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danielh68
02-24-2006, 01:15 AM
jmBoekestein - yeah, it's amazing the different effects that can be created with temperature and compliments. Thanks for your insights :)

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http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch119.jpg

mindofka
02-24-2006, 02:12 AM
I really enjoyed so much browsing through all the length of your thread. Your imagination and "quickies" are wonderful. They have really this true painting touch.
I'll must admit, I love more your sketchpaints than your finished works, even if they're perefctly painted and fulldetailed, in a way they loose some freshness that stays vivid in your sketches.
I'll stay tuned to see what you do before work, or after :D

:love:

danielh68
02-24-2006, 03:32 PM
Hi mindofka, thanks for the kind words :) Yeah, I agree about the sketches. When I produce a finish piece from now on, I plan to keep things loose outside the focal point. Personally, I feel there's a dialogue established between the viewer and the artist when elements of the work are loose or suggested. Essentially, it allows the viewer to interpret and participate; unlike a composition that's overly-rendered and has no room for such inverstigation. In any case, thanks again for your great comments :arteest:


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch120.jpg

danielh68
02-24-2006, 07:40 PM
started out as a doodle...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch121.jpg

danielh68
02-25-2006, 12:45 AM
action doodles...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch122.jpg

BrutalMonk
02-25-2006, 09:37 AM
Very very nice! I love your colors and characters! Great work!

danielh68
02-28-2006, 12:35 AM
Thanks, Brutal Monk...much appreciated :thumbsup:

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One for the DSG..."The Lantern"

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch123.jpg

danielh68
03-26-2006, 05:23 AM
I haven't posted in a long time. Here's a quickie I did for DSG.

20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch124.jpg

remcv8
03-26-2006, 05:55 AM
Nice to see you putting out awesome work. Love your thread!!!

Nazirull
03-26-2006, 09:15 AM
Hey...how bout that roadtrip sketch for a start at the CGChallenge now?:deal:

danielh68
03-26-2006, 04:21 PM
remcv8 - Thanks. I've been busy lately. Hopefully, I can make a consistent return to it. :)

maranello55 - I would consider it, but I'm already working on one for the competition. It sort of has a fairytale feel to it. Here's a snap shot of some WIP. I still have a long ways to go and many issues to resolve. In any case, thanks for the good word.:thumbsup:

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch125.jpg

LoTekK
03-26-2006, 04:47 PM
Ooh, that challenge piece is gorgeous. Love the bright colors. Solid stuff as always. I'm liking the lantern piece as well, and the gestures of the fencers are nice and dynamic.

danielh68
03-26-2006, 06:17 PM
Thanks, LoTekK...glad you like it :)
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Another quickie. 20 mins.

Title: Man

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch126.jpg

LoTekK
03-26-2006, 06:21 PM
Awesome. That's almost HardcorePixxx-like in its energy and composition. :thumbsup:

Gord-MacDonald
03-26-2006, 10:57 PM
Daniel - your thread is just so great to browse - so much awesome work! Keep em coming! :thumbsup:

Gord

LDiehl
03-27-2006, 12:13 AM
I absolutely adore your challenge piece. Can't wait to see it finished. =)

danielh68
03-27-2006, 05:14 PM
LDiehl - Thanks, I really appreciate your comments. I need to get back on it, "competition time" seems to go by rather quickly. Thanks again :)

Gord - I'm glad it's browse worthy. As always, thanks for visiting and your positive comments. :thumbsup:
LoTekK - Cool, thanks :beer:

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Another 20mins quickie:

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch127.jpg

danielh68
03-29-2006, 02:50 AM
one for the DSG.

3 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch128.jpg

jmBoekestein
03-29-2006, 03:38 AM
Fantastic :D. A lot of image iwth very little time man! :thumbsup:

effstops
03-29-2006, 04:23 AM
Your work is very inspiring. I really enjoyed browsing this thread!

danielh68
03-30-2006, 02:55 AM
effstops & jmBoekestein, thanks so much for the great comments! :)

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Flash Gordon

20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch129.jpg

danielh68
03-30-2006, 09:01 PM
35mins


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch130.jpg

danielh68
04-02-2006, 05:34 AM
25mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch131.jpg

abourabe
04-11-2006, 07:29 PM
:thumbsup: awesome work man this is a great sketches !
u are a talent man

danielh68
04-12-2006, 01:47 AM
abourabe -- thanks for the kind words :)

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20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch132.jpg

danielh68
04-12-2006, 01:58 AM
Here's an update for a piece I'm doing for the "Journey" competition. Still have a lot of work to do...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch133.jpg

jmBoekestein
04-12-2006, 02:47 AM
Wow! I love the colours and how the lines flow along easily. Great stuff! :thumbsup:

danielh68
04-27-2006, 07:14 PM
jmBoekestein - thanks for the kind remarks.

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quickie, 20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch134.jpg

danielh68
04-28-2006, 01:34 AM
8 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch135.jpg

danielh68
05-02-2006, 12:53 AM
12 min doodle

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch136.jpg

audit
05-02-2006, 02:17 AM
Hm, for a doodle that's pretty amazing..Journey looks fantastic, too, even at this stage. Your thread is just cool. great to browse :D

danielh68
05-05-2006, 01:37 AM
Audit -- Thanks, I appeciate it. I really like your sketches in the "King Arthur" themed DSG. Great stuff !

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40mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch137.jpg

Runecaster
05-05-2006, 03:45 AM
beautiful, inspiring work. I can't believe I didn't look here earlier. What sort of training do you have? It's just stunning to me how efficiently you work.. you make consistent good choices - lovely!

Gord-MacDonald
05-05-2006, 04:42 AM
just keeps getting better!

great challenge piece.

Gord

pap87
05-05-2006, 12:08 PM
Damn, you work fast. I like your style. :buttrock:

CyborgJA
05-05-2006, 01:59 PM
Great great 3D

I love you color' sense. It's fantastic.
Subscribed.

danielh68
05-06-2006, 07:42 AM
CyborgJA, pap87, Gord and LabyrinthineMind, thanks for the good word and browsing through my thread :)

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30mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch138.jpg

danielh68
05-10-2006, 12:49 AM
20mins.

http://danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch139.jpg

Shadowbrooke
05-10-2006, 04:38 AM
Wow your sketches are awesome! I wish I could be that good!!

Defcombeta
05-10-2006, 05:14 AM
very nice studies , im impresed since you are not afraid to try new things and experiment on the fly and try to work mistakes and make them "right". solid show sir

john mac

danielh68
05-11-2006, 12:48 AM
Defcombeta - Yeah, I try to stay loose and have some fun. Many times those mistakes or "happy accidents" create something special. Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated.

Kelandra - many thanks. :)

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25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch140.jpg

audit
05-11-2006, 02:07 AM
beautiful, Dan, really...i love the subtlety of colour, and the red accents on the face are really expressive. :thumbsup:

Nazirull
05-11-2006, 06:19 AM
I still envy your color skills.....

danielh68
05-12-2006, 01:02 AM
Audit - Yeah, I wanted to save the warms for just face and arms and keep the rest of the composition cool. Thanks for the kind words :)

Nazirull - I'm glad all those color theory books I've read have paid off :) Many thanks.

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45 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch141.jpg

danielh68
05-13-2006, 01:56 AM
45mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch142.jpg

Salubri3i
05-16-2006, 08:54 AM
great sketches! :)

danielh68
05-25-2006, 06:54 PM
Thanks, Salubri3i :)

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Here's a painting I submitted to the "Journey Begins" competition.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/journey/finalimagebig.jpg

aldog
05-25-2006, 07:28 PM
woooowwwww
oh my god just WOW
that's all I can manage
this last one is...wow

Runecaster
05-25-2006, 07:59 PM
Helzer, that looks amazing :) What a great image, it looks like a book cover already and tells a perfect story -- which is just what they are looking for (and what SO many entries are not doing at all)

I totally love the feel of this, the way you made them teeny and the beautiful flying creatures. Well done! :thumbsup:

danielh68
05-26-2006, 02:03 AM
LabyrinthineMind & Aldog, thanks for the great comments. :)

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Here's a quickie...15mins.

"Rock Star"

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch143.jpg

danielh68
05-27-2006, 10:45 PM
25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch144.jpg

audit
05-28-2006, 12:40 AM
hi, dan, back to sketching now that journey is complete?

that last sketch; wonderful. i like the almost limited palette and textures. i didn't spot the figure for a few seconds, but once noticed it really lifts the composition! keep it up, it's great to see your work.

remcv8
05-31-2006, 12:51 AM
Helzer, your work is, as always, amazing.

danielh68
05-31-2006, 04:36 AM
Audit - yeah, I've reached the end of the "Journey Begins". It took a lot of time, I'm glad it's behind me now. Thanks for the good word. By the way, your thread is progressing nicely. You're posting some great stuff :thumbsup:

remcv8 - I haven't seen you around in awhile. Hopefully all is good. Thanks for the comment...as always, they are appreciated. :)

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30mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch146.jpg

audit
06-01-2006, 01:41 AM
a pleasure as always :) if you have any advice or crits, drop by and post - i'd be glad to hear.

danielh68
06-03-2006, 08:10 PM
25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch147.jpg

danielh68
06-06-2006, 02:58 AM
25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch148.jpg

danielh68
06-07-2006, 03:56 AM
35mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch149.jpg

danielh68
06-08-2006, 03:47 AM
45mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch150.jpg

danielh68
06-12-2006, 04:28 AM
45 mins. "Nerd vs Jock"

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch151.jpg

CGriffin
06-12-2006, 06:08 PM
Okay, Daniel...I HAVE to hear the dirt on how you make such amazing and realistic textures 'appear' in your digital work! What version of PhotoShop or Painter or whathaveyou do you use? It's a kick-ass blend of digital and traditional-appearing techniques. SPILL. Let your secrets run free. Or I shall create a voodoo doll and insert various pins into inappropriate places. I swear, I'll do it.

Cris

danielh68
06-12-2006, 11:07 PM
Hi QuickReaver,

Since I experiment a lot, I don't really have a consistent method. Most of my techniques are gradual evulotions from a tutorial a did a long time ago. If you're interested, here's a link

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=2498697#post2498697

Hopefully this works for you -- thus, avoiding any sudden neck spasms or back pains :)

CGriffin
06-13-2006, 04:09 AM
Ah, sweet impasto! Thanks, Daniel, the tutorial is great. You have saved yourself from otherworldly vengeance. :thumbsup: (Okay, I don't really know voodoo. But hey, it worked!)

danielh68
06-13-2006, 06:17 AM
...cool, I glad you found it useful :)

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45 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch152.jpg

danielh68
06-14-2006, 02:17 AM
Some figurative doodling.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch153.jpg

danielh68
06-14-2006, 06:18 PM
25mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch154.jpg

danielh68
06-15-2006, 02:55 AM
25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch155.jpg

danielh68
06-15-2006, 04:37 AM
15 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch156.jpg

remcv8
06-15-2006, 01:57 PM
Helzer, seeing your work is inspiring. You always seem to come up with themes, colors, techniques that are brilliant.

with love my friend,

remcv8

danielh68
06-16-2006, 05:55 PM
remcv8 - Hey thanks for the good word. It's inspiring to know that someone is inspired by them :) Thanks again!

25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch157.jpg

audit
06-16-2006, 06:01 PM
dan, your work is always inspiring; posting after every one seemed like overkill though :D the texture and composition experiments present in your sketches are just amazing, original, fascinating. keep posting.

eilidh
06-16-2006, 07:36 PM
Brilliant sketches. I particularly like how each is in a different style -- how you shift from texture overkill to something as simple as a flat block of colour; it's really something fresh to look at. :)

danielh68
06-17-2006, 03:14 AM
Thanks Audit, by the way, I dig your Samurai posting today. Very cool, work. :thumbsup:

eilidh - wow! thanks for the great feedback. I'm happy you like them :)

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25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch158.jpg

KMcNamara
06-17-2006, 03:27 AM
Really great work man. Perfect anatomy. I love the gesture style, colors and composition is also excellent. Checking daily for more!

danielh68
06-17-2006, 05:13 PM
Thanks, Maytridy...I'm glad you like' em :)

25mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch159.jpg

danielh68
06-18-2006, 02:08 AM
30 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch160.jpg

danielh68
07-01-2006, 02:40 AM
3o mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch161.jpg

eilidh
07-01-2006, 07:13 AM
Surreal. I like the emptiness of the landscape and the rendering of the figure and the structure he's sitting on -- the latter has a nice oily sheen (which looks like it was very simply and smartly put together).

By the way, I had liked a lot the previous one as well, especially the movement in combination with her hair evaporating and leaving a trail behind her.

Great feel in both.

danielh68
07-01-2006, 07:17 AM
Thanks, Eleni...yeah, I was trying to make it look as bleak and dispairing as possible. I'm glad you like it.

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25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch162.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
07-01-2006, 08:27 AM
endless creativity Daniel - Keep it up!


Gord

Dianae
07-01-2006, 05:29 PM
Great work, very creative! You sure know how to use colours :) Well done, all theses styles are very nice. Great anatomy btw!

danielh68
07-02-2006, 03:57 AM
Dianae & Gord, as always thanks for the good word :)

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5 min sketch

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch163.jpg

jonone
07-02-2006, 11:03 AM
v nice work,got alot of imagination hehe .
keep them coming:)

danielh68
07-02-2006, 05:25 PM
jonone, thanks for the support...much appreciated. :thumbsup:
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5 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch164.jpg

danielh68
07-03-2006, 06:28 PM
25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch165.jpg

danielh68
07-03-2006, 08:23 PM
25mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch166.jpg

eilidh
07-03-2006, 09:00 PM
Great new additions. I think the last one is a brilliant interpretation of the subject, too (it's the last from the DSG, is it not?). I admire the way you lay down outlines, forms and textures so quickly, very loosely but accurately enough so as to give the viewer the whole feel of what's going on.

danielh68
07-03-2006, 10:13 PM
eilidh - Thanks :) Yeah it's for today's DSG, but I just realized the topic is "purple monkeys" instead of just simply "purple". So, I guess my work is not really applicable. Anyhow, thanks again!

25mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch168.jpg

eilidh
07-03-2006, 10:28 PM
I thought it was something along the lines of 'purple going down'... *checks* Right, "the rise and fall of purple". So you're perfectly within subject.

danielh68
07-03-2006, 11:33 PM
^
^
That's good to hear :)

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Well, my last sketch for today. I need to get some real work done.

40mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch169.jpg

danielh68
07-04-2006, 06:32 PM
90 mins. "Mer-Man"

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch170.jpg

danielh68
07-05-2006, 03:40 AM
Dinked around with the above sketch a bit more. About 25 mins worth. It's a low rez image, I may upsample and repaint it with more detail.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch171.jpg

eilidh
07-05-2006, 06:33 AM
Ahh, gorgeous textures in this one! What did you use?

danielh68
07-05-2006, 03:51 PM
Thanks, edith. I jump around a lot between apps. Sometimes I just use one and sometimes I use all three in combination. For the Mer-man, I used Painter, Photoshop and Artrage. Thanks again :)

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20mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch172.jpg

eilidh
07-05-2006, 06:06 PM
Thanks. I've seen a lot of people here mention Artrage, with good comments; I think I'll download it and give it a shot.

danielh68
07-06-2006, 01:15 AM
20 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch173.jpg

dinamicdesign
07-06-2006, 01:24 AM
nice snake :)

something is bugging me, the shadow of the ball and the shadow of the snake doesn't fit.
on the snake it seems that is illuminated from above and at the ball on the upperleft.

what is that snake trying to do? escape through the wall? :D

danielh68
07-06-2006, 03:41 PM
dinamicdesign - Yeah, you're right about the shadows not aligning. If I go back to it, I will adjust it. The overall idea behind it consist of a tentacle emerging from a dark vaporous portal and not necessarily a hole in the wall. In any case, thanks for the comments :)

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20 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch174.jpg

danielh68
07-07-2006, 01:41 AM
30mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch175.jpg

dinamicdesign
07-07-2006, 03:17 AM
hi

wow, very nice the last one, the meteor shower.

btw, why are you speeding? :)

danielh68
07-08-2006, 01:44 AM
dinamicdesign - Why speed? Well, I do design work all day and freelance on the side, so I don't have much time to spare. I try to commit myself to do one either in the morning or after work. The fact that there's no client demands or outside art direction makes sketching very enjoyable and therapeutic. Anything longer than a half hour, I begin to view it as work -- plus, I'd rather be doing something unrelated to computers. Anyhow, thanks for the interest and the good word.

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35 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch176.jpg

danielh68
07-08-2006, 05:20 PM
40 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch177.jpg

luciferous
07-08-2006, 07:48 PM
3omins worth

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch113.jpg

Im currently going through this thread and loving it.... i dont know if anyone else has spotted this but... is this vash the stampede from trigun in shiney semi realistic form?

danielh68
07-08-2006, 09:58 PM
Thanks Shane. I'm glad you like it. As far as the likeness, that's purely coincidental. In fact, I had to look it up at Wikipedia to inform myself what you were talking about. I soon discovered how clueless I am in regards Anime.

In any case, after reading this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigun_characters#Vash_the_Stampede I altered the original slightly for humor's sake.

Thanks, again. :)

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch178.jpg

danielh68
07-09-2006, 06:26 PM
Just saw Superman.

...now that I think about it, this doesn't make sense because Krypton no longer exist...oh, well..

30mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch179.jpg

danielh68
07-11-2006, 12:16 AM
20mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch180.jpg

danielh68
07-11-2006, 03:55 PM
35mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch181.jpg

danielh68
07-11-2006, 07:06 PM
35 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch182.jpg

eilidh
07-11-2006, 09:52 PM
It's tough trying to catch up with you -- but then I read you try to draw every day, so it makes sense.
Favourites from this lot: the fire from the sky picture: I like the contrast of the fire against the snowy landscape, it was a good idea. And the guy's expression/running pose are very convincing, too.
The warhorse: very dramatic, very dynamic, and I like the colour scheme a lot.
Great fluid stance in the two figures and the guy with the gun.

danielh68
07-12-2006, 01:17 AM
Hey, eilidh, thanks for the fav list and remarks :). I'm glad you noticed the "fire and ice" thingy -- I was shooting for some visual irony there.

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Stayed after work today and sketched some. 30mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch183.jpg

danielh68
07-12-2006, 06:03 PM
Roughly an hour.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch184.jpg

danielh68
07-12-2006, 07:48 PM
30 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch185.jpg

danielh68
07-13-2006, 12:12 AM
3o mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch186.jpg

danielh68
07-13-2006, 05:20 PM
25 mins.



http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch187.jpg

danielh68
07-14-2006, 01:47 AM
20 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch188.jpg

danielh68
07-15-2006, 02:02 AM
35 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch189.jpg

danielh68
07-19-2006, 12:11 AM
15 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch190.jpg

danielh68
07-19-2006, 08:20 PM
25 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch191.jpg

danielh68
07-20-2006, 01:48 AM
Another 20 mins added to the image above...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch192.jpg

Oziel
07-20-2006, 04:06 AM
They are ok, I like the textured paper backgound you use

danielh68
07-20-2006, 06:45 AM
Thanks for the...um...backhanded compliment?

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45 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch193.jpg

eilidh
07-20-2006, 11:35 AM
Great additions, Daniel. Actually I find them staring at each for a long time -- it's a very good learning source. Usually what impresses me most is that economy of lines, it's something I think I should work on more, too.

this lot's favourites, even though it's not very easy to pick: the beach one (such attitude! :p), the second sketch-and-paint face of that woman with the weird hairdo (face's forms), the statue one (looks very impressive altogether and I think it's a VERY nice interpretation of ambition), and the last one (dynamics).

I'd like to see a few comments along with each image, by the way -- if of course you feel like it. I usually go over to the DSG to check the subject, but any sort of info regarding the picture's making would be very interesting, too.

danielh68
07-21-2006, 08:16 PM
Thanks, Eilidh, for the great detailed comments :) Most appreciated.

This is one I did for the DSG. It's only a 30 minute sketch. Essentially it' just a 2B pencil and some color overlayed on a white background (making for instant light source).

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch194.jpg

aldog
07-22-2006, 05:01 PM
that superman looks awesome

danielh68
07-23-2006, 07:50 PM
Thanks, aldog :thumbsup:

45mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch195.jpg

danielh68
07-24-2006, 06:29 AM
" I have a dream..."

35 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch196.jpg

danielh68
07-25-2006, 03:12 AM
90mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch197.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
07-25-2006, 03:44 AM
Daniel - its always a delight to visit this thread. :)

Gord

danielh68
07-25-2006, 03:48 PM
Hey, thanks Gord :)

20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch198.jpg

danielh68
07-31-2006, 12:22 AM
3hrs.

Fauna

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch199.jpg

danielh68
08-01-2006, 02:11 AM
40 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch200.jpg

danielh68
08-02-2006, 02:10 AM
30mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch201.jpg

danielh68
08-03-2006, 02:12 AM
35mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch202.jpg

danielh68
08-03-2006, 07:08 PM
35 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch203.jpg

danielh68
08-03-2006, 08:17 PM
15 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch204.jpg

danielh68
08-04-2006, 01:46 AM
25mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch205.jpg

danielh68
08-04-2006, 07:17 AM
I'm thinking of doing sketches within a limited brush selection while attempting to go through the general library of brushes within each program such as Painter, Photoshop and Art Rage.

This is a 15 minute one in Art Rage.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch206.jpg

danielh68
08-04-2006, 11:19 PM
Here's a couple Indian pieces, which took about 45 mins apiece. Done in Photoshop using only the default hard brush at opacities of 100, 50 and 30. The initial pencil sketch was also the default hard brush, but with pen pressure turned on.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch207.jpg
http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch208.jpg

danielh68
08-05-2006, 01:21 AM
40mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch209.jpg

Nazirull
08-05-2006, 04:50 AM
Overwhelming body of work...keep at it man....

Iridyse
08-05-2006, 06:19 AM
So many different styles, and each is so great! I'm extremely impressed by your work here.

danielh68
08-05-2006, 08:35 AM
Nazirull & Hiiri, thanks...much appreciated :)

--------------

A quick one before I collapse into bed...it's late.

"Self" 15mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch210.jpg

danielh68
08-06-2006, 07:06 AM
Close to 2hrs.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch211.jpg

Dianae
08-06-2006, 01:17 PM
Great sketches, very good use of colours! I especially like the last one, the expressions are great!

danielh68
08-06-2006, 08:31 PM
Thanks, Dianae for the great remarks. :)

hr. +

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch212.jpg

danielh68
08-07-2006, 01:44 AM
30mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch213.jpg

audit
08-08-2006, 12:49 AM
hey dan, i missed a whole load! looked through it and of course your stuff continues to inspire me; such a rewarding thread. cheers :)

danielh68
08-08-2006, 12:52 AM
Hey, thanks, Audit. It has been awhile :)

one hr.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch214.jpg

danielh68
08-09-2006, 01:50 AM
25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch215.jpg

niva
08-09-2006, 05:37 AM
Great stuff buddy, keep it up!

danielh68
08-11-2006, 01:52 AM
Thanks, Niva :)

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1 hour

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch217.jpg

danielh68
08-11-2006, 06:37 PM
hour/20

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch218.jpg

Runecaster
08-11-2006, 07:25 PM
Love the bird thingymajig - I love your ability with color. It's still such a mystery to me.


Is this the type of art you do or do you have more finished pieces we could check out? I don't mind the sketches, they are beautiful but just wondering if you rendered any other way? Would love to study you a bit more :)

danielh68
08-11-2006, 10:02 PM
Hi Renee, thanks for the kind remarks.

Honestly, I haven't done that many tight renderings. The only polished pieces I have on this thread can be found here:

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=263969&page=20&pp=15 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=263969&page=20&pp=15)

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=263969&page=10&pp=15 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=263969&page=10&pp=15)

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=263969&page=4&pp=15 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=263969&page=4&pp=15)


The first two links were for the CG Challenge contest they hold every so often. The last one contains a couple of finished renderings.

Although, I'm a working artist, I always consider myself a student first. The rough sketches I produce on this thread are really just excercises to explore a solution to a visual problem. For instance, when I read a book on compostions in oil painting, I apply that same methodology to my digital works. Often they are studies from what I have learned from my reading affairs. In short, I feel like I can learn more and experiment more by keeping my execution time to a minimum.

Concerning color, I once created a tutorial which is somewhere here on CGSociety. Although, I should update it, because there's a lot of things I have gathered since then.

Well, I better get back to work. Thanks again, Renee. :)

Vahn
08-11-2006, 11:10 PM
nice work dh ... i really like the old golddigger with donkey & the guy flying that bird :)

danielh68
08-16-2006, 01:57 AM
Thanks Vahn, I really appreciate it. :)

30mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch219.jpg

CyborgJA
08-16-2006, 10:18 AM
I'm without word cause it's incredible the way you manage the light.
As example the pilot here....and water too.

Lovable perspective on his body too.

:bowdown:

danielh68
08-16-2006, 04:54 PM
Thanks Cyborg. I checked out your site, amazing sketch work. Very nice portfolio :)

20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch220.jpg

danielh68
08-17-2006, 01:07 AM
30 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch222.jpg

Vahn
08-17-2006, 04:07 AM
cool new sketches! the blue one is ineresting ... how did you do the bg ? :)

hmm from you last sketch i deduct it might be just custom brushes ... at least those pixel-glyphs ... hehe looks cool

danielh68
08-17-2006, 10:08 PM
Thanks Vahn. :thumbsup:

90mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch223.jpg

danielh68
08-18-2006, 02:03 AM
45mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch224.jpg

danielh68
08-19-2006, 05:52 PM
90mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch225.jpg

danielh68
08-19-2006, 09:13 PM
90 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch226.jpg

CyborgJA
08-20-2006, 01:01 PM
Thanks Cyborg. I checked out your site, amazing sketch work. Very nice portfolio :)




I'm honoured.

Mm... you are painting a loto of starships. Are you working on a specific project?

Nazirull
08-20-2006, 03:04 PM
Yeah man...ure up something?

Nazirull
08-20-2006, 03:05 PM
Thanks Cyborg. I checked out your site, amazing sketch work. Very nice portfolio :)

20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch220.jpg

I didnt see this one sorry.....bloody amazing! Love it!

danielh68
08-21-2006, 02:24 AM
CyborgJA - Thank you:)...oh, and, no, I'm not working on a sci-fi project..although I can imagine it being fun :D

Nazirull - Thanks :) so far it's my favorite out of the space ship theme. I'm glad you like it!

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70 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch227.jpg

CyborgJA
08-22-2006, 02:15 PM
CyborgJA - Thank you:)...oh, and, no, I'm not working on a sci-fi project..although I can imagine it being fun :D





Start it by your own ;)

UUUUU this pic is wonderfulllllllll ! So Sweet and warm...please work on it !!!

danielh68
08-30-2006, 01:12 AM
CyborgJA, thank you :) I will try and find time to polish it.

45mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch228.jpg

Nazirull
08-30-2006, 02:54 AM
Ahhh..Leon...very nice dooode....

Hey doode....ever thought of setting up ur CG portfolio....im sure u got some to show...:deal:

eilidh
08-30-2006, 06:35 AM
It's been a while for me too!
This lot's (and they really are a lot) favourites:

post #401, the one with the winged.. what is it -- flamingo? ostritch? Whatever it is, I love it. It's a great idea and the setting is beautiful.

post #398, the space-surfer... you used the finger painting option for the background, didn't you? It looks so much like it. I like this contrast of smooth background and the stark forms of the figure.

#395. This makes for a great illustration; the picture is really telling a story and creates suspence. The Indian figure in the background is faint, but draws the eye at once.

#406. Lush green colours and environment in this one.

#408, 409 -- both look very impressive (408 is spectacular). I am trying to figure out how you achieved that effect. I guess it's got ot do with a square brush... perhaps with increased spacing? I really can't tell. The effect is quite something else, though.


I also took a look at your finished paintings. I think that somewhere along the way they lose some of the freshness and dynamics of your sketches. The Journey Begins' colours look somewhat muted in comparison, too. It's almost like you're not enjoying the process of polishing things up very much. :)

Gord-MacDonald
08-30-2006, 07:20 AM
prolific and consistently good.

keep up the great work Daniel :thumbsup:

Gord

danielh68
08-30-2006, 06:20 PM
Ahhhhg....I just wrote a long response, clicked "send" and was notified CGSociety was under maintenance. Somehow, everything I wrote was lost. I will rewrite what I can remember. It'll be shorter, though.

Nazirull - Thanks and you are right, I need to create a CGportfolio. I plan to pick a few pieces from this thread and polish them a bit before posting. It may be awhile...anyhow thanks again :)

Gord - Thanks for the "consistently" good word. As always, your comments are much appreciated.

eilidh - Thanks for the kind, insightful and detailed comments :) And, yes, you are right about my finished pieces lacking in something. I think, I spend to much time on them and they become too tight, predictable and over-rendered. Learning to walk away early as opposed to later, would probably help retain their freshness and energy. From now on, I plan to polish what is only vital to the painting and allow the rough and abstract areas to exist as they are.

On that note, here's a rough I'm doing for Rebecca's "Underground Giant" Mini-Challenge. It needs a lot of polishing, but hopefully I won't go overboard. :)

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch229.jpg

Squibbit
08-30-2006, 06:45 PM
Ahhhhg....I just wrote a long response, clicked "send" and was notified CGSociety was under maintenance. Somehow, everything I wrote was lost. I will rewrite what I can remember. It'll be shorter, though.



always copy all before posting just in case :thumbsup:


.

eilidh
08-30-2006, 07:48 PM
This last one is really strong. Very impressive already.

I've had a similar problem with you when polishing up pieces. One thing that helps me is to have the original sketch open alongside your painting, and see the good features it has (usually it's colour/luminosity/contrast and dynamics). So I try not to deviate too much from it while working on the details.
That's what happened with the Blind Tree. At some point I looked at an earlier version and realised I liked it much more -- so I had to essentially pick it up from there again.

By the way, do you feel like sharing how you do that effect in pictures 408 and 409? I'm really curious! :))

danielh68
08-30-2006, 11:04 PM
Squibbit - I'll remember that, thanks :)

eilidh - yes, those are some good points. I will keep those in mind :) As far as the effect you are asking about, I experimented quite a bit. But what I think you are after is the distort/wave tool. Select square and tinker with the settings. Once I have my sketch established, I make a copy and apply the effect. Then, I erase areas at various opacities until I get the look I want. I hope this helps. Thanks :thumbsup:

danielh68
08-31-2006, 12:38 AM
50 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch230.jpg

danielh68
09-01-2006, 01:50 AM
I spent a little extra time on this one, 3hrs.

"Goblin King"

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch231.jpg

Nazirull
09-01-2006, 07:05 AM
I love the spacecraft taking off/landing......and of course the goblin king.
There are difference in strokes and colors in both piece... but ur style looks dark to me....very dark...I dunno much about arts but a sorta like Neo-Goth-Picasso?

danielh68
09-02-2006, 12:49 AM
Nazirull - Thanks as always :) "Neo-Goth-Picasso" hey, that's a good idea, I might sketch that out :)

2 and half

"Night of the Gecko"

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch232.jpg

CyborgJA
09-02-2006, 04:10 PM
Nazirull - Thanks as always :) "Neo-Goth-Picasso" hey, that's a good idea, I might sketch that out :)

2 and half

"Night of the Gecko"





The Gecko is so cuuuuteee :cool::bounce:

rgkcalb
09-02-2006, 09:12 PM
Daniel,

I've looked through a number of your sketches and have a question that I hope hasn't already been answered. I'm curious if you sketch on one layer or more and what canvas size do you usually began them on.

danielh68
09-03-2006, 02:18 AM
CyborgJA - thank you :)

rgkcalb - Actually, I don't think I have been asked. I generally start out at 72ppi with a canvas around 1300 x 800. If I decide to polish it, I upsample the image and repaint it. Concerning layers, I may start out with 2 or three and once I establish the general layout, I flatten the artwork and work on one layer from that point forward. I hope this helps :thumbsup:

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"Earth Monkeys"

a couple of hours

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch233.jpg

rgkcalb
09-03-2006, 05:56 AM
Daniel: You've satisfied my curiosity on that point. I'm more or less a photographer without any classical or formal training who's taken up painting in photoshop the last couple of years. I like to be impulsive and shoot-from-the-hip with my camera. I find your sketches appealling for the same reason. I get bogged down and lack the attention span to attempt much detail. It appears you don't maintain a portfolio here. Is the bulk of your work in this thread? Where else do you post your images?

Someone suggested I could find help with my painting efforts here but will be starting at a more basic level i.e. the beginners lounge in the human anatomy area. Easy to get lost here.:D

remcv8
09-04-2006, 04:05 AM
I don't know, betweem the Goblin King, of which reminds me of the emperor card in the Tarot, A man eating Gecko licking it's chops, and some Planet of the Ape-ish Earth Monkey's cultivating... corn??? Hmmm, can't decide.

Beautiful!!!

Love all as always Helzer!!!

As a matter of fact, my wife still has one of your sketches of a Witch that you did, framed and hanging in the bedroom.

You know, since the indians first cultivated corn, the world has become overweight. Corn is in just about everything that we eat. They're probably laughing at us right now...hee hee

danielh68
09-04-2006, 08:40 PM
rgkcalb - Thanks, I'm glad to hear you are going to start attending the anatomy workshop. Rebecca is awesome....you'll learn a lot :thumbsup:

Concerning my portfolio, yeah I have been asked that before and...well..I just haven't done it yet. I need to, though. I think when the season changes I will find the time. Until then, this thread houses most of my artwork.

If you have any more questions, just let me know. Thanks :)


remcv8 - Hey it has been awhile. I didn't realize you are from San Diego? The Chargers are my favorite team -- we should have a descent season if the police can stop shooting our linebackers :D

That's cool your wife framed the "Witch" piece. It's the one where she's sort of glaring over her shoulder, right? I believe that's the only witchy one I've done. Does it look alright in terms of resolution? All these images are low-rez, so I'm curious if there's a lot of pixelization.

In any case, thanks for the kind words. I'll hear from you later :thumbsup:

----------------

We spent the day at Lake Tahoe yesterday and had a picnic. I sketched for awhile in the shade along the beach and came up with this image. It's the graveyard scene from Hamlet re-imagined with a Sea-Monkey. When we returned home, I scanned in the pencil work and spent two or so hours painting it.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch234.jpg

danielh68
09-05-2006, 03:06 AM
"Foiled Abduction"

two hours or so.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch235.jpg

danielh68
09-05-2006, 03:10 AM
Just realized the color palette for the last two paintings are nearly the same. I gotta mixed it up a little more.

danielh68
09-05-2006, 06:40 PM
35mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch236.jpg

danielh68
09-05-2006, 11:24 PM
30mins.

some quick action sketches.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch237.jpg

danielh68
09-06-2006, 02:17 AM
"Blue Witch"

45mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch238.jpg

Nazirull
09-06-2006, 02:45 AM
Great pieces as usual...do u use refs? but regardless, still its art to me....i love the 35 mins one....deep in expression.:thumbsup:

danielh68
09-06-2006, 03:09 AM
Thanks, Nazirull. :)

Concerning "reference": hardly ever. Out of this thread, there's just one that I used reference for and, frankly, it's not that good. Anyhow, I know this sounds sacrilege, but I really have issues with people who depend on reference material most or all the time. I could write at great length what I think qualifies for the use of reference material, but I would not want to incite a flame war with anyone. Besides, it just boils down to opinions and nothing more. :)


All my work, generally begins with an idea and some scribbling like one of the recent "action" postings and then a continuous process of refinement.

Cheers:beer:

Nazirull
09-06-2006, 04:25 AM
I support ur take on refs. I personally dont ref too.

Personally i think painting straight from your photographic memory will give it a lil more muscle exercise. I dont want to be like blank when there are no refs around and not being able to paint at all. I look at things, and try to understand as much as i can about it, texture, color, and its interaction with other things.

Great!:thumbsup:

danielh68
09-06-2006, 05:17 AM
Hey Nazirull,

I took my dog for a walk and was thinking about what you posted. I guess, I could some up my feelings by comparing two well recognized fantasy artist: Frazetta and Boris Vallejo. For some people, their artwork is indistinguishable from each other. For others, they are distinguishable and of equal merit, in terms of talent and vision. Still, there are others...many, many others, that place Frazetta light years ahead of Vallejo. While Vallejo may be technically accurate by use of photos and other mechanisms, Frazetta has the vision and gift to capture the ethereal nature of art. His work is both savage, beautiful and poetic. That vibe just doesn't exist with Vallejo. When I look at his work, I feel like I'm literally looking at an embellished piece of reference material and not art.

If you haven't already seen it, rent "Painting with Fire -- Frank Frazetta". Somewhere in there, he sketches a leopard from memory. From a technical level, the leopard is not anatomically correct for a cat. In fact, the anatomy is very human-like. Yet the image, taps all of our archetypal notions of what a cat is...dark, fierce and savage. His interpretation is just incredibly transcending.

Ah, I better shut-up....It's getting late. Anyhow, thanks for your responses, Nazirull. By the way, the "Submission" piece in your portfolio is amazing...very serene yet powerful. It conjures up a lot of emotions. :)

danielh68
09-06-2006, 07:37 AM
25 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch239.jpg

CyborgJA
09-06-2006, 04:34 PM
@nazirull, @danielh68
I think that the truth always lives in the middle : the knowledge of human anatomy or perspective / color rules etc are basic tools that each artist should know in order to better describe what s/he want to express. So I think that the basic step should be a hard use of photo/video/real life references.
Then when you are so skilled to obtain something like a "transparent use" of all the tools, you can try to have a your own style, and try to describe how you see the world by your own point of view. You must do it to be a real artist.

My little 2 cents,
Serena.

Nazirull
09-06-2006, 05:03 PM
Ahhh...Frazetta and Vallejo...Ive been introduced to their arts through body building magazines that my dad bought when i was just a small kid...
I gaze and gaze every detail of the painting for hours and hours.. (the prints were not that big to be honest..but enough to inspire me to be an artist.

I made slow progress because i studied architecture..but now i found myself little by little drifting to my childhood dream of becoming an artist.

Thanks for dropping by my CGportfolio!

CyborgJA, I understand what you said...and like Daniel said, he doesnt want to incite a flame war with anyone. So i rather not....its very very subjective matter IMHO. But thanks CyborgJA for you opinion. Of course we all need reference in a way...just how u use it. :thumbsup:

danielh68
09-06-2006, 06:58 PM
I understand, Serena, it's a fine line and very subjective. I'm not against studying your subject, but I am against using reference material as a crutch simply because the artist is ignorant to the subject.

As a kid, I adored the works of Russell and Remington, two great western cowboy painters. The compositional arrangements were just amazing: action-packed, strong narratives...just really dynamic stuff. Because of their inspiration, I began taking painting lessons from a locally known horse painter. She took me to various ranches and took several pictures of all kinds of horses doing all kinds of things. Later, after developing the film, she picked out a candidate for a painting. Everything was insanely mechanical, from making a grid on the canvass to projecting the picture on the wall, to deciding a color palette based on the local colors in the picture. During this time, in the back of my head, I kept thinking "This is monkey-work...did Russell paint like this?". Anyhow, by the third session, I had enough....I was looking for ways to kill myself, so I thought it better and safer just to quite.

Years later, I read a biography on Russell and I really came to appreciate his understanding of the subject. Not only did he live the life of a cowboy, but he also understood how to tell the cowboy’s story. Throughout his life, he accumulated boxes filled with sketchbooks of cowboys, horses, desert landscapes, etc. That, in itself, is a testament to his knowledge of the subject. So, when he painted a horse, that one horse was not just an ordinary horse. On a metaphysical level, it was the offspring to the thousands of horses he jotted down with paper and pen years beforehand. And it shows, his paintings breathe and live his history.

Another example (although simple and crude) is the sketch above. I suppose I could have Googled “face + writhing + pain” and use whatever image it retrieved as reference. Instead, I placed a mirror beside my monitor and contorted my own face several times. As a result, not only do I have a visual perception of pain, but I have an internal awareness of how and why the muscles work the way they do. Again, it has to do with the artist’s endeavor to better understand the subject.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with reference material. With today’s technology, it’s easy for an artist to gather a library of reference material from the web. Just as it was easier for my painting teacher to take photos instead of live sketching. It saves time and, in some cases, it is necessary for a job. However, when we become dependent on them, they are not longer tools but crutches and raw artistic ability sinks into entropy.

As you said "...the truth always lives in the middle".


Thanks for your insights, Serena. Always welcome and appreciated.

danielh68
09-07-2006, 01:27 AM
"Bar Fight"...actually, it looks more like a gay bar fight.

4O mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch240.jpg

Nazirull
09-07-2006, 12:49 PM
Im gonna check out Russell and Remington's work later...sounds very interesting and sounds really like how a real artist should work.

It think you have an honest approach towards arts. Very personal. Like me, im a self-taught guy who check on how other people do it and try it on myself. But one thing i still not following others to do is by taking reference. Your take on Frazetta is very enlightening....ive never have noticed that in his paintings.

Anyway...nice gesture sketches daniel....! I love how you just tab white highlights here and there. :thumbsup:

CyborgJA
09-07-2006, 01:24 PM
@Nazirull
You have to know that I was a real "forum-addicted" few years ago. I was used to spend hours and hours reading and posting online on medical (I worked in a hospital as ITadmin), SW development and graphic forums. Then, one day, I've decided to cut all my posting activities cause of flames. I was too bored..I was unable to simply write a word.

But then I've found cgtalk and, in this forum, I've discovered few 3Ds, like this or JMBoekestein one, where all are free to express their own point of view in the full respect of others. So, please, do not fear a flame war, or -better- be sure that I'll never damage anyone in this forum. :love:


@danielh68 : I think you are talking about the ancient war between technique and soul. I can understand..it's not a simple point of discussion, and it's cleare that you prefer the second one.

So...show us your soul :thumbsup::buttrock:

About "Bar fight" : lovable dynamics and volumes rendering in few lines but I'm unable to find the focus point of this pic. If I follow bodies' shapes, my eyes are always kicked out of the pick :D

See you soon,
Serena

danielh68
09-07-2006, 03:17 PM
CyborgJA & Nazirull, thanks so much for your thoughtful words. A very interesting discussion that leaves a lot to reflect upon. :)

CyborgJa, yes, you're right. Everthing is jumbled and there's no real focal point. I guess if I was to develop it, I would choose the guy kicking as a focal point. Probably detail him out more than the others and put a greenish-blue t-shirt or something to separate him from the warm yellow-red background. Thanks for the keen observation :thumbsup:

danielh68
09-07-2006, 08:12 PM
30 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch241.jpg

Shadowbrooke
09-07-2006, 08:30 PM
Great sketch! I like the blue a lot. 30min?! You're fast...I feel like a snail :(

JTD
09-07-2006, 09:28 PM
Hey Nazirull,

I took my dog for a walk and was thinking about what you posted. I guess, I could some up my feelings by comparing two well recognized fantasy artist: Frazetta and Boris Vallejo. For some people, their artwork is indistinguishable from each other. For others, they are distinguishable and of equal merit, in terms of talent and vision. Still, there are others...many, many others, that place Frazetta light years ahead of Vallejo. While Vallejo may be technically accurate by use of photos and other mechanisms, Frazetta has the vision and gift to capture the ethereal nature of art. His work is both savage, beautiful and poetic. That vibe just doesn't exist with Vallejo. When I look at his work, I feel like I'm literally looking a embellished piece of reference material and not art.

If you haven't already seen it, rent "Painting with Fire -- Frank Frazetta". Somewhere in there, he sketches a leopard from memory. From a technical level, the leopard is not anatomical correct for a cat. In fact, the anatomy is very human-like. Yet the image, taps all of our archetypal notions of what a cat is...dark, fierce and savage. His interpretation is just incredibly transcending.


Nice summation and I agree. I love Vallejo for his artistic accuracy but I love Frazetta for his artistic vision. I own Frazetta's ICON and would recommend it to 4 out of 5 dentists. Your work is very much the product of artistic vision and is quite extraordinary. I enjoy your submissions to the DSF and look forward to seeing more.

danielh68
09-09-2006, 02:02 AM
Thanks Kelandra, much appreciated :)

JTD, yeah, I have ICON along with a few others. Unlike the others, ICON reveals a lot about Frazetta's life which is very interesting. Thanks, for your comments :thumbsup:

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I dinked around with this one today. I'm hoping I can wrap it up this weekend.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch242.jpg

nuttz
09-09-2006, 06:39 AM
Love the concept! The sickly green fits perfect. Nice!

danielh68
09-12-2006, 06:19 AM
Thanks, nuttz :)

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25mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch243.jpg

danielh68
09-23-2006, 09:53 PM
I haven't posted in a while, just been busy at work. Anyow, 3 hours.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch244b.jpg

danielh68
09-23-2006, 09:58 PM
Here's an update to the Monster Attacks Manhatten piece. I could be finished with it or I might go back to it later...I don't know.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch245.jpg

rgkcalb
09-24-2006, 02:10 AM
The lady with the sword is nice but seems a change of pace or style for you. Is this a conscious effort or simple coincidence?

Cris-Palomino
09-24-2006, 04:56 AM
Wonderful sketches throughout your thread...pleasure to see.

Cris

danielh68
09-24-2006, 06:13 AM
Cris - Thanks, very much. I believe you are the "Painter" instructor, right? I checked out your portfolio awhile back, incredible work. Someday, I really need to get into the detailed mechanics of Painter. :)

rgkcalb - Thanks, as well :) Yeah, I guess it's a little different. I took a break from my sketch thread for a week or so, because I got slammed with an artwork project at my full-time gig. The stuff I created was very colorful and flowery. Since the Japanese lady was my first sketch after the project, perhaps on a sub-conscious level it influenced my general style -- although, sometimes, I don't think I have a style.

I think I have two or three styles I juggle around a bit, but I'm not really loyal to a particular look. With that said, perhaps this sketch is closer to what you had in mind. Thanks for you questions, much appreciated.:thumbsup:

1hr.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch247.jpg

Nazirull
09-24-2006, 06:39 AM
Yeah....the japanese girl is so not you........i mean the dark you is just not there.
But its a nice addition to your sketches.

Talking about style, i think im lighyears from finding mine....being so much influenced by what i see entirely.

CyborgJA
09-24-2006, 11:06 AM
I love the last one for its dynamism

danielh68
09-24-2006, 10:24 PM
CyborgJA - Thanks :) By the way, I really dig your anatomy paintings on your thread. They almost have a sculptural quality to them. Great stuff !!

Nazirull - LOL, thanks for your honesty :) Yeah, I guess I'll stick to the darker side of things.

Again, thanks everyone.

60 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch248.jpg

audit
09-25-2006, 12:54 AM
wow, that last sketch - wonderfully subtle. just wish the parasol didn't look quite so pasted on, if you see what i mean. i think it's something to do with the way the inner ring fights the perspective. but anyway, keep up the great work :)

Nazirull
09-25-2006, 03:08 AM
A CGPortfolio finally!:bounce::bounce:
Hey....Open the guestbook will ya....*shaking fist*

PremiereBoris
09-25-2006, 04:28 AM
Here's another. 1hr. No reference.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch2.jpg

GAH! My English teacher!

CyborgJA
09-25-2006, 06:08 PM
You are very gentle, as usual. I think that I've been helped by italian history. Here you can see hundreds of statues right in a 10 minutes walk.


Man....listen to me...I was surfing your whole 3D. I've noticed that you have got "periods" like Picasso. First starships then Japan then....Why don't you create a e-book with all your sketches? :drool:

Nazirull
09-25-2006, 06:46 PM
You are very gentle, as usual. I think that I've been helped by italian history. Here you can see hundreds of statues right in a 10 minutes walk.


Man....listen to me...I was surfing your whole 3D. I've noticed that you have got "periods" like Picasso. First starships then Japan then....Why don't you create a e-book with all your sketches? :drool:

3D??? Where? :scream::bounce:

danielh68
09-25-2006, 07:48 PM
audit - Yeah, you are totally correct :) I was rushing it, I guess. As the season changes to winter, where I live, I plan to do some oil/water color paintings and this will be one of them. When that time comes around, I will be a bit more discerning about the parasol. Thanks, man :thumbsup:

Nazirull - Finally, I got my portfolio up. I still need to add pieces and polish a few that are already in there. I got your invitation for a network connection via email. I'm not sure quite how it works, but I agreed to it. As far as the guestbook, I'll see if I can open it after this post. Thanks as always! :)

PremiereBoris - "GAH! My English teacher!" LOL. :) You're Spanish teacher is next!

CyborgJA - I did a backpacking stint throughout Europe several years ago and Italy was probably my favorite place to visit. The amount and quality of art is mind-blowing. All around, it's just a beautiful country. I also remember taking a trip to a little island, called "Capri"...I think that's the proper name. Very charming place, with rows of little shops and nice beaches. Anyhow, thanks for the good word, Serena. :) Perhaps, someday, I will do a ebook...although, like every artist, if I go a few pages back and review my work, I don't really care for it any longer.

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70mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch249.jpg

CyborgJA
09-26-2006, 12:58 AM
3D??? Where? :scream::bounce:

Ahaha, excuse me ! Here in Italy we are used to write 3D as "thread" :love:I apologize for the mistake. I'll use extended words in future :love:

@Daniel : Capri, is right! Even if it is a holiday-place, well known for its sea and little shops where you can buy totally hand-made objects. If you'll have a trip here I suggest you to plan a 2 weeks on Rome or a week in Florence (you'll loose your head viewing the David of Michelangelo!)


Waiting for the book I wrap myself up (as a roulade) in my blanket.
Goodnight :love:

Ferguson
09-26-2006, 01:03 AM
Oh you are just too good. Your portraits have a touch of the Masters in them and I'm insanely jealous you can just pop that level of quality off at ALL, let alone in a couple of hours. I have no crits to offer, it would feel like a farce to me, really, since I only hope to achieve this level. SO, I'll just humbly continue to follow your posts. :D

Shadowbrooke
09-26-2006, 06:06 AM
Just want to drop in and say hello,

Wonderful works! I like the one with the red umbrella most...really made me curious what she looks like, or why she needed to cover-up like that. The colors are also very vibrant. I also really like the pose and design of the wild man/creature in the Monster piece.

Will be back to peek some more...:)

SUB7NYC
09-27-2006, 06:31 AM
Your progression from first to last to last post is impressive. Hats off!

danielh68
09-28-2006, 05:35 AM
SUB7NYC - I'm glad you can see the changes. I few like I have done a thousand sketches since the first posting. In reality, though, I've only reached 250 (including tonight's posting). I guess it's just a slow process. Many thanks for your thoughts :)

Kelandra - It has been awhile hasn't it? Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, I'm kind of fond of the umbrella piece too. I guess it is a little mysterious -- she's probably just passing along a Jell-O recipe or something :)

Ferguson - Thank you for such a generous compliment, I really appreciate :thumbsup:

CyborgJA - Hi Serena, I saw David while I was there, albeit only a week. It is a marvel to see. I also remember seeing a portrait of the Pope (which one, I can't remember) done by Francis Bacon. It was weird to see such an image in one of the Vatican's museums since his style is dark, surreal and full of torment. I was also in Florence for a few days. I stayed right down the street from an art school -- which one, I couldn't tell you. In any case, it was a very cool trip :)

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2.5 hrs.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch250.jpg

danielh68
09-28-2006, 10:16 PM
1 and a half

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch251.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
09-28-2006, 10:28 PM
:eek: ...........:bowdown: ..........:thumbsup:

Gord

Nazirull
09-29-2006, 02:21 AM
Thats what im talking about baby! Darknessssss.........muahahahahaha!!:twisted:
errr...sorry....

Loving it!:scream:

In the early years of my self taught thing, ppl told me try not to use black or white in painting...instead use very dark colors or very bright yellow to show depth.
I dunno but your painting seems to use lotsa too black colors....well it gives it that very dark mood obviously but....what do u think? :deal:

danielh68
09-29-2006, 03:13 AM
Gord-MacDonald - many thanks! :)

Nazirull - LOL, thanks :thumbsup: I did the last three at work during lunch breaks and downtime. All of our monitors at work are calibrated for gaming screens (video slot machines). The brightness is set higher than the typical monitor. So the blacks are not pure blacks, but when I get home (like I did tonight), and view the image from my monitor, everything is very black and a tad more saturated.

As far as using black in a palette, most will argue against the use of black. However, there are plenty of famous artist's that haved used it, such as Frans Hals, David Leffel and Frazetta. So, to each his own :)

NR43
09-29-2006, 06:32 AM
man I gotta tell ya these last are really nice!
Creepy yet pleasing to the eye

I really like 468 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=3879673&postcount=468) as well because it of the mood

danielh68
09-29-2006, 10:50 PM
NR43 - Thanks :) Yeah, October is just a couple of days away, got to do a few creepy ones!

40 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch252.jpg

danielh68
10-01-2006, 11:26 PM
80 mins.

Self portrait as a vampire

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch253.jpg

Cris-Palomino
10-01-2006, 11:46 PM
Ya know...I was showing a friend progress shots of one of my paintings one evening and he said, "damn, you're fast"...I laughed and said, "I am like a three-toed sloth langoriously climbing a tree if you compare me to some of the whiz-kids at CGS".

Case in point. *points to this thread and Samson's"

Great work, says the slow-w-w-w sloth.

Cris

Nazirull
10-02-2006, 02:13 AM
U hear that ma man, Dan.....I cant agree less with Chris....and samson is da reaper...no doubt.

I see where ure getting daniel. Im loving it...muahahahahaha....

Doode, maybe u can do some gif animation of your progress.. that would be a thrill to see!:thumbsup:

SuperMuscle
10-02-2006, 11:01 PM
Nice I love your stuff, great painterly feel to it. It's great that you enjoy drawing this stuff and that you have the time to do it, even though as you have said you don't have much time.

danielh68
10-03-2006, 05:44 PM
SuperMuscle - I guess if you enjoy something, you always find time to do it. Thanks, bro. And, by the way, keep sketching and learning. I just realized you are only in highschool. You have amazing potential :thumbsup:

Nazirull - You got your wish (below is a gif animation) Thanks as always :)

Cris-Palomino - Thanks for the compliment. I really like your thread on the Golden Age of Illustration. I have a few books on Howard Pale and NC Wyeth. They are amazing artists and story-tellers. It's fascinating to see other artist's of that period with equally amazing work. Thanks again :)

Gif Animation:
http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch255.gif

audit
10-03-2006, 06:35 PM
wonderful sketching. thanks for that ani - extremely interesting.

Vahn
10-03-2006, 08:29 PM
yeah cool stuff ..interesting texture set in the end :) :thumbsup:

danielh68
10-04-2006, 01:59 AM
Thanks Vahn and Audit :)

Hour and some

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch256.jpg

danielh68
10-06-2006, 02:40 AM
lost track.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch257.jpg

Nazirull
10-06-2006, 06:03 AM
Thanks for granting me my wish!

Ahaaa!! u do values study first too! I used to think that u work straight to color.
Your last two sketches...warming up for EON i see? :D

danielh68
10-06-2006, 07:03 PM
Nazirull - For the most part, I do start out with a value sketch. In terms of speed, it's really efficient for me. Although, I do some sketches purely with color first....like this one.

Concerning EON, those last two sketches are unrelated. I don't think I will enter into the challenge this time.

Thanks, Nazirull.

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a couple hours.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch258.jpg

danielh68
10-06-2006, 10:22 PM
90 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch259.jpg

danielh68
10-07-2006, 01:44 AM
45 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch260.jpg

SuperMuscle
10-07-2006, 02:39 AM
hey thanks for the "amazing potential" coment made my day!
Cool cartooney style to the last few, the robot lady pic is awesome!
Keep them coming!.. please:)

danielh68
10-09-2006, 12:56 AM
SuperMuscle, you're welcome and thanks :)

1 hour

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch261.jpg