A couple hands

March 30, 2010

Some hands studies done after Bridgman.  He is soooooooo knowledgeable.  I like to copy each of his drawings four times, rotating it 90 degrees each time.  That way I can fully understand the forms and it helps to later draw it from pretty much any angle.  The last two hands on the bottom page are done from my imagination.

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Some studies

March 29, 2010

Some studies from today and yesterday.  I felt with the demon piece in the previous post I was getting a little stiff, and all this rendering done on it and the still life made me want to do some looser traditional stuff.  Unfortunately, I tend to have trouble finding the right side of the line between loose good sketching and messy crap.  Anyhow, the first five are studies after Alex Pascenko (he’s so awesome).  The rest are from my imagination.  Not my best stuff.  Oh, and I’ve also included a 30 minute study after Coberly I did today.

Demon Warrior

March 27, 2010

Here is a demon warrior done for this week’s Teen Challenge at Conceptart.org.  I’ve been staring at it a while, and think I can call it quits.

Spider Carnage

March 24, 2010

Here is my take on the character Spider Carnage–a character that came to be when a clone of Spider-Man fused with the symbiote Carnage.  I painted it in greyscale first, then tried to colour it using an overlay layer and then finally touching it up on another normal layer.  I ended up with bad colours and I screwed up the values in the process.  I think the result is pretty bad.  I like the greyscale version though.

Digital Still Life

March 23, 2010

So I am calling it quits on this still life.  I worked on it for a good chunk of Sunday, and another couple hours spread over today and yesterday.  I am rather pleased with how it turned out, especially since this is my first ever digital still life.  The detail shots are showing the file with the zoom at 100%.  It was done in Photoshop.

Landscapes

March 20, 2010

I am weak at landscapes, so today I decided to attack it head on.  First I took a photo of a landscape and did a quick study of it (a little over and hour).  Then I closed it, opened a new document, and painted an imaginary landscape based on what I had learned from the photostudy.  It took about an hour and a half.

So the first one is the photostudy, the second is entirely from my imagination.

Coberly Copy

March 19, 2010

A quick copy after Aaron Coberly I did earlier today.  Total time maybe and hour and a half?  Maybe a little less.  Anyhow, playing around with some brushes I downloaded and trying to wrap my brain around colour.  It is one tricky devil.

Had some fun today and yesterday drawing dinosaurs.  They are all copies after James Gurney’s paintings from Dinotopia, except the digital one.  I painted it from my imagination based on what I had learnt.  I meant to do it in colour, but forgot, so it remains in grayscale.  Anyhow, it is only a very quick sketch so it doesn’t really matter.

Self Portrait

March 16, 2010

Here is a self portrait I worked on today.  I was just starting to get into the rendering when it struck me how weak the initial drawing was so I stopped.  There is no sense of structure whatsoever.  It looks like a few facial features randomly pasted (and with the wrong perspective) onto a shape vaguely resembling my face.  Next time I will definitely focus on structure and figure out how the skull fits in and all that junk.

Here are some creatures painted from my imagination.  I am starting to get comfortable with these sorts of grayscale paintings, so it is time I guess to try and work in the difficult world of colour.  Also, while I am happy with how I found these in terms of process and difficulty, I feel they are rather uncreative.  So in addition to working in colour I need to try and make more original creatures with more interesting poses.