View Full Version : CgTalk Daily Sketch 700 THE 35 MINUTE SKETCH: "Excalibur"

05 May 2006, 01:47 PM

These are the rules:
* You have 35, (count them 35!) minutes to do your sketch. IF you go beyond the
assigned time limit , you have to post WHATEVER you have done after the time has
expired, along with the FINAL drawing.
* Also, I will add a new voting category, called THE FASTEST DRAW.
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* RESOLUTION : The image can have any aspect ratio up to 800 x 600
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing, unless is it an integral part of the challenge.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
* Ill post ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.

Good luck

PS To submit your topic ideas and suggestions go to this thread:
>>Link<< (http://showthread.php/?t=145003)

05 May 2006, 01:56 PM
Just remember people, Excalibur is not the sword in the stone according to most legends. It is usally referred to as the sword the Lady of the Lake gives Arthur.

05 May 2006, 03:01 PM
okey, it's a great story, but enough already.. I don't know the tale of camelot or whatever it's called, so pleeeeease get some new topics soon... a week of them is truly enough...

05 May 2006, 04:34 PM
Just remember people, Excalibur is not the sword in the stone according to most legends. It is usally referred to as the sword the Lady of the Lake gives Arthur.
"Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony." ~Dennis, The Holy Grail

sorry, just had to :p

05 May 2006, 05:50 PM
lol i love the Holy Grail. Yeh i think a different topic would be good now, but ill try have a go at excalibur tonight, i havnt really had any good ideas recently. Still there is some really nice artwork coming out :cool:

05 May 2006, 07:58 PM
I agree, we've have too many Camelot topics. It's a great tale, but let's move on, shall we?

05 May 2006, 08:58 PM
1h 20min

05 May 2006, 10:06 PM
kind of sucks when you don't know the tale, and that's the only topic for a week... I want to draw^^

05 May 2006, 10:09 PM
samsonreaper: reminded me of "Karas" anime in the first moment. I love the mood and the movement in this!!

05 May 2006, 10:11 PM
here's mine, more like 55 mins, pencil & then Painter 8 on a scan... might take the next week off painting this one :) Samsons, great style! lots of energy.

05 May 2006, 10:19 PM
thanks guys:beer:, nice to see this thread rolling

05 May 2006, 10:36 PM
...might take the next week off painting this one...

That should be cool. May I make a suggestion though? How about enlarging Arthur's eye a little? It seems very small compared to the woman's. Also His face seems relatively flat for a European native (Gaelic, Norse, whatever he was) - I might pronounce his nose a bit more if it were mine - give his profile deeper dips, arches and bulges for character. But it's totally up to you! The woman is perfect, btw.

Edit: Oh and *wince* maybe I should wait and make sure my crit is welcome first, but in case you uh...really want it, here is one more little bitty thing - his hand seems really awkward being so horizontal when his forearm is almost straight up. Seems a little uncomfortable to be holding it that way. But as you see I did not even notice when I posted the first part of this, maybe it's not so obvious. Okay! :D

Edit 2: I just know that I feel really frustrated when I spend a long time painting something and then after it's all beautiful and detailed realize something's off in anatomy or perspective. Just trying to give you a heads up before you get too far I guess, as I know I would appreciate it if someone did the same for me.

05 May 2006, 10:54 PM
hiya Vizon,

As soon as I posted it I suddenly realised his eye looked Really small compared to hers, very glad you confirmed that. I'll mess about with Arthur's profile too. After you mentioned it, I started looking at some pics I've got saved as reference and his nose fits very well with a pic of an old Moroccan fellow I have. Hmm, only a few thousand kms off.

Also, I knew something was up with the hand but it "logically" has to be that way. However, I just tried the exact same position with my own hand and it *hurts!* hehehe So yes, arm revision would be a good thing.

Thanks for the crits, very welcome indeed.

05 May 2006, 11:09 PM
Hey, first time joining in on these daily sketches, because I really need to learn how to draw and paint, and this is a great way to learn!

Im affraid I couldnt keep the time limit, kinda lost myself into the painting :)

Here it is, around 2 hours. Dont know the tale, so I just did something for fun.

05 May 2006, 11:41 PM
Here's the lady of the lake from Arthur's POV. 30 minutes in Photoshop.
I wanted to try something reflective of the calmer, more spiritual side of excalibur's story.

05 May 2006, 11:44 PM
hm glad this one hasn't been totally abandoned yet.

my offering. about 1hr....tut tut :D

samsonsr - nice work man

05 May 2006, 12:19 AM
Heck with legend. I like the Ex on the stone! (

35 min
Wakom + PS CS2

05 May 2006, 12:40 AM
First time showing my work so be kind...or else. It took about 30-40 mins didnt keep track of time very well

05 May 2006, 12:46 AM
The young arthur is confronted by the sword whilst searching for his brothers stolen weapon....took about 40 minutes in painter. Sadly its my 2nd attempt as my first crashed half way through without saving so that was annoying as the first one was better!

05 May 2006, 03:19 AM
Mine is terrible! No reference - it's painfully obvious. The only thing I'm happy with is the ambient green glow. Meh. Probably about 40-mins or so, photoshop, intuos3

05 May 2006, 05:35 AM
Welcome to all the new faces, nice to see people joining the madness :D Pink, the colours and softness of your image really do give a sense of quiet, nicely chosen.

Question for everyone: Vizon's critique of mine in this thread got me thinking -- it's extremely rare that critiques happen here. Is that because of some unwritten rule about the DSG? You come, you post, you mention maybe one or two you really like, the end.

I personally would get a heck of a lot more out of posting here if I got suggestions on what to improve from others. Being as old as I am, I am pretty thick-skinned, so as long as it's a critique that mentions specifics, anything goes as far as mine are concerned.

I guess PMs work for critiques, but I think everyone could gain from some of the more experienced artists around here giving suggestions. As we probably all know, art class isn't about secretly whispering what's wrong with a drawing :)

Just a thought, anyone else up for revealing their level of critique toleration?

05 May 2006, 02:02 PM
Grondhammer, I'm so with you - I would LOVE to hear from the more experienced people who post here - I need all the help I can get, and what's more? I'm with you, for some reason, because I want to learn so much, I have this amazing thick skin I've never quite had before - but I /love/ getting crits... for some reason I just feel it's a great great way to learn.

The only thing is I feel like some of these can't be critted as finished works since they are sketches, so instead of critting technique (for someone like me who takes EONS longer to achieve a rendering of something than someone more skilled and experienced) perhaps critiquing more color use/composition/lighting - the more basics that are shown in a sketch.

I would love to hear from everyone. Then again, we don't want to make this a work thread either I suppose, since people enjoy the fact that they can come in, get a quick idea, sketch it up, toss it in here and it's light hearted... so I'm not sure.

05 May 2006, 03:20 PM
hi everyone this is my first post- i suck this took me 3h to do, i need practice to get faster, feel free to comment.
done in painter using wacom.

05 May 2006, 05:29 PM
A modern tale.
Little joke. Hehe...
37 min. Photoshop + tablet (

05 May 2006, 07:11 PM
hehe, very funny cdon :D

05 May 2006, 05:38 PM
35min, photoshop +tablet

Pinoy McGee
05 May 2006, 03:24 AM
1:00 PS (:35 wip, 2nd image below)

05 May 2006, 10:58 PM
That's nice rawwad... and you managed to keep the time limit!

Here's my take. But I got carried away and went way over the limit, sorry...

Photoshop/Wacom/1.5 hours

05 May 2006, 07:33 AM
Ahhh crap, I can't believe I missed all the recent DSG's!! Such awsome topics grr. Ok I have to try and catch up!

Great work everyone!

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