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12 December 2005, 05:23 PM
Today i decided to buy me a tablet. I bought a very cheap piece a Genius Wizard Pen only A5, because i want to know if i need a tablet.iŽam planing to buy a wacom later if i have enough money(poor student) :-).

Here are my first expiriences with digital painting. The last time i draw (analog) is 15 years away :-(.

I think in future there will be more Pics and it would be a good idea to post all pics in one post. The newest ever on top.









12 December 2005, 07:05 PM
another one:

12 December 2005, 08:00 PM
In all honesty, it needs a lot of work.

My first question is, why are you using a tablet for this? Tablets are nice, but for sketching it's costlier and no more effective than a simple pen or pencil and some paper. Not only will it save you a lot of money, but you get more practice controlling your tools with traditional mediums instead of jumping straight into digital.

Are you drawing from reference or from your head? If you're not drawing from a reference, I'd really suggest going back and drawing from references for a while. I'm seeing a lot of mistakes and misconceptions that need to be fixed and memorized before trying.

Proportion is the main problem I see here. In the first image the eyes are much too large and sit too high, the nose is too long and too low on the face, along with many smaller problems

Why are all these faces in a full frontal view? There's not too much to learn about portraiture beyond general proportion when you only draw faces facing directly at you. It flattens out the face robbing the image of many beautiful plane changes that it would have if it's in perspective. I'd suggest drawing faces in perspective, some variation on the 3/4ths view.

Speaking of forms, where is the underlying structure to these portraits? Make sure you start by drawing in the underlying 3D shapes to the head. Without these forms the face flattens out, especially with the viewpoint. Start with a circle, oval, or rounded rectangle depending on your viewpoint and head shape, then add the classic rounded wedge shape at the bottom.

Do a search and look for head references and tutorials, or check out some art books. Many will have the basic head proportions in them in some form, it's easy to remember once you get it down. Also make sure to look at how professional artists construct the head out of simple shapes, this'll help you get a more 3D look into your work.

12 December 2005, 03:20 PM
thx for your tips.

I used a tablet, because its more to paint digital for me.

The First picture, was drawn only by mind.

The second and 3rd with a reference. I chose to draw some refernce picture with frontal view. To get the right proportions. I want to learn something for modeling. After that i will draw some refernce pics with perspektiv views and afterwards i will draw only by mind.

My main target is to get the feeling for the right proportions to improve my skills in 3d modeling.
The 2nd is to learn digital drawing.


12 December 2005, 03:32 PM

I recommend this tutorial ( starters

12 December 2005, 02:21 AM
This drawing was the first try of an eye:

And this was the 2nd try:
But its not ready yet.

12 December 2005, 11:51 PM
i started painting some heads to learn drawing and get the feeling for the proportions. I think this is very useful for learning modeling heads in 3d, which is most difficult in modeling.

03 March 2006, 05:21 PM
a fresh try:

03 March 2006, 01:05 PM
A new one: Need some test in painting the hair.

03 March 2006, 03:07 PM
The hair is very difficult, i need some good tutorials please.
I think the face is not bad.

03 March 2006, 05:52 PM
I can really see the progress between the 1st and the last sketch. Bob Kato's head drawing gnomon dvd is really nice for tis kind of stuff.

03 March 2006, 07:54 PM
Thank you i think i will watch this DVD.

03 March 2006, 09:18 PM
You are definately improving, keep at it and maybe spend some time studying some anatomy, the forum here for that is awesome, definately have a look round.

03 March 2006, 04:48 PM
This is my first try in colorizing a picture, but this makes really fun. Unfortunatelly the hair is extreme complicated

03 March 2006, 09:35 AM
In my 2nd Picture I tried to vlock everything out roughly and then to smooth/blend the colors.

07 July 2006, 01:38 AM
A fresh drawing WIP:

08 August 2006, 02:17 PM
Here ist the old final Image: The Top, will be detailled sometimes later....

08 August 2006, 02:20 PM
Before i finish the work above this picture have to be drawn. I girlfriend aksed me to draw her:

12 December 2006, 11:48 PM
A new one. A selfportrait of mine.

12 December 2006, 11:58 PM
A new one. A selfportrait of mine.

12 December 2006, 04:43 AM
Ok, im no pro or anything, but I'll try help you.
For the hair, I suggest not painting individual strands, even with a speckled brush, that is not the way to go. First you have to block in the basic shapes. Hair dosn't fall in strands, it falls in chunks. Try just using a round hard brush and by changing the opacity and size get the basic shapes. If you cant see shapes in a photo, put the contrast way up and and the brightness way down, then you can see the dark and light places easy. Gradually decrease the size of your brush to go as 'painterly' or as realistic as you want.
Thats just how I go about hair and it seems to work for me.
(if anyone else reads this and dosn't agree or thinks its bad advice feel free to say!)

12 December 2006, 11:31 AM
Yep, I agree. Start by picking a midtone, and paint the entire body of the hair, then look for the major shaping of how the hair falls, and the lighest and darkest tones. Then start painting in the masses and one once everything is in place, add detail.

Also, no offence meant but the faces look almost "plastic" ish, try go for a little more tone varietation instead of just a few close tones. Whats normally a good idea is to try and figure out a plan for lighting and shading first before you go anywhere near color. Otherwhise you can land up having a too "bland" painting

Anyways, nice work so far!

EDIT - Forgot to post this last time : The eyelashes... They are to thin, eye lashes taper, they start out closer and then taper to a narrow hair near the end normally. So near the eye, it is often more of a general darkening with hairs emerging. Dono, maybe look at a few refs etc. Im sure they could help! - BTW, spot elisha cuthbert!!! I remeber the pose and fur thing from a pic I saw a while back.

12 December 2007, 02:46 AM
Thx for your advice.

I started a fresh one, another portrait of friend of mine.

At next i will try this time to get the hair better...

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