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smokenmirrors- Thank you!
Carnifex- Thanks, man! I updated that post to include the more extensive story I wrote for him on Deviantart.
As for that brush, I don't really know how to save it as a file to send to you, so I'm just posting instructions on how to make it yourself. I use PS7, so you might have slightly different options in the brush tabs if you use a different version.
-I start with just a regular round brush. Size set to pen pressure. You can ignore the angle jitter set to initial direction; that's a leftover setting from another brush I was using.
-The texture is one of Photoshop's default textures. One of the Artist Materials textures, I believe. This adds most of the grain.
-The dual brush is another custom brush that I made, one composed of five round dots. You can modify the spacing and scatter to change how grainy the brush looks.
-In those pencil drawing like digital works, I drew them with a light, desaturated color, at 30%, 50%, or 70% opacity, depending on how strong I wanted it to make, and painted in multiply mode. This makes it feel like graphite is actually being layered onto a paper.
So that's how that brush works.
And holy shit, five stars! Thanks guys!
Edit: And one of the Green Bastard's half brothers, drawn with this very brush.
Last edited by Moai; April 19th, 2010 at 02:20 AM.
i too,have become enthralled with the bastard's tale
edit: correct that. it's awesome.
edit2: minor crit on that last face-where the teeth join the mouth,it looks alittle flat.
Last edited by Carnifex; April 19th, 2010 at 11:19 AM.
Man i really love that green guy. Its got such an ace style to his look and armor, sort of oriental demon type.
You haven't used any real darks and just used greys/desaurated colours for the shadows and it looks awesome. It gives it a really painterly look alongside your nice paintbrush style.
Really like that piece, you should definitely look into how you painted it and take it forward, its easily one of your best
Keep up the hard work!
awesome updates man!
loving all the recent characters, creature and sketches.Very curious about the other illos you're working on!
the characters all show off your really great sense of design grounded in common sense and research, that is definately something that shows!
The painting looks great too, from what i see.
I still think some of your characters (even from the cultists post) could use a tad more exaggeration of the design to give though what you have written, and that is not too visible (esp talking about the azatoth guy) and could do with a more interesting/expressive posing (the Yog-Sothoth is definately the best one especcially regarding this point).I do't want this to sound like "make 'em more stilized" or "more cartoon", i just personally think its a great way to express thngs to the viewer without the need for you to write anything, if tha makes any sense...as an example, Chernabog from Night on Bald Mountain (Fantasia) woudn't be just a generic "big devil", if he didn't move like Bela Lugosi, and i personally think that kind of acting works in still pictures too, to a certain extent.
Waiting for the next updates now!
Carnifex- Thanks, man! I'm glad you like the brush! As for the tooth, it is flat. I imagine it like a boar's tusk, which is flat and sharp.
theGnoll- Thanks, dude! You are absolutely, positively right about exaggerating the poses and expression more. The Knight of Dissolution's pose is very boring. In fact, half way through rendering it I was kicking myself for not attempting to find a better pose. I think you've made this criticism before, but obviously I needed to hear it again. Thanks again!
PHATandy- Thanks so much, man! I did use a somewhat different method when painting that, simply laying down blocks of color. It's a fun way to work on subjects that I'm confident with, such as faces, but less so with more difficult subjects, like clothing and armor.
So, here's another batch of figure stuff.
If you read this message, I'm still editing this post, and you should come back in a few minutes.
As you can see, I've been playing with some exaggeration.
I think the above gestures are among my best so far.
The above would have definitely benefited from more time.
Portraits of classmates.
My friend and classmate Ricardo de los Angeles (who is a freakin' awesome animator) drew this caricature of me.
We made some plaster face masks. I, of course, had to use this opportunity to have some humorous photographs taken.
Last edited by Moai; April 25th, 2010 at 07:53 PM.
Hey Moai long time no see great progress man
(just a suggestion) use more colors no just plane green,orange grey , the face of the troll is a bit better u have a little orange there on the green and it looks more natural keep it up u have 5 stars from me mate
wow your figure drawings are inspiring i love the flow of your line kinda make me want to do some figure studies but my life drawing class isnt tell next thursday amazing work
Fumble- Thanks! I don't know about advanced placement. I really haven't gotten much info at all on it yet; they're moving kind of slow. I have a feeling I'll be going through the foundation program just like everyone else, though. I feel like I need it.
Mariusz Kornatka- Thanks!
Alex Alexandrov- Hey, man! Good to see you! Thanks for the suggestion.
prsnsweeney- Thank you!
So, here is my second to last batch of figure drawings for this semester. The class ended last week, but I still have a week or two of work that I have yet to photograph. That'll come soon.
Before that, though, I few words on what's been going on in my life. As I've said before, from the beginning of April through yesterday I've been working on the largest illustration job I've done so far. I completed fifteen illustrations for a D&D adventure called Courts of the Shadow Fey, working with the same art director as I did with Kobold Quarterly. It has kept me very busy, hence the lack of updates. Yesterday was the final day of the gig, and it entailed a marathon thirteen hour day of drawing for me (including my lunch break!). That was the first time I've ever had to bust my ass like that for art. The cool thing was that I didn't feel harried or rushed. I just had this feeling of razor-sharp focus on the task at hand. Now I know what other illustrators mean when they talk about the pressure of deadlines actually feeding and motivating them.
I have a few days off now, but the AD has so more work lined up for me already. I'll be doing yet another Kobold Quarterly illustration for him, making an entire year of issues that contain my art. Then, later in the month, he's going to have another small batch of Shadow Fey illustrations for me to do. One commission after the other. I could get used to this!
I don't know if I've mentioned this hear or not (I probably have), but I've received a $1500 grant from the Santa Maria Arts Council, a local organization. A couple Mondays ago they held an awards gala event type thing, with my work and the work of the other grant winners on display, and performances by grant winners in the music and dance categories. It was a tremendously positive experience, and a real confidence and self esteem booster. It'll also pay for several months of TAD!
I also got me a Flickr account for the occasional good photograph that I take by accident. It's the last link in my signature!
I idealized the model in a Frank Frazetta sort of way in the above drawing. This was before he died.
The above is the first of what I call my charcoal speedpaintings. Twenty five minutes was considered a long pose in this class, so I had to stay loose and efficient.
I think that the above is my best figure drawing yet.
Quickie self portrait above. I drew it without the benefit of a drawing board, so I was working with my head down and glancing up at the mirror. So, that's why I have that pretentious emo dramatic MySpace self portrait going on here.
Another Frazetta-ized one above. Warm up drawing.
I consider the above to be one of my better gesture drawings.
I really like the above drawing, but the foreshortening makes the arm look too small. I'm pretty darn sure the measurements are correct, though.
I typically drew portraits when the pose or the lighting on the body were uninteresting.
Untouched24- Thank you!
Sickbrush- Hey, man! Nice to see you back, even if under a new name. Doing very well, thank you!
Here's an overdue sketchbook update.
Two portrait sketches of classmates. On this day of class, we just drew each other, rather than a model.
These were fun! Facial expression practice from life.
The above is Chewie, a puggle dog owned by a friend. He's quite a character. This was drawn on Easter, hence the bunny ears.
I'm collecting all the salty old surfer guys that I hang out with in my sketch book. The guy with his name clipped off is named Dale.
Imagined houses based on a photograph of a hut in Tahiti.
A bunch of dagger concepts. This will be the main weapon of the central character of one of my various projects. The weapon has to be ornamental enough to suggest a cultural heritage, but also functional, and must appear balanced enough to be thrown. The third from the left on the top row is my favorite.
Last edited by Moai; June 14th, 2010 at 06:39 PM.
You obviously have a strong grasp of anatomy, really shows thru with your charcoals. Got me itching to get back into life drawing again, thanks!
Knarf- Thank you! Funnily enough "Knarf" used to be a name that I used for videogames and stuff.
This is just a silly post for a few interesting photos.
This first one is a humorous little sculpture I made from a kneaded eraser. I call it "Wince."
You may remember this from a few months ago. My dad found this fish recently dead and perfectly intact on the beach. We proceeded to dissect it, remove its organs, and then made a screen apparatus so that we could leave it out to dry in the sun without flies and bugs getting to it. A few weeks ago, it finally became dry enough to seal and mount. Inevitably, it curled and withered somewhat, but we mounted it so that it appeared to be swimming. All the stuff it's mounted with, included the driftwood, is local stuff that we ourselves found on the beach. My dad did almost all of the work in putting the final mount together, so I can't claim much credit for it.
man, those figure drawings are really, really cool.Especially love the charcoal ones, impressive edge control!
Of the more "random" sketches i prefer the ones where you played more with the side of the pencil, they show more confidence than the "cleane" ones-Of the surfer dudes, Steve is definately my favourite! looks like you really nailed the character!
About the dagger, my fav is the same as yours, but i like no4 on the same row too (altho that looks like a pretty uncomfortable handle).Curious to see the character that will wield it!
About the dried fish, did its fins actually curl up like that naturally? really gives it a swimming look!
ps-i do little scuptures with my kneaded eraser too, actually i use 'em like that more often than for actual erasing
Very neat updates-as usual- man, its cool to see you play with some more exaggeration-if you're interested in doing the same kinda of studies for gesture (that will then show in your characters) i suggest focusing on "storytelling" poses, that either describe an emotion or a specific action/interaction.I found concentrating on "seeing thru the form",really keeping an eye on silhouette, big shapes, overlap and contrast in curved/straight lines really helps.
Congrats on the grant, and hope everything's fine!
Great new work, loving the linework and light use of shading in your anatomy studies around post #885
Love how you also write and think about the backstory of your characters also, adds allot of depth to the drawings and an extra dimension of detail. Awesome!
TheGnoll- Thanks, man! I'm glad you like my figure drawings, as well as the dagger sketch. Edge control was definitely one of my main areas of focus in those drawings. I didn't have very much time, so I just drew in the shadow shapes and then used edges to create form. No time for detail!
As for the character wielding the dagger, you've actually already seen him; he's the guy standing underneath the archway in my desert town painting. I have a lot of work to do before coming up with a final design for that character, though.
I actually feel like I've lost a lot of confidence in my pencil sketching technique recently, especially when sketching from imagination. I don't know why.
The fish's fins curled up naturally. Looks good for an action pose, huh?
Excellent suggestion with trying to do storytelling gestures and poses. Posing characters is kind of an awkward process for me still, so practice will definitely help.
I can always count on you for good insights and suggestions. Thanks again, dude!
Fiddzy- Thanks so much! I'm always happy when people appreciate the text and backstory I post along with my drawings.
No image to post right now, but I do have a bit of an announcement. I'll be doing some live digital painting online over the next few days on Livestream.com. I'll start at 9 PM (Pacific Time) and probably go to about 1 AM each night. I'll definitely be doing this tonight and Friday, and probably also on Thursday as well. Here's my channel: http://www.livestream.com/moaiart?t=964578 .
See you there!
Edit: Here's what I did during the Livestream. It's an update of this goofy weird guy from several posts back. The random things he's "saying" are subjects that came up in the chat.
Last edited by Moai; June 17th, 2010 at 05:07 AM.
Great character! What about some swim skin between the fingers and the toes? Hope to see more pencil drawings like the last one soon!
Surus- Thanks! I won't be adding any swim skin, though. Having distinct spaces between the two halves of his hands and feet is the whole point!
Carnifex- Thanks, man. I should probably tell you that I arrived at those colors using a lot of photo textures and fancy blending modes. I'm actually working on this live on Livestream.com. I'm doing it again tonight at 9 PM, Pacific Time, if you want to join, though I think that's in the dark wee hours of the morning for you!
Here's another update. Still a lot of work to do on this.
AlexTooth- Thank you!
No update on the Convolucephalid today. I've gotten a few more freelance commissions to do (related to the last big job that I finished), but that ends this Wednesday, so if the time is available I'll likely do some more live painting on that later in the week.
I've been getting back into working regularly in my sketchbook, and I've fallen back in love with drawing with a pen. Here are the results of that.
I've been drawing some simple architecture. These are based on Tahitian huts. So far, most of the houses I've drawn are little more than simple boxes, but I'm workin' on it.
That VW was fun as heck to draw!
As were these aliens.
I rewatched "Gladiator" recently, and ever since I have been fascinated by Roman gladiator armor and costume design. The guy on the left is completely from imagination (I didn't get that classic gladiator helmet quite right). I based many of the patterns and design motifs of the guy on the right on a photo of some Indonesian dancers, though some Japanese and who knows what else also snuck in to influence it.
These are very, very loosely based on native Hawai'ian architecture.
Went on a sketching spree in the park with some friends (they're the three goofy guys sitting on a bench). Lots of geese and trees.
There was a bird with a tumor of some sort on the side of its face at the park. The other three guys I was sketching with are all animation students, so they started weaving a story of an animated short involving a crazy little old lady on the bus going to get her G.E.D., with the little tumor bird living in her hair and giving her advice. We artists come up with weird things when we get together!
The intense guy and the guy with the mustache are two regular (or formerly regular) customers at my day job. The intense guy is quite simply the most morbid looking man I've ever seen. He makes the food critic from "Ratatoille" look happy. I drew a creature based on him way back in this post. The other guy, Mr. Mustache, is the blandest and most joyless man I've ever encountered. No flicker of passion, no matter how slight, plays across his dour features. I often wonder what could have happened to him to make him that way.
Last edited by Moai; July 3rd, 2010 at 07:27 PM.
Hey Moai looks like i found you on DA and now here!..hmm.. im starting to look like a stalker now...but its great to see where you began your work and how far you've come. I also really appreciate the vid's you put up on DA hope to see more
Wow! I really like your ink sketches.
fudgeloaf- Thanks! I'm glad you like my videos! I don't know if I'll have time to do any more of them for a while with school underway now!
Sebestian- Thank you! They were fun to do.
So, it is now near the end of the second week of my education at TheArtDepartment.org. It has been quite an experience so far; immersive, inspiring, informative, occasionally overwhelming. I'll divide my drawings into the various classes that I'm taking.
COMPOSITION AND COLOR THEORY
The point of these was to try to make an emotional statement using just black and white shapes.
And here are some poster designs for TAD. Personally, I think that this class is a bit advanced for where we are, as it asks us to create an effective composition without having learned much about composition.
For sketchbook class, Sterling Hundley had us go out and find something blue and sketch it. My blue element is the ocean and the sky, which may be a bit of a copout, since that's basically the negative space! Next, we were to do a bunch of thumbs to interpret our first sketch from observation. Basically, these are from imagination, with our earlier sketch and notes being our reference. I still need to do a larger final sketch based on one of these.
FUNDAMENTALS OF LIGHT AND FORM
The above isn't for TAD. It's just a Frazetta copy that I did a few weeks ago; I don't think I've posted it here yet.
Here's a master study for Light and Form. My version up top, the original below. My study looked good on the drawing board, but once I uploaded and compared the two digitally, a thousand and one errors made themselves clear, some of them quite grievous. The overall value pattern is too light, the head is too big, the torso and legs too small. I'm fixing the values a bit, but I also may do another one of these and try for better results.
For perspective, we had to draw ten pages of straight lines. Here are pages one and ten. It's not a huge improvement, but I learned some techniques. Next, some household items simplified into basic shapes. The great Marshall Vandruff is teaching this class. Besides being an art teacher of renown, it turns out that Marshall is also a man of exceptional intelligence and humor.
For media class, John English had us study the works of the old Russian Master, Nicolai Fechin. Look this man up. His work is both technically brilliant and beautifully sensitive and expressive. Above is my first attempt at emulating his mastery.
Here is my second attempt. A bit more successful, I think.
Figures! The point of these is to quickly and accurately see the whole figure and get the silhouette and lighting down without going into detail. Simplicity and accuracy is key. You can see I redid some of them.
Whew! It's been quite a couple of weeks. I also have some personal sketches and stuff to show, but not just yet.