@revidescent thanks for the tips, always appreciate your feedback!
@ecki, thats an awesome resource thanks so much!
@john dawo, you're absolutely correct i don't flip nearly as much as i should haha thanks man
@flashback thanks dude!
@istrim52 ya thats a great tip! i will def keep that in mind!
Nice stuff! Maybe it would be a good idea to turn the pen pressure on for size though, because the values in the last greascale sketches are good, but they look very messy. Concerning the eyes especially, you should do some studies where you really work on getting the details right, because in all your complete pieces the eyes are what looks most unfinished
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desperately in need of advice for painting over a greyscale image. i'm still not used to it ewwwwwww
haha that skateboard warrior is awesome. i didn't realise that those were wheels at first. really cool design idea, and good job painting it too.
setting a layer to mode "Color" might be helpful in painting over grayscale. I havn't really tried doing that much yet.
keep on practicing all the different areas patiently, and don't get frustrated if you jump ahead of yourself and don't get the results you want yet
the main thing i see that could improve in your paint studies is that many of the elements simply aren't laid out correctly before you start painting in (ie. facial features aren't set in just the right places, etc). it might be helpful to spend a while just focusing on blocking things in and learning to do that precisely, to really get a stronger grip on it
@aks thanks so much mani really appreciate the advice!
@xcarbon thanks bro thanks for droppin by!
i haven't died just working on pencil studies of expressions which im too lazy to post
Hi man great progress since the start, my main thing to say would be generally be cleaner and more confident with your shapes. You've already improved that a lot but keepd oing that. Those nose studies for example, working in 3 values and splitting it into confident planes will read much better and more solid. Once you have that you can go in with the blending and such with that strong structure underneath it all. Same with environments. Keep strong basic shapes and work out your basic composition and value structure before getting too messy.
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been AFK from the forums but havent' been AFK from drawing, still doing physical sketchbook stuff, and im in a figure drawing class at school now which helps. only thing for me to work on i think is to be more consisitent with painting studies and more digital personal work.
tried something new this time, all quick masks and lasso with soft brush, kinda boring but edges way more refined, i also foundmyself messign with layers alot more this way to color, a very inorganic way to paint imo at this moment anyway.
Amazing progress from first to current page! The only thing I can critique you on would be general observational things such as proportion. For example, I'll talk about the problems with the taylor swift portrait:
*eyes too big and too far apart
*distance between top of upper lip and bottom of nose too wide
*nostrils being too large causing the nose to be 'lifted' up
I know it might seem like a totally counterproductive idea to use grids, but I highly recommend them as a way to train your sense of spacial awareness. Start off with a grid, maybe 6 horizontal, 6 vertical, then keep subtracting lines as you get a better eye for things. Once you feel comfortable enough to ditch grids entirely, try to find the errors before overlaying your drawing onto the reference to find the mistakes. This way, you train your eye instead of simply being slave to any tool. Hope this helps!
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@sknawt great observations man thanks for the tip, i will try the grid method to help with sighting, it certainly does makes sense!
tried coloring this one with HSB sliders, very interesting experience, strokes are awful however
Hey dudeeeeee!!!!!!!! DUUUDEEE ahha.
Killer stuff. I especially love that lasso tool study you did ( post #110 ). I had no idea people did it/ or how with a tool!!
Could you explain how you did it to me? I've been trying to emulate that with a brush... ( you see in my second to last post )
I'm such a fool for that ahaha D: Anyways it's very lovely and awesome.
It also seems to have helped solve a reoccurring issue I see with your work, which is planes.
Your works tend to have blotchy effect. I've had this same problems so I know. While you have accomplished blocking in values/hues you fail to differentiate/translate between planes correctly which causes your pictures to not read correctly.. I.e. messy/ flat. So I would practice more lasso tool or w/e youre doing ( I have no idea how )! to block in planes until you get a hang of the technical part, because its obviously working. What could help you with readability is to study how light and shadow go across these "planes". Also to think about tidiness of edges.
Ctrl+paint has very basic videos that cover this topic that I think could aid you greatly. The one I'm referring to is free.
I would set aside color for awhile until you get a hang of making your strokes more readable, since color just throws in even more complications. Your colors do need some more work too though. I'll attack that once I think you've gotten this down a bit more. Mmmm hope I wasn't too harsh thanks for commenting on my SB by the way. Looking forward to hearing back and seeing more~
Hey man, awesome updates.
I think that Pou already said anything, I can only second it.
I'd suggest to do some still lifes of simple shapes (boxy stuff and simple cylinders) to understand planes and plane changes more. (That's something I should do as well, we should do it together )
Aside from that, make sure to check your values often during painting. Do you know the "Black layer on top, set to 'color'"-trick?
Keep up the work mate
@POU - thanks vry much for your suggestion, and yes i agree, should go back to greyscale for a bit, i still feel awkward drawing with tablet, still feels so artifical for me to not physically look at the surface on which i'm markmaking on lol
@ECKI - AMEN i totally need to get a creepy buffalo skull like you XXD and thanks for the heads up on the trick, i should implement it more in the future for when i'm doing color. or even on the a color ref to break down values after the study.
spent like 3 hours on the last one GUH. maybe should start with hard brush isntead of soft next time.
You are on the right track keep studying at this pace!
At this point i would take the time to do some more longer greyscale studies to get all the forms right, even if it take you multiple days, a couple of hours per day, it's important to finish stuff..i suck at that xD
Keep it up you are pushing it!
Keep studying. Good to see the life drawings - super important, keep that up.
For your studies. 2 things:
1. Try to do some studies without using the opacity transfer setting on your brush, and using only 3-4 values. This will force you to classify the visual information better and will get rid of the fuzzy strokes.
2. Slow down a little bit and focus on accuracy. Right now most of your studies are 10-20% off when it comes to accurate representation (shapes + values allocation). You don't need to be 100% accurate but you should aim for a good 95%. It will be slow at first but accuracy affects the quality of everything you do so it's important to start training early.
Keep up the practice!
A creative artist works on his next composition because he is not satisfied with his previous one. When he loses a critical attitude toward his own work, he ceases to be an artist. - Dmitri Shostakovich
@rickardo, thanks man i will do more of that i think its a good idea too, come to think of it i don't think i've ever spent more than 5 hrs on any study or any art piece in my life! haha
@Tea of Doom, really appreciate the advice tea, also appreciate the 10%, i've never thought about accuracy like that.
more planar heads and gesture heads 30s LOL