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jramauri
11-04-2006, 05:15 PM
Hi everybody.
In first place I'd like to give a big THANK YOU for Rebecca Kimmel for everything she has made for us, merely mortal artists. This idea of a sketchbook forum is really great.
There's some time I started to make digital painting and now 3d sculpting, and I noticed these things has induced me to draw less, what it's not good. I'm starting this thread to keep practing drawing and don't risk to lose "the eye".

There goes some sketches I made. This two are a little oldies, but I'd like to show anyway. It's a remake of on an old game character, called Michelle Heart. She's from the 86' game Legendary Wings.

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/Michelle_Sketch.jpg

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/Michelle_Back.jpg

This one is a character from the game/anime series Sakura Taisen. Her name is Shiguji Sakura. I intent to make a 3d model of her in a near future.
I'd like to ask people what they think about my manga style. I've already noticed that many people found my style a little strange, since I try to mix manga with real life...

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/Shiguji_Sakura.jpg

And finally a quick sketch I made while I was waiting for a friend in a library. It's a pitty my friend arrived before I could finish.

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/guitar_man.jpg

anandpg
11-04-2006, 06:07 PM
Hi jramauri!! welcome aboard! believe me, this place is really cool!! You will definitely have lots of fun and find lots of things to learn, as i did... btw, that sketch of Pandit Ravishankar is really cool.:thumbsup:

NR43
11-04-2006, 07:46 PM
Hi Amauri

nice sketches... long legs wow... always does the trick :)
Curious about your artistic background...

SpiritDreamer
11-04-2006, 08:09 PM
Hi....Jramauri...:)

Really like that portrait of Ravishankar...captured his expression and mood perfectly...:thumbsup:
Makes me want to get out, and dust off a couple of his albums that I haven't listened to in quit a while...:)
Also really like the linework in that second angel...:thumbsup:
Looking forward to seeing more of your work..:)
TAKE CARE
Glenn

Rebeccak
11-04-2006, 08:15 PM
jramauri,

Welcome! :) Thank you for the kind (and funny) :D words. It's great to have you aboard, and I look forward to seeing much more of your work here. If you would like to tell us about your training in art and background, I think we'd all like to hear more about you.

Cheers, :)

-Rebeccak

jramauri
11-04-2006, 10:04 PM
anandpg: Thanks man. I'm already having fun, and I noticed that people here are really cool and friendly, wich is a great thing. I hope I can learn enough to make such good works as yours!
I'll tell you a secret: I didn't know who were that guy I drew.:blush: I just took a book on a shelf, flip some pages, and when I saw that picture I found it interesting and start drawing...

NR43: Be sure, I love long legs.. And do that trick frequently. Well, I always was a self taught arts student, and most of my knowledge came from my own efforts. I've been drawing my whole life, but when I was a teenager I discovered the local university library, and with it I discovered the art books there. Them I started to frequent that place often. And learned a lot with all those books. The quality of my drawings improved drasticaly this time. Then I continued practicing real life drawings, with pencils, colored pencils, acrylics, watercolors and chalks. I didn't have computer that time and because that I digged into the use of traditional media. I don't have artistic degree though, I'm graduated in Mathematics (yeah I know, madness! Heheheh!). But I work as an illustrator here in my country.
I just bought a computer 3 years ago, and when I started to use Photoshop I thought I'd never made quality works with it. It was hard to me trying to mimic the processes I used with natural media during all my life. But I'm stubborn, and it's hard I give up of something... I bought a wacom some time later, and studied a lot of digital painting, with tutorials or simply watching works from great artists here at CGTalk. Then I got my own way to do digital paintings, and it seems it's working!
About two years ago I started to study Maya and Zbrush. I have some trouble with them yet, but I know it's just a matter of time to solve this issue. Thanks for your interest in my BG. ;)

SpiritDreamer: Thank you very much. Althoug I didn't post on your thread I've already seen your works, they are ass kicking and it's great you are here, saying nice words to me. :D

Rebeccak: To me you're the one! And you know this. I can never stress how I consider your work here at CGTalk and care with artists (mainly the new ones) important for this comunity. Thanks again!
As you can see, I told my strange art carer above. But if you want to know more, feel free to ask.

Just after I saw the wonderful works of anadpg, I felt temptated to try something similar. I had some images of classic sculptors in my hard drive, and I decid to start modeling some of them as exercice. Here's my first attempt:

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/Vespasianus.jpg

I was trying to follow this picture (http://www.romancoins.info/portrait-vespasianusblack.jpg)
Any advices about the model proportions or how to make better wrinkles in Zbrush are apreciated. Thanks in advance for all of you.

Womball
11-05-2006, 12:44 AM
Really impressive work! How quick are these quick sketches? They look very detailed. Although you might want to try using a softer pencil. They are a bit light.

NR43
11-05-2006, 06:19 AM
You know, I'm really loving this place... for me, these forums are the ultimate source of knowledge... so many great artists here together, sharing their work and knowledge...

Thanks for sharing your background jramauri.
I'm really looking forward to see your thread develop...

jramauri
11-05-2006, 11:26 AM
Thanks guys!
womball: It depends what is quick for you! ;) To make a sketch like those, I spent about 30 min to 1 hour. I'm not sure, usually I don't register time for this kind of works, just for comercial ones. For the emperor's head, I used a poly mesh that was already done, and just spent time modifiyng his shapes to reach likeness. I spent about 2 hours, I think.

NR43: Man, I looked on your thread, and you're really a hard worker. I hope I can fill my thread the same way you did. A good example of dedication. congrats!

Rebeccak
11-05-2006, 02:56 PM
jramauri,

Hey, thanks for your nice words, they are much appreciated! :) Really nice start to this model! Imho, I think the main suggestions I would make might be to deepen the upper eyelid / give it more depth and to play with the wrinkles on the forehead, which seem a bit high up in the forehead and which seem not to relate to his expression. Definitely check out the thread of anandpg (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=409148&highlight=anand) who has some beautiful ZBrush sculpts in his thread as well. Looks like you have a wide range of talent, and am looking forward to seeing all that you have to offer. :)

aggie93
11-06-2006, 07:07 PM
Welcome! Looking forward to some of your digital work and more of your traditional work.

jramauri
11-06-2006, 08:07 PM
Rebecca: Great points. I'll fix those things as soon as I can and post another update of my emperor Vespasianus sculpture. I've already knew the thread of anadpg! As I said I started to make my sculpture inspired by his fantastic work. Thanks for your comments! :thumbsup:

Davey: Thanks man. I'll try not to disapoint you.

And there goes 2 more. This afternoon, the energy on my neighborhood was down, so I was without my computer. I use this fact to draw some more sketches. Hope you like them.

Jesus Christ, as Michelangelo drew in Sistin Chapel. I simply love the expression of Christ in this image, so severe and fierce, ready to judge all mankind. Michelangelo rules!

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/Christ.jpg


And here a little girl, I found in an old photo. She's really cute.

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/little_girl.jpg

I spent about 1,5h in each one.

jramauri
11-08-2006, 09:17 PM
This is not exactly a sketch, it's more like a concept art. I just didn't spend on this image the time I usually do on others. For those who don't know her, her name is Lilith, from the game Darkstalkers. I made this concept to help me when I start modeling her in 3d. Crits about draw and colors are appreciated.
http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/Lilith_01.jpg

aggie93
11-08-2006, 10:09 PM
This is not exactly a sketch, it's more like a concept art. I just didn't spend on this image the time I usually do on others. For those who don't know her, her name is Lilith, from the game Darkstalkers. I made this concept to help me when I start modeling her in 3d. Crits about draw and colors are appreciated.


I did some study on Lilith and some other succubi. Check out my rendition of the Nymphs et Satyre, Succubi et Incubus. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/30675502/?qo=18&q=by%3Aaggie93&qh=sort%3Atime+-in%3Ascraps There is a brief history of each succubi on it. Maybe give you some insite.

jramauri
11-09-2006, 10:41 AM
I did some study on Lilith and some other succubi. Check out my rendition of the Nymphs et Satyre, Succubi et Incubus. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/30675502/?qo=18&q=by%3Aaggie93&qh=sort%3Atime+-in%3Ascraps There is a brief history of each succubi on it. Maybe give you some insite.

Thanks Davey. It's a good piece, as well as the text you wrote for it. I've already have read about succubi on Wikipedia before. But for this Lilith I'm drawing, I can't change many things, as she's already a stablished and relatively well-known char. Maybe for a next project project these informations can be useful... ;)

remcv8
12-03-2006, 02:56 PM
Love your sketches. You have a good eye and steady hand.

You capture expression very well.

Your work is something for me to learn from.

anandpg
12-04-2006, 03:32 AM
Wow! beautiful sketches... love the last one... please post more!!:bounce:

vincent1
12-04-2006, 07:27 AM
HI. Just so happened I was rewatching Sakura Wars earlier today. So when I was browsing your thread, I thought that was Sakura when I first glanced it and read the text you posted. My initial reaction was "'That's Sakura from the anime'... but she looks kind of disproportionately odd."

I must say that sometimes when you straddle two boats, both the boats and the straddler sinks.
I can see that you are adept at both manga and realism. My comment would be do one or the other at any ONE time. We should strive to be masters in a few SMALL chosen genre but not mix them in one creation. It seldom, if ever, works.

jramauri
12-04-2006, 09:36 AM
Thank you very much for your replies, mates. I haven't posted sketches here lately , because I'm trying to make more finished works, to help me to improve my CGPortfolio. But as soon as possible, I'll come back to sketching, this is really good and educational.

vincent1: My friend, I don't agree about your opinion. But I agree that my tries on mix realism and manga aren't good enough YET. This is an style I'm trying to develop, and is a constant WIP. I'm not satisfied yet with the results, because some of them look desproportional and some of them don't look believable. It's really hard to give real characteristics for manga characters, as this genre is strongly stylized. But I don't believe is impossible. Any tips, from you or from everybody here are pretty helpful. Some people here on CGTalk already gave me valuable tips to help me on improving these chars. But I really don't have intention to give up to make this. It's a challenge, and I like it! ;)

aggie93
12-04-2006, 01:59 PM
Thank you very much for your replies, mates. I haven't posted sketches here lately , because I'm trying to make more finished works, to help me to improve my CGPortfolio. But as soon as possible, I'll come back to sketching, this is really good and educational.

I need to do that. I have posted my Psyche. That was my first digital post. The others were traditional. However, I have my own website, but noone visits it. sad

jramauri
12-11-2006, 12:03 AM
However, I have my own website, but noone visits it. sad
I know how do you feel... My website is poorly visited too :(

Well there goes some sketches I did. As I said before, I'm trying to improve my manga style. I receive some good crits on my Sailor Mercury (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=435141) image, and I'm trying to apply them here. More opinions about the style are welcome.

Faces study. I'm trying to maintain manga proportions, but with volumes and facial features of regular japanese people.

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/sketchbook/Manga_girls_01.jpg

Body study. Someone said that my previous figures had too little volume on whips and legs and if I add some more, I'd have a more belivable figure. It seems it works pretty well.

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/making_of/manga_girl/manga_01.jpg

jramauri
12-11-2006, 11:26 PM
Ok, I know the point on this topic is making sketches. But and when you like a sketch very much? You decide then to finish it! And that's what i'm doing with my panties' girl. :D

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/making_of/manga_girl/manga_02.jpg

aggie93
12-12-2006, 12:08 PM
jramauri - I am not much on Manga style. It seems your panties picture is going that way. The legs however seem flat. Not as much depth as like the arms are. The panties are great detail (showing everything), but I think i would have went with a, as my wife calls them, "tea-bags" (T-back). That is just me though. What the hell am I saying, if you have seen my gallery, she'd be nude. lol Great job and go ahead and finish it out.

jramauri
12-14-2006, 12:36 AM
Thanks Davey. :) I tried to give more depth for her legs, and worked a bit more on details. I think it's done.

http://www.amauriilustra.com.br/images/2d/manga_03.jpg

aggie93
12-14-2006, 02:55 AM
looking good O.O

NR43
12-14-2006, 04:33 AM
wow very provocative...
I think you nailed the perspective

If you would publish this in Belgium you might get in some serious trouble I think (because she looks very young)...
then again... all the greatest painters in history were in trouble at some point in their life :D

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