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Hi guys and gals of Conceptart.org After what seemed like forever, I got off my arse and started this sketchbook. I'm hoping that by the end of this self-teaching stuff, I would come out at least a somewhat skilled artist.
Last edited by chris_kaw; August 21st, 2010 at 10:57 PM.
Nice Konata up there
Lookin nice from the looks of it keep it up hope to see more. Try and do some still life (drawing from life(drawing stuff in Real life that is around you)) if you didn't know. Happy Trails
Thanks guys, and you're absolutely right Diarum. That seems to be the number one lesson right there.
Thought I'd post some throwaway pages from one of my notebooks. (because of my somewhat poor memory retention)
Prince, that has ALWAYS been my problem... I have to slow down
Drew some tanks and planes I saw on a book. Fun.
WIP from photo ref, trying my darnest to learn how to blend paint strokes better. I did learn that using airbrushes makes skin duller and well... worse. I'm currently using greyscale cuz' my I have yet to fully understand color theory and all that good stuff.
stuff from posemaniacs
thanks cgaddict, i'll see if I have studies worth showing. for now, attempt at a stormtrooper:
'copied' some master sketches, and photo refs for warm-up. my back hurts.
Last edited by chris_kaw; April 10th, 2010 at 09:57 AM.
practice with photo refs, i had trouble working without an underdrawing...
Yep, the headaches have started.
I've spent a good chunk of time trying to figure out ways to improve my workflow. Do I go digital, or do I stick with my messy pencil work? Do I work better as a lineguy or do I paint directly on the digi-canvas??
These are things I'm trying to figure out but if you've got advice on the matter, I'd love to hear it!! I sighted the stuff below from a place called characterdesign. Always wanted to go to Tokyo.
I like you life drawing and the different topics you've drawn, like bats etc. But maybe you want to concentrate with pencil and shadings first? I see many people jumping to digital straight away, while I feel learning values and strokes through makes you improve much faster.
With digital, it is almost impossible to draw accurate strokes, usually its a matter of adding and erasing, but with traditional methods every stroke counts, So you are more attuned in your accuracy when you transition to digital.
"Accept the reality, believe the impossible"
My Digital Painting Website, It has bigger resolutions!!
luffie: thanks man, your advice helped a bit although I'm still struggling with regulating values... I'll do my best!!
Nice studies so far, keep it up! I like the variety.
One thing you might want to consider is doing some studies where you break things down into simple geometric forms or think about the planes of the forms. I think it could be great to slow down and take the time to think about trying to make things more 3-dimensional.
Curious: how did Betty's book work out for you? For me it was my turning point: like a key that fit the lock to my brain-it is a foundation for all my current work. I recommend it to everybody who will listen. But I know that not everybody has the same level of success with this book. Still, a great book IMO. You have some very nice work here: keep going!
cool studies you've got here. I'd love to see more animal sketches.
I suppose no matter what I'm drawing, there will always be some sort of question in my mind about it. A work of art (even cartoon art) is never really finished; it is abandoned.
_ Brooke McEldowney,
Amarok: thanks, I've been studying on values. I still owe my sketchbook still lifes so I can understand how it affects forms!
Klaw: Klaw, reading Betty Edward's book was quite a revelatory experience. I know people knock on that book quite a bit, but to me it was what made me "get" this whole drawing bit. It also made a lot of the other art books far more accessible too for some reason!
Asterisks: thanks. I'll get to animal studies, eventually. For now, the human figure is pretty challenging in itself to master!
My current output is pretty scatter shot. Been copying stuff from various references, many of them are rubbish. I even tried my hand at color... with muddy results.
(it is post i wrote for some one ells but i thik it will be help full)
I think it's good advice when you make a quick sketches from posesmaniac to changes your medium.
when i make my daily sketches from PM
I make a 4 skeches in 4 series
4.4xbrush and ink
I think it's good to don't limit your self in one medium
cheers and keep it up
It's alright! Everyone starts out a noob at something. as long as you keep up your pace, and keep practicing then you're gonna get there just have fun and don't be too hard on yourself. one step at a time
and btw, your notebook drawings are a getting less scratchier
your studies from posemaniacs are good! i've tried it and it made me realize how much i sucked at it.. XD i'm still practicing too
kojot: Thanks for the suggestions! I'm already planning to dedicate an entire sketchbook just for posemaniac practice.
laurice: I'm staying away from coloring for now. There's still so much to learn, I mustn't get ahead of myself.
For now, I've dedicated my time drawing random people and stuff. More practice in the future...
Last edited by chris_kaw; May 28th, 2010 at 08:20 PM.
my usual contour drawings
more practice with photos and barque stuff. I always wanted to ink my works (to give it that extra level of sheen) but I can't seem to find the right way to do it! maybe if you've got suggestions...
Hands. Why did it have to be hands?
update! I started using darker pencils and drew on a few of my old sketches to see how they fare. Not bad... I think I owe it upon myself to draw other stuff now...
Hey Chris just keep doing what you do and you'll be rockin in no-time!
kidult: I really do hope I'm going somewhere drawing all this stuff. It's kind of a dilemma really as a self-taught artist... When do you know you're good enough to move on?
The first two sketches are silly stuff and the rest are from Hogarth's book. Far from perfect copies, and I rushed many but learned quite a bit at least. Sure, the guy's works are far from realistic, but that's not really the point now, is it?
Here we go, value studies. I botched the Albert Durer portrait, but really, the point is to learn about values!!! Also painted some balls. Balls are the lifeblood of good value studies.