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Rabid1
02-13-2008, 09:34 PM
GO TO THE LAST PAGE FOR LATEST ART FRESHIES!!!
(Or check out the old stuff at the beginning, its up to you)


Although i've been checking out CG talk for a while, i recently started getting more involved here. Besides doing various daily sketch forum topics, i've really been focusing on my digital sketches and paintings. So I figured it was time to put everything somewhere, and hopefully learn from people at the same time. I really like to try new techniques and workflows just to see what results can occur, if anyone has suggestions or ideas i'd love to hear them.

here are a few from this week-

This one was for a sketch group, the concept was FEROCIOUS dinosaur. PS 35 min
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Dinos.jpg\

I did this for the DSF topic 'Superman', if you couldn't tell :p PS colors, about 2 hours total
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Superman_Colored.jpg

I know the anatomy is off...one day it'll just come natural, until then bleh

PS 50 min
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Weapons.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Mushroom_Guy.jpg

I plan to updated this regularly, comments or suggestions always ok. Thanks for stopping by.

Zach

Rabid1
02-13-2008, 10:07 PM
Here's a piece i created last night. I was listening to Charlie Parker and got inspired to do something jazzy. I'm a big fan of all the older jazz musicians, anyway, it took less than 2 hours in Photoshop. More brush experimenting...

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Jazz.jpg

Rabid1
02-16-2008, 04:47 AM
Here's a WIP that i've been working with for the last couple weeks. I AM GOING TO FINISH, but i've been pretty busy at work so its halted my progress. I was considering doing a full background but i think that will just take too long.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Glutton_WIP.jpg

A little background for it: My concept is "The Glutton", based on the blob, it roams the ground eating any life form it comes in contact with. After it absorbs an animal/creature, it will often grow appendages from that meal. They are not exact body parts, but rather a mutated 'gluttoness' version meant to aid the monster in its search for new food. In this case, it has eaten crustaceans and birds (and a few unfinished parts) during its travels.

Rabid1
02-19-2008, 04:23 PM
Here is the my entry for the DSF topic 'Cloning Mishaps'. The sketch took me about 45 minutes, it was nice to draw on actual paper, rather than pixels.

My humble cow chicken!
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Clone_Mishap.jpg

Gyorkland
02-19-2008, 09:43 PM
I read this thread topic and inmediatly started to draw this like 25 or 30 minutes ago i didn't had a concept on my mind so i just let the wacom guided me.
Hope you like it
http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/e2ab19398e.jpg (http://www.freeimagehosting.net/)

Rabid1
02-20-2008, 01:31 AM
that's a cool sketch, what exaclty did you read on the thread title? Basically this is where i'm posting my sketches and whatnot. Anyway, thanks for sharing.

Here is another DSF piece, for the Red Mars: people topic.

A little background-
She is part of the Mars civilian militia and will fight when called upon. Using scrap metal and various mining tools, they have put together useful weapons. Here she holds a 2-part weapon, 1 part shovel, 1 part spring loaded mini-missle launcher. This launcher can send flares, dynomite, or small hand missles several hundred feet into the atmosphere. Another useful technology being used are the solar powered panels attached to her vest, and other power-required mechanisms. Although somewhat covered, I'm speculating that humans have adapted to the low-oxygen levels on Mars (hence no helmet).

took about 3 hours
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/MarsCitizen.jpg

Gyorkland
02-25-2008, 03:33 PM
yes sorry my mistake I realized that all the sketches where yours after I posted, is just they are all different styles and i am new on this. by the way cool sketches

Rabid1
02-25-2008, 08:51 PM
Gyorkland- no problem, i don't mind your posting here, afterall you are the only person that has responded to any of this so thanks i guess. You did have a cool sketch btw. My style does vary, especially bewteen the paper-drawings and all the digital stuff. I've been practicing different techniques and i haven't really settled on any one style yet. One thing i'm trying to get over is my linear dependencies. For a long time, i was a line art person, not really focusing on the 'insides' of the drawings, or the color for that matter. So for now i'm trying to get a sense of weight in my stuff while trying new brushes and color combinations. There is so much to learn in 2D illustration, it can be quite overwhelming.

Rabid1
02-26-2008, 06:12 PM
Here are a couple 'zombie animals' for a sketch group. I figured if the zombie plague attacked the cities, small animals and rodents would be among the first to change-

drawings took about 30 minutes each
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Zombie_Animals_pencils.jpg


I added some color, took about an hour
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Zombie_Animals.jpg

Heres another sketch i did not too long ago, its a Toe Tickler-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/ToeTickler.jpg

Hope you enjoy!

Rabid1
03-02-2008, 11:15 PM
I've been slacking on the practice, did manage to put this together for the DSF, the topic is "the loner". This is one of those kids that likes to hang out in his own world and create fictional stories. Plus who could resist a tire swing?

PS about 3 hours-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/The_Loner.jpg

Rabid1
03-05-2008, 01:11 AM
Mo mo mo...howdya like it howdya like it... Sorry for that

Lately i've been starting a new document and just letting go, anything that starts to come out i just run with it. Once i've started off in a certain direction, I try and stick with it, and define some kind of color scheme. Needless to say its helping me break out of my patterns.

One ended up being a facial study, about 1.5 hours-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/FaceStudy.jpg

And others became more abstract (half hour each)
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Controlled_Chaos.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SugarPlumFairies.jpg

For some reason I felt like I was only using 1/3 of the color spectrum lol, so its been fun getting re-acquainted with the other 2/3 of the wheel.

Rabid1
03-05-2008, 01:17 AM
Here was my entry for the DSF topic "the bargain", but it could easily apply for the "bait" topic as well

About 1 hr 20 min.
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/The_Bargain.jpg

Rabid1
03-16-2008, 06:53 AM
I did this for another sketch group with a topic of "beer drinking champion", i figure not all beer champs are burley and nordic. Some of the best beer drinkers are the quick metabolism skinny guys!

Took about 6 hours total starting with a sketch and coloring in photoshop. I didn't polish this off cause it was taking to long, did some final color tweaks and called it done.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/BeerChampCula.jpg

and a close up
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/BeerChampCula_CU.jpg

Cheers!

Rabid1
05-14-2008, 03:37 AM
Update!! nothing crazy just some sketches from this week. I've been a super slacker lately, but starting to get back into the groove. Its kinda wierd how personal art comes and goes when you do art for a living.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Creature_Page.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Camel_Creature.jpg

And to completely change the subject matter-
This was for a sketch group, topic was murderous ravens, pretty much stuck to that-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/KillerRavens.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Creature01.jpg


Hoooray Beer!!

exStatic1
05-14-2008, 05:27 AM
I dig your imagination, very creative! Looking forward to more!

Rabid1
05-14-2008, 07:20 PM
exStatic1 thanks for the kind words, and stopping by. I thought your cow abduction was hilarious btw.

This was for the 35 min Red Hat topic-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Red_Hat.jpg

Rabid1
05-16-2008, 10:35 PM
Decided to do another 'red hat' piece, this time focusing more on the hat-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Red_Hat2.jpg

...And a quick creechur-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Nightmare.jpg

Memorial-Strife
05-19-2008, 12:12 AM
Nice textures on the creature!
I like more the last red hat piece, it looks like you put more effort in that one.
Keep it up! I would love to see more.

Rabid1
05-20-2008, 04:40 AM
Memorial-Strife- thanks for the kind words and stopping by. You are exactly correct, i did not put as much time or effort into the first red hat piece, which is why i felt a new one was needed.

Anyway here are a few new sketches-

This for the topic "robot turtle" , just a quick sketch for now, but i do plan to color it soon!
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Robot_Turtle.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Creatures_5_19.jpg

Some bird character studies-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Bird_Sketches.jpg

JM-art
05-20-2008, 02:44 PM
Hi Rabid1 i think you have talent, and it seems that you are a little lazy too. I think that you leave the draws before you put all what you have(talent, quality) in there. Try to put all you have at least in one of then for now, try to explore your limits...i think you are limiting yourself.
i.e they creatures you make could have a more detailed lighting and surfaces(fur,scales, wathever), and more contrast too, more time invested!.

By the way, some nice draws you have here:thumbsup: .

Cheers

Reinjan
05-21-2008, 11:05 AM
You can draw really nice, but your colloring might need a little work, try following some turorials, you will do great.

Rabid1
07-07-2008, 06:09 PM
JMART and Reinjan, thank you for the kind and HONEST words, i appreciate your advice. I will see about doing a finished piece for this thread. Got to find the time/motivation, and make it happen!

For now, here are a couple new DSF entries, been focusing on light/color-


Orange Town- 45 min.
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Orange_town.jpg

The Final Boss- 50 min.
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Final_Boss.jpg

Rabid1
07-07-2008, 11:43 PM
The Landing-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/The_Landing.jpg

Rabid1
07-08-2008, 06:31 PM
"the crazy machine", 1hr 20min

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Crazy_Machine.jpg

exStatic1
07-08-2008, 10:51 PM
Oh man, that last one is sweet! Very scifi!

Rabid1
07-09-2008, 09:18 PM
Thanks exStatic1! I had this image in my head all morning, and finally decided to 'try' and draw it in photoshop. I wanted a very misty morning scene, anyway this is the result of 2.5 hours-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Asian_morning.jpg

Rabid1
07-11-2008, 10:58 PM
Had a hellacious morning at work, tried to capture that feeling in an abstract comp-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/BettysFury.jpg

My wife noted it looks like its from the 80's, i would have to agree.

Here's another one, the DSF topic "Winter Wonderland", trying to loosen up my style a bit, been inspired by a few people here. I've really been on a purple/blue kick lately....

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/WinterWonderland.jpg

Memorial-Strife
07-13-2008, 03:36 AM
Those last two are great!
I like the abstract one a lot. The colors you chose look really well.

Rabid1
07-14-2008, 05:52 PM
Memorial-Strife, thanks for the stopping by!

Here's another DSFer- Tornado 40 min.
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Tornado.jpg

Rabid1
07-15-2008, 12:28 AM
"The Thunderbirds"

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Thunderbirds.jpg

Rabid1
07-22-2008, 12:49 AM
A few more quick ones-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/EazyRider.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/TheShow.jpg

And the DSF Joker topic-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/TheJoker.jpg


Dark Knight was the shiznit!

Rabid1
07-25-2008, 12:25 AM
Ok, for those of you whom asked for a finished product, this is about as finished as I can go-
Spent part of a couple days working on it, painting...tweaking, painting....tweaking, some final color tweaks and booo yaaa! Done in photoshop CS3.


Rocking Out!
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/RockinOut.jpg

Hope you enjoy

Memorial-Strife
07-25-2008, 01:20 AM
haha I like your joker. It is very unique.
I like the motorcicle one. it's very cool. From your first sketches on this thread I can see that you have improved.

On the last painting, the pants compared to the skin of the guy look very rough,like you still need to do some blending, and some of the folds look a bit weird.

Rabid1
07-28-2008, 07:29 PM
Memorial-Strife, thanks for stopping by and thanks for the comments, i feel like i have made some progress of the last several months.

As for the last piece, i was trying to leave some of the brush strokes rough, like the pants, but i think i smoothed the skin out too much, which maybe seems inconsistent? Lately i've been leaving the brush strokes visible, as i like the textural quality this can bring. However, when it comes to people, i struggle with over-blending.

Anyway, here is a another quick one-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/TreeFriend.jpg

Rabid1
08-05-2008, 02:44 AM
Small update, hope to get going again...

"view from my window", 25 min DSF
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Window.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage2.jpg

Rabid1
08-06-2008, 12:06 AM
DSFer- The client, 1hr 20 min. Man whenever people are included in these, it slows me down so much!! Need to do some life drawing or something...

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/TheClient.jpg

Anyone have any suggestions or excersizes for creating new/dynamic compositions? Mine seem to be getting stale.

xtopher
08-06-2008, 10:01 PM
Hey, I see you around on the DSF a lot. You've got lots of neat works here. Fellow Coloradan? (Or is it another Littleton?) :)

Rabid1
08-07-2008, 04:32 PM
Xtopher, thanks for dropping by, i enjoy your paints as well. Yes i'm in Colorado, and Castle Rock is not far at all... i'm glad we are representing this site well. Its nice to have such a beautiful landscape to inspire the artistic mind huh. Do you work in Castle Rock too?

Rabid1
08-20-2008, 12:59 AM
I've been quite busy lately, but have managed some sketches.... nothing too finished but more to come!

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage04.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage05.jpg

And a recent DSF for "the knife"
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Knife.jpg

Some photoshop doodling
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/HeadCase.jpg

Rabid1
08-20-2008, 03:28 AM
Having some fun with a new brush
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/maddness.jpg

Rabid1
08-21-2008, 05:49 AM
This one is the "giant killer orange" topic from another forum, started in black and white for the values, then threw in color/details second. This workflow is much easier/quicker then my previous one.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/KillerOrange.jpg

TedNindo
08-21-2008, 10:01 AM
cool. I like the idea of that picture. cool angle and the texture of your brush is nice as well.

But the 2 figures in the front look flat because of the very thin outline they have. I almost look as if they were cut out of paper or something.

Rabid1
08-25-2008, 09:50 PM
Ted, I agree with you on the last one, the people were not very developed, but that was somewhat intentional, as i was trying to make the giant orange more of the focus. Thanks for the comments!

This was for the DSF "Ice" topic
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Ice.jpg
By the way, Ice fishing can be very fun! I look foward to this winter just for that.

TedNindo
08-26-2008, 09:39 AM
hey rabid1 your last piece the ice fisher is really nice. I like the mood and the colors.

JM-art
08-26-2008, 02:35 PM
Hi Zack, i see an inprovement in your drawings. The last 4 coloured are good, particulary the killer orange and the fisherman. I know this is a sketchbook thread, but id like to see a more developed, finished work from you. IMO you have a lot of drawings that can be used as a starting point for making a more detailed and finished piece, for example the draw of the knife, you could improve a lot in the textures and shading of the table and the knife itself. I dont mean that you should do that, i mean that i think that if you want....you could do it.

Cheers.

Rabid1
08-26-2008, 03:30 PM
JMART- Thank you for helping to push me further, I agree with your points completley. Some of these are simply rough drawings, but some are more than that. Sometimes with a sketch i don't always know how/what to do to make it better? Texture I know, but sometimes i get to a point where i hit a wall and don't know where to take it? For my next piece i'll try and do a completely finished digital illustration, put everything i can into it.


For now though, here are my latest sketches-
DSF "fire" topic-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Fire_Final.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Ganster_Fly_Car.jpg

marker sketch-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/ArmourGuy_Markers.jpg

Rabid1
08-27-2008, 08:25 PM
This one is going to be more than just a sketch. I started with this Glutton concept a while ago and now i'm trying to take it further. I've added longer tentacles and a rough background to get a feel for the piece as a whole. The goal here is to show this monstrous beast roaming through a ravaged city street. While it cannot physically damage large structures I think it is capable of creating indirect havok and chaos. Any suggestions are welcome.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Glutton_Colored2.jpg

and a DSF repost for "look up"
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/KeepLookingUp.jpg

Rabid1
09-03-2008, 11:13 PM
Ok, I have an update on the Glutton piece-
I have a ton more to do, but the further I take it the more possibilities I see!
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Glutton_Colored3.jpg

In the process of refining this monster i found some interesting techniques! Basically, I added a hue/sat adjust layer to the top of the layer stack, desaturated it, allowing me to see the entire piece in grayscale (values only!). Then I created a new layer over the main character, changed the transfer mode to Luminosity. Then using only black and white, i went in and fixed up all the lingering value issues. Since the color was already laid down underneath, it leaves the perfect color every time! You can turn the Hue/Sat layer off and see results! It allows for very quick fixing and detailing, on a separate layer, with GREAT flexibility.


Also have some recent daily speed paints-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Shaolin_Speedy.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/guysitting_Speedy.jpg

DoomedSeraph
09-04-2008, 08:33 AM
Seen your work in the DSF and wanted to come over to say hi. Loving the imagination and sense of colour. Keep up the good work.

Rabid1
09-05-2008, 05:21 PM
DoomedSeraph thanks for the kind words and stopping by man, i'll have to go check out your sketch thread.

In the meantime, here are a couple new DSF sketches-
The Firefighter-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/FireFighter.jpg

Red Eye
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/RedEye.jpg

Its kinda funny, i've been studying art and illustration for most of my life, and I've heard many theories and read many of the books. But not until the last month or so did i really start to UNDERSTAND how to use color and particularly VALUE to my advantage. I'm by no means a master, but i'm starting to figure it out. Much thanks to all the hardworking artists here striving to get better and in turn inspiring me to do the same! Keep it up people.

Rabid1
09-08-2008, 10:13 PM
have another update for the Glutton piece-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Glutton_Colored4.jpg

More brush practice-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/WatchOut.jpg

Rabid1
09-09-2008, 12:55 AM
Another quickie

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/BlackArmour.jpg

JM-art
09-09-2008, 02:09 AM
Thats what im talking about:beer: ....the Glutton. Its a big step in terms of detail quality comparing with your others works IMO(that dont necesary mean that its better, because there are too many factors about a piece, like composition, the idea behind the picture, the persp angle, etc etc). But The main thing here its that now you know that you can push the limits and get your reward.

By the way ill probe that procedure that you described about the sat layer, and the opacity modes...sounds good.

Cheers.

Rabid1
09-11-2008, 12:25 AM
JMART- thanks for helping to push me! I'm still working on that Glutton piece, its not yet done. Now that i've taken it that far, i want to keep adding more!

While watching Star Wars on tv last night I was inspired, i tried to capture a ceremony in that sort of world-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Starwars_Wedding.jpg

DoomedSeraph
09-11-2008, 08:58 AM
That's pretty awesome. Nice light and love the structures.

TedNindo
09-11-2008, 07:28 PM
Hey Rabit1,

I like your robotwarrior with the flag, but wat I would suggest is to give the flagg or an other item an other color to get some difference into the image. Maybe that could reflect in the metal. Just a thougth.

The spaceceremony picture has a nice mood.

SmallPoly
09-11-2008, 09:02 PM
Yeah, that one's pretty cool. I like your use of warm and cool colors in that one and the way the curves lead the eye.

For a critique, the main thing that feels off is the way the lower part of the support on the right is almost completely in shadow, but the only thing there that would be casting the shadow onto it is the thin walkway. Since that part appears to be sweeping towards the camera, it seems to be like it should be fully lit again after a short distance from where it intersects from the walkway.

Other than that, if the far away ship in the lower left corner is flying level with the ground plane, then the perspective is off and we should be seeing more of the top and less of the side.

Anyways, that said, I really like this one and the "More brush practice" one from 9/8.

Rabid1
09-12-2008, 04:09 PM
DoomedSeraph, Thanks for the kind words bro!

TedNindo, That is a good idea! I spent about 90 percent of the creation time in black and white, and only at the end did i add color to the soldier guy. So you are right, it does need some variation, if i return to it i think i'll do a better background too. Thanks again!

Velenosangue, thanks for taking the time to give good crits, i appreciate your ideas. My original lighting intent was to have some nearby clouds creating shadows, but as you can tell, its not a very accurate lighting right now. As for the perspective on the lower ship, i simply created a ship and duplicated it a couple times. I know its a cheap trick, if I return to this piece i will defintily consider your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by!

I've been realizing that i'm not so good in the enviro area, so I'm going to focus on landscapes a bit more. Hopefully this will help me to create more dynamic compositions, right now i think they are somewhat stale.

So here are a couple recent speedies-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Green_Enviro01.jpg


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Forest_Girl.jpg

Rabid1
09-16-2008, 06:57 PM
Continuing to practice landscapes, i was feeling the forrest theme...
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/RainForrest2.jpg

I used a ref for this one, but changed my image quite a bit-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CloudyForrest.jpg

TedNindo
09-16-2008, 07:28 PM
your patience starts paying off landscape wise. While your first two where either abstract or lacking depth in hue the last two are really nice. And I can say that I really like your last one. It has a nice mood. Just one thing. Either your montains in the background are very very high or you perspectiv is wrong. :)

NR43
09-18-2008, 11:26 AM
There is a lot of improvement visible between your first posts and the last few...

I think your main weakness at this point is anatomy.
I think studying anatomy in a profound way will greatly boost your skills. It will show in all your work, especially the ones that contain humans and other creatures.

Rabid1
09-19-2008, 07:16 AM
Ted- thanks man, patience is key!! Yeah the perspective is probably off, i was hoping they would be light enough no one would notice.... but you did!!

NR43- Thanks for stopping by and offering a good suggestion. I used to be much better with anatomy, but sadly lack of practice has taken its effects. I would love to do more life drawings!

Here's a new creature, had to break up the subject matter a bit-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_DSG1.jpg

Spent way to long on this, about 3 hours, wife is annoyed. Alas...

DoomedSeraph
09-19-2008, 06:58 PM
Wow, really liking the landscapes. You've got a good eye for them and a really interesting combination of strokes/brushes. Would like to see a lot more of these.

Rabid1
09-23-2008, 12:13 AM
Doomed- thanks a lot man, i'm glad you like em.... landscapes are very relaxing. Now if i could just figure out clouds like you have!

Some new sketches, I was trying to finish off the book, damn thing is like 2 years old. Time for a new one!!

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage12.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage11.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage10.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage06.jpg

And a recent digi, for a CA sketch topic-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_02.jpg

Hope you enjoy!

TedNindo
09-23-2008, 09:15 AM
nice sketches. I like the flying boates especially the wavy one (top one) and the skeletal figures below. You inspired me the get my sketchbook out as well.

Rabid1
09-24-2008, 04:01 PM
Thanks Ted, i'm glad you enjoyed the SB stuff. Trying to learn all this digital stuff its easy to forget the traditional skills. Pencil and paper is still the fastest way i think. Plus there is nothing more fun than going out to buy a new sketchbook and supplies!!!

These next 2 were for the "Evil" topic on another forum. The first one was too strange, so I did a more refined concept on the second-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Evillll.jpg


and Mr. Evil-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/EvilEntry2.jpg

Rabid1
09-24-2008, 05:47 PM
I figure since the guy that commissioned me for this one just quit contacting me, i'll post it.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Kryo_Fin.jpg

This was created using a mix of Maya and Photoshop. Basic composition and first set of pods were done in Maya, then took that render into photoshop for a ton of touchups. This is a good workflow for creating more realistic enviros.... at least i think so.

Rabid1
09-30-2008, 01:20 AM
Entry for a CA dsg topic, took a few hours and i did use ref.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_03.jpg

Kinda been in a slump lately... but i guess quality is more important than quantity.

SmallPoly
09-30-2008, 07:18 PM
Wow, that last one's pretty awesome.

TedNindo
09-30-2008, 10:15 PM
Wow, that last one's pretty awesome.

Yeah, I like that one too! But what kind of refenrence did you use for that guy. Never seen such a creature :D

You could darken him a bit more so he would melt with the background. Just an idea

Rabid1
10-02-2008, 02:14 AM
Thank you guys. Ted, I ued a picture of a cat and a lizard skull to help me with the porportions and pose for the image... the idea was to mix various animal types. Yeah, i was trying to keep the back half of him completely blacked out, but I ended up keeping some light just because my monitor darkens everything already! The conept title over at CA was "Creature: BLEACHED-SKINNED, FLESHY QUADROPED W/ GHOULISH, SKULL-LIKE, FACE".

Here's another CA DSF topic, this time its KINDLY OLD WOMAN HAS SOME CYBERNETIC REPLACEMENTS. these topic titles are just looney sometimes, but they are fun and do force you keep the concept intact and direct. Anyway enough jabber...

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_04b.jpg

siiilon
10-02-2008, 08:47 AM
Very nice things, especially that first weird evil thing. Very good color composition there. I like it very much.
I see you have similar problem like myself - you should have a better lighting conditions vision before you start to draw. Unless you are very quickly sketching thumbnails, even then it is of big benefit to know where and what light sources are.
I also recommend study more perspective, it allways improve your drawings. I am observing it on profi works - the better perspective - the better impact on me.
Good job, keep working >;)

Rabid1
10-08-2008, 12:42 AM
Siiiiilon, thats a cool name... anyway thanks for comments and good advise!! Perspective is my nemesis, i know it ok , but actually using it correctly is another issue? Drawing out lines and points on paper is easy, trying to do it digital not so much. Maybe like you say, using a good thumbnail at the early stages is the way to go. Yes, must have a good lighting scheme early on or it looks incorrect!! Thanks for that.

Since its getting closer to that weeeny holiday, i thought i put up something more disturbing-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/LivingDead.jpg

Not much to show lately, trying to get back into the groove!!!

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_Peace.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/DigiSketch01.jpg

JM-art
10-08-2008, 03:49 PM
Your skills are growing A LOT. Keep it up.

Rabid1
10-08-2008, 08:23 PM
JMART- thanks buddy! :beer:

Here's a DSF entry- "attack of the 50 ft. woman" took about 60 min. total-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/50ftWoman.jpg

alicelefay
10-16-2008, 02:28 AM
I love your little creatures ^_^ so weird and well realized!
And the improving in your art is really evident...good job! Waiting to see more from your amazing imagination! :)

Rabid1
10-22-2008, 10:58 PM
alicelefay- thanks for stopping by, you are so nice thanx. :)

I went to a life drawing session this past weekend, have a few updates. I've been super slacking lately...ah bleh. Anyway, i felt i had enough for a decent post so here we go.

A few were touched up in PS, and i wasn't able to finish a couple!! Most were 5-10 min poses, one was 40 min. Its been so freaking long since i went to one of these... so much fun.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/lifedwing_02.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/lifedwing_01.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/lifedwing_03.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/lifedwing_05.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/lifedwing_04.jpg

This was for one of those daily speedpaint topics, used photo ref-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/RoboLadyBug.jpg

Latest piece, this is a rough start so far, plan to do it up nice!
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Ghoul_Scene_Rough.jpg

NR43
10-23-2008, 05:19 AM
Awesome life sketches Rabid1!
There aren't too many signs of unsecurety in them, even though it has been a long time...
The 4rth one is really outstanding for me.

In the previous posts, where you drew heads from imagination (the green guy and the other sheet for example), the faces seem to be lacking volume.

Lovely CA sketches!

Rabid1
11-03-2008, 04:30 PM
Ok, time for a much needed update. First, thank you NR43 for the kind words on the life drawings, i'm glad you approve lol. Your advise on more study of the human form is quite insightful.

Here are some recent sketches, most from this past weekend.\

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/TheShining.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/StickAlien.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Pumpkin_Head.jpg


This was for a CA dsg, topic being "flying craft based on the dragon fly". I have started a painted version btw...
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/DragonFly_Copter.jpg


This was an excersize in using only blocked out color shapes to create a landscape-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/GrayScape_color.jpg


And a very quick paint of Mr. Stickman himself-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/woodman.jpg

siiilon
11-03-2008, 05:39 PM
Awesome "Shining" shot. It's evident you're getting better. Keep doing >;)

Rabid1
11-10-2008, 09:57 PM
Siiilon- Thanks buddy, that Shining scene is a classic... i'm glad u noticed.

Seems like i've been back to my old ways again, drawing freakish and haneous characters.... and then out of now where drawing cute little critters? Anyway, I am happy how the Pumpkin guy turned out, could have done more detail but i was more concerned with the overall effect.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Pumpkin_Head_Color.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_New_01.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_New_02.jpg

Ok, i think the horror stuff might be out of my system for now...
Thanks for stopping by!!

Rabid1
11-11-2008, 08:28 PM
It's been kinda dead around here, hope my art isn't scaring people away lol.

Here are recent doodles, experimenting with brushes and color-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Mtns_2.jpg

I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_New.jpg

now getting back to work....

JM-art
11-12-2008, 05:18 PM
Nice stuff!....i have the impresion that you, or draw in paper, or draw and paint in photoshop.

If that the case, maybe you could try to scan some of your pencil draws and then paint them in photoshop. I say this because the line job you do in paper is superior (IMO), than the one mayde in PS.

Keep the nice work.

Rabid1
11-26-2008, 08:26 PM
Updates!

Jmart- thanks man i draw on paper and straight into photoshop both... but the paper sketches are much cleaner. I have been scanning a few and using them as starting points like the pumpkin guy... will continue to do so thanks.

There is just something freeing about slapping brush strokes down on an empty canvas and creating something out of nothing.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Alien_Invasion.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Siloette_New.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_Concat_01.jpg

Rabid1
12-11-2008, 08:18 PM
This was for a sketch topic on another forum, the theme being 'Frosty's Revenge'-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/FrostysRevenge2.jpg

On a side note, pickle aliens could in fact be real...

GaryBedell
12-11-2008, 09:27 PM
Rabid, Great stuff. i love the shing piece you did. Are you going to color it?

Rabid1
01-13-2009, 12:41 AM
Whoa its been a while! Finally have enough for a decent post so here we go...

Mostly loose sketchbook work lately...
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_New_16.jpg
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_New_12.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_Concat_03.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_Concat_02.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/black_V_white.jpg

This is a DSF repost for 'the drunk'-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/LA_Drunk.jpg

Happy new year to everyone and thanks for stopping by. I hope to continue the learning trend this coming year... more growth is a must!

ocarian
01-13-2009, 08:25 AM
there are a lot of good works Here :)

I really like your creature concept

Keep up the good work :thumbsup:

siiilon
01-13-2009, 08:31 AM
I like your pencil drawings very much >:)

Rabid1
01-13-2009, 11:28 PM
Gary, sorry i didn't see your last response... thanks, i haven't started coloring that one, but people have been responding well to it so maybe i should? Its based on a still frame from the movie, so would that be considered fan art?

siiilon, ocarian thank you both for the kind words! Here is my first speed paint for the year, done for the DSF topic 'the arctic', 60 min.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/The_Arctic_DSF1680.jpg

Rabid1
01-14-2009, 05:33 PM
This self portrait was created in photoshop (2.5 hours) based on a camera phone pic i took last year while very drunk at the bar. The pic looked rather pathetic and i wanted to remind myself how bad i look when i'm hammered. I did try to 'class' myself up a bit more in the painting though lol.


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Pathetic_SelfPort2.jpg

wo0lF
01-15-2009, 10:49 AM
I sometimes use same brush for BG like you did on last one. It's really great brush

NR43
01-15-2009, 11:29 AM
I like the brushwork in your SP
a small highlight dot just underneath the shadow on the eyeballs would really make them pop out

The "Frostie's Revenge" pencil is so cool!

Rabid1
01-15-2009, 10:03 PM
Woolf- i'm glad you like the brush, i'm always looking for an excuse to use rectangular brushes! In fact most of the color blocking was done with that same brush (smaller sized)

NR43- Thanks for the kind words and good suggestion, i will try and update that image after i work on the eyes a bit more! Custom brushes are so fun! i wish there was a way to make them quickly in real life paints??

If anyone is interested i made a quick progression sheet for the creation of the self portrait-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Self_Port_Tut.jpg

Here are a couple new speedies, the first is for the DSF topic "cold blooded" and the second was just for fun:

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Cold_blooded_DSF1679.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_Speedy2.jpg

My web host is having issues at the moment, sorry if the images disappear for a while??

Rabid1
01-17-2009, 04:33 AM
The artistic eye sees only that of one's inner vision.


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Pathetic_OldMan.jpg

Rabid1
01-27-2009, 07:44 PM
Small update... haven't made enough time for art lately... hopefully that will change.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Quick_Creature_03.jpg


and a repost for DSF "electricity" 50 min.
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Electricity_DSF1683.jpg

submit127
01-27-2009, 07:44 PM
Nice stuff, man, really

Rabid1
02-04-2009, 04:56 PM
Submit- thanks for the kind words buddy!

This is one of a few sketches i did for the topic "volcano creature". He's like a turtle made of hardened lava rock guarding the interior of the most sacred volcanos. I'm thinking about doing a scene of his domain....we'll see.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Volcano_Creechure_01.jpg

siiilon
02-11-2009, 07:43 AM
Hey Rabid1, your pencil drawing's getting better and better. I strongly encourage you to do even more anatomy. It is maybe boring in the beginning, but so great foundation lies behind it. Keep up, You're on your good way >:) Looking forward to see more >:)

Rabid1
02-17-2009, 12:29 AM
Siiilon- thanks for the good advice man! I'm sure doing more anatomy would make a BIG difference, I appreciate your words!

This is WIP concept for a Robot Nurse-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/RoboNurse_SketchV2.jpg
Geez perspective is hard!

Rabid1
02-17-2009, 07:04 PM
DSF repost for "Red Lighthouse" an hour-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/RedLighthouse_DSF_1715.jpg

siiilon
02-17-2009, 07:52 PM
Hey, you did great with Robot Nurse, the perspective is hard to learn, but it really pays off. Look at your next peace how your lighthouse looks like it's seen from above. But that's impossible even if it was tilted. All other part of the image seem to fit your set horizont line, look how your lighthouse should use the horizont to its advance.

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8095/redlighthousedsf1715copni7.jpg

Always draw at least your horizont line and think about whether you're looking at something from below, or above, whether it is of proper size according to other objects closer or farther from the observer.
Perspective always rulez, you can't cheat it >:)

I really like your Robot Nurse and looking forward to see more of your designs. Keep up >:)

Rabid1
02-17-2009, 08:49 PM
Siiilon, you are right =). I realized after i finished that the perspective was wrong, thank you for taking the time to draw that up, that makes it much clearer. I think bad perspective has made many good sketches of mine look amatuerish, this is something i need to actively consider.

Thanks again for your critiques!

NR43
02-17-2009, 08:53 PM
For the lighthouse, I'd suggest trying to use 2 vanishing points... one to the far right and one on the left. The one on the right will be the important one.

Rabid1
02-17-2009, 09:42 PM
NR43, thank you for the good suggestion. I'm not exactly sure how using 2 vanishing points versus 1 would make a difference with this, but i usually use 2 as a default.

Guys i appreciate your suggestions here is an updated version.
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/RedLighthouse_DSF_1715b.jpg

Rabid1
02-27-2009, 12:49 AM
Been a while... work has been taking its toll on me so i made time to do a piece. This was for another forum topic being "The Keeper of Time: is a child". It took way too long i must admit...but its worth it =)

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/TimeKeeper.jpg

siiilon
02-27-2009, 09:14 AM
First, "The Keeper of Time: is a child" is great one, I love the color scheme, the composition, the mood - it's simply great.

The only thing I have to point out is your inadequate attention to perspective. I will keep pointing on it until you adopt some of the basic principles, which will really push your great images even higher (it would be pitty if they wouldn't).

So here I am with my remarks. I made the background image more dull for lines to show. For start, I tried to judge your horizont line from the lower half of the image and indicated it with black lines. But look above how many different objects have their own horizont lines (I indicate two of them with red color for those biggest two cogwheels on top). I know those cogwheels need not to be perfectly perpendicular to the ground, but they should be easily judged as seen from bellow.
Another thing, which is also the consequence of linear perspective, is light. I indicated the main center light rays and their directions with yellow color. Look how some volumetric lighths shine throught centers of cogwheels relate to this light source, and some doesn't(I contrast those with white lines).

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4474/timekeepercopy.jpg

I can assure you that laics won't see these mistakes, and many times you'll make them purposely to convey something that digital photo couldn't. But the clearer the overal perspective is, the more believable the scene will be.
You know, when everything is bad, good perspective won't save it, but your pieces have a lot of potential and I really encourage you to keep this boring perspective in mind when painting another beautiful piece >:)
Keep up

Rabid1
03-02-2009, 04:07 PM
Siiilon, wow that was quite a critique... THANK YOU. I will try harder to utilize correct perspective from here on out...you are helping me see the light lol. First, i am planning to take your suggestions and do a revision to that piece...very soon hopefully. After reading your words I realized how some of the cog-perspective got off on the wrong track. I created a brush in PS of a cog shape. This shape was flat (no perspective) so when i used it multiple times to layout the basic composition..it wasn't giving me proper perspective...so i made it up for each shape. This work method was flawed from the beginning so i must make a better version. Often i find myself emersed in the theme of a picture rather than the technical execution of it. Need to consider both equally important... thanks again buddy!

Rabid1
03-09-2009, 09:58 PM
Well i haven't updated the Keeper of Time piece yet....but i have managed a few daily sketch topics, figured i would post em here too-

Black Ice-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Black_Ice_1728.jpg

Purple Haze-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/PurpleHaze_1723.jpg

Castaway-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CastAway_1726.jpg

I've been fortunate at work to get a few 3D assignments...so i figured i would share a few renders here too. I know they aren't 'sketches' but maybe you'll like them anyway?
For a spy-themed game:
http://www.methodartz.net/3D/3D_obj_1.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/3D/3D_obj_2.jpg

For a dominos game:
http://www.methodartz.net/3D/MexTrain.jpg

Thanks for stopping by!

Rabid1
03-10-2009, 12:56 AM
Personal WIP-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Bat_Cave_WIP.jpg

siiilon
03-10-2009, 09:43 AM
Purple Haze is very well done, I like the composition, movement, lights ... , I tried to make the same impression once but wasn't so successful. It's also great you're doing 3D. To your wip, looking interresting and good so far, I think you might try to play with different framings and also for cave rocks you may past in some photo referrences here and there and try to mimic that pattern around. Go wild in experimentation, you can always step back or return to previous save, it's digital you know >:)
Looking forward to your next update, keep up

Rabid1
03-20-2009, 04:59 AM
Siiilon- thanks again for the encouraging comments, your words have been quite helpful in motivating me. Sadly i haven't returned to the bat-cave image...but when (not if) i do i will look into using ref for the rocks and try out a few different looks on the frame and crop area....both good ideas thanks. Also, i have been focusing on perspective more...it might not be perfect yet...but i'm trying =)

Work has been taking its toll on me... so i've only managed a few quick sketches over the past couple weeks. Sometimes these are the best medicine from a long work day...enough jabber...on with the images. Each one taking around 1.5 hours or less

Lost Soul-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/LostSoul_1738.jpg


HELICOPTERS CIRCLE GARGANTUAN ALIEN CORPSE IN MIDDLE OF CITY -
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_1467.jpg

Virus-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Virus_1733.jpg

STRANGE & FRIGHTENING DARK CLOUD FORMATIONS APPROACH FARM-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_1466.jpg

Old king of Atlantis-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/KingAtlantis_V1.jpg

LARGE MAN'S ARMS OPEN MECHANICALLY, REVEALING WEAPONRY-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_1464.jpg

Thanks for stopping by!

Rabid1
03-20-2009, 09:19 PM
Maybe this one will tickle your fancy...

The Lazy Dragon
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/LazyDragon.jpg

SmallPoly
03-20-2009, 10:39 PM
Hi Rabid1,

I like your color choices and overall flow on The Lazy Dragon. The main thing bugging me about it right now is that where the back of the dragon transitions to the chest area, the amount of scattered light is making it look kind of like thin flap attached to a darker cylindrical part. Judging by the plating on the chest, i don't think this is what you were going for.

I did a quick sketch to show what I mean. On the left is how the light is making it look to me right now, and on the right is roughly what it looks to me like you were going for.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v394/rrimgeaper2/paintovers/rabid1_dragon_note.jpg

Rabid1
03-20-2009, 11:53 PM
velenosangue- thanks for the tip and observation, i appreciate you taking the time to critique this. I do see what you are referring to...and now that you have mentioned the chest area...i'm seeing several areas i'd like to make better =). I was playing around with several 'semi-transparent' areas of flesh...so i think i got a little carried away with that. Thanks again for the help man!

I'm planning to work on it more over the weekend.

jpedro
03-21-2009, 01:04 AM
hey rabid, i see you've been busy, and that's great!

i particularly like the lost soul piece, you've got some good stuff going in there.

for those quick paintings i think what will make them even better is to try and always keep atmospheric perspective in mind, and seperate back-middle-foreground a bit more.

stuff at the back lighter values and less saturated, darks push forward and that kind of stuff. it'll help give some depth to the pics.

keep going dood, you're doin well :)

naresh
03-23-2009, 03:40 PM
Hey "Rabid1" thanks buddy..yeh some time i use ref img..but almost r from my head....u too have some nice stuff in yur sketch thread... specially"Purple Haze" i really liked a lot..keep going..

Rabid1
03-23-2009, 04:15 PM
Jan- thanks for the good advice buddy. :thumbsup: It means a lot to me to have you come by with some good tips, i really appreciate it! Getting better 'depth' as you say has been one of my goals for a while now...although i continue to struggle a bit. I hope to see you around the DSF more!

Naresh- Thanks for stopping by, i'm suprised to hear you don't use a lot of ref, you just have a great feel for landscapes then...i do envy that lol.

Rabid1
03-24-2009, 09:21 PM
I will update the dragon piece...but for now i'm posting this DSG topic from CA

MILITARY ROBOTS, THROUGH THICK DUST, IN FULL RUN TOWARD VIEWER
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_1468.jpg

a few hours in PS

Rabid1
03-31-2009, 07:42 PM
This is starting to feel more comfortable...

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Quick_Sketch_01.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_1469.jpg

Rabid1
04-03-2009, 03:17 AM
A couple speedy enviros
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_Q_Mnts.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_Q_River.jpg

Rabid1
04-09-2009, 08:57 PM
More enviros, lately i've been motivated by the great works being produced on this site. These are all for fun/study and all from the head....for some reason i just love the widescreen format for enviros it just seems like you have more compositional options.

first an update to the last one i posted...just a few value/color changes-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_Q_River2.jpg



http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_Q_Rubble.jpg


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_Q_Secret_Mtn.jpg

danielh68
04-09-2009, 10:35 PM
Great enviros! My fav is the blue one second from the bottom. It's an interesting angle, the viewer almost feels like an animal being look upon by the two humans.

Rabid1
04-09-2009, 11:41 PM
Daniel, thanks for your kind words sir! Your sketch thread has been a huge inspiration to me since i joined here. I like your interesting take on POV as well... i guess it could also be an animal stalking its prey?

GaryBedell
04-10-2009, 03:17 AM
OMG!!I'm loving these. I would love to see your process.

Rabid1
04-16-2009, 12:29 AM
Thanks Gary! If you are interested I put together a quick step-by-step from one of the speed paints done on an earlier page, here's a link to it-

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Enviro_Tut.jpg

Those latest enviros were done a bit different though... my workflow changes with the weather sorry. If i do any more i'll keep a few progress shots.

Did a couple bunnys for the Easter theme

photo copy-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Wabbit_Copy.jpg

"Bunny from hell"
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Hellish_bunny.jpg

DoomedSeraph
04-16-2009, 01:02 PM
Loving the environmental speedies. Keep it up.


Would be good to see you develop one of these into a bigger, more realised piece.

Rabid1
04-21-2009, 09:04 PM
Hey Doomed thanks for the nice words and good suggestion....good to see you around! I would love to develop a fully rendered enviro piece...will see about doing that!

For the last week i've been focusing on drawing women cause i basically suck at them. Most of the sketches are from ref. the color at the bottom used no ref.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage15.jpg
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage16.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/WomanFace_Color.jpg

Next will be full body females =)

Oh yeah...a repost for the DSF topic "gun"-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/DSG_Gun.jpg

siiilon
04-21-2009, 10:33 PM
Good heavens, you're taking huge steps. I love your enviros, they are inspiring. I have to check your thread more often, looking forward to more dude >:)
Keep up

Rabid1
05-21-2009, 04:09 AM
siiilon- thanks buddy, sorry for the delayed response i've been a slacker on this forum.
Not much to show lately, been in a slump =( . I've only managed a few studies and quick sketches, hope to get it rolling again....

Octopus fighter pilot
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Octo_Pilot.jpg

CA dsg
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_1478.jpg

Photo copy
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Grape_photo_Copy.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPage20.jpg

Thanks for looking!

embryotic
05-21-2009, 07:04 AM
Zach Levinson I presume! (...you must get that all the time)

Thanks so much for your kind message, It led me to look through your Sketchbook and I found myself saying 'oh wow' a bunch of times!

I see people list their favourites in their posts - that's really cool, Im digging your Murderous Ravens, Purple Haze, Dominoes game, and your loose environments :)

I can see your colours have evolved and caught up with your drawing and concepts
and I especially like how freely you can use your framing to communicate the Idea (wide, zoom, tilt, focus)

Reminds and inspires me to 'imagine more' - just like you do, thanks!

Rabid1
05-21-2009, 03:04 PM
Lucas- i appreciate your kind comments and observations on my work- thank you! I'm glad you came away thinking about imagination and new ideas...that is very important to me.

I think there is a lot to be learned on this forum... these sketchbook threads (although often neglected) have many diverse artists whom all are capable of great artistic feats. I often get ideas about composition/lighting or how to handle certain details just by seeing other works. This site inspires and fuels creativity.... letting us guide new ideas into reality.

DANKA
06-07-2009, 08:16 AM
Nice work, I think you are improving.
The "photo copies" are very good!
Keep attention on the volumes of figures,I think you should start from solid geometric form to bild face and bodyes, befor to add shadows or details.
Keep it up!

Rabid1
06-08-2009, 03:49 PM
DANKA- What a nice suprise =), thanks for stopping by mate! And you have some good tips about keeping more volume...i will work on that, thanks! I should have some pencil sketches up soon... and hopefully more paints as well.

Rabid1
06-15-2009, 04:23 PM
Hello all, I finally got around to scanning in some sketchbook pages... i've been using more reference lately with people...and trying to get more volume into the characters. Hopefully the next batch will focus on more full-figures and less floating heads =).

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_NewConcat_01.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_NewConcat_03.jpg

Ref used
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_NewConcat_02.jpg

Rabid1
06-29-2009, 11:47 PM
Small update... doing a few daily sketches latley nothing too serious =(

CA dsg-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_ds_1487.jpg

quickie 4 fun
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Q_enviro_tree.jpg

Interior volcano WIP
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Volcano_Interior_WIP.jpg

Well the year is half way over!! Yikes time flies....should make an image about that. Thanks for viewing!

danielh68
06-30-2009, 02:20 AM
Sweet entries Rabid. The top character design is very original and I really like the stroke work on the cavern walls for the lava piece :)

Rabid1
06-30-2009, 03:04 PM
Thanks Daniel :thumbsup: i plan to keep working on the lava piece and hopefully take it to a final level. Also considering a 'lava creature' in the scene...maybe? I appreciate you coming by man and i'm looking foward to more of your port pieces.

Rabid1
08-04-2009, 10:56 PM
Woa its been a while... i've been motivated by the recent surge of sketchbook updates... so thanks people! No big projects at the moment but i am still slowly working on the lava piece...

a couple from the SB and a couple dsgs
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_New_27.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SB_New_26.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Caricatures.jpg


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SummerNightsDSG.jpg

CaveatScoti
08-05-2009, 01:36 PM
There's some great work of the imagination going on here- as well as a fantastic feel for lighting and mood- great stuff Rab.

JM-art
08-05-2009, 10:38 PM
Very nice stuff...looks like you are improving your line and shading. Nice concepts too.

keep it up.

naresh
08-06-2009, 05:30 AM
Hey Buddy Lot of nice color n black n white stuff u have done...grape is awesome it's look so testy :drool: yur black and white sketches are too good..

keep up good work....

jpedro
08-06-2009, 07:25 AM
keep going Rabid, the Lava piece looks great already and really good to see so much pencil work in here!
best,
Jan

Rabid1
08-06-2009, 11:51 PM
Wow so many replies...thank you all for stopping by with such warm messages!

CaveatScoti- Thanks for the good words...i wish to put more personality in the works as you do.

JMART- Thanks bud, i have been focusing on line control and patience with the pencil...its so easy to get in habit of shortcutting.

naresh- Thank you sir...the grapes were copied from a photo..so i guess the photographer helped a bit =). I've been diggin your landscapes man...

jpedro- Thanks for the motivation bro...your pencils always amaze me...any new illustrations in the works...or chows?

Rabid1
08-08-2009, 12:32 AM
Lava update...i did add the creature as a test, not sure if it will be there in the end though.


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Volcano_InteriorV2.jpg

siiilon
08-08-2009, 09:33 AM
Hey RAbid1, a great improvement you made on your lava piece! I disliked those bubles. They were even and kill the impression of dense liquid. I can see you did huuuge improvements to your perspective (not just on this piece though) and the lighting is great!
I have only one advice at this stage : make the walls'n'roof alot darker. Not lineary though, just to show it has a great falloff. The impression you get is simple. the brightest lights source is unquestionably the lava itself, and it should blow, 'cause it's shining right into observer. The top of the roof should be almost black(but certainly not black, just highly saturated and low value red). Use more orangey where the lava meat the banks. Try to make some mask and play with some adjustments/airbrush/gradients (I suggest using more layers here for the ease and freedom of experiment). And the last try to make some "cracks" on the surface of lava. Where the most temperature is and it should be almost white there(don't overdo it).
Otherwise your sense of light and form is great right now.

I am looking forward for to next update. CU buddy

Rabid1
10-19-2009, 07:14 PM
Its been a while....again...but i have been slowly creating images. Now i'm finding it easier to have patience so i guess thats progress. Most of this update is random stuff...but doing a few daily sketch topics of recent. Its a great time of year!

siiilon- Thanks for the good suggestions on the Lava piece, i haven't put much time into that one...but when i return to it i'll take your suggestions to heart =)

Creepy Pumpkin Patch-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CreepyPumpkinPatch.jpg

Last Stand-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/LastStand.jpg

Not happy with the composition here...the topic was "Witch with Raven companion"...so i dunno?
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/WitchRaven.jpg


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SketchPageComp1.jpg

Thanks for looking!

siiilon
10-19-2009, 07:30 PM
Damn, that's huuuge improvement! You are a very good storyteller and the "Creepy Pumpkin Patch" is simply amazing, keep up buddy!

Rabid1
10-19-2009, 10:28 PM
Siiilon, thanks for the kind words man, i appreciate your support! Decided to throw on some color to the Pumpkin piece since the values were already done.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CreepyPumpkinPatchC2.jpg

whom
11-03-2009, 08:41 PM
Very nice this latest one. :) keep up

Rabid1
11-06-2009, 01:14 AM
Thanks for the good words Godzilla...by the way is that a new screen name?

Here is one i've been working on for some time...starting with a pencil sketch and slowly developing it into a final piece. The concept is a sea creature made of both plant and mammal parts. For now i've given the loose name of Sea Forge, i hope you like it.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SeaForge.jpg

NR43
11-06-2009, 05:32 AM
Like it? It's awesome! :D
I've been following this thread for a while now and you are making loads of progress.
Lovely!

GaryBedell
11-06-2009, 03:39 PM
WOW you've been cranking em out man. The sea creature is awesome. I love the color selection. I also like the lava scene (just to name a few). keep up the wonderful work. :)

Rabid1
11-07-2009, 01:30 AM
GaryBedell- Thanks for the good words bud, i look foward to your updates as well!

NR43- Thanks for the compliments they made me smile! I appreciate your support through this thread...you've given me good advice so i owe some of that progress to you :beer:

I'm thinking about posting a progress shot of the last image...

In the mean time....here are some recent DSFs

The slayer
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Slayer.jpg

The bad man
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/BadMan_Dsg1968.jpg

Alone
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Alone_Dsg1970.jpg

Rabid1
11-10-2009, 06:43 PM
Recent speedies...both under an hour

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Autumn.jpg


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Greyhound.jpg

siiilon
11-11-2009, 11:39 AM
That's very nice update buddy :) It's wonderfull seeing your SB live again! I think it's a time for you to consider leaving unfinished illustrations and choose whether to sketch or render. Sketch doesn't need colors and fancy brushes, while rendering should be pushed few times farther. You know, it's the same bad habbit i have, I just realized it recently and would like to share this with you. Keep up the great work dude ;)

Rabid1
11-12-2009, 12:58 AM
Siiilon thanks for dropping by and leaving good advise. I will try and focus on more finished works as best i can. I do repost some of the daily sketch topics which tend to be quick sketches and speed paints. They are hard to resist some times ;)


Here is a more developed work...called 'Stranded'...just imagine aliens have abducted you and dropped you off on a foreign planet. Wouldn't that be a living hell lol.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CloudMnts.jpg

Rabid1
02-03-2010, 09:52 PM
Well its been a while and i haven't been practicing much =( ... I do love watching the progress of other threads however. A little motivation of recently-


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/ReflectScape.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/ArcticWasteland.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/EnviroStudy.jpg

JM-art
02-04-2010, 03:16 AM
Hey, were have you been?..ajaj, no realy is good to see that you are posting again, i like the one of the cave a lot, and the one of the crashed plain...it has good scale, and the depth is very well achieved.

Are you in the B_MOVIE challenge?...would be a great oportunity to push that finished work...im sketching some ideas for the competition and i hope i can finish. May i recommend you to do the same?

keep posting!

Cheers.

Rabid1
02-08-2010, 08:27 PM
Hey JMART, thanks for stopping by mate! I've seen the ads for the B movie challenge but haven't looked into it...thanks for the good idea and good luck with your submission. I recently switched monitors at work and i'm now seeing many value problems with previous sketches lol. I hope to get better results in the future...

Heres a quick concept for a CA dsg-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_DSG_1537.jpg

Rabid1
02-09-2010, 07:08 PM
Lunch sketch...had a much better image in my head lol. Really need to kick the short-stubby character habit.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/NewLight2.jpg

siiilon
02-10-2010, 07:02 AM
Hey man, it's great to see you posting again.Great depth in the crash site scenery and nicely done metal rendering in the robot piece. I think you try to make too much in too short amount of time. Relax and pick something. Leave at least color been, but I would stick with the drawing if you asked me. You know, it's the fastest and simplest form of getting down your ideas. Then, you can take your time to research and push the idea step by step somewhere. Keep posting buddy, I am glad you're active here again ;)

Rabid1
02-16-2010, 06:55 PM
Hey Silllon, thanks for the good words bud! You have some valid points- i do overwork pieces before they are ready. Usually the problem is that i don't have a great idea before the work begins...thus no path to really follow. Will keep your words in mind.

Did a few sillouettes to loosen up a bit

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Thumbs01.jpg

Also been working on a fan art piece of a rapper called MF Doom. Maybe you know of his music he has several aliases. I think Gary did a version of him at some point. Anyway its not finished but any suggestions are welcome.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/MadvillainV4.jpg

GaryBedell
02-18-2010, 03:25 PM
DUDE, This stuff is MARVELOUS!!! I love the one with the guy playing guitar and the Doom is awesome.The world needs more doom fans :)

Rabid1
02-19-2010, 06:57 PM
LOL thanks Gary, your comments made me smile. Did a little sketch this morning...suppose to be like a shark cowboy.


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/SharkCowboy.jpg
Not sure why my images keep getting scaled down when i post them?

soundwaves
02-19-2010, 11:40 PM
stranded, that's a good one...
the guy is like "nooooooooooooooooooo!", with his
naked ass, great

Rabid1
02-26-2010, 06:28 PM
LOL soundwav, you got the message. 690 is the magic number...all images will be scaled down to have a maximum width of 690 pixels on this site. Might stick to taller canvases for a while.

Quick 35 min DSG - The Titan

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/TheTitan_Dsg2076.jpg

And here is an update to the Doom piece
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/MadvillainV5.jpg

Rabid1
03-05-2010, 05:36 PM
It has been a while since i attempted a female so i gave it a go. Used ref, took several hours but it was a good exercise.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/qPaintFemaleRef.jpg

Rabid1
03-22-2010, 05:18 PM
A couple doodles to keep the practice going...

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_DSG_1545.jpghttp://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/doodlepage2.jpg

Rabid1
04-06-2010, 12:36 AM
Starting to get back into it...still only managing sketches, but slowly touching up older pieces too.

CA sketch topic
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CA_DSG_1549.jpg


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/doodlepage3.jpg

Rabid1
04-20-2010, 07:20 PM
DSG 2129- A cat named George

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CGT_DSG_2129.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Qenviro09.jpg

Rabid1
04-29-2010, 06:56 PM
Been doing 'warm up' sketches in the mornings. This seems to help get the mind active right from the start. The first two are under an hour, the third one took a couple days off and on.


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/MorningSketch01.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/MorningSketch02.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/RiteOfPassage.jpg

Tecurps
05-01-2010, 11:54 AM
I was thingking "This is not really a great sketchbook". But hey, you was really became better as time passed by. Still I have to say that this is not really a great sketchbook, but very very interesting one !
Keep it up, buddy, you're doing very well.

daw
05-03-2010, 09:53 AM
- wow Rabid1 you have some really great stuff here! - it was a pleasure to scroll through them all

- where do you find the time!? - I will follow this... :thumbsup:

jpedro
05-03-2010, 10:39 AM
hey rabid,
one thing i noticed, specially in the last few character sketches is to watch how you define form a little better.

you are going from silhouettes, which is a great way to start things out and look for interesting shapes and designs, but when you start modeling the stuff out, the areas where the planes break and define the volumes look a little messy still. keep it simple there as well and spend a little more time thinking about those volumes will hep a lot i think.
i'd suggest doing more anatomy studies as well, b/w will do i guess, try and get structure right and really being careful with the value ranges as well. don't go too dark in the shadow areas and stuff like that.

anyway, i hope that helps, keep going brother :)

Rabid1
05-03-2010, 03:57 PM
ViCdRAW- Thank you for your observations. I would agree with you, this isn't a great thread, but more of an outlet for different ideas and techniques. Glad you found it interesting.

daw- Thanks for the very kind comments! I've been a fan of your daily sketches since i joined here. I would strive to get as much story in each image as you do, thanks for stopping by =)

jpedro- Thanks for the good words bud! Yea you nailed it, i've been using silhouettes and going from there. You make several good points and I will consider each one. I think using more ref will help show me how the forms look in nature. Thanks for the critique, and helping me develop over the years!

Rabid1
08-12-2010, 04:46 PM
Well summer has been busy and I really haven't put out the effort to develop anything. Not happy about that but i'm sure i'll return more in the future. I do come by and watch the many great threads around here.

Anyway, a few sparse quickies at or under an hour. Some daily sketch topics and a couple abstracts.


Alien Environment
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/AlienEnviro.jpg

Wannabees
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/WanaBees.jpg

The last one
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/CG_Dsg_2141.jpg

Playing around with new brushes
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/NewBrushes.jpg


http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/GreenSky.jpg

siiilon
08-12-2010, 08:30 PM
Yo Rabid, you are very explorative in your paintings, I like it. And your last update is killer, the last piece is gorgeous. Reminds me Daniel Dociu's style. Very great, cu.

Rabid1
08-12-2010, 10:20 PM
Hey Siiilon thanks for the kind comments buddy! I should probably do some more anatomy stuff like you 've been doing. I'll have to check out Daniel Dociu, anyway thanks for coming by.

Palvarado
09-19-2010, 04:21 PM
It's nice to see your improvement. Cool work, and yeah keep studying anatomy it's really going to take your work to another level. Watch out for those wrists, they are never quite right. Good luck.

Rabid1
09-22-2010, 12:06 AM
Palvarado- thanks for coming by and dropping some nice words and critiques! I think some anatomy study is in order!

In the mean time here is a DSG sketch, The Long Road-
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/TheLongRoadDSG.jpg

Rabid1
11-02-2010, 09:58 PM
Been a while folks, might as well show some recent DSG topic quickies. I have some pencil work too... if i can find a working scanner i'll put it up soon =) No anatomy studies yet...

Dark Reflection- 1.5 hrs
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/DarkReflection_DSG_2322.jpg

Unstoppable- 1 hr or so
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/Unstoppable_DSG_2312.jpg

Hopefully these show up...my ftp host has been sketchy.

jpedro
11-02-2010, 11:53 PM
hey Rabid, they do show up.

good stuff man, keep going! i specially like the unstoppable sketch and the brushes experiment.

siiilon
11-03-2010, 09:17 AM
I really like the composition and attitude in "Dark Reflection", very nice. In "Unstoppable" you probably tried been too epic for 1 hour - it's hardly readable. If that is a planet impact, I guess it's so far away that it should be almost wiped out by atmospheric perspective. But I think this topic is way too complicated for 1 day of painting, not even one hour, which is damn good interpretation for that short amount of time! Great seen you updating again dude. Post more, especially those pencils! :)

Rabid1
11-03-2010, 07:20 PM
jpedro- Thanks for the good words bud :buttrock:

siiilon- Thanks for stopping by as well! I appreciate your point of view for the last couple thanks for critiques and good words!

I did struggle with the perspective and overall message of Unstoppable. My intent was to show this gigantic recking ball sort of thing rolling along on the verge of crushing some tiny little town. I choose the perspective of being on a cliff side about to witness the event from a higher angle...and to give some relative scale to the other scene elements. In the end i was trying to capture near motion in a single frame. LOL reading what i just wrote sounds way to complicated for such a quick pass...

Anyway, i managed to scan some recent sketches and put em together in a few pages. They are mix of work sketches and random doodles over the last couple months.

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/PencilsNew_02.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/PencilsNewScary.jpg

http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/PencilsNew_01.jpg

Thanks for stopping by!

Rabid1
07-22-2011, 07:48 PM
I want to revive this thread before it's lost for good. I've been away for a long time doing many things besides digital art...however I've been growing as a person. For one, i've been learning how to be a daddy to my 6 month old baby girl. Also, i've been working on various musical projects as an outlet. Thanks to the other great artists around here who continue to grow and inspire me even during these 'droughts'. Here are a few small sketches over the last months:

DSG topic Mary Blue Eyes
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/MaryBlueEyes.jpg

A new concept in progress
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/speedyElphantEnviro.jpg

I made a few adjustments to this image
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/EnviroStudy2d.jpg


And something else to vent
http://www.methodartz.net/Sketches/AbstractNew.jpg

Thanks for all the support over the years.

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