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Alesoun: Thanks, glad you like it!
A small update on the nightelf image... still pondering what exactly is lost between the color sketch and the finished image (not that this is finished yet, but still). There is a definite looseness and dynamic in the color sketch that seem to disappear when polishing the image up. Do I fuss too much over details, I wonder? Maybe I should try to keep more of the sketchy strokes instead of trying to make every line "perfect".
Another update... worked more on the tree, cliffs and female. Think I'll ditch that foreground vine in the upper corner, it's annoying. Figured I needed something for the foreground, but I think I chose the wrong place...
Just a doodle... the main characters from my long time comic project, Kaugin and Kûrrun, having a quiet chat. Actually, it's a bit of a spoiler, but it doesn't matter since I wont be able to put my full attention to the comic for yet another couple of years, and then it will take me at least one more year to come to this point in the story. And by then you will all have forgotten this sequence, anyway!
I really like the Night Elf progress so far. I think the new composition is alot better than the previous one.
I think the facial expressions were lost in the transition though. The woman seems much more aggressive in the line art vs. now and her overall face seems a bit softer (it's really subtle though). The creature doesn't have alot of contrast, and I think you could push the textures even further.
But the thing is that all these problems are really subtle, and only noticeable if you really examine the progress of the picture.
And it's much easier said than done to push the texturing :lol:
But I still see lots of progress through these pages
WoW!Your use of color is really good!!Great SB!!!That Death´s Horse is...........-no words-.
I like the death on horse a lot. The transparent ribbing and the lighting are a nice tough.
Make a sketchbook happy, feed it a tip to improve!
Odyism: Yes I see what you meant with the woman's face getting softer in the colored version. I tried to change that, thanks for the head's up! The creature was just in the color sketch mode though, now it's worked out, so no wonder you thought it lacked contrast!
Camara: Thank you!
alesoun: What, you wanna bet? Put it like that and I wont bet against you!
Pigeonkill: Thank you! Without the ribbing and transparency, it would just have been ... a common horse, you know. It needed a bit of, uhm, something to make people's eyes snatch back with a "What's that?" feeling. Seems it worked.
dkounios: Hehe... it's not really like I plop them in with no effort, you know... I do have a bit of head work before hand - though sometimes you just get lucky and the characters almost sketch themselves in! Those moments are rare though, and I am grateful for the few times it happens. Makes me think I'm doing some sort of progress... every now and then.
Update on the nightelf picture, though most of the time been busy with plans for my sisters wedding. There's been enough time for a few changes though, worked out the panther creature at least, and a few other details. Still, it's far from ready.
Your last work is great!
Excellent SB! Really beautiful work here....though one crit: it looks as though you paint everything individually? As in, you tend to focus on the detail rather than blocking in the forms first. This is less evident in your Death piece than the others, but I thought I'd point that out anyway (sorry if someone else has already). Otherwise, very nice sketches and I really do admire your dedication to studying anatomy (and it's paying off!) - it's something I've yet to get round to. ;P
Anyhooo, take care and thank you for posting in my SB! ^_^
Wow, first time I've taken the time to look at your sketchbook. I love all of the works in progress and stuff, the darkhorse sketch is by far my favourite, really really cool.
I'm amazed at how much stronger you seem to be at digital work than stuff like pencil sketching! It's like looking at the work of two different artists sometimes! I love the little details you put into your work, keep updating coz I wanna see more!! :p
Gah, long time no post! I'm currently busy moving from Germany and back home to Sweden, and it's taking an awful lot of more time than I had in mind. Bleh!
Dreamworker: Thanks! I'm still working on it, but it's on hold during the move...
Quicksilver: Oh, yeah... I have always been a girl for details, it was the small stuff that attracted my eyes when I was little - like, beetles, butterflies, tiny flowers; all those things you needed to bend down close to see. I still have a hard time focusing on the whole (trying to draw landscapes is a horror for me!), but I'm trying my best to keep it in mind when I lay up an image, these days. Doesn't mean I succeed, though...
Chermilla: Thank you! Yes, I spent the last 5 years just building up my knowledge of Photoshop, and my sketches where suffering from the time they did NOT get. There you go. Study one thing, and the other falls into disrepair... sucks.
Anyhow, despite the move going wrong I have had time to doodle down a few things: some armor designs for the characters in my comic project, and a PS sketch I did one lonely, sad and frustrated evening. I think you can tell which one it is.
Ok, I totally forgot to post the finished version of the nightelf piccy... here it is. Been so much to do lately I hardly have had time for anything artistic, which sucks. But things are slowly calming down after the move so I think I'll be able to update more soon!
New project: a dwarf cleric standing looking out over the silent battlefield. Another commission for a private person, like most of my work. I hope, I think, that I'm getting better at composition, all thanks to constant browsing and learning on CA.org. I'm so happy I found this site!
Thanks Dan Valkar!
Another small update on the dwarf:
Decided to participate in CHOW100, even though I'm starting out very late. Don't know if I'll be able to finish in time, but I'll try! Here's the sketch, and a quick color test.
I actually really enjoyed flipping through your sketchbook!
Like some of your characters, and your chow100.
Would usually crit on several pieces, but unfortunately I have to run.
I'll try to come back! -make sure you update, unlike me!
Thanks, Hive_minD! Yeah, I do try to update, as soon as I remember... here is another update on the CHOW - a close-up of the bust.
I'm having great fun with this image, and I got a loooot of practise drawing folded cloth. Good thing, I usually suck at it!
ooh! Wow, some veery nifty work in here... I remember seeing that CHOW medusa in the thread and thinking that would have fit with my image of medusa most... I love her green skin. As a huuuge Brom fan, I absolutely loved the image on the first page of the guy nailed to the wall with his wrists split open, gorgeous image.
The one thing I noticed in your works that I could perhaps suggest some improvement on is the lighting. I could be totally wrong, in which case ignore me, but it strikes me that you render stuff first in terms of volume, then add more to the lighting afterwards, which is often resulting in the elements of the image not gelling as much as they might. Cast shadows seem to be a little inconsistent, for example, on the legs of the guy in front of medusa, give the light seems to be coming from the right upper corner, I would have expected even a little cast shadow of his right bent leg appearing on the lower left leg, as you'd done with the cast shadow of the arm. Or if not that, a highlight not as strong along the edge of that leg. Perhaps considering the general geometric forms over the whole piece before rendering specific things out, you might get a much nicer sense of cohesion, as you seem to have in the Dwarven Cleric image (though don't forget he might still cast something of a shadow on the rock too, even though it's in shadow).
Hope that all makes sense, you really have a wonderful sense of composition and colour, and the subjects of your work really, really appeal. Have you done any more work on the masked guy in the forest yet? He was looking gorgeous.
Thanks a bunch for the feedback zephyri! Extra fun since I admire your own artwork so much. As for the lighting thing, I do tend to be too chicken to slap on the light all at once but thinks it necessary to work out the original colors on the item from the start, then add light... silly, I know, and as you could see in the dwarf image I'm trying to shake off that habit. And sorry, no more work on the forest guy... too little time. I promise I'll finish him some time though - he is a dear subject of mine too!
Medusa, finished version - I went with he cropped version in the CHOW but wanted to finish the whole image none the less. Not so much of a learning process as my last CHOW was, unfortunately... maybe I should try to get a mentor so I can learn faster, more? That would be so awsome!
Last edited by DragonSnail; January 6th, 2008 at 05:26 AM.
Something I have had in the WIP section for crits, though giving it a rest for a while until I figure out what kind of background (if any) I want for it. The main subject is actually the guy, not the girl, though when I tried to tone the girl down a bit people protested. I call it "Beloved".
Great updates ! I love the last two works, very solid and cool paintings and also very nice pencils!
Done with the dwarf on the battlefield! I'm sure I could spend more time and effort on it still, but at some point you got to say "done", or you'll never stop.
Well, there won't be any awsome background for this image, since everything just comes out as overdone... So it keeps the simple dark background.
I still like it.
Last edited by DragonSnail; April 9th, 2008 at 05:15 PM.
Another image I've been working on for a bit, a mermaid curiously looking up at the surface and what might be hidden above it... I used photo ref for this one. Not sure if I should add some more corals and stuff at the bottom, feels like it might just clatter the whole picture. Maybe I'll try it out.
Crap, I think you are right. No she is not meant to have it as the ear, but just cause you pointed it out I realized the ear is totally missplaced. Thanks for the heads up!
Lake! Your SB link doesn't work, better check it.
Last edited by DragonSnail; April 13th, 2008 at 06:11 AM.