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Thanks, and no I'm not in an art school or program, I'm just really obsessive
Gouache painting with messed up values and loomis heads
anatomy studies, some from ref and some without, and studies of an apple
hands and stuff
Well,since you're climbing that staircase three steps at a time, it's hard to give you some good critique, as I can't spot anything wrong with them. Instead, you'll have to settle for my praise once again as I love your gouache studies. They show once again you've got a great understanding of form. It might have wonky construction as you put it, but to me, it looks good. Keep on going man!
Ty guys. I was reading up on oil painting techniques today and I decided to try to apply them to gouache.
hand, ok I guess
more hands, I like these better, I was trying to avoid details and just go for major forms in these, I couldn't resist trying some color, I figure I should start out with a very limited palette, the last time I painted in color my palette was unorganized and too big.
crappy expirament, trying to make it as active two dimensionally as three dimensionally
I finally stole a mirror from another room so I could draw my hand from different angles and do SP's. The SP looks angry for some reason, I didn't intend for it to turn out that way. All of these are from life.
I'm officially addicted to painting now...apple in gouache
warm up paintings in gouache
more hand paintings
Rock on Dan.
Damn that's a nice apple...
Increasing exponentially as ever man!
Stuff for today. I did a larger self-portrait also, but I'm saving that for the CA academy.
drawings from life
SP's in gouache, again, I was trying to omit details in these and just get the overall forms down
anatomy from imagination (I'm getting the hang of this =P )
ok I was getting tired of my paper always warping from using thin paper... so I decided to paint on cardboard, I like how they came out, it's easier to work on a neutral color instead of the bright white.
I consider this a screw up but I may as well post it
Dan, do you sleep? Seriously... Go get some. You can't spend every single night improving, you know.
About the hand - I dunno how you worked on that one, but it almost seems like you took near-black dark grey as a base colour? I don't know much about painting, but I think it would be better if you block the tones in lightly at first... i.e, the supposed blacks are just a little darker grey than the light greys, etc, instead of going full in. Again, I don't know jack about painting, but it might help a little... Otherwise refer to Ron Lemen, he knows what to do
Oh, and check out the life painting thread in the Life Drawing forum - the work there is enough to make you faint, but maybe there's some good advice to be found there.
Edit: Just checked back on the first page, and looked through the entire book. Astoudning improvement = inspiration. Thanks!
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man, the hand drawings throughout your book are some of the best ive seen... you've gotten really skilled at captureing character/gesture through just those a lone. Nice improvement all around too!
Thanks all. Darkarts I will take that into consideration, thanks for the suggestions! I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to paint more until I buy a book on painting... I don't know that much about it and I'd rather start out correctly.
practicing values, anatomy too
paintings, I was having trouble with the values and contrast on these...
Blankslatejoe: Yeah you're probably right... I'm so wishy washy and give up on new things too easily.
I don't have much from today, I just feel like I'm trying to learn too many things at one time... I'm doing figure drawing, painting, hands, trying to learn values, trying to draw from imagination.... I think it's bogging my mind down....
hard to tell this is a towel... I think I focused on the value differences too much and paid no attention to the local tone of the object
these were supposed to be tonal studies, but they cam out all grainy, I'm wondering if I should be some better paper so I will have smoother tones?
Man, I definitely did not intend for you to give up on painting through my comment. Get that brush and get back there!
I can see it's a towel, it's quite good, just not as polished as your other drawings. And your mind being boggled is good, what do you think is going to happen when you become a professional artist? In fact, I'm going to encourage you to look at different things at least once a week. For example, I did guns last week, and might do armor when I have time. Building up a library of mental reference seems just as important to me as technique.
Anyway, about the graininess: I know what you mean. I've got a very bad sketchbook that has uneven grain in it - I can't shade in it, which is why I think it really hurt me. That's one of the reasons why I turned to my A3 Sketchbook, because it had far less grain. Try it, I think you'll like it.
Whoa! You have been busy. All is great, but once again I especially like your life stuff. Much improvements.
Darkarts: I haven't given up on painting, and your comment didn't have anything to do with what I said, I just meant that I'm not going to paint like crazy until I get a book or two on painting (which will be soon, hopefully). I do need to draw different subjects like you said, that suggestion is correct.
Tokidokizenzen: Thanks =P
Yesterday I was moody and tired, I guess that's why I was so grumpy. I figure and need to quit being lazy and draw more, the only way to get better is for me to draw draw draw and quit being mad.
Bridgman drawings and hands from life
Gouache, did this on a smoother paper, I like the results better.
Drapery from life
animal anatomy, mostly proportion studies
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.You are obviously right handed,,,I just wonder which one is more tired,,,holding up your left takes energy, too I bet.
I read you say you wanted to challenge yourself more (it was way up there in the thread)
I would reccomend (reccomend, that is) a couple of things...
You are concentrating on drawing so much from observation ( reff and life) and memory,,,,you might not of thought of other ways to refine your skills..
One thing I do to remind myself how shitty my drawings look unless I bite my tounge and concentrate like a gradeschooler,,,is draw blind observation drawings...You know, like blind contour drawings,,, no looking except to set and reset your pen tip.... I think it helps your hand-eye more than a lot of other stuff,,,,,,,The pitiful mutant people you draw that way are fun to look at too.
I say this alot, but try to pull the shadows into the outline and forms more,,,,it adds a lot of dimension when you make the reflected light more prevelent than it really is....I mean leaving light between the outline and the core shadow.
move your left hand a little to the right and you will see a whole room of perspectivally place objects and lightscapes,,,,guache is good for doing paintings of those kind of things.
The illustration activity from the sketch forum looks really neat,, If you periodically revisit more styilized and lighthearted subject matter and ways of rendering, you will see the stuff you learned in your academic attempts popping up everywhere,,,,put some time aside for color and imagination.
Hold some stuff in your hand when you are drawing it...
hope it helps some, keep on mercilessly whipping the horse, it all looks good.
i fell in love with your hand studies. that really helped me to concentrate on the right lines...so thank you for sharing!
and also many thanks to coda, ill remind your words next time i take a pencil.
well...nothing less to say than, keep them coming! ill focus your sketchbook in the future.
lots of improvement just from the last few posts, and it's cool that youre tackling hands so aggressively, most people stay away from them. cool stuff, keep it up!
Thanks all. I will take all the suggestions to heart. I felt like expiramented a little today...
WIP loomis fig
stuff from imagintion, sorry about the buckling, did a painting on the back
blind contour drawings, thanks to codakromec for suggesting to do this
I was really getting sick of gouache today... I made some "oil paint" from vegetable oil and ground pastels, surprisingly I like the results much better than the gouache paintings, I'm so tempted to buy real oil paint now
Really nice studies! I especially think the hands and cloth work is your best. I envy your dedication to getting study stuff like hands done like you have...I wish I had the patience to do the same!
Like others have stated...try doing more things from your mind, and let the creativity flow! Keep up the good work.
Sketchbook be here...
Thank you guys, everyone needs motivation!
hand and arm gestures, I'm trying to be looser with these and not render them at all. I need to do more gestures on a daily basis.
completely random stuff from imagination, had fun doodling these
nothing special, blind contour drawings