wow, your artwork is just awesome. Your character designs are greatly done, and that orange robot with a tie on made me lol.
ThePico: Thanks for the crit, man! I appreciate it. I'll be sure to be extra critical of my figures...
Omerta: It's definitely on the list of things to do, man. Definitely seems like it's what's plaguing my work right now.
BlackDelphin: Yep, if it's digital, it's painter. Thanks for the feedback, my friend! You always have so much energy in your words! I don't know how...
MatteArt: Ooh Ohh! Good suggestion! I will put that down as something to try focusing on. I needed some new direction, thanks!
AsaB: Aw thanks! I think you're right...that one was the most fun to do, however it was also the least finished. I think I'll try to do something based off of it, though improve it, maybe. Thanks for commenting, your feedback is fantastic!
ohnojenny:Yeah! I think some more creature studies could be valuable...definitely promising at the least...yeah. Thanks!
bubbagump: It took long enough to get it that way! Haha...needs more work, still, though...some texture i think. Thanks!
Fumble: Good call on the atmospheric perspective...couldn't agree more...it's amazing what you miss when you don't work with anything but figures and then you try to cross over....just proves I've got a lot of work to do.
Nicky S: Oooh I wish I knew more about photography. I think it's something I should read up on. Thank you for the awesome feedback! You rock, man. You rock.
krytos: will do!
november 17th: Awesome! I like the icon by the way.
plonar: Sweet! Yeah...I like robots.
Braintree: Do studies man, they've helped me TONS so far this summer. I thank you for the comment, as usual.
First off, I want to say that I'm soooo thankful for all of you guys. Your comments push me and make me see way more than I ever would on my own. It's really your contributions that are improving what I do, so thanks.
Just trying...values? I need work.
Figures and whatever...
crap painting! Argh!
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Nice sketches man, the paintings are looking good, the value paintings could use some more work, but I ain't going to complain, 'cause I need to work on that aswell^^.
One of the more finished sketches, the birds eye view of the girl, reminds me of the work of Janaschi, quality wise, the pose, the anatomy it all works.. So that's really nice.
Keep up the ass kicking work!
Very well rounded update! nice. Its pleasant to do a drawing from life now and then, especially outside...I quite enjoy it. Wicked job with the downward perspective of the female character with the had (did you have reference for the pose etc?)
If you are having trouble with controling your values, what I do sometimes is darken the image with brightness and contrast, and then keep working it up more slowly as its hard to eyeball the dark and the light right away sometimes. Make sure you try and get a more full range in there and don't go over bright too early. Perhaps this will help
your thread is soooo impressive mate! just stunning o.o because you'r doing well in near everything.
your dedication kick some ass. mine for sure !
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...7&d=1246596698 the design of the left girl is outstanding aswell !
thanks for sharing everything !
see ya dudi
Nicky S: Well if that's not flattering I don't know what is. That's awesome, thanks! I'll try to make use of your composition-related advice while working on my ChoW entry. Thanks!
Jakers: I actually didn't have a reference for the pose, no...most of this stuff has been unreferenced lately...which might not be healthy, I need to switch back real soon.
Shadow Stalker: Thanks!
SnobbyOo: Thanks man, I'll keep at it. I appreciate you taking a look.
GweNdz: Haha, awesome. Thanks!
Braintree: Sweeeeet! I love links! Thanks! You're awesome, dude.
Thank you to Matte_Art for bringing up lighting and how boring it is in my speedpaints. I think doing some movie frame paints could be a good idea...so yeah. And then also Black Delphin for saying I should use purple in my speedpaints.
Well I tried that...this one sucks but I was getting warmed up, so I blame that. Also, I was approaching color schemes all wrong. I wasn't thinking about lighting conditions that would cause purple, I just started paintings with a purple ground and was disappointed when it didn't work out. These are each about 20 min. a piece.
So this was more successful. It also serves as a study for my ChoW
Here are two thumbs for the ChoW: Reborn. I want to do a lava-baby born of molten metal in a foundry... It will be kind of different lighting than I'm used to, I'm sure. We'll see how it turns out!
More work tomorrow...I didn't scan the stuff I drew today.
The second speedpainting looks nice, you just needed to warm up first.^^ The greyscale sketch for your chow, looks very good, I have nothing bad to point out with the composition, it all works. And a nice sp, the blocked in values give it a nice 'painterly' quality.
Keep it up man!
Nicky: Cool, it's good to keep getting comments from you! I think I'll end up changing the composition on it anyways, I just wasn't finding peace with that setup at all...hopefully it still works. **shrug** We'll see. If it works, it works, if it don't, not such a loss, I'll still learn something.
I think warming up helps alot... :3 Thanks for commenting again, bro.
A little of today, a little of yesterday. Here's what I got!
I studied legs a little...from photos and gray's anatomy...I need to do this waaaaay more, though.
I saw someone else do a kickass Sargent study and I thought...crap...I should be doing that too. So I'm not that original...oh well...I want to learn too, you know? That's fine...right? Mine's not kickass though, so I'm not really copying. I believe i used about 30 min.
Another example of me not being original. I see people doing boxer studies all the time and I want to be a part of the fun! So here's my attempt. I just googled UFC boxer. 30 min. again, I think...
Self Portrait, duh. #216
Copied or not, people do tend to work off of other people in their path to progression. I especially like the Sergeant work! Do more!
Last self portrait get the best of you? :3 Be careful of your own facial proportions.
"Drive faster, boy..."
The Killers -- Midnight Show
Damn, nice work again, about the studies, whatever makes you a better artist, is something that's worth trying. I like the studies, especially for only 30 min each.
I like the pen sketches of your chow, it's hard drawing with an ink pen and still keep it clean and clear. Good job on that.
Keep it up man!
These latest sketches are moving onto a whole new level my bruva!
First post in the page, the characters are looking fantastic! It's like showing a bit of what you can really do. I love how the contrast and rendering you're putting in really makes everything pop. The lines are also looking alot better, even though I know from going through all you're sketchbook you can do some really kickass lines *caught you *
I think you should do more of this kind of stuff, not really fully rendered but rendered enough and with crazy line work/rendering/contrast looks killer, im so in love with them right now.
You're value/house study is looking hot and the self portraits are getting toooooooooo good. I think you should try doing a portrait, as in a full blown up the size that you do you're self portrait and just put everything you learn from the self portraits in it, it should be crazy good for retaining all that knowledge.
O.o you're pencil lines are getting so good, in those figures and sp's and chow sketches WAAA!
Jumping into the chow, thats one nice idea, really pushing out of the box here which is what I like about everything you do, you got great designs and a better imagination.
The bottom marker chow sketches are really supereb, this type of style really suits you and just seems to flow with ya.
I spent quiet some time going through you're whole sketchbook because I love you're stuff too much I kept on noticing how you had these amazing ideas, you would pencil them out and then marker them and it would all look amazing, and then you paint them and they seem to lose details and some of their magick. Anywayz whole point is, the way you marker is really great, it's simple yet it shows all the value, lighting, planes etc So why don't you use exactly that for digital painting?
Just try it out once, because i'd love to see the effect (and you love me so you'll do everything for me ) and then from there push it to a more "painterly" feel. I think it'll probably end up working great.
Hope I don't seem like I just wanna tear you're work down and critique everything, because I really do love you're work so much, just tryina be as helpful as I can
Also added you on msn (you're never on...) to see if I can pick up some of you're brains and get a some tiny small projects going
Ok, I'm a few posts behind, but I'm gonna say it anyway: YOUR CHARACTER DESIGNS KICK ASS. The sargent study is looking good--and so many people use his works for studies so don't worry about it. He is a great guy to work from. Also with the boxer studies, martial arts, yoga, and dancing all = great references. Basketballs players too i've noticed seem to be a popular one--who cares if everyone does it? In the end you still have your own style no matter what. I've been doing leg studies all day today too xD
can't crit on much, simply just don't feel like i got the right to, but I think you should do some more studies like the house outside with the tree--the pencil work is fantastic but something is missing in the whole composition, not sure whether is just needs a couple more details to distinguish the foreground from the middle ground or what...just something to think about.
ohnojenny: They can be a little draining, the self portraits...worth it in the end I suppose though. I think I will be doing more master studies in the future...and also probably studies of other concept artists' work that I really admire...maybe a little Craig Mullins study or two is on the way...we'll see...
Nicky S: Thanks, I really like working in traditional media, perhaps I should try to see if I can get it to blend better with my digital work. I appreciate the feedback on the studies, I guess I'll just try to tailor the studies to whatever I feel are my weaknesses.
mc2mc2: Matt! I forgive you. :3 Glad you're back! Thanks for commenting, bro.
Okay, first off, thanks a ton, that was a lovely read! Some of my thoughts:
I should do more pencil studies outdoors like you were talking about. I really love sketching fancy architecture and stuff like that...my back yard just ain't that appealing, though, so I'll just have to go further.
I'd really love to take some of my normal ChoW ideas and go completely outlandish once in a while though...sometimes I think I'm a little conservative. I guess i just like simplicity.
About the marker works--as I was saying to Nicky, I love working traditionally, but you're right, I lose something when I go digital. I only wish I knew how to keep that! Or put it into my digital stuff more...I feel like I've got it sometimes in my self portraits, but it's just not always there... Hmmm...I'll figure something out! Let me know if you feel like i'm getting closer at all! Maybe I just need more texture.
I'll shoot for more painterly, just for you. :3
*high five* Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you again!
hala: Hey, cool! You know what, you're right! There's nothing new under the sun anyways, everyone loves Sargent too, so I'll do what I want.
Dude, it's like you read my mind! I did a bunch of dancer studies today. hahaha...Basketball players...hmm...uniforms like that are fun to paint I bet.
Thanks for the crit, it's really helpful. I don't always plan out composition a whole lot when I'm doing the outdoor studies, but I definitely will try to next time. Perhaps just a couple of tiny thumbs on another page. Thanks again, I appreciate the comment!
I did studies today...now looking back...the colors aren't so hot. I need to find better photos to work from...I'll blame it on that. Thanks for all the kick-awesome comments, everybody. Hopefully I have more progress to show tomorrow.
10 min. study
10 min. study
20 min. study
30 min. study
ChoW composition studies...aarrgh...I was having a hellish time with that.
Did this one on my DS using Colors! It's been a while since I did anything like that...
Here's the final that I'm working on still...
Arrrghhh man, you're studies look awesome!
On the boy dancing, thats got a brilliant feel to it and also the last portrait is just ass kickiiinnng!
The chow idea is moving along nicely, the last one looks much more animated with him looking up.
About the putting markers into digital, just start greyscale and lay in the basic grays where you want them and then go over them with more opacity in the darker places, would that not work? I really don't know what im talking about hahah
Oh also there's a book called Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang, the dude used to work on the star wars movies. He goes into markers and I think he kind of carries it into some of his earlier greyscale work until he moves into the crazy colours that he does. It's definatly worth checking out even if not for the markers he just teaches alot
awesome stuff man! The dancers study and the girl blowing bubbles is awesome! Interested in seeing how the chow comes along. Can't say much, not anything to crit just keep up the good work!
Visiting your thread for the first time. Impressive amount of work and it looks like you are really working it! I like that you are experimenting with different styles and such. Some great dramatic images also with your use of lights and dark. Anyways not much else to add. Just keep going! Later.
mc2mc2: Yeah...this time was the exception with Colors. It's like a clunky open canvas. But it's as best as I can get with digital painting on the go without investing hundreds of dollars.
lilnebo: I appreciate the feedback on the ChoW...I'm trying that right now...we'll see how it plays out in the end. Hopefully well!
You mentioned Mechanika...now I feel silly because I own that book. And I've actually never looked at it as in-depth as I could. I'm going to give it a full read through...I'm really bad about just looking at the pictures in books. Thanks for commenting!
hala: Oh there's plenty to crit, you just don't want to be MEAN! C'mon!
Hipalien: Thanks! I hope that I can keep up this pace, if not get faster!
This is really all I've got for now...unproductive day...I can't let that happen.
15 min. study from life...it was bad lighting so detail was really hard to capture...maybe that's good.
This is what happens when you do your self portrait with the mirror in your lap...and that's frustration face...not pain.
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Damn, I can't go online for a day and there's allready al lot of work you've made. Nice!
Color studies are looking good, as for the final chow, the baby has the proportions of an older baby, not of a newborn, but a really young baby wouldn't be able to interact with its environment that way, so it's not really a crit since it just depends on what you want to visualise.
I'm starting to fall in love with your character sketches, nice work on those, though on some of them the proportions of the legs seem a bit of, but nothing that really catches my attention. ^^
Keep it up!
i was totally gonna say that SP is the "anguish face". It just screams "RAAWWRRAHHHHHHHsafjsdfkkdfjsfdljdf#%*&#$(!!!! !" or something like that....
Haha you're more advanced than I am, so I feel like an idiot trying to crit you xD
Love the still life, poor light conditions suck, but it's good to practice in. The only advice i can offer for this update is that I love the technique used in the SP, but it could use some more line variation...like take a much thicker line and heavily hatch in some forms; the variation would make it more dynamic--you sort of start doing this where the hair meets the face. Though that takes playing and experimenting, I'm not sure whether it would flatten out this sp or not....thoughts thoughts thoughts
And thanks for the tips on using on hard brush, I gotta try it now!
and just cuz u said I dun wanna be mean,
NO MORE UNPRODUCTIVE DAYS. GET TO WORK. >: D
I can be mean
You should hang this one on your wall Haha, that sort of menacing and demanding glare you have there is both freaky and hilarous!
But wow, you never stop I think the quick photo studies are really coming along fast! Damn. And some are only about 10 min or so, very impressive! I think if there's one thing you've learnt from the constant SPing, that'd be speed.
It seems like you're doing some new things in your sketching as well! Some different perspectives and new kinds of characters, I reckon. Awesome stuff, really wonderful to look at