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05 May 2006, 05:40 AM

Hey Everyone :)

Thought I would start up an anatomy thread since I plan on learning more about human and animal anatomy I am starting to learn character modeling in 3d as well as improving my drawing skills. And some crits on my work would really help out.


05 May 2006, 05:54 AM

It's fantastic to see your new thread! What are your plans in terms of the type of work you will do here / projects / etc?

Cheers, :)


05 May 2006, 05:57 AM
Matt, am so glad to see you start your anatomy thread. You know of course what this means? :p

05 May 2006, 11:26 AM
heya matt, looking foward to seeing your stuff :)

05 May 2006, 11:34 AM
Hey Matt, looks good so far. The waves and water came out great. The skin looks dead... I don't know the original though, so maybe thats the point.

05 May 2006, 12:24 PM
Hey everyone thanks for the comments :)

Rebecca- Well for this thread I will just be showing anatomy studies as well as character design in both 2D and 3D. I am really trying to improve and i think here i will get some good crits that will help out big for me.

Queensoul- Hahaha what does this mean!?

Adam- Thanks man! im going to try and pull some stuff out for this thread on a regular basis , well im hoping:)

Se7en- Hey thanks for the comment , yeah she does look dead. I didnt add any color to her on this version of the painting.

here is A domestic dog skull that I painted tonight , and im hoping to paint a dog this week.

05 May 2006, 04:31 PM

This is looking really good so far. Definitely check out the following link:

About the SurgiCat Database: (

Follow the link to the SurgiCat database, where you can search the Royal College of Surgeon's collection of anatomical specimens. I'm sure you could find some excellent reference for the skeleton / anatomy of different types of canines.

Looking forward to seeing your update! :)



05 May 2006, 09:39 PM
Here is my Mastter copy OF Hong Ly's photo
Hope you all like it and crits and most welcome.

05 May 2006, 09:49 PM

It's great to see both studies ~ I've commented already on your OFDW piece (would love to see you take this further and / or tackle a new piece) ~ but would really like to see the canine skull and skeleton taken further.

Nice work so far! :)



05 May 2006, 09:58 PM
Hiya! Great studies! Wonderful to see your thread here :)

06 June 2006, 08:40 PM
hey everyone , heres another OFDW painting that i have completed

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)
Pelt Merchant of Cairo
Oil on canvas, 1869

06 June 2006, 09:39 PM
Matellis, great work!

This last one looks wonderful, you have painted the fur very well!

06 June 2006, 05:58 AM

There are aspects of this painting that are starting to look gorgeous ~ the face and turban, helmet, claw and front face of the wall for example have really come together and show a lot of skill. :) Of course as you know I think the following areas could be improved:

Really great stuff here, Matt, and it's been great to have you produce two lovely pieces for the OFDW. I really hope you will push them further, but will understand if you do not.

Cheers, :)


06 June 2006, 06:06 AM
Really beautiful piece you did on the merchant, Matt. Its looking really wonderful. The little spots Rebecca mentioned shouldnt take you time to do. :)

01 January 2007, 01:36 PM
Hey everyone , long time since I posted in here so I thought i would update my sketchbook.

These are just some paintings,matte paintings and sketches i have been working on the last few months :)

01 January 2007, 01:37 PM
sketches continued

current matte im working on

Sketch I made at work the other day

01 January 2007, 04:36 PM
Hi Matt, you have some lovely works here. I like the lighted bridge and also the stair/pathway in the forest. Maybe add a little bit of detail work on a few of the trees closer to the foreground. I like that image alot.:)

01 January 2007, 04:12 AM
Hey Matt, I've seen / commented a lot of this before, but: was new to me. That one seems like a really neat idea. The saucer looking ships in the sky are very playful and the huge ships on the ground look very strong. Kind of grabs that 'army disembarking' feel, and maybe with a unifying gold overtone it would be a nice piece.

Love the sketchs, you really have to take your sketchbook to work with you more (all) the time :D

02 February 2007, 05:23 PM
Hey thanks for the replies!

and here are some quick sketches from photo

15 min sketch

30 min sketches

02 February 2007, 05:17 PM

30min sketches wow you'r one fast ... painter :D

great environments too
looking forward to see more!

02 February 2007, 06:29 PM
These are amazing! You've got some real talent there, shading, colours, composition, gesture, form - everything is first class and you do it so quickly too! Incredible, simply incredible. The only thing that annoys me in these is the face of the woman holding the other woman because it's the kind of face I would draw after 3 hours of hard labour, and that would be one of my better faces - but I see your other stuff and know that even in 15 minutes you could do so much better.

This is my favourite out of your recent ones:

Never mind the fact it's a 15minute job, it's already perfect.

02 February 2007, 04:51 AM
Hi Matt! awesome work!!:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 04:50 AM
Hey thanks for the comments , I really think these quick sketches are helping me improve a ton , just trying to get it in time before the clock runs out is tons of fun , but I dont have much time now just because I am trying to work on a matte painting for the Gnomon challenge this month.

But here are 2 more 30 min sketches that I have done the other day and tonight. Trying to start using color. It is proving to be more of a challenge then i thought. If you are interested in my process I can post a quick tutorial in here , thou its pretty basic stuff :)

02 February 2007, 06:51 AM
Hey Matt, there's some great work going on in here! The quickie sketches are very impressive, and oddly enough, the first black and white 15 minute sketch is my favourite of the ones you've poste so far, as some of the detailing in the longer ones is killing the illusion at times, especially when you take small brushes to the eyes. But that's just personal preference!

The environmental stuff is pretty impressive too! Love the sci-fi looking bridge in black and the autumnal-looking setting with the odd structures in it. The torch-lit castle in the forest looks a bit washed out, especially where the stairs come down to the forest at the bottom, maybe a bit more darkness in the shadows would help it pop and really focus the attention on leading up to the castle.

But very nice stuff, keep it up!

02 February 2007, 10:11 PM
Hey Sam , thanks a lot for taking the time to crit some of my work. I agree with you about the 15 min sketch being the best out of what i have done so far. And I also agree with what your saying about the jungle temple painting. I think sometime soon I will actually go in and fix all that stuff up. My biggest problem is that I get bored of a painting and do something else , leaving what i was working on unfinished and I think i gotta slap myself in the face soon and get most of those environments done! :)

Also I would like to say I viewed your sketchbook before and you have some amazing stuff in there! Really nice work :)

Some more 30 min sketches from lastnight:

And here is the matte painting I am working on for the Gnomon challenge this month , I changed it a lot from the other version i have in this thread, still lots of work left to go on it thou :)


02 February 2007, 06:57 AM

wow you're very talented!

I would love to see you do some head studies...
There's an awesome thread called something like "Anatomy Lessons: Heads" full of references.
Would love to see you give some of those some attention :)

02 February 2007, 10:42 PM
I love the bridge in the first post. Amazing stuff overall.

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