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Nazirull
10-09-2006, 06:10 AM
Nice brushes Dan....its getting more and more refined....especially the last one...wonder what those 3 guys doing?

CyborgJA
10-09-2006, 10:21 AM
I LOVE the last one. It's incredible the way you painted trees in the right area.

See you soon,
Serena.

danielh68
10-10-2006, 01:38 AM
Nazirull - Yeah, I have no idea what they are doing. I thought about adding a horse and a cart to give it a little more back story. Perhaps, later. Thanks :)

Serena - Thanks as always :)

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hour and ten

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch262.jpg

Runecaster
10-10-2006, 03:06 AM
Wow this is BEAUTIFUL I love the story going on here, wonderful atmosphere!!

Iridyse
10-10-2006, 05:50 AM
The last one is brilliant! Lovely mood, yummy colours :)

CyborgJA
10-10-2006, 07:49 AM
UUuuhh ! Double focus ! I really love this composition!
I've only 1 comments on this image : you have painted the fire's light all around the ground but you have not diffused its color in the air right over the fire.

I've found this reference for you cause I'm a dummy with english and images work better :)

http://www.mira.org/fire/fire_fighters.jpg

See you soon,
Serena.

zng-Y
10-10-2006, 08:52 AM
Hey Daniel,
I realy like your sketches. Also followed them in the DSF. Nice work so far and keep it up.

slickgreekgeo
10-10-2006, 10:46 AM
Solid works; I'm particularly impressed with your use of colors.

danielh68
10-10-2006, 02:38 PM
Runecaster - Thanks for the great comment. I want to continuely improve on the narrative aspect of my work, so it's good to hear that! :)

Iridyse - Thanks. I tried sticking to a complimentary color scheme. By the way, my crystal ball predicts you will be the next SOTW. :)

CyborgJA - Good point. I've actually updated the image above to illustrate your comment. I think it looks better. I should have left the old for comparison, though.

For artistic reasons, though, I didn't add too much because I don't want an equal balance of warms and cools. I want the cools to dominate the real estate of the composition but I want the warms to be the focal point in terms of intensity. Nonetheless, your insight really improved it. Thanks, Serena :thumbsup:

zng-Y - Thanks for the kind words...seeya' at the DSF :)

slickgreekgeo - Much appreciation about the color remark. Thanks :)

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Generally when I respond, I like to post a new sketch. Since I don't have anything this morning, I will post an update to the Sea Monkey piece I did a few pages back. Last weekend, I took the sketch and reverted it to greyscale so I could do a detailed value painting. Once I'm satisfied with this, I will add color. So hopefully this value study will suffice. By the way, the work is influenced from the graveyard scene in Hamlet.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch263.jpg

Shadowbrooke
10-10-2006, 02:49 PM
wow! I love his design..so mythical. Great work as always :)

Cheers,
Brooke.

danielh68
10-10-2006, 06:43 PM
Thanks, Kelandra :)

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Someone notified me about a tutorial I did ages ago. Anyhow, the images were missing because I had switched servers and they got lost somewhere in the process. Long-story-short, I recreated the artwork needed for the steps and just posted it back in the tutorials forum. If anyone is interested, here's a link

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=415719

danielh68
10-12-2006, 02:02 AM
about 3 hrs.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch264.jpg

Nazirull
10-12-2006, 04:04 AM
Wooo...slow down man...u gotta lay back and do somethin crappy for a change sometimes u know....kidding!

I see you brushing and texturing is getting better and better. Kudos! Also your sensitivity towards the material propoerties are on the rise. - Check out the gums and the tounge of that monster!!

Its a bit once upon a time in Mexico....Amigo (rhino?) slayer!!

Keep it up man...

wanna tell us what u do? Ure into gaming concepts??

danielh68
10-12-2006, 07:02 PM
Thanks, Nazirull. I sent you a PM.
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15 minute thumbnail

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch265.jpg

Vahn
10-12-2006, 07:39 PM
wow the dragon piece is very good :thumbsup::applause:

danielh68
10-14-2006, 12:21 AM
Thanks, Vahn :)

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch266.jpg

Nazirull
10-14-2006, 04:58 AM
Doode...its friday the 13th....cant u do something not scary??.............Wicked. :)

Thanks for the PM. :)
Good to know you enjoy what ure doing....looks like lotsa fun too...:)

danielh68
10-14-2006, 06:46 PM
Thanks again, Nazirull. I guess it suits the October spirit...considering Halloween is around the corner.

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This is an update to a sketch I did awhile back ago.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch267.jpg

danielh68
10-15-2006, 12:57 AM
90 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch268.jpg

danielh68
10-15-2006, 08:39 PM
2 hrs.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch269.jpg

danielh68
10-15-2006, 11:17 PM
40 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch270.jpg

CyborgJA
10-16-2006, 09:03 AM
Wow, how many interesting works you have done in few days !
I can't take an holiday! :applause:

I've to be honest, my favourite one is the smiling man of 10/14. Incredibile both for anatomy and for colors.

See you soon,
Serena.

danielh68
10-18-2006, 12:10 AM
I've to be honest, my favourite one is the smiling man of 10/14. Incredibile both for anatomy and for colors.

Yeah, he's a handsome looking guy :) As always, thanks for the great comments.

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Close to two hours

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch271.jpg

Nazirull
10-18-2006, 03:30 AM
I love the robin hood kissing...i love how his cheek lit by the sunset....somehow it leads the eye to the open sea.

Your brushes are getting better and better i see..!

I also love the piece above, his right hand sillhoutte, the depth, me likey.

Tell us your daily schedule, u must be inspired 24 hours a day to come up with this pieces.

Awesome stuff...im rating this i dont care....

zng-Y
10-18-2006, 11:02 AM
Dude, your progress is awesome and the bunch of work you come with every time is just killing me dude. WOAH, so much cool sketches, speedpaints, etc. I think i have to speedpaint more myself too, but i'm on a painting atm, so have to finish that one first.
Dude keep up the good work and i will (and i already did) keep an eye on this thread!

danielh68
10-19-2006, 01:04 AM
Nazirull - Thanks. The Robin Hood piece is one of my favorites too. I would like to do an oil painting of it sometime. Most of the work as far as color scheme, combosition, values is done. I just need to execute it into another medium. Anyhow, thanks again for the great feedback. Appreciated as always. :thumbsup:

zng-Y - Hey, thanks for visiting. I'm glad you like it :)

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"Mad Hatter" 45 mins.


http://danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch272.jpg

danielh68
10-19-2006, 09:16 PM
45 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch273.jpg

remcv8
10-19-2006, 10:20 PM
You make it all seem so simple. Beautiful work Helzer.

danielh68
10-21-2006, 06:23 PM
remcv8, just a lot of practice :) Thanks! How are your paintings coming along?

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90mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch275.jpg

Nazirull
10-21-2006, 07:13 PM
That last one screams 'Eon'!!:bounce:

Cris-Palomino
10-21-2006, 07:30 PM
You have such a wonderful array of work, Daniel. It's always fun to come in here and see what you're up to.

Cris

remcv8
10-21-2006, 08:11 PM
Wonderful array is true. Lots of ideas. Your work is always inspiring.


I'm currently working on a webpage for a friend, and it's taking my time up. I'll get back to My stuff soon. In the mean time just keeping my eyes open to new ideas, techniques and so forth.

Thanks for the interest.

CyborgJA
10-21-2006, 09:46 PM
That last one screams 'Eon'!!:bounce:

I agree with Nazirull but I change the emoticon with this one : :drool: 8)))))

Serena.

danielh68
10-21-2006, 09:54 PM
Nazirull - Yeah, it's very EONish. I woke up this morning and browsed through all the wonderful work on the EON thread and felt inspired to do something Sci-Fi. Thanks :)

Cris-Palomino - Thank you. I try to mix things up a bit. I really like a lot of different genres. By the way, your "Golden Age" thread is simply great. I love that era. I'm especially fond of the Brandywine artists, so anything remotely influenced by NC Wyeth or Howard Pyle perks my interest :)

remcv8 - Sounds like you got your hands full :D In any case, I'll be looking forward to you updates whenever you find time to do so. Thanks!

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This is one I did yesterday, but forgot to post it. 2.5 hrs.

"Vampire"

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch274.jpg

danielh68
10-21-2006, 10:00 PM
Thanks, Serena...I see you put a late night in. You better get some rest...don't catch pneumonia :)

By the way, your update is awesome, particularly what you have accomplished with the three horses, thus far.:thumbsup:

CyborgJA
10-21-2006, 10:09 PM
This one is very very beautiful for colors choice and anatomy description.
Ohhh thank you and don't worry I always have my sleeping-hours :love:


See you soon !

Iridyse
10-22-2006, 06:47 AM
Just brilliant! :love:

danielh68
10-26-2006, 12:04 AM
Many thanks, Serena and Iridyse :)

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch276.jpg

Cris-Palomino
10-26-2006, 12:11 AM
Daniel...amazing vampire and I love this beautiful last piece.

BTW, I added a Thornton Oakley for you on the Golden Age thread.

Cris

danielh68
11-06-2006, 04:12 PM
Thanks, Cris. I saw the Thornton Oakley pieces, great stuff. :)

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I haven't done much lately. I did this creepy piece on Halloween. With the exception of this, I've been burned-out on sketching the last couple of weeks.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch277.jpg

jpedro
11-06-2006, 11:37 PM
love the guy with the mohawk, great sketchbook:thumbsup:

CyborgJA
11-07-2006, 10:03 AM
Uhm, you are sto dynamic. I'm not able to understand your 'thoughts-flow' behind your pictures. Please, be more explicit for a little dummy ^_^

remcv8
11-07-2006, 01:12 PM
Creepy cool Ideas!!!

The Fisherman Is awesome too.

Sometimes it's good to take a break and clear your head. Feels fresh again the next time around.

Nazirull
11-07-2006, 01:59 PM
Your DOF approach to your painting is steadily improving the feel of it....its like Frazetta meets Giger....

Love your work...as always

danielh68
11-09-2006, 12:58 AM
jpedro - Thanks, I appreciate it :)

CyborgJA - Wow, that's a hard question. I hate to take the easy way out, but really I just paint what I see and feel. I wish I could elaborate, but I don't think I can...I guess, that makes me a big dummy :D Thanks, Serena:)

remcv8 - yeah, I just felt vacant so I stopped for a little while. Thanks for the great comments :)

Nazirull - Thanks a bunch. By the way, what is DOF stand for?

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I've been reading "A Princess of Mars" by Egar Rice Burroughs this past week. A very cool novel. One of the main characters are these green war mongering four-armed creatures called "Tharks". Anyhow, I did a 90mins sketch of my interpretation of the alien. I plan to detail it out this weekend: finish the arms, perhaps add a sword and some jewerly, and basically polish it some more.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch278.jpg

CyborgJA
11-09-2006, 10:03 AM
I've understood :) !


Mmmm can't wait to see it finished. The description of its muzzle is really intense and well done :thumbsup:

Nazirull
11-09-2006, 11:08 AM
Oh pardon me....DOF is depth of field, like most of ur pieces, u have the main subject in sharp focus and the background blurring...like a macro lens effect. :)

jpedro
11-09-2006, 11:17 AM
wicked creature, i'll keep an eye open for the finished one.

danielh68
11-13-2006, 02:47 AM
jpedro - Thanks !

Nazirull - Oh....depth of field...I should have figured that one out. Thanks. Nazirull.

CyborgJA - Thanks, Serena. I intended to work on the "Thark" this weekend, but I got sidetracked (below).

Thanks again, everyone :)

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90 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch279.jpg

CyborgJA
11-13-2006, 12:48 PM
Each new pic is a surprise ! This time you used an icredible color palette. I love it.

mmm...don't you think that the man is too big ? I loose his head with the top border

Serena.

danielh68
11-13-2006, 01:42 PM
Thanks a bunch, Serena

Yeah, I could shrink him done a bit. Although, I was actually inspired by some archectecture from the old series. Specifically where look Luke is dueling with Vader in the underbelly of the city. If I remember correctly, there were hi-tech tunnels in which one had to stoop inside at the entrance to fit.

However, solely on composition, you're right. I should reduce him down a bit and open some space between his head and the tunnel border.

Thanks, again :)

CyborgJA
11-13-2006, 02:06 PM
Yes yes yes, now I've understood the reference !
Well don't loose time on this one ...create another new pic :drool:

danielh68
11-21-2006, 01:29 AM
Thanks as always, Serena. I've neglected my thread as of late, just been busy at work and life stuff. :)

Here's a 50 minute piece

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch280.jpg

Iridyse
11-21-2006, 02:46 AM
It's really difficult to comment in this thread because I'd rather spend that time ogling at these amazing sketches a little more.

But, I will try ;)

The Thark is amazing. I love the "beak" and the slightly droopy eye there, but what really made an impression was the really cool lower arm to torso attachment. I've been trying to make multiarmed beings (very badly) and you have executed this so well! *applause* I like the 2 rows of teeth too :) I can so imagine this guy aggressively making his way through a busy market , flinging all the poor things that come in his way to the sides. heh :D

The purple and gold one is beautiful. Lovely colours there.The latest one with the strong silhouettes is very interesting too. I think I spot something new in all your sketches, it's great!

umbrellasky
11-21-2006, 10:21 AM
Amazing work Daniel! I love the textures yo and the colours you use!

Awesome!

Nazirull
11-21-2006, 11:21 AM
Thark! = Frazetta.........hehehehe...sorry...cant resist. :thumbsup:

Wicked..........

razz
11-21-2006, 07:40 PM
Speechles about this sketchbook. Awesome stuff in here. Very inspirational to me. Love how you deal with colors and textures. Pleasure to watch :drool:

danielh68
11-22-2006, 01:32 AM
Iridyse - Yeah, I agree it's difficult to do four-armed creatures. It's just one of those anatomical things that never quite looks right. I'm not totally happy with my results, but I don't wish to spend any longer on this guy. Thanks so much for your comments and kind words...I'm glad you enjoy browsing through the thread! :)

enialadam - Thanks :) Color is always my favorite part of painting.

Nazirull - Yeah, Frazetta is the master. I dig his interpretation of a "Thark". It has more of a martian quality with a domed head and buggy eyes. I wanted to try something different...a little more fierce, scary and warrior-like. Thanks :thumbsup:

razz - Thanks for stopping by and posting such a nice compliment :)

Thanks again, everyone.

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I've in invested about 4 and half hours into this guy. I may go back to it sometime later since there are many things I'd like to fix. As of now, though, I'm burnt-out on him.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch281.jpg

slickgreekgeo
11-22-2006, 02:00 AM
I really enjoy watching your pieces, you have a very unique style; Great textures and choice of colors. The designs themselves are second to none.

danielh68
11-23-2006, 12:27 AM
George - Part of my goal with this thread is to do enough sketches to help evolve my style. So saying my style is "unique" is a great compliment. Many thanks :thumbsup:

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Actually, I resumed work on the Thark today. Another couple of hours worth.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch282.jpg

jpedro
11-23-2006, 04:49 PM
i like the little changes you made to the creature, specially the slight adjustment to its skin color have made it alot better. if i may say, he's got a bit many little glitters on his armor for my taste though, which are taking even more attention in the latest version. came out great though, love his slightly "bored" second left hand :thumbsup:

and, you got my vote on the DSG gun sketch, good job!

razz
11-25-2006, 09:04 PM
Made myself a present and ran through the whole thread. Inspiring, astonishing, breathtaking, the least I can say. Love the way you handle light. Already said about the textures :) And great traditional pieces, was really excited to see those.
On this last one, I like that he's drooling, haha. The sword looks great along with everything else, except those stary highlights, which are catching my eyes too much.
Thread of threads here, Daniel :bounce:

danielh68
11-26-2006, 01:12 AM
Wow...thanks so much, guys. I really appreciate it :) Per your response...and others, I've changed the sparkles and glitters. Below are the results. Thanks again, Razz and Jpedro !!!


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch283.jpg

Nazirull
11-26-2006, 06:21 AM
Yep....too glittery....much better now.

CyborgJA
11-26-2006, 11:38 AM
You got a great, GREAT, color sense :love:

danielh68
11-26-2006, 03:01 PM
Nazirull - thanks :) I actually had a problem with the sparkles to begin with, but I had flattened my image (which I have a tendency to do when I work) and was dreading going back and repainting all those areas. I should have just let them float on a separate layer...it would have been a lot easier to update. In any case, they didn't go unnoticed upon posting the piece. They became an eye-sore, so-to-speak.

Serena - Thank you :) I used colors within the warm earthy range, such as reds, yellows, sienna's, umbers, etc, which complimented his green skin tone.

Now that I look at it a bit more, I should add a faded moon or two in the distant background. Perhaps with a couple of winged-creatures silhouetted in front.

By the way, the new figurative work on your thread is awesome...plus it's a paid gig, which makes it all the more better:thumbsup:

CyborgJA
11-26-2006, 05:00 PM
Thank you very much man ! :thumbsup:

In my opinion you should not touch this piece and change its own composition. I think it's a great "portrait" and maybe other elements that haven't been planned since the start can only fight with the subject at this point.

But, if you really want to add moons and anything else, then, I think you should copy this image in a bigger canvas and organize a composition that leaves the pic 'breathing'. As example, I've noticed that you are a god with double-focus pics, well, why not describe your Thark and its land using this kind of technique?

Of course, these are only my 2 cents :love:

Serena

danielh68
11-26-2006, 10:16 PM
You're welcome :)

Yeah, you're right...I'm going to leave it alone for awhile. I feel comfortable with it now. If I try to push it any further, it might start to look over-rendered and busy. Thanks for your valuable insights!

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Just a 40 min. sketch....admittedly, very Degas-ish.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch284.jpg

CyborgJA
11-27-2006, 09:18 AM
well, thank you for reading my opinions :bounce:


I really love this Degas-like pic. And again a double focus really well done....
I adore this charcoal-like effect!

Ransom
11-28-2006, 08:43 PM
First off just the huge amount of work you put out is absolutely amazing.

About your colors, do you use straight 'normal' colors or do you use colors with a multiply, pin light, screen, or any of the other settings. Also some of you brushes are really nice, could you post some of the textures you are using?

I really love your work, and thanks for that animated .gif a couple pages back, i cant wait to try the value first idea. In general the way i start out with in image is just using color, and as a result i think my values suffer from it, so i have decided to try out painting with value first then add color later.

-Ransom

danielh68
11-29-2006, 03:10 AM
Serena - Many thanks :)

Ransom - my workflow is always changing. Currently, I'm into doing a value painting and once I'm happy with it, I create a new layer and set it to multiply or overlay. From there, I fill it with either a warm or cool color, depending on what you're aiming for. In terms of traditional painting, I tend to think of this as a preliminary glaze. Once it's filled and set to either overlay or multiply, I will grab the air brush and lay some colors down very loosely. When I'm happy, I will generally flatten the image and build up areas with opaque paint...in other words, brush mode set to "normal". :)

If it's worth anything, here are some old tutorials of mine. Although the paintings are old and lame, I still use most of the principles to this day. Much of my texturing process is still based from the texture tutorial. It has evolved some, but the essense of it, is still there.

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=262852&highlight=color+wheel
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=415719&highlight=mass
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=262309&highlight=texturing+balrog

I hope this answers your question. Thanks for the good word :thumbsup:

danielh68
11-29-2006, 05:27 AM
40 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch285.jpg

jpedro
11-29-2006, 09:18 PM
great changes to the creature daniel, the last one looks promising too. keep knocking them out.

danielh68
12-01-2006, 01:29 AM
jpedro - Thanks :) I'm glad you like it.

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I tinkered some more with the Thark, added a background and little odds and ends.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch286.jpg

cok3
12-01-2006, 05:29 AM
Wow daniel this guys getting pretty detailed! I like where this is going keep it up :thumbsup:

danielh68
12-01-2006, 05:44 AM
Salamat :)

danielh68
12-05-2006, 01:13 AM
60 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch287.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
12-05-2006, 01:38 AM
Daniel - great work as always :thumbsup:


Gord

remcv8
12-05-2006, 02:31 AM
I've noticed that you're updating your portfolio with these pieces. Very cool, but I like the other works that were up there as well.

I also noticed that your Jedi sketch won the "sketch of the week". No doubt in my mind. Congrats!!!

One question comes to mind when I look at your works. How can you call them sketches??? They are truly fine art in my opinion. Color, lighting, textures, all with taste and finesse.

Truly amazing!!!

Anyway, always checking in to drool all over my keyboard.

Until next time...

danielh68
12-05-2006, 03:30 AM
Thanks, Gord :)

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remcv8, I'll put some pieces back in the portfolio, eventually. There's some sketches, I just want to spend an extra hour or two on.

Yeah, for the most part, I wouldn't really call them sketches either. Perhaps, speed paintings would be more appropriate.

Thanks for the SOTW congrats and everything else :thumbsup:

CyborgJA
12-05-2006, 07:54 AM
Great idea and palette but I think it's too shifted to the top :thumbsup:

jpedro
12-05-2006, 10:52 AM
nice work daniel, very goodbrush-like. cool textures. i would agree that it may be better to show that crown and give it just some space at the top. your work is reaaaaaaaal good though, hats off :thumbsup:

danielh68
12-05-2006, 07:12 PM
Serena and Jpedro, Thanks :) Initially, I wanted to try an unconventional crop but after your critiques I expanded it. It works much better now :) I also did some other stuff, like the thorny rose bushes.

Thanks again.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch288.jpg

Runecaster
12-05-2006, 07:36 PM
^^^ oh god that's fantastic!

Nazirull
12-06-2006, 01:17 AM
Congrats for the front page doode!

And the sketch of the week!

U deserve it!

danielh68
12-06-2006, 01:46 AM
Nazirull and Runecaster, thank you for the good word :thumbsup:

Diegoth
12-06-2006, 05:58 AM
Wow! your artwork is such inspiring...
I want to see more :thumbsup:

See you!

danielh68
12-11-2006, 03:01 AM
Thanks, Diegoth :)

Here's a piece I think I'm pretty much finished with. There may be something to fix, but I will leave it alone for awhile. I haven't been posting that many quick sketches of late, instead, I'm picking a few of my favorites and polishing them off for my CG Portfolio. I just added this one to the mix tonight.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch290.jpg

Iridyse
12-11-2006, 06:03 AM
Before I forget again, congrats on the SOTW! You totally deserved it! :)
The update with the rose bushes looks much better( I really like that sketch). I also like how you hint at the details, it's something I need to learn to do myself .
The latest one is beautiful! I hope you are submitting it to the finished gallery?

danielh68
12-11-2006, 04:01 PM
Thanks, Iridyse :) I submitted the piece last night to the 2D gallery. There may be tweaks later. For now, though, I'm tired with the piece. I'll move on to something else. Thanks again for the encouraging word :thumbsup:

Runecaster
12-11-2006, 04:57 PM
I love seeing these polished pieces, it's like a whole new dimension :) Looking forward to more!

aldog
12-11-2006, 05:17 PM
The textures on your last one are great. My only comment would be that the skull and the hand/arm textures are fairly similar, which makes it hard to distinguish between the two.
excellent work.

danielh68
12-13-2006, 10:33 PM
aldog - Yeah, totally agree. Whenever I decide to return to it, that will probably be the first thing I fiddle around with. Thanks :thumbsup:

Runecaster - Thanks, I'm trying to spend a few extra hours on some of my favorite sketches and add them to my CGportfolio. Here's the lastest polished piece. I did the character on the left several pages back. It was rough, but I liked the feelings it conjured. As a result, I expanded the piece visually as well as narratively.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch291.jpg

CyborgJA
12-14-2006, 05:47 AM
ť_ť
Why didn't I receive any email about this thread by cgsociety? :scream:
I LOVE these pieces !


For the last one I suggest you to hide a little the leftshoulder protection cause now it shows a too short arm. 'Shifting it under the shoulder' should give it more perspective depth. :love:


Good work man !

danielh68
12-14-2006, 01:37 PM
You're right. I failed to notice it, Serena. Thanks for catch ;) I guess I can either hide it in shadow or stretch out the bicep some. I will update it tonight. If not, definitely this weekend. Thanks, again.:thumbsup:

danielh68
12-14-2006, 02:03 PM
....me again. I sipping my tea before I leave for work and I'm staring out his arm trying to figure what to do. I've concluded that his arm in total length looks about right, judging from the three connecting dots I've placed in the left panal. Still, I agree with your crit: something about the upper arm is amiss compared to the forearm or vice-versa.

I think, I either have to do one of two things: 1) lengthen the bicep so that it's more in harmony with the directional/linear space of the forearm and shorten the forearm a tad 2) leave the bicep as though it's going back in space, thus is would be foreshortened anyhow. Then take the linear forearm and bend/foreshorten it towards the viewer.

1) is easier 2) a little more time

Thoughts are welcome :)

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch291b.jpg

danielh68
12-20-2006, 05:07 AM
Here's an update to the above image. I think I'm done with it for now. Just tired of it.

Title: Azure

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch293.jpg

danielh68
12-20-2006, 05:07 AM
45 min sketch.

Monks

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch292.jpg

CyborgJA
12-20-2006, 10:27 AM
Well you did a beautiful work with azure :thumbsup:

I love to see your image polished, they are really great ! I especially love the steam produced by hot iron into the breast and the way you painted stones. The thing I love less are the 5 stripes on the left man's dress....quite unfinished but I can understand you when you write "I'm getting bored"...

The new pic is quite strange....but I love the meaning of the white oaloma :thumbsup:

danielh68
12-20-2006, 02:35 PM
Hi Serena, I see what you mean. They seem a little to hard edged and graphic looking. It's something I never changed from the initial sketch. Someone else mentioned that I should add a slight value variation to the cloak, in the form of folds and stuff. I will probably return to it, and work on the dress in general. It won't be a big change, but I agree it does need attention in some places.

Thanks, Serena. :)

danielh68
12-26-2006, 06:28 PM
Just a sketch I did in Painter along with some saved steps. I like Painter's ability to create an all natural oil look, but I'm so use to Photoshop, that anything else seems awkward.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch294.jpg

CyborgJA
12-27-2006, 08:33 AM
Can't wait to see it again :bounce:

The last man is INCREDIBLE. This picture really has got a soul. Beautiful kind of lighting and colors !

danielh68
12-27-2006, 04:49 PM
Thanks, Serena :) I don't think I will elaborate on it much. I'm just playing with Painter a bit, experimenting with brushes and such.
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Another sketch done in Painter with the oil brushes.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch295.jpg

danielh68
12-27-2006, 10:42 PM
Back to Photoshop :)...50 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch296.jpg

danielh68
12-28-2006, 02:20 AM
45 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch297.jpg

CyborgJA
12-28-2006, 10:23 AM
EWhhh...no way...I prefer painter 8)))

goldi76
12-28-2006, 11:38 AM
I miss rotation of the view most in photosop.
So that's why I stick to painter as far as painting goes.

but your sketches look splendid no matter where you do them :thumbsup:

danielh68
12-28-2006, 05:26 PM
CyborgJA - Thanks, I will probably do some more stuff in it. The loose oil-like brush strokes are really nice. On the flipside, though, it's hard to do detail work. It's most likely due to my lack of experience with it. Thanks again, Serena :)

goldi76 - I keep forgetting to use that feature in Painter. Again, I'm so use to Photoshop. It's a real prize, though. I heard that the next version of PS will have a rotating canvass. That will be sweet! Thanks!

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PS + some Painter - 45mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch298.jpg

CyborgJA
12-29-2006, 09:06 AM
Man I'm sure you'll learn soon all the painter's tricks and you'll use both ps and pnt.


And I can't wait for this moment cause of the beautiful pics you'll produce..muahauhauhaua !

Mm in my opinion the last one has got a strange composition. The man is too near the left border plus the horizon line it's placed in the middle of the pic even if it's not horizontal.

Colors are great as usual !

danielh68
12-29-2006, 04:51 PM
muahauhauhaua ! funny :) Thanks, too!

I changed the composition some after taking in your suggestion. I dropped the horizon line a bit and extended the left side of the canvass, thus bringing in the figure more. Great comments, thanks Serena. :thumbsup:

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch299.jpg

danielh68
12-29-2006, 06:49 PM
Another one...similar theme

1.5 hr/ Photoshop and Painter

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch300.jpg

wasker
12-29-2006, 10:14 PM
Looks cool, good use of the 2 programs. Keep speedpainting :)

CyborgJA
12-30-2006, 06:58 AM
Betterand better. The last one, with the double focus is incredible. I really love the texturing work too !

danielh68
12-30-2006, 02:59 PM
Serena and Wasker, thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. I'm heading to San Francisco this weekend, but wanted to do one last sketch before departing. This started out as a doodle and then progressed into a little painting. I've provided the steps on this one. Thanks again :thumbsup:

By the way, sketch was done in Photoshop and painting was done in Painter.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch301.jpg
http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch302.jpg

jpedro
12-31-2006, 02:00 PM
great work again daniel, i love the guy walking towards the camera with his hands in his pockets, pose and gesture are great! :thumbsup:

danielh68
01-01-2007, 06:17 PM
Thanks Jpedro. I was worried that the "hands in pockets" might not read well, so it's great to hear your comments. :)

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Tinkered around with this one some more.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch303.jpg

CyborgJA
01-01-2007, 06:41 PM
I really love this piece! In my opinion the single element that looks quite 'flat' is her leafs-skirt. It doesn't describe the leg's position :thumbsup:
As usual...great work man...

danielh68
01-02-2007, 01:11 AM
yeah, you're right Serena :) Here's a quick update with a little more contrast between lights and darks. I'm not completely happy with it, but I think it's an improvement over the previous version. I will probably come back to it at a later date and tinker a bit more with it. Thanks for the good crit:thumbsup: By the way, I'm wondering if you will ever resume that piece with the girl being swooped up by the rider? You were making great strides with it and then suddenly there were no more updates? The grayscale was beautiful, so I'm just curious why you never proceeded with a colored painting. Again, many thanks!

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch304.jpg

danielh68
01-02-2007, 01:15 AM
Here's a couple of actual sketches that may turn into paintings later.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch306.jpg
http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch305.jpg

razz
01-02-2007, 11:52 AM
Hello, Daniel. Great to see these new sketches of yours after I got back from holiday. Again with great painting style. The colors cought my eye in the "caribbean sky" piece, if that's the correct theme that I can remember. And I always liked digital pieces having the look of a more traditional ones. That canvas texture on some of the pieces looks amazing, even though I'm not a big fan of putting a texture on the whole image. Don't know why is it this way, I may change my mind after seeing you do more of this :)
Good to see you getting the hang of Painter too :thumbsup:

Inspirational as always. Kudos :bowdown:

jpedro
01-02-2007, 05:58 PM
these are sweet!

couldnt help thinking that the centaurs arm holding the flowers is either a bit too long or not "properly" connected to his body yet.

like them lots though, well done, i'll check in for the paintings for sure ;)

CyborgJA
01-02-2007, 06:22 PM
Yes, I will man, I will. And I'll send it to exposŤ too.


I ADORE the first sketch. Iit has got a great photographic-composition (rule of "thirds"). I only suggest you to make it 'breathing' a little, adding few pixels both on sky and ground.
Please, paint this one !

danielh68
01-03-2007, 12:17 AM
razz - Yeah, I applied a filter canvass texture after I completed the sketch on two of them. It doesn't really do anything for me, either. I might experiment by copying a completed piece onto another layer, run the filter, then erase it at various opacities so that the bottom layer shows through. It might render a more realistic look. In any case, thanks for the great compliments :) I think I will do more tropical stuff in the near future.

jpedro - Thanks :) I totally agree: his arm is way too long. As you can see below, I changed it a bit and foreshortened it.

CyborgJA - Expose? Very cool. I'm looking for to seeing the updates. It stands well just as a greyscale, it should be amazing in color :) Thanks for the feedback, Serena!

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I expanded on the centaur sketch above, working on the compositon, color and narrative. Basically, it's just a rough color study, I kind of like the direction though. When I feel up to the task, I will convert it back to grayscale and do a tighter value study, increase the resolution and then apply paint with the image below as a guide.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch307.jpg

danielh68
01-04-2007, 01:18 AM
Over an hour.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch308.jpg

slickgreekgeo
01-04-2007, 07:30 AM
That's incredible, your latest image does the mythology justice (and I'm Greek, so that should say something).

CyborgJA
01-04-2007, 07:40 AM
Uhm...I really love the centaur-one but I do not like how the pink of flowers pops- out. You changed its saturation and brightness and this creates a 'strange spot in a balanced pic'.
Why don't you change this pink into golden-orange but with the same sat and brightness of the whole scene?

Your last pic is beautiful as usual but I think the right area is a little 'empty'...of course, I don't know if you'll add something on the monster's body.

I'm starting to think that double foucs is in your dna.... :drool:

:thumbsup:

danielh68
01-04-2007, 01:19 PM
slickgreekgeo - Thanks, I really appreciate that:) Hopefully, I will find time to elaborate on it later.

CyborgJA - Hi Serena :) The centaur piece is just a study so things will change a lot if I pursue it. Albeit it, the flowers are too saturated. However, I do want that area to be the focal point...but, then again, it doesn't need to scream "Im the focal point". If I develop it more, I will most likey desaturate the hue some so it doesn't compete with the characters.

I really like the frosty coolness of the composition, so I'm not sure how much orange I will apply. I understand your reasoning, though: orange is the compliment of blue. With that said, I will probably throw in a few orange dashes in the flowers and the skin tones as accent marks. Something to attract the eye in a very subtle manner, but overall not warm up the scene. I wll definitely tinker with it and see what happens.

Concerning Perseus, I will develop that area a little more. Perhaps add a couple of dorsal fins and some more glistening water pouring off his back. It will stay fairly abstract, however. I do like the balance of having loose abstract areas in a painting juxpositioned against detailed focal points. I feel it just communicates more on that level. If anything, I will detail the focal point more: the imaginary circle encompassing Medusa, Perseus, and the head of the Kraken. Other than that, I don't intend to over-objectify what's not important to the focal point.

Thanks for the keen eye and great feedback, Serena :)

danielh68
01-05-2007, 11:31 PM
Just an update of the above image.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch309.jpg

redfrog
01-06-2007, 12:33 AM
Hey Daniel,

Love your latest piece. Those extra additions to it make it look awesome - and it was already lookin great before. Nice work man!

Kickflipkid687
01-06-2007, 04:02 AM
You are one very talented, well rounded, imaginative person. Keep them comming!

CyborgJA
01-06-2007, 08:53 AM
This touch of violet is..geniale !

danielh68
01-09-2007, 01:48 AM
Thanks, Serena. :) I updated the "Perseus" piece, but I just copied over my old file. It's viewable on the previous page.

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60 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch311.jpg

remcv8
01-09-2007, 04:15 AM
Oh man, I love the night sky in that pic. Beauty!!!

...and you have to do more Mythology. My jaw hurts from hitting the floor

CyborgJA
01-09-2007, 09:34 AM
The water is incredible! Bravissimo!


for the last piece : ehi, HOW can you paint such trees in less than 60 minutes? O__O Wow.

You love white flying objects...a paloma...a star.... :)...it's beautiful, I appreciate the meaning of "hope". :love:

danielh68
01-09-2007, 01:47 PM
remcv8 - Thanks :) Yeah, I plan to do more mythology. I'll finish up the centaur piece sooner or later. I also plan to buy a book on world mythology, just as a resource for new ideas.

CyborgJA - First, thank you :) Second, concerning the speed of the branch work: mostly it's in the brush and the brush parameters. For instance, the Thorn King (painting I did a few pages back) I wanted the king surround by thorny rose bushes. So, in a separate file, I painted a black twisted rose stem. Then, I saved it as a brush. After that, I tinkered with the scatter and spacing parameters so that it sprays out in a cluster. I have used it for various applications ever since, particularly in the painting above. I make a habit of doing this for partially abstract peripheral items. In short, whenever I create a painting and there are elements I feel can be re-used, I will make a custom brush from it. I hope this answers your question. Thanks again.

The stars were done the same way, just tinkered with the scatter and spacing settings. It saves a lot of time, as opposed to making a bunch of individual dots by hand.

danielh68
01-10-2007, 05:31 AM
2 hrs.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch312.jpg

danielh68
01-10-2007, 07:06 PM
The Medusa-binge continues....

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch313.jpg

Runecaster
01-10-2007, 11:38 PM
that green one is awesome! The nose rocks :)

danielh68
01-11-2007, 12:20 AM
Thanks, Runecaster...I'm happy the nose rocked you :)

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Just a couple 3min doodles.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch314.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch315.jpg

CyborgJA
01-11-2007, 08:47 AM
Thank you for the description of your "brushes-workflow" I'm not used to apply this kind of personal brushes...another thing to learn ! :bounce:

I love the light malva-green piece of medusa. Great, GREAT, color management. :drool:

The Robin Hood sketch is really interesting. I think should paint it !

redfrog
01-11-2007, 07:08 PM
Hey Daniel,

Nice work man!
I agree with CyborgJA : - the robin hood sketch has a really nice sense of movement and energy to it. Would be nice to see it painted up.

danielh68
01-13-2007, 05:07 PM
Redfrog and Serena, thanks! Much appreciated. I like Robin Hood lore so I will expand on the sketch at some point.
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Here's an environment piece. It's just a value study now, I need to apply some color later.

50 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch316.jpg

Vahn
01-13-2007, 05:20 PM
cool sketch dh ..i like how you did the water :thumbsup:
compositionwise theres some strange imbalance in the bg but i cant nail it down right now hehe

CyborgJA
01-13-2007, 05:43 PM
Right today I started to study a composition's book and MAN, I think you've got a real talent for this aspect. And now I'm also able to understand more your ability. As example, this piece is balanced and has got an enormous depth. Ehh...what can I say more? It's a pleasure to look at your works !

danielh68
01-16-2007, 01:20 AM
Vahn - Thanks. When and if I return to it, I will work on that area. Although, I do wish to keep the shape of the giant background rocks similar to the shape of the houses. As if the builders were influence by their environment. Nonetheless, I see what you mean and will tinker with it until the composition is unified. Thanks again :)

Serena, Thanks as well :) Yeah, I have a few composition books at home. A couple of them have been pretty helpful, too. Which one did you purchase?

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch317.jpg

Vahn
01-16-2007, 02:09 AM
hehe funny pic...im doing something similar atm. Im trying to make the marlboro cowboys into the 4 riders of the apocalypse :)

ah and i nailed it down with that composition: I think(!) you just have to lower the the tip of the right rock a bit :shrug::rolleyes:

CyborgJA
01-16-2007, 09:07 AM
I'm reading "Drawing scenery : landscapes and seascapes" by Jack Hamm and the next steps will be "The art of layout and storyboarding" by Mark T. Byrne and "Creative illustration" by Andrew Loomis :drool:

Unfortunately I'm in thesis so I do not have got so many hours to read and put in practice what I'm learning... UFF.

Uhm...I'll wait more poetic pieces...you know I'm a romantic woman and I do not appreciate horror :scream:

danielh68
01-19-2007, 06:43 PM
Vahn - Have you finished the Marlboro piece, yet? I checked on your thread and didn't see it. Perhaps I didn't look in the right spot. In any case, I like the "Hero" piece you posted on the DSG -- nicely textured and definitely exudes your own style. Tomorrow, I have some time to spare, so I think I will do a "Hero" piece as well. Thanks for the comments :)

Serena, interesting titles. I added them on my wishlist at Amazon...amongst many other books I hope to one day buy. Personally, I buy more traditonal art instruction books than digital. The digital books seem to focus on techniques, tips & tricks and software specific tools and far less on theory, which is a shame.

I checked out your thread and the rider is looking more and more promising. The lighting, drama and anatomy is amazing. I hope you finish it before the Expose deadline (whenever that is). Thanks for the comments :)

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20 mins. Painter

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch318.jpg

Ivy00
01-19-2007, 10:19 PM
ahh so this is where you hide the rest of your beautiful sketches :)

CyborgJA
01-20-2007, 09:05 AM
I agree. In my IT-developer experience I've learnt that the online guide of each software is one of the most powerful resources to find any 'trick'. And it's free. Moreover, considering the high price of a "book-without-time" I find more useful save money to have this kind of product.
Man, I'll try. I've got 3 exams in 2 months and I need to sleep at least 5 hs at night or I'll implode !


Your last piece is "powerful". I don't know the reason (colors?) but it has got a strong impact. Something with soul. Bello :)

danielh68
01-21-2007, 05:13 PM
Ivy00 - this is the place where they are dumped :) Thanks, I'm glad you visited.

Serena - Sounds like you're very busy. I'm surprised you have time to paint. Perhaps, it's relaxing after all the studying. :) Thanks!

50 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch319.jpg

CyborgJA
01-21-2007, 05:53 PM
Well, sometimes I don't know how I can find the time to paint too. But it's in my DNA...I'm sure you can understand me.

This last pic, in my opinion, has got a killing-soul. The subject is incredible and I can already feel it. Plus the ground's angle helps a lot. What flats a little the scene is the not defined background and the dragon(?) that in my opinion is too darl. Why don't you create one of your wonderful pics with double focus and tons of depth? I'm already drooling :drool:

redfrog
01-22-2007, 02:37 AM
Dude, I love how you get such expressive movement in your pics.
I really admire the way you can utilise such rough brushstrokes to compose something really expressive. Love the movement of your horse in the black knight piece.
You also have a great eye for composition.

Iridyse
01-22-2007, 03:25 AM
I love how bold you are in your choice of colours! Composition is top notch as always :D
The last one is really powerful in terms of action. The pose of the horse is great! Somethings about the placement of the bird bugs me thoguh. Maybe because it is positioned right above it pillar, it looks more static than it is.

danielh68
01-22-2007, 04:27 AM
Iridyse - Thank you for the kind words :) Yeah, I agree about the raven placement. I will make it better when I return to it.

redfrog - Thanks, I really appreciate it. It's also nice to see your regular contributions to the DSG. Great stuff!

CyborgJA - I'm glad you like it :) As I mentioned to Iridyse, I will probably make changes to the bird and such, if and when I go back to it. Thanks, Serena.

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This is a piece I started this morning for the "Hero" DSG. It's still very rough and at the value stage. I intend to work on it on and off throughout the week. If I don't have time to post it on the DSG, I will eventually submit it to the 2D gallery.

Harley Davidson in the Land of the Giants.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch320.jpg

danielh68
01-22-2007, 06:03 PM
45 min. sketch

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch321.jpg

danielh68
01-24-2007, 06:06 PM
30 mins.

Pirate

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch322.jpg

razz
01-24-2007, 07:50 PM
Amazed by the last one especially :drool: I like the traditional medium feel in your speedies (did I say that before?). Oh, and when you push your speedie to a finished piece - awesomeness! You should do that more often maybe :) And I have to tell, it's nicer to look with those little frames in your speedies.
I crave for more :scream:

paul k.
01-24-2007, 08:10 PM
I think Dan is a cuttiepye. Wish I could meet hime in person....

danielh68
01-24-2007, 08:34 PM
paul k. -- I'm just a few cubes down the hall and flattery will not get you a free lunch :) By the way, Thai tomorrow?

razz - Thanks! I appreciate the good word. I need to wrap-up my biker dude this weekend. It will be polished and tight in the focal points, and loose and painterly in the peripheral areas. :)

jpedro
01-25-2007, 02:21 AM
damn your busy. great work, love the pirate.

danielh68
01-25-2007, 03:26 AM
jpedro - Thanks, the DSG keeps things interesting :)

60 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch323.jpg

redfrog
01-25-2007, 07:40 AM
Hey Daniel,

At the risk of repeating myself yet again. Your stuff is fantastic. I actually just worked my way again through all 45 pages of your thread, and it just never gets old. I love to see the way you have progressed and developed your style. Its very inspirational. I hope i can learn from your journey so far.
Keep at it man!
Awesome!

danielh68
01-25-2007, 06:50 PM
Hi Redfrog,

Thanks, I'm glad you find my stuff interesting. The sketch thread sort of happened by accident, I never intended to keep contributing to it. The first few images were the results of bored fingers while egaged in a lengthy phone conversation. Before that, I always sketched in a traditional pad - nothing more than anatomical studies. However, after twenty or thirty online sketches, I became fascinated by the learning and exploring process of it. Around fifty, I set myself the goal to do a thousand. I'm currently at 300, plus some. I have a long ways to go, but it has been an enjoyable experience. And, I say this, not just about my own endeavors, but about the community in general. I really love going through other artist's sketch threads and seeing their creativity and growth. The DSG is really helpful too.

Well, it's lunchtime, going to get some Thai food :) Thanks again for the good word.

30 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch324.jpg

SamsonsReaper
01-25-2007, 07:07 PM
good stuff daniel.

I would try to tone down the scribblyness though :)

danielh68
01-26-2007, 01:00 AM
Thanks, Levi...much appreciated. :)

I did a grayscale of this a week ago and decided to add a bit of color today.

10 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch325.jpg

SuperMuscle
01-26-2007, 06:43 PM
Great updates dan.. so you've been counting every pic since your started digi? cool heh...
All the loose fast sketches you do always look very nice and then you can go and fix any one of them up to look like your entry for "favorite myths and legonds" for the dsg. I found that amazing.

I will keep visiting every once in a while... maybe... seeya.

danielh68
01-27-2007, 03:43 AM
Kanoa - I've counted every piece on this particular thread. All are aptly named: sketch1.jpg, sketch2.jpg, sketch3.jpg, etc. By the way, keep drawing bro! I said this before, but for a highschool student you're extremely talented. I really like the Black Knight piece you did, I wish I was that capable in highschool.:) Take it easy, Dan.

90 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch326.jpg

redfrog
01-27-2007, 04:18 AM
Really nice composition and feel daniel!

I'd have to say this is one of my favourites!
My only comment (and its a miniscule one) is that the polar bear's face looks a bit cartoony in relation to the rest of the pic. I think it might be the nose or snout.
That said however it certainly doesn't noticeably detract from the pic.
(besides if i look at my own pics i can see about fifty problems)
And like i said the pic is one of my favourites and is totally awesome.

danielh68
01-28-2007, 11:27 PM
Thanks Redfrog, yeah, his nose is a bit too bulbous. I'll tweak it when I get a chance. Thanks for the catch :)

1hr.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch327.jpg

Ivy00
01-28-2007, 11:36 PM
very pretty and sexy one Daniel, I almost feel like some weird creature should be stalking in the bushes, ha ha, but that's just me and my odd sense of humor

jpedro
01-29-2007, 12:59 AM
amazing piece that last one daniel. i love the brush strokes, i have to ask the obgliatory brushes question, since this painterly feel is something that still eludes me a little....what did you use on that piece?

great work, keep rocking on ;)

respectfully,

Jan

danielh68
01-29-2007, 05:44 PM
Ivy00 - maybe she's just an exhibitionist :) Thanks!

jpedro - the last piece was mostly done in Painter. I have been swapping between Painter and Photoshop lately. Painter has a nice organic quality to its brushstrokes. However, that's not say that Photoshop can't achieve similar results. Below is a 20 minute sketch done entirely in PS. If you like some of the strokes, the parameters for the brush is listed. Photoshop's brush engine is really power, I make it a habit to create a new brush everyday and everyday I discover something new :)

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch328.jpg

jpedro
01-29-2007, 08:05 PM
thanks a ton for taking the time to answer. very cool. i'll go play around with the brushes i guess, and see if i can get something that suits me.

again,much appreciated:)

danielh68
01-29-2007, 08:18 PM
No problem :) Perhaps I'm stating the obvious, but that slanted rectangle above the list is the actual brush used.

jpedro
01-29-2007, 08:47 PM
i thought so, i have a few with a very similar base shape, so i'll be going from them. :thumbsup:

edit: man, your right about the brush engine.....i should play with that more often. the fade is quite cool and i never even knew it was there.

danielh68
01-30-2007, 02:16 AM
jpedro - Yeah, it's definitely worth investigating. The fades with an oval shaped brush and no texture works great for highlights, too. I have a separate brushset called 'highlights' that contains several brushes, each with their individual fade steps from 25 to 100. Rembrandt and Titian loved trailing highlights, so I figure I can't go wrong :)

Good luck :thumbsup:

By the way, your thread has some excellent sketch work!

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90 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch329.jpg

danielh68
01-30-2007, 09:56 PM
55 mins, although it looks like it should be a 20 minute job. I don't know what happened.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch330.jpg

Vahn
01-30-2007, 11:43 PM
nice sketches and lovely painterwork. I either forget about it or i am too lazy to struggle with painter :) i want to learn it tough!

I like the last 2 compositions. good work dh! :thumbsup:

CyborgJA
01-31-2007, 10:19 AM
http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch327.jpg


Man, this one rocks!

razz
01-31-2007, 07:23 PM
Agreed with CyborgJA. I was especially astonished by that one and the traditional feel of it. Leaving some of the strokes visible was a great idea. Can't get enough of your style :bounce:

danielh68
02-07-2007, 11:50 PM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments, much appreciated :)

I haven't updated lately since I been busy with work.

45 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch331.jpg

jpedro
02-08-2007, 12:40 AM
that's got to be for the snowed in DSG... i would probably crop off just a little at the bottom, but i love your take on this. really tells a story and has a great mood.

OKMER
02-08-2007, 02:05 AM
Whoohooo totally subscribing!!You're so talented.Really had a nice travel through your thread!so much nice stuff!great,great,great!5I know, not so constructif, but hey...:-)
....great..:D

LunaticSymphony
02-08-2007, 04:53 AM
your style is your style...i hope that it remains your style, selfishly, because I enjoy that wonderful mystery of it. consequently, pushing yourself to please others is a mistake- there are higher aspects to art (besides being supremely detailed) that are indicated through form, shadow, weight, and these things all appear in your work; however, this is not to say that you should not improve your work but merely follow your own path to that improvement.

I do think one requires some imagination and mystery in art- leave the details for tomorrow.

How's the weather in Reno? I'm in Sonoma and it's raiiining cats and dogs...grr.

danielh68
02-11-2007, 03:30 AM
LunaticSymphony - Thanks for your sincere words. I hope my style evolves naturally. It wavers at times, but people seem to recognize my work; which, I guess, is a good thing ;) I agree with your thoughts, I try to leave my paintings open-ended to encourage viewer participation and imagination. Highly detailed work, I believe, doesn't evoke the same response. Again, that's just my opinion. In regards to the weather, it's currently raining but no snow...yet :) Many thanks!

OKMER - Thanks, I just checked out your EON work and I have to say "jaw-dropping". :eek: You did the book cover design, too. The text is perfect: subtle and very cool. You definitely deserve an award for that piece. Top notch work!

jpedro - Yes, it's for the DSG. I would crop it but I don't plan to work on it any further. I do agree with you, though. Thanks:thumbsup:



http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch332.jpg

jpedro
02-11-2007, 11:10 AM
daniel, that last piece is fantastic! love the colors and the sense of scale, very interesting composition too. this illustration looks like it could be an extract from a much bigger story. can't really give any constructive crit to that except, bravo. don't change a stroke :)

danielh68
02-13-2007, 05:06 PM
Jpedro - Thanks, I was aiming for a more colorist approach. It's pretty wild :)

1hr

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch333.jpg

Vahn
02-13-2007, 08:28 PM
nice dh, i like both :D

danielh68
02-14-2007, 12:30 AM
Hey, thanks Vahn :)

I spent a little more time on the above image. About 4O additional minutes.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch334.jpg

LunaticSymphony
02-14-2007, 07:25 AM
Hey, thanks Vahn :)

I spent a little more time on the above image. About 4O additional minutes.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch334.jpg

Is it just me, or is it too dark for a "Knight in Pink Feathered Hat Armour" image? The previous image invoked a sense of abstract characterization what with the knight wearing a pink plumed helmet and with pink highlights (while originally knights or soldiers wore darker plumes, or red plumes to signify blood, or victory) but in this installment it's taken away from that fantasy-alice-in-wonderland effect and substituted in a dark macabre theme...

It's not wrong, it's just grotesque. Intense!

danielh68
02-17-2007, 06:48 PM
That's an interesting history about the plume. I had no idea about the symbology behind the color -- Now, I know :) Thanks for the good word, Lunatic!

45 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch335.jpg

LunaticSymphony
02-17-2007, 09:25 PM
Danielh, don't you think the left arm is too straight and too close to his torso as he's falling?

I would imagine if you lifted your arm to stab an imaginary spear up into the space above your face your left arm would bend back and down but not straight. UNLESS the character wanted to break his fall by landind on his left hand to keep from hitting the ground with his body first then it seems there should be an extended hand with fingers tight and set wider apart from each other (it looks relaxed in this drawing)

sorry about nitpicking! but I love these sketches...so fun and inspiring for the mind

redfrog
02-17-2007, 11:58 PM
Hey Daniel,


Love the white knight piece. Especially the additions you made to it to really build up that paintily texture.Have noticed that most of your works have that splash of pink in them (like in the knight, caveman pieces). Is that a conscious choice you make during each piece?

They are looking great, man! You have a very distinct style.

danielh68
02-18-2007, 04:37 AM
LunaticSymphony - He is caught of balance and is bracing for a fall. However, I agree with you about his arm: it should be bent some. If I were to invest another 40 minutes into it, I think I could resolve such issues. Actually, there's many areas that need attention: the lion's legs, tail, mid section, spear, etc. If I decide to return to it, things will eventually make more sense :) Thanks

Redfrog - Yeah, I like to throw a few color discords near the focal point to attract attention. The caveman is more of a blue-ish purple and the knight is definitely a pink-ish red. I've read a few books on color theory and created a psd that shows optimum color combinations. If you are interested, I can email it to you and explain how it works. Just let me know. In any case, thanks for the nice feedback :)

LunaticSymphony
02-18-2007, 05:39 AM
well, whatever combinations you used my eye ws instantly drawn to the positive space in the center of the drawing of the bear/wolf and the pink-knight

danielh68
02-18-2007, 05:03 PM
Thanks, Lunatic :)

1hr and ten

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch336.jpg

Vahn
02-18-2007, 05:27 PM
nice texture & pleasing colors ..definitely my fav cupid so far :) :thumbsup:

Maladie
02-18-2007, 08:59 PM
I can't believe this thread. Nothing more to say.:) *subscribes*

NR43
02-19-2007, 05:25 AM
hi danielh68would love to see you joining OFDW21 "Angels and Devils" so please consider it :)

danielh68
02-19-2007, 05:30 PM
Vahn & Maladie - Thank you :)

NR43 - Thanks:)....is that a thread on CGtalk or someplace else?

1hr.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch337.jpg

LunaticSymphony
02-19-2007, 08:05 PM
Attila the Devil!

razz
02-19-2007, 09:43 PM
I agree with Johan, you should really join. I remember your Giant piece, lovely! :thumbsup: Your painterly style is something I can't stop being impressed by. Come, come...You can still find the link on the frontpage.
Ever thought of finishing the "Knight in Pink Feathered Hat Armour" piece? :D Just amazing colors in that one.

Iridyse
02-25-2007, 05:25 PM
I absolutely love the textures in the last two, great job!!

NR43
02-25-2007, 05:54 PM
It's right here:

Open Figure Drawing Workshop - Angels & Devils - 021 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=199&t=464292)

danielh68
02-25-2007, 06:11 PM
NR43 - Thanks! I'll try and start on something today. :) There are some really cool things happening on that thread.

Iridyse - Thank you :)

razz - I will post something at some point...I need to think of something interesting, though. Thanks for the kind words about the White Night. I might polish it more at a later date. :)

LunaticSymphony - yeah, Huns are cool as with the rest of histories nomads. Thanks :thumbsup:

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1hr.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch338.jpg

LunaticSymphony
02-25-2007, 10:00 PM
Did the alligator eat Batma's cape there?? lol

jpedro
02-25-2007, 10:38 PM
daniel, the cupid pic is awesome. like the way he's walking, and her hiding behind the column. well done.

Gord-MacDonald
02-25-2007, 11:36 PM
Consistently great work keep at it :thumbsup:


Gord

kaladen
02-26-2007, 02:47 AM
Exciting sketchbook here, I saw so many good things that I can't tell what is my fav.
Keep on, that's great. :buttrock:

I started my sketch thread too, hope to post there as many good things as I can.
Greetings,
KAL.

CyborgJA
03-01-2007, 11:34 AM
AlÚ alÚ alÚ ! :)
Man you did a lot of beautiful images but my fav is the second version of "the pink knight". In my opinion it really rocks !

danielh68
03-01-2007, 11:43 PM
Serena, thanks, I'm glad to see you're back :)

kaladen - Great sketch thread you started and thank you!

Gords - Much appreciated :thumbsup:

Jpedro - Yeah, he's on the prowl and I don't think she wants to be found. Thanks!

LunaticSymphony - It's her skirt, but the idea of Bat Man's cape makes it oddly funnier. Thanks :)

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My updates have been sporadic at best. I've just been very busy at my full-time gig. Anyhow, just decided to do a real quick sketch. About 15 to 20 minutes worth.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch339.jpg

LunaticSymphony
03-02-2007, 01:33 AM
I like the concept. slaves and romans...that's so intense, and especially I like the fact that there's an obvious ROman senior in the foreground who is walking away casually. strong theme.

take care that you don't burn out

asnsys
03-02-2007, 03:54 AM
that you have a great connection with your mind with your arm, most artist have. great connection with their sight and the arm, thats why after they look an object, they start to draw, what they look, but you, draw with our refrence, u are hav a great connection with your 2 device. am i correct,
this is not theory or biology that i learnt,.
acctually i cant draw well , not at all, only small small objects, like stroke human,, :D , i ask Allah (GOD) , God giv me this connection well, now ,after some days (months), i could able to draw from looking an object. so we should thank to GOD. isnt it
thats why, i add my title, to Thank GOd

CyborgJA
03-02-2007, 07:12 AM
Another incredible double focus.
Is the Cesare walking in a river or something like that? I see a grey stripe long the bottom border. If not, check his relationship with the horizon line.

Yes yes, I'm happy to be back too ^___^

LunaticSymphony
03-03-2007, 12:33 AM
Serena, I think that's a shadow.

danielh68
03-12-2007, 10:36 PM
Thanks for the good word, everyone. :) I've been so busy at work, I just haven't found time to paint. These are just a couple of quick doodles.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch340.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch341.jpg

jpedro
03-12-2007, 11:00 PM
the last sketch has a great graphic quality to it....awesome. :thumbsup:

Mu
03-13-2007, 09:26 AM
God, I just love this thread. Everytime I come in here I get lost in all those beautiful sketches.


What I find interesting is that you have more finished pieces in this thread now and on checking your portfolio I must say that you have managed to carry your strong sketching qualities (eye-catching texture, unique color choices and a great feel for twisted ideas) over to your finished paintings.


If I remember correctly, you stated somewhere at the beginning of this thread that you were missing replies and feedback when you posted an earlier finished painting to the gallery and that you therefore started this sketch thread.
I can imagine that you won't have these problems anymore. Your work has become recognizable and unique on all levels of rendering/detailing from sketch to full painting.

In short: you rock.

over and out.

:D

remcv8
03-13-2007, 01:19 PM
You are the sketch master!

danielh68
03-13-2007, 05:42 PM
remcv8 - I guess I do have a few sketches here :) thanks for the inspiring words.

Mu - Many thanks, I'm actually working on a couple pieces that will be hi-rez and polished. Someday I will post them. I just haven't time as of late. It's pretty much 20 mins here and there. One of them is the "Harley Davidson in the Land of the Giants" sketch I did a few pages back and the other is sort of inspired from Dante's Inferno. I'll post them eventually. Thanks, again :thumbsup:

jpedro - Thanks, I haven't seen the movie yet. Most likely I will wait for it on DVD. I can't handle peripheral noises in theatres. Anyhow, the majority say it's a visual feast. It should be good.

A couple more sketches - 45 and 60 mins apiece.

http://danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch343.jpg

http://danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch342.jpg

LunaticSymphony
03-13-2007, 11:34 PM
Hey daniel,

the sketch that shows the Battle of Thermopylae...it felt more epic than the 300 movie. Honestly. I saw 300 and I felt cheated a bit. It was pretty bloody but it was not at all like the epic feel that lord of the rings in the return of the king had...remember that scene where Gandalf appears at the rising of the sun and he pours down the side of the mountain? I couldn't breathe at that point and your sketch has that same terror but vicotyr with a lone spartan and thousands of Persians almost oozing out of the distance

CyborgJA
03-15-2007, 05:38 PM
Buonasera!

As usual, beautiful sketches, and ESPECIALLY sketches with a strong emotional impact.


You know that I'm already drooling for the two polished pics, isn't it? :drool:


Serena.

danielh68
03-18-2007, 06:16 AM
LunaticSymphony - Thanks! Yeah, I really loved the epic battle scenes in Lord of the Rings, especially in the Two Towers. The ebb and flow of hope in those scenes were fantastic :thumbsup:

CyborgJA - Thank you Serena :) The polished pieces are going slower than anticipated. It seems I have to set aside more time to work on them. I can't work on them for twenty minutes and stop, like I do a sketch. I will eventually get around to them. In the meantime, I did another 300-ish sketch. I still haven't seen the movie, though.

40 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch344.jpg

razz
03-24-2007, 11:58 AM
Nice to come back here from time to time and get fascinated by the style your speedpaintings looks. And pretty different from each other, at least this last page. Great use of textures again, the huge army looks awesome. Really seems that it's swarming with persians. And I love the last one. The large amount of arrows look believable, only that the warrior shall loose his leg after this. He should cover his whole body with that shield. Didn't you see 300 yet? :D

danielh68
03-25-2007, 12:49 AM
Thanks Razz :) Yeah, I think his leg is doomed, too. I haven't seen 300 yet, I will eventually. I would like to see it within a theatrical setting, but most likely I will purchase on DVD.

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40 mins

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch345.jpg

zng-Y
03-25-2007, 08:40 AM
DUDE!~! SHAME ON YOU, GO TO THE CINEMA RIGHT AWAY. That movie is just too rockin' to miss it one day more. :D:scream:

Great sketches as always. I know i dont realy post much in here, but I'm certainly watching it!

remcv8
03-25-2007, 03:45 PM
Just saw 300 with my son yesterday, and must say that I want to see it again. Visual splender!!! The wave of arrows also reminded me of the scene in Jet Li's "Hero", another visually inspiring film.

Diggin your sketches.

LunaticSymphony
03-27-2007, 03:20 AM
wow daniel...the future chariot of the military...

Look at that thing...it could really be damn useful in war. think of the automatic control by motion detecting sensors attached to the soldiers legs ...they could go over all kinds of bumps and grinds and feel almost nothing and never be tired plus they could carry four times more than they carry already on their backs by attaching it to the back of the chariot...

WOW....my head just exploded. thanks daniel.

danielh68
04-01-2007, 05:53 AM
It's late and I'm pretty tired. I worked on this the entire day. Thanks everyone for your really nice comments :) Oh, tomorrow, I'm finally going to see 300! -- hopefully it's still playing :D

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch346.jpg

remcv8
04-01-2007, 10:35 PM
Wow, that's a crazy-cool pic!!! That guy is a lefty on the guitar too.

You've got some dope-diggity-freaky-cool ideas in that head of yours.

NR43
04-02-2007, 09:26 AM
Haha I bet no one is gonna have the guts to take that 5 dollar bill from next to the blind man's hat :bounce:


Lovely work!

jpedro
04-02-2007, 09:26 AM
hi daniel, the last picture is hilarious. some great ideas in that picture, like the tusks, and the eyes are very gazy(if that's even a word)

i think the guitar player falls off slightly in comparison to the creature, particulrarly his right hand looks like it could use a little work. his fingers seem a bit chopped off in my view, especially his ring finger.

just my two cents, it's a great pic nonetheless, your thread is always a great inspiration.

best,
Jan

aldog
04-02-2007, 06:02 PM
wow your textures are great.

danielh68
04-05-2007, 11:12 PM
aldog - Yeah, I spent awhile just doing the textures. Thanks for the good word.

jpedro - You're probably right. The musician was the last thing I did and I was tired, so some things were rushed. Thanks :)

NR43 - Ha! I should have put a severed hand holding a bill next to the hat.

remcv8 - Hey, I just noticed that: a lefty. It wasn't my intention, it just worked better in the composition that way.

Thanks everyone :)

Here's a couple more sketches

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch348.jpg


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch347.jpg

danielh68
04-10-2007, 03:26 AM
a little over 40 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch349.jpg

danielh68
04-11-2007, 12:19 AM
35 minutes

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch350.jpg

audit
04-11-2007, 12:38 AM
whassup dan?! still amazing i see. you have the most astonishing feel for texture and shape, each image hits the right notes. great stuff :)

CyborgJA
04-11-2007, 10:44 AM
I

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch346.jpg



:eeek:


MANNNNNNNNNNNNNN.... do you know I love you, yes? I still have to check all the updates from cgsociety but have you posted this image to 2d gallery, isn't it?
ISN'T IT? O_o

danielh68
04-12-2007, 04:17 AM
...you jest with such sweet enthusiasm, Serena ;) I did submit that particular piece to the 2D gallery, but it disappeared quickly. Most of my stuff shares the same fate. I haven't had too much luck over there. No complaints, though, because I don't spend much time there anyhow. I generally spend more time browsing other artist's sketch threads or the DSF. Many thanks and arrivederci :)

an hour and 15

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch351.jpg

CyborgJA
04-12-2007, 08:48 AM
Uhm I searched on the 2D daily mail for this picture but I didn't find it. Please, next time, write a post with the direct link image-2D gallery, so your fan will easily find it too :P


MM I prefer your coloured pics....you add tons of power to your images with colors ^_^

Bravo, are you learning italian? ^_^

Ciao

jpedro
04-12-2007, 08:52 AM
another great pic daniel. very cool mix of technology here, and i really enjoy the brushwork on this picture. fascinating how the shapes you provide work so well to create this machine.

MatthewRodgers
04-12-2007, 09:39 AM
Hey man, just having a yarn to Shawshank about your bad self today. He's a good friend of mine and a fan of yours. Funny cos I never knew, and I've had this thread bookmarked for some time. Amazing stuff man. Respect. Always an inspiration. So keep posting and thanks for sharing :)

danielh68
04-14-2007, 04:35 PM
Serena, I found the link

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=4326850#post4326850

Next time, I will post it directly in my thread :) I wish I knew Italian or any other language for that matter, but I'm still having trouble with the one I speak now ;)

jpedro - Thanks :) I was trying to do a steampunk image for that other thread.

Cavematty -Thanks too, yeah I chatted a bit with Shawshank about New Zealand, art, etc. A really nice guy. I'm guessing you live in Wellington? Recently I watched this program called "Managing Asia" where the host interviewed the founder of Weta. I can't remember his name, but his history and the history of the company was fascinating. Anyhow, thanks again for the good word :thumbsup:

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch353.jpg

danielh68
04-15-2007, 04:41 PM
Another Steampunk, an hour.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch354.jpg

danielh68
04-15-2007, 11:13 PM
hour and a halfhttp://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch355.jpg

redfrog
04-17-2007, 12:31 PM
Hey Daniel,

You've added some amazing stuff to your thread since i last checked in! Your steampunk stuff is fantastic, but i must say one of your best for my mind is that bridge piece you did. That is an amazing piece and to churn that out in around 40 minutes is phenomenal.
You have a very distinct style and i look forward to being around to check what sketch1000 looks like!
:)

danielh68
04-18-2007, 01:54 AM
Hey thanks a bunch, Redfrog :) My speed really slows down after 60 mins or so. I think a different thought process takes place. That three-eyed creature in the subways literally took me all day and when I go back and look through the progressions from hour to hour, the progress just get slower and slower. I'm guessing most artist's have the same experience. In any case, thanks again for dropping by :)

By the way, I dig your Cerano piece...quirky little fellow :)

A couple of hours

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch356.jpg

danielh68
04-18-2007, 05:49 PM
About 30 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch357.jpg

zng-Y
04-19-2007, 09:34 AM
The 3-eyed-dog is hilarious and supercool executed.