Nice improvement in your sketchbook. Keep it up with the shading practice, the more you draw, the more confident you'll grow, the more your work will benfit from it.
Keep it up!
Feel free to visit my sketchbook
I'm really enjoying the character designs on the previous page of Rex, Leo and Saint, it's great seeing you make variations on them too. They seem very unified yet each is unique, and I think that's really difficult to achieve. Nice, nice work, it's cool to see you in the planning stages of all of this, especially the storyboard style comic pages.
Nicky S: Thanks man. Definitely not drawing as much as I should.
BlackDelphin: Thanks for dropping by. ohnojenny gave me a real good idea to start off with though. So all credit to her
zou: I've actually been reading Making Comics for a while now. Soon done, and I plan to read it again immediately after I finish it. Thanks for stopping by!
sketcheth: Appreciate the praise on the character designs Pretty happy with those.
So, some sketches. Not been drawing enough lately (as always). I can't seem to find the time to do any of the things I want to do.
Nice to see you're planning to join the newborn contest. And don't back off! Will be a great experience. Determined give it a shot myself. Actually, I had a concept in mind that does have a connection with yours. Go go!
Looking nice, those comic pages. Or film stills? I forgot what project you were on, it seems different from the last one. I'll have to look it up again. I enjoy the transitions between those frames though. Eager to seeing the results, are you going to flesh these out later on? with colour/light schemes and all that.
Good studies in #387, #388, #389 . That's what we want! I'm unsure if you actually like studying from ref. Not everyone seems to do so. Either way great job.
I recognize quite some of the ref from characterdesigns.com. I'm noticing you've got some good observations in there. In most of those poses I can clearly see the anatomy and details you're aiming for. The linework is often scribbly but you can cover that just by drawing a lot.
The right girl-with-gun in post #389 went pretty well. But something clearly went wrong in the left one (shoulder area, chest mostly), probably because she has a tougher pose. When drawing from ref, always try to justify what you see and draw! You know how the anatomy works, so you can visualize it in 3d and also draw it as if in 3d. Copying lines (not saying you do) never works. However if you can understand what's going in in the reference, you'll know better how to put it down on paper. Hope this makes sense, became somewhat of a negative rant. Because I do like these studies. Tough ones among them. Plus you put some values in there too.
And I can promptly see those values in your last post - nice character.
Try out these value studies some more, they really help you develop a better sense of shape and form. It's a different experience than just linework. Someone gave me the same advice a while ago, and it's working well for me.
Nice going man, those characters are clearly there. Back them up with drawing skill to show them to us.
This became a bit of an odd comment since it has been so long. Will watch you more frequently now, so keep at it!
Anthis: Thanks for all that man, not a negative rant at all! The comic pages are for the same project as the character designs on the last page and the page before that. I have too many project going on, really. Hard to find out which one to work on at any one time. I'm not sure how much I'll flesh them out before going for a 'finished' version. This whole comics thing is really new to me, so it's a learning experience. It would be nice to be able to go over them with lighting and colour schemes too, but we'll see what I'll bother with/how much time I'll give myself on it.
Thanks for the comments on the characterdesigns.com girls. That's a good comment on understanding the reference, and not just copying the lines.
About the newborn contest... Ugh, we'll see what I have time for. I'm starting to get really stressed out about not having enough time to do everything that I need to do. I realize that the newborn contest should probably be a priority, though.
Here's the start of what I was planning on making a finished illustration. I thought I'd post it in the Critique Center, but I want to work on it some more first. I also made some armor designs for it. They're just drawn over some reference pictures though, so I can't take credit for the poses or anatomy.
High heels on a space-explorer/sci-fi combat outfit is just about the stupidest thing I can think of, but man it's hawt!
ooh i so totally like your hands from page 11!!! and your figures onwards are getting more complex i'd say ^^
i guess you should study folds more n paying more attention to when you're wrapping them up in clothes
just to point that in the illustration, you should work on the composition.
use the rocks lines to guide the viewer to the focal point. perhaps also some clouds . pay attention to figure itself.Actually the center point is his butt (pervert ? me ? of course : yes... no kidding !) A circle form si always the first form we see in composition. zoom in and out, flip the image to check that (just a reminder)
Good job Hai! I like the sketches on post 400. I think you have a potential illustration happening there.
I think you should practice more on value. Really try to render things as opposed to using flat color. Start with a middle value and from there you can go lighter or darker. And be loose and use big broad strokes at the beginning. Only use smaller strokes when detailing. Try practicing with a photo or any simple object for a start.
The girl in the last post, the one climbing the stairs, it seems like were seeing too much of her face, since it should be like a complete side-view or less for a pose like that me thinks... Its not very comfortable twisting your neck like that And i think her butt is pushing out a bit too much, or maybe its just me.. Keep on hard work mate!
zou: Thanks for the comment. i alwas forget about flipping and zooming, but I'll try to remember now. As for the composition, that isn't the final one. I cropped the image to show the figure to you guys. Uploading the whole canvas as it is now today. Not even sure what shape or size I want on the final image yet...
Dizon: Definitely need to practice value and rendering and color and- Well, yeah. Thanks for dropping by
Noodley: Thanks for those points. I think you're right on both. I'll try twisting her upper body some more, I don't really want to change the face. Will also see how it looks if I curve her back a little less.
So, here's a page from the song illustration thing I had going on page... 10. Realise it's been a while since this was new, but I found it again today, and thought it was sort of cool.
Next is a sketch from today, and then the sci-fi illo with my notes on it.
Nice notes! haha
Go work on it already! Don't be afraid just do it.
I suggest scaling what you have right now to a thumbnail size and making quick value and color studies of it. That will allow you to see the big picture right away and see if it works as a whole.
Youve nailed the proportions there! But as zou said, seeing more finished works would be awesome! Keep on practising, youll get there for sure till the next time!
zou: Thanks, I'm trying to finish this latest one at least.
Diz: I know, I gotta be fearless! It's hard though Taking it into thumbnail at this stage is a good idea, thanks.
Delph: Thanks! I like the hoodie drawing too
Noodle: Thanks man
So, no progress this last week as I've been out at sea, sailing. Todays update is the only thing I produced while out there. Gonna get back to all the other stuff now.
I need to paint more. Do more of these quicker things and get some real practice. I realise I should've cleaned up the edges on the second one, but I was a little eager to get done with it and now I only have the JPG. Photoreffed btw, obviously.
I agree with zoe, it could use more brightening, maybe some neat cast shadows that goes along with the shapes of the body to really make the shape pop out? id also use more softer brushes to blend the values better. Anyway, great updates, keep on the hard work mate
Wow, a month since my last update. And this is the first drawing I've done since then, actually
Small update today, hope to be back soon with more.
Thanks Noodle and zou, the reference was really dark on that, tried to be true to that.
Yeah, hoody drawings are interesting!
And dang Hai!! How come my message centre didn't notice me that you had a few new posts!!!?!?! *angry on the subscription button*
I really like the new chicks you posted yesterday, especially that first one!
And no,it's not because of the lines haha