Hey Renart, thanks for the comment. I had to reupload the one you commented on cause I realized how badly I messed it up. I tried to salvage it a little.
Your anatomy is getting better and better as you go so keep at it. Study Vilppu figure manual as well, a great help as a start. Draw everyday!
Thanks for the advice Talonhardin =]
Thank you for the kind words kikindaface ^_^
Bad art dump of the day. Anatomy, portraits and a failed imaginative piece
Figure and head gestures (Red ones are from imagination). Envoiro study and a bad imagination sketch.
I am probably just shooting in the dark here but if their is someone out their that can give me a direct answer on how to learn to SEE colours, I would appreciate it. I have been going through colour theory and while it has been helpful, seeing colours is a bit of a problem for me. For example, trying to see the skin tones. I can find the value, but not the colour.
Today's updates (So far). I think I am starting to improve, hooray. I'll probably upload more later, otherwise I will just grind through my sketchbook.
I will just throw in this self portrait for the day. Alot wrong with it and I know where I went wrong. Back to the drawing board =]
Some of my photoshop drawings did not save... Really not happy about today! ><
More studies. Anatomy, figures, colour, perspective and a sketch from imagination. I'll probably do more later.
Two more bad studies. Back to the old sketchpad for the night.
Some badly photographed sketches
Digital studies. I think I will stick to my sketchbook for the rest of the day
I am gonna just throw in this rendering study to top it off. I am feeling burned out so I will probably just try get my mind together the rest of the day.
I don't think I will do anymore digital for the day, I feel rather burnt out from being on it 8 hours a day and drawing 4 hours in my sketchbook.
Have some very bad envoiro studies.
I decided to goof around a little on PS and ended up with this unfinshed rendering study.. I am actually so surprised about the way it came out so I decided to post it.
hey man nice progress already. Latest face is a nice improvement but the main thing im seeing is not enough confident shapes. A lot of messy edges and rendering all the half tones before having a clear seperation of light and dark which gives you a good solid base to then work from. Like I said making really nice progress but thats the main thing to focus on, be confident in your shapes
Holy crap I got a crit o_O
Thank you so much Sean! I will work on them right now actually and I agree completely with it all =]
Since no one answered your colour qustion, I thought I could contribute a couple of things from some recent experience - forgive me if I am so late this is redundant. It can take quite a lot of time to rig your brain into recognising colours, and practising the way you are is definitely going to get you there if you keep at it. These are just tips that I have found helped give me a bit of a leg up, though I am still trying to improve it myself. Feel free to cherrypick.
Doing some drills with photos to guess the colour can help a bit. Matt Kohr has a couple of these on CtrlPaint here and here. Not the most exciting exercises, admittedly, but it is a nice little warm up before painting. Something I also suggest is doing those exercises with masters' paintings, such as Rembrandt and Sargeant.
Something I find sometimes helps, usually on particularly difficult studies, is to whip out a red pen (well brush), make a new layer, and do a 'post-mortem' of sorts. Bring the reference material into photoshop if you haven't already, and between that and your painting, describe the behaviour of the light by writing and drawing all over the painting. Directions, warmth/coolness of light & shadows, eyedropper comparisons between the original and your own to see if you are making recurring mistakes, etc.
Drifting around CA, I have seen a few people doing 100% opacity challenges; turning off all opacity and flow tools on their brushes and doing a study purely by picking colours - no blending. It is difficult to start off with, but it does force you to solely concentrate on colour. There is also a "tiny study" exercise (I think it originated from Ctrl Paint as well), that basically involves making a very small study - probably less than 250px at the longest side, and picking the biggest blocks of colours - it seems to work well for landscapes.
I don't know if you have read up on colour relativity, but if not, try giving it a look, because it is a very powerful tool for a painter. Our brains make everything look different in the context of other colours, as well as wanting to approximate anything they can to save processing power, so it is a tough thing to learn. Good luck, and keep up the hard work!
Clockodile, thank you so much for all of that, it really helped me out so much. I will make sure to go over those studies you mentioned. Again, thank you so much.
I was going to wait till tomorrow to post these but I wanted to reply to mr Clockodile so what the hell.
A bad black and white sketch, and a colour study.
I agree with tfsean I think you need to focus more on fundamentals-do more still life practice were you try to measure slowly and be accurate with the shapes you place.
its clear you are working hard- just focus on the basic things and good things will happen.
nice updates since i last visited! i would suggest more contrast in you values and a bit more saturation in your colors to bring it out a little bit. in your imagination work this is a problem, dont be afraid of going darker or stronger with the values and colors. when you do studies really take note of how dark and what color the shadows and lights are. anyways keep practicing man, ill check back soon!
@GrayPersona, thanks for stopping by to give a crit, I'll make sure to do a bunch of still life's and concentrate on the basics as much as possible.
@kevin_, Nice to see you again :3. Glad to know I am doing something right lol. I'll try push things alot more from now on and make sure to do them value studies.
Thanks again for stopping bye guys =]
Thanks Bowandbrush =]
I'll post these up now and might post some more later. My eyes are killing me and I think I should take a small break for my physical and mental well being ><
I wanted to do more but honestly I am too tired and have a headache so this is all I got is this anatomy study for today (Along with the post above me).
Hey man, thanks for swinging by my SB and taking the time to share. Ctrl Paint is in fact on the list, however I've seen most of the free stuff, and find Matt has a tendency to want to teach alot of the shortcuts and digital tricks Photoshop has to offer. While right now I need to develop some comfort with free handing it with a tablet for now and some of that stuf fis beyond me for now. But I do like his stuff and approach, so I intend to get to all his stuff as well as purchase some tuts from him. Thanks for the suggestion though, solid. Also, since I'm here. I just want to say you're showing great improvement since page one. You've got some rad studies for sure! I look forward to more!
yop, Nice studies in there, some of those really stands out from the others, like the man with the cap from 4 february.
I would suggest you to work more with hard brush rather than your round soft ones, or only for some subtile part of your paintings.
Your renders are better and more powerful to me when less soft.
keep on sharing.
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@STRaY,your progress and renders are quite good, and your approach is right, I just did not know if you knew about Ctrl-paint =]. Thank you and I will check out your SB in a while x]
@bouroune,Thank you very much =] But I do not use a soft brsh, just the hard round and the chalk brush lol. Thanks for the advice ^_^
Soooo, I done some studies and a still life (I see everything that went wrong with it.. Oh the pain of failure), I even done an imaginative piece that I managed to fuck up beyond repair. The head was completely off and I had rendered most of the piece by the time I realized so it was un-salvageable.. It did teach me that I suck with figures, so back to them I go.