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Long time no see my fellow Concept Art-ers! It's been a mighty long while since I've posted anything on this beloved site due to lack of internet and scanning capabilities but alas, here I am! I've returned! I've started a completely new thread because my old website/server is going to be shutting down and eventually all of those files will be lost to the net for good. You can still access my old sketchbook for quite some time at least. I'm just going to start storing these new files on a new area of the server. So rather than change all the addresses and everything... we'll just let those posts fall into the depths of oblivion. Plus I think it's about time for a fresh start, my drawings are finally starting to move in new directions a bit so maybe it's time anyhow for a new thread. Eh, if you're new to my SB than you'll come to quickly discover just how much of a rambler I am. I apologize in advance!
Lots of exciting new things going on in life these days but I'll spare the update for another post down the road when I have a bit more time on my hands. 'Till then I'll just let the art speak for itself. I've slacked pretty hard this summer and have allowed a lot of stuff distract me but I'm getting back on the horse just in time for the semester to start. One problem I've run into is this new sketchbook I've bought and been using. I like it but it's 11 X 17 and I can't scan it all. That's why quite a few of these will seem cut off or digi-photoed. The camera sucks at taking pics of the drawings, especially the pencil ones. So if anyone has any sort of advice on the matter than hook me up. On with the update... if any of this crap needs explanation than just ask away. Take 'er easy. God bless.
Last edited by Zebz; January 8th, 2009 at 09:24 PM.
good stuff... i really like the bigfoot dude. dragon is cool too. you should post it in the dragon thread if you havent already.
that first monkey looks a little too smart for his own good though......."get your paws off me.........." (you know the rest)
where's charlton heston when you need him?
great update man. Really dig that dude's jacket, the guy that's gettin rejected. I can relate to that too.
Look forward to more frequent updates!
This stuff's awesome. How much is straight from your head? I dig the Ralph Steadman like dirty inking style. My only criticism is every hand is either hidden or unfinished.
nice book. Your rendering is great, I especially like the second one with the halo kid. Got a great vibe. Constructive crit would be to tighten up your faces a bit... some of them feel a little over-worked... though others are great. Skull guy in the last pic is awsome as well. I'll be watching.
holy cow!~! great stuff man.. i like the animal looking characters the most.. you seem to have a real nack for the hair and stuff.. nice renders.. good sense of value.. i hope to see tons more!!
Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd
Hey, we've got a healthy bit of replies here! Thanks for the support!
Melvin: Thanks for the comments, bro. I'm sorry you're a bit distressed about the monkey. We all have our quirks, I suppose. Beware. He's whispering things into my ear about bunnies and meat grinders. It's late. Forgive me. I'm so tired.
Hito: Stop playin' like you're not the freakin' ladies man. 8)
armando: Thanks for the post, man. Everything in that first post is random crap from my disillusioned head besides the first monkey pic which I used ref for. But I pretty much diverted a bit from the original image. And you're right when you speak of hands. I hate them. I need to do some studies. Thanks for the challenge. I owe it to myself. I'm just to lazy to sit and do it. I will tho, I promise! Thanks again!
Ferg: I agree. I tend to overwork most of what I draw. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I've been working on faces more and more. I loved drawing them for some reason. My anatomy and drawing overall feels fairly stiff so I want to address those issues as well. Thanks for the post though! I appreciate the compliments! I'm glad you like what you see!
GunTrouver: Thanks, man. I'm trying.
vigostar: Gracias. Sometimes I overdue the value and stuff but I like to get lost in rendering a subject. And with that comes the risk of rendering it to death. I'm going to start trying to speed render, like throw the values down and see where that gets me. Stay tuned!
Craig: You can just shut up! You're thread rocks me so hard, bro. You've grown leaps and bounds, dude. I can't believe you're even posting in here. Ha! YOU KEEP IT UP! Got it?! Hopefully I can devote the sort of time to my art that you do. I'm too sleepy right now tho.
Alright, I did some drawing today but I'm to lazy to scan it all so here's a little page of doodles I scanned in yesterday. Everything from my head except the girl in the lower right which I drew from life. I did capture a bit of her likeness I think. She liked it alright. Sorry that all I have are more crappy pen doodles. Hopefully we'll have better stuffz later. Thanks for lookin' guys. God bless.
Hey man things are looking up, I can see
a whole lot of improvment since the last thread
ill give ya a more in deep coment later, Im too bussy
right now, but I wanted the subscription
Keep it up, its good to have you back!!!
awsome update dude, coldplay???? hmmmm meh I have never been to a live show, I am probably missing out on something.. I really wanted to go and see Black eyed pea but..yeah..
Love the class drawings, I wish I did that when I was at school, draw stuff, but then again I hardly went to any classes hehe.. wasn't much of a student I guess. your lines are looking good, feeeeeel the form~ what's a vine charcoal?? is that different to willow? just curious that's all. Life drawing is nicely done, the foot sort of got lost though, the hard occassional lines works well.
nice job with illustrator. cheers dude
hey zebzfree! nice stuff here. that last vine charcoal drawing is nice. and your sketchbook pages are great too. keep drawing with those straight lines! they're great for measuring. it keeps shapes relative to each other.
here's a quick rundown on drawing figures from your head.
if you are trying to get better at drawing the figure out of your head, just build the figure with basic forms. do lots of gesture drawings to get the feel of the rhythm of the body. rhythms of the whole whole figure/pose, then the rhythms of the muscles within that figure. then memorize basic proportions, build with cylinders, blocks, spheres, cones. the key to making these things sing though, is perspective. perspective is the most overlooked thing in drawing figures out of your head. if you draw every figure like it was a building (in perspective), then you will have no trouble drawing them from your head. just remember your basic forms.
here's the thing, if you just memorize lines/contours of the figure, you can't move the figure around 3 dimensionally in of your head. if you memorize lines, then you are just recalling shapes/lines that you've drawn from a regular eye level---this is very limiting when drawing out of your head. if you think of movie costume designer sketches---most draw their costumed figures very frontal/flat, because they are only looking at silohuettes and shapes). Like I said, this is limiting because they memorized one basic view.
Remember, everything you see conforms to the laws of perpective, including figures.
try to think: Space, Form, Light.
i remember iain mccaig saying that he would draw the perpective plane(the Space) that his character is going to stand on, then draw from the feet up to the head (like an architect builds a building, from the ground up). it makes sure that your character is planted. then he'll figure out the Forms. and then once he knows the landscape of the Forms) he's able to light the face by their planes (walls of the building.)
Also remember that drawing is drawing. Drawing architecture in perspective is like drawing people in perpective. Complex forms are complex forms no matter how massive or tiny. And to draw a complex form you must understand the what basic shapes and forms it is composed of.
Learning to draw is more about learning to see.
I hope this helps and I hope I wasn't too confusing. Good luck!
holy ... you are a drawing machine.. so much dedication.. pencil working nicely, anatomy studies are slick! it will all add up in near future, good going. Elephant and the trumpet boy is very nice dude. especially the boy, nice expression and STYLE!. As for colour, I am also a nooob, but my advice would be to use some bold colours, hit it hard, you know like rich bold thick colours. I don't think you need to worry too much about giving it so much form. lookforward to it.
Chris is right on. Great post, man.
I actually just came to this realization not too long ago. I am portrait artist for the most part, so I just have to rely on my eyes either for reference or for doing them from life. I always struggled with any type of concept art, but the other day I had a *bing* light bulb come on while I was sketching and before I knew it I was sketching faces from my head left and right. I will post some in a few....right now I am working on more portraits, though.
Anyway, sorry to hijack you, my friend...just getting into the conversation. Keep rockin, Zebz.
Zebz hey, nice stuff you got here : )
I really dont know what to crit, except just request, I wanna see more color stuff from you. You have some nice sketches with color splashes near the beggining but it would be cool to see some more defined stuff with color, which you have some already, but I'd like to see more. Also more full-finished pieces.
The only crit is that sometimes a few features on the faces for example look slightly misplaced, but the progress shows as you post more and more pages, so keep it up!
Keep up the good work, and work hard! Which I can see you are doing : P Push yourself.
Cheers mate, I like the ape at the beggining and how you render a lot of your figures.
Uh... I just replied to all the comments and then I freakin' lost all of it. That was a mouthful too. I'll just update. Forgive me for not replying. I will tho. The comments and critz are very much appreciated.
Anatomy stuff... some of these pages are just rough crap. I try to sketch quickly while my teacher is speaking and sometimes we have a model, sometimes I'm just drawing from my book. I have quite a few pages of this sort of crap but they mostly all look something like this. I'll post more of the studies as I complete them.
Well... lost interest and stopped rendering... I ususally go back and forth when I just feel like rendering I go back to one of these sort of drawings to pick away at it a bit. It's fun but I eventually loose steam. We'll see if I finish this up. Still loads to do on it.
Faces from head... just tried to use lines. Tried to vary 'em a bit too.
Tried some understructure stuff with prismas and then pencil over... the other ink over... of course just quicks and doodles.
Again with the basic construction and figures in perspective. Something I'm trying to pay more attention to now. Definately adds some dynamics.
Again with the figure/perspective... just not as exagerated... the unfinished chick is from a photo ref.
Bad scan but something I'm working on. Like most of these we're missing a good part of the image because my SB is too large for the scanner. Pretty happy with how this is comin' along tho. Probably will loose steam as usual tho. lol Started out as a figure in perspective thing again with basic construction stuff.
Unfinished Lipschitz portrait from Modern Art Hist. class while watching one of his videos. The thumnail stuff is for a color toony illustration I'm gonna start workin' on.
Doodles in my small sketchbook... inaccuarte but quick just laying down marker and ink for the heck of it. Thought they had a nice feel to 'em.
Drapery/Value study from class. Charcoal.
Composition/Value type study of Carivaggio's Crucifiction of St. Peter. Learned more than I thought I would from this. Composition IS important!
More later. I'll comment on everyone's replies later as well. Thanks, again everyone. You make my world go round... or somethin'.
SHIT man!! this last bach is reallllllYYYYYYY asum!
The drapery study is looking very nice and the
Carivaggio compo study is very nicely done too,
I specialy like this one:
good sence of deep my friend
I would like to give some critics but imo your doing
all the right things, anatomy, compostion, perspective
imagination doodles, just keep on churning out the skechs
at this rate man, dont losse the momentum, keep pushing it!!!
the values and hatching are aces bro!!! you really got a knack for filling the page.
soaking this up as inspiration, thx!
Your skull and planes of the face study stand out to me as something you really took your time on to create an accurate representation of your reference. However, I don't really see this time and work translate very well into the rest of your work, try to apply knowledge from those nice studies you've done more directly into your work. Perhaps try to draw a skeleton warrior withe a bare skull and reaffirm your skill? Maybe even try drawing a skull then laying in the eyes, muscle and skin? Either way, It is still nice to see someone putting a large amount of effort into their book. keep it up!
Nice 'book here. My only comment would be to watch the neck on some of your more realisticly drawn characters. Their heads don't seem to meet with the neck quite as well as they should. You have gotten much better about it in your recent stuff, but there are still traces every once and a while. I think the jaw-line is just in an akward place. Still, terrific pen and pencil work. I am thoroughly impressed (yes, fall to my power as I stroke your ego, MUAHAHAHAHAHA!). Have a good one!
pfew. you can almost smell that thing. Good work man. FYI the portrait is brought.
hey zebs. it's looking good. it does add a whole new dimension to your drawings. they seems like they are grounded and not floating like some of the previous ones. keep on going, i see that you will gain a lot from it.
Oh, I'm liking this last one.
"absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and keep what is essentially your own." - Bruce Lee
Bojee's Monkey Brain
Wow, boat loads of replies! Thanks, everyone! All the critz and comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks for contributin' to the growth.
Nutter: I'm a big fan of your sketchbook, man. Thanks for postin' over here. Glad you like the creature. I don't do 'em often.
fat kid: Thanks, man. I'm trying my best to practice what I preach but still I feel like quite the freakin' slacker. Oh well. I'm growing into it. Some of these guys are just mad dogs about their drawing/work ethics. I'm getting better. Hopefully I'll be more consitent in the future. Take 'er easy.
Diego: Thanks for the post. The reason I'm doing single bones and stuff is because in our anatomy class that's what's required. I'm actually quite a bit behind on that crap too. I have a midterm next week and I have to draw the entire skeleton in three different poses from memory and label it. I think I'll be ok tho. Muscles are comin' next half of the semester. We've got these huge life size figures of skeletons were workin' on. I'll have to take a pic and post it. But yea, don't worry all the stuff your talkin' bout will be coming soon. Just let me get through some of thist stuff. I bought Bridgman's as well so hopefully I'll get my head around some structure because more and more I'm realizing I know jack. Eh. Long reply. Sorry. Hope to see you again!
bro3ken spirit: I agree with all your critz and thank you very much for them! Always great to have some help! That's why I post! As for the paints, yea, did those up quick, like 20 minutes or so. I need to spend a good amout of time on a repaint because I really like him. The inks were nice... better in real life tho. Thanks for your suggestions! The skulls were just quick doodles as my teacher was explaining. Didn't care much abour proportions... I'll work at it. And the shadows... yea, I think I just learned to shade this week. lol I'm no where near finished with that image either. So it's lacking alot. Prolly won't finish it tho. Just another half arsed page in my sketchbook! Glad I could encourage you tho!
Teigrob: If it isn't one of the most fluidly awesome artists on CA! Welcome! Thanks for the props and advice. I know I'm lacking so hard in that area. I just need to really dedicate some time. I'm just not trying enough at that. Too many mindless doodles. Sorry! Thanks tho!
Hurri: Thanks! You rock!
Armando: Security!! SECURITY!!! You'll get there, man. Keep it up.
Mr. Blonde: Hey, love your stuff, dude. Thanks for honorin' me with some critz! All the stuff your talkin' about is exactly right. I sort of started realizing some of these shortcomings the past week ago when I started working on a portrait for a class. After all this crappy SPs and stuff I'm starting to see how crappy I actually am and how little I know. I definately plan on heeding at advice. Thanks.
MasterPug: More to work on, as ususal. Glad you like the SB tho. Keep it cookin' in yours too!
ShyamShirium: I bow before you! Thanks for daring to put words in here with a humble wannabe! I really look up to your stuff, man. Thanks for the daily inspiration.
Neonocker: I'll have to swing by!
chris ocampo: I've neglected it a bit recently but it definately has added something. Thanks for the tips. Your advice is always appreciated.
Flaskpost: Hopefully the re-paint of it will be more to howl about! Thanks for stoppin' by, man. I can always count on my regulars!
JeffZNY: So very envious! I can't wait, man. Thanks for gettin' my hopes and dreams all warmed up! I've been dying to see U2 life for quite a few years now. I can hardly cage my enthusiasm! Hope the night was one you'll remember for years to come!
Bojee: Wow! I really love your work! Thanks for the post! Glad you like it.
Anyhow, life is good. School is busy and kickin' my tail. Girlfriend is fantastic, Cardinals are kickin' in the playoffs, Hockey is back, great artists are all around, the list goes on. I'm so flippin' happy. Ok... now for the art. Not a great update but just some of the many random doodles in my SB and such. Now I'm posting out of order (saved my stuff wrong) but whatever. Hope ya'll like 'em.
Been really influenced by cartoonier work lately. Doodlebug's sketchbook really uped my interest in that, first in a long while. When I started drawing as a kid it was always about cartoons and I seem to think that if I revert back to those styles I can not do much wrong. It's what I know. And my other training has helped that style form into others. I've kind of been working on creating a style of cartooning. Not there yet. Started this one with non-photo blue lead and then inked over with ballpoint. I hate how scanner's blur an image. Those lines are crisp and quite nice. I'll prolly paint it up a bit and make it more a finished image. For some reason, children's book type illustrations just appeal to me quite a bit. But I never do enough. We'll see. Hope ya'll like. I'm quite happy with it so far.
Anatomy, bones. As ususal. I'm behind. I've got some others but do you really care to see this crap?
I've always got a page that I'm rendering the crap out of when I'm not doodlin' on the others. This was this weeks render when bored drawing. lol Started out as an idea about a large piece I thought of about some stuff that happened earlier this year but ended up losing interest and doodling. I kept the sketch of the girl because I thought it was quite nice. She's done partially from photo ref. I'm sure there's some subliminal feelings in here but I'm not 100% what they mean. More of my pencil renders tho. Yum.
Quick drawing of this dude sleeping at school from life. Doodle, doodle.
Toony doodles. Just trying to get a feel for the blue pencil and inks. Workin' out some ideas.
Did this quick sketch while watching National Treasure for the first time. That movie is no where near as good as everyone said it was. Predictable. Not impressed. But the drawing was a shot at doing something more sketchy. Jet black pencil. Eh. We'll see if I can do something better...
More doodles.... marker and ballpoint...
And a figure from drawing class... from life... 18 X 24.... I need to draw more from life. I'm starting to get faster tho. That's good I think.
There ya go! Not a great update but and update none the less. Hope you guys find something to like in this pile 'o crap. 'Till next time. I'm out. God bless.
Lifedrawing is awesome man! Your faces are strong! I was diggin' on the page with just faces.
Crit: Do more hands... you tend to draw them out as fists... Like Dan Milligan said in his thread, the hands are a great tool for an artist, don't be afraid to draw them!
I'm struggling with hands myself..hehe.. probably why I'm looking at them in every SB I visit.. hehe