So i Have been a lurker here for a long time, but i have recently decided to brave the waters and be social.
I am at a crossroads in my life, I am a student at NMSU( new mexico state) , I am also an instructor for DACC (Dana Ana Community College) but I am first and foremost a husband and father of two. So basically what i am trying to say is that there is not a whole lot of "me time" right now.
I have been drawing my whole life, however i have had a rocky relationship with digital painting, It seems i love her more than she loves me. None the less i am still slaying that beast.
I am attempting to liberate myself from line. It has been a valuable tool, and a good friend but it is time to move outwards and master value and color theory. and it is in that hope that i am posting here, the talent pool is amazing to say the least and i will never improve i i don't put myself out there
This image is typical of my style up to this point. Lines and flat colors. little understanding of light or color theory.
I have been doing little exercises on my own when i can steal a few min, they are helping, but i feel that it is not enough.
So what i would like to get from this experience is a little perspective. I want to eradicate my preconceived notions about visual communication and take my art to the next level.
so please be honest I dont have a fragile ego and i will take and suggestions very seriously.
Thanks, More to Come
hi See monster
nice start - i like your style!
i'm not a pro but maybe i can help you a little bit
you have a good fundament with your drawings - right know you must go out of your comfort zone.
paint things from life or picture and observe how the colors changes in the shadow or light.
the key is exercise and experience. these studies are extremly important!
be brave and experiment with the colors and most important have fun
i did a little over painting hope its a little help
just my 2 cent
Interesting, It already has more depth.
Thank you for taking the time to do a paint over.
I think you are correct i do need to step out of my comfort zone.
school is on Christmas break right now so i am going to use the free time to experiment. Plus next semester i am only taking two classes so i should be able to put a little more time into my art then as well.
This is the kind of stuff i amuse myself with between classes, waiting in the car, or whenever i can get a few min.
This is a half idea for a story about a cyborg Napoleon brought back form the dead to fight monsters.
This the main character from my story about the hero's journey. This would be the point of transformation
This is a digital sketch of Zeus
thats it for now
I love drawing characters, I go for all kids of eras, dress, personalities. A lot of times I will start with characters then stories naturally expand form them.
More contrast exercises to get me moving past my line dependency.
Light, shadow, and a dash of paranoia
The inciting character of a story i am working on.
I am liking what i see here! canīt wait to see you experimenting more with color, light and wathever else you are going to tackle!
thank you, Color is a bit intimidating for me, But i am excited to learn.
I like what you've got so far -- I'm a sucker for cartoons, particularly characters.
Good idea with this bit:
Work in progress
So this assignment was to take a low res painting 48x27 thereabouts and up res to 1280x720
uum... i am not very good at seeing things through to completion partly because I lose clarity of vision and trail off onto other topics
so my issues here, I can do grayscale fairly well, but color is another matter, any suggestions on the orange skin. I was going for a mayan dark complexion and i got this.
Lighting, how do i make the character stand out from the background, but still feel grounded in the image.
my intention with this image is not fame and fortune, its an assignment for class, i just want to up my skills incrementally, so any suggestion are always welcome
Trying my hand at sub surface scatter any suggestions?
your sketches have a nice flow and are really entertaining keep it up!
Thank you and thank you
Textures from class
An assignment from class, This ones about composition. I think compositionally it needs work. I was trying to push the sense of scale and i dont think it went far enough. How do you make things feel immense?
anyway comments and suggestions are always welcome. I do try to incorporate the good ones. Thanks
Hey there! I really like your characters, they are full of life And amusing
I am no pro at all, but i think i have some ideas that could help your composition. Here's a sketch in which i tried to incorporate the ideas (i'm sorry for the quality, i had to paint it with a mouse in gimp ):
The main ideas here are:
-I shifted the viewpoint/eye-level way down. This makes the observer appear very small and in return everything depicted in the picture appear very huge.
-I added some items (random, trees) that show how far away the giant has to be, as they get smaller in the field-of-view, although they have the same size in reality. If you use this it is often helpful to make the items overlap, that way it is easier for the eye to infer size and depth, but it also helps to show just their shadows (and height in the picture), as they are sufficient to infer depth too. (see: http://ctrlpaint.com/videos/principl...and-proportion )
-If you really want to make it look very, very big you can also use atmospheric perspective (do a google image search for it). It's basically the effect that things lose contrast and their color turns into the color of the sky as they get farther away. (In my sketch the giant becomes more gray).
All those videos from ctrlpaint are awesome, maybe the "4) Composition Basics" section in the video-library is most interesting for you.
Please let me know if this was helpful. I'm just getting started composition-wise too, so i appreciate input in this direction as well.
My current areas of interest: Linework, Composition, Visual Library
I love your figures! Inspirational to say the least. They have a lot of life and hold themselves well. Also looking forward to seeing you flesh out with colour.
There's a few good books out there and some cool colour tutorials on the web. Make sure you check out the Tips and Tricks area of this forum!
Also, consider using references to map colour and light from, don't think you have to make it up in your head (the pro's don't!). Consider taking up traditional painting. I learnt so much just doing a few hours of oil painting each week with the help of this fantastic book:
I'm sure you can pick that book up from amazon in your own country. And the theory is the same and applies to digital as well. I think photoshop can be a bit overwhelming when you first start out with colour, there's so many colours to choose from! Use a photo reference and try mixing a colour with paint in real life, you soon start to get your head around how colours effect each other and how reflections and skintones change depending upon their environment.
I also find lessons at the Gnomon Workshop very helpful:
Last edited by KateyParr; November 4th, 2013 at 08:19 AM.
I agree with MB. But shifting the viewpoint to just behind the character looking up at the colossus would be a little better choice. It'll put the viewer in the same boat as your character and provide a nice narrative to boot. Awesome style by the way, will have to drop by again