Hello everyone, I've been on and off Conceptart.org for a long time now and I feel that it is high time that I joined in and be a more active part of the community. I'm here to learn and I'll try my darn-dest to at least entertain you guys here
There may be some anime in the mix (shock horror) so please be gentle :p
I have a bit of a problem I think with blending, particularly in Photoshop. Any advice on how to blend properlyy, brush combidnations etc, would be greatly appreciated.
Wow, those sketches and figure drawings are absolutely amazing! OO
As for the two portraits (last in 1st post and 2nd post), I think they could do with more consistent light/shadow. Before you start painting pick a light source and stick to it; The blue man has highlights on his neck and cheekbone but the jaw/ear are dark which, in combination with the highlight on his left eyebrow, doesn't make sense :/
Trying a new thing that I read about in James Gurney's Colour and Light book. It's called Colour Zones, where the complexion of a face is divided into 3 zones, going from top down - light golden -> reddish -> blue-gray.
I love the figure studies here. They are super good... It confuses me that the construction of your faces aren't as strong though. Maybe you should spend more time studying facial proportions. They are really inconsistent with the awesome figures. I'm not sure what's wrong but more often than not the general proportion just looks wrong.
After looking more carefully. I think it's these things mainly:
You are drawing ears parallel to the ground they should slant and talk with the shape of the face more
Use more perspective in making sure the cheekbones are more symmetrical. One cheek tends to get larger than the other in your drawings and sometimes the length of the cheeks aren't equal on both sides.
Maybe do a few indepth nose construction studies. They seem to be a bit of a weak point.
Also finally, don't be afraid to edit your reference to make a more convincing painting. I'm sure 90% of these errors can be fixed if you're willing to change things in you drawing and emphasize the connection of the facial forms you understand well.