your pencil stuff is amazing, and the digital stuff you do over it is even more, keep posting great stuff
I'm just posting some previous "of the week" attempts, some are unfinished but Hey, it's a sketchbook right?
This first one is a portrait of my wife.
My goodness, this is truly impressive. You know exactly where to play up the highlights and have an effective handle on texturing techniques. Medusa's object really reads as some sort of fish skin, very convincing and enjoyable.
Love the cyclop and the strange creature.
Here is a detail of one of the only two watercolors that I have ever done:
Something from a previous project...
This is a detail of a larger layout. It's the demon form of an Incubus, mostly pencil:
Last one for tonight...a character concept for a pending project.I will edit out the border later when I am less tired...
I've probably already said this, but your pencil works are insane. Your amount of detail is beyond my comprehension! Wow. I dig, dude, keep them coming!
Also, that little watercolour picture looked wonderful. I'd love to see more of that from you.
GusTheRobot-Thanks, I really love to work out the details in the pencil stage.
algenpfleger-I really apreciate that.
yinteck-Some people tire of the dragon archetype, I'm not sure I ever will. I think the key is seeing a character within the creature. Thanks for the kind words.
grundybug- I love my pencil. That sounded wierd didn't it? I have been doing digital for about 3 years now and I really enjoy the learning process. Thanks
BRANDONJONES- a good friend and pro once told me that the highlights are what keeps a persons eye flitting over a piece so I always look to control my whitepoint and blackpoint. Thanks for noticing.
spookybabydoll-I am going to finish him, he's sort of a self portrait(except for the cigar, monocular vision and multiple legs). He has been fun but I ran out of time in the challenge. Thanks
liam.c-thanks very much. I will try the watercolor again when the mood strikes.
AsaB-Thanks...I like to get lost in the details with pencil and it always makes the painting go faster.
Maidith-Thanks a bunch, i did enjoy the watercolor, though it was a bit tense...no undo's...
I know that I missed some earlier posts but I will get the rest a little later. I am becoming distracted by the call of lurking on the forums...
Trashy-Thanks...yeah I can be ocd when it comes to line work.
Wow great images here - like the colours in your wife's portrait.
I love the drawings here, but it's the cyclops that speaks to me the most
my sketches, and rants.
just stunning ...show us more pencils the lines in your drawings the anatomy
and all its just great
About the Angel in post 15 with the hidden face - yes its really odd , angels dont hide theyr faces - maybe they want some bad dude , ho knows ? But the drawing is made great
Alex Alexandrov-Thanks...it was odd...the editor and art director on the project absolutely refused to let me show any faces other than the arch angels. It did serve to educate me in regard to how much compromise goes into making a book for a large publisher. Thanks for the compliments about the pencils. I'll do my best to post regularly. It helps me refresh after working on my commercial works.
kidult-thanks, that was an experiment in loosening up a bit. I'm still working on that.
crazy3dman-Thanks for looking and commenting.
Colepoopface-Thanks, I love to pencil and I really enjoy playing with line quality.
sloppybunny-I appreciate the compliment...I guess I better finish it.
Great stuff! Awesome rendering skills; any tips you can share about that?
ArmoredGorilla-I like studying reality but I am not tied to it, so I look for ways to impose realism or at least realistic believability on an image. I fall short alot but I keep hitting it until it submits or fails(when I'm not being lazy or being steered down blind alley's by art directors). I try to find a scuptural form to model in the image. My physical sculpture looks exactly like my rendering(though I haven't done much of that). I hope to do some sculpting this year. I could be more specific if you wanted to show me something that you're working on, I'd be pleased to help if I could.
i appreciate that comment in my sb man..espeicially from you. you shoulda taken that medusa hands down no questions asked, but thats outside the point here. referring to that last sentence in the response right above my post...any advice on drawing believably without reference?
DeKal- First, thanks for the kindness. The Medusa challenge brought out some great work from a lot of people, including yourself.
About the making a drawing believable without ref. I think it's all in the lighting...this is something that I am constantly wrestling with. I think you are doing what you need to. The other thing is contrast, smooth areas vs rough, shiny vs flat, brilliant color(usually forground) vs compressed range(usually background) sharp edges vs soft or lost edges ...and you can usually find all these and more in a single piece.
Even dramatically stylized characters become believable if you nail the lighting. I guess if you can figure how the light falls on your character then their volume, their essential shape becomes more understandable and believable. Its why you see a lot of classical portrait artists and others indulge in the "egg" application of light. Its the easiest lighting scenario to figure out and it looks like this(I think you already get this but I will put it up in case someone else is interested):
Take a drawing and put a layer over it with an egg shaped gradation. Then use that for a simple direction when playing with your forms. Its a good place to start anyway, then you can add other light sorces the same way. Keep in mind, you don't apply the layer just use it as a guide.
These are not mine. They were a random find when I did a portrait search. They are from this website(http://www.donglingyan.com). I don't know the artist but they will serve to illustrate...
ChaoticKnight-Thanks a ton.I haven't been able to spend more than a week on anything for a while. The Medusa was spread out over a month but was about 30 hours of actual time (mostly because I noodled with it more than most). I will drop by your sketchbook...I bookmarked it to remind myself.
Beautiful work Penumbra! Love to see detail artists like me! Your traditional to digital work has flawless blends and really inspires me! Keep it up!
Mind-bogglingly wonderful work, Penumbra. You have a rare and exotic imagination. I remember seeing, and being mightily impressed by, one of your pieces over on the ImagineFX site. I was frustrated at the time that I couldn't see more, but what you have on show here compensates big time.
Have five on me, and keep up the superb work : )
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