Everyone - Thank you so much! I stayed up all night working on this thing and have to sleep, but I'll acknowledge your notes next post.
I've done a few things just recently after an otherwise somewhat dry month, but I'm just gonna post this guy. His body shape's a bit silly, and the bg is less-than, but I think I managed to keep him dimensional, don't have any soft edge issues, and I think I pulled off some forms, textures, and colours that ar nice. I was looking at a some Greg Broadmore awesomeness, and tried to do some serious learning from it, so this was basically a (heavy) practice pic. It's purely my own creation, but I had his work off to the side and was analyzing as hard as I could -- took me most of yesterday's hours, I wager. At times I was also remembering a dinosaur painting by John Gurche I saw on a book-cover years ago. I played around with a few variations, but maybe I'll just post the main one right now. I'm so fried right now. Hope you like!
Last edited by William b. Hand; February 12th, 2011 at 09:29 AM.
since it's quite unusual to show bipeds in this stage of the walking motion, he looks abit unstable, but otherwise good. very lifelife textures on him, i can imagine well what he must feel like to the touch.
i think in terms of rending and form, you're missing out a bit with the hue shift.
I just did a quick PO adding a little bit of SSS [sub-surface scattering] in some parts, and added some heavier blue skylight. The hue shift helps show the form.
Velocity Kendall - Thank you! Yes, I am already very aware of Beksi๑ski and I love that he has slowly been getting the recognition he deserves. I'm a mega-fan of his, and If I didn't already know about him I'd've been so grateful for your heads-up, so thank you for that!
Naomi - Hmm, you're planting seeds in my mind.
bhanu, Carnifex, ryanoir, witcrack, a la bapsi, and brentos8 - Glad you like the oil dabble, guys -- I've become a bit shy about using the oils again until I can open the windows and vacate the fumes from the drying agent I have. Unless someone else has a less-toxic suggestion as to what drying-hastener I might try. I can just use nothing, and set a piece on the shelf for a while to let it dry, of course, so I'll keep practicing but maybe not lots right atm. bapsi - I doubt that the foamcore will suffer, but that was just for practice -- I'll be sure to use canvas, clayboard, or wood for more serious ventures.
TipsyToes, NickTrip, Wilco, JaneMag, lolbbq, Faulks, and Dope Fiend - Thanks guys!
AustenFM - I hope you like those pencils when you finally mess around with them... Your drawing skills are certainly advanced enough that I'll be pretty shocked if you don't. I mostly find myself using Caran D'ache. Keep your distance from buying Prismacolor, though -- they seem to break when you sharpen 'em, so they end up as nubs before their time. My advice amounts to this: Use a tiny tiny flat-shader brush, and use almost no water at all on that brush -- only just enough to activate the paint. Thanks for liking the scriptwork -- I'm really proud of that stuff.
marioucci - Thx! I love Hayao Miyazaki, so that's a delightful complement!
Metal Fingers - Thank you! I hope you have fun with the pencils (Tiny flat-shader brush + almost no water!).
Texahol - Dipping my toe in?? Shut up, I'll get more into them later, I just... they're just... *_* -- I bet your face smells like a fart. [ *runs away ]
ladyknowles - Thanks! I liked the colours too, until Texahol came and punched my colours in the stomach. Waaaah!
Carnifex, again and Ludic - Thanks! Yeah, you're absolutely right -- that looks pretty bad. Oops, maybe I'll remedy that -- at least in a different version of him.
Texahol, again - Gaah! How'd you do that?? That looks SOOO much better! Explain the hows and the whys immediately, please.
NickyBeats - Thx!
Wow, I was gonna post another version or two of that creature but now I'm gonna hafta tidy them up a bit first.
Bill: I put some blue on it. and some red.
the blue you can think of it as the sky is a big light source that is giving the object a top-down lighting scheme. It's really more than that, but simple is better. It really comes out when the form is rolling towards parallel towards your eye, because the environment light [sky] is just barely touching it and bouncing off directly into your eye, while the sunlight [depending on position] will be bouncing off the top away from the eye.
I probably just used screen with a dark saturated blue at low opacity for that.
The red you can think about the SSS [sub surface scattering] on an object is most prominent when the form is smooth rolling form rolling into the terminator edge of the shadow. That's because you have a nice big chunk of material to go through and catch and reflect light. It'll also happen when two objects of the same color are next to each other that the saturation increases as the two forms reflect and amplify the light between them.
I think I used soft-light and just color-picked whatever color was there. Then painted with a soft brush on the rolling form. something to get some real nice SSS is to make sure that you overlap the SSS and the blue shift so that even the hue under SSS is shifting, but still happening. It's what really sells the SSS look.
Yor - Thank you!
Texahol - Thanks for that explanation. As it turns out, I'd managed to figure out the sky light, but the SSS was eluding me. I haven't put creatures outside under blue skies very much, and the power of that stuff is astounding. I'll be trying to incorporate that much in the future!
surus - Oops, I missed your comment in my last reply. -- Thanks! I have not tried to illustrate almost anything from different angles. I think I remember doing that only once in the past few years, actually. Good idea -- I think I may be ready to do that sort of thing, and I know I'd learn a lot.
Okay, so here're some variations I came up with. One that's purpley and one that's blue-ish. Oh, yeah... and I thought it might be fun to toss some kids on-board. Maybe they're too cartoony, but meh. I've spent a bit too much time inside this pic and need to do other things, so I dunno if that'll go any further.
Will, when will you learn that you have no tallent at all in any way, and that last picture is definitely not the single most adorable thing I have ever seen in my life. I mean really your just kidding yourself here. (I'm not in complete denial...what are you talking about)
On a more serious note, is the tail supposed to cut off like that or where you planning on adding more to it because it seems a bit awkward to stop so abrupt like that hmm then again it's your creature and it's not like I have any reference to say you did it wrong from.
Great job man, cut yourself some slack once in awhile or you'll get depressed and then I wont be able to admire your pretty artwork
about that fumes thing with the oils; are you using turps? if you are, try liquol instead, its more natural and feels better
i personally dont mind the fumes of turps but i know some people do and they try to get a lot of ventilation
i love the blue dinosaur too, really awesome feeling to it! keep at it
Medusoid - Yeah, that tail doesn't look like such a good idea to me anymore. Huh. Don't u worry bout me.
ryanoir - Glad you like the Blue dino-type! Yeah, I've got some chemical cocktail in a jar that an oils person gave me. It's not a matter of being "bothered" by the fumes as it is knowing that that stuff is pretty bad for your nervous system. Thanks for the tip about liquol -- I'll try to get me some!
So, this is a bit random -- and I might've actually posted some of this before in this sb or my first sb... Can't remember off the top of my head. No matter, I'm posting them regardless. I've been finding myself flipping through these old pages over the past few weeks for some reason. Maybe something creative is brewing, not sure...
So, these are a few pages out of my 2oo2-2oo4 Moleskine:
"i donno what to say except "
I was going waaaaaaaaaa!? but yeah, same deal, more eerie, superb work in one place than you can shake a dropped jaw at.
sb most art copied to page 1
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....damnit, you ruined another pair of pants!! i need my money for pencils, not underwear you dick!
haha, in all seriousness, incredibly inspiring work, a true sketchbook full of random thoughts, changes in perceptions, and progression. truly amazing.
please don't stop posting, this is one of my top favorite threads!
Your sketchbook looks like a surprise packet.I looked so many good studies and ideas.
Fabulous, rich, intriguing, amusing, entertaining, thought-provoking, highly imaginative and unmissable - are all words/phrases that immediately spring to mind on discovery of this thread. Outstanding work throughout. Gosh I look forward to returning here as often as I can remember to do so to see what new jewel has appeared.
Now that's what I call excellent use of a sketchbook! Makes mine look like a waste of paper...
That Moleskine's phenomenal!
It took me a few minutes to drain the spit from my mouth, those "old" pages are awesome! I love it all, but my favorites are the pink doodle elephant, those creepy strawberry headed tick men on the page below, the lace man on the stool page is all great, and the mammoth parasite pickers made me laugh. I like your little white paste ins as well(like the bird on the final mammoth panel), i find myself doing that a lot when i keep making mistakes in the same place. do you use sticker paper for it?
Anyway, wonderful stuff, are you going to keep sprinkling more pages on us in the future?
holy crap man!!! these are sooo awesome!! the design of each page is sweeet! the sketches themselves are awesome, but how each page fits together is just cool as hell!!!