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ClausSimonsen
01-24-2006, 08:36 PM
I've been seeking to do some artwork for the Animals Asia Foundation for some time now in an effort to increase awareness, so I thought I'd jumpstart it with some paintings of some of their rescued bears. Here are my initial sketches. I hope I'm allowed to post more than one WIP at a time...

p.s. Freedom really doesn't have any front paws

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Vizon/Reference/Jasper.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Vizon/Reference/Melody.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Vizon/Reference/Freedom.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Vizon/Reference/BearCage.jpg

ThePhotographer
01-24-2006, 09:49 PM
I can only say that you are a very good sketcher. I'm absolutely 0 at sketching, so it makes me somewhat envious .... :sad:


Other than that - no offense to those bears - I wanna see the rhino !


Gitte

ClausSimonsen
01-24-2006, 09:53 PM
Well, I think since I've started Jasper here I'll finish him at least...but yeah, I should probably get back to the rhino too. :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Vizon/Reference/Jasp_01.jpg

nafa
01-24-2006, 10:53 PM
Very nice rendering of the fur, almost touchable. Why is there no highlight in the eyeballs at all?

ClausSimonsen
01-24-2006, 11:25 PM
Well in the reference it is not so obvious, and also that was the very beginning of the painting - not yet finished. For now I'm glancing at this photo of Jasper for basic reference: http://www.animalsasia.org/eng/images/cbr/Campaign/JASPER_SWEETIE_big.jpg
as well as other bears.

And here's my progress:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Vizon/Reference/Jasp_02.jpg

DaedraLord
01-25-2006, 12:27 AM
very nice!!! :thumbsup:

im curently working on some concepts of rather hairy beast, will share when more concepts are made, but would you be willing to share your method of making the fur?

i think youve got the anatomy nailed (but then i really dont know much about bears:D)

anyone else notice how much bears heads look like dogs? like a collie or something (especially in the skull, and upper-jaw)

innominatesnap
01-25-2006, 02:38 AM
Looking Excellent! My words certainly will not do any justice to the paintings. The only thing missing is the horrifying group of rusty utensils used to milk these poor things of their bile. I guess it would be rather gruesome to paint metal tubes running out of crazed beards in very small cages. Are you going to work on the dogs at all? The human torture factor is equally dreadful.

ClausSimonsen
01-25-2006, 03:49 AM
Daedra Lord:
Fur's pretty easy with painter and a tablet. Just use the Acrylics Dry Brush at 20-40% opacity. Start with your darkest color and lay down the strokes fanning down the limbs/body originating/radiating for the most part from the tip of the nose. Use many short thin-thick-thin strokes, overlapping so that there are not bald or overly dark spots (use your best judgement). For highlights use a lighter value of the same color (closer to white for the reflections on glossy fur). Sometimes I'll go back to the darkest color again to blend in the lighter color at the edges and sometimes I'll use a color in between the two (according to how gradual I want the color change to be). The pressure of your stroke is the MOST important when creating fur and the key to blending it evenly together. Be consistent (undo if you find you've created an unintentional darker patch) and very light - oh and I almost always use a curving stroke, following the shape of the body.

I don't know if I should make my bear blacker (as he is in the photo) or keep him this brown. I kind of like how this is looking, but I also want to be true to the bear's true identity. I may go over it yet again with darker shades of brown.

innominatesnap ;)
I was thinking of including a scar maybe, as all these bears have one...but they're also very furry and this often covers it up. Of course Freedom is evidence in and of herself (himself?) with no front paws...
As for dogs, I might later. But first I have my mother's book to illustrate, a master to immitate, and a giant to paint.

Elaeria
01-25-2006, 04:11 AM
A very good cause that you are doing this for. Nice work.
Those poor bears... :(

I do admire how you've done the fur here. I was about to start some sketches of Panda bears myself! Just have to find the time...heh heh.

Good luck on illustrating your mother's book and I can't wait to see more here!
Meredith

ClausSimonsen
01-25-2006, 07:01 PM
Okay Jasper's finished (unless someone sees something I don't?). I will work on the other bears as time progresses.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b35/JArcand/Art/JasperPortrait.jpg

DaedraLord
01-25-2006, 10:49 PM
Daedra Lord:
Fur's pretty easy with painter and a tablet. Just use the Acrylics Dry Brush at 20-40% opacity. Start with your darkest color and lay down the strokes fanning down the limbs/body originating/radiating for the most part from the tip of the nose. Use many short thin-thick-thin strokes, overlapping so that there are not bald or overly dark spots (use your best judgement). For highlights use a lighter value of the same color (closer to white for the reflections on glossy fur). Sometimes I'll go back to the darkest color again to blend in the lighter color at the edges and sometimes I'll use a color in between the two (according to how gradual I want the color change to be). The pressure of your stroke is the MOST important when creating fur and the key to blending it evenly together. Be consistent (undo if you find you've created an unintentional darker patch) and very light - oh and I almost always use a curving stroke, following the shape of the body.

I don't know if I should make my bear blacker (as he is in the photo) or keep him this brown. I kind of like how this is looking, but I also want to be true to the bear's true identity. I may go over it yet again with darker shades of brown.

innominatesnap ;)
I was thinking of including a scar maybe, as all these bears have one...but they're also very furry and this often covers it up. Of course Freedom is evidence in and of herself (himself?) with no front paws...
As for dogs, I might later. But first I have my mother's book to illustrate, a master to immitate, and a giant to paint.
thanks very much for your time.
i have the graphire 4, and it came with "coral painter essentials" (not coral painter), will that work? do i need painter to use essentials? if it wont work, i could experiment with trying to make a similar brush for the gimp.

good luck with your works, hope to see more. thanks again.

sarNz
01-25-2006, 11:11 PM
if only a bowtie, tophat and cane werent such a contradiction.. just kidding man, the bear looks great, i love his pose! it looks like you skimped the feet a little bit, the strokes arent as defined, but maybe you just wanted focus on his face. great work though, i like it a lot

ClausSimonsen
01-25-2006, 11:27 PM
I used a different bear (Andrew) for reference for the feet since in the original image Jasper's feet are hidden. There really wasn't much to them...but you're right, I could have gone into more detail if I'd really wanted to. The whole thing is pretty loose though.

Here is the link: http://www.theconnection.org/photogallery/asianbear/default.asp?counter=9 (http://www.theconnection.org/photogallery/asianbear/default.asp?counter=10)

(You may have to click through to find the image I'm talking about)

ThePhotographer
01-25-2006, 11:30 PM
Absolutely lovely ! It's a bit monochrome, but if that was what you wanted, it works just alright like that.

To Deadra : Have you installed Essentials on your computer ? If not, then do it and try it. I don't see why it shouldn't work as well as Painter. Anyway, Essentials is a stand-alone-program - a sort of "mini-Painter".

ClausSimonsen
01-26-2006, 12:06 AM
Yep! I was going for a monochrome look. I liked that honey color. And I feel it's more artistic than trying to imitate a photograph. It forces me to choose completely different colors focusing on value. And also there's no way someone can accuse me of eye-droppering the photo's colors. I insist on being original! Well...as original as I can be while imitating something else. Ha ha ha!

DaedraLord
01-26-2006, 12:07 AM
To Deadra : Have you installed Essentials on your computer ? If not, then do it and try it. I don't see why it shouldn't work as well as Painter. Anyway, Essentials is a stand-alone-program - a sort of "mini-Painter".

ok, im still a teen, so sometimes i dont usually use that kind of logic :blush:

ThePhotographer
01-26-2006, 12:26 AM
:) You will have a lot of fun with it !

carlsden
01-28-2006, 06:50 PM
Wow............. that's very very nice

chanchan222
01-28-2006, 08:21 PM
Awesome job with the fur. :cool:

Lemog
01-31-2006, 03:54 AM
I'm speechless... your Jasper is really fantastic, full of life, sweet and with a kind glance... great art Johanna :thumbsup:

sturmkim
01-31-2006, 04:02 AM
hi. jasper is looks great. lovely fur indeed.

but(?) he(?) looks happy now.. though,,,,,

good work,,,,


best
sturm

ClausSimonsen
01-31-2006, 04:49 AM
Thanks guys! I hope to get started on the next one soon, but first things first (I have a real media piece I need to finish by Friday's art exhibit). Sturmkim - I know he came out a lot less sad-looking than the original sketch, but since he's out of his cage, I guess that's okay. After all, that's what it's all about - making happy bears out of depressed/hurt bears. I think I'll try to include each end of the spectrum though (with the bear still in the cage and the bear with the missing paws - the missing paws in and of themselves are pitious enough I think, even if the bear comes out looking happy).

[Edit: Oh yeah - here's a question for you all - should I keep the same honey-colored background for all the portraits or vary the color by individual? It's going to be a set so I'm leaning toward keeping the same sort of backdrop, but I'm open to other opinions.]

ClausSimonsen
03-28-2006, 03:25 AM
And here's Freedom finally (after a bit of a hiatus). Bear 2 out of...at least four (maybe more). Anyone have any suggestions/tweaks before I make prints?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Vizon/Reference/WIP/FreedomPortrait.jpg

ClausSimonsen
03-28-2006, 06:29 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v371/Vizon/Reference/WIP/FreedomPortrait_Head.jpg
Adjusted the glint on the eye, made the nose a little different, and added a bit more glint to the hind foot claws (not shown).

Lemog
03-28-2006, 08:41 AM
I'm happy to see restarted this thread... your work is incredible for this one too... my own feeling... just need to have more contrast, especially to visualize the details... but maybe that can due to the monitor... do you work with a lcd one ?

ClausSimonsen
03-28-2006, 03:40 PM
Nah I've an old-fashioned monitor that shoots radiation at my face. Is this better on your monitor? I just lightened it up a bit. Increasing the contrast just lost the detail.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b35/JArcand/Art/FreedomPortrait3.jpg

Maladie
03-28-2006, 06:20 PM
Hello Vizon, I'm just amazed at how you managed to give the bears individual expressions and moods! Freedom looks really sad and where in your sketch I could imagine her front paws just being bent, I now get a distinct feeling of stumps. It is really tragic and touching. I admire how your style is precize and loose at the same time.

As for the background issue, I really like the contrast between the warm background colour and monochromatic bears. I think it helps getting your point across because it gives the bears more depth (I mean symbolically). At least imho;)..

Lemog
03-29-2006, 04:22 AM
Yes, now it's better... but if I compare with your previous drawing, this one appear more blurred.. but I must assure you that this one, is already incredible... and my opinion maybe have minor interest... the third bear now ? :scream:

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