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04 April 2006, 12:58 PM

thought it would be cool to open an anatomy sketchbook.
I am working on a masterstudy of a painting from caravaggio

It's hard to get good skintones! I have often to blend for minutes before I find the right colors...

04 April 2006, 01:05 PM
Did this one for the dsg:

04 April 2006, 01:14 PM

Nice to see you here! :) Very cool to see your Anatomy Thread, and it's great that you're working on a Caravaggio study.

One thing I would be happy to do (if you like) is to include the reference which you posted of the Caravaggio painting in the most recent OFDW, OFDW 016 ( Then if you wanted to work in a group setting where you would get more feedback, you could. That's totally up to you, though! :)

One minor thing, if you wouldn't mind keeping posts to 800 pix wide or less, that would mean less scrolling. :)

It would be great to see you push the DSG study further, and to take it beyond the time limitation. I look forward to seeing your Master Study develop, it's a great piece to copy! :)



04 April 2006, 02:01 PM
heh thanks rebecca,
well, I post my stuff here too, just to get a nice sketchbook

05 May 2006, 04:51 PM
Hello Cyanid, its good to see all the work together, great work at Caravaggio's copy, keep on the good job. :wip:

05 May 2006, 05:22 PM
This will be awesome at the end! Great start. Beautiful speedpaint. What program are you using?

05 May 2006, 02:54 PM
DigitalSol: thanks for dropping by. I'll try to keep it up, but havent much time at the moment
razz: thanks, I use photoshop 7 or CS

some no-ref doodles during college.
and one for the 15 mins marathon.

caravaggio comes later ;)

05 May 2006, 03:00 PM
Nice sketches. I draw during lessons too, who doesn't? :D Great 15 minute speedpaint. I especially like the upper head in the second sketch, planning to push it more further,m? No?

05 May 2006, 04:50 PM
both 15 mins studies

05 May 2006, 04:52 PM
Love the last 2 sketches, specially I like the hand. :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 04:55 PM

I am agreement with Enrique ~ there is something just right about the way you've done the hand. Nice work! :)



05 May 2006, 10:22 PM
enrique, rebecca: thanks

Focussing on color more than form:

05 May 2006, 04:07 PM

05 May 2006, 03:11 PM
Great work Cyanid, send more and more...


05 May 2006, 03:29 PM

I love the direction you're exploring with brushstrokes ~ nice work. :) I would encourage you to put form over brushstroke and color, however ~ once you've gotten a good first pass down with your basic colors and brushstrokes, I would suggest trying to refine your pieces and really nail the form, as you have done so nicely with your hand study. I think sometimes there is more emphasis placed on speed than final product ~ really try to re~evaluate your work as you go and tweak things to the same degree of perfection as you would do with a purely 'form' study. :)



05 May 2006, 05:01 PM
digitalsol: thanks for the repeating feedback, really nice!

enthombed: thanks, will try ;)

rebecca: thanks for the advises, you are right...its just that rough brushing is so much fun :applause:

some update on my caravaggio study.

05 May 2006, 05:29 PM
Hey dude, cool so much this.. how is the configuration of your brush???

can you show somehting like this to me??? im curious so much... and this can help me too to try to paint something soon.

Cya and continue posting my friend.:)


05 May 2006, 06:05 PM
Amaazing!! Ah, only one question, are the colors color-picked from the original painting? Or do you find the similar color in the palette? I'm curious because it's always hard for me to pick the right color, I'm learning =]

05 May 2006, 01:50 AM
razz: I never use the color picker (maybe incidentally once or twice)...take a closer look to this close-up (arm-detail).

You can see I use pretty extreme hues. you won't find skin-reds like that on the original...I like to choose saturated (but harmonious) hues from the palette, and add them in small amounts. zoomed-out the human eye blends the colors automatically. its just guessing, trying, searching, recoloring and experimenting. Takes a lot of time and thats why this image takes so much effort. but its very satisfying and rewarding :)

enthombed: hmm, what version of photoshop are you using? I use version 7, here are my brushes.
remember, there are no magic brushes. its important that you focus on technique more than the possibilities of photoshop. (same goes for me ;) )


something to break apart from the caravaggio.
not gonna sleep this night, I am pretty much addicted at the moment. :hmm:

//edit 4:47 o'clock now...the cafein is out of my blood...time to sleep. nighty night :D

05 May 2006, 11:34 AM
Well then, keep on inspiring! I hate the fact that I don't have the enough time that I want for doing anatomy studies. But I guess it will never be enough no matter how much time I would have.

I like the middle sketch of yours, the lower face. Reds and blues match together very nicely. Always great to see your work.

05 May 2006, 01:26 PM
older one:

05 May 2006, 03:44 PM
Nice work on your paintings. that redhead guy looks cool,:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 07:28 PM

A book I think you might really like is the following:

The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition (Paperback) by Anthony Ryder (

In it, Ryder, an amazing traditional figurative artist, details a step by step approach for blocking in the figure (using pencil).

Definitely check it out if you can!

EDIT: Here is a link to the Alibris site (*listing*title) which might ship to your area. :)

Cheers, :)


05 May 2006, 12:43 PM
pushav: thanks

thanks rebecca, I am gonna do ryder or hogarth.

05 May 2006, 09:45 PM
Hey there , you have a real nice works :) I definately like that last thing :love:Keep up please :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 09:50 PM
Hello Cyanid, really you have a pretty good paint on the Caravaggio's I like it very much, my fav. sketch is the girl with the face sketch, keep on going :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 10:53 AM
one for the 15 minutes sketchaton. took me around 25 minutes I think.
worked some more on it:

and I finished my OFDW 016 piece:

05 May 2006, 11:09 PM
bumping on request ;)

05 May 2006, 11:23 PM

Here is a review of what you have so far ~ hope it helps: :)



05 May 2006, 01:02 AM
hehe thanks again rebecca...its important that I keep the great lines in mind. That picture is really overlit though.

3 gestures:

05 May 2006, 01:34 AM
No problem Cy. Planning to work on a different picture, then?

Cheers, :)


05 May 2006, 08:13 AM
hi rebecca,

well, I have so little time lately. I have to do so many things for school etc. Today or
tomorrow I will start a little study again I think. For now only some sketches from the rafael book I found.

05 May 2006, 02:29 PM
Hey Cyanid

Wow man - amzing thread dude. Particularly like the last sketches and the 25 minute sketchathon. Those look especially great. One thing you might work on (okay I say this to almost everyone) is your line - avoid petting it too much. That said, the lines in these last sketches looks good. Keep grinding the lead, cheers!

- d.

05 May 2006, 03:42 PM
thanks for the comments demented! You are defenately right about my lines...its a matter of concentration too I think.

Hmm photobucket is under maintainance (dja vu ^_^) so I cant upload more at the moment

05 May 2006, 04:26 PM
Heya Cy,

I'm liking this last batch especially. :)

With this one I think the lower torso and legs need to be lowered and enlarged a bit to match her upper torso.

I recommend books by George Bridgeman. I can't recall if that was amongst the books you had found.

Cheers, :)


05 May 2006, 04:49 PM

Hello Cyanid, that relly liked me, the left/upper figure is specially interesting and beautiful, there are some proportion problems with the legs, but they are minor, and the only cure is the practice, there are a book called anatomy for the artist that helped me sooo much for fixing that problems, I used to draw big heads, maybe I could scann some pages for u, if you already dont own that book, see ya. good pieces here.

05 May 2006, 11:11 PM
rebecca: thanks, you are right! after mirroring the image I saw it too. Won't change it though...its all traditional. I don't know George Bridgeman...its hard to get hands on american books. For now I have Hogarth and Loomis...

Enrique: thanks for the comment...yes I know my proportions are way off sometimes. I don't know the book..whats the author?


05 May 2006, 11:23 PM

Good to see more work.

Take a look at the webpage of artist Anthony Ryder:

Some great stuff there, and step by step demos for drawing and painting.

The main things I think you need to work on are blocking in the figure more carefully and shading in a more organized fashion.

Cheers, :)


05 May 2006, 03:53 PM
Hey Cyanid, here is a link for the book, if you run a search in amazon, there are some new and used for less, in my opinion this book owns the most beautiful photos, and some special features like transparencies that let you see the inner structure of the human parts, very worth to have in my opinion, hope this helps.

05 May 2006, 04:11 PM
Why are my images violating the terms of service?? nudity?

rebecca: that link is awesome, the painting tutorial is very helpfull!

enrique: heh thnks. problem is that I live in the netherlands, and shipping is very expensive or not possible...nice book though...I'll keep my eyes open for it.

I have been very busy lately...finishing my projects for school.
I made this as a sketch to visualize a concept of my greenhouse.

I need critique on it BADLY

thats why I post it here...I stared blind on it.

05 May 2006, 04:48 PM
The image is pretty noisy at the moment, and doesn't really read as a greenhouse. At the moment I'm reading a sunken corridor with some doors, leading to some green stuff. I'm not sure if you have other sketches depicting other views of the structure, but those would probably be beneficial. The rimlight on the central figure is pretty distracting, since it's so uniform. Maybe make it less prominent as it goes down the figure.

05 May 2006, 06:03 PM

This might be a good candidate to post on Steven's Paintover Review Thread. :)

I think your perspective lines aren't converging at the same point, and the piece overall is just lacking in finish. It needs dramatic lighting, a shaft of light somewhere, to really draw one's attention through the piece instead of straight forward. It's mainly about pacing, slowing the eye here, quickening the eye there. You want the viewer to linger.

Hope this helps. :)

You should definitely check out Philip Straub's Composition Tutorial Article, here:



05 May 2006, 09:40 PM
Thanks thanks, Lotekk, Rebecca !! you both are great!
really helpfull!
Lotekk: It is not the intention of the image to show the greenhouse, its more to give an impression of the stairs. I have some more traditional drawings of the building, I'll scan em for you. I did something on most of the issues you noticed.
I'm glad that you noticed the skunken corridor, thats the point I wanted to show.

Rebeccak: :buttrock: :love:
Those links you give me... :love:
thanks for looking, I skewed the perspective and added contrast.

you think its better now?

I have not the intention to deliver a full-res high quality painting, though, it just is a illustration, But I want to catch the eye of the judges so they take a closer look at my work. (because the concept of the buildig is pretty cool!) This is my first serious digital environment, so I dont expect myself to produce something decent ;)

05 May 2006, 10:22 PM

Okay, here is my stab at it:

Just playing around and having fun. ;)



06 June 2006, 10:39 PM
thanks for your advices rebecca...especcially the 'post it at stahlberg's thread' tip was awesome :)

Sorry for being inactive now... but I am finishing my semester project.
The only drawingtime I have is for presentation-paintings

06 June 2006, 05:28 PM
Hiya Cy,

I think the main thing you need to work on in your images is giving them a focal point. Play around with layers and blending modes to get a nice variety quickly. Try being a bit looser with your brushstrokes without going too crazy.

Cheers, :)


06 June 2006, 03:39 AM
thanks for the tips, becca!
I tried to use them in my image.. not sure about the focal point. fun with brushes is cool though!

06 June 2006, 04:10 AM

I like the beginnings of this piece, but am not sure how to advise you (I'm not really good at environments, that's more Steven's area of expertise) :) ~ but I will say that I would focus less on trying to make this look like a 'speed paint', and just try to go for a painting / rendering, being careful, taking things slowly, and getting things right. Too often I see people trying to imitate speed painting without realizing that you have to be a damn good painter to pull it off ~ and so what I really recommend is mastering the basics of perspective, and trying to render this more than paint it quickly.

I hope this makes sense! :)



06 June 2006, 07:21 AM
thanks a lot.

this really is a speedy, 1 night work...actually its just an impression of the atmosphere in the library that I designed. I have the presentation today, so wish me luck...;)

06 June 2006, 07:45 AM
Good luck, Cy! Let us know how it goes. :)



06 June 2006, 09:22 AM
Oh, am I late? Godd luck, Cyanid! And I like that library. Always liked speedpaints, because they have a sketchy/unfinished look but at the same point they show everything, just as the atmosphere is shown at yours. Nice colors too. More redish for my taste and it would be awesome :D

06 June 2006, 01:05 PM
lol its unbelievable!
I went to the university to school yesterday, and it was pretty quiet there. When I came to the computer facility, everything was closed, and police was everywhere.
A lot of computers had been stolen, and they where doing investigation. So nobody could print or plot...and due to that every presentation is moved to next week :bounce:

Cain and Abel, Tiziano Vecelli

maybe I am gonna use this for my thunderdome-picture

I can't upload other anatomy pictures due to the nudity :(
have to find another host.

06 June 2006, 06:36 PM
some doodles

06 June 2006, 07:31 PM
Nudity not allowed? Oh my, didn't know that until now...Hey, pm me with your other sketches :D I want to see them. I like the stuff you're doing here.

06 June 2006, 01:39 PM

06 June 2006, 03:23 PM
oooooh... is it done.... or are you going to render it a bit more.. but its beautiful

06 June 2006, 11:42 AM
doodly doodly dooo :bounce:

06 June 2006, 06:17 PM
The second sketch looks the best to me. The lines ar loose but still the forms reads very well. The painting...I think the guys (the one who is going to hit the other poor guy) right lower leg is too little.

Keep up the good work :thumbsup:

06 June 2006, 10:51 PM

It's great to see all your new work! And rather hilarious to read your reaction to the theft of your schools' computers :D ~ hopefully those can be replaced soon. :)

I am especially diggin' these pencil sketches, and would love to see you do more of these. Frankly I think it's the best way to go about learning Anatomy ~ just filling sketchbooks with these types of drawings, that way you know things backwards and forwards, and your arm sort of develops a 'memory'.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work! :)



06 June 2006, 11:34 PM
hey long time no see becca? how are you?
I'm still busy with school, but the weather is awesome here so I hope I can make some time to go outside and draw.

no ref, you don't have to crit this one, every proportion is off....10 minutes work :hmm:

and a speedy environment for my greenhouse, inspired by Craig Mullins.

06 June 2006, 08:57 AM
some older ones that photobucket blocked...

and one for the DSG

06 June 2006, 03:07 PM
ref from michelangelo...

06 June 2006, 04:01 PM
Really nice job on those Michelangalo the line work you are using on those...
captureing the figures nicely with it....:applause: ....KEEP GOING....:thumbsup:


06 June 2006, 05:39 PM
Something that I admire of you Cyanid, is the intensity in your paints and draws, when I start something I see lines, but in your work I see objects, really good job, I just love the girl in red, I hope you take her further

06 June 2006, 08:12 PM
Hiya Cy,

The Michelangelo copies have a good feel to them, I'd like to see you do many more of these. I like the loose feeling in particular of your first study (of the legs) and it would be great to see many more studies in this style.

Cheers, :)


06 June 2006, 02:16 PM
SpiritDreamer: thanks!
Sol: heh thanks, nice to hear! I think I'll work some more on the girl in the red dress, but not now...exams... :sad:
Rebecca: hey, thanks. I like to do them...maybe I overrush them a bit. I'll try to do them in that style, but is hard to capture a gesture with few lines...

some michelangelo doodles:

my teenchallenge entry:

06 June 2006, 09:11 PM

06 June 2006, 09:23 PM
Very dramatic mood Cyanid, may I ask, how u got the texture of the lower part? I mean the paint base :D

06 June 2006, 02:05 AM

I think you might really benefit from doing at least one black and white piece. I think working in this limited format would really allow you to be able to explore forms much more quickly and extensively than you are currently in the color pieces.

Color, while important, is actually a lot less important than you think. What will really make the difference is the structure of the piece, the drawing, and the values. :)



06 June 2006, 02:51 PM
rebecca: but...but... I like coloring very much :D
ah well...I started a b/w study for you :p

enrique: well...I got some fancy brushes... I believe they are from goro. I just overdo the part with 2 different splatter and one charcoal.

I will join the OFDW tonight. b/w too ;)

btw, saturday I am gonna sketch with some guys...I will post some pics :)

06 June 2006, 03:02 PM
I think too that sometimes to study the values is more important than the color, a tonal valoration is very important before you start to paint as a sketch, but maybe I just say this because I can't paint with color directly :D.

Anyway that last pic looks pretty good, and your paint too :p

06 June 2006, 05:18 PM
Wowee, the last b&w sketch is great. Like michelangelo studies too. Way to go!!

06 June 2006, 05:25 PM
Fantastic work! I really love the painting studies and compositional studies.

06 June 2006, 08:48 PM

Nice start with this, watch the proportion of the arm (it looks a bit small) and try to work a bit on the face. :)



06 June 2006, 05:42 PM
Sol:thanks for the reply. I know you are right... my color piece in this piece actually started out of black and white too, and I think the colors are pretty one of my best!
razz: thanks mate!
Womball: thanks for the reply!
rebecca: thanks for the feedback, I noticed the arm too. sorry for working so little on my OFDW :( its just busy times here. I will update it tonight though :)

some no-ref doodles I did during the 'sketch' group (what turned out to be a hang-around-drink-beer-and-make-fun-group). It was great meeting such cool artists.
I'm the right one on number 048.

and a color one..based on michelangelo's...ah well you know.

06 June 2006, 09:47 PM

Very cool! :) Was this a 'Bobby Chiu Subway Group' meetup?

Some nice pieces here, your drawings are looking more confident. Looking forward to your update on your digital piece as well. :)



06 June 2006, 11:56 PM
Your drawings are surely getting better with each time you show something. Looking forward to see more! I like the devil one :bounce:

06 June 2006, 01:01 PM
rebecca: no, it was just from some thread...local artists groups. But it is growing so fast, that maybe in the future there will be rent some workspace or organized a small workshop.

razz: ty, your thread is going great too...we got the same amount of reply's, so its nice to compare the development :) must say I am impressed by your vilppu stuff.

work on my OFDW

actually this is ofdw too, but won't post it there since it just are some experimental doodles.

by the way, this was my 50st scanned sketchbookpage :bounce:

06 June 2006, 11:53 PM
portraits for the 50 portraits thingy!

some suck, some are better, I just post them

06 June 2006, 12:47 AM
Like those faces so far .....great opportunity to explore and experiment using different drawing and painting techniques....GO FOR IT...:thumbsup:

06 June 2006, 03:15 PM

Nice work on this one! :)

Great to see you in the 50 portraits project ~ nice focus on the planes so far. Keep breaking them down bit by bit, you will probably find that you think less and less in terms of a face and more and more in a very abstract way about these portraits (which is a good thing). :)



07 July 2006, 10:53 AM
glenn, rebecca: thanks for the reply's.
what is that cristiano ronaldo asshole doing in your avatar?? :D

few of the portraits, its really fun to do!

here is a preview of my thunderdome entry...too bad I spend too little time on it, but well...
any suggestions?

and one for the DSG

07 July 2006, 04:37 PM

07 July 2006, 05:15 PM
Hey Cyanid

You've made some awesome progress since my last visit - great work. Portraits are looking really good. Maybe be careful for shading in too many directions. It's often considered that shading in too many different directions can create atmosphere, but it can also destroy form, even if it's following form. Think if you enforce more control on your hatching and make it a bit more uniform, it'll sustain your forms very well.

The digitals look awesome, not much to crit there - well done man.
great work


- d.

07 July 2006, 10:56 PM
hey thanks demented! Its pretty hard to control the slows down so much!
but 'll try to remember.

upper one is ballpoint, bottom one is pencil.

07 July 2006, 08:15 AM

With that last pencil piece, I really think that you are starting to get something good ~ it's not too rough, not too finished, and I think this is really the balance that you want to try to strike. That's really the intention of doing this many pieces ~ you sort of start to do things subconsciously and to internalize the process, and then every now and then a lovely thing materializes like an unself~conscious sketch such as that last one. :)



07 July 2006, 08:51 AM
Hey Cyanid

Agreeing with Rebecca on this last one: feels just right.
Controling the line will take a lot of time initially, but as you go it will become faster. I think it will also be healthy to introduce curviture to your hatching - show the viewr this is round, that is flat, this folds and that there droops. Take a look at DocBones drawings as well as Rebecca's drawing - they're awesome examples and inspiration.
Awesome work though, great progress. Keep eating the bear.


- d.

07 July 2006, 04:44 PM
Agreed! I love the last pencil drawing. How many heads you've done already? This last pencil one is different from the others, in a good way. I just want to touch it, looks so nice. You're doing a great job, Cyanid!

07 July 2006, 02:27 PM
hello all, I ve been away for work 2 weeks, I worked on a holiday resort. I should ve told you, but I forgot :hmm:
well, Im back so Ill start posting again soon.

07 July 2006, 06:32 AM
Heya Cy,

Welcome back. :)



08 August 2006, 06:30 PM

08 August 2006, 06:35 PM
hey folks!

Yesh, Ive been away, I was in Spain the last two weeks. I said I would post (2 posts above) but I didnt. Shame on me :sad: Just too busy with things going on...
I had a great time in Spain. Been in Barcalona, great place, great architectural buildings by Gaudi, Van der Rohe, Herzog and de Meuron...was very nice. :thumbsup:
And I've been in the catalan museum of art...oh mah gawd! painters I'd never heard of...Alsina, Vayreda? And Better known artists like Lopz and Fortuny.

Dal was a great experience too...that man was a genius (and a pervert sometimes :D)

good to see things going on here, I really try to keep it up, but sometimes it is hard when you lose inpiration (and time).

I did some draws there, not much but hey...

(oh and A strange error occurs during posting. It says I got too many pictures in my post/signature)

08 August 2006, 06:39 PM
hey man you got some mad skills I'll be watching out for more of your stuff here :)

08 August 2006, 07:30 PM
Welcome back, mate! Hope to see lots of new stuff from you :)

08 August 2006, 04:57 PM
(oh and A strange error occurs during posting. It says I got too many pictures in my post/signature)

Did that to me too when I put up my sketchbook. I just posted something like 5-8 pictures at a time, and I had to wait for 30 seconds before posting a new pile.
Guess its made because of spam.

You'we really got some awesome sketches here! I just love the nose studies, have fought with the damn bodypart myself many times.
It seems like your biggest problem is the location of the eyes, and at times they are a bit big. Thought I don't know if these are just quick sketches, where you haven't really located them that accurately yet.

But these sure look good, and you can be sure I'll stop by again, so post, post, POST!!

08 August 2006, 07:15 PM
hey Cyanid, haven`t travelled through your whole thread but from what i`ve seen you have some very nice pens studies....keep up the good work.....


08 August 2006, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the reply's!

krispee: thanks, will try.
Jho: ye the location of the eyes is pretty hard...I should include them in the study's, but those studies were more focussed on the form of the nose.
razz: ye I hope to see lots of new stuff from myself too :D
nr43: thanks!

from ref:
ballpointstudy (with major problems :rolleyes: ) from WB:

08 August 2006, 12:54 PM
speedy's from refs

08 August 2006, 07:41 PM
Be sure to do lots of these kind of speedies. They look great and they're fast. Try blending the colors more and then paint on top of that. Oh, but this way it may become not so speedy. I don't know how much time have you spent on these, but now I'm thinking that it would be good to set a time limit for yourself and don't go over it with each speedpaint. Maybe an hour, or two. Then after time to see how much more finished the paintings look after the same amount of time. Just a thought :) You're doing great.

08 August 2006, 08:10 PM
Wow, Cy!

Some tremendous steps forward here. Keep up the good work!

Cheers, :)


08 August 2006, 09:18 AM
double. post.

08 August 2006, 09:20 AM
razz: yeah, the smoothing and blending of colors is pretty hard, I just have not found a good way. The ballet ones took me around 30 minutes each, the marlonbrando one around 50 minutes. thanks for the comment

rebecca: hey! long time no see! thanks for your comment!

a weistling study, think I'll do this one over, with color...absolutly not satisfied...proportions are way off and its just not symmetrical. took me 40 minutes.
always surprised how I much can screw up a beautifull portait :D

08 August 2006, 03:38 PM
another quick weistling valuestudy..

08 August 2006, 03:42 PM
valuestudy after an image from conceptart-user ban. really stunning artist!


study from life (no need to kick the thread ^_^)

08 August 2006, 03:07 PM
one 15 min study...don't like it

08 August 2006, 08:20 AM
Nice speedpaints. Weistlings' girls need some more work. I really like the study from life, look great. The 15min studies are fine too. It's great you're doing these, it will help you push your skill forward. One suggestion I have is using bigger brushes. On the Weistlings' girls the brush you use is very little from what I see. When I paint myself I always start with a huge brush then go to a smaller one once it comes to more detailing. I saw a great example once of how better it looks to use big brushes at the start of a painting. I think it's the one where it explains a lot about painting, colors and so on. I'm sure you've seen it.

08 August 2006, 11:12 AM
Nice work. The Brando Godfather image...really nice...and I love the ones that look like they're from the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. I remember watching the great Judith Jamison perform Cry in a that same kind of dress.

Good work.

08 August 2006, 12:48 PM
thanks for the reply's

razz: I think thats one heck of a tip...I tried to work from big to small, then I noticed how fast I go detailing unimportant places...what gives a big mess.

chirs palomino: glad you like them...not an dance-expert myself, but I like most ballet and modern dance. :D

dutch people might recognize this guy:
something is just not right with this one...but really can't get my finger on it...when I mirror the image it just seemes a bit its not symmetrical or something...but when I mirror back, everything seems ok. Just 'overstared' it a bit I think.

and a gif-progress, this is my global workflow.

now I start working on my OFDW! :bounce:

08 August 2006, 04:19 PM
The one painted from the side looks really great. Only some minor thingy that makes it look a bit wrong are the eyes. Perspective look a little off (the dark area behind the nose). And the cheek bone is a little too much defined. Other than that - great!

The one from front. Again, small brush size, doesn't make it look much better if you ask me. From the gif you've given. I see 3 images there. The second looks really great, after that it seems that you've taken a small brush and went all over with it. I think it makes the peace look overworked.

You're on the right path, mate! Keep practising! :bounce:

08 August 2006, 01:32 PM
razz: thanks for the reply...I need crits. they are really helpfull.
I have a question...the problem is...I can not really draw eyes,mouth, ears, nose, hair withouth using small brushes. i can I draw such features withouth going to small? when I look to for example zhuzhu's stuff than I notice that he sometimes uses small brushes too. Maybe it takes a lot of experience and talent when to decide you can small brushes and when not. Small brushes often screw up the textures.

I did another 1 digital
and then I noticed it sucked I bought some pastels and did the first pastel-drawing on colored paper ever :p think I should do it more often, its fun!

08 August 2006, 04:00 PM
You must have understood me wrong. I'm in no way saying that you should not use small brushes at all. Speaking about Zhuzhu, watch his event files of 50 heads workshop. It's clearly seen that he starts with huge shapes and then goes into smaller ones when it gets to more detailing, but the brush size varies. I Don't think that it goes the way like starting with huge brush and the going to the smaller ones and never coming back to the bigger ones. It should vary in the proccess of painting. If I remember correctly he uses a smaller brush to blend colors. There's a tutorial somewhere. If you blend the colors, then why not use a small brush? But if all the small brushstrokes are visible, then it makes it look overworked or something.

So it seems you're doing everything good, maybe just try blending the colors :arteest:

Then again, who am I to teach, I have to learn tons of stuff about painting myself. I think I learn with giving these crits, because it makes me think of how it would look better and so on...

The girls face looks a bit flat, but it's a great start.

And the pastel drawing is great. Only that I'm not a fan of smudging. But that's only me :D

Teach me more :thumbsup:

09 September 2006, 03:35 PM
been busy long time...didnt draw much. had some hard exam times, but I did good, passed most of em. hope to draw more now.

razz: thanks for ya crits man! really appreciate, don't care that its 'just' you giving the comments...for me every crit is welcome, especially from such talented lads like you :)

here are some things from the last time

sketches for ofdw:

and a dsf one.

09 September 2006, 04:10 PM
Hey, mate. I'm learning here with you. With every crit i give I learn something myself.

So now, about the giant. I like the overall composition. The foreground, midground and background is there, seen easily. Of course it's the "awakening" but when I saw your image I wanted something else. Give the giant a little more dynamic pose and there he is chasing someone down that path. Just some thoughts :)

What was the topic of the DSG? I look through there, but haven't seen this image yet. Oh, it must be "in the dark" which i haven't seen yet. Great speedpaint.

Your work from imagination is very inspirational to me :bounce:

09 September 2006, 06:19 AM

You're beginning to get some strong b/w work here - I would definitely encourage you to keep pushing this, and to keep playing with the brushstrokes, but mainly focusing on value relationships.

Glad to see you back. :)



09 September 2006, 10:51 PM
rebecca, razz: thanks for the reply's, really aprecciated!

both reffed from tiziano's great refs!

b/w study

dsg entry:

09 September 2006, 09:34 AM
lol the thumbnail of this picture looks way better than the real image :) (

09 September 2006, 10:12 AM

09 September 2006, 12:00 PM
he's got a real bad scoliosis xD

09 September 2006, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by Cyanid:

Cy, I think you have a great start here - I would love to see you go the distance in terms of a finished render with one of these, as well as see you continue to do these fast studies. Both I think are highly useful. :)



09 September 2006, 10:35 AM
Hi Cyanid!

cool stuff youve got here. Nice strokes. it seems to me that blocking the space before you start painting will make your images much better. Errors in the placement of eyes, lips, etc can be avoided by blocking out. Try using perspective lines for constructing the face.

10 October 2006, 03:23 PM
*double post*

10 October 2006, 03:25 PM
sorry for being away so long :( :(

did some serious things in my achitecture studie...well, today I decided not to give up this thread ;) so here's some recent stuff

10 October 2006, 07:53 PM

Glad to hear you're not abandoning this thread. ;) You've got a nice start to these pieces - would be nice to see you push them further in terms of the subtleties of the value relationships. :)

10 October 2006, 11:24 PM
Wow, I'm really liking your work. The Edward Scissorhands in particular is good and seeing your workflow is very interesting.

These last 2 work well too.

10 October 2006, 03:18 PM

Rebecca: hi, thanks for the reply! as you can see I worked a bit more on the soldier one.

Tonik: tanks!

10 October 2006, 04:45 PM
And great work on it, Cyanid. Only there's something I don't like about his mouth. It seems as if it comes out as much as the nose does. And the ear would be lower I think. Make sure the perspective is right. I hope you push it further :thumbsup:
About the figure, just great! Really have nothing to crit about it.

10 October 2006, 07:55 PM
heya razz,

thanks for the reply! I will work on it.

10 October 2006, 07:59 PM
Hey Cyanid I see you haven't lost the touch :)
is that Clint Eastwood? A young version then hehe but the charisma is there for sure

11 November 2006, 02:13 PM
hey nr,

yes thats clint indeed, I didnt post it, because hit has little likelyness...

well, small update here...

01 January 2007, 12:43 PM
long long time.... :shrug:
some sketches from last weeks...

01 January 2007, 01:00 AM
2 quick pencil sketches:

01 January 2007, 01:26 AM
Heya Cy, :)

Really liking these last pencil sketches and the cathedral painting especially - good to see you pushing yourself, keep at it!

01 January 2007, 06:46 AM
Hi Cyanid! Good to see you back!... the last few posts look really great!:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 07:18 AM
Great stuff (as usual)

good to see you posting :)

01 January 2007, 12:37 PM
NR43 : Thanks!
Anand: thanks for the kind words.
Rebecca: Hi there :) I am surprised you remember me :p nah, thanks for your reply.

some more quick masterstudies, rubens / michelangelo.

01 January 2007, 03:01 PM
and a value study from photoref.
took me too much time for this result...around 2 hours

01 January 2007, 03:04 PM
Do you ever use charcoal?
would love to see what you'd do with that :D

01 January 2007, 01:53 AM
love your stuff - the value studies and the sketches but most improtantly those concept images... I have a question if I may be so bold: It has always buffled me, how does one go about making something like this:

do you paint the whole thing with square brushes or add those texture feels to it after you've painted the image?! I have seen a style like that among the concept artists but I just can't do anything near :cry: would really love some tips :D

01 January 2007, 06:05 AM
how does one go about making something like this?
would really love some tips :D

ya! ya! me too!!:bounce:

01 January 2007, 11:31 AM
NR43 : I used to make portraits in charcoal. But its a very rough and pure medium. I hated the mess I always got :P But every now and then I give it a try. why is it that you want to see me drawing with charcoal?

Intervain: of course you may be so bold ;)
well I always start with a colored background (not too saturated) and a blocked silhouette in a complemental color, not too saturated either. When the main shaped form is blocked out I leave the round brush and go on with a rougher one. (I use goro's CS brush set). I think the main trick is not to remove textures when you are not satisfied, but draw on top of em.
the 'splatterd-ink' brushes are giving a nice sketch result. (as shown in the background).
Its just trial and error, just grab a random brush, and go ahead. Not satisfied? pick another one and paint it over.
I will post a wip today. If you have any questions aks them or pm!

more work on this one.
Kinda staring blind on it, so crits needed!

01 January 2007, 12:56 PM
Just wondering about the charcoal... never done it myself... will try it for sure this year... so I'm just wondering what others do with it :)

The last one... her right arm seems longer than her left...

01 January 2007, 10:28 PM

This piece is absolutely gorgeous, the monotone and colour is just wow... I'd love to see you tighten this up and make a really mind blowing study out of it, I just love the way the orange 'cuts out' the shape of the head. Masterful. The catherdral painting is another favourite, bang on with the colour choices. This is a great thread all round, really, keep up the good work!

01 January 2007, 09:55 AM
NR34: didnt come to a charcoaldrawing yet..but I will do!
zephiry: thanks a lot! actually I was kinda happy with that one too, but the leg and foot keeped bugging me. thanks for dropping by

kinda quick-finished it...added color and put a border around it ;)
the size you see it is the size I worked on it...way too low res, but didnt plan on coloring it n stuff.
Some really quick thumbnails:
and a 15 min study

Rebecca: I will post those links I promised you soon.

01 January 2007, 11:44 AM
a short step by step process:
took me just under 45 minutes.

and two sketches after rubens

01 January 2007, 04:05 PM
Heya Cy,

I think those last 2 drawings are starting to show some nice drawing confidence - you seem to be thinking on a subconscious level with them a bit which is great to see.

I really recommend checking out these links if you've not seen them already: :)

Anthony Ryder - Traditional Drawing and Oil Painting Demos (

Really good blocking method, and I highly recommend his book. :thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 02:46 PM
yeah I have seen it...I like his work, but I just don't know how he constructs his lines and shapes...he puts them on paper right away (almost) without correcting a thing. He make it look so easy. But I should try to think more in shapes and forms.

2 things for the DSG, spent way too much time on the first one.

02 February 2007, 12:12 AM

02 February 2007, 03:50 PM
You do lovely work Cyanid! Nice value study and I really like the one you call 'hunter', very well done. Thanks for stopping by my thread!:)

02 February 2007, 09:07 AM
Hi, Cyanid, been checking your sketchbook, you've got some really nice studies here.
Some of your quick pieces look great as they are, some of them look like they could be really good if you worked a little more on them.
keep it up

02 February 2007, 11:10 AM
Hi Cyanid!! thanks for the step-by-step!!:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 12:14 PM
wow thanks for the reply's!

samanthie: no problem, thanks for the visit!
voraz: thanks, you are right, I should work more on em but I get bored fast.
anand: no problem

here s some work of the last days...
not all of it...(too lazy to scan crap...), but these three turned out well I think.
this one was reffed:
skintonestudy (no ref)

02 February 2007, 08:59 PM

02 February 2007, 02:12 AM
Heya Cy, :) - a nice range of experimentation going on here, always a good indicator that you like to try something new :) - would love to see you really push traditional media / drawing more as I think that is something that might most inform your architectural studies - looking forward to seeing some traditional master copies and perhaps one day a nice 3D model of an anatomy inspired building. :)

02 February 2007, 04:00 PM
here are some fast sketches I scanned.

02 February 2007, 09:34 AM

02 February 2007, 11:00 AM

02 February 2007, 12:00 PM
Hey Cyanid, lovely sketches/studies. Enjoy them very much. Watch your lighting though, (an area i'm paying a lot of attention to at the moment in my own work) they need to be consistent. :thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 11:56 AM
yeah you are right vincent...most lightning I add is quite impulsive, not really thinking while doing it. Should work on it.

Inspired to do these things by bumskee's thread...better not compare :cry:

03 March 2007, 02:43 PM
Liking the latest batch of experiments, keep pushing yourself. :) One thing I think it would be nice to see you work on in your drawings / paintings is rhythm and flow. Check out master drawings as the best examples of this. For example:

The twist of the toros against the pelvis is what really activates this pose. It takes a lot of work to get this to work but it's what makes a pose by definition dynamic. I think if you tried constantly to put that dynamism in your work, you will have work that 'pops' more.

Looking forward to updates. :)

03 March 2007, 09:56 PM
yeah thanks rebecca. my problem is that I too often struggle with proportions and lines I just 'don't know where to put. So I am studying a bit on proportions and weight in figures. When I go study michelangelo I often got carried away by the shading, which is less important...I got to put the right proportions on the paper before I can go of to draw. I think I will study michelangelo in a more basic level, simplified and 'minimalistic' like in these female studies I did.

last one withouth ref.

03 March 2007, 11:10 PM
simplyfied lot of things...but michelangelo is drawing so many muscles...its just too much :)
older one that photobucket blocked:

and I changed my avatar ;)

03 March 2007, 06:58 AM
Cy, something I recommend trying is actually tracing *gasp* - only as an exercise - several master drawings to get the 'feel' of how they drew. This exercise can really be enormously helpful, whether digital or traditional. Try it with the Michelangelo / Rubens drawings, I bet it would really help to get that circular rhythm going. :)

03 March 2007, 08:01 PM
ya well...tracing...hmm...mumble...seems boring to me. do you mean digital tracing or with tracingpaper? made no time for it yet... :sad:

a short study after dan milligan:
one for the DSG, tried to achieve a dynamic picture. that part kinda worked, but rendering and texture is a bit over the top i think.

03 March 2007, 11:45 PM
Hey, excellent stuff you got here - especially these tennis women. Well done !

03 March 2007, 09:45 PM
Hi Cyanid, interesting sketchbook! I like your color experiments: the red face and the green and orange tennis player. Also like the way how you block out a figure with big strokes. Keep going!

03 March 2007, 12:25 PM
tiziano,batte: thanks!

03 March 2007, 02:56 PM
those warm colors are nice :)
good luck with your proportions studies...

03 March 2007, 02:57 PM
thanks johan!
here a 45 minute DSF study

03 March 2007, 03:03 PM
Wow, you are really kicking it into gear, Cy! Great to see your new direction. :thumbsup:

03 March 2007, 10:16 PM
Good to see your newest sketches. I like your shading style.:)

03 March 2007, 12:14 PM

Like where your going with the last few tonal studies...VIVID..:thumbsup:
You might try using the red as shadow, and yellow as light...maybe even a little green as a midtone, and a little purple as a deep shadow...:)
VIVID, plus LUMINIOUS...:thumbsup:

03 March 2007, 12:49 PM
thanks for the reply's all!
glenn: Interesting suggestion about the green. I will test it. thanks for looking!

05 May 2007, 03:44 PM
hello all, havent post in a good 2 months, so I decided that its time to post again.

some things I did past days.

and here some 3d...I'm learning some maya for my study architecture so this are my first renders of a project of mine...thought I'd post em. couldnt get the aliasing right though.

05 May 2007, 04:00 PM
I love the sketches! :bounce:

05 May 2007, 04:46 PM
Hi Bart, It's nice to see you posting again! I like your linework alot, great sketches!:thumbsup:

06 June 2007, 01:52 AM

one for the DSG today.

06 June 2007, 03:12 AM
It's very good,thanks

06 June 2007, 04:55 AM
Ha, you haven't posted here but I've still seen your most of the work you showed now. On the DSF or don't remember where else. I think you're doing a great job with those. I mean, DSF stuff. Want to join it myself, but couldn't paint anything worth showing there yet. Will push my skills in teh dark I guess and then come out into the light someday, hehe.
Haven't seen Star Wars movies too, only the newest one, which I went to watch just to see the special effects. Beautiful visualy, but the story the genre is not what I like.
Don't be gone for so long again, mate :thumbsup:

06 June 2007, 10:17 PM
Greetings from the Netherlands! Great stuff you've got here,spcially the master studies. Keep it up.

06 June 2007, 10:13 PM
woods: thanks!
razz: eya, thanks for the reply. You really should post in the doesnt matter if its perfect or not. at least not for me...I really posted crap there, but nobody cares, its just fun to do :) I'll try to update more regular. I'll reply on your thread soon, I just looked through it and its awesome.
SwendlyB: hey, thanks for the reply! good to see more dutch people here. just drop by every now and then :D

some fast studies I did past days.

06 June 2007, 07:24 PM
great studies as always! I was just wondering are you studying industrial design?

06 June 2007, 07:40 AM
swendlyB: nope, architecture.

here is work I did for an landscape and urbanism designoffice.
I was asked to do this in this cartoony bright style. Lots of fun :)
Its not really anatomy, but hey...its more like an excuse for my absence.

06 June 2007, 07:40 AM

08 August 2007, 02:05 PM

I'm back from a 5 weeks holiday, been in italy, toscane...wonderful place.
here I was in siena, I love that town.
something a bit different

08 August 2007, 04:09 PM
Hi ....Bart ...:) ......ITALY....5 WEEKS ... MUST BE NICE...JEALOUS ..:)

REALLY LIKE the one posted right below the photo of you..nice lighting and color..:thumbsup:
On the bottom one..needs a little bit of an indication of her front cheek running along the center of the bottom part of her swim suit..looks flat without it...:) An extension of the line that devides her back in half, running into the back of her closest thigh...I like the bright colors and bold feel of it..GREAT JOB ON THESE...:thumbsup:
Looking forward to seeing more of your work and progress..:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 04:41 PM
Italy huh... must have been quite a trip :D

Good to have ya back

08 August 2007, 09:57 AM
Heja Cyanid,
The figure stuff in your last post looks very good! I especially like the red women ... very nice lightning :)

The purple women seems to have a very wide pulley/tackle (I looked the word up don't know if both mean the thing I mean ^^)

Keep at it :)

09 September 2007, 07:42 AM
Glenn: Thanks for pointing it out, now I see it myself. Not that I will change it...:) just a sketch anyways.

NR43: yes indeed, thanks :)

Trunks: I understand:) Don't know the right word for it too. thanks for pointing out.

works from the last days.

09 September 2007, 09:16 AM
Hi, I was just scrolling through your sketchbook, lots of nice stuff.
I like those cartoony works on post 182.
The last stuff looks good too, I would like to see it pushed a little further though...

09 September 2007, 07:40 PM
Hi Bart, You have added alot of lovely work since I last stopped by! Great catwoman sketch and gestures. Nice pic of you too.:) Italy must have been great, nice cartoon absence excuse.hehe

09 September 2007, 05:09 AM
great work! esspecially with skintones on a few of your body sketches. They are real nice! basically, all i can say is on pictures where you have a reference, pay attention to negative space as well.

beautiful work ^^ keep it up!

09 September 2007, 06:52 PM
Hi Cynaid,
very nice work on this figures! Good job! I would like to see this speedpaint of the women ready for being married a little bit more finished :)

Keep it up!

09 September 2007, 08:29 AM
voraz: thanks, yes I really have a problem with pushing images...I loose interest pretty fast and move on to another picture. But I will try in the future.
Samanthie: thank you! :D
Auria: thanks, really glad to hear you liked the skintones, because its one of the things I struggle with when I colorize my drawings.
Trunks: Yeah well I had to do with a timelimit since I did it for the DSF. and then I lost interest as usual :sad: thanks for the reply!

09 September 2007, 08:30 AM

09 September 2007, 10:25 AM
very nice sketches and studies in here! I particularly love how you paint the lips in your studies :):shrug:

And I love your architecture-pics. Have a "happy style". Like it! :applause:

09 September 2007, 11:01 AM
I really liked this women figure drawings, very nice pose and very well done!

What you mean by you have to do it for the DSF? So you mean the TV DSF? :D

Keep it up :)

09 September 2007, 03:49 PM
DSF = Daily Sketch Forum if I am correct

great sketches btw Cyanid (as usual)

09 September 2007, 06:01 PM
thanks for the input guys!
By DSF I meant the Daily Sketch Forum indeed

here some works. some with ref, some withouth

09 September 2007, 11:18 PM
great stuff - I really like your inky, lineart sketches most of all - there's a lot of energy to them! And yeah I adored Siena too :) Beautiful, and way above Florence in my book :scream: [hehe like it was in the early Renaissance - I'm sure if there's a person from Florence going through that thread they'll have an urge to kill me ;)]

09 September 2007, 05:45 AM
The 2nd one is my fav
The women in the 3rd and 4th sketch seem to have a bit of a big head but I really like how you play with contrast there

The faces... I really really must try to get more info in my quick sketches, will work on that thx

09 September 2007, 09:57 AM
I love what you do with colour, it really sets the mood in all your drawing as do the easy painterly strokes. The violet woman seems to be off proportionally a little though.
The landscape\spaceship picture is pure genius.
Also loved the bride, catgirl and gestures. Your skill with picking out the most important aspects of light\shadow and pose are worthy of admiration)

09 September 2007, 05:39 PM
reaveress: thanks for the kind words

nr43: its a strange habit of mine...drawing too big heads. :s thanks for pointing out

intervain: hehe yes indeed..florence was nice too, but much too touristic for my taste. The cathedral of florence was impressive. But it couldnt match the beautiful streets and housing of siena.

I'm planning on taking this to a finished illustration. The last time I finished off a piece was a year ago...:x
any suggestions? (there is not much too see yet... :) )

09 September 2007, 06:45 PM
i really look forward to see how that piece comes out, the purple one. its beautiful :) and the perspective is great! the biggest area to work on though is the abs area, the upper theigh and stomach area. we should see more of an underside to it, right now its *almost* dead on. a little bit of the underside but i think the belly button mark esspecially should be a tad higher and a tad to *our* left. other than that, this piece looks really good :)!

09 September 2007, 03:10 PM
auria, thanks for your very usefull comment.

added some details and colors, mainly testing. next step will be more refining and adding a background.

10 October 2007, 12:04 PM
2 really quick sketchs (approx 30 min each.)

10 October 2007, 04:08 PM

10 October 2007, 10:02 PM
Hey Bart, I really like that locomotive!:thumbsup: You have a knack for color. Also I like the sketch you call scan86 of the woman. Very interesting style. On your image good versus evil I think there needs to be a bit more contrast between the two figures.

10 October 2007, 10:20 AM
Cy, your lighting rules. Fantastic thread, I'm a subscriber as of now.:thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 11:56 AM
caveatscoti: hah thanks! Thanks for putting the link to my thread in the DSF :) appreciated. Though there are artists that are ten times better than me when it comes to applying lights.

Samanthie: thanks, yes I agree with the contrast. Its something you overlook when you are staring at it for an hour.

here are some b/w studies.

11 November 2007, 12:06 PM

11 November 2007, 09:51 PM
Nice updates! Keep going with the grayscale studies, I think they are getting better!

11 November 2007, 02:35 PM
hey becca! thanks for the reply. yes I think they get better too... :)

here are some works from the past days.

11 November 2007, 05:19 PM
I really like the guy on the bike!
in all it's a cool idea to do studies from film stills! Great job :)

11 November 2007, 06:22 PM
Awesome stuff lately on your thread, Bart!!... Keep rocking!!:thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 10:34 PM
Intervain: thanks, doing stills is lots of fun indeed :bounce:

11 November 2007, 08:05 AM
You are growing artistically big time!


11 November 2007, 03:44 PM
WOW. I keep going into threads today, and instinctively the first word I want to type out is "WOW"! Really really nice work here, and you're even putting your own style into them with the eyes. I love the colour choices and..well..everything about them really! How long does one of these compositions take you out of interest?

Keep on going - loving the thread :)

11 November 2007, 05:06 PM
Great work on these stills Bart! Very inspiring. The one titled '21grams' is really striking. Keep up the great work!:thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 05:01 PM
double post

11 November 2007, 05:07 PM
thanks for the replies

Gord: thanks, I hope I am improving...sometimes I'm not sure. I like your stuff in the speedpaint thread.

thek: thanks for the words!

samantie: hey there! yea I liked that one was the quickest of the stills, but the most powerfull I guess.

here's a half an hour painting. I tried some techniques of a great artist here onboard. You guess.

11 November 2007, 04:41 AM
Hey great sketchbook thread you got here. Really like your color studies. Keep it up!

11 November 2007, 11:09 AM
thanks system404

11 November 2007, 12:21 PM
I tried some techniques of a great artist here onboard. You guess

Lol... name starts with a "Z", right ? :)
Your rendition is quite good. Keep at it !

11 November 2007, 01:48 PM
hehe correct, tiziano :D

here a 45 min speedie.

11 November 2007, 03:29 PM

11 November 2007, 12:57 PM

11 November 2007, 07:17 AM
Hi Cyanid,
Lovely Studies! I think you really have a good sense of color.
keep up the good work :thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 02:50 PM

11 November 2007, 07:02 PM
Lots of neat stuff in here, Cyanid. Though you could write which ones are refed and which ones imagintional. That would be interesting to know. I would suggest to paint more full figures, not just the heads. Unless, of course, getting better at heads is your main intention right now.
Nice painterly feel to all of them, I do like it that way. Show more, please!

11 November 2007, 10:00 PM
hey razz! thanks, yes actually I was focussing more on heads. But heres a whole body, no ref.

It's a WIP for the ChoW #99 Herald of the Queen.
I'm planning doing a flag in the background and giving him a horn or a trumpet in the hand.
spent around 3hours on it so far.

12 December 2007, 06:43 AM
Keep on rockin! :thumbsup:


12 December 2007, 09:49 AM
Good start there, Cyanid. If you go HERE (, to Daarken's website, you will find some tutorials on character painting. There's this medieval knight with all the armor which would be worth looking at as you're doing this armored guy. So if you haven't seen it already do take a look.
Few more things. The tower ends at the same line with the character, so maybe making the tower higher would be a good idea. And his armor, is it gray or orange in color? I don't know if it's untouched in those places but it looks strange right now. Also the strap (don't know how it's called in English, sorry, but speaking about the red white blue thing) is not draping the way it should be, looks stiff.
I hope this helps a bit :)

12 December 2007, 01:57 PM
razz: thanks for your awesome feedback and the great link! As you can see I changed a lot. Not finished, but I leave it for now, staring a bit blind on it. The strap still needs some work I think.

12 December 2007, 02:05 PM
double post

12 December 2007, 10:02 PM
razz: thanks for your awesome feedback and the great link! As you can see I changed a lot. Not finished, but I leave it for now, staring a bit blind on it. The strap still needs some work I think.


Wow, you did that without reference?

I like it a lot, especially the part around the feet/legs - keep the paintings coming! :)

/me puts image in CG inspiration 'box'.

12 December 2007, 03:37 PM
Great improvements on this one! Lots of changes which made him look much better. You might still want to hint about the form of his left leg, not leaving it completely flat. And watch the thickness of his lower leg, compare the two. I think the difference is too big, even though they're seen from different angles. Well a little bit of this and that is still needed but overall a big step forward from the previously posted version.

Good luck to you

01 January 2008, 03:18 PM
voluntas: thanks! well I started without reference, but later I used the reference that razz gave me.
razz: yep, thank you for the feedback

here are some works I did last weeks, not so much time to draw lately.
something for the dsf a while a go
batman fan art, based on alex maleev's batman. picked up a batman book he pencilled. he's a kickass artist!

01 January 2008, 05:15 PM

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