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12 December 2004, 02:13 PM
"Self Portraits "

Welcome to the cgtalk sketch group.

We will try to post one of these topics once a day for your enjoyment.

These are the rules:
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* RESOLUTION : The image can have any aspect ratio up to 800 x 600
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing, unless is it an integral part of the challenge.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
* Ill post ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.

Good luck

PS To submit your topic ideas and suggestions go to this thread:
>>Link<< (

12 December 2004, 05:04 PM
Wasn't there already a Daily Sketch about self-portraits? Or do I confuse it with the CGtalk-portrait-thing? :rolleyes:

12 December 2004, 05:13 PM
We have a ton of new people.

I tought, it was about time.


12 December 2004, 06:13 PM
Hi all together!
I followed the Daily Sketch forum for weeks and Love it. You all are greate; masterpieces every day. I thought i would participate, but my drawings (pen&paper) are mostly very empty cause it takes me to long to fill it completly. But i think i will post today, and if possible for yesterday.

I hope its okay for you when my drawings look like they were made in two minutes.

So ill go and scan them ;)


12 December 2004, 06:18 PM
me|ee, every sketch is welcome. :)

12 December 2004, 07:18 PM
Sorry, but how to upload my picture :sad: The faq says that only Veterans can do so. I saw members with less than 30 posts posting their pictures. I dont want to spam this thread but... Could someone give me an advice? thanks

Ok, i know now how !

12 December 2004, 07:31 PM
So is this another avatar-related sketch, or our actual self-portraits?

12 December 2004, 07:51 PM
welcome on board me|ee....any sketch is welcome, draw 'em digitally or draw on paper and scan them in, whatever works for you.

I think its up to you as to whether or not you want it to be your Avatar or yourself.

captain chapo
12 December 2004, 08:01 PM
i think this time you're looking for real portraits, yeh? not the avatar ones we did before?

50mins PS - i tried to use one brush the whole time and tried to kinda make it piece together, i'm pleased with the result, but i need to practice more at this to get it down - fridayeye's work inspired this technique...any chance you might make us a tutorial???

ref photo:

12 December 2004, 08:20 PM
yes it is time again! hehehe
Thnx for choosing my topic Roberto!

nice idea with the ref captain!

So here I am....
Looks a bit different than me...
2h ps+wacom

12 December 2004, 08:27 PM
Hi all. - 2h, pencil, ps, wacom.
My reference was my reflection...

12 December 2004, 08:29 PM
Thanks for the words of welcome! Okay here is the Self Portrait Its Pen on Ingres-Paper. 1h i think.
I took my picture off, because i missed the topic.
A portrait i the picture of the head only so...
Ill post one later here.

12 December 2004, 09:18 PM
A quickie. ~15 minutes, Painter/Wacom

12 December 2004, 09:31 PM
here is myself, or well, part of myself

PS + Wacom 22 Minutes... traced my thumb for rough shape...

12 December 2004, 09:40 PM
Well my first post on the daily sketch forum. Took me about a hour in painter using a wacom. Cheers

12 December 2004, 10:43 PM
Hi everybody... :)
here is my attempt for today.

if you like to see the process, here is a GIF (259KB) (

12 December 2004, 10:50 PM
WOW! Some really great work! Goro and Captain - I love that you included a ref pic. I might do that too...but then you would all know that I don't really look that much like Catherine Zeta-Jones! :p

12 December 2004, 11:10 PM
I thought I could give a quick try at this one... 40min, OpenCanvas 1.1

[edit: 30 min more work, this time using references... here ( is the previous version]

This guy looks a bit scary, almost like a boxer... I'm not completely happy with it...
I didn't use ref (just my memory, I see this guy everyday in every mirror), but I've managed to find a photo in a similar pose, so you can judge for yourselves: (I don't usually have a red nose, I swear it was just effect of the sun :D )

here ( is the .wpe, if anyone is interested

good ones today, I specially like augustus'...15min (!?)
It can be interesting to see some faces instead of just avatars... keep posting guys!:)

12 December 2004, 11:26 PM
time was up. can someone tell me why this sucks so much? ref is here:
had no time to finish it, but as far as I can see the proportions are more or less correct. Is it the mouth? What's the trick?

12 December 2004, 11:37 PM
Self portraits
Opencanvas/Wacom/About 2 hours

This is from back in the days when I was a famous astronaut.
Here's the pic ( my lovely girlfriend took as a reference.
And for everyone still reading after that pic, here's the event file (

Goro: Good topic, and a great sketch too. You're quite unstoppable.
Jiasar: That's a great pic. Though not very recognizable, I like the mood.
Edit: Garma: Thats good, but you need some white highlight area's to bring out the skin more. And also add some red tones to the sides of your face. And the glasses need some lighter colors in them instead of being all black. They look like black holes right now.

Overall there are some nice sketches. It's good to see the people behind the sketches.

12 December 2004, 12:29 AM
Woo hoooo! Event files ROCK!!!:scream:

You rule the universe of kickass, Supervlieg.:)

12 December 2004, 01:07 AM
Jiasar: That's a great pic. Though not very recognizable, I like the mood. yeah, you are right Supervlieg, "not very recognizable"... :D
Here is another try... (last one for sure, i'm veryyyy tired :) )

the reference:

and the GIF with the process (

PD: sorry for my english :sad:

12 December 2004, 01:41 AM
30 mins, alias sketch.

12 December 2004, 02:15 AM

Software: Photoshop
Time 3 Buffy episodes and a pizza.

Yay! :) First time I realy make a portrait that I dare to show :)
Referencephoto included.

edit: Ignore the tentacles, scary buffy episode, aliens :p

Edit, Update, thanks for all the pointers and the brusches goro!
I borrowed a copy of CS to try it out, exept from the fact that I had to supress the urge to play a FPS instead of drawing everytime i see the name, I love it! So much more fun than 5.5 (On the laptop) and 6.0 I had before. Now I know what I want for christmas :)

I borrowed your framing Jiasaer, hope you dont mind.

12 December 2004, 02:43 AM
First Post

PS and Wacom -- about an hour
Sorry, no scanner so no photo reference

12 December 2004, 02:43 AM
Photoshop, dunno how long it took though =p

12 December 2004, 03:08 AM
Self Portrait: Robin Aylesworth I don't really look that much like Catherine Zeta-Jones...big deal. HMPH!
This took me about an hour PS/Wacom. It is quite an honor to be on this site with such a bunch of hunky artists...who knew? And Alice, that is a wonderful portait! Garma - I think it does look like your ref pic..except for maybe the jawline - good work!
Used this pic as a reference.

12 December 2004, 03:11 AM
I sketched this awhile back and I was wanting a reason to work on it some more. :-)

I laid my head down on the paper and traced my profile and then did the rest by memory. Sketch-1hr
PS with mouse-45min.
Picture that kind of resembles me-priceless

12 December 2004, 03:29 AM

About 2:30/PS/Wcm

Here's the reference

The lips turned out like I just ate spaggethi or something :shrug:.

Sir Patroclo, professional graphic designer (at last! yay for me!)

12 December 2004, 03:38 AM
Hellu Patroclo! :)
Whats up with the scar?

12 December 2004, 03:58 AM
Hi miss Alice! The scar is from a surgery, to remove some sort of horn I was developing... :argh: I look like the pale brother of hellboy :D !

12 December 2004, 04:00 AM
lol, cool!
Thats such a better story than the typical "knifefight" story :D

12 December 2004, 04:23 AM
my first post here ever!!
(" Please note that members with less than 2 posts are required to have all messages vetted by moderators ...Moderation may take up to 24 hours...", i hope this can make it on time...)

and why is it that when i decide to make my first try at this daily sketch thing it turned out to be one of those (bad hair) days??
(note: i intend to keep this rough black and white sketch as my final, just to illustrate how bad the morning was...)

25min/inkscape (PS for the final blur effect)/mouse, with a reference picture that i don't dare to show...

12 December 2004, 04:25 AM
1hr 10 min painter w/ mouse
reference photo:

12 December 2004, 05:22 AM
20 min Hb...
I tryed to do something after scanning it in photoshop, skin or something but i suck too much for something good. I guess i will stick to the hb.

12 December 2004, 05:25 AM
WOW! Excellent images, everyone. Here's mine. about 1 hour. Pen and paper > scanner > Photoshop and Wacom.

Did it from a mirror, so I can't prove the likeness, but my daughter says it looks like me more than I would care to admit - whatever she meant by that. Does this sketch make me look fat? ;)

12 December 2004, 05:31 AM
Really great work everyone! Very interesting to see all these!

Well suprise suprise, here's my self portrait, heh:
Blue-pencil, scan, Illustrator, Photoshop, ImageReady=3hr

I look more like this (but in my mind's eye I see the above image :) )

(Man Photobucket just sent me a warniing email saying they are going to shut down my account for exceeding 1.5Gs/month. Oh well... LOL Time to get hosted for reals and then spend an hour or two fixing all the dead image tag links here... sigh...)

12 December 2004, 05:32 AM
me but i look young and/so i made my self into an elf. I did it from i mirrior in painter

i was going to paint a portrait but 45 minutes into it i decide I like the line afrt better, so colored it in phtot shop. What you see was done in about 35 minutes.

- octo i love yours !

-edit pic added

12 December 2004, 05:43 AM
Does this sketch make me look fat? ;) OH MAN! Time for a diet boy! ;) ;) ;)

12 December 2004, 06:07 AM
Hey, Here's my first sketch group, Just gettin in to this wacom .. fun!
1hr. Nice Stuff everyone else! Wow Octothreat, patroclo, Alice nice

12 December 2004, 06:16 AM
*LOL* That's what I keep telling myself. I'll do it, I promise. Right after this beautiful peanut butter sandwich. :)

12 December 2004, 06:35 AM
Here's mine. I like looken at these things so much I decided to post something.

45 minutes in photoshop.

-Got, id like to see how you veiw the world someday, lol.

captain chapo
12 December 2004, 06:37 AM
thanks goro! but i'm not sure what i was thinking looked good then, but now it looks my face is melting or something...also the colors are way off...haha, oh well. so i did a cartoon reprise(been listening to a lot of sgt. peppers lately) while planning an emergency trip to the happiest place on earth tomorrow :D i didn't keep track of time.

12 December 2004, 07:21 AM

PS7, bout an hour, no ref. Still playing with different approaches

Nice ones Goro,JeffS,SuperV,LordB,jigsaer,Octo,Alice, skill is thick in here tonight.

kudos all

12 December 2004, 07:32 AM
wanted to give it a try with no ref-

12 December 2004, 07:48 AM
1h25 min / PS CS / Wacom


It was late when i made it... so I had a new run at it this morning... just some more detail and a bit of noise...

The Gunslinger
12 December 2004, 08:16 AM
I did these two throughout the day... all in all, it was probably about 3 hrs of work, which is much longer than it should have been. I couldn't decide which one to post (and essentially they're the same), and I figured no one would mind if I posted two at the same time.
I decided to go with really bright colours because on the first page all the guys were posting dark, brooding portraits (which I liked a lot), which was what I initially wanted to do, but I didn't want to do what everyone else was doing. So effeminate portraits all the way!

^I always wanted to be a communist leader....

I didn't have a reference pic, but if anyone wants me to post one... I could consider it ;)

12 December 2004, 08:44 AM
Well arent we a handsome bunch :)

Here is mine... 2 hours or 2.5 photoshop mouse (EDIT.. WACOM WACOM).. I also included the refence.. man it is hard to draw myself. Id rather draw my avatar or something :argh: :argh:

12 December 2004, 08:45 AM
It's me with meh guitar. Photoshop, Wacom, around 25min.


12 December 2004, 09:05 AM
Sir Patroclo, congratulations for your new job!

Robinayles, you are making really good progress... it's amazing the likeliness in your pic, and also in your grandson's one (Best Friends)...good work, Catherine Zeta Jones! :)

sagi_13, no offense but... I never thought you were a girl! (and a pretty one, I would say) damn avatars, hehehe...
You two are going to take all the level-up awards!

FridayEve... reminds me of James Bond pose holding ...a shoe? hehe it's foot-man speaking

wondefrful job everyone, I don't have time to comment everybody, I'mlateI'mlateI'mlate...

12 December 2004, 09:50 AM
captainchapo- I like it, using one brush here seems to work, for some reason it looks like if it is paint like oils or something.

Goro- As always great work.. You look a lot more serious and dark in your potrait than in the picture. The lightning is great.. as always great work.

Xibala- Nince sketch, I like that you made it one color and I like that choice of color, what is it ? also great light.

augustus-that is dam good for 15 min. I wish I could sketch that fast.

Jarhead- hehehe I like that your little devil is a chubby one :)

elmasfeo - Lol yes your guy does look intimdating... and yes it is hard to tell that I am a girl by my avatar... and the nick sagi does not help much. Thank you for your comments, I do feel I have improved from my earlier sketches. All the great work here just inspired me to keep practing and get better.

Garma- it does not suck. I like it you look suave, if that make any sense at all.. perhaps the glasses are too big they are just two big black slabs, if you gave them more shape I think it would look better.

Supervlieg- Too infinity and beyond... sorry I had to. great sketch as always you produce fantastic work.

jiasaer - I wish I was doing that right now, hmm sleep...
Lord Blue - I like the pose.

Alice - Great similarity to the picture, great.. I love your red highlights.. I have some purple ones.. but they keep fading out.. so my hair ends up looking multicolored.

Jeffsimpson- The boring adventures of Jeffsimpson? Is that a title of something else like animation or something?

robinayles - But you do look like Catherine Zeta Jones. Your sketch is very close to your picture, well done.. you know by looking at your avatar I always pictured a little kid.

Sir Patroclo - Great sketch! I just noticed that your little avatar guy has the same little scar on the forehead, so I take his the caricature version of you right? Muy vacan. (congrats on being a professional graphic desinger! :)

Octothreat - very close to the original picture.. I like how you did the eyes and shadows.
Dimitih - No you dont look fat
GOT! - I didnt notice the tongue sticking out till I was looking at it in more detail and it scared me
Daroita - I like the floating head in the middle of the sky

FridayEve - great job.. but whats with the shoe?
thesuit- Nice lighting, are you looking into a computer screen by any chance?
The Gunslinger- I like ur black and white one. it just puts attention to the lines which are very clean. and well done.
Erikoinen- :) I like that expression on your face as you are jamming away in your guitar.

12 December 2004, 10:01 AM
Photoshop - 3 hrs

12 December 2004, 10:16 AM
Nice portrait guys! :thumbsup:

Hope I can post a pic of me tonight, if not...
I look a bit like Goro, only I shaved off all my hair
(me bald shaolin-monkey-style warrior... I feel more agile with no hair :) )

12 December 2004, 10:41 AM
great entries .. I'm still wondering if there no other way for me to post an image other than having an url with it... :( ... o well,, guess I will have to post a lot more...

12 December 2004, 11:02 AM
a place to show off my beautiful face! haha 1:15 ps/wacom
nice job everyone

12 December 2004, 11:04 AM
Erilaz: Thanks man! :beer:
Jiasaer: Nice comeback. Nice skintones.
Lord Blue: Good one, I think a little more variation in the greytones would make it even more interesting.
Alice: Good Job! The face is really well done. I'm not sure about the light on the right shoulder, its a bit distracting.
Pixelplay: Nice style. You got that burt reynold look going on man. In his younger years offcourse.
JeffSimpson: Good caricature. Hard to see if it looks like you without a ref.
RobinAyles: I think we shall all call you catherina from now on :). Good sketch, maybe a little more shading in the face would give it more depth.
Kelli: Nice soft colors, it needs a bit more variation in the skin colors to bring it out some depth.
Sir Patroclo: Hey, you're alive! Congrats on making it man! Good sketch as well. Really shows how much you look like your avatar.
Octothreat: Good sketch, I like the loose style. Maybe you should cut it off the same way the photo it cut off. It looks like you have a flat head right now.
Hellshad: Good start. Why dont you give it another shot in photoshop.
Dimitih: Nice, it doesnt make you look fat, but maybe a little shadow under your skin would define the neck better.
GOT!: Like two drops of water man :), I just miss the revolving eyes in the real pic.
Ransom: Good start, but it looks a bit unfinished coloring wise.
Daroita: The link doesnt work, but the small pic looks pretty okay.
Captain Chapo: This one reads a lot better.
Gemcap: Thanks, Nice caricature. Hard to judge the likeness without ref.
FridayEve: Great style, I like that paintery look to your images. You have great choice of colors.
Thesuit: NIce one, but a little too blurry imo.
The gunslinger: Nice style. Very andy warhol
Sagi_13: Thanks, and good one! With the mouse?! Holy crap, respect!
Erikoinen: Nice one, needs a little more detailing, but overall pretty good.
Gordonm: Good likeness, but the pink needs a bit more variation.
Edit: Logick: Nice one, though your head seems a bit longer in real life.

Good topic guys, rock on!

The Gunslinger
12 December 2004, 11:11 AM
The gunslinger: Nice style. Very andy warhol
Thanks for noticing. I've been kind of going for the pop art look lately ;)

And Sagi_13, thanks for the comments and I like the black and white one quite a bit, too. I think it's settled, then. When I become the communist leader of my own island, that'll be the portrait I paint on random brick walls :cool:

12 December 2004, 11:11 AM
Sagi_13: Thanks, and good one! With the mouse?! Holy crap, respect!
Good topic guys, rock on!

Thanks but I did it with the wacom and mouse, I forgot to mention the wacom.. it has become my new best friend. I made sure to edit that in... (it would be hard to do with just a mouse, that is how I used to draw but this wacom thing is awesome.)

12 December 2004, 11:42 AM
First post with a wacom so go easy...
PS/wacom about 20 min. (very shaky today)

12 December 2004, 12:08 PM
PS 40mins no ref .. but I found an uggly pic of me..

.. wow first post .. at last :)

12 December 2004, 12:17 PM
Thnx for your comments guys!

Pato is alive! Nice to see you back here! Nice scar! Did you edit you avatar?

So many great sketches here! It was indeed time to choose this topic again Roberto.

Sagi yes I tried to paint my dark side hehehe. Well wanted to create different lighting.
since you have wacom you're improoving fast. The next step is try not to get too blurry
with your brushstrokes and set your opacity to pen pressure. Then you can Mix colors
directly on the canvas a lot better. Here I've made you 3 brushes I use very often.
They're very simple but effective. Try it out

put the file in adobe/photoshop/presets/brushes
Then you can easily import them in the brushes menu

Brushes (

Sup nice wpe you got there! Great work!

Gordonm you look like an actor hehehe. I can imagin you sitting in a dark corner of a bar in a black suit with a cigar as a gangster boss hehehe.

Friday are you from france?

Alice nice sketch! You characters have a lot from you ^-^

Really great sketches guys!

12 December 2004, 12:43 PM
Regarding brusches, I gave the oposite problem of that, everything I do tends to be too polished in the sence that it would be nice with some brushstrokes and a more "painterly" feeling.
I use a rather old version of photoshop tho, dont even know what angle jitter is :p

So many great contributions on this one, gonna take the time and look through the whole thread later.

12 December 2004, 12:52 PM
Goro thanks for the brush set. Nice entries everyone. I am really really trying to get a hang of this. This took me 3 hours in photoshop in between doing some work of course. I don't even know if its recognizable at all. Any help from you guys especially with blending will be appreciated.


12 December 2004, 01:06 PM
your welcome queensoul!

Ok Alice!

These are some custombrushes I made lately maybe you could use those to
get the paiterly look you want to achieve. But you also can get the look with the standart round brush I posted earlier if you use different pressure power and mix the colors using the alt key. It works pretty well. But be carefull not to get too soft with the strokes.
I often paint with a lot of pressure to get rid of the blurry look. I use the opacity jitter
mostly to mix colors. If you use the soft edged brush you can do nice volumetric light
in making the brush huge and just paint a stroke with less pressure. It works pretty well.

Used some angle jitter for my brushes too. Angle jitter means that a rotation jitter of the
brush is added. Doesn't work with a round brush though...cause it's round. But if you
for example use a rectangular brush with angle jitter you will see that the rectangle
rotates randomly.

Wich version do you use. Hope the brushes work!

Goros Brushes (


12 December 2004, 01:07 PM
Queensoul: Thats a good start. You need to vary the colors more to give the skin a less flat look. If you look at the highlights in the picture, you'll see theyre yellow and on top of that white. The forehead and tip of the nose have these the most. If you try to bring that color variation in the sketch itll be closer to the pic.
Also the sides of your face in the picture seem to be of a purple hue. Try to give the edges of your face, and the contours a bit of that color.
And overall I think your head in the sketch should be longer. Good luck!

12 December 2004, 02:12 PM
Okay, quick post 'cause I'm in a rush heading to the car shop to get my #!%& car antenna replaced because I forgot to lower it going into a car wash the other day. AARRGH!

This thread is simply amazing. Stellar work everyone! What a bunch of handsome men and beautiful women we turn out to be, huh? WOW! And to think the cliche image of computer geeks is someone that looks like Dilbert! HA!

Goro - thank you so much for sharing your brushes, I can't wait to paint with them!

Thanks for all the compliments folks! <blushes> Supervlieg, I was going to shade it more, but then I decided I really liked how it looked and sometimes I tend to overwork my I just stopped before I wrecked it! :) ...and Sagi - you picture me as a kid because you see the inner me! :D

Queensoul - you are such a beautiful African Queen! REally nice, but you did draw your face wider and shorter than it is in real life. I'd like to add to Supervlieg's comments by saying that you need more of a darker line showing the edges of your nose and chin/jawline. Look again at your ref pic and see how there is a definate line of shadow there.

gordonm - really good likeness, but you need some white in your eyes unless you have pink eye! :p

too many others to comment right now - super good work everyone!

12 December 2004, 02:29 PM

Some great stuff here everyone! I've not had time recently to join in the fun, but I am definitley gonna do one for this bad boy!!

Catch y'all soon

The Ton

12 December 2004, 02:54 PM
1 hour, painter IX
good work all

12 December 2004, 02:58 PM
Thanks for your help Supervlieg and Robinayles. You are both absolutely right. I'll practice this again and apply your tips.

Goro, once again, I have snagged the gift you meant for Alice :) Thanks.

12 December 2004, 03:01 PM
As a member of the Brisbane chapter of the Green Lantern Corps, I thought it would be good to post a sketch of me in uniform...

painter / 1hr ... where did i put that'll just have to trust me ;)

congrats Sir Pat for going pro...If anyone deserves the position it's you!

12 December 2004, 03:17 PM
Thanks for the comments, and for sharing my joy!. Great works on this thread, lots of different faces and styles.


Sir Patroclo

12 December 2004, 03:28 PM
This is me!


(13 min, PS & WACOM)



12 December 2004, 03:55 PM
I'm starting to think i need to put more time into sketches. Everyone seems to pass at least an hour. I usually just stop after 30 minutes. :D

12 December 2004, 04:25 PM
Goro wow thanks man that is very kind of you to share your brushes like this. :) Not only are you super talented but you are supportive and a real nice guy. Thank you for all the help.

12 December 2004, 04:34 PM
Pheeew... sooo much work, didn`t have time even for a quick sketch let alone
the GSO challenge.So this is it, as you can clearly see it literally screams "realism".
I can get a bit cranky sometimes
Photoshop / Wacom / 30 very angry minutes

12 December 2004, 04:42 PM
I'm starting to think i need to put more time into sketches. Everyone seems to pass at least an hour. I usually just stop after 30 minutes. :D That differs...
Sure, a 2 hour drawing isnt a "quick sketch" I admit that but then its hard to stop once your on the trail of something :)

PS. happy christmas avatars everyone :D

12 December 2004, 05:18 PM
(Man Photobucket just sent me a warniing email saying they are going to shut down my account for exceeding 1.5Gs/month. Oh well... LOL Time to get hosted for reals and then spend an hour or two fixing all the dead image tag links here... sigh...)
I use Photobucket, too. If you send them a one-time $5 or $10 donation they waive the bandwith limit indefinitely. IMO it's worth it.

12 December 2004, 05:32 PM
I use Photobucket, too. If you send them a one-time $5 or $10 donation they waive the bandwith limit indefinitely. IMO it's worth it.Hey there, Soupy...I don't see your handsome mug on here anywhere? Where's your sketch?

Telemaco - that is FUUUUUNY!

This thread turned out lots of sketches...way more than we've had lately. Great job everyone!

Sagi - thank you very much for your compliments on the last 2 threads! And I have to ask...why oh why are you using a mouse with your Wacom? Don't you have a digital pen with that tablet? It really truly rocks! Your self portrait was really good and looks a lot like your ref.
In fact, all of your sketches lately have been really good. Way to go, Chica!

12 December 2004, 05:57 PM
Hey, thanks elmasfeo and sagi_13, my speed even amazed me this time. But I remember a real art-piece made by Taron in eight minutes, that was speed :eek:.

Looks like everyone here have pretty/handsome faces and nice looking ridges :D .

Another one with smiliar pose. This one took about 40 minutes. Corel Photopaint/Wacom.

12 December 2004, 06:01 PM
robin- thanks, I do have a digital pen, that is what I use, but I also use the mouse in some parts of the work because I have been painting with the mouse so long that in some parts it is just easier to do it cause i know how to.... I must say thought that lately I have been using more of the pen and less of the mouse... it just takes a little time to get used to and completely converted.

Goro- I put a note for you on pg 5 in case u didnt see it, thanks again man.

12 December 2004, 06:32 PM
Here I am, not very CG, not at all actually but I'm out of town and away from my lovely Wacom. I dare not try to get down with the mouse/potato.

Oh yea, took about an hour :)

12 December 2004, 07:53 PM
Sagi hehe I saw your note thnx! It's great to see you improoving!

Telemaco jajaja both pics are hilarious your sketch and the ref ;)

Queensoul have fun with the brushes ;)

great work everyone!

12 December 2004, 09:02 PM
Hi everyone,
just couldn't miss this thread. Looking at your works everyday, but dont have the time to sketch.
Regarding my result i should probably do much more :) :shrug:

here it is:
time: about 20mins
sw: PS7.01

thanks for sharing your brushes Goro, but your "personal" set doesnt seem to work with 7.01, the "standard rounds" work great.
good work everyone, guess this whole thread qualifies as sketch of the week (just like the avatar fun back in the day ;) )


12 December 2004, 09:40 PM
hmm that's sad....these are cs brushes though...
sorry for that.


12 December 2004, 10:42 PM
Self Portrait: Robin Aylesworth

Robin, are you smiling for a satellite photo? Where was the camera so that you have to look up? :D Nice portrait, though. I'll try to post mine tonight.

Garma, it's a nice quick portrait, but with the sunglasses wide and missing the bridge it looks like you've got heavy cartoon eyebrows.

12 December 2004, 11:24 PM
Robin, are you smiling for a satellite photo? Where was the camera so that you have to look up? :D Nice portrait, though. I'll try to post mine tonight..
I was smiling at all the little green men on Mars! :p
Actually, my hubby was on a balcony above me standing with my sisters. I kind of liked the unusual angle, so I cropped myself out...and the rest is history! :bounce:

12 December 2004, 11:42 PM

Gordonm you look like an actor hehehe. I can imagin you sitting in a dark corner of a bar in a black suit with a cigar as a gangster boss hehehe.
LOL - yeah - I know - I know. I am beginning to scare even myself ! Its amazing what 40 extra pounds and a perpetual furrowed brow will do.

12 December 2004, 02:37 AM
I worked on this till I really got sick of myself... bleh!
My first serious portrait in Painter and it's ME :eek:

Anyway time: too long , Painerix&Pshop

Here's me in real life:

And now it's time to go catch some zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Great topic :thumbsup: and great to see all faces behind the sketch.

12 December 2004, 02:40 AM
Hey there fellow sketchers!

Told you I'd be back!

Due to the great quality of the work on this thread, I thought I would take a bit of time on this un!

So here's my ugly mug after I have spent a couple of hours demolishing it with Photoshop... What a miserable sod!

(Quite pleased with it as it goes...)

and the ref i used...

12 December 2004, 03:14 AM
Really nice additions to this thread Art2 & TON.

Art2 - you're really do look faster and more agile with your head shaved! HA!
TON - you are too hard on are not ugly and that is a good likeness of you.

12 December 2004, 04:08 AM
Ransom, digital_embryo, gemcap, sagi_13, Thanks!! I'm glad you like it!
Supervlieg: hehe, good advice... maybe I will...

Man, everyone's here is INCREDIBLE! Bravo! And by the looks of things, no one here is ugly

12 December 2004, 04:37 AM

Sorry I'm late. I forgot it was class picture day. :D About 1hr, ps&wacom
Here's a reference pic from my sister's graduation day. My wife's on the left:

For the record, I drew my head too long. It was weird lassoing my forehead and dragging it down to a proper level.

12 December 2004, 04:48 AM
LoL the Ton you look like Hellboy! That's a cool pic hehe.

Art2 I had a completely diffrent picture of you in my head....more like stickman.... ;)

12 December 2004, 05:26 AM
Hey Soupy...good one! I love your bear's Santa Suit also! Who are the lovely ladies in the picture with you? Wife? Sis? Hot Latin Lovers? :buttrock:

12 December 2004, 05:40 AM
Hey Soupy...good one! I love your bear's Santa Suit also! Who are the lovely ladies in the picture with you? Wife? Sis? Hot Latin Lovers? :buttrock:
Um. . . ew! Can't you see the family resemblance? Sis got most of the brains, though. She got her PhD in Literature just this year. But it sooooo much sweeter beating her in trivia games now.

The Gunslinger
12 December 2004, 06:45 AM
Sis got most of the brains, though. She got her PhD in Literature just this year. But it sooooo much sweeter beating her in trivia games now.
Firstly, your self-portrait is pretty good, but I'd suggest adding a bit to the background or cropping it a bit more on the top... too much white space ;)

Also... your sister is very pretty :O And I've heard that Massachussetts has the highest education level and IQs, so the PHd doesn't really surprise me, I suppose. I like Massachussetts...

12 December 2004, 07:09 AM
About 2 hours, started as speed painting in OC, then ps
I plan on finishing up as a final piece, but the guy definitely says a lot of *me* as it is (edited cause the other one was bigger than 800x600, very wide)
Reference used extensively in order to capture the complete and absolute likeness. Haha

12 December 2004, 09:21 AM
way way late but was keen to give it a go anyway :) Must say it's pretty cool finally seeing the faces behind the art!

1:30, pencil sketch using mirror then photoshop & mouse


12 December 2004, 09:44 AM
Hi there, nice one Vitriolic,
just had a look at the old thread:

many new faces, some old have left...
some are there till the beginning, like Goro, Telemaco, Sagi (btw: why is your new portrait the same as in the old thread? did you edir your old, because the new one looked better? :D )

I just realized how much even Goros work got better and better with practise. Its good to see that he wasnt THAT good right from the start (even if his work then is much better than what i produce, but yeah, you know ;) )

12 December 2004, 09:58 AM
Art2 I had a completely diffrent picture of you in my head....more like stickman.... ;) Yeah and you look very different than an ape :p
...more human... :D

Crazyconcepts, what planet you from dude? Your the prettiest here tho :)

12 December 2004, 10:20 AM
Yeah, I liked this topic, hehehe. Thx for the comments :)

12 December 2004, 11:42 AM
I think this thread is one of the best topics ever posted in the DSF... amazing work, I find quite difficult to make portraits that really look like somebody, but you all have made very good work!

It was interesting to see that old thread, tuzz, I didn't know it existed.... I guess sagi's pic is the same because she saved the file with the same name... I'm curious how the old one was

art2, are you planning to use that pic for the GSO? hehehe, it could fit there, with his spacesuit ;)

I've updated mine on page 2, a bit more work, more likeliness and less intimidating look (imo)

12 December 2004, 12:51 PM
Hi again, I know this is late, but am posting it merely to see if there was some improvement from the earlier post. I have tried to utilize some of the suggestions from Supervlieg and Robin, don't know if I did it successfully though. What do you think? Thanks for comments;
Crzyconcepts: How sexy!


12 December 2004, 04:14 PM
Queensoul, its ALOT better, Your so beautiful in the photo and it kinda looks like you are drawing not what you see in the photo but what picture you have in your mind of it.
This is a hard one to explain, but if you think "eye" and then draw it, one would prolly have an image of an eye in their heads. Kinda like the egyptian symbol for eye, and then draw that.
When I draw lips I always tend to pick reddish or pink when I realy should pick a skintone. Simply cause thats the image I have in my mind on lips.

Hope that helps somehow :D

12 December 2004, 05:02 PM
Yeah and you look very different than an ape :p
...more human... :D

Hehe yes I think that's because I shaved my fur. ;)

tuzz thnx man! I really appreciate your kind words!

Crazy concepts your stuff rocks!

queensoul that looks a lot better! And I see that you pick the colors by yourself and not directly from the ref! That's a really important thing. To see the colors not to pick that's great!
I've got a suggestion for the hair You should use a dark color (not black) and use a hard edged brush. Make it a bit bigger and then just block in the hairsilouette first. Without caring about the curls. Just paint until you can't see the background through your hair. Then you can start to add the highlights and curls. And remember not to get too detailed too fast. Just work from low to high detail. hope this helps!

cheers! Goro

12 December 2004, 06:46 PM
Firstly, your self-portrait is pretty good, but I'd suggest adding a bit to the background or cropping it a bit more on the top... too much white space ;)
I almost cropped it, but a voice in my head said, "Try to keep your face near the center of the picture." I agree that the pic could do with some background, but I got lazy and the voice seemed satisfied so I just posted it. Thanks for the crit.

Also... your sister is very pretty :O My wife read this and asked, "What about meee?" :D

Queensoul -- I really like your shading along your hairline and cheekbone. Nice color selection! One crit I'd offer is that your ref picture has a straight, vertical shadow that runs the length of your nose, and a highlight at the tip. As you practice, you might try doing a few drawings in grayscale so you're only focussing on light and shadow. Color has its own set of problems, and I'm only just realizing how little I know about it. Nice work, though.

This has been such a great thread. It feels like a Daily Sketch Holiday Party and I'm finally getting to see you all for the first time.

12 December 2004, 06:47 PM
Queensoul - yes, that is a lot better...beautiful! I would only suggest that you could still deepen the shadows...don't be afraid of the shadows, they are your friend! :) Especially alongside your nose and chin...its almost like drawing a very dark line..then just slightly
blend it in. But it def. looks more like your ref. pic now. Really good work!

Vitriolic - really nice sketch...but I think I like you better smiling like in "My imaginary friend" because that was yourself you drew in that one too, right?

Its fun to go back to the last time this topic was posted. Thanks for the link, tuzz. I love ilikesoup's sketch of himself at work, good one! And I thought that 1) Sir P's scar was recent, but looks like he had it back in June as well -and- 2) Kirt would be more of a chubby, little round-faced guy like his Avatar! Really fun seeing the real people! I have to say that we are all a pretty good looking group! :bounce:

12 December 2004, 07:20 PM
Thank you very much for your help everyone. I will keep practising indeed. Yep I am definitely going to keep practising and practising. :) You guys are the very best.

12 December 2004, 07:42 PM

bit late

did it today

first time i have sketched with a mechanical pencil, its amazing the detail you can get, the whole pic is 3 inches or less XD

done in a mirror, so no ref pic for you

12 December 2004, 10:31 PM
I like that one El-rodente!

12 December 2004, 11:17 PM
The Ton...I assumed you were ugly...but you have surpassed all expectations.

Well done.

12 December 2004, 11:47 PM
thanks tuzz

12 December 2004, 12:11 AM
LoL the Ton you look like Hellboy! That's a cool pic hehe.

Great! Thanks Goro! Just to think I look that cool is a great compliment! Cheers!

The Ton...I assumed you were ugly...but you have surpassed all expectations.

MVP you just wish you were this handsome eh? Don't worry mate, they can do wonders with plastic surgery these days... :)

Hey Ilikesoup, is your sister single? :drool:

12 December 2004, 01:06 AM
Ton I thought you and MVP were buddies. But then again, that's the way buddies treat eachother :D

Where's your selfportrait MVP? (or did I miss it?)

Ton man, judging by the photo's of you and Soup's sister, is that she's taller than you :)
But maybe you don't mind, eh?

12 December 2004, 01:07 AM
A few last thoughts:

The Ton -- No, and you can't have her. I don't know how I'd explain having a T-Rex for a brother in law. :D

Robin -- It was a good thing that you cropped YOUR sisters out of your reference pic before posting. Now look what I've gotten myself into.

Kelli -- Good to see you posting again, and I see the family resemblance to your mom.

Sir Patroclo -- Congrats on your new position. If memory serves you were also pursuing a doctorate, weren't you? How's that going, or is that what you meant?

Lots of new faces in this thread. Hope you can stick around awhile! Also, I'm liking the holiday avatars that keep popping up.

12 December 2004, 03:03 AM
A few last thoughts:

Robin -- It was a good thing that you cropped YOUR sisters out of your reference pic before posting. Now look what I've gotten myself into.

Kelli -- Good to see you posting again, and I see the family resemblance to your mom.
.You are sooo right - I'm really glad I didn't include them...but I do have a step-sister that's single. Maybe I should post her pic? :)

Ok, I know this isn't fair because you have no way of really knowing...Kelli is actually my step-daughter and she looks nothing like me. She does have a small resemblance to her biological mom - but Kelli is really beautiful, and thankfully did not get my genetics. I do, however, have to claim responsibility for her warped sense of humor and smartass attitude! :buttrock:

Here's a pic of her from her wedding so that you get some idea of her beauty.
(click thumbnail for large pic.) ( that's her handsome hubby, Kevin.

The Gunslinger
12 December 2004, 03:19 AM
My wife read this and asked, "What about meee?" :D

Wow. Perhaps I should take my "Lenin-esque" style painting and put "OWNED" really big across the bottom :p

There are certain reasons why I don't comment on the looks of a certain person's wife :) Not generally because of how good they do or do not look, but more so because no matter how you answer it, sometimes you just... don't get it right and end up offending someone;) I almost didn't say anything at all, but I figured that saying something about your sister was fair game so long as I didn't cross any lines. Plus she's gorgeous :O :p :D

12 December 2004, 04:16 AM
I actually read along and make little doodles at my desk fairly often. Just none of them I think are up to the calibur to post on here. I more use them to practice my own techniques. :-)

Sorry... guess neither of us said anything about that. Robin is my step-mom, but she raised me and my brother with my dad. And anything smartass that I say you can directly link it to her!:bounce:

(BTW - That's a horrible picture of me. You should have posted the other one you took that's my fav. from the wedding! Think it was better than the ones the photographer took - and those were great!)

12 December 2004, 06:48 AM
how are you all doing? seems like Roberto had the best idea to do a self-portrait revival, it's fun to know more about the real people behind the avatars.

Robin, I've had the forehead scar since at least 5 years now, the one on the cheek is the most recent, two years I guess. All the Patroclos so far are marked too... I have the feeling that we gentlemen on the sketch group will begin pasting our heads on top of that of your daughter's husband and using that photo as a wallpaper.:D

Ilikesoup, (what soup do you like?), I don't have a new position, I don't even have a formal job yet, just finished college, so now I have a degree on graphic design. Probably what you remember were comments about finishing my thesis (wich ended up as a long essay).


Sir Patroclo

12 December 2004, 07:06 AM
sorry for my slow reply- a 66 hour work week just about killed me.

goro- not from france-(but my blood is a mix of Welch and Danish) - i live in the western US

sagi_13 - i have a passion for shoes. you can check out my collection at

this has been a great thread.
good work all

The Gunslinger
12 December 2004, 07:11 AM
I can't view your web page at all. I haven't been able to view your sketches for more than a week. Any ideas? I was able to see them before... :(

This is greatly upsetting to me :(

Edit: just noticed that it didn't say "FridayEve" up there :sad:

12 December 2004, 08:06 AM
FridayEve, I liked your webpage!, hehehe.

All those shoes are yours? How much miles do you run a day???


(of fourse, very good drawings there)


captain chapo
12 December 2004, 08:52 AM
oh my this topic is out of hand. seeing all you is strange....i never thought sagi was a woman...pleasent suprise tho! and everyone else...oh my! maybe i'll get some time to sketch later this's finals week :( but yeh fantastic work everyone!!! <whoa i just found out there is a exclamation mark limit per a row...haha!

goro - can't wait to use the brushes, thanks!

i better get on my christmas avatar!

12 December 2004, 05:36 PM
Ilikesoup, (what soup do you like?)
Well, I tried an excellent Portuguese soup last night at a church fundraiser. Tomato, onion, linguica. . . :)
Anyway, I was told as a boy that being an artist is a difficult way to support yourself and that you'd better like soup (or Ramen noodles or any other inexpensive food). So to me Ilikesoup = I'm cool with being an artist, although I've got a 9 to 5 job that pays the bills and I draw at night and on weekends as time allows. Anyway, great to see you back and congratulations.

FridayEve -- On MTV Cribs, first you show the shoes (where do you put them all?) and then you show your director's cut DVD of Scarface. It's the rules. :D

Robin & Kelli -- Sorry for the case of mistooken identity. :blush: Um, they say that when you live with a person long enough you start to look like them. . . nevermind.

12 December 2004, 06:44 PM
Ilikesoup - its ok, no prob. and very easy to understand. Kelli and I are close and often leave out the "step" when referring to each other. Then later when people find out, they are very confused. But she is a fair skinned redhead and I'm dark haired and olive skinned. Her brother is also a fair redhead, their dad is dark haired and med skinned. We used to get really funny looks when the kids were these 2 dark haired people were with 2 lilly-white redheads! HA! Very fun! I love it!

Sir P - thanks for the scar updates. I gotta say (and it goes back to a remark made by Alice) makes one start to wonder just how many knife fights you might have been in!? :p As for using Kelli's pic with your faces pasted over the hubby...well, I guess that is between you and your computer because we would never know. Its funny how she thinks that is a bad picture of her....I told you she was gorgeous! Maybe I'll paste (or sketch) another photo of her that she thinks is a good pic.

12 December 2004, 08:25 PM
Woohoo ,got time to do some sketches tonight. Great stuff as always folks.

Never done a self portrait before, and this looks nothing like me ,but what the hell. :)

12 December 2004, 09:22 PM
unbelievable that this one got to page 9 already. unbelievable and pretty cool too.

thanks for the comments folks, esp. Sagi and Supervlieg!

12 December 2004, 02:15 AM
hello everyone. i know this is extremely late, but i've been buisy and i wanted to participare in this one.

great work everyone. it is weird to see what you all look like

ps 35 min.

12 December 2004, 05:14 AM
...2Hrs from Sketch to final, Adobe Illustrator/Wacom
To everyone, great job. Is nice to put a face to the artwork and avatar.

12 December 2004, 06:57 AM
1 hour ps

12 December 2004, 09:31 AM
Gordonm: Good likeness, but the pink needs a bit more variation.
Good topic guys, rock on!Your absolutely right about the colour. The image is weak - needs much more edge.

12 December 2004, 10:01 AM
thanks for the comments folks, esp. Sagi and Supervlieg!
No problem :beer:

Your absolutely right about the colour. The image is weak - needs much more edge.I wouldnt call it weak. I just needs some color variation.

Great thread guys! Keep em coming!

12 December 2004, 02:36 PM

Well, a mild resemblance :)
25 minutes, Painter 8 + PS + Wacom.


12 December 2004, 07:43 PM
I really wanted to be able to do something like that for that thread, but guess what? :( Dad's computer just got fried up (yes.. smoke was there too)... and the internet network got reseted too so everything's messed up.

:( I don't think you will be able to c me for a while... but... hey I'll post something in here as soon as I can. :)

Oh btw.. I'm at the school's compupter if you're wondering how I'm online. :P

Great portraits everyone! :D

FridayEve, you're talented! I'm just curious about which brushes you used for that? I used to use oil... but then now I just switched to oil pastels.. way nicer and faster in my opinion. *shrugs* Keep it up! :D

12 December 2004, 06:50 AM
Ive been wanting to post on these for a long time.:D

40 min paint job, and 15 min drawing.

12 December 2004, 11:37 AM
hi friends!

WOW! this thread is really amazing!!! i've been away for a while and was just taking a look at the good old daily sketch group... and i have to say, it's completely overwhelming! the level here has obviosly increased a lot.
it's very nice to see the portraits of all those great artists... cool!
i hope that i'll soon be able to do my daily sketches again...:)

best wishes
yours Salamander

12 December 2004, 02:20 PM
took me about 1 hour and a half to finish it up
I used coral painter 7

12 December 2004, 08:52 AM
1 h, pencil & paper, wacom, photoshop and painter

... in know it's late...:)

with kind regards

12 December 2004, 12:06 PM
this is my first post in sketch of the week.
i did this sketch in photoshop 7. it took me 45 mins from start to end......
no paper sketch was used i just started with bold brush on black canvas... and after 45 mins.. what u see here.... thanx..

12 December 2004, 04:37 PM
Umm.. It looks good, but you shouldn't make your own thread for your sketches. At least that's how I see it. You should post to the threads that RobertoOrtiz has started and has the topic of what you've been sketching on.

12 December 2004, 04:46 PM
Problem fixed.

Great sketch vindow!
You have to post more often.


12 December 2004, 06:41 PM
Wow it has been awhile since i've visited...a terribly long while. Been too busy and distracted to participate unfortunately. Sure miss it!
I was browsing through some of the compiled Sketch of the Week threads and the quality has definitely gone way up. Don't know if what i do can even be classified as a sketch compared to most of what's posted in hereabouts nowadays! Anyway, I came across this one and thought since I had a quick one done for my website a month or so back, I'd post it here. Yes I know it's really late and all. And the 'winner' for this topic is rightfully deserved. Awesome work as usual. In fact FridayEve should be banned from participating! He keeps beating everybody all the time! J/k :) <edit: Seems Goro and Vitriolic are right up there as well just to name a few others. No offence to them. Really goes to show how out of touch I am!>

Approximately 10 min pencil sketch. Used a mirror for basic reference.

I'll try to visit more often. Maybe even participate again soon. Hopefully...

12 December 2004, 07:41 PM
Some really great late additions! WOW, salamander, I didn't picture you like that at all. Not sure what I thought you looked like, but didn't realize you're handsome enough to be an actor. You're the actor they hire to play the part of an artist, right?

Nice one too there, Mahir...welcome back. Hope to see you more around here.

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