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04 April 2006, 03:15 PM
I have finished Rebeccas Figuratively Speaking course and she suggested I started my own thread here.
So here we go.....
04 April 2006, 03:18 PM
and a few more....
04 April 2006, 03:23 PM
Im planning on posting a few new pieces each week to try and force myself to continue on with my studies and to try to improve. (first lot will be by wednesday of this week.)
So Please feel free to jump in here critque as all comments will be help full.
04 April 2006, 03:44 PM
It's great to see your thread up, and I must say that I was tremendously impressed with how much you improved through the course. You definitely put a great deal of time and effort into the Workshop, and it shows. Thanks for being a part of it ~ I've really enjoyed having you in the class, and it's hard to believe that it's over! :)
I think that the piece which you could continue to work on to improve is the David torso, on which you have a great start, but which I think you could tweak a great deal to bring out the contrast and the contrappasto of the pose.
It would be great to see you continue to update your Workshop pieces here, as well as post new work of course! Looking forward to following your thread here.
04 April 2006, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the comments Rebecca and thankyou again for all you efforts in the past weeks on the class.... :thumbsup:
04 April 2006, 04:01 PM
You're totally welcome! I had a blast. :)
04 April 2006, 04:21 PM
Brilliant stuff woods. Most people who begin these types of courses already have a grounding in illustration and are just fine tuning.
I knew what kind of hill you had to climb from the beginning, and you've started making some real progress.
Really start pushing the life drawing as opposed to flat work... This is the most important step now.
Well done to RebeccaK for keeping you going thus far.
04 April 2006, 02:20 AM
Hi....Woody...:) ........Really like that portrait....great depth in the eye socket area...nice.
You might try starting with a black, or deep almost black purple background...will allow you to
lose some of the outline,as your forms will recede and advance, in and out of the darkness,
creating greater depth, atmosphere, and drama ...It's also a great way to express the effects of light and shadow on your figures...also has the effect of creating mood, emotion ect. in
Looking forward to seeing more of your work...:thumbsup:
04 April 2006, 01:35 PM
thanks SpiritDreamer I will have a think about that... more stuff on the way this week.....
04 April 2006, 11:14 AM
Right Ok here we go one 40 min sketch from ref..
04 April 2006, 03:51 PM
Hey, nice Woody! I hope you plan to take this further...the feet I think are looking blocky, and a little bit small at this point, but you've got nice proportions and sense of volume that can be built on nicely. Also watch the vase ( ) curves in the left leg. Nice work so far! :)
04 April 2006, 09:20 AM
Thanks Rebecca I will watch that Here is the update......
04 April 2006, 02:45 PM
Looks good, I think the main bit is to use white a lot less sparingly ~ really you only want to use white for the brightest highlights, and the rest is some form of gray.
Take for example this photo, from characterdesigns.com ~ the model has incredibly fair skin, yet you can see in the grayscaled version of the photo that for the most part, the values fall in the mid ~ dark range and that the really light areas are because of a bit of overlighting ~ in fact, there is very little PURE white in the grayscaled image, even the brightest bright is just a bit off of white.
The main thing is to start from a darker value ~ go darker than you THINK ~ and then gradually work lighter.
Also, go easy on the outlining of the figure ~ really try to define form less with outlines, and more with value contrasts of major shapes.
Hope this helps. :)
04 April 2006, 03:22 PM
Thanks for that rebecca Your right I keep having this problem of starting too light I need to start darker but it just seems odd to me not sure why......
Anyway here is one I have done today where I did start slightly darker.....
04 April 2006, 03:32 PM
Hey, I think this looks loads better when starting from a darker value! :thumbsup: Really nice start here! :)
One thing I notice is that you tend to make forms a bit blocky. Really try to get graceful curves into almost every line that you draw ~ for example, in the corner of the eye, you really want to emphasize the gracefulness of that curve. Initially it's fine to sort of block things in with rougher shapes, but ultimately, you don't want to have the appearance of any straight lines in your work. Remember that every curve in a drawing or painting relates to every other curve. This is true even at the micro level of the eye, and at the macro level of the entire body.
Here is a quick overpaint ~ hope it helps: :)
04 April 2006, 04:34 PM
I see what you mean mine is definitly a bit blocky...
04 April 2006, 03:15 AM
This is looking better! :) Try softening the dark outline about the eyes, and adding a drop shadow beneath the lid. I'm happy to do a bit of a paintover if you want me to. :)
04 April 2006, 09:20 AM
Didnt post last week had been working on a piece in the real world.... :)
Painted in acrilic long way to go...... (Sorry the photo turned out a bit poor.)
04 April 2006, 01:16 PM
Great to see you again! :) This might be a good piece to rework digitally, if you felt so inclined. I've done this to several of my older pieces and have been pretty happy with the results. In fact soon I'll be shooting some of my older student work and if it turns out decently will post it.
Hopefully you've gotten the chance to see the SPOTLIGHT Forum, and to see your work featured there in the Personal Anatomy Threads. :thumbsup:
04 April 2006, 03:36 PM
Thanks for pointing out the spotlight stuff good to see it all up and running now....
I may well rework this peice digitally or at least create a paintover to help me adjust the painting....:thumbsup:
04 April 2006, 04:33 PM
One quick digital for today......
04 April 2006, 04:42 PM
One thing I would suggest for your new piece is to draw on a layer above your other layers the outline of the skull and neck, minus the hair, so that you can more clearly define their relationship to the body. I think what is happening right now is that the head is just a bit small, and at an angle that looks a little unnatural ~ adding hair should likely be a last touch. :) Also, I recommend adding a layer of medium opacity dark gray to your entire image and working up your lights gradually from there. ;)
Looking forward to your progress!
05 May 2006, 11:54 AM
Hw u doin?..Just nw saw ur Anatomy Thread...Nice to see your work here...
05 May 2006, 12:13 PM
Good to hear from you thanks for stopping by.... :thumbsup:
I saw your email earlyer but for some reason CGtalk was down for maintenace this morning so i couldnt check it out but it looks like it should be ok now.
The images in the thread are working I think I will double check. (Might have benn off due to the maintenace.)
Anyway talk soon
05 May 2006, 03:51 PM
Ok Here we I got of my lazy butt and finally did another drawing.
Heres the sketch done in pencil and charcol and my digtial paint over.
05 May 2006, 07:25 PM
Good to see more work!
I think there are some basic things off with this ~ it might help also to post (if you can) the reference which you are using. :)
Mainly I think she needs more skull mass. Also, the line from her nose to lips to chin is probably more angled back toward the neck than it is currently. With the eyes, I recommend creating a more rounded shape to them, even in the profile view ~ vs. the slightly collapsed < shape it has currently. Also, always draw the shape of the skull first before adding hair ~ hair can be really deceptive and throw off the general shape of the head if that is not sketched in first. :)
Hope this helps!
05 May 2006, 09:21 AM
Thanks Rebbeca I will carry on with this one a bit more i think.
I cant post the reference but i can point you to where the image is on 3dsk.
05 May 2006, 11:39 AM
Here is the update on that sketch I was working on....
05 May 2006, 12:36 PM
Good Job on last updated piece:thumbsup:
05 May 2006, 02:21 PM
Nice update. :) One thing I would recommend is aligning the axis of the shoulders ~ her right shoulder seems significantly lower then her left. Also I think the hairline should start at the back of her neck, instead of a bit indented on the side. The lips seem a bit small, and I would suggest refining the nostril a bit. Ultimately, of course, you want to remove the outlining of the features / face and replace that with shading.
Nice progress ~ looking forward to your next update! :)
05 May 2006, 03:47 PM
Thanks for the coments will update again soon....:thumbsup:
02 February 2007, 02:33 PM
Been a while since I posted so i thought i would do a few updates.
I have been taking a class at lavenderhill studios (http://www.lavenderhillstudios.com/) that i have really been enjoying.
Here are my latest peices from class.
02 February 2007, 02:42 PM
These look very nice. I love the lighting & shading.
02 February 2007, 03:03 PM
Thanks Roja like I said be really enjoying the new class.
Will update a bit more often now.....:thumbsup:
02 February 2007, 02:58 PM
Hey Woody, good to see you back! :) Very happy to hear that you are taking traditional classes, I think that's fantastic. Take a look at the Florence Academy of Art site, there are wonderful studies by the students there that are really inspirational. The volume you are getting in these is great - I think that you should try to push the finesse of them more. I am unfamiliar with using vine charcoal or the type of charcoal that the ateliers use, but I think that you should try to really push the rendering of the drawings once you've established the volume. Take a look at some of the work here:
and also from the Angel Academy of Art:
Looking forward to seeing more! :)
02 February 2007, 03:39 PM
Great to see your works from your class....back to basics...can never go wrong doing that.:) ...I just started a figure drawing class myself..back to basics for me also...great fun.. I am really enjoying it..:) Learning a lot of things that I missed the first time around..:scream:
Really looking forward to seeing more of your work and progress...:thumbsup:
Some hard compressed charcoal, in combination with the soft vine charcoal might creat a nice effect on those bust and head studies..just a thought..that might be of help to you in taking your studies further :)
02 February 2007, 05:19 PM
Nice artworks on your forum!
02 February 2007, 11:34 AM
Thankyou all for your kind words. :)
Had another good lesson last night will post the results later today.
02 February 2007, 01:27 PM
Hey Woody! Great to know you are taking a class! Nice studies... keep 'em coming!:thumbsup:
02 February 2007, 09:56 AM
Here is this weeks update from class.
Mainly still learning to mass in the lights and darks acuratly but was still good fun to do.:thumbsup:
Here is a quick reworking digitaily what im going to do is start taking photos at class so i can continue a digital version each week.
02 February 2007, 01:45 PM
I think it's a great idea to do this digitally as well - I've really found there to be a dialogue between my traditional and digital work, I'll be curious to see what develops here. :)
03 March 2007, 04:50 PM
Im doing still life in class at the moment learning the basics oil of painting. So I thought I would do a quick digital figure sketch in the mean time.
Just trying to keep it simple and get the Mass shapes correct.
03 March 2007, 07:20 PM
Great way to explore even further what you have learned in your class...:thumbsup:
I'm doing the same thing with works from my class also...only so much you can do with the time limits and limitations of a class..:)
GREAT JOB so far on all of those bust that you have posted...:applause:
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING MORE...:thumbsup:
03 March 2007, 06:42 AM
Woody - very nice contrast in your work - which is very important. The last page is reallt rockin - good work.
03 March 2007, 11:03 PM
Nice to see this! I think the main thing to suggest is now focusing on soft and hard edges. You've got everything blocked in nicely, now it remains to detail things. Good work!
03 March 2007, 02:18 PM
Hi All thanks for the comments will try and bear them in mind....
Here are a couple more + my still life from class :)
03 March 2007, 02:53 PM
wow that stillife is very nice! I like the color you used on the shadow. Its not black and thats good. only crit is that the light on the lemon seems to come from an other direction that on the bottle, judged by the shadows. its a minor crit, but I saw it when I flipped the image.
I love the colors! I would like to see the same variety and saturation in your portraits.
03 March 2007, 04:42 PM
Thanks for the comments with regards to the shadow the spot light was very close to the still life for the cast shadows thats why they are going in different directions.
Definitly looking forward to painting full portrates in class.... :thumbsup:
03 March 2007, 04:42 PM
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