bit off , thx for the advice
heres a black and white frog and an attempt at color(didnt use a color picker). hmm maybe i should stop doing completely imagined stuff for a while but use reference because i want my art as good as possible and my knowledge just isnt there yet. more studies and reference will make me a better artist in the long run anyways
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heres a couple recent sketches, starting to use reference and working on improving my stuff. last image is super small just a quick acrylic painting
Last edited by blazingdimensions; February 15th, 2012 at 06:47 PM.
working on this
trying to sketch my brother from memory(WIP), trying to get better at constructing figures and a shoe
Last edited by blazingdimensions; February 16th, 2012 at 06:54 PM.
starting to add some color, hmm need to make the skin color look better and use some ref for this
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heres a collection of some earlier sketches from last summer
some practice constructing things out of simple shapes, and some portraits.
worked on this a little bit more, btw most of the digitals are done in GIMP-this one has some corel painter tho
Last edited by blazingdimensions; February 24th, 2012 at 06:52 PM.
hey, looks like you've been improving too!
About the last one... I think the main thing to me that could be worked on, is the lighting. The blazing streams of lava don't seem to be imparting any thrown light (it would probably look like firelight?) And the sky is so much brighter than the figure and the mountain although I can see you are going for high contrast in those areas. I guess I'd say maybe lower the tone of the sky a bit, just light the clouds up where the lightning is hitting them. Might just be me. good luck with it though!
thx Ceinwen Feng, that's a great idea, do you think i should light the clouds from underneath from the lightning and maybe light the figure underneath from the red firelight?, either way thx for the advice. Hmm i just noticed the clouds look a little flat. I think one of the big things i have need to work on is lighting in general, maybe more still lifes could help(things like different kinds of light like ambient and diffused and thrown light like you mentioned would definately help my work)
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Hey thanks for the comments! Diggin your site and your sketchbook. You can tell you're really into this type of work. I would recommend doing some studies of film stills. Pay attention to the light and how its falling on the forms and the composition of the scenes you choose. Make em quickish and do a bunch. BTW your Frazzetta studies are awesome!
DrawDrawDraw : )
thx BoizenB, hmm lord of the rings stills sound cool maybe a couple of those and some marvel films or something- and thx a lot man that painting took like 2 months
when i have the time i have lots of studying to do, just bought perspective without pain on amazon and recently got bridgemans complete guide to drawing from life, dynamic anatomy, and color and light by james gurney, hopefully these will help me improve along with studying, also just found out i can download GIMP Painter, looks awesome
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WIP lord of the rings still, awesome elephants i cant wait to detail this. working with mostly GIMP and some mypaint on this. hmm maybe after this is done ill do a self portrait
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heres a small and quick idea/silhouete thing of mine
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just bought a moleskine online, cant wait to get it and use it
a few older pencil drawings of mine.
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