I´m still amazed by that what you did on the first page and what i see now. I mean compare cylinder from page 1 with that beautiful stuff...ahh. Carl is right, everyone who is new here should check out your successful "trip". To see everything is possible if you really want. RESPECT
recursive_end - Thanks!
endregan - Hey bro...thanks for the kind words. Check back a page or two or something in this thread and I lay out my whole palette and the colors I use, etc... Good to hear from ya.
steak - Can't wait to see that painting finished man you were rockin on it. Carl will be able to give you more help and knowledge than I ever could that's for sure...it's really cool to have him there. I might fly him out here to live with me for a bit hehe. With or without his consent hehe. That portrait was really a fun time...glad you liked it.
Sirio_Brozzi - Thanks so much!
sith - comments like yours have contributed just as much as anything to help me along. I should be thanking you guys.
vctr - Thanks! Yeah I got help on designing the business cards. I am not skilled when dealing with text and things like that...so I tried to keep my website and business cards really simple and easy to read/understand.
main loop - You know it's funny you mention that because I have actually asked a lot of people whether it looked "snobbish" or something and I have had the majority of people say that they didn't take it that way...but then I have had one or two people say it looked it a little bit like that. I put it up on there because it has interested a lot of people but maybe I should redo that page and make it something a little different. If you have any ideas definitely shoot them at me. Maybe if I put a bit of an explanation up there or something.
mentler - Thanks! (Check out main loop's response as well)Yeah I was worried it might look a bit snobbish. I think I want to include it on there because a lot of people have said it was interesting to them but if you have any ideas that would portray it less snobbish hehe lemme know. I definitely don't want to give that feeling. Hey I am in dallas now and if I'm not mistaken I think you are as well! Someone told me you were down here in dallas is that right? I need to find you and see what you are doing. You are a bit of a celebrity I think on conceptart. I must find you and drink from the talent fountain of mentler!
sirgreensock - I basically scraped it down totally when I wanted to start again. There were definitely some strokes that remained underneath but I think it probably has more to do with the careful nature with which you put it down. All the final strokes that you see on there...even the ones in the shirt were done really carefully. I was painting probably 1/3 of the time everyone else was...I was looking more than I was painting just trying to understand what I was saying and getting the color right on my palette first. Having layers underneath there does help though...at least having a toned canvas because our skin lets light in and then shoots it back out. So if you have multiple layers of paint it can mimic skin. That's why, in my opinion, if there is virtually no impasto on a painting of skin...it won't look real. To me at least. I think impasto is needed to make skin look like skin. A bunch of washes will make it look plastic. But what do I know hehe.
amer-nazri - Thanks! Oh man...tutorials...I don't think I am qualified hehehe. I'm still trying to figure out how to do things myself. Maybe I will do a small still life and scrape some stuff together.
Skureal - Thanks Henrik...man those early pages. I seriously don't ever look at them. They make me cry hehe...but you have to start somewhere...even if it is in the trash heheh. I'm just glad I had conceptart to keep pushing me along. Respect right back at ya.
****If anyone else has an idea of what to do to make the lineage look a bit less snobbish definitely let me know. (read my response to main loop's post)...cause I have thought of that off and on and definitely don't want to portray snobbiness. So if anyone has any ideas lemme know. I don't know anything about design but maybe I can do something.****
If there ever was a sketchbook teaching lessons about dedication and perseverance it is this one. All too often I wonder why I keep trying and if I will ever achieve the goals I set for myself. One of the things to do whenever I'm in doubt is check your thread. Thanks and cheers!
i think the lineage is fantastic. I think it shows your humility and respect towards the artists who have come before you.
To me at least, it didnt come across as 'look at me and my awesome teachers'. More like. 'Im pretty lucky hey, thanks old doods!'
to be honest, i'd lose the lineage thing and replace it with a biog/statement. I think let your work speak for itself. certainly you can mention something about the passing on of knowledge etc, and say how it leads back to greats like David, within a biography/aritst's statement. if you must keep it, i think it needs intregrating into the page better, rather than on a wierd background.
the other thing, is reduce the compression on the title and menu images. they reduce the professionalism greatly. besides that, the site looks good.
just my views, take it or leave it.
well the problem to me is that you go from from someone like Jacques Louis David to Gerome to yourself in about 4 steps.. it just seems hard to imagine myself as a direct descendent of these guys, even if its somewhat true.. i thik its a nice idea, i just dont have the heart to do it.. i guess its just a personal preference.. by the way, if you ever get that good, feel free to leave it on your website, who's gonna question ya?Originally Posted by MindCandyMan
ArcoNL - Thanks! Yeah if I can do it...anybody can do it that's for sure. I always feel like I have to struggle for everything...to some it comes so easy...but I can't help but keep struggling hehe.
form - Thanks...yeah I keep getting mixed reviews about it heheh. I might work it into a bio like fish said that might be good.
fishw - Thanks for your comments they are really good. I think I am going to replace that lineage with a bio like you said eventually. I think that's a really good idea and that background is from another site design idea I had and was lazy and just used it without thinking. You are absolutely right that it doesn't fit well with the rest of the stuff on the site...good call. As far as the compression thing...did you see artifacts on the images or something like that. I think in photoshop I clicked save for web and put them to "80" in the settings. Should I just set them at 100? I'm really dumb when it comes to site design.
main loop -That's hilarious. If I ever think in my head that I am that good...I know I am in trouble hahah. If I get that pompous my wife will punch me in the mouth I'm sure hehe. Thanks for the truthful comments about the lineage I think I am gonna replace it with a bio when I have the time..makes more sense I think...and I could work in that information about the lineage perhaps but thanks for the honest comments. That's exactly what I was lookin for.by the way, if you ever get that good, feel free to leave it on your website, who's gonna question ya?
One heck of a journey
inspiring and stunning
Good work and keep it up
This is a classic thread, keep up the good work. I've been following for well over a year and still trying to stay focused. I have improved, but not nearly to this level.
guggenmaneuver - Thanks guggen...I really appreciate it!
aether - Thanks!
mdwsr - It's always hard to stay focused that's for sure. That's the struggle we all face. If we can conquer that...there's no limit.
Well I finished this yesterday...not the hugest fan of it but ahh...win some/lose some right. The background is actually a muted green...but alas...my camera obliterates everything hehe...looks awfully dark against white too...enough excuses hehe.
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god damn man, your oils cease to amaze me. its amazing how far you have come since your first post. totally inspirational. keep it coming.
you can afford to put it at 100. the menu images are less than 1kb in size, that's teeny. the title is about 5, again pretty tiny. so put them at 100, and that should solve you're problem.Originally Posted by MindCandyMan
I know you've heard it hundreds of times, but I have to say how much you have inspired me. I spent hours going through all the pages here, and I am so impressed with your acheivements. You are an inspiration to me.
Wow, I am seriously glad that you have kept this thread going for the past 3 and 1/2 yrs. I am happy that you have progressed well and even more happy that you shared it with everyone. This is great stuff.
hi mindcandyman, i just want to let you know how absolutely inspiring your sketchbook has been for me. i basically gave up on drawing and most everything related to it, but recently started up again after a looong loooonnngg artistic drought. if it werent for the progress that youve shown on all these pages, i wouldnt be as nearly motivated as i am now. so thank you and keep up the awesome work.
there is nothing left to say! Your work is looking great. You have really developed the ability to take a piece to the finish. Just keep going man. I can't help but think that down there in texas there are some more art scenes and galleries you could start working your way into. You've got the skills man, and if that is your direction, start playin the game dude! I have no doubt you could start shopping yourself around, but be ready, Jeff is in a gallery and he has to do 1 painting a week! It's alot of work, but I have no doubt you can handle it. You the man!
All I am saying is, don't be afraid to get out there.
Hope everything is cool bro.
I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.
wow man..nice stuff again..you are improving everytime. hmm Im back in ATL ,after six months at the MIms School. i learned so much. I want to go for architecture now..while keeping my painting skills. Take a look at my site for the stuff i did. later.
mitch - Thanks man...I have got a long long way to go in my mind. But at least I've made steps towards it hehe. I'll definitely keep it coming that's for sure.
fishw - Sweet...that's awesome advice thanks. I am web design ignorant for sure.
Aprilv - Thanks! I should thank you for looking through all these pages...this thread is huge and ridiculous hehehe. You guys are the ones that inspire and keep me going though!
Anuran - Man.... 3 1/2 years...weird to hear it stated like that. No going back now hehehe.
e-beef - Awesome! It's very very discouraging sometimes. Yesterday I almost trashed the room I am painting in because I was so frustrated. It's a difficult thing to keep going...but as artists we have no choice...we have to keep going!
Mr. Blonde - Thanks! Man I went through your sketchbook...awesome awesome stuff man...some really really cool stuff in there!
jetpack - Hey bro what's up man! Yeah I had my work in a show a couple weeks ago and there are two more shows coming up my work will be in and someone wants to have my work in a one man show next year sometime or something so it's going fairly well considering I haven't tried to find galleries at all yet hehe. I am in the process right now of just building up my body of work and in a year or two I will really try to hit the gallery scene with all my force. I have my eye on a lot of nice galleries that I would like to be involved with so we'll see what happens. I want to have a full body of work to show though that can give an example of what I can complete in the space of a year or two. One painting a week I can do. I finished four in about a week and a half a week back. Depends how big they are though heheheh. But a painting a week is a good thing to shoot for. 52 paintings in a year isn't too bad. With all the small ones I am shooting for about 75...we'll see if I hit it hehe. Yeah I definitely have a plan laid out and will be implementing it over the next couple of years. How is everything going with you man?
allejo - Awesome that's cool that you were able to spend that time at mims! You are going to be a renaissance man! Going to study architecture as well! I will have to keep an eye on your stuff to see where you end up! Thanks for stopping by. I'll check out your site.
one I finished last week. This picture stinks and the painting is sunken in in a ton of spots...but you get the idea.
Btw - I move in to my new studio july 1st! No more painting in a ridiculously crappy spare bedroom!!!!! I will actually be able to paint in north light and have some space to paint some figures woohoo!
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I cant belive the progress you have made!!!!!! in 3 years?!? Im 23 and im also begining to draw (to try to draw well i mean), i havent got much time though, but i made a lot of progress since i started, i hope i can be like you !!!!!
you are mastering the still life! can't wait to see what you do in your new studio space where you'll hopefully do some figure painting!
Great news on the studio! If this is what you can do in a cramped uncomfortable area, its gonna be real good to see what you do in a comfortable environment! Looking forward to more figure work, too!
Love the way you treat the different surfaces in the oils. Would like to see more experimention in terms of viewpoint and composition in a less traditional sense?
Hey Jon, I haven't visited your thread in a while. Wow man. I was (am) genuinely amazed at the new paintings. All the oils are killer.
Christian223 - You could be better than me if you just work hard. Sometimes I feel like it's twice as hard for me to do anything half as good as everyone else hehe.
vctr - Thanks! Here's to no more still lifes for a little while hopefully hehe
Sirgreensock - Thanks...yeah the studio is cramped right now but no excuses right hehe. Was setting up the composition for this painting when I read your post. How appropriate hehe. I was feeling that rub myself as well hehe. Looking at my work thinkin...man boring hehe
Groover - I looked through the mcnew sketchbook...awesome stuff to say the least dude...you are improving at a massive rate. I have been noticing lately that having a really good design sense has a lot to do with being a successful concept/illustration artist and you have a wonderful design sense. You rock dude. Thanks for the kind words too man
Don't mind the picture...sunken in and crappy cam...you know the drill...it's bad but it's all I got
Funny story...on the wreath of the front door of my house...a dove made a nest. I kept coming to the door and this dove would fly at my head every single time. So I started thinking that there must be something over here attracting it hehe...so I look in the wreath...there's the nest. Hilarious...the nerve of some birds...building a nest on my door hehehe. So when she abandoned the nest, probably from annoyance of the door being opened, I took it and painted it. This one gave me quite a headache this week. I tried to paint it once and didn't like it so I scraped it off...frustrating.
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Wow, crazy for a dove to choose such a high-traffic area for a nest. Lucky it was at your door so you could make use of it!
Like this piece a lot, has a very unusual quality with the juxtaposition of the nest inside the box looking it was just dropped on a table or bed. The story only enhances it!
wow Jon I absolutely love this one! the brushstrokes in the backround and the way you handled the twigs! Fantastic!