Hey paperx, really nice progress and lovely studies. As for your char designs, some very interesting ideas and all. I think it's also important to make sure design elements have consistency and they are there for a reason. Well mostly.. hehe. looking very good, don't be afraid to sketch ideas and develop on them further.. (it's kinda like a reminder to myself..hhaha)
dammit those still life paintings are a killer dude. Cant crit on those at all, I suck with still life, they are boring and so hard , so I appreciate the effort even more .ANd your figures are starting to build beautifully. I envy those skills man.
Hahaha, Allan, it's cruel for anybody to be compared to Bumskee, that's just not a very nice thing to do. You just don't compare yourself to icons.
I like the new sketches, design-wise, they're very strong. Watch out that you don't focus too much on the design because the figure seems to be flattening out because of it. Like there isn't real depth of form there.
Otherwise it looks good, elves are my favorite. Keep it up, bro.
Wow. 8 Pages? Your sketchbook is quite substantial now!
Last edited by sketcheth; September 20th, 2007 at 01:47 PM.
i really really like that oil still life. i personally think you seem to do better with traditional stuff. i bet if you force yourself to do that regularly, you'll be a mad mad painter shifu in no time. one year, daily paints for paperX - you gotta admit it would be suweet? keep it rocking man....
check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)
check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)
Originally Posted by strych9ine
OldNoobie: sorry about that crappy mistake lol...yeah i need way more studies
Listing: thanks for the comment man! definitely gonna try some oil portraits/figures someday...cant wait really
bumskee: omg bumskee visited my sb...i think im gonna faint..someone hold me thank you very much for the crit man...i could learn so much from you
bhanu: i know what u mean man, i cant do a graphite still life sketch at all ...i find it pretty boring too...but with colour at least its more interesting in the sense that i can try and get my colour theory stuff sorted out more clearly so i can move on to painting people and enviros in oil mwhaha
SeanAni: thanks for the comment! keep working hard man..i really enjoy looking at ur sb
sketcheth: dude its so hard to catch u online these days...hope u're improving well with art man
tensai: thank you so much for the comment dude ...i'm sorta torn between traditional and digital mediums these days...but i suppose im still sort of a digital guy at heart...although i do like the idea of daily paints
Chris Noeth: lol..i dunno about the word "amazing" -__- but i'll try harder u keep rocking too man!
So...after one month of acting camera boy for my grandparents trip to visiting loads of family members im finally back in New Zealand! gonna be uber busy these days but hey, if i dont start posting something now my emails gonna bust with all the update notices from CA haha...can't slack off forever
here's a doodle i've been working on...i dunno really what to make of it...something is holding me back from taking it a step further to a more completed stage...also i think my thoughts drifted on to a different track when i was working on the lower body so the design aspects of the head and the body seems sorta awkward
Last edited by paperX; October 16th, 2007 at 11:16 PM.
welcome back did you have fun? Now get busy posting updates
I hate going on a trip with my parents or grandparents when I was younger I would end up being the driver, carrier, camera boy, gopher, etc. and I don't get to do anything I want to either.
I went to an expo over the weekend where we had a meeting for lots of New Zealanders artists who go to CA....it was really awesome to see CA'ers face to face
PS: Kronos if u're reading this, I just want you to know I totally wanna steal your skills and run away with them, u crazy pro guy you
anyways here's an update of an attempt at environment speed painting from ref, i think i went over board with the textures brushes a bit....and it took me ages so it wasn't much of a "speed" painting
your last work ıs very nice. nice colors and nice work
Nice update, man, it's nice to see you making a comeback on here. Let's see.
Looking back to your insectoid lady, I can see what you mean about the awkwardness between the upper and lower body portions, I think the connection between the two doesn't make sense, it's like her torso is connected a little too far back and it feels more natural to be toward the front to me? Maybe. I really like the design though, and I'm a sucker for those insect-like legs, really nice stuff.
I like this guy, simple and sketchy but it says what it needs too, he does look a little stiff though. It's really hard to do a static pose and not make it look stiff, though, so I wouldn't sweat it too much.
Just so you know I'm incredibly jealous of you being able to go to any sort of convention, I never get any of those at all. I'd have to drive like 4-6 hours to Chicago to go to one, and that's just not going to happen with my car and the price of gas.
I don't think you went overboard with the textures at all, it really gives it a realistic look. While some parts it might be a little vague (like where I assume it must be bushes next to the path?) it still looks excellent. Maybe with those bushes you should add more depth of tone or more of their branches, just to pull them out from the background. The colors are stunning. Super vibrant, that makes this work excellent. Keep it up! I'm slowly returning to digital painting after a long absence, I think it's learning traditional oils that's making it more approachable. Sometimes it's good to take a break from digital.
Thanks for the updates, they make me want to work harder.
destinyapocalypse: thanks man! ill drop by your sb later, gotta get some sleep now
OldNoobie: thanks a lot for the constant support
sketcheth: dude thanks so much for the crits, dont worry i guarantee you that you're working much harder than i am
Kronos: He's on my list dont worry, you're just closer geographically so you come early on my ultimate plan of grand thief art skills mwhaha
DanielC: thanks for visiting man, i'm so busy these days i haven't visited ur sb as much as i should have....i bet theres crazy things brewing in there
bhanu: thanks bro, ill be sure to check your sb out later, im such a lazy bastard
so yeah...i should seriously get my ass back in gear and join the community again struggling to keep up a constant update *sigh*
anyways here's some updates:
some sp's i did really quickly as warm up (i'm hoping someone can give me crits on my lines actually...as i hate my line weight, quality, confidence..basically everything about the lines i use
and an unfinished oC session with sketchETH
we were just messing around with ideas for the current TC - gothic angel, mine's on the left...i know it looks nothing gothic ... forgot about the topic , im sorta pleased with the legs though, as awkward as they look, they're probably the best legs i've ever drew off the top of my head
Last edited by paperX; October 27th, 2007 at 09:10 AM.
Hey hey...cant remember when was the last time I was here, but I must say very nice once again.
Those cast studies and the still life oil painting blew me away!
I hope to see your finished gothic angel.
PS:I wont go further than wip of mine gothic angel, found that part of forum too late and bit busy so I guess Ill just wait for new topic. Thx for the comment on it !
cool stuff, bro! Aww, and you beat me to the post on our oc session, haha. I like the sp's there.
Maybe this line problem is because you're drawing lines for the sake of drawing in hopes that they'll be important and make your line quality better, when you're doign your hatching on the side of your face and stuff, use directional lines and hatch them too, to show forms of the face. Otherwise I think you're on the right track and you're definitely getting there. I admire how different your style looks from mine on our oc there.
Another thing I just throught of, try using the scratchboard tool in Painter, or make a similar brush in ps or oc, that will force you to be careful with yoru lines because you have to be careful with the width and how sensitive it is. I've been using brush pens on my own and that's taught me much about being careful.
You're on your way to pro, man. Keep on keepin' on.
whats with the super colour awesomeness? haha. Tell me the secret....man you've improved so much kinda jealous lol...
About your lines...maybe think before you put a stroke down...instead of feeling it out which creats all the scribblies..guess the only way to achieve that is practice.....go back to your studies....keeping learning your anatomy, keep drawing from life.
Blaz: thanks for the support man! i probably wont finish my TC either eh...
sketcheth:dude! you always give me these uber long crits....:'( i feel so guilty for missing your updates now
mc2mc2: OMFG MAN!!! i know you're probably not gonna be able to read this but....why didn't u come online and say hello :'( time to sing an song "where'd you go? i missed you so...it seems like it's been foreverrrrrrrr..."
hope the singapore army isn't making you as emo as it seems :'( come back to NZ!!!!
just a anatomy study for today: (did this off a book)
You're doing great! The oil painting is looking awesome, nice colours and all.
I think in your doodles and especially the digital ones; watch the lineweight. Try to clean up the doodle once you know roughly what you want, just get rid of the small lines and get some bolder ones in there.
The enviro speedpainting looks good colour and shape wise, you indeed went a little overboard with the textures, but it's looking nice!
Oh well, just keep it up ^^
Don't worry about the line quality right now, there isn't an over night solution. It will improve in time naturally, the more you sketch, the better the lines will become. There are other more important things to fret over than the line quality.
Wow that must be confusing ^^
Yes the linequality will improve in time ofcourse, and I don't really know what I'm talking about here, but I think things like these improve most when you look out for them.
I really don't know which advice you should take I based my opinion that linequality is important on the fact that some mentors are pressing this a lot in the mentoring threads. But really, when you want to make a nice finished painting or illustration without lines, who cares if the sketch is a little messy?
Dear dear, I hope I didn't make it more confusing.
im late, i know...
So about the crit(s)!
You're doing some good work, studying good and understanding stuff.
There's isnt any real crit i can give you actually, its up to you to know what you're looking for.
But doing sometimes some life drawing can give you some extra spice to your imagination.
Keep it up dude, always.
NoŽ: thanks marleen, so awesome of you to leave helpful crits and comments
OldNoobie: thanks man...you're always here supporting me
DanielC: thanks for the encouragement man, I appreciate it
sketcheth: wish you were here man...then i could show you some art books i picked up from china
Tomorrow ill be leaving for another city to attend THIS where Jason Manley is invited as a speaker!!! OMFG....I'm gonna try find (*cough*stalk*cough*) him and shower him in my fanboy-ness haha wish me luck guys!!!
some updates today...
another oC with sketcheth! damn him and his awesome girl drawing skills, i can only manage an fugly monster dude b4 windows crapped out on me
an oC with Kronos, i did the bad mutating chick thing to the left, then drew the soccer ball when Kronos wasn't looking
a doodle that i was sorta actually getting into before i accidentely saved it at the size you see below, now im not sure if i'll take this any further....
good work man, sorry i'm struggling to think of any questions for mr manley. maybe tell him a little about your impression of art education in NZ and ask him what he thinks? maybe ask his how much he thinks he got out of his schooling? and if they are doing anything different/super powered at the atelier. blah blah, i think just try engage him in a conversation rather than bombard him with questions, then maybe you might get some info you weren't planning on.. coolness man, be sure to tell me how it was when you get back AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!