Glad to see the amount of your output and that you've got some serious aims that are being tacken care of.
Great lines. Merely missing some colours.
Hope you've had a dreat New Year's Eve
I've seen your sketch before and did'nt get to comment cause I wasn't a member but I am really liking what I see here. You got some really good stuff. Mad props!
Have a look at my sketchbook at:
Love the zombies!
five stars from me!
@kischi: thanks man! hehe we are all too lazy...
@Pascallo: hehe yeah maybe, but i could have done more lol thanks!
@Discoskull: you're right about the white highlights, still have to try 'em more...thanks!
@WhereToExile: thanks! will do.
@strybjorn: thanks man.Yes, he is a lai back mo fo, but there is a balance issue too, seems quite common i my work...
@Dreamworker: ciao belo! buon anno anche a te!
@Gama: thanks! yeah, there probably is something confused in his attatchment arm-pectorals (or whatever they are called)
@enthombed: thanks! happy nu year to you too
@blacky: thanks man, nice to see you stop by.i want to work on colors, but i wanna take things one step at the time...still suck at painting in grayscale so...
@Lege1: thanks again!
@DoctorPencil: thanks! hehe yeah, its a big bok now.
@chrishly: thanks man! gotta improve more!
school again in two days...meh!
first page of new sketchbook...got lost in detail i guess
savage dragon (this one sucks, will do another one, or at least spash in some values)
killer croc sketches, one of my fav batman baddies.
some boxer "studies".lol.
doodles.got lost in design in the big guy, and he's out of balance.shit happens.
yes, its digital.and yes, it sucks.Will do more of these.And work more on this one.Forget the color version, gott wok more on the greyscale first lol thanks to daniel c, kronos and mr.delicious for useful feedback (and btch splappin, in mr d's case ) ...WIP!
more stuff on its way...soon
the gnoll is back in buisness with the digis.!
u know my crits already.
the first batman one , the boxer and killer croc are my faves. more of those digis yeahhhh. and do some big , loose figure studies and try to exaggerate the legs , this must help to avoid further repeating mistakes , once you get confident with it .
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Great update! Those little textballoons are funny as hell
And I agree, you should work on the grayscale a bit more. The foreground could use some more contrast and darker tones, while Batman has some black in while he is somewhere in the middle-ground. The dude in the foreground needs more definition I think.
Nice sketches! For digital some more value practice etc. like everyones saying would be great! Did you do thumbs for this scene to try different things, or just dive into this one right away? Im wondering if you can make a more dramatic shot angle, or overlap the characters more so its more of a visual conflict...id say explore this scene more before you get set on finishing
boxer and killer croc are my faves too...they have presence, which is missing in most of my work
Very good update!As always!Keep working on the digis,you are doing it great!Those batman characters are fantastic,I love cly face!Maybe my favourite villian from batman the animated series.
That lizard kind of thing in the last page is bloody impressive! Muscles are clear but not a bit too pronounced to look realistic, and I bet you spent some time on the composition. The farting fellow's hilarious but walking figure's pose on the same post looks stiff from the belt up (I think there's some of that in the sketchbook cover image too). Some attention to how the hips and shoulders are likely to move might be good. I probably should study it somehow too.
Keep up the freak show, always nice to visit.
Good stuff, good stuff!! Me Likey the Batmans!!
I just tried drawing and I think I've forgotten how to do it!! Lol, so rusty it's untrue man. Terrible! Must....draw...more!
Glad to se you working with colors! Now dont give up its hard, I know! Push the values and try and Work less with black shadows. I would like Dramatic lighting and strong contrasts in this batman scene it will help the Drama and use cold colors and mix it up with some worm in the sky behind Batman. remember that using colors is still just drawing. Draw with colors and it will be justa as good as your drawings man! I know you have it in you.
Look at colored pieces by artist you admire and try to achieve a close result, studdy their color choises.
All the best mate I think youl pound out pieces that make us full with envyus joy.
hey gnoll, nice big update!
i should remember to check in here more often...
Lots of good stuff in your characters. Anatomy's a bit wobbly here and there - make sure you've got and the landmarks ( joints, major muscle shapes, visible bones ) correctly placed and proportioned before you go for the finish.
Man gnollisimo, im back too, and shit, nice update dude. Your sketchbook stuff has improved alot since the last time i checked man! That last update especially, especially liked the pilot you drew and the boxer studies, solid stuff. Cant ever have enough mr. T!
THe digi is great as well, but try lightening your values a little bitty. Its a solid improvement nonetheless, keep at it Gnollissimo. Ciao.
Dropping in because you asked me about books about a month ago in my sketchbook. I don't know, it looks like you already know everything I do and then some. But I suppose, if you haven't looked at them:
Niccolaides "The Natural Way to Draw", and Villpu's drawing manual, are probably the clearest places to learn the basics of drawing. I think most relevant to you in this case would be line character, I suppose it could be called "implied line character", it's one aspect of what's usually called gesture. Basic lines are vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curved. Different qualities and combinations of those lines evoke different feelings. Look at the picture of Killer Croc holding the buckets you'll notice his shoulders aren't being influenced by gravity, his shoulders are just straight across, Savage Dragon's pose lack strength because he's standing on one leg and this effects the implied rising line through his body, or look at the picture of the first guy in armor there's a gentle feminine S curve going through his right arm, straight lines would be more appropriate sort of like this <, except not that extreme of a bend, look at the "standing relaxed" pose in bodybuilding, macho. Also applying the visual logic of boxes will help clarify the action of the poses, like in the shoulders and whatnot. You can also check out "Force: The Key to Capturing Life in Drawing", or whatever it's title is, definately get that one used if you decide to get it though, since it doesn't have much content.
Rudolf Arnheim's "Art and Visual Perception" has good info on "gesture", the genericness of circles, and a few other things, although it has some technical irrlevent stuff as well, I felt it was too long. Most interesting, I found, was the experience of movement in shapes, the way they appear to generate themselves due to the way our brains constantly putting together visual stimulus. Star shapes seems to expand from their center, squares seem to vertically sprout from their base. This is part of the "implied line" I mentioned. The most basic experience of line is as a movement, that's why Niccolaides starts his book with blind contour drawing.
I like E.H. Gombrich's "Art and Illusion" for it's theory on how art is made, or how art works, I'm having trouble finding the right words here, but anyway... art is the search for visual equivalents, one object stands in place of another in order to invoke a similar psychological response as the other.
I also learned some stuff from Donald Hoffman's "Visual Intelligence". It's not the greatest book in the world, but that's were I first learned of the science of visual percpetion... not that I know or have read very much on the subject.
I also just got Nathan Cabot Hale's "Abstraction in Art and Nature", just got it today, opened to a random page and learned something about grouping objects in a picture, it looks pretty good so far, I've seen it recommended before in 1 or 2 places.
You should be able to find about half these books at the library.
Almost forgot: One thing I've massively underrated until now is doing copies of other artists work, if you like someone's stuff do lots of copies of it, work through every one of their pictures if it comes to that. Also useful is tracing, trace body building photos, trace buildings then drop in the perpective lines, trace portraits, trace a little every day, for as long as you get results from it.
Last edited by armando; January 16th, 2008 at 10:28 PM.
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"Knowledge is proven in action."
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Hello Gnoll, i have been looking your post from first page to this one and i must say that you have massively progressed from the start. You actually inspired me to start my own sketcbook and start drawing humans.
Just wanted to say thanks, keep on posting. (i really like how your characters and linework have started to be more lively compared to the first page, dynamical might be the word)
MY SKETCHBOOK IN BIG LETTERS: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=116474
COMPLETE LIST OF THE FORGOTTEN SKETCHBOOKS: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...=1#post1992378
Big update this time, ts been some time since the last time and i wanna show off i haven't been slacking.
@GOBLINSHARK: hey hey thanks Alex, glad ya liked and glad to recieve your feedback catch ya soon bro
@yoitisi: thank you for the feedback man, i like your works a lot
@Jakers: you're def right, ishould have planned a more interesting compostion...thanks for the feedback!
@kischi: heheh thanks!
@Camara: hehe clayface n killer crocs were my fav hehe glad you liked, thanks Camara!
@Lee W: hehe thanks Lee.err, i think i'll have to give a party or something the day i finish my first painting gH!
@smuli: thanks for the feedback man, always nice to see you stop by!
@jordyskatebordy: hehe thanks!
@Chermilla: thank yoU!
@B-man: thank you very much, i keep all these sugegstions in mind
@newman: hey newman, nice to see you here, thanks!
@Matt Dixon: hell yeah, nice to see your name in here, will try n do better, thanks a lot for the visit, you are a great source of inspiration
@Sirio Brozzi: hey hey Sirio! will try n keep it up man, lots of stuff to do, so little time aaargghh
@armando: thank you very, very, very much for those book names, i'm looking for them (kinda having a hard time finding the money for 'em atm he) and for the useful sggestions
@Nettle_Mountain: heheh thanks for taking the time to check out the whole thing, and the nice words!
huge update, i've been to busy to scan the stuff right after doing it, so this basically is a big dump of stuff, not even in chronological order...been experimenting a bit more with colors n paints, but its still really simple stuff, haven't started painting lessons and i have to get a hang of how to use a bloody brush still...
excuse me but i seriously can't be bothered commenting each picture lol
feedback much appreciated as usual!
MORE ON ITS WAY!
Lovely hand studies. I like the guy in post#1851 (second image down)...would be nice to see that with some colour!
Your creatures are always amusing to look at hehe.
@Chermilla: hey that was a quick reply! thanks! would love to see that one n color too actually...
(OC session with Kronos, i did the openhead dude, the lizard and the camel, rabbit, whatever creature in the top right corner)
MORE ON ITS WAY!
whoa man.... these last few updates are killer! you've clearly been pushing your ideas, and the your shapes are becoming more lively and interesting (not that they weren't before). nice to see your getting into painting, takes a little while to get use to it, but have fun experimenting on different techniques
p.s. Spawn is badass
edit : this sketch just caught my eye and i was wondering if you were going develop this any further?
Last edited by Alex Baer; January 30th, 2008 at 01:29 PM.
damn man,you're really starting to develop a very distinctive,gritty style there,esp. in them inks! the hyena creature page with the e.t. thingy is particularly excellent,along with the "gh" creature,the dragon,and that oc session. (of which the cuphead really stands out from the other works from this update,great posture and lighting)
Huge upload indeed I must say though, after scrolling through it all I found my eye never really got to focus on specific drawings I'm afraid. Some are cool (the hyena creature and the carrier of the olympic flame saying lunch for example ) and some are slightly less so, and with such a huge amount of images it's often hard to pick favorites anyway. However, the main reason for this is the 'flatness' of some of the line sketches.
I think you could push your use of linewheight much further to let the viewer focus more on the important parts of the sketch instead of the whole sketch. Some of these sketches become a little 'flat' because every detail and aspect has been drawn with the same line thickness and attention to detail. In some of these you do create more variations in line wheight but not always consistantly throughout the drawing. Contrast by creating some real dark shadows instead of the same amount of shading all over would probably help as well.
Last edited by yoitisi; January 30th, 2008 at 01:29 PM.
if you dont mind my asking but what is this "OC" thing you did with Kronos?
just wonderin' because the colour work is fantastic and i was wondering how you developed to that level of standard colouring in your work.