cool can't wait to see the digital works and all the eye studies n stuff. thanks for the comment. i know about the hard brush but bur the airbrush is so much easier to me at least. mostly cause my control ain't to good.
Wow! Second Page! Not only that, but I have some new pics to show! Unfortunately, some were lost in transit, so I'll have to come and reupload them later... but I have plenty to fill space with for now.
Oops... Hold on, I forgot something, I'll be back in a sec.
Okay, sorry about that... I forgot to grap the addresses for the images.
So... here we go!
I was inspired by maxtormer to do some P&I drawings from life so... They're building duplexes behind the apartment complex where I live, and on the first nice day this year (it was Valentines day, actually...) I went out and did a little pen drawing of the back of one of them. They all look the same.
Some head studies from Hogarth. Things are still a little off, but I think I'm getting the hang of it.
More Hogarth studies, and some doodling in ink I was trying to work out new textures and what not. Also a really crummy water color doodle... Really just messing around, sometimes you have to do bad stuff to draw out the good... you know?
Some self portrait stuff and figure doodles. I was also trying to work out this character idea I have... Not quite there yet. Sorry about the bad pic... The page is about four times the size of my scanner.
Eye studies from Hogarth. I was pretty happy with these.
Colored ink and watercolor SP. I was pretty happy overall with how this came out, though I think I either went too far with the ink, or not far enough (this really depends on how you want to look at it, I guess). I plan on doing some more water colors in the future.
Another big sketch page. I'm working on some Star Wars and Shadowrun pictures so I can send portfolio stuff to Wizards and Fanpro. It's about time I started doing more "real" work, and less working up to that. I was trying to work out some poses here... Partly with the help of Spiderman, but (while he is very flexable, and ultra poseable) I just don't think he's flexable enough for a lot of the poses I want. So, I took some reference photos of myself last night to work from.
Just for the heck of it, while I was photographing those big pages, I figured I'd take a picture of my drawing table too. I've had this thing since I was about twelve, and hope to get a new one sometime soon.
Okay... so that's it for now. I'll hopefully get the rest of the new stuff up soon.
Okay... So here's the rest of the stuff that I couldn't manage to upload this mornin'...
First one, I was messing around with rendering form, and trying out light source stuff. I was also trying to incorporate some of the stuff I'm learning from Hogarth... I think he came out a little gaunt, and maybe the cheekbones are too much?
More figure (well... mostly head) studies, with a robot, and a crummy marker drawing thrown in. I was pretty happy with most of this.
More figure crap, the one on the left is a little older, and I think it shows. On the right is mostly just doodles... I was also trying to work out this monster for a possesion scene I want to do.
More doodles from my head. Mostly it's just trying to work out how textures and shadow work in pen and ink... fun stuff!
I started to add some color to the last ChOW piece I did... Just to see, you know? I think it looks okay... A little coloring bookish, maybe, but okay.
Allright! that's it for now! I'll talk at you all later!
wow, i'm such a loser. i just restarted my computer just before i was gonna submit my reply. so i like the watercolor sp a lot! wish i had some technique, but guess that's what comes from taking classes. your eye studies are great! just try to think of them as plains (or planes, yeah). the lids have thickness so give it to um. great inks too!
Penningtonhey, thanks man! Don't shortchange yourself man... Your technique is coming along just fine, and getting better all the time. That's all it is... Time and practice. I was pretty happy with how it came out too, but it just kind of drives home the fact that I need to work on it more... I need to do more. I think the eye studies are coming along. I did some more, but then moved on to noses... I'm really trying to work my way through all the "head" stuff so I can move on to the body. I have a goal that is fairly important for me to meet, and so far I feel like I'm dropping the ball. Unfortunately, the more time that goes by, the more hopeless the goal seems, and it gets harder and harder to work towards it.
While I have tons of patience, discipline is something that I never really had in abundance. Looking for the strength to start filling that well.
Keep on looking, keep on commenting and I'll keep on posting and hopefully improving.
Keep at the hogarth KC, you are improving.
One thing i always have to remember is to slow down, don't worry about how much you do, just make sure you do it right.
Latest SP is cool, look at your values though, i think the whole of the forehead would be much lighter and slower graduations from the cheek bones. Often i find the hardest thing about portaits in greyscale is how to judge the value of colour, say the red of your cheeks, cause it's not strictly darker.
Nice work, keep on going.
BadgerHey, thanks for stopping in! You're totally right about taking a little time... I feel like I'm putting so much pressure on myself right now, that I'm not really turning out the quality I could be... I think it's really the old "two steps forward, one step back" thing. You know, a period of high creativity and advancement, followed by a slump where you're not sure of yourself, and don't know where you're going? Anyway... Hogarth is really helping me out right now, I think and the studies are (beyond helping my tech) giving me something to focus on, so I'll definately keep at them for a while. I thought the cut off for that shadow was a bit abrupt too... Still trying to get a handle on that. Thanks for the comments, and I'll totally try to keep them in mind.
Andy PHey, glad you liked it! I thought the green in the shadows worked well too, but I hadn't thought about a little more red in the cheeks... Now that I look at it though, you're totally right. Thanks for the crit man!
Okay, I have a couple of new things for you... Not much, but it's something. I'm going to try to do updates a little more often. I don't know how well that's going to happen, but...
Here's a couple of new Hogarth studies. First eyes...
Starting on the nose. I was pretty happy with these two, in spite of them just being copies. That's the only real way to assimilate new tech though, innit?
This is my apartment building... it was getting ready to start raining, so I went inside before I finished it. It was starting to get on my nerves anyway. I think it was the car that got to me.
...Aaand some drawings on the new Wacom tablet. It's going to take a little getting used to.
I think I'm getting the hang of it... A little, anyway.
Okay! That's it for now. I'll talk at you guys again soon!
Nice work, yeah studies allow us to work when we aren't inspired. Which means we draw all the time!! he he. I need to do more studies man, so, so many more, good to see you doing them, i can never motivate myself too.
Yeah Working with a wacom is weird, i started by scanning my line art, moons ago when i was doing characters. Then progressed untill i started watching some pro's use theirs. Basically it's start with a massive brush and get smaller, just like painting.
I like the bottom one a lot, great feeling.
wow! great eye studies! and the nose is great too! the car is nice did i give you the idea? when i want to do cars, because they're odd and hard to get uhh... whatever. so i do some really fast gestures of a couple different cars before i go into making the final. helps a lot. oh and remember with the wacom it's so easy to just hit control+z try to keep your lines undercontrol.
BadgerThanks for the tips man! Yeah, like everything else, it's gonna take more practice... It's like I was saying a little while ago in your book, though, different media force us to think about things in different ways, and make us try new things. You know? I was happy with the bottom one too... Hogarth + me + new media = something new and kinda' neat!
PenningtonThanks man, glad you liked them... There's more where those came from! I really think it's helping, and hopefully it will push me through a new door (or at least window) soon! Cars are a pain in the backside! All those compound curves... I guess if there ever was a reason to draw more of something, that was it, eh? Control + Z is my friend! I also like to fill up the whole page with different marks, getting a hang of what they do and how they work and then whipping out Control + A, and then Delete! Blank page in a hurry!
Nothing new at the mo, but there will be soon!
Hey man how's it going. Nice studies. Need to do some myself if I can only find the motivation.
Some of your faces are starting to look a little twisted and you may be overdrawing the lighting and shadows in some of them. Hard to tell on studies. sometimes pushig things is the point.
Would like to see some more finished drawings though. I have the same problems. Not much finished stuff to show.
My New Concept Art Sketchbook
My Old Concept Art sketchbook
My virtual sketchbook
NateGood to see you man! Thanks for stoppin' in, you should do it more often!
I have some new stuff, but am having some technical problems. I'll try again to get it uploaded tomorrow...
hey the hatching on your self comic from page one i just noticed has a great texture. i always admire good hatching mostly cause i don't get it. yeah but i wanna see what you've been doing. so later.
PenningtonThanks man! I don't always "get it" myself, but I think it's getting better. I plan on doing more of those, just don't have the time right now.
Anyway, here's some new stuff...
First off, a partial blind contour, and some drawings to see how much of my "studying" has sunk in...
...Aaand some more Hogarth stuff, with a line from the first part of the Battlestar Galactica finale that I especially liked. (I was watching and working at the same time.)
...Mooore Hogarth. Some little ink doodles too. I think my linework, and rendering are getting a little better... or at least more expressive, maybe.
Finally some more Wacomaddness. Still experimenting. It's ugly as all get out, but I think it shows some progress.
That's it for now!
i agree with you about you pencil work. getting more sensative. good sp and the hogarth studies are great. only thing i can say is try to get the symetry into your lines before going into the rendering. keep it up your doing great!
Got some new stuff to show... It'll probably be a little sporadic for the next little bit. I'm getting ready to move, so all my stuff (and time) are in disarray...
Some crummy doodles...
more crummy doodles... I was very tired, and just kind of working.
Working out a composition for the Ivan class robot... I had this idear a little while ago, and think it's working out okay. The tilt of the body is a little "off" yet, but I think I see where I went wrong.
A photo I took of myself that I thought was pretty cool.
A hover tank that I designed and built for a Star Wars Roleplaying Game. It's made out of wood, styrene, model train parts, and kitbashed Games Workshop models. I think it came out pretty okay...
The mini I made for my Star Wars character... I'm thinking about doing some illustrations based on him and his misadventures. I really need some more portfolio pieces, and this seems like at least a step in the right direction.
That's it for now. Take care,and be good!
Hey! Where is everybody? It seems like with how often I bust other peoples' balls, they would want to do the same to me, but I only really get feedback from like two people (Thanks guys!) and I know they havent viewed my book, like five hundred times each... so what's the deal? Am I just that bad? (...or that good! Ha-ha!) Sorry if this seems a little whiney, but it's really frustrating, you know?
Anyway... here's some new stuff
I copied some action poses out of an "Akira" graphic novel... I was reading Prometheuses tut on art stuff, and it was one of the things that he suggested for geting better at poses. Art school really drilled not copying things out of me, so it's kind of hard to get back into it...
A couple more poses out of Akira, and a sketch from a photo I took of myself... Also, that's my entry hallway. Not my best stuff fer sure, but it's something, at least...
A little Wacom drawing... just messing around, nothing really interesting. I just don't really have any direction, right now...
I was goofing around with Illustrator last night, and this is what happened. I think it's pretty cool. It just kind of came together as I worked, I didn't really have any plan for it when I started.
That's it for now.
Catch y'all later!
dood! those models are awesome. how long did they take. my stuff like that is just like three pieces of wood slapped together and a toy fishing rod glued on for an antenna. really nice. that's a pretty sweet sketch book too. nice paper. pretty professional ozone document too for not meaning to, although it is a little early nineties. your wacom work is getting better have you checked out the digital painting thread the first page has a lot of great info. good idea about the poses, i should get some more comics. try to make up your own characters and use your own style as much as you can. i think it would make you think more and learn a bit. well maybe not. the robot is really cool too. his chest is not symmetrical here's a thing might help might not. but i love him he's really cool. i have no idea how to do tech design and mechanical objects.
Nice illustrator work. Can tell your printing background from it.
That hover tank model rocks!! the heavy bolter on top doesn't seem to match the rest of the style, but fecking sweeeet model.
Elf legs you used on the character make his arms look uber long. But nice movement.
Your minature painting is good, and really the same rules apply to digital, maybe do some acrylics into your sketchbook, over the top of some minature drawings? or print out some photos and paint over them? Just throwing about ideas.
Liking the movement in the Akira studies.
Keep it up!
PenningtonThanks man, glad you liked them! I probably put in around 80 hours or so on that tank... I think I worked on it for two months or so... off and on. The other one probably only took a couple of hours. Maybe four. I thought the same thing about the Illustrator drawing, kind of "Captain Planet", but that's just the way it came out... I was working pretty much stream of thought, and it seemed like a good idea at the time, you know? You're totally right about the comic poses. Soon, I'll start pluging my own stuff in a little more. Just feel totally bogged down at the mo'.
BadgerThanks for stopping by! I kind of felt the same way about the illustration when I finished with it... You can tell how comfortable I got with flat shapes. I sometimes think that's killing me now! Glad you liked the model. Like I said, I put a lot of work into it, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. One thing about miniature painting (and I say this a lot to people), is that the sculptor does most of the work... most of what the painter does is learn to aim. Ha-ha! Anyway, I know that the same basic rules apply, but I'm really struggling with my draftsmanship right now. I feel like if I can learn to draw, then painting should follow fairly naturally. That's a good suggestion about painting over photos though... Maybe I'll give it a go.
Thanks for the comments and encouragement guys. It really means a lot to me!
Here's some new stuff...
Messing about with perspective, and working out some kinks... Basically trying to fix new information in my brain. Also some new design ideas for a website. It's about time I left Photo-Suckit behind!
More perspective and attempts at integration... I had this idea for a "We're Moving!" card. I plan on doing some more work on it this week. Oh, and the studio is all packed up, so it should be an adventure!
That's it for now! Catch ya later!
heyya, your perspective's looking good and your heads are getting more solid! really like the eyes too! hope the moving's going good. catcha later.
oh yeah and thatnks for the comments!
Sketchbook pages looking good KC, showing lots of ideas, and thats the most important bit. Technical side can be taught, creativity is much harder to foster.
I think i can only really say, keep going!! at the moment. You are making good progress.
Perspective studies are good too see, mmmm perspective, i love it so.
Have a good move mate!
Thanks for the comments guys! Movings coming along, We're about half way through... I'm just exhausted. All day, it's felt like I'm walking through mud!
Anyway. No update today... Everything's still a mess, but I'll get some pics up soon!
The hover tank you made is awsome. Some suggestions I can give you about your sketches though, is try doing some more skull sketches to try to understand forms better. I do notice on some of your face sketches that parts dont always line up and it looks like an eye is sliding off for example. Keep up the good work.
Matt SmithThanks man! Heads are a real bear, and I am working on them. Basically I was real lazy for a real long time, and now I'm trying to break some bad habits. Hopefully soon I'll have a skull to draw from... Unfortunately, for now it's just books, and trying to extrapolate that information into something useful. As you've noticed, it doesn't always work out. Ha-ha! Thanks for the comments! I'll try to watch for melty eyes!
Andy PThanks man, glad you liked them. Maybe some day I'll go back and work on that stuff some more, but for now I've got more important stuff that I need to concentrate on.
Ooookay! As you all know, I've been moving so I haven't had much time to get any work done (at least that's the excuse I'm currently running with...). I have managed to get a couple of things done, though. So... here goes!
First off, a little more Hogarth...
Started a little life drawing in the break room at work, but she woke up and left. Too bad, it was coming along pretty well. It did make me realize that I need to work on my gestures, and by extension, speed. Anyway, I still had some time left, so I did some doodles.
Some gestures I did at my brother-in-law's house while they were playing washers. You can probably see the places where I got too hung up on one form or other... People never stand still long enough when you're messing about like that. It's hard not to do that though. I guess that just underscores the fact that I need to practice more!
My brother-in-law's neighbor's back yard. Also a really quick (and not really very good) portrait of him in sharpie.
I thought I'd have enough time to do an actual drawing for the daily sketch group (basically I feel like I need to be more involved!), but didn't get to finish it. This is the thumbnails I was working on, though. The topic was something along the lines of "Fantasy ships sailing through channel created by giant statues legs". I wanted to do the ship from a worms eye view, and then have this massive statue extending up off the page. Basically you'd only see the lower legs... Sooo anyway, I ran out of time, and I couldn't figure out the perspective of the legs anyway. There's always today and tomorrow though!
That's it for now guys! There'll be more soon though, so don't fret!
Jeff, my man, Jeff... lovin' the updates and can-do-attitude! Things are starting to come together in the anatomy department, one of your weaker areas, I think. Keep listening to the Hograth, he's good. Watch your proportions, it's ok to abstract but we need to make sure we nail the real ones first. I know it must be tough trying to get back on the horse without having lifedrawing classes and instruction, I'm lucky that I get to spend at least a few hours a week life drawing. Keep that as a part of your steady diet. Maybe this weekend we can take a look at some still lifes or something to help with rendering and understanding form. Play that reflected light up more, really concentrate on seeing the 3D objects in a 3D space. Use a measuring stick when drawing from life if you have to. Eventually you'll get used to not needing but I still find that I usually do in at least a few areas. So yea,
I was looking at your CHOW piece again and I can see why it took you soo long! All that linework! YIKES! The only problem is that it doesn't pay off all the way because the values are pretty much black and then white... not a lot of middle ground. Play with reflected light. Really try and render each item, etc. in order to make it as realistic as you possibly can. Also, varying the line width would help as well. Really get bold strokes in some areas. It's a nice piece but I still think you can do better!!
You're comin' along man! Seems like your doodling more than drawing tho. Jotting down ideas and stuff, which is great (thumbnails are really fun to look at) but I wanna see some hardcore drawin' up in hur! Yes, I'm talking like Nelly. lol It's because I'm living currently in his hometown of U. City... oh yes. So... anyhow... lookin' forward to meetin' ya face to face and gettin' our sketch on together. Fatty said he's gonna try and be here on Friday at around 7 and we're up for whatever. Just let me know when you wanna do what. We'll prolly grab some food when he gets in. Are you going to wait to come see the show on Saturday with us or are you coming to the opening tomorrow? I couldn't remember. The works look nice all hung up on the wall all semi professional like. lol Man, this weekend is gonna be fun! See ya, bro. Keep kickin' ass in here.