Finished up some torso studies
MMA study, trying to apply the torso stuff, or at least keep it in mind. ~1 hour for this one. Didn't do any line drawing, so it was way faster than usual. Might have to do this more often
Applying that from memory
Going back in with reference and making some changes
Pushing the thumbnails a bit further
Working this one up
And application - too tired for this now lol
So, for the first time in forever, I did nothing but study for a whole day.
Basically, I did my anatomy stuff first thing this morning, as normal, and at some point thought "I hate not being able to draw hands"
So, I spent the rest of the day working from Hogarth's dynamic hands book. I figured, most of the time people study anatomy a little bit every day for a long time. So why not mix it up. I'm gonna plough through this book (or the most useful bits anyway) as fast as possible. Think it's gonna pretty much be my morning's for a week or so at least, and see how it goes. Might work, I might learn nothing, who knows . I'll report back with the results though lol.
So yeah, anatomy
And those hands
I started with an overview, so these are studies from the first page of each of the first 6(?) chapters
And then started to work through, so these are all from the first chapter
It looks like nothing all compiled like this, but that was my whole day... Oops.
some excellent studies in here! everything seems to be coming along nicely, only thing that i see that is falling behind is your colors, they seem desaturated. dont be afraid to color pick when you are doing studies, you'll be surprised what colors are actually used and itll help you see what colors you should actually use next time. anyways hope that helps, ill check back soon!
Kevin_ - Cheers man, yeah I need to work on that. I'll give it a go. Thanks dude
Hit 1300 hours here
So, stuff from today.
Anatomy. Today, legs
The rest of chapter 1 of Hogarth's hands
And progress on this dude. Trying greyscale to colour again. Wish me luck
Oh, and today was a little bit of a slow day. In part because I spent a while reorganising my desk after seeing an awesome set up on facebook. So, bonus photo lol
Last edited by JakeB; February 12th, 2013 at 07:57 PM.
Wahey, more legs, hands and torch dude
Hey, no updates for a few days. Here's some recent stuff though.
Work on the torch guy, kinda abandoned it here, didn't really know what I was doing, need to study more I think. Basically the piece was just too big to break down, there was too much I just didn't understand, and that meant I was going round in circles working on it.
So, I decided to work on a portrait instead, figure I can break that down much more easily. Process so far
And then here's the studies I've got done.
Kinda slowing down with the hands now, it got a bit crazy, and pretty dull. But still learning a ton, Hogarth's great
Applying and stuff
I started typing up notes for digital stuff, as my handwriting sucks on a tablet, and it was stopping me from actually making any.
Not sure if these will be of any use, but I'll put them here this time, and maybe in future if there's something good, but I doubt it lol.
So, these were for the skulls:
Key landmarksCheek bones, pointy (zygomatic bone), goes out and around the side of the skull, and up past the eye socket
eye and nose sockets
Teeth in centre half
flare out for the teeth from the bones that hold them there
Jaw, comes in from behind
Eye brow.. casts a shadow into the socket
Teeth protrude out
mouth is halfway between nose cavity and bottom of chin
Nose bone pokes (curves) out a bit, just below the top of the eye socket
Zygomatic bone twists like a ribbon
Zygomatic bone sticks out a long way sideways, cast a big shadow.
Nose pushes forward, think of the form.
Zygomatic bone, triangle sideways
Think of the form of the cheek and eye socket
Narrower, taller eye sockets. Slightly taller than a square
Zygomatic bone also goes up and past eye socket, leaving the temple behind it.
Eye sockets slant down outward at the top and bottom, steeper at the bottom - Narrower on the inside
Plane change between frontal, and temporal bone of skull. Frontal bone passes in front, creating the forehead. Almost a 90º change
Remember the plane change above the nose.
Narrower chin. Remember the loomis image where the two planks squash the chin
Top teeth block goes very narrow before it widens out again for the teeth.
Planes are very clear.Highlights 90%
High value range in the face, therefore the hair is black with only speculars
In the face, there is a lot of texture inside the brightest highlights, and where the forms turn from mid to shadow
Bag under eye - 2 planes
Then a more upward plane, before it reaches the side of the nose
Really thin top lip
Slight specular on bottom lid
Front of cheek plane comedown lower.
More of a split between the eyes and the cheek
Highlight above lips
More nose planes, nostril.
More variation in the planes
Making changes with ref
Study, really focusing on edges with this one
Round face, mostly soft features. Slight tilt to one side
Gap in the shadow on the side side of the nose. Basically, the plane raises up out of the shadow.
Hard edges going down diagonally from the corners of the mouth
Sharp creases around eyes.
Sharp creases down from the nose, under the cheeks as well.
Sharp nostril, bounce light into the bottom of the nose.
Wrinkles across the forehead, following the form of the cheeks etc are sharp, but a small value change
Fat chin, so the edges under the chin are soft.
Lots of little hard edges in the hair
-Hair basically seems to be lots of alternating hard and soft edges, so… lots of soft brush strokes, erase for hard edges, then go again on a new layer if needed.
Really sharp highlights in the eyes, on a couple of sides of the light at least.
And some more progress on this, going to push to colour tomorrow.
Oh, and some sketching
Studying the neck
Using it for an MMA study thing
Applying it from memory
Then tweaking with reference
Design Study - Brienne of Tarth
Gesture studies - Blue is reference, red is memory
Finished the portrait, gonna leave it as greyscale for now, and try and do the next one through to colour, been working on this for too long I think
And the process, dunno if this is helpful, but I think you can see where I got stuck, and kinda what I learnt while working on it
Aaaaand some sketching, this was fun
Face studies and applying
And a portrait
Beautiful studies, beautiful line work, beautiful portraits... just, yeah - wow!
Big inspiration with the 10,000 hour dedication !
Eager to see more from you!
I'll be here with the Daggers for the rest of my art journey.
Keep pushing people, let us be great together-!
Jordan - Thanks a lot man, shall do. Yeah the hands were super helpful, I'd been putting it off for way too long.
smrrfette - haha, cheers. Well, we'll see if I get there, fingers crossed.
Studying Hannes' work a little bit, trying to figure out layers and stuff
Study - playing with hard brushes again, so much fun!!
And one from my head, actually pretty happy with this, learned a ton
Applying from imagination
Been working on this dude for a little bit, just finished the lines
Damn dude, you are working insanely hard. Great amount of studies. I'm gonna have to keep up. Only thing I can say is keeping pushing yourself with each study, because there's always something else to learn about your subject.
Very nice hand studies Jake, just be careful to apply what you learn to your pieces. That knight's hands in 224 could use some work!
A creative artist works on his next composition because he is not satisfied with his previous one. When he loses a critical attitude toward his own work, he ceases to be an artist. - Dmitri Shostakovich
Twelvex - Thank you
Palladium - Yeah, I definitely need to do that. Can feel myself slipping back into my comfort zone with some stuff, can't have that!
Tea of Doom - Ah yeah, that was so frustrating, did so many studies, and didn't apply them properly. I'll work on it, thanks for dropping by
kevin_ - Cheers man, yeah they were fun, and really useful actually. Helped me a lot to break down the face a ton .
Passed 1400 Hours here btw guys
Applying from imagination
Trying to apply a load of studies in a portrait
Need more studies!!!
Stuff from the last coupla days
Trying out a new excercise for studying/using ref. Basically, start off with a direct study, then slowly filter down the amount of reference used
3.Sketching, with multiple references,
4.Look at a reference quickly, then hide it and draw from memory
Hope that makes sense
But... most of my time from the last two days has gone into this. Still a WIP. But basically, studying the planes of the face in 3D to try and get a better understanding. So far its been fun and frustrating in pretty much equal amounts.
No posts for a little while, but I'm back for March, with a new focus... I want to start putting together a portfolio at some point in the near future, but I'm kinda shaky on my initial sketching skills. So, that's what I'm going to focus on. Basically, I want to get faster at the early stages of a piece so that I can create more variations, and have more time to focus on the later parts.
Get ready for lots of quick, crappy, loose work for a little bit.
To start with, I'll be doing this exercise, and we'll see how it goes.
1. Study - Direct copy of the reference
2. Angle Study - Working from a reference, but drawing the subject from a different angle. I find this helps a fair bit, really makes you think about forms
3. Sketch, With Reference - Pretty self explanatory. Make a sketch, then pull up a few different refs to help flesh it out. Try not to pull too much from any one reference
4. Memory Study - Pull up a reference. Make a load of notes, try to visualise it as best I can, pick up as much as possible. Then hide it, and try to draw it from memory. Compare to the reference afterwards. Note mistakes
5. Imagination - Draw without reference.
Aiming for ~10 mins for each one, but to allow for taking notes, and fleshing out the imagination piece a bit more, the whole set takes around an hour
And the categories are
Going to rotate through that list, and alternate between digital and pencil.
So yeah, that's what March looks like for me
Stuff so far..
Portrait thing from the other day
And work from that schedule
And some other random sketchbook pages
Sweet. As always crits and stuff more than welcome.
Excellent sketchbook Jake. Your line quality is awesome in your studies. You have a very good eye for color, but I think you need to spend some time refining a study every now and then, because there are things you can learn only by spending the time and pushing a piece to finish. Hope this helps. But otherwise, great work and keep pushing for that 10,000 hour goal.
Palladium - Thanks man, yeah I think I'm going to try and work that in. Learning a lot from this sketchy stuff, and forcing myself to make mistakes, but I would definitely benefit from some longer pieces in there as well. Cheers
So, last couple of days here...
Still working on the same sorta stuff. Added "materials" to the list though, hence the helmets, and I'm going to try to do one longer study/piece every day as well.
Any comments always welcome
So, new stuff
Trying out this workflow with a longer study
~1hour from walking dead
Likenesses are so hard.
Traditional stuff, getting a bit more confident now I think
~1 hour hand study
Portrait thing from imagination
And some initial comp ideas for the new bloodsport
Couple of notes,
Think I'm going to be dropping the "memory" exercise from the list, it's just such a hassle. Painting from memory's definitely a useful thing to do, after a study, but just trying to memorise a reference is more effort than it's worth. Also, if I stick to an hour per "sheet" that gives me 15mins per piece, which should allow me to slow down and think more carefully about what I'm doing.
Which brings me onto my second point...
I've been doing these quick pieces by basically trying to get my hand to move as fast as possible. And while it's useful, and pretty fun (definitely give it a go sometime!) I think I've been prioritising the wrong things. So, I'm going to be keeping the time limits short, but thinking more carefully about every brushstroke. Basically going to try and work 'efficiently' rather than 'chaotically'
So yeah, as always, any feedback's welcome
excellent studies! and a replacement to the memory studies would be applying said study to an imagination sketch so it doesnt feel as tedious. anyways keep these studies coming!
Hey nice study of Rick. I've thought of doing some walking dead screen studies as well.lol
Those thumbnail sketches are great. And your studies of skin tones are getting better and better. I'm going to have to work on that as well.
Passed 1500 Hours Here!!
I started this whole challenge thing last March, so I guess that's about 1500 in a year. The next goal is to get to 4000 by Christmas I think
Kevin - Cheers man, yeah I might try and replace it at some point. For now, the extra 5 mins per study is helping a lot though. We'll see..
Palladium - Thank you. Yeah, there's some really cool shots in the show, I just liked the lighting in that one. And how he holds his gun so weirdly.. I never understood that.
And fleshed out something in pencil for the first time in a while, pretty fun, but a lot of struggling, values are so hard.
Seems CA's been down for a couple of days, well I couldn't post anyway. So just gonna paste my stuff from another forum. Apologies if it seems out of order
And some bloodsports work
Visual Library stuff
Other Pencil stuff
Still life/kind of a self portrait/shiny ball study thing
Longer still life, trying to remember how to render
Last couple of days
New stuff, last couple of days