Nice creature sketches, I like the way you handle a pencil.
That last painting is really cool. I love the way it tells a story. You could sell that to Harley Davidson Co.
I wish the line of the wing were not so straight and smooth. It would scallop in and out at the fingertips. And there might be a large bit of slack membrane behind that bent elbow. Right now the elbow's bent but there's a flap of skin pulled tight on both sides of it so it doesn't look like he can ever straighten that wing any farther. But it probably works the way it is for most people.
By the way that wheelchair painting is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. That deserves to be on the cover of a book if it's not already.
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Love the sketches man. I got a kick out of the "star" by the one you used and though I think it was the strongest of the bunch, it
may not have been conveyed as kick-awesome as it could've been in the T-dome. I would like to have seen a lot more thought go
into the body of the dragon, maybe some Todd Lockwood crazyness Either way, I still like your piece, but I think you've got a lot more
to show us. I got mad money on you
I'll talk to you soon~*
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HelzMikeScratchin my head as to you not just simply transferring it to your larger sketch Good freaking question, brother. I liked the initial sketch a lot more than the final. I think I was worried about connecting it to the rest of the beast and keeping the perspective correct, but yeah, I flubbed that. As for the proposal... I'm in, though it'll be a bit before you see sketches on it. The in-laws might not want to see me that soon.
Mike D Thanks man. I'm glad you liked the nav-map. The insect studies were in hopes of getting me moving in a different direction with the design. I was trying hard to stay away from the cliche dragon look. There's a story in the picture that's pretty personal-- the model for the older figure is going through a divorce right now, and it's his son on the back of the bike-- so in retrospect I should have stayed with the "vaginal" look of the beast in the early iterations. Other things that bug me:
--I copped out (time issues) on putting in the strands of flesh on the creature (I liked them too). I also was concerned about resolving them compositionally, since I had already repainted the beast's neck to pull it in off the left edge, and I wasn't sure how they'd look breaking that edge. (I'd love to take it into Painter or PS and try it)
--Despite what I tried to do with the color, I don't think I got the look that I wanted as far as punchiness. Everything is still pretty muted.
--I was trying to get more of a sense of "vertigo" in my initial thumbnails that never translated into the final image, and I really feel like I dropped in the planet elements without thinking about them enough.
--Lots of wonkiness in the beast anatomy. Some of it was fixed, but fixing it made some awkward compositional things happen.
--Like an idiot, I cropped the front of the bike in the original oil painting. I fixed it digitally (Is that the edges issue you're talking about or somewhere else?) but I still don't feel like it was successful.
--The initial sketch of the beast head had more "interest" to it, and the final looks, IMO, a lot more "generic"
That's the stuff off the top of my head. I realize I'm being pretty harsh on the pic, but I also know I really need to up my game if I want this stuff to make me a living anytime soon.
Bojee Thanks. Pencil is definitely my "comfort" medium.
Gilead Thanks man. The model for the rider is a big Harley buff, so as a nod to him I tried to keep the rocket bike looking as "Harley" as possible. I agree on the wing. One of those little things that "looked good enough" given the time I had, but I'll probably go back and fix soon. I've got some more studies to do on the wing in general, since I didn't get the translucency I wanted on it. As for the wheelchair painting.. I appreciate it. I'm hoping to do book covers someday, so knowing I've hit "the look" with that piece gives me warm-fuzzies.
Listing Thanks. Lots of work on both the drawing and painting front to work on. I'll bear the advice in mind.
Sartell Thanks Joel. I think you're right on both counts. The head in the final is lacking some of what made the sketch the nicest of the bunch, and the body is nowhere near as thought out as the head was. A lot of the decisions made on the pose for the beast were purely compositional, and then trying to fit the anatomy into it. I shot myself in the foot with that, and it's actually the first thing Dan got on me about with the piece. BTW, are you coming back north for any of your breaks? Let me know, we should get together.
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I was looking around the area, and look what I find! Bingo!
man nothing I love more than sketchbooks that show you
b. artistic development
and you have them both.
I am in love with your first thunderdome piece and that lady with the tentacles ( the one for that creature td that you hate) Show more stuff, I demand it!
Hey Ben, thanks for the in depth answer. I can see what frustrates you about the piece. I really like the personal element behind it as well. As for the question on edges-- I was referring to hard edges versus soft edges. The cropping looks fine. I'd love to see where you take this in PS if you decide to rework it. And I can definitely relate to needing to up the game. But once in a while it's nice to go back and rework something with fresh eyes. Sometimes, if you wait long enough (in my case, 3 years), you can come back to something having gained a lot more skill during the break. Suddenly everything that frustrated you about the piece in the past seems to dissolve away, and you almost cut straight through to the original ideas that made the piece exciting to begin with. Like Fixer-Upper houses I guess. So bottom line is, the foundation to your painting is good. Give it some time and you can go back and fix the little details that bother you.
As a guy who just broke out the acrylics for the first time in a long while, I can seriously appreciate your skill that shines through in these last dome pieces. You have great control over the medium, homes. The monster in that last painting just isn't very menacing... some sharp angles, scales, anything to take away from it being so rounded might be in order. The foreground chars on the bike are really well done man, I like them a lot.
And just because I haven't looked at the piece in a little while, I have to say yet again that your first round dome piece is amazing. Best thing I've seen from you as far as I can remember.
Something I might have suggested for the Dragon would be to use a dog's head as a base, and morph that with lizard features... I have always found rabid dogs more ferocious than Lizards.
I still love your Tdome piece, can't get over that!!!!
Good luck, B-Dizzle!
EDIT: As a note, I had NOT read Strych's above post before posting, dead serious.
Some nice stuff that you have added to the sketchbook, keep them coming! XD
As has been said before, both of your TD pieces were fantastic! Flipping thru your sketchbook really shows the progress you've made in the last year. I agree that with your last TD piece the bikers were very detailed and contrasty while the dragon was very soft and bland, leaving it unthreatening. But that's old news... can't wait to see what's next!
"Baby, you make me wish I had three hands!"
mr. foster! hope all is well, bud....really missin' out on your work, please post soon.
great stuff here buddy, really cool concepts and creature, hummm i really inspired to do some dragons now.. really amazing how you work with pencils too..
Keep it up buddy.
great work on the monster stuff, man! I don't know if this has been mentioned before, but watch the jaws of all these guys! sometimes they are off in perspective and so the don't fit to the rest of the skull.
Good work though, and DAMN UPDATE!!
just a bump....been missin' yer sb action.
Hefts up the sb and peels off the two-inch thick layer of dust.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, yep..just as I left it last time.:sigh:
Seriously though, hope all's been goin well on your end...and hope the jolly fat elf leaves a new pile of circuits in a box for you under the tree.
yeah, I was wondering how things were going with the pc-resurrection...it seemed like there was a plan in motion when we were at Marc's house last month.
hey ben, pm me...i've got a computer-based question for you...actually, it's monitor-based, but you get the idea...i want to chat with you.
I'll have some x-mas presents up for you guys soon, I promise...
Marc's looking into resurrecting the old machine, with parts from another PC I have lying around. I may need to pick up a new power supply for it, since it appears to be shot in both machines.
New laptop should be done soon-- we broke down and built one over @ Dell.... It won't have all the old files on it but I can at least scan some new stuff. The thing should be screaming enough to run all the stuff I want on it-- Dual core, 2gb RAM, etc etc.... Maybe some new digital stuff from me after the new year.
Dave-- not sure what help I'll be but I PM'd ya.
sweet! glad to hear you're gonna be online more often -- but it seems you're online today, so at least you're not limited to work-access only.
So we got the new laptop. I installed all my software on it, but really haven't taken it out for too much of a spin. It screams, from what I can see, though.
Here's some scans I pulled out this morning. I've got a couple projects that I photographed, but there seems to be some issues with my card reader on the new PC and our camera card. Somehow the files all copied over "corrupt" with weird bands of color on them and whatnot. I deleted all the corrupt files in an attempt to bring them over again by way of the camera (foolish-- never delete the old till you get the new). Before plugging the camera in, I tried one more picture (also foolish). The camera locked up for about 2 minutes trying to write to the card, at which point I shut it off. Now the camera and the PC both read the card as unformatted, and offer to format it. 7 months of 700+ pictures that haven't been backed up due to pc issues. Worse, we haven't printed since Mother's Day. I can't begin to think how many major milestones my son hit that were documented in those pictures. Motherfucker.
Well, on to the scans, I suppose
first off don't do anything crazy with that camera card until you try to copy the information off on a different computer. chances are the information is still at least partially there, even if the camera doesn't want to recognize it.
I'm really happy to see more work from you and I'll be expecting it to be more regular now that you have new/improved connectivity.
great sense of motion in a lot of these and I'm really digging the anatomy of the monster legs and feet. watch your anatomy in the clothed people, try to figure out what things are doing underneath the cloth before you start rendering the wrinkles and folds.
Brendan: Thanks for the support, bro. Being back and free to roam the interweb somewhere other than my work machine is a double edged sword. More access to post, but more distractions from art. We'll see where it takes me.
We managed to recover the "corrupt" pictures from the computer, but the card still seems to be unreadable by the camera and any pc we try. We may be stuck with some pictures that are readable enough to document major events, but not to actually print or show to anyone. Actually, it looks like PS won't even open them (some other apps will). May be an issue with the JPG compression, since the PS message is "cannot parse the JPEg data". Hrrrmmm....
Good thing we have other chips. Here's two WIPs I'm trying to finish this week. One watercolor, one oil:
looking pretty good, make sure your paying attention to light and shadow to build your structures. you're probably still building the darks in the watercolor so feel free to ignore me. the sky in the oil painting has some nice moments in the clouds, too
was the camera card fairly old? they can fail with age since there's little flexible conductive "gate" things that open or close as you write and erase information. physical movement = eventual failure
oh yeah, I wonder if anyone SUcky will recognize the easel holding the oil painting and send you a bill...
Brendan-- Camera card was fairly new. It was a "high speed" chip. I'm not sure if that had something to do with the issues I saw. As for the paintings-- yeah, definitely working up to my darks. I'm ditching the underwater creature, since it was uninspired and bland, but the others are getting pushed.
Here's the finish on the watercolor and some glazes to push the oil. Still lots to do on the oil this week.
So my boy Helzon hit some rough times, and I haven't been able to get him out of my head the last two days. I'm hoping all is OK. I guess as a form of therapy I decided to grab one of his killer linework sketches and color the thing up. It was some good practice in Painter until Painter started crashing whenever I tried to use certain brushes (crowquil, tinter) weird. Took it over to PS to at least finish it up for my boy
Lines by Helzon, colors yours truly