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danielh68
08-02-2005, 05:44 AM
I started doodling in PS during a lengthy phone conversation, 2.5 hrs later this is what I got. Since it's not a finished painting, I thought I just post it here. Maybe I will post other stuff as time goes by.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch_1.jpg

Squibbit
08-02-2005, 05:51 AM
u silly boy! do some crappy stuff for a change!




.

ravioli_rancher
08-02-2005, 05:53 AM
Absolutely gorgeous. :applause: The colors and the figure and his highlights are masterful. Keep talking on the phone during sketches. Take on two phones and draw with your nose. Incredible work. :bounce:

danielh68
08-02-2005, 04:30 PM
Thanks Squibbit and Ravioli, much appreciation.


Here's another. 1hr. No reference.


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

danielh68
08-02-2005, 06:47 PM
Another 1hr. No ref.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch3.jpg

danielh68
08-03-2005, 05:58 AM
Quickie...half hour. No ref.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch4.jpg

MichaelZHsee
08-03-2005, 06:21 AM
u silly boy! do some crappy stuff for a change!


lol:scream:
,good stuff mate~love these kinda treatment,interestig brush aporach:)

danielh68
08-04-2005, 02:25 AM
Thanks Sh@ke!

1hr.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch5.jpg

danielh68
08-04-2005, 06:16 AM
Little over an hour.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch6.jpg

ceresz
08-04-2005, 05:41 PM
wow really nice!
what kind of brushes do you use?
awesome stuff, can't wait to see more.

danielh68
08-05-2005, 02:50 AM
Thanks, Skurai. Well, I use the regular default brush the most, then a few media brushes. The media brushes, I mix-up all the time. I experiment a bit. I don't really have any elaborate custome brushes, though.

1.5 hr. No ref.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch7.jpg

danielh68
08-05-2005, 06:40 PM
just an hour. No ref.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch8.jpg

danielh68
08-05-2005, 09:19 PM
45 mins. No ref.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch10.jpg

danielh68
08-05-2005, 10:54 PM
slow day at work...
No ref.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch11.jpg

pipichu
08-05-2005, 10:58 PM
These are awesome. They also don't look like they were done in digital. Great job:)

umbrellasky
08-05-2005, 11:03 PM
wow great tectures and lighting on these! Great work!

danielh68
08-06-2005, 12:13 AM
Thanks a bunch everyone. I think this is the last one before I leave for the weekend.

45mins. No ref.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch12.jpg

danielh68
08-08-2005, 04:16 AM
Just returned from a weekend trip and I wanted to do a few sketches before crashing. Nothing big, just gestures. About 30 seconds apiece.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch13.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch14.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch15.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch16.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch17.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch18.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch19.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch20.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch21.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch22.jpg

danielh68
08-08-2005, 09:30 PM
Decided to expand on gesture sketch #7.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch23.jpg

danielh68
08-09-2005, 12:16 AM
90 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch24.jpg

danielh68
08-09-2005, 05:47 PM
90 minutes.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch25.jpg

danielh68
08-09-2005, 10:06 PM
90 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch26.jpg

yAdam
08-09-2005, 10:26 PM
You're stuff is amazing daniel, really inspiring. :scream:....keep on posting!:)

pipichu
08-09-2005, 10:28 PM
These are so amazing.:eek: Really like the textures.:)

Erikoinen
08-09-2005, 10:32 PM
These are real good sketches.. But do you have the talent to make them more than just sketches?

yAdam
08-09-2005, 10:51 PM
These are real good sketches.. But do you have the talent to make them more than just sketches?

I know what you mean erikoinen, but whenever I look at some finished work they rarely compare to the life and style in these. I suppose its just personal taste. But work like this and by other artists, like craig mullins, seem to be able to use a sort of impressionisitic style of art and adapt it into digital with amazing ideas that , i think, brings the idea of 'proper' art into the digital age. Not that I dont like other work, its just that this kind of stuff is hard to come by in digital art (is it?)...

dont know if all that sounded lame, but i'm pretty sure this is my first ever post i've had anything other to say than "omg thats awesome" or "help me with my work".:D

danielh68
08-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Hey, thanks everyone for the great comments. Much appreciated.

Erikoinen - well, talent is a real subjective thing. I can definitely spend a few hours and refine these a great deal. However, if you mean, to take my art into the realm of photo-realism...well, that's not going to happen. I'm just not a big fan of it. My favorite art is a cross between realism and abstraction. I like the spontaneity and energy it embues. Anyhow, thanks for asking. I appreciate the feedback.

yAdam - Thanks for the explaination. I think it's better than mine.

danielh68
08-11-2005, 05:25 AM
sketch 90mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch27.jpg

pushav
08-11-2005, 05:54 PM
Nice work there. What brushes do you use in photoshop besides the hard brush?

danielh68
08-11-2005, 06:50 PM
Pushav - thanks. I've been asked the "brush question" quite a bit and I can never give a straight answer. The thing is, I don't stick to any one brush. Even when I create custom brushes, I don't save them. Sometimes, I'll create a really horrid brush and force myself to paint with it. I always learn something from it. I hope this helps. Thanks again.

danielh68
08-11-2005, 07:57 PM
Did this quickie on my lunchbreak. 20mins. No ref. One brush (default).


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch28.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
08-11-2005, 08:17 PM
holy smokes - slow down! :D . This work is terrific!


Gord

danielh68
08-12-2005, 05:16 AM
caveman sketch

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch29.jpg

danielh68
08-14-2005, 02:40 AM
Worked a little bit more on this.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch30.jpg

danielh68
08-14-2005, 08:28 PM
Sensitive Caveman Holding Club While Testing The Water.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch31.jpg

danielh68
08-14-2005, 11:30 PM
Here's one I did for the DSG. hour+15mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch32.jpg

Erikoinen
08-15-2005, 07:26 AM
Ye it's not that I didn't like these, danielh68, but if you're using 1-2hours to one piece like these, I'd like to see a piece you used 10 hours to create. And I'm not looking for photoreal, but just a tad more details would crown them.

And I DO know how hard it is to get sketch like these, I've tried. :) The colors and the shading and the shapes and the lighting and whatelse. I do respect your work a lot!

danielh68
08-15-2005, 02:26 PM
Erikoinen, thanks again. Eventually, I will do more in-depth pieces. I actually spent around four hours with the caveman fighting the dinosaur ( I don't know what those flying things are called). However, this is still short in comparison to what your requesting.

Really, I just started this thread just to show a piece I had done while on the phone. Then, I thought, I should try to improve my skills and commit myself to a sketch everyday, hence the ongoing thread.

In any case, eventually I will do a more elaborate piece.

Best Regards,
Dan

danielh68
08-16-2005, 12:17 AM
Young Shaolin Monk Balanced On One Leg.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch33.jpg

danielh68
08-16-2005, 11:58 PM
Here's one I did for today's DSG.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch34.jpg

danielh68
08-17-2005, 07:15 PM
Another DSG entry

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch35.jpg

Rebeccak
08-17-2005, 08:46 PM
danielh68,

I think that everything with the exception of the man's face who is being dragged away is excellent...the face is a bit too cartoonish for me to take his plight at all seriously. I think if you made his complexion a bit more ruddy and his expression a bit more serious, this would help an otherwise really great sketch! :)

~Rebeccak

danielh68
08-17-2005, 09:48 PM
Hi Rebeccak,

Thanks for the feedback. Here's a quick update. Hopefully he looks less like Box Car Willy.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch35update.jpg

Rebeccak
08-17-2005, 09:59 PM
danielh68,

Ever seen the artwork of Odd Nerdrum? Now, granted, some of his stuff is just REALLY wierd, but I love HOW he paints more than WHAT he takes as his subject matter. Give 'im a Google, and check out how he does expressions. I think too often fast sketches can look just that ~ fast. You seem to have a lovely painterly knack, and I would love to see you carry it out further than just a 2 hour sketch and such. You could probably take any one of your sketches and lavish attention upon it to make it into a beautiful painting. Just a suggestion. :)

~Rebeccak

danielh68
08-17-2005, 10:27 PM
Yeah, I have Odd bookmarked. His work is wonderful albeit bleak and existential.

Thanks for the encouragement. Eventually, I will tackle a project that requires more than a few hours. Since my day gig is graphic design, extra time is kind of scarce. Speed painting is nice, because I can still problem-solve and not kill my entire day.

Thanks again, Rebeccak.

Rebeccak
08-17-2005, 10:43 PM
Ah...gotcha. ;)

It's cool to see how much effort everyone puts into the speed paints thread et al. You're right, most of us are either students or have full-time jobs, so it's nice to see how much art really means to us that we'll spend those spare hours in the trenches, so to speak. :)
This forum is just unbelievably inspiring to me, so it's great to see your work as well as others'. :)

~Rebeccak

danielh68
08-18-2005, 12:08 AM
Yeah, I agree. This is a really great community. There's so many inspiring threads I'd like to participate in, but there's just not enough hours in the day. :)

Here's another quickie...45mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch36.jpg

danielh68
08-18-2005, 07:09 PM
40mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch37.jpg

pushav
08-18-2005, 07:30 PM
Just returned from a weekend trip and I wanted to do a few sketches before crashing. Nothing big, just gestures. About 30 seconds apiece.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch13.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch14.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch15.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch16.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch17.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch18.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch19.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch20.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch21.jpg

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch22.jpg

Wow! what Type of brush did you use to create theese. I was trying hard to get that effect one day. Is that some sort of sumi-e brush?

pushav
08-18-2005, 08:36 PM
Thanks I found somthing like that.

danielh68
08-18-2005, 08:55 PM
No problem. Anxious to see some of your results.

danielh68
08-18-2005, 09:44 PM
I received a few comments concerning why I don't spend more than a couple of hours on a piece. It's mostly due to a lack of time and the ability to learn more from sketching; however, two or three months ago I produced these two pieces. I spent a couple days apiece on each of them. I don't care much for them now, for various reasons. In fact, I posted them on the Finished Works section but didn't get much response. For both pieces, I aimed for a feeling of tranquility and stillness. Perhaps, they're simply boring.



http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch38.jpg

danielh68
08-18-2005, 09:45 PM
Here's the other one:

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch39.jpg

Erikoinen
08-18-2005, 09:53 PM
The first one of the finished works just needs a story and it's excellent. :)

I love your colours, I wish I could use colours like that too.

pushav
08-19-2005, 12:24 AM
Nice. Pretty soon you will become famous here if you keep this up. I am glad that you do not over render your work. It gives it that Jeff jones feel to them.

This stuff reminds me of some of the fantasy card art that I have from the mid 90's when that stuff was hot.

Keep it up.

danielh68
08-20-2005, 03:57 AM
Here's an Anatomy study I did for Rebecca's thread. 4hrs.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch40.jpg

danielh68
08-22-2005, 03:49 AM
Sketch for DSG: 1hr.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch41.jpg

danielh68
08-22-2005, 05:46 AM
"Me As A Monster"
45mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch42.jpg

goldi76
08-22-2005, 07:04 AM
:bounce:I'm really impressed how well you can handle color and lighting! Something I still have to learn... Keep up the good work.

danielh68
08-22-2005, 02:29 PM
Goldi76, thanks for the comments.:)

Miyagu
08-22-2005, 02:49 PM
wow.. i just discovered this entry and im stunned! nice sketching - and so fast! *envy* :)
i always tend to pixel my stuff to the death, getting slower and slower - brush getting finer and finer till i reach the 1 pixel brush (and a wall in front of my head..)

very inspiring work, keep it up! :thumbsup:

and i love this one, so funny!:

Sensitive Caveman Holding Club While Testing The Water.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch31.jpg

danielh68
08-23-2005, 03:27 AM
A DSG entry...hour/twenty

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch43.jpg

danielh68
08-24-2005, 01:46 AM
Pressed for time today...a super quickie...30mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch44.jpg

danielh68
08-25-2005, 12:16 AM
Decided to continue with the theme and create one from the opposing view.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch45.jpg

danielh68
08-26-2005, 04:54 AM
Pirates Vs. Ninjas

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch46.jpg

Miyagu
08-26-2005, 10:21 AM
both elevant pics look very cool (and the other ones too..) :thumbsup: funny how the human brain can create a whole war out of some tiny little brushblots :)

pushav
08-26-2005, 07:58 PM
Real nice!

danielh68
08-27-2005, 04:44 AM
Thanks Pushav and DunkelGold.

Here's another one before I leave this weekend.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch47.jpg

danielh68
08-30-2005, 05:21 AM
10mins worth of scribbles.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch48.jpg

danielh68
08-30-2005, 02:30 PM
15mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch49.jpg

jmBoekestein
08-30-2005, 02:34 PM
15 mins is really fast man! :eek:... seems your texturing technique 's worth a look. Love the 'roundness' of the dancer :).

danielh68
08-31-2005, 06:25 AM
Thanks, jmBoekestein.

This is a sketch for the DSG.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch50.jpg

danielh68
09-01-2005, 05:46 AM
one before I retire.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch51.jpg

pushav
09-01-2005, 06:02 PM
Noooo! you can't retire, I just gave you 5 stars on this thread.
Keep up the good work.

Loulu79
09-01-2005, 11:41 PM
You mean to tell me you've been sketchin' and sketchin' away as much time as you had...little as it was...and didn't get enough responses when you first came here on CgTalk...and you've been learning from your own sketches...

That's exactly where I am now...and you just inspired me to keep going at it...I've sketched downtown today to get some sort of encouragement going...but I have the sea...and sky...as my day to day life...like your seascape sketch....

I'll just keep on doing what I'm doing right now...thanks a whole lot danielh!

danielh68
09-02-2005, 04:58 AM
Thanks Pushav and Loulu79 for your comments...always appreciated.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch52.jpg

danielh68
09-05-2005, 02:37 AM
Just doodling.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch53.jpg

danielh68
09-06-2005, 11:12 PM
A sketch for the DSG

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch54.jpg

danielh68
09-07-2005, 02:43 AM
Tri-Breasted Alien Girl

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch55.jpg

danielh68
09-07-2005, 05:32 PM
evil guy with kitty

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch56.jpg

danielh68
09-13-2005, 05:04 AM
Been gone for a few days.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch57.jpg

remcv8
09-13-2005, 05:44 AM
I've pooped my pants!!!

My eyes popped, my head exploded, and my whole body has turned inside-out!!!

What really kills me is that you don't think so highly of your work!!!

Your work is incredible, whether it takes you 30 seconds to do gestures or 2 days to pump out a finely detailed piece of insane artwork!!!

I haven't seen a piece that hasn't made me drool all over my keyboard.

One question though, how do you blow through this stuff without being overly critical?

I've put alot of ideas away forever because of frustration or just burnt-out.

Any tips?

danielh68
09-13-2005, 02:28 PM
Soiling one's pants is a mightly fine compliment, I suppose. :) Thanks, I appreciate it.

To answer your questions: I never mention it, but I'm critical with most of the stuff I post. I really think of them as excercises that shouldn't require a lot of time. When a piece is done, I usually have a mental list of areas that need correcting or adjusting. If I was to finalize a piece, I would certainly execute the corrections on my list. For now, though, I say "I'm aware of them and that's half the battle."

Concerning tips, try to sketch every idea you conjure-up. The more you do, the easier it becomes. I also read a lot of how-to traditional oil painting books and apply the techniques digitally. A book I have read a dozen times over is Harley Browns: Eternal Truths For Every Artist. I highly recommend it.

I hope this helps. And thanks again!

Best Regards,
Dan

pushav
09-13-2005, 03:54 PM
Keep it up! Nice work once more. I am still watching this thread.

remcv8
09-14-2005, 12:41 PM
Thanks danielh68,

That definately helps. I take in all that I can.

As far as the speed sketch/paint aspect goes, I wish to be able to work on that level. To be able to push out ideas on a moments notice, would help tremendously.

I have some coupons for Borders (25% off any book) I'll look into that book a.s.a.p.

I have no traditional paint experience, so I'm also thinking of taking some classes here in San Diego. I found some that are a bit pricey, but seem well worth it.

your generosity is most appreciated,

remcv8

danielh68
09-16-2005, 01:31 AM
Pushav & remcv8, thanks again.

Here's one I did the DSG. 90mins. Note: I just realized there's no blood on the sword...oh well, another day...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch58.jpg

Loulu79
09-17-2005, 06:37 PM
I love the very last one. The man's body is very much in proportion and his skin looks so healthy.

And I like to spot unique comps...most of your works here I noticed ... the characters are almost or always facing us. The last one I like. This guy has character without the facials to tell me.

Yummy... the colours and the saturation ... plus the lighting look delicious...There are no words to describe how beautiful your style is. I'm just discovering mine. But I'm scared to share it here. Oh well...one of these days...might as well join the DSG for practise and less being scared.

danielh68
09-17-2005, 10:01 PM
Hey, Loulu79, thanks for kind remarks! You're right though, I need to do more dynamic poses. I have some strewn about the thread, but they're the minority compared to all the frontal poses I have done. Gotta change that!

Don't be afraid about sharing your stuff:once you put one piece out, it encourages you to produce another and another and another. Eventually you will see your growth as an artist.

Best Regards,
Dan

Manji
09-17-2005, 10:32 PM
Amazing stuff, some remind me of Craig Mullins.
Keep up the good work mate ;)

danielh68
09-19-2005, 02:46 AM
Thanks Manji!

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch59.jpg

Rebeccak
09-19-2005, 02:49 AM
Great stuff, Daniel! Keep rockin'! :)

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

danielh68
09-19-2005, 05:27 AM
Thanks, Rebeccak :)

Gord-MacDonald
09-19-2005, 05:38 AM
I love all of your work - post 90 absolutely rocks!


Gord

shyamshriram
09-19-2005, 07:59 AM
I almost missed this beautiful thread ! really sweet stuff. Im inspired :bounce:
keep posting dude :)

Kyena
09-19-2005, 07:52 PM
What an inspiring thread.
Besides your obvious feeling for light and forms I really adore your brush and texture work.
Something I have yet to understand...painting with textured brushes.

danielh68
09-19-2005, 08:47 PM
Gord, shyamshriram & Kyena...many thanks for the kind words.

Kyena -- my brushes are not that great. 80% of the time I just use a standard hardbrush set on pressure sensitivity. A lot of the texture derives from the canvas I paint on. Many traditional artists paint over old paintings or will scruff-up a canvas just to break it in. That's pretty much what I do, except I do it digitally. Many times I will paint over an existing painting which will create interesting textural effects. In essense, I guess, I like to destroy a canvas before creating anything. Afterwards, it's a matter of searching for the right objective forms from all of the abstract mess.

In any case, thanks again for the comments.:)

Loulu79
09-20-2005, 01:21 AM
Hey, Loulu79, thanks for kind remarks! You're right though, I need to do more dynamic poses. I have some strewn about the thread, but they're the minority compared to all the frontal poses I have done. Gotta change that!

Don't be afraid about sharing your stuff:once you put one piece out, it encourages you to produce another and another and another. Eventually you will see your growth as an artist.

Best Regards,
Dan

Oh thanks so much! Your kind remarks and honesty is also helping me. You're soooo right! In fact my artwork improved dramatically! I'm working on my very own comic book and discovering my style and .... low and behold my freshest and lastest corrections are far better than my old ones....

I'll do more practise and thanks eversomuch Daniel:thumbsup:

Edit: I gotta hand it to you...you're really getting my message real good! The last one is becoming more dramatic! Rough compared to my very favorite one...but the composition is utterly dramatic. It's in my face and I love it this way.

Keep it up! Your composition is improving tremendously.

toobi
09-20-2005, 10:05 AM
just found this thread today and i must sa you really have amazing sketching skills, man. that tip about over painting an already existing canvas is new to me. i guess i will give it try ...
please keep up posting here.

danielh68
09-21-2005, 04:14 AM
toobi -- Thanks! I hope the texture thing works for you.

Loulu79 -- That's great to hear! Keep going and be sure to catalog all your stuff.



http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch60.jpg

Kalorlo
09-22-2005, 11:22 AM
Your work is gorgeous! The texturing is stunning and I love the little "cracked-paint" effects that turn up. I'll have to have a try at that messing with the canvas first - it looks great fun.

If you still want comments on those two finished pieces you posted, I think the tranquillity is partly the reason they didn't get much attention. There's nice lighting, and toned-down texture, but they don't have the life that your sketches do. It's easy to look at them, go "Oh, that's nice" and then pass on. On a forum like this, the subject matter isn't unusual, so it's all down to whether the execution manages to grab the viewers and this is a lot harder for a "still" picture to do. They *are* nice, but I'd guess as an artist you were aiming for better than "nice"!

P.S. Well done for finding a use for the fuzzy brush! (At least, I assume that's the one you've been using in several of your sketches...) :)

johanflood
09-22-2005, 11:32 AM
Your work is great. I get really inspired to sketch more. Maybe you should use reference for details when you have the concept layed out ? Just an idea.

danielh68
09-22-2005, 02:46 PM
johanflood - Thanks! Yeah reference is always a good idea. I have a couple anatomy books that I peak into when needed. If I ever develop something further, I would probably look for more references. Although I try not to relie on them too heavily, because I feel digital art can easily become over-worked when using reference. Well, thanks again for your comments.

Kalorlo - Thanks, too! Your comments regarding my two finished pieces are pretty accurate. They need to leave more of an impression.

In regards to the Fuzzy brush, I'm not sure what that is? Is it a Painter brush? I have Painter and I use it for about 20% of my work, but I'm not well versed in it. Actually there's just a hand-full of brushes I use in Painter. I'm definitely more comfortable in Photoshop.

In any case, both your remarks are most appreciated:)

jmBoekestein
09-22-2005, 04:58 PM
Hye it looks like yur grip is tightening!!! :D The last one seems more concise in the lihghting, very good one. I like it.

Keep em coming :D.

:thumbsup:

danielh68
09-23-2005, 04:50 AM
Thanks, jmBoekestein :)

Icarus and Daedalus

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch61.jpg

remcv8
09-23-2005, 04:57 AM
You know that if you draw any faster you won't need to type.

I'm still digging your work and checking in daily.

danielh68
09-27-2005, 04:11 AM
remcv8 - Thanks, I appreciate the good words :)

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch62.jpg

remcv8
09-27-2005, 01:35 PM
Whoa!!! That one is sweet. Nice blending.

pushav
09-28-2005, 12:59 AM
I like that spider woman. this inspires me to paint.

pushav
10-11-2005, 11:27 PM
Did you stop?

danielh68
10-12-2005, 12:44 AM
Hi Pushav,

No, I plan to resume. I've just been working late the last couple of weeks. As a result, my eyes are pixel-fried by the time I get home. I'll definitely get something posted this weekend. Thanks for your interest.

danielh68
10-12-2005, 03:59 AM
I changed my mind.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch63.jpg

igorsandman
10-12-2005, 09:54 AM
I love this one. The contrast is perfect and the the brushstrokes are once again amazing. I'm jealous.
Keep it up.
-IS-

remcv8
10-12-2005, 12:14 PM
Nice monster. Glad you're back. Miss your paintings.

pushav
10-12-2005, 01:58 PM
Lol yes more. I had to try and get you out of retirement.:wip: Lol.
Nice one. I could never paint until I get back home and late at night when there are no distractions.

danielh68
10-13-2005, 06:12 AM
Thanks everyone for your comments. It's late...gotta crash...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch64.jpg

Erikoinen
10-13-2005, 06:33 AM
Last time I nagged about your work being unfinished looking.. You've improved alot! Much more detail you've got now in your work. Looks excellent. A bit more detail and a bigger version and I'd buy this work for my wall!

.. if I had the money.

Squibbit
10-13-2005, 06:37 AM
still and always so cool , especially the caveman clubbing the dino


.

Loulu79
10-13-2005, 04:30 PM
Your characters are becoming more and more interesting and out there.

Good job so far.

danielh68
10-14-2005, 12:17 AM
I had a spare 15mins before leaving work today. Just a quickie...don't know what it is.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch65.jpg

pushav
10-14-2005, 12:35 AM
I am guessing Wizard of Oz?
Nice work. Keep pumping them out. You are getting better.:thumbsup:

remcv8
10-14-2005, 04:16 AM
Mr. Helzer,

I find it fascinating that you would take a few minutes, before work to sketch something like this. It is beautiful, by the way.

I've looked at your profile hoping to find what you do for work. I found nothing. I'm guessing that you are an artist by trade, but not sure. Maybe it is your escape from the day by day and devote your time to your passion at every possible moment.

I creating a story, in my head of someone who lives art, breathes and tastes it, and won't stray from it. Someone who, when they start thier day, that's what is on thier mind...art. Someone who, when they're in thier daily routine of work they're thinking of it. Someone who, when the day is done they rush home to create something that they thought of all day. Someone who, when the night has taken them, they dream of art and sometimes awaken at an odd hour with an idea, and rushes to whip it out, taking care of that urge, craving, thirst...passion.

Someone who, before they start thier day, will sit and let thier right brain kick in and conjure up a 15 minute piece of art that they are not sure, what to call it, but satisfied thier... passion

danielh68
10-14-2005, 05:12 AM
Hey, Pushav...thanks much appreciated.

remcv8, thanks for your interest. You kind of nailed it. I work for a very big video slot machine manufacturer tweaking existing artwork for international markets, such as France, Mexico, China...etc. It's a big company (2000 to 3000 peeps) and I reside in a small cube amongst countless others. I have a history of working for many startup companies, but I grew tired of the volatility, instability and the required nomadic lifestyle. My current job is just the opposite, which is very cool as one gets older.

Aside from my wife, art is my only other passion. If I'm not painting or drawing, I'm reading about it. Sometimes, I get burned-out, but it usually last only a couple of weeks. In any case, thanks for your inquires. :thumbsup:



http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch66.jpg

pushav
10-14-2005, 04:42 PM
I never get burned out on art. I am always looking for other artists that is why I joinded this forum. Keep it up. Pretty soon you can come out with one of thoose coffee table art books.

danielh68
10-15-2005, 04:44 AM
Pushav, that's cool you never get burned-out, gives you the chance to be more prolific:)

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch67.jpg

pushav
10-15-2005, 02:43 PM
Or try to be prolific. Lol. One can only dream lol.

I like that character in the mirror. He looks like demitri from that capcom videogame darkstalkers. Yeah more halloween themed paintings :buttrock:.

danielh68
10-18-2005, 05:01 AM
Hey, Pushav, I have never heard of that character, but I will take your word for it. I need to buy a console...I gave my Xbox to my nephew a few months ago, figuring I will purchase the 360 in the next couple of months. Oh, yeah, one more thing, glad to see you posting on the DSG!

PS/1hr.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch68.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
10-18-2005, 05:14 AM
wonderful colour in this one. So delicate.


Gord

pushav
10-18-2005, 06:44 PM
Yeah time for me to get a new console also. I am leaning towards the 360. I'll see what is in store next year. Nice work!

Yeah I will try more work for the DSG's and speed painting threads here. I posted more stuff on my mixtape thread. the link is in my signature.

here is demitri http://images.google.com/images?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official_s&hl=en&q=darkstalkers%20demitri&btnG=Google+Search&sa=N&tab=wi

danielh68
10-19-2005, 03:29 AM
Thanks, Pushav & Gord. Much appreciated.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch69.jpg

remcv8
10-19-2005, 03:43 AM
As usual Helzer, Cool stuff.

Seems like your spending a little more time on each piece???

danielh68
10-19-2005, 04:57 AM
remcv8 - Thanks. I think it's about the same amount of time. In fact, I'm starting to sketch (traditionally) & scan more, as opposed to pure digital. The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Ghost and Frankenstein were initially rough pencil sketches that were scanned it. Thanks, again.

danielh68
10-24-2005, 04:47 AM
hour sketch

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch70.jpg

remcv8
10-24-2005, 12:38 PM
Abominal Wampa? (check spelling) Hee hee

Use the force, Luke, or get the hell out of there dude!!!

Awesome work.

danielh68
10-28-2005, 04:57 AM
Went the traditional route this evening and broke out the paints. No reference, just wanted to have some fun and not make it a tedious project. 90 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch71.jpg

Thanks, again Robert :)

danielh68
10-28-2005, 05:47 PM
Decided to add some color to it.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch72.jpg

danielh68
10-31-2005, 03:38 AM
Another painting. 90mins.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch73.jpg

pushav
10-31-2005, 03:56 AM
Nice paintings.
It is good to go back to the traditional stuff. More satisying.

danielh68
11-03-2005, 05:12 AM
"Monkey vs. Robot" -- a sketch for the DSG
http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch74.jpg

gardogg
11-03-2005, 05:57 AM
Great stuff dude! Read the whole thread. It was fun to see all your stuff but I really don't have time to read entire threads right now! :banghead:

danielh68
11-05-2005, 04:18 PM
Thanks, gardogg!

This is just a quick color & temperature study. 20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch75.jpg

jmBoekestein
11-05-2005, 08:02 PM
Going string dude! Wow, the lady has some werid colours in her. It's a good educational experience to watch you experiment with this. I can't tell whether I'm right, but it makes sense :).

danielh68
11-06-2005, 02:19 AM
Thanks, jmBoekestein.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch76.jpg

danielh68
11-11-2005, 04:37 AM
20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch77.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
11-12-2005, 04:57 AM
hey Daniel - keep em coming! :thumbsup:

Gord

danielh68
11-12-2005, 06:20 AM
Removed it.

danielh68
11-14-2005, 03:43 AM
This is my entry for the challenge.
Title: Saint George, The Spectacular.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch78.jpg

danielh68
12-10-2005, 04:35 AM
Quick 40min sketch. Moved my original sketch to the left to show before and after.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch79.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
12-10-2005, 07:38 AM
Daniel - more good work


Gord

Loulu79
12-10-2005, 02:46 PM
Ooooh...I like your entry for the Spectacular challenge. That's traditionally so...it is fitting the title that is.:)

Edit: My favorite one is the portrait of the woman in red.

lanternkid
12-11-2005, 09:31 AM
These are really beautiful. That dragon in the spectacular entry looks scary as. I like the sketch of the lady in the purple dress most :)

danielh68
12-15-2005, 04:28 AM
Thanks, Gord, Loulu and Moonlantern. You comments are much appreciated.

I spent more time on the last entry, flipping it, expanding it and such, to create a narrative. I plan to continue working on it.

Title: The Nazarite.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch79b.jpg

arielmedel
12-17-2005, 04:48 AM
Daniel, I really like your sketches, I particularly like, the oldman, the witch, the on with the horse, i think its sketch47, and my favorite sketch 72. great work!

danielh68
12-17-2005, 05:35 AM
Thanks Ariel. Keep painting :thumbsup:

danielh68
12-17-2005, 05:36 AM
this is one I did for today's DSG. 90mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch80.jpg

peaches
12-18-2005, 04:44 AM
i looked through your entire thread andi have to say that you are amazing at bringing your ideas from insideyour mind onto paper. or screen. that is one thing i need to work on. thanks for posting, its really inspiring.

danielh68
12-20-2005, 03:45 AM
Thanks Peaches for the nice remark.:)

This is a piece I intended for the DSG topic: White Queen. I think the topic was last week, so it's late. I'll just post it here.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch81.jpg

danielh68
12-20-2005, 11:11 AM
Woke up at 2:00 this morning with the flu. Couldn't go back to sleep, so I sketched for 20 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch82.jpg

danielh68
12-21-2005, 04:48 PM
Some more doodles.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch83.jpg

danielh68
12-31-2005, 03:25 AM
Grabbed a mirror and did a portrait. 1 hour.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch84.jpg

Atrokkus
12-31-2005, 05:27 AM
Great work!

Your style reminds me of one of my favorite artists - Vance Covacs (he did concept art for many games, including portraits for Icewind Dale).

Loulu79
01-01-2006, 01:01 PM
Vance Covacs eh?

I wouldn't mind seeing his style...he sounds like a Rembrandt to me...

danielh68...is that really you? You look so dark...I can't really see you out...I guess you partially want others to see what you're like. ;)

Out of curiosity...how old are you Daniel? It's your portrait that had me curious.

I hope that's not inappropriate.

Edit: the sketch of Santa Clause: What you guys have done to him :giggle: ... I bet he viewed this as naughty.:p
Happy New Year Daniel!
May I See More Work Now in 2006!

danielh68
01-01-2006, 06:51 PM
metallix - Thanks for the compliment. Vance is an amazing artist, I have his site bookmarked. Happy New Year!

Loulu79 - Yeah, I turned the lights off with the exception of a little lamp positioned behind me which sort of gave a crescent moon effect. Age? I'm a teetering 37 year old. :)
Thanks for the comments, Loulu....Happy o6!
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Title: Party Pooper

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch85.jpg

Nazirull
01-02-2006, 01:08 PM
awesome.......totally inspiring....im picking up my wacom now!:bounce:

cypherx
01-02-2006, 01:46 PM
these are great! I especially love the last one, there's just something about his face that just tickles me

danielh68
01-03-2006, 03:18 AM
cypherx and maranello55, thanks...much appreciated :thumbsup:

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I did this for today's DSG...90mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch86.jpg

Nazirull
01-03-2006, 10:46 AM
danielh68 - Troughout all your sketches and paintings...Ive noticed that you are superb with color choice and pallette...would you share a tip or two (or you can elaborate it as far as you want...:D) with a humble noobie?:D

Loulu79
01-03-2006, 01:29 PM
metallix - Thanks for the compliment. Vance is an amazing artist, I have his site bookmarked. Happy New Year!

Loulu79 - Yeah, I turned the lights off with the exception of a little lamp positioned behind me which sort of gave a crescent moon effect. Age? I'm a teetering 37 year old. :)
Thanks for the comments, Loulu....Happy o6!
----------------

Title: Party Pooper

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch85.jpg

And I'm a teertering baby 26 year old
:p

I really loooooove this one. :bowdown:

Happy New Year 2 u 2 Daniel! :beer:

danielh68
01-03-2006, 02:27 PM
maranello55 - Thanks for the kind words. In regards to color, I did a short color theory tutorial a long time ago. I had to dig it up, if you are interested here's a link:
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=2500593#post2500593

Loulu79 - Thanks, I'm glad you like it. He's a bit sulky, though :)

Nazirull
01-03-2006, 03:01 PM
danielh68 - Hey man thanks for diggin that up! Its really useful! I have a book on colors but its too damn elaborate and hard to understand..u just summarise it! Thanks a bunch man.:thumbsup:

danielh68
01-05-2006, 03:40 AM
maranello55 - anytime :)

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

Another DSG topic. 90mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch87.jpg

danielh68
01-06-2006, 02:19 PM
Quickie before I leave to work. 15mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch88.jpg

danielh68
01-07-2006, 04:05 AM
Messed-around with it some more...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch89.jpg

Primo_itch
01-07-2006, 02:29 PM
Wow, i really like the one with the flying "things" :D Maybe you should work it out ?




btw, total off-topic :

Everytime i see this thread i read Helter Skelter as the name of the thread... Every ****ing time...

Pixelcritter
01-08-2006, 02:41 AM
really nice sketches. Its hard to believe some of those are Photoshop, they look alot like Painter. Good stuff.

remcv8
01-08-2006, 05:21 PM
Hey Helzer, haven't checked in for a while now, and must say that there's alot to see here. Peeking through what I've missed and drueling all over myself. Your work is fab as always.

Always subscribed to your thread/homepage. 'tis awesome!!!

remcv8
01-08-2006, 05:24 PM
This pic really caught my attention:



http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch86.jpg

Love the color and style and it only took you 90 min.??

Amazing!!!

danielh68
01-08-2006, 07:04 PM
Primo_itch - yeah, I might return to it at a later time. Concerning the "Helter Skelter" thing, I never noticed the similarity....until now :D Anyhow, thanks for your comments and input, much appreciated.

PS - now I got the song endlessly looping in my head!

Pixelcritter - Thanks a lot :) I like Painter and on occassional use it, but Photoshop is my primary work-horse. Although, I do wish it had a rotating canvass and perhaps a perspective grid.

remcv8 - Hey, Robert good to hear from ya. I'm kind of fond of the Sultan's Daughter piece too. I had plans to develop it further this weekend, but that time was wasted wrestling with computer problems (turned out to be a currupt monitor driver). Anyhow, glad to see you're back.

By the way, do you know Oceanside? I use to live the many years ago.:)

remcv8
01-12-2006, 03:29 AM
Daniel,

As it is, the Sultan's Daughter peice is beautiful, as are all of your sketches. As for Oceanside, I don't frequent that area now but have been there alot, especially when I used to surf. I currently live near downtown San Diego and don't go too far north as much. Work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep... Not much Tiempo!!!

Anyways, good to hear from you again. See you soon.

danielh68
01-20-2006, 11:32 PM
Just a color study.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch90.jpg

danielh68
01-21-2006, 03:45 AM
another little color study...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch94.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
01-21-2006, 03:52 AM
Daniel - some really awesome work lately!
The soft textured ones are great, awesome "doodles", self portrait is great. :thumbsup:

time to vote - 5 stars

Gord

MVDB
01-21-2006, 09:15 AM
I just hate it when people draw this good! ;)

Love your colorpalette and the way you handle
your brushes!
Awesome work in this thread.. It's no problem to
walk through all these pages with stunning pieces..

Great thread, :thumbsup:

Rebeccak
01-21-2006, 12:02 PM
Originally posted by danielh68:
http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch89.jpg
Hey, I really like this one, and can see you doing some really cool stuff in this style! :) Your color studies are looking really good, too, and it's great to have your participation in the Color Workshop. Keep up the good work! :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

Art2
01-21-2006, 05:29 PM
Daniel, excellent stuff man! :arteest:

danielh68
01-21-2006, 05:35 PM
Gord -- Hey, thanks...I really appreciate it.:beer:

MichaelMotion -- I'm glad you enjoyed the thread. Thanks for the nice feedback :)

Rebeccak -- That's funny because this didn't get much of a response and it's one of my favs. It's cool that you like it. I want to expand upon it, but I'm not sure what direction to take. I might just make him sitting nude on a chair with a slice of pizza in one hand or something. In any case, many thanks!

danielh68
01-21-2006, 05:38 PM
Art2 -- Thanks :)

Rebeccak
01-21-2006, 05:54 PM
Originally posted by danielh68: That's funny because this didn't get much of a response and it's one of my favs. It's cool that you like it. I want to expand upon it, but I'm not sure what direction to take. I might just make him sitting nude on a chair with a slice of pizza in one hand or something. In any case, many thanks!

I really like this piece because it really reminds me a bit in terms of color of one of my favorite artists, Odd Nerdrum. I know he's a total wierdo, but I love his painting for the subdued yet rich coloring and the texture of his paint:

Odd Nerdrum (http://www.nerdrum.com/)
http://www.nerdrum.com/

Okay, wierd subject matter...but I kind of disregard that, his painting technique is insane! I've seen his paintings in person (a long time ago) and to be honest, they're a bit disappointing in person...but funnily enough, in reproductions (I have his book) they are just amazing. Definitely check out his work, particularly his work in the '70s.

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

danielh68
01-21-2006, 07:26 PM
Yeah, that's totally the vibe I was shooting for. I'm a big fan of Odd, Freud and Frans Hals (old master).

With the exception of Frans, I have yet to see an Odd or Freud piece in person. It's too bad that you were disappointed with Odd; however, I can't see Freud being a disappointment. :)

Rebeccak
01-21-2006, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by danielh68: Yeah, that's totally the vibe I was shooting for. I'm a big fan of Odd, Freud and Frans Hals (old master).

With the exception of Frans, I have yet to see an Odd or Freud piece in person. It's too bad that you were disappointed with Odd; however, I can't see Freud being a disappointment. :)
I would love to see a Freud up close...the man is insane, but wow can he paint...I did a few master copies of his in oils back in the day, and it's impossible for me to get even close to what he does...so I'm definitely a huge fan in the same school. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

PSych
01-22-2006, 12:18 AM
Hi Daniel!

Grea thanks for his thread. It mobilized me for sketching and practice afer "specacular".

Avesome work
:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: stars.

danielh68
01-22-2006, 01:45 AM
PSych - thank you very much. It's nice to hear my thread can be motivational. :thumbsup: Keep sketching!!!

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Here's another color study.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch93.jpg

Pletter
01-22-2006, 11:38 AM
Love the way you paint!
Beautiful. :bounce:

Loulu79
01-22-2006, 05:51 PM
PSych - thank you very much. It's nice to hear my thread can be motivational. :thumbsup: Keep sketching!!!

-----

Here's another color study.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch93.jpg

Oh thanks for reminding me for mine(lol): I need to work on my colour shemes! Not surprise as always.

Keep 'em coming Keep 'em coming Keep 'em coming Keep 'em coming Keep 'em coming!

Rebeccak
01-22-2006, 11:46 PM
Loulu 79,

You should check out danielh68's great color tutorial here:

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=303793&page=5

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

danielh68
01-23-2006, 02:04 AM
Rebeccak, thanks for posting a link to the color thread :)

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

I downloaded ArtRage 2 today and it's a pretty cool program...especially for just $20. Here's my first sketch, about 5 mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch95.jpg

Nazirull
01-23-2006, 06:17 AM
Yeap...thanks Rebeccak for linkin' us! And thanks Daniel for makin that tut! Helps me alot man....like your color study tut previously....Thanks a bunch again man!:thumbsup::scream:

Loulu79
01-23-2006, 11:53 AM
Loulu 79,

You should check out danielh68's great color tutorial here:

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=303793&page=5

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

Yeah...keep me working Daniel!
:wip:

Actually I went on your Colour Theory Posts and went on the first tut....and that was making soooooooooo much sense for me...since I am working on a composition that needs such...and tweaking and tweaking and tweaking away...

I really I'm going to look at Daniel's. Very, very grateful.

Every time I come here it's me wanting to improve more. I'm not kidding. I'll never forget him saying at first no one was taking him on for his first posting. Then as time progressed...he becaume the BOMB.

I know I'm on such a journey now. :)

Nazirull
01-23-2006, 12:24 PM
Every time I come here it's me wanting to improve more. I'm not kidding. I'll never forget him saying at first no one was taking him on for his first posting. Then as time progressed...he becaume the BOMB.

I know I'm on such a journey now. :)

I know this is Daniel's thread (sorry Dan!) But I want to wish Loulu all the best on the quest!:thumbsup: As we are mates in this journey....:D

danielh68
01-23-2006, 09:40 PM
Loulu79 - I'm glad you find them helpful :) Thank you!

maranello55 - you're totally welcome :thumbsup:

If anyone has any questions, feel free to let me know.

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Another doodle using ArtRage.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch96.jpg

danielh68
01-24-2006, 01:17 AM
yet another sketch...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch97.jpg

danielh68
01-24-2006, 04:02 AM
more doodling...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch98.jpg

danielh68
01-24-2006, 10:47 PM
more doodles...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch99.jpg

danielh68
01-25-2006, 12:38 AM
quick sketch

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch100.jpg

MichaelZHsee
01-25-2006, 01:07 AM
nice going with these recent sketches of urs~i like the horseman piece:)

MVDB
01-25-2006, 07:11 AM
Hey Daniel,

lovely sketches and like sh@ke sad before: "i like the horseman piece"
Keep going man!

There's a lot of different styles in this thread, shows us your skills! :thumbsup:

danielh68
01-25-2006, 06:02 PM
Thanks Michael and Shake for the kind words, much appreciated. :)

I decided to take the above image and expand upon it. About an hour worth of work.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch101.jpg

Nazirull
01-25-2006, 06:44 PM
Beautiful...

Mu
01-25-2006, 09:31 PM
oh, this last one makes me feel melancholy, has a lonesome air about it. Wonderful!

Won't you expand on it further?

danielh68
01-26-2006, 12:09 AM
maranello55 -- Glad you like it :)

Mr. Mu - yeah, that's pretty much what I wanted to convey. As far as continueing with it, I'm not sure. I don't know what else there is to say. Perhaps something will hit me later. Thanks :)

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Another piece I did today (work is a tad slow this week).

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch102.jpg

Vahn
01-26-2006, 12:15 AM
very nice .. i like color, shape & rendering of the tree :thumbsup:

only the cheetah looks way too big perspective wise ...

danielh68
01-26-2006, 12:38 AM
Thanks Vahn. I left the file at work, so I'll scale down the leopard sometime tomorrow. Although, the figure in the tree is just a kid, the size ratio may not be that far off....hmmm, I don't know. Perhaps, sitting for a day, I will be able to look at it differently...Thanks again:)

Vahn
01-26-2006, 12:59 AM
hehe its not important for the image tough ... i think the balance is very well within the whole composition.This might change with a smaller cheetah...but i dont know...its just a feeling :D

Rebeccak
01-26-2006, 01:02 AM
Originally posted by danielh68:
http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch99.jpg
Hey, I quite like these sketches! Really nice and loose yet focused ~ nice to see!

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

danielh68
01-26-2006, 01:31 AM
Vahn, despite not having the file handy, I snagged the one off the thread just to play with and you're right. I shrunk the leopard down, but didn't the like the extra space as a result. So, I tried enlarging the boy and it works much better, perspective-wise. I'll make the official update tomorrow. Thanks for the keen eye :arteest:


Rebecca -- Thanks, I need to do more of them. Perhaps, I'll do one after "Lost" tonight. By the way, your "Bouguereau" thread is very cool. Some amazing stuff is happening on that thread. I own a Bouguereau book but it doesn't contain the Dante work, which is unbelievable in my eyes. I need to locate another book that presents a different showcase...however, I'm still searching for a book on Howard Pyle to no avail. Good books are hard to find. Anyhow, thanks again. :)

Nazirull
01-26-2006, 01:43 AM
Say Daniel, Would you mind sharing your approach on brushes?:D:D:D:D:D

Rebeccak
01-26-2006, 02:08 AM
Originally posted by danielh68: Thanks, I need to do more of them. Perhaps, I'll do one after "Lost" tonight. By the way, your "Bouguereau" thread is very cool. Some amazing stuff is happening on that thread. I own a Bouguereau book but it doesn't contain the Dante work, which is unbelievable in my eyes. I need to locate another book that presents a different showcase...however, I'm still searching for a book on Howard Pyle to no avail. Good books are hard to find. Anyhow, thanks again. :)
Hey, you should join in on the OFDW 012! I'd love to see your take on this piece (as well as everyone else's) :) ~ it's a great thread, I only wish I had more time to personally participate in it. :)

I love Howard Pyle, though in truth I haven't looked at his work in a long time...good luck in finding what is sure to be a treasure of a book!

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

danielh68
01-26-2006, 03:22 AM
maranello55 - I don't really have an "approach" per say, but if you wish to try my brush library let me know and I will email it to you.:arteest:

Rebeccak - Yeah, I would join, but like yourself, I have a hard time finding the time to invest in big projects like Bouguereau. I usually just like to whip out a sketch while I'm in-between jobs at work or sipping hot tea on a lazy Saturday morning. In any case, thanks for the invitation, I definitely have my eye on the thread. The anatomy one is really cool too. I really like the fact that you bring a classical touch to CGtalk :thumbsup:

Rebeccak
01-26-2006, 04:23 AM
Originally posted by danielh68: Yeah, I would join, but like yourself, I have a hard time finding the time to invest in big projects like Bouguereau. I usually just like to whip out a sketch while I'm in-between jobs at work or sipping hot tea on a lazy Saturday morning.
Heh, true! :)

In any case, thanks for the invitation, I definitely have my eye on the thread. The anatomy one is really cool too. I really like the fact that you bring a classical touch to CGtalk :thumbsup:
Thank you! :)

danielh68
01-26-2006, 11:28 PM
Just a quick update

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch102a.jpg

Loulu79
01-27-2006, 08:34 AM
Hey...it looks cleaner and more precise w/ texture compare to the old one...I love the positions of the lightings esp upon the boy and the warmth of this comp. Poor jab... :P

danielh68
01-27-2006, 10:35 PM
Thanks Loulu :)

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Stayed home sick today. I just wanted to do a quick sketch and go back to bed. However, I got zoned-out on it and 4.5 hours passed by in a blur.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch103.jpg

danielh68
01-28-2006, 01:24 AM
some doodling.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch104.jpg

BlinCk
01-28-2006, 10:30 AM
Wow i love your sketches danielh68 ! Please keep them coming :D

danielh68
01-28-2006, 06:22 PM
Thanks a bunch, BlinCk :)

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Just some morning doodles.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch105.jpg

danielh68
01-29-2006, 12:35 AM
One I did for today's DSG. 20mins.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch106.jpg

Loulu79
01-29-2006, 05:10 PM
Thanks Loulu :)

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Stayed home sick today. I just wanted to do a quick sketch and go back to bed. However, I got zoned-out on it and 4.5 hours passed by in a blur.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch103.jpg

Whoa!:eek:

You can be sick as dead...and STILL draw excellently. I bet you can draw with your eyes close too.(lol):D

danielh68
01-29-2006, 09:32 PM
Thanks Loulu...considering my poor eyesight, I probably will be blind someday. :)
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Decided to do a Robin Hood theme today.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch107.jpg

danielh68
01-30-2006, 03:54 AM
This is a painting I did this evening --went the traditional route, acrylic on masonite.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch108.jpg

MVDB
01-30-2006, 07:07 AM
Yeah! Daniel, I love this last one!
Lotta personality in this one, good colorchoice.. :thumbsup:

Loulu79
01-30-2006, 08:00 AM
Wow!:eek:

Everyday you sketch sketch sketch!
I do that too but not as often as you.:banghead:
If I'm not doing 2D sketches...I'm on the 3D section...
Not bad...but you're getting more liberal in your work...Darn!

danielh68
01-30-2006, 05:17 PM
Loulu79 - Thanks...it may seem like it, but my output has highs and lows. Sooner or later, I will dive into a lazy streak and not post for a month. Until then...:)

MichaelMotion - Thanks. I was somewhat inspired by your own thread -- all your characters burst with personality! :)

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Morning doodles....

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch109.jpg

danielh68
01-30-2006, 09:59 PM
Walking my dog...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch110.jpg

Loulu79
01-31-2006, 12:56 AM
Oooooooo...I love this mood. The last, last one! May I have your permission to have this as one of my desktop collections?:bounce:
Which tools did you used? Photoshop or Painter? The frosty glassy effect reminds me of Photoshop...but I could be wrong. And you have a dalmation? Is your dog a girl? Or a boy?

This last piece most definitely fit our grey and rainy days here in the Tropics.

danielh68
01-31-2006, 01:51 AM
Certainly, Loulu :)

I created it in Photoshop, but I try a lot of things to achieve the look of a traditional dry brush technique, which works well with atmospheric pieces. Sometimes a little filter within a selected area, but nothing overstated. I also have a couple of brushes that resemble a fistful of knarled wire. These work great to diffuse object edges into the atmosphere. Again, I try a lot of different stuff to accomplish the look I want -- in this case, dry-brushing.

By the way, my dog is a male dalmation who lives the life of a pampered shitzu.:rolleyes:

Anyways, thanks again.

PS -- I can't imagine St. Lucia grey and dreary...more like paradise :drool:

captainboom
01-31-2006, 04:30 AM
Wow WOw WOW wOW


Nice work from begin until now, keep rockn it...you leave me feeling inspired



Captainboom

Loulu79
01-31-2006, 07:44 AM
Certainly, Loulu :)

I created it in Photoshop, but I try a lot of things to achieve the look of a traditional dry brush technique, which works well with atmospheric pieces. Sometimes a little filter within a selected area, but nothing overstated. I also have a couple of brushes that resemble a fistful of knarled wire. These work great to diffuse object edges into the atmosphere. Again, I try a lot of different stuff to accomplish the look I want -- in this case, dry-brushing.

By the way, my dog is a male dalmation who lives the life of a pampered shitzu.:rolleyes:

Anyways, thanks again.

PS -- I can't imagine St. Lucia grey and dreary...more like paradise :drool:

Yeah! I love your sketch....reminds me of continuing working on mine....as in, sketching and improvements...it has nothing similar to yours though.

St. Lucia..."Helen of the West"...I should show you what's it like grey and rainy. I really like it either way: sunny and rainy. The sunny days for its warmth and morning beauty; the rainy for its mystery. Yeah...I'll show you what a rainy paradise looks like...when it feels like raining again.:p

danielh68
02-03-2006, 04:11 AM
One for the DSG. 1hr.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch111.jpg

danielh68
02-07-2006, 03:22 AM
A traditional piece I did over the weekend.

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch112.jpg

zpapageo
02-07-2006, 03:42 AM
Great work, Daniel. The expression on the last one is great. Though i'm not sure if its a Viking man or a really burly Viking woman:curious::D. Its great either way. The previous one is excellent too as well as the one before that ( and so on, and so on...). You've definitely been rockin'!

Keep em coming!

danielh68
02-07-2006, 03:45 AM
Thanks, Zpapageo. By the way, she's a burly Viking woman :)

danielh68
02-11-2006, 04:23 PM
3omins worth

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

satch919
02-12-2006, 12:17 AM
Inspiring work!

Great use of colors!

Simon
02-12-2006, 12:52 AM
I like your style. :) I'm subscirbing to this thread, its very inspiring.

danielh68
02-15-2006, 12:13 AM
99sproth & satch919, many thanks :)

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I read that many of Monet's paintings were only rendered in two values and that he relied on temperature to create form. As a result of reading this, I decided to take a very low gamut of middle-key values and paint a sketch depending more on temperature than value. On the right is what I ended up with. It looks rather Van Gogh-ish because I disabled the pressure-sensitivity and used 100% opacity. On the left, is a copy completely desaturated of color via Hue/Saturation. As one can see, the range of values is very limited and, consequently, dull. However, the right version is very vibrant and expresses light and form through color.

Nothing more to say, thanks.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch114.jpg

Nazirull
02-15-2006, 12:22 AM
You have just demystified Van Gogh for me! So thats how he did it. Your own blending is excellent. I cant do it with 100% opacity for sure.

Yeap...i think to play just with values sometimes can make it look dull if you dont know how to counter that with clever play of saturation and highlighting....i guess.

I love your color usage..

danielh68
02-19-2006, 07:45 PM
Thanks maranello55 :)

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http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch115.jpg

danielh68
02-20-2006, 11:14 PM
some doodles...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch116.jpg

danielh68
02-21-2006, 03:19 AM
one for the dsg (dwarf jester)...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch117.jpg

danielh68
02-21-2006, 02:40 PM
10 mins...

http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch118.jpg

jmBoekestein
02-21-2006, 03:33 PM
99sproth & satch919, many thanks :)

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I read that many of Monet's paintings were only rendered in two values and that he relied on temperature to create form. As a result of reading this, I decided to take a very low gamut of middle-key values and paint a sketch depending more on temperature than value. On the right is what I ended up with. It looks rather Van Gogh-ish because I disabled the pressure-sensitivity and used 100% opacity. On the left, is a copy completely desaturated of color via Hue/Saturation. As one can see, the range of values is very limited and, consequently, dull. However, the right version is very vibrant and expresses light and form through color.

Nothing more to say, thanks.


http://www.danielhelzer.com/sketches/sketch114.jpg

Very cool, I tried this too once, by using the same values but different colours... you can do this to a similar degree almost by going just with complementary colour choices, not just warm and cold... :D