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Jack Shannon
03-27-2006, 08:25 PM
Well, I live in the Unitied Kingdom and I am fourteen years old. I really enjoy drawing and my grandpa is giving me some oils in two weeks time! I am so excited! Anyway, I started properly drawing at around christmas, sketching celebrities and portraits, but my interest has grown to the human figure.

Here are a few sketches I did a few weeks ago. Most are unfinished.

Studies from Loomis.

Drew these ones tonight. Just some figures out of my imagination, very quick.

03-27-2006, 08:31 PM

What a lot of talent you have, particularly for one so young! :) It's great to see your Anatomy Thread here, and I look forward to seeing your first oil studies! You already seem to have a great foundation, and it will be exciting to see your progress here on the forum! :)



Jack Shannon
03-27-2006, 08:41 PM
Wow, what a fast reply!

Thankyou Rebecca, its really nice what you said, I am definatly going to the Michelangelo exibition in two weeks with my Grandad, can't wait! Do you have any ideas what could keep me busy drawing wise, I hate looking at blank paper :)

Oils should be good, my grandad is going to show me how to mix colours and about all the brushes!

I'll post photographs of my work as often as posible, hopefully every day.

Thanks Rebecca your words always boost my confidence,

03-27-2006, 09:02 PM
Hi Jack, :)

I recommend purchasing either:

"Anatomy Lessons From The Great Masters", by Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle - Watson Guptill, publisher (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823002810/002-1179748-3546445?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance)

Or a few books from this inexpensive series:

Master Draughtsman Series of Paperback Books: (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/ref=br_ss_hs/002-1179748-3546445?platform=gurupa&url=index%3Dstripbooks%3Arelevance-above%26dispatch%3Dsearch%26results-process%3Dbin&field-keywords=Master+Draughtsman+Series&Go.x=15&Go.y=5&Go=Go)
Great books because they are cheap, light, and great for copying from, as you will not be concerned about destroying the book ~ they are really instructional devices, more than anything else.

And doing Master Copies.

Check out Erich's Anatomy Thread:

Anatomy Thread of Erich Schreiner (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=297560)

Where he did a number (I believe around 100) Master Studies over a set period of time. Some really nice results there! :)

For free Reference, check out artrenewal.org's website:


Which has a lot of images, most of which are hi~resolution. Bear in mind that the site is a bit slow to load and also has a poor navigation system, but the images are worth it. :)

Here is their search page:


Looking forward to seeing more work! :)



03-29-2006, 07:01 AM
Sweet stuff Jack, I guess I will have to post some traditional stuff aswell :D

03-29-2006, 07:56 AM
this is just to let you know that I am amazed about how talented you are even regardless of your age...the piece of information that startled me most was this..:

I started properly drawing at around christmas



03-29-2006, 03:13 PM
this is just to let you know that I am amazed about how talented you are even regardless of your age...the piece of information that startled me most was this..:



Nooo! I didn't even see that piece of information :cry:
Man, I have been so owned!


Jack Shannon
03-29-2006, 06:30 PM
Haha thanks guys! Your too kind! Mr Mu I love your cube and oval method I'll post some of my results in your thread soon! Kevin you changed your alias lol, thanks mate.

I'm working on the OFDW15 at the moment. Not really done a lot of digital painting before, its great fun, you two should definatly join! I'm learning so much.


03-29-2006, 10:33 PM

Your too kind! Mr Mu I love your cube and oval method I'll post some of my results in your thread soon!

I have been thinking and thinking about what you could possibly mean by this and have come to the conclusion that you mean Dr. Bone's method which I rather clumsily tried to follow. Which leads me to believe you don't know his outstanding tutorial thread yet!

Check it out here by any means! (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=313809)

Jack Shannon
03-30-2006, 09:47 PM
I have been thinking and thinking about what you could possibly mean by this and have come to the conclusion that you mean Dr. Bone's method which I rather clumsily tried to follow. Which leads me to believe you don't know his outstanding tutorial thread yet!

Lol! Sorry mate, my mistake. How dare you call your version clumsy :), I was impressed!
Anyway, I will post my results in Dr. Bone's thread soon :bounce:

Jack Shannon
04-03-2006, 04:34 PM
Some digitals I did for the 15 minute sketchathon



Harry potter WIP

04-03-2006, 04:43 PM

I think this is a great start to the Harry Potter piece ~ perhaps later you can do the whole cast. :) As I mentioned earlier it might make it easier to start from a toned background, but I actually really like the way this looks, as it looks like a traditional watercolor, gouache, or lightly washed oil painting, which is really nice. :)

One artist you might enjoy checking out is Andrew Wyeth ~ just google him, and you will come up with his work, but this image, Christina's World, is one of his most famous pictures:


His model was one of his longtime neighbors, and his biography is pretty fascinating:

Andrew Wyeth : A Secret Life (Paperback) by Richard Meryman (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060929219/sr=8-1/qid=1144082541/ref=sr_1_1/103-4656553-1270215?%5Fencoding=UTF8)

It's not light reading, but enjoyable and interesting ~ Wyeth was not exactly a 'nice' person, in fact, he was incredibly eccentric and a bit off his rocker (I think he's still alive, in fact) but his artwork is amazing.

Cheers, :)


04-03-2006, 10:20 PM
hey there jack! wow amazing what you can already do at this point, you are really gonna go a long way. i am looking forward to watching your progress :thumbsup:

Jack Shannon
04-05-2006, 11:17 PM
Thanks a lot for dropping by lyneran. Your work is amazing and you keep improving. Keep it up.

Thanks a lot Rebecca I'll check that out. Lol! I doubt I will do whole cast, it was a bit tedius just doing harry rofl.

I have already failed my last nights resolution - to do at least one 15 minute sketchathon per day - because I didn't feel like rushing so i made this instead:

I am really pleased with it, learnt a lot and the strokes are smoother, its just a wip and im hoping to spend a long time on it.

04-05-2006, 11:19 PM
Nice work, Jack! Is this a self~portrait? :)



Jack Shannon
04-05-2006, 11:20 PM
lol! I hope not! its a female rofl!

reference, http://www.supermodels.nl/tools/bigscan.aspx?mode=full&img=/BigScans/meredithmason/01.jpg

might as well post my 15 minute sketchathon from yesterday while i am at it too.


Jack Shannon
04-06-2006, 02:20 PM
Here is an update. I have really bad habits, like doing everything on one layer.

04-06-2006, 02:28 PM
Originally posted by Jack: lol! I hope not! its a female rofl!
LOL ~ now I can definitely tell it's a female! :D

This is looking really good so far! The thing that I would caution you about is going too light in your value range too soon. The problem is that you will run out of range and this flattens things out. If you grayscale an image of a person with even very light skin, the value of the skin is pretty medium in most cases. You can easily add a bit of contrast by playing with the levels of the image (Image > Adjustment > Levels, then adjust the sliders which represent the light, medium, and dark histograms) or even add a layer that is a bit darker on top of the present layer.

Keep up the good work! :)



Jack Shannon
04-06-2006, 04:18 PM
I see what you mean rebecca, it makes it more difficult this was :argh:.
Oh well, Ill take action in my next painting.



04-06-2006, 04:24 PM
Ah, this is really developing nicely. :) The eyes are really starting to come along ~ I think if you add a bit of a dropshadow beneath the lid on the eyeball, they will look even more convincing. I like the not completely rendered feeling of the nose and mouth, though the nose will look better with the addition of more shading and faceting about the nose's tip. The background tone is setting things off really nicely ~ looking forward to more progress on this! :)



04-06-2006, 05:58 PM
wow - really nice portrait study!

*still watching*

04-08-2006, 10:06 AM
Hey,you are 14 :).I think you have skills .Keep posting and progressing :).May be if I had to give you advice it would be to be sure to start from the general for when you are doing a portrait.It's seems you are but just to stress it .For example like Lyneran in her master copy.

Bye :)


Jack Shannon
04-08-2006, 10:20 AM
Mr Mu :) Thanks mate. I've got one eye watching your thread at all times! lol. Are you going to use the liquified version that Spirit Dreamer edited?

Hey Heartbeat, thanks for dropping by. I love your work. Could you please explain what you meant in your advice? I don't quite understand it.


04-08-2006, 12:12 PM
Sorry for the confusion :hmm: ,I meant :"to start from the general form" but I omitted a letter in my previous post.
For example when I start drawing a face I am sometimes tempted to draw the details early which is wrong.So first should be drawn the general forms- the form of the whole face ,devided to its parts then the shape of the eyesockets ,the shape of the nose ,the shape of the mouth(not the lips)and just after that the details like lips ,nostrils and eyelids.
But I don't say that you have done such a mistake I just wanted to point this out cause I think it's important.
I hope now it's more clear :)

Jack Shannon
04-08-2006, 08:30 PM
Thank you Heartbeat, I know exactly what you are talking about. I find it so fustrating when I do detail and then find I have done it wrong. Thank you for pointing this out, I will now think twice before starting detail.


04-11-2006, 10:44 AM
Nice Jack, keep up the good work ;)

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