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01-03-2006, 09:49 PM

Well I decided to start an anatomy thread so that I could improve my drawing skills and have a great portfolio for acceptance into college. I'm currently a junior and please feel free to critique my work!:) Im also gona try to improve my skills with a tablet so look out for that, I might even add a few 3d things here!:scream:
Ok here I go!






01-03-2006, 09:51 PM
I recently found an old sketchbook from my pre teen days sooo..just for kicks..
Hows my anatomy?:D

01-03-2006, 09:58 PM

Great to see your new Anatomy Thread, and will definitely take a closer look at your images at home...looking forward to seeing your progress! :)

Cheers, :)


01-04-2006, 01:04 AM
Okay, now I've gotten a chance to really look at your images.

Firstly, on the first set, great work so far! I quite like the first piece in particular ~ the line and tone sensitivity is something you should strive for in all of your pieces. :)

The problem you are having is in creating heads that are far too small for the figures. I would work on a few master copies, as then you will have some definite Reference against which to compare your work.

I really recommend this book:

"Anatomy Lessons From The Great Masters" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823002810/002-3325844-7329607?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance), by Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle - Watson Guptill, publisher

There are tons of great Master Drawings in that book ~ check out Erich / El Chief's Anatomy Thread, (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=297560) he is doing some terrific copies from it. :)

Looking forward to seeing more work!

Cheers, :)


01-04-2006, 01:22 AM
Ok! Great thanks a lot! I will definitly work on making the heads bigger!:scream: I def knew the head was small on 3rd piece but I though it just made him look buff.:D

01-04-2006, 01:23 AM
Hehe, definitely buff, but far too much. :D It's a common mistake, I tease Mike (default.rol) about it all the time! :D

Cheers, :)


01-04-2006, 03:01 AM
getting used to the tablet....

01-04-2006, 12:08 PM

Oh, I definitely like that last one a lot! The atmospheric painting is of course really appealing to me...I would suggest finding a good source of black and white imagery, and perhaps practicing from that. Black and white photos are great of course for helping you / training your eye to see values.

Try finishing the face on this one if you can, beyond just the block~in.

Nice work! :)



01-04-2006, 05:03 PM
Ok heres my attempt for the face
I think im gona go review Nebezial's digital painting tutorials.:D

01-04-2006, 05:43 PM
Very cool! :) Looks a bit like Mike Tyson. :D

Cheers, :)


01-04-2006, 07:30 PM
hehe thanks!:)
working with Nebezial's blender tool

01-04-2006, 08:43 PM
Very cool! I would say to go in and do a bit more straight painting / touch~up work. Try not to rely completely on effects, though this is a really good one. :) Really emphasize lights and darks, especially where they meet in crisp or soft edges.

Great progress! :)



01-05-2006, 06:03 PM
Ok update!:scream: The veins dont look quite right though.

01-05-2006, 06:16 PM
Wow! Super nice! :thumbsup: The only thing I would say would be to try to get the features of the face to 'wrap around' the mass of the head ~ think of the head as a cylinder that is facing down and turned slightly away from the viewer (us) ~ the features of the face, eg, the brow, eyes, nose, lips, chin, ears, etc., will wrap around / follow that cylinder in perspective.

Great work! It's very nice to see your progress! :)



01-05-2006, 06:17 PM
Thanks!:scream: I see what you mean, the nose and chin in particular look way too flat.

01-05-2006, 06:19 PM
Hey, yeah, just a bit of shading would really help there! :)



01-06-2006, 02:22 AM
Woah, you have some really nice stuff for being a junior (why thats what i am!)

Im thinking ill start a thread for me once i get like 4 more pieces to my collection, be expecting to see mine soon!

01-06-2006, 02:28 AM

I grew up in Maryland and went to high school there ~ are you aware that there are some excellent magnet art schools there? One is Einstein high school ~ Art Center, led by Mr. Barnes ~ and the other is at Walt Whitman, formerly run by Walt Bartman, not sure whether or not he has retired. If you check out Einstein, tell him I sent you. :)

Einstein is not a great school otherwise, but there are other magnet schools with other types of programs all over Maryland.

Cheers, :)


01-06-2006, 03:14 AM
Woah, you have some really nice stuff for being a junior (why thats what i am!)

Im thinking ill start a thread for me once i get like 4 more pieces to my collection, be expecting to see mine soon!
Thanks man!:scream: Looking foward to see my competition.:Dhehe

01-07-2006, 06:06 AM
THe gymnast loks awesome. Only thing I have to say is that you will earn very little if anything by reproducing photos. Its all about observing the 3d human form. Photos help but don't use them exclusively. looks good though. keep goin

01-07-2006, 03:43 PM
Thanks Pixelcritter!:)
I know its better to observe from life but for know Im just practicing with photos, though I do plan on taking some kind of life drawing classes.

01-11-2006, 02:09 AM
Ok well I am done with the gymnast, Im pretty happy with it considering I never planned on going further then a sketch.
Heres a master copy I am pretty pleased with.
and heres a master copy that didnt come out that great, I didnt leave enough room for the feet and the head and hands are a bit messed up.
Oh I almost forgot my mom found some figure drawing classes at my town cultural center so I hope to do that!:D

01-11-2006, 02:59 AM
Hi ..Richie...
Really nice draftsmanship happening here...:applause:
You might want to draw a simple still life, useing that nice drawing technique you have.
Good method to develope your drawing skill , and sharpen your eyes and
vision even further.
Looking forward to seeing more...:thumbsup:

Take Care

01-11-2006, 03:19 AM
Wow thanks!:scream: I love your stuff, it's really amazing! I might try a shoe for the still life.

01-11-2006, 03:55 AM

Whatever you decide to draw, keep it simple..but get creative with your lighting
by useing a spot light, candle ect. in a dark area...good practice for dramatic lighting, will come in handy when you do the human figure. I used to do studies of the way light behaves
on the surface of a hard boiled egg...very much like the human head.
It's just a matter of teaching your eyes to really see what they are looking at.
Good Luck on your still life and keep posting.

Take Care

01-11-2006, 04:38 AM
Orig. posted by rblitz7:
This looks fantastic! :bounce:You did a great job ~ really beautiful style, and really nice sense of form. :) I also quite like the tinting that you've done to the piece ~ nice work there. :)

One thing to bear in mind is that when working digitally, you will want to work at printing resolution ~ 300 dpi, and an appropriate size in inches ~ you don't want a 2" x 2" image at 300 dpi, you want something that you can print and show in a portfolio if necessary.

Are you familiar with resolution issues? If not, let me know, and I'll try and help. :)

Great to hear that you will be taking some life drawing courses! Will be looking forward to seeing those. We have a Life Drawing thread here, feel free to post in both places. :)

Your second master copy here is quite nice! I would say that there are some problems with the internal rhythm of the strokes in the first. It's good to see you doing these ~ hope to see more of them. Keep going ~ it's a matter of getting as much practice as possible.

Cheers, :)


01-11-2006, 08:34 PM
Thanks so much!:scream: The gymnast is actually my first finished piece on the tablet. In the past 3 months or so I occasionally did some sketches and messed around with it, but I definitley want to work with it more now!:D But what exactly do you mean by the internal rhythm of the strokes? Do the lines not flow with the form of the body?

01-12-2006, 08:49 PM
Well unfortunatley the figure drawing classes ended in december but the person who runs it knows someone whos does private lessons so ill see how that turns out, but im def gona go do this

01-12-2006, 09:03 PM

Are you in SoCal? If so, I might be able to point you towards a few resources. For example, there is Saturday High at Art Center:


Saturday High is a program for high school students, and classes are held on the weekends, I believe, as the name implies. :)

Now, having referred you to ACCD, I would NOT recommend going to that school straight out of high school. Of course, recruiters will encourage you to do so. Don't. I believe you were posting about your mom encouraging you to go to a University first? She's right. ;) ACCD, while a fantastic school, has a student population that is older ~ many students there have prior degrees or have transferred from other schools. When I was there, the average age of an entering FRESHMAN was 24~26. They have since started to let more people in right out of high school, but that is mainly because they want the money. The school is not really for someone who is 18, in my opinion. Having attended when I was 19, I would not recommend it for someone that young ~ get a more broad experience and education first, and then a more specialized training in art.

Cheers, :)


01-12-2006, 09:43 PM
Ill be in LA for July with my dad, not sure exact dates. The saturday programs look real good! but I noticed no summer programs.:sad: The Otis program is rigorous, includes homework and is 5 days a week, plus its closer to my dads. I think Summer of Art might just work out better, but its def nice to know about ACCD programs!
Dont know if you caught my previous post but what exactly do you mean by the internal rhythm of the strokes?

01-12-2006, 10:16 PM

Heya, no prob! Hope the Otis program works out, and definitely post your work! :)

Re: internal rhythm of strokes.


I think Michelangelo and Rubens are the best artists to look at for this. It's less about the internal rhythms of the strokes than it is about the rhythms of the internal strokes ~ eg, the internal shading.

By that I mean the shading of the interior of the form, vs. the external contour (line) of the body.

Notice how in Michelangelo's drawing above, that every stroke suggests a completion of some kind of rounded form ~ even if the complete form is not drawn, all of the lines suggest a beginning and an end to one form, and / or lead into another. Put another way, no line or form leads to a dead end ~ there are no 'dead~end' forms in a Michelangelo or Rubens drawing.

Often when we draw, it is easy to forget that the interior areas of the overall larger form should relate to the exterior as in any organic form. This is why it's important to do seemingly silly exercises, like drawing circles and arcs on paper as practice / warm~up exercises ~ it sort of loosens your wrist, hand, and shoulder ~ and allows you to make strokes that move back and forth following the topology of form in a way that is rhythmical, and not broken or in a way which leaves forms looking unfinished. It's really tough to do, and why it's necessary to practice. I'll try to post some more examples later. :)



01-12-2006, 10:29 PM
Hi ...Richie...:)

Was just reading that your thinking of takeing classes at OTIS PARSONS...GREAT SCHOOL..
I took a lot of classes there way back when...nights and weekends...small classes
good teachers, and not too expensive. I learned a whole lot at that school...:thumbsup:

Take Care

01-13-2006, 01:06 AM
Wow Richie... just wow! Brilliant studies.

01-20-2006, 09:02 PM
@Spirit Dreamer - Thats great! Have you heard anything about the summer program?
@erilaz - Thanks!!:scream:

Here is a Michelangelo master copy with just pencil and charcoal.
And just some sketchbook stuff.
Also starting tuesday im going to be taking private figure drawing classes at my house, so I hope it goes well.:D Im also working on drawing some simple still life and a pic from OFDW11!! I didnt forget Rebecca!

01-20-2006, 09:04 PM

Wow, some impressive stuff here! I really like the first Master Copy, as well as the first sketchbook page in particular. Solid work! Did you take a look at magic man's Mona Lisa tutorial? It's really beautiful. :)

Congrats on the private tutelage! And yes, I am expecting great things from the OFDW! :wise:

Cheers, :)


01-20-2006, 09:17 PM
Aw come on dont put that pressure on me!:D but anyway bout the resolution of digital stuff, I tried something like 4000 x 3800 and painting and blending was really slow. Is this cause of my comp or what?

01-20-2006, 09:22 PM
Ha! :D

Regarding resolution, yes, of course the bigger your file, particularly if you're working at 300 dpi, the more RAM you'll require...how much does your system currently have? If you can, upgrade your RAM (I know this takes dinero, trust me!) but the more RAM, the better. Painter eats RAM like nobody's business, but Photoshop runs leaner. Still, with large PS files, your system will choke on large file sizes if you're running without much RAM.

Cheers, :)


01-20-2006, 09:45 PM
Yeah I have a measly 640 MB on my 3 year old powerbook but those new intel macs are looking pretty sweet.

01-20-2006, 09:49 PM
If you can afford an upgrade, I would go for it! :thumbsup:

01-20-2006, 11:53 PM
WOW...Richie...You have some really nice drawings going on in here ...really like those hand studies alot.:thumbsup:
I don't know anything about summer classes, they use to have them I know..but that was
over thirty years ago for me now... OTIS used to be a great school and I imagine it still is.
I live in BOSTON MA. now, and have been here since 1988..
Great to hear your going to have a home tutor...sounds GREAT..hope it works out good for
you. keep posting, it's a real pleasure seeing your drawings...:)


01-21-2006, 03:28 AM
Thanks so much Glenn!:scream: Yes im pretty sure Otis is a great school I just hope there arent a whole bunch of crazy talented kids there to make me feel akward.:D Oh and I just got a newsprint sketchpad so no more printer paper!

02-03-2006, 12:26 AM
You seem to be progressing a lot, keep posting!

02-07-2006, 04:46 AM
Your work is awsome.....i wish i had enough money to sit in on some anatomy classes....It would be nice to learn a thing or 2 from some naked bodies...i wish 3d sk was free.

keep it up.

02-07-2006, 05:01 AM

I sent this message to you by pm, but thought that it would be useful to post here in case anyone else would benefit from the information: :)

Re: Anatomy Studies, and wishing that 3d.sk was free:

Do you know about our bi~weekly Open Figure Drawing Workshops? Every 2 weeks, I run a free workshop on the Anatomy Forum in which we work from tasteful photographs of models:

Open Figure Drawing Workshops with Hong Ly and Rebecca Kimmel (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2602753&postcount=3)

So far, we're on OFDW 012 ~ Elsie's piece for OFDW 012 was frontpaged!

OFDW 012 was also an exception because we worked from a Master Painting vs. a set of photos. But we will be back to working from photos at some point. :)

Also check out my friend Hong Ly's site:

www.characterdesigns.com (http://www.characterdesigns.com/), where he provides and updates free photos of models shot in artistic poses ~ see the photosets section.

Hope this helps, and I would encourage you to participate in our OFDWs! A new one starts in 2 weeks, but you are free to hop into OFDW 012, even though it's already started.

Cheers, :)


02-07-2006, 11:39 PM
Wow! Thanks a lot Zorrino and THE CLYKE!:scream:

Sorry for the delayed update, no exuse, but here is a quick sketch. I really want to focus on drawing from life and from master drawings so no more photo ref for now. Plus it was hard to have a nude pic on my computer with my mom constantly walking around.:D
I have had 3 private figure drawing sessions so far at an hour a week, not much. I have made some improvement from my first class but there too big to scan, maby a cell phone pic later.
some sketchbook stuff
Oh and my Otis registration should be going out tomorrow.

02-08-2006, 12:08 AM

Your sketchbook studies are looking fantastic! :thumbsup: I understand the rationale behind not wanting to draw from photographs ~ to a degree ~ but I'm assuming that the sketchbook pieces were done from 2D reference, such as Hogarth and maybe Bridgeman ~ which, to my mind, is similar to drawing from a photograph ~ but I'll leave that decision up to you. ;) All in all, some really great progress here, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll be showing us next! :)



02-08-2006, 03:11 AM
Yeah I have nothing against drawing from photgraphs but I think drawings help because a lot of times the forms are clearly defined and some stuff is exaggerated, so its good practice for a beginner.

02-08-2006, 03:49 AM
Hi ...Richie...:)
Nice studies......:thumbsup:
You know..once you learn and feel that you know the forms your studying, a good way to practice and perfect them, is to go to some place busy,with a lot of people...mall, park, ect.
find a nice little corner , conceal your sckech pad behind a news paper or whatever, and
just draw the people that apeal to your eyes and thoughs, people in motion, relaxing, whatever
I had a teacher years ago...Bill Oaks..big time illustrator..did Watergate courtroom hearings ect.
This was his teaching method..teaches speed, and accuracy happens the more you practice it.
It was a lot of fun, and I also learned a lot, in a short period of time.
I just thought I would mention it, after reading about you not wanting to work from photo's.
This is the first time in my life, that I ever worked from photo's, ...has it's place, but there
is nothing like the real thing...:)
Hope to see a lot more more drawings from you on here....I really enjoy them...:thumbsup:

02-27-2006, 10:29 PM
Hey thanks a lot Glen! Ill try to do some scribbles of kids in class. Anyway here are some really crappy cell phone pics of a few life drawings, but these are just the beginning!:D
yeah I know front foot is too big.

02-27-2006, 10:37 PM

Heya, good to see you back! :) It looks like your classes are going quite well! How are you finding them? :)



02-27-2006, 10:51 PM
Pretty good!:) Ive had about 4 one hour private classes and one 2 hour figure drawing class. The 2 bottom drawings are from the class which I was only able to take because I was off from school.

02-27-2006, 11:01 PM
Glad to hear! :) Definitely looking forward to seeing your improvement through the course. :wip:

Cheers, :)


03-01-2006, 09:49 PM
If you haven't already, you should totally join the Challenge!


Cheers, :)


03-01-2006, 09:59 PM
Yes I have, the link is in my sig. Im reworking my comp right now and it is much better in my opinion from my previous sketch. Im in the process of drawng a bird right now, trying to get the right look.

03-01-2006, 10:00 PM
Cool beans! Just checking ;)

Cheers, :)


04-18-2006, 10:46 PM

First of all BIG thanks to you Rebecca for putting my Gymnast pic in the best of forum!!:scream:
I have taken a break from figure drawing classes because my tennis conflited with it. I only chose to do tennis because when am I going to have the chance to play high school varsity tennis again, won my match today btw:)

Ill start off with my attempt at a self portrait entirely using a mirror, WIP.
Now some sketchbook stuff.

I really enjoyed visiting CalArts over spring break, all the students seem really devoted to their work. I realize the school is very competitive especially the animation program so I better get in gear.

04-18-2006, 10:56 PM

Great to see you back ~ and you're quite welcome! :)

One thing about CalArts ~ PLEASE don't put all your eggs in one basket. From what I understand, they really only accept a tiny percentage of students ~ an even smaller percentage than does Yale. :argh: Them's long odds, slim! NOT to discourage you, but just so you know to apply to more than one good art school. I've been hearing more about them recently (a friend was rejected, in fact) and it just seems like a really tough school to get into. So that's my soapbox speech. :)

I'm liking your first few sketchbook pages especially! Nice work there. What kind of paper are you using? I really like the tone. :)

What's the gameplan, slim? How much time do you have to prepare your portfolio? I'm sure the portfolio reviewers will want to see traditional color pieces as well.

Cheers, :)


04-18-2006, 11:18 PM
Yeah I think they only accept like 15-20 high school grads into the animation program!! Yikes! I have about 9 months till the deadline for CalArts. I also plan on applying to SCAD, AAU, RISD, and maby Ringling. Hopefully the Summer of Art at Oris will help but im not relying on it. Im also gona be taking a portfolio prep class at the beginning of my senior year. Im using a Moleskine sketchbook.

04-18-2006, 11:36 PM
Oh, that's cool that you're applying to several different schools. :) RISD has always had a good reputation, but I don't know anything about their animation program. SCAD and Ringling seem to have good reputations. I've heard really mixed things about AAU.

I don't recall if I mentioned before, but have you ever attended one of the Portfolio Day Events (http://www.npda.org/events.html)?


I may have mentioned it before, but it is definitely something to look into ~ you get your portfolios evaluated by different reps that get together for mass portfolio reviews.

Anyway, the Otis program sounds promising, and that should give you some more pieces. Maybe you could tackle and oil self~portrait. :)



04-22-2006, 04:15 PM
Hey Rebecca! My art teacher recently told me about the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, which offers Saturday classes in traditional painting and drawing. After calling the director he said high school students thrive in the environment. Check out the site here http://www.liafa.com/

04-22-2006, 04:29 PM
Hey, that looks awesome! Frankly, I wish I had done something like that when I was in high school. :) Hope you can participate, and if you can, of course, post!! :cool:

Cheers, :)


05-27-2006, 10:04 PM
RISD has always had a good reputation, but I don't know anything about their animation program.

Um....RISD is about the hardest school, not even art school, to get into in the country.

05-28-2006, 09:27 PM
Hiya! Wonderful work! you have a great quality to your sketches :)

05-28-2006, 09:56 PM
Thanks enialadam!:)
and since I dont want to post without a drawing

>REF PIC< (http://img432.imageshack.us/img432/3953/image89bc.jpg)


05-29-2006, 02:13 AM
Comparison (http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Anatomy%20Thread%20of%20rblitz7/rblitz7_Review-01.jpg)


Good to see your new work! :)

I think this is going very well so far. Some crits might be that you have a funny watermark thing going on on the cheek that is best fixed by using a 100% opacity and flow brush set to a medium hardness. Adding texture might also help to get rid of some of that. I would recommend slightly enlarging the eye and defining the nostril to a greater degree. As well I would recommend reevaluating the profile, particularly in the nose / lips area.

Otherwise, it looks like you're on the right track here, and I look forward to an update! :)



07-30-2006, 01:44 AM
Whew! just finished summer of art on friday and will have lots of pics scanned or photographed in next couple of days.:)

08-05-2006, 03:27 PM

Alright here are my current best figure drawings from 7 classes each about 6 hours long.
...continued on next post...

08-05-2006, 03:28 PM
...and some figure drawing homework
Illustration assignment
final sketch
completed painting
More figure drawing homework to come...

08-05-2006, 05:48 PM
wow.. your anatomy has drasticaly improved. so how long have you been doing this summer program? do you enjoy it?

08-05-2006, 05:59 PM

Fantastic to see your new work! :) It looks like you've gotten a ton out of the life drawing sessions ~ that's great! One thing I notice you're doing is lengthening the legs relative to the upper body. That's a common mistake, but it's something you want to try to correct over time in your drawings.

Great work here, what's the next step art~wise for you? :)



08-05-2006, 06:26 PM
Lute- Thanks so much man! the program was from July 5 through 28 and I absolutely loved the program, the time spent totally payed off.

Rebecca-lol, yes your the third person to tell me im lengthening the legs too much, including my instructor. I will definitely work on that in the future. The next step for me is completing my portfolio, which will contain about 15 pieces. (Ringling asks for 10 minimum, is 15 enough?) Ideally I want about 7 figure drawings, 2 pages of gestures, 2 self portraits, 1 digital piece, 2 still lifes, 1 master copy and maby a simple animation. I have mostly everything covered except the still lifes. Oh and Ringling starts accepting for 07 september 1! the deadline is January 15.

08-06-2006, 04:35 PM
some more life drawing hw


08-06-2006, 06:30 PM
OPB rblitz7: The next step for me is completing my portfolio, which will contain about 15 pieces. (Ringling asks for 10 minimum, is 15 enough?) Ideally I want about 7 figure drawings, 2 pages of gestures, 2 self portraits, 1 digital piece, 2 still lifes, 1 master copy and maby a simple animation. I have mostly everything covered except the still lifes. Oh and Ringling starts accepting for 07 september 1! the deadline is January 15.
Ah, that sounds good. :) I would say 15-20 pieces would be good ~ I wouldn't aim for a specific number so much as only including your best work. Everyone always says that you are judged by your worst piece, so make every piece count. :)

Make sure to check with each school about what they want to see in a Portfolio, as each school is different. Looking forward to seeing what you include in your final Portfolio! Do they ask for completed pieces as well as life drawings? :)



08-06-2006, 08:23 PM
Do they ask for completed pieces as well as life drawings?
Well Ringling basically says you could include anything (class assignments, drawings, paintings, crafts, sculpture, etc.) but at least half of your portfolio should consist of drawings from direct observation.

08-07-2006, 10:26 AM

great thread you've got here.
I'll dig deeper into it when I get home (I'm at work)

08-07-2006, 01:38 PM
heee - those skeletons make me laugh :)

I love that painting - I mean the subject is pretty gross when you think of it but I love the final look and colours in particular :thumbsup:

08-07-2006, 07:45 PM
Thanks Intervain!:) yeah it is pretty gross when you think about it, we had to illustrate a persons life based on an obituary and my guy was a really strict college football coach who led his team to 3 college bowls. So figuratively he put all his heart into football and I just illustrated that literally.

08-09-2006, 03:01 AM
alright heres a WIP acrylic self portrait ive been working on. just messing around with color mixing and what have you, keeping my artistic juices flowing.:D
I think i put eye highlight in wrong spot, and ears might be a tad big.

08-09-2006, 06:33 PM
Right now im working on adding depth to the hair.:) update soon...

08-11-2006, 02:49 PM
almost finished

09-29-2006, 02:16 AM
I started to take a portrait drawing class at the Long Island Academy of Fine Art
*still working on portfolio stuff*:)

10-08-2006, 03:32 AM
some sketches...
and first oil still life WIP, nothing im too happy with but im getting there.

10-08-2006, 07:49 PM
Those are some GREAT little studies you have going on, ...best feet and knee studies that I have seen in awhile. REALLY like your line, and technique for doing them. Beautiful work...:thumbsup: :applause:
REALLY like that oil study also....looking forward to seeing where you go with oils...should be great..:thumbsup:
Good to work small at first with oils...you will learn more that way, and won't get stuck on one big painting in the process. I have hundreds of very small oil paintings. these are the the ones
that I learned the most from,..it is easier to experiment, when working small,..the fear of loseing something big is not there..:)
Be careful with your composing / composition....it is key to creating a great painting.
You want to have balance, but you don't want the space to be devided up into equal sections, top, bottom ,sides ect....Always be aware of the negitive space around the central element in your composition, and keep it varied, as much as possible.
Watch your perpective also...make sure that your lines converge in the distance, to creat depth...ect. You might want to go to the library, and check out some of the great books they have on perpective...it can be complecated or simple, depending on how you want to use it..:scream: :)
Just saw your gesture drawings from Otis......FANTASTIC....:applause:
Looking forward to seeing more of your work and progress....really enjoyed this last group that you have posted...:thumbsup:

10-09-2006, 05:09 PM
Wow! thanks a lot Glen!:) Your absolutley right about the composition and perspective. I actually just started another smaller less complicated painting. check it!

10-10-2006, 11:29 PM
small update.

10-12-2006, 10:06 PM
Im working on a 3d still life with cardboard, newspaper and plaster. It was an assignment for art class.

10-16-2006, 02:32 AM
Hey Richie,

You have some really nice work going on here. How much time before you submit a final portfolio? :)



10-21-2006, 02:59 PM
Im going to be taking slides of my work like early december so they can be ready to send mid december. Even though deadline is January 15 I think a little early is fine.

11-04-2006, 07:32 PM
ok December 6th is the day I take my slides. I dont think im gona include my digital paintings because I heard Ringling dosent like work from photos.
Think im done with this one.

11-04-2006, 09:22 PM
Good luck to you, Richie. You have some great stuff to show.


11-22-2006, 12:51 AM
Thanks Cris!:scream:
Heres an oil portrait ive been working on for the past couple of weeks at the long island academy of fine art.

11-22-2006, 04:57 PM
some crap sketches

11-24-2006, 10:03 PM
anybody know any good animal drawing books?

11-24-2006, 10:43 PM
First of all, nice oil portrait, only the shirt is a little wonky, if that's the right word to say.
Well, anatomy studies are allways good. I see it's after Bridgman's book. Studying from it myself now. Great, great book!
About the animal anatomy, I heard about a thing like a book called something similar to "Animal anatomy for the artist", which contains lots of animal's muscles, bones and so on. Also, there's Vilppu's book on animal anatomy. Well, more likely how to draw them. If I'm not wrong, it's called "How to draw animals".
Good luck with your future studies and your own pieces :thumbsup:

11-25-2006, 03:24 AM
Thanks for the great info on animal books Razz! this one looks great...
haha yeah the shirt is lacking but we had limited time with the model so i pretty much just did the face. I mean it is a portrait painting, lol.

12-24-2006, 09:58 PM
eh SVA wanted some cartoons since all of my portfolio was realistic and from observation.
so heres my first dabblings in cartoon characters. more stuff coming soon!
Oh and I got into SCAD! but its still just a back up school.

12-30-2006, 07:46 PM
just some more sketches

12-30-2006, 08:18 PM
Lovely stuff! There's been definite improvement here and an increase in concentration since Otis, I think. :) Hope the college search is going well - I think I read somewhere you might consider going to a community college - that seems like a waste since you are really as interested in art as you are - though I think it's best to do one's academic subjects outside of an art school context (art school's just have the academics for their accredidation, most of them are overpriced and full of crap).

Good luck and let us know where you end up going to school! :)

12-31-2006, 05:28 AM
Yeah I think I mentioned the community college thing at conceptart.org, but its really just a doubtful option if I dont get into Ringling...I would most likely attend SCAD though. But I dont know I prob would want to transfer to Cal Arts or Ringling if I went to SCAD so why pay the money for SCAD if im gona start over as a freshman at another school.

01-24-2007, 03:39 AM
heres a new portrait drawing

01-25-2007, 04:15 AM
Beautiful stuff! :) The thing I find a bit wanting has something to do with the axes of the face, which seem somehow a bit off / not parallel - here's a demo I did for OFDW 020 which may show better what I mean:


Where are you currently taking classes? It looks as though they are teaching you very well. :)

01-25-2007, 04:47 AM
Wow you should be able to get into any school! The only thing that needs a lot of work is your cartooning, if your going into animation. I find simplification difficult to do, but the results are worth it.

Wow your last name is blitz... Are you related to Bruce Blitz?

01-27-2007, 11:01 PM
Thanks Rebecca, yeah your right, the nose is going up while the eyebrows and eyes are going down. Im currently studying here http://www.liafa.com/aboutliafa.htm
currently only once a week:sad:

Thanks a lot Womball! haha Bruce Blitz! sorry but I am not related to him although I did have his book when I was younger.

01-28-2007, 05:39 PM
Ah, I think you're very lucky to be attending an atelier at your age. :) No chance for more than once a week? Seems like they offer very solid training.

01-29-2007, 12:03 AM
Well its bit of a drive for my mom but next week when (hopefully) pass my road test I wil probably be able to go more.

01-31-2007, 01:34 AM
quick 2 day conte portrait

01-31-2007, 01:42 AM
That's lovely! Very sensitively drawn with a very consistent use of strokes. Overall, really impressive stuff.

I still recommend overemphasizing those parallel axes, even if they are not there in the real face that you are looking at - I think doing so might bring your drawing up that one extra notch to put it over the top. :)

Hopefully you've seen these links (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=177&t=457357).

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