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12-10-2005, 08:57 PM

Since it's a new habit to open a personal anatomy thread... here's mine.

Let's start with a few copies - almost the only ones I've ever done -, made 10 year ago while attempting for my school. These are pastels, copies of Man Ray's portraits, and one is the famous "kiss" by Auguste Rodin.





12-10-2005, 09:02 PM

Sweet! :bounce:Can't wait to see this thread develop ~ great to see you back on the forum! :)

These are beautiful pieces, btw. :thumbsup:



12-12-2005, 08:51 AM
Hi Rebecca,

hope you're doing fine.

Here's my participations of OFDW 2 & 4




12-12-2005, 09:04 AM

gimme more :bounce:


12-12-2005, 03:29 PM
Great to see you have your own thread...:thumbsup:
Your work has always inspired me, and challanged me to do better with my own.
Your character with the pipe and staff, showed me just how far digital art could be taken
to creat realism with rendering in paint, color, and texture. It was one of the first paintings
I saw, when I fist started doing digital, and is still one of my favorites. I still remember the
first comment I got on my dragons face, it was from you..went something like,... ....interesting..
Made me smile,, and also gave me hope, and a will to continue, seeing how it was from
someone with such great talent, and from someone who's work I REALLY ADMIRE...
Anyway, I just wanted to say THANKS...
Your thread looks great so far, and I am looking forward to seeing more, as you add to it.
I also have my own thread here now, thanks to Rebecca, a great person, and teacher.
Take a look at it, when you get some time, and if you feel like it, let me know what you
think. I really value your opinion, and take your advice seriously.
Take Care

12-17-2005, 04:02 PM

Twifler: hey, here's more !

Spirit dreamer : wow, thanks ;) I'll take a look at your thread, though I know you've made some real good anatomy studies.

By the way, here's some picture from the book of african tale I previously talk about on some other occasion. I found an editor for it - and a good one -, so it's gonna be my first book to be released, and I hope it won't be the last...
Because it has to be done in a short time, I've been very busy, but now it's near the end. It will be released in march 2006, so here's some abandoned pictures for those who don't know it already.
Hope you'll enjoy





12-17-2005, 04:07 PM

Such beautiful work ~ I really love your unique style. :) Congratulations on the book!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:I, for one, will be wanting a signed copy. :wise: :thumbsup: :D

Great stuff...what did you mean by abandoned work? o_O

Cheers, :)


12-17-2005, 04:26 PM
Hi Rebekka, the "forum's soul",

These pictures were left behind because they were disturbing the global rythm of the narration.
When I first presented them the project, I've done some illustrations to show them my style, but it was only after they said "yes", that I had the possibility to work with one of their graphist... Graphism is a real job by itself : working with a professional taught me A LOT about how a children book is made.

12-17-2005, 04:34 PM
Thanks, Arctis. :) Your style certainly lends itself to children's books perfectly ~ your work is rare in it's richness and in it's ability to capture the imagination. Best of luck with the publication, and my hope is that it becomes a series!! :)



12-17-2005, 04:37 PM
Thanks Rebecca, you made my day. :)
May the Gods of publication hear you about the serie :bounce:



12-17-2005, 04:46 PM
LOL...:D...indeed!! I suggest appeasing the publications gods with the hint of lots of CGTalkers being potentially interested in the book. ;) Let me know when it's out! :bounce:

Cheers, :)


12-17-2005, 07:39 PM
Hi Arctis....
GREAT NEWS...Your book...:thumbsup: And let me be #2, to ask you for a signed copy,... Seriously...
I would really treasure it. Let me know the details about shipping and expense ect. when
It's ready.
Too bad that second painting you have posted above didn't get in your book, really nice
composition, lighting, and mood in that one. The other ones are also nice too, but that one is
my favorite of the four.
Thanks also for checking out my thread, and your valued opinion...Funny...Rebecca has
been telling me the same thing, about useing too many special effects for months now.
Gradually weaning myself off of them...hard habit to break...:)
Anyway congratulations on your book again, and I hope it sells like crazy...:bounce:
Take Care

03-01-2006, 09:37 PM
If you haven't already, you should totally join the Challenge!


Cheers, :)


05-31-2006, 07:57 AM
Hi all !

Been a while since last time and the forum has grown a lot ... I'm quite impressed by what's posted here.

I've restarting life drawing, though I've never been interested in it before, but watching at great studies and passionated people is a strong motivation. :)

Please, help me to progress by giving me advices on my little drawings.

here's a first load, made at the Louvre. I tried here a new technique, with bolder blacks (the clearer drawing was made earlier than the others, I post it for comparison.)





05-31-2006, 08:04 AM
Arctis! Beautiful work there. I am subscribing. Congratulations on the book! Its a dream of mine.

05-31-2006, 08:08 AM

It's wonderful to see your new work ~ there's always been something special about your stuff, and I'm not sure what to offer you except encouragement to continue with these studies ~ I like both the fine, linear and the more emotional approach you are taking to the charcoal pieces. Really there is something resonant about your work that is distinct from everyone else's. I hope to see more of your updates. :)



05-31-2006, 10:12 AM
Hi ....Arctis ...GREAT to see you back...:thumbsup:
Those are some really beautiful drawings // renderings ..were they done from sculptures or
paintings, or both, just curious....bottom one is my favorite so far....I like the shadeing around the figure, and the slightly cream colored paper.....creates a nice atmosphere...easier on the eye, ..also like the edges of the forms, where they meet the different values in the background....NNIIICCCCCEEEEEE...:)

05-31-2006, 03:10 PM
Some of the most amazing work in this forum, IMHO. :thumbsup:

06-01-2006, 10:30 AM

-Queensoul : thanks. The book is in stores now. :)
-Spiritdreamer & DigitalSol : Thank you alot ! It's done from sculpture.
-Rebeccak : Thank you. About the "resonnant" thing you're talking about, It's an interesting remark and others people, with very different personnalities, did it too. It remains a mystery to me, because the only thing I feel while drawing is struggling to get closer to the american standards in illustration... which are quite high compared to France IMO.
Anyway resonnance and emotion are what 's the most important in visual art to me.

Here's a -very- little batch of studies made at the evolution gallery (sculptures of animals)



06-01-2006, 10:57 AM
Hiya! Very nice work indeed! You have a nice quality to your sketches. Very nice paintings to. I look forward to seeing more :)

07-01-2006, 07:56 AM

enialadam : thanks for your comment !

Here's a piece I made for a french contest on fairy tales : the frog queen.
The story is about a magician woman who all day lived as a frog, but at night used to recover her normal appearance and to do many exploits while the prince who found her was asleep.

Remarks are very welcome.

I will participate to the "50 Heads" workshop too, I think.


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07-01-2006, 01:04 PM

Don't even want to crit it....but if I did, LOL....it might be that area where her foot meets his hand...might need a little shadow there to creat distance between shapes...my eye keeps
being drawn to that spot, ....I like the way my eye travels from the arrow ...to the cloth, then
to the man...GREAT COMPOSITION...and PAINTING.....:thumbsup: :applause:


07-01-2006, 06:23 PM
Hi spirit, thanks for your comment and interesting remark. (though it doesn't disturb me that much)

Here's a try for the head workshop. Crit it please, to give me a chance to get any better


07-01-2006, 06:28 PM

Great to see you back on the forum. :) Nice to see your new work, are you finished with this piece? It has a much different feel from your other work. :)

One thing I wanted to request was that you replace the missing images from the first posts of your threads. I really loved these images, I am happy to host them for you if you need space. Really miss those pieces, unfortunately I didn't get the chance to save them before they went missing. :)

Fantastic to see you in the 50 Portraits thread! Really looking forward to seeing what you will do with this.



07-01-2006, 06:38 PM
Ahem... yes i'm done with that pict. :)

Obviously there's a lot to say about it... so go ahead.

07-01-2006, 06:48 PM
What media did you use for the last piece? Look gorgeous!!

07-01-2006, 06:53 PM

A few crits, since you asked. :) I'm not finding the female character nearly as convincing or as interesting as the male figure, which has more of your hallmark look to it in the brownish tones and the non~rendered attention to detail. I think she looks a little too predictable, and the anatomy seems like a second pass rather than a completed figure. I think the curtains might be made more interesting with more detail and less similar forms. In truth I think the brighter colors aren't as interesting as your more sepia toned pieces. Perhaps adding more of a range of tints and shades of purple, giving her and the background a broader tonal range, would make the figure as compelling as her male counterpart. Since the male is the more rendered figure, he seems more important, though the story of the piece is about the female character. I hope this helps and doesn't sound too nitpicky. :)



07-01-2006, 08:19 PM
aaaahh, at last something to talk about. :)

I agree about the curtains, it's definitely the weak part.

What disturbed me is that I felt the woman was the strongest part of the painting, especially her back and her head !!! If you think it looks like a second pass, I'm doubting about my ability to recognize what's correct or not in my drawing... which is scary for an artist.

About the tones, it's certainly lacking colors, looks a bit like if the sun had passed some colors away.

I didn't think that piece was weaker than my previous ones, all my body of illustrated work need crits, since I sincerely have difficulties to evaluate its worth in a professionnal context.

Your help is very apreciated. :)


07-01-2006, 08:26 PM

Were you using reference for the female? You might try checking out Hong's site, www.characterdesigns.com (http://www.characterdesigns.com) > Photosets to see if there is any appropriate reference there. Here's a really great reference of an interesting back (http://www.characterdesigns.com/bandaid/content/photosets/679/737/figure_000_0050.JPG). I think the problem with the girl's back in the painting is that it seems too simple and tubelike, along with the arm. The problem with painting a pretty girl is that often the features are kind of boring and smooth. You want to add some interest to the back, deeper shadows and more of a sense of rounded form.

Also, the head seems unconvincingly attached to the neck, it might help to double check this area by drawing the neck beneath the hair on a new layer. I think the lighting scheme is a bit unresolved ~ you might try checking this in grayscale to see what it looks like that way. I think more intricate curtains would add a lot to the composition. Giving them a more chiarascurro effect might be really interesting, and giving them a definite sense of type of fabric, such as silk or something like taffeta / velvet.

Cheers, :)


07-01-2006, 09:06 PM
Thanks, you show me I have to be more rigorous on the anatomy.
I'll do my best to improve that :)


07-02-2006, 06:01 PM
Ah, you're more than welcome. Always a pleasure to see your work. :)



07-03-2006, 06:11 PM

Here's N.46.
The eyes are crap, I realized that when flipping the scan under PS.
Next time I'll work with a little mirror, it may be very useful.


07-03-2006, 10:10 PM
A little quick try on Painter


07-04-2006, 09:07 AM

I definitely feel that the last piece would be stronger with a gray layer thrown over top, and a few select highlights brought out ~ the white as a highlight and background color undercuts the logic of the value system you want to set up in your image. I think you might profitably work over your traditional piece digitally ~ I think you might get some really interesting results, especially given your knack for experimentation. :)



07-04-2006, 10:04 AM
Interesting remarks about the 2 nd, I'll do that next time. Though I don't like Painter ergonomy, this way to paint with oils only without sketch deserves to be explored :)

About the first, I've left away traditionnal tools for too long, so my goal is to master a new media, even if the result may be predictible. (this is not for me, since I've almost haven't done academical studies.)
In a way, digital tools are difficult because they are mercyless : what you get what you painted, no more. On traditionnal, you can have pleasing surprise, like if the drawing has become alive.
On the other hand, digital tools are perfect to correct a drawing BUT now I want to make a correct drawing immediatly. Why ? When I started illustration, my CG picture used to contain 10 layers of painting + 10 layers of heavy adjustment ; now they're more like 7 layers of painting + 3 of light adjustment. closer to a real painter.
So here I am to work like a beginner to learn to draw traditionnaly :)

Here's a little ink done on holidays : I like its mystery, the ink work itself.


And a page of experimentation on ink again, a variation about my personnal aliens


07-04-2006, 03:40 PM

It's funny to hear your thoughts on digital vs. traditional, I feel much the same way. :) Certainly there is less emotional investment in a digital work, there is something to be said for the mind / heart / hand connection of traditional that you just don't get when working digitally. For me as well as I think for many people who work in both media, traditional is about the process and digital about the result. On the few traditional / ballpoint pen sketches I've done recently (the first traditional stuff I've done in ages) I found myself thinking more deeply and even breathing differently! Lol, it's true. :) I do think that traditional work is like a walk, and digital like a run.

Personally what I like about your digital work overall is that it retains some of that hand crafted feel. I don't think your intention is to make it overslick, which is why I think people respond to it. For me I have a much more visceral reaction to traditional work generally than digital. It's funny because I can now understand why some people who started traditionally and went digital wish to go back to traditional. There are certainly pros and cons to each. :)

Definitely liking your landscape. I've not used ink in ages and it's got a great look.

Cheers, :)


07-06-2006, 06:26 AM
Arctis- your holiday inks are beautiful! I also really like your charcoal head studies.

I completely agree with you and rebeccak about the difference between digital and traditional. When I work with traditional I get lost in the process. It's very therapeutic. I love doing the digital too, but I don't get lost. I know exactly where I am and I pull back and look at the progress more thinking about the final result.

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