the portrait of your dad, and the newest SPs are getting there. It's really good you are drawing from life, too. one crit.: more contrast. before you start really working your sketch, you should recognise the darkest dark and the lightest light and map it out. hatching is improving! thanks for lookin at my SB. see ya soon.
Not quitting my dayjob just yet...
Thanks J. Peckham. So it is. My observation is improving but the whole rendering approach has to be retrained.
I think I'm in a slump right now. Worked a little rendering. Commiting a bit more time.
Two self-portraits. Not very accurate. Used the white pen per Sabe's suggestion.
Here's the real thing for reference when tearing the above.
Another doll drawing. I really need to control these values. And I don't have some doll fetish (I'm beginning to wonder), it's just the ridiculous convenience of it.
Portrait sketches of my little sister (made her a little mannish) and a doll.
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Hey man! Thanks for dropping by my SB... don't think I've been in here before? Nice stuff! Rockin' the traditional approach.. I shouød be doing more of that myself... I like the ones where you've used black and white pastels (?) they pop real good.
it looks good.
the portrets with black and white lines just rock. how did you made them?
want to try it out myself.
Shylone and dCept and Oma- Thank you. I don't like those portraits so much but I was using gel pens (white and black) and pastel on a recycled, rough paper.
pencil and experimental color self portraits
The son of a parent's friend.
Last edited by Listing; September 5th, 2006 at 01:04 AM.
wow great portraits toward the end man. just remember the sky is the limit. have you tried using different whaights of pencils like starting with a hard pencil like h7 and as you get more detailed work your way down to a soft pencil like a 3b? even if you mess up with the lighter pencil you can allways erase then by the time you get to the darker ones you'll have down exactly what you want also eliminates the use for a smudge tool. I reallylike your bold linework.
dave - Thank you. I'm really trying to communicate expressive energy to more rendered projects (especially portraits). I have used different hardnesses of pencil but I find it more convenient and all the better for training pressure in my application to use one soft tool. I should work that (your) way anyways. Thanks for the illustration, too.
School started - Senior year
some quick pen self portraits
my mom sleeping in black and white pens ( I like the effect but it lacks definition: I'll keep at it).
my dog in the same technique
Nice stuff as usual, youre ahead of the game, just dont ever stop. Hm...I might have to find some dolls to draw.
All minds one, no question.
Lol, I love it when pictures show how an artist'd be smashing his drawing material onto the paper. Coming up with a picture in a whirlwind of strokes and motions.
That portrait's one of my favouriteshttp://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h1...stinpencil.jpg although nose for example aint is poping out as much as it should to make it look 3d.
Sometimes your pen technique works really well, but sometimes the objekt gets lost in all that "fuzzy hair" as I'd call it.
It's good you've done that stillife but you probably overworked it. Some colours look muddy and boots are barelly readable as are some details. It's a good pic nevertheless, but perhaps it's too much of a challange right now and you ought start out with some less comlpicated motives. I started with a rather simple B&W composition for example.
EDIT: Just realized you're only 16. Holy Cow, how come you lucky B&*#^ are in artscool already? I'm 20 and just about finished Highscool. Thats soooo not fair......arghhhh. Congrats to ya though.
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Murderclaus - Thanks. I find that dolls, besides being extremely convenient models, help you recognize the subtlety of proper feature placement (because their features are always so slightly off and betray a likeness). Keep moving.
Blacky - Thanks for the thorough review. They do get lost. Some of the pen strokes look like electrostatic discharge. Right, I didn't like that big still life so much in itself but the ambitiousness and required attention brought up much to be learned. And that was a class project. I agree with you, that's why I did those doll paintings for the value and medium practice. I'm not in a collegiate art school yet but I do work at a nearby studio (valleyartinstitute.com) if you're interested. I'm working on my portfolio.
a moleskine sketch.
pencil still life with some more intense value work.
great stuff man, love all the observation good work on the oils and that last value stuff is cool. Pencils at times seem abit messy- but still very readable. keep posting!
I like the color experiments, getting away from those monotonish schemes, but don't go overboard on saturation. The Odd studies are nice. Tighten up your measuring on the your portraits, eyes aren't level and heads are too wide, necks are too long, and all that(165-166). Measure! but still getting better
Your linework is golden. The light studies could benefit from some deeper contrast. The shadows in your scans are driving me bloody bonkers. If you use photoshop, go image>adjust>curves and use the black and white eyedroppers to select your white and blackpoints. It'll make a world of difference!
Blue Severin - Thanks for the critique and keeping an eye on the thread. My neck is actually abnormally long. Looks off though.
Ugly - Thanks. I know, the shadows distract. I don't have photoshop, but I'll try to eliminate them as I can.
Another sp, in a garish scheme, magenta, lemon yellow, and viridian. I think it's a good failure. I'm doing all these oil self-portraits in preparation for a last piece (portfolio or some ultimate artshow). Please critique.
A Nerdrum sketch.
I, too, am really digging your pen style.
really, really nice hatching.
Great sb! I very like the way you work on portraits. That still life it 139th post rocks! And last colour work is very good. First sp in last update is my fav. Keep it up and thanx for stopping by my sb!
You've done an awful lot of portraits? Have you been given an assignment? They are great btw, but I'm just curious
Ulver - Thanks for all the compliments. But remember to never be shy to critique or even tear apart.
Spencer - Thanks. I'm getting in a bad groove with the portraits. I have to supplement with something else.
I need to do more with grissaile and monotones in paint because I feel that I'm not quite there with color. I'll continue color work but a little less longheadedly.
So. Here's a self-portrait that I started today. Progress shots. Shows the foundation through destruction. Thus, I wiped it away. I need to be a real painter and use compliments for shadow.
Two skull sketches in pen and chalk.
hey there! really enjoyed flipping through your book - the variety of subjects and materials is impressive. love that master studies from page 1 and your quick portraits. you should definetely have a look at käthe kollwitz's work, you would love her. much of your stuff reminds me of her work... keep them coming! cheers