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05 May 2006, 09:31 PM
Oh boy, here we go...
Finally mustering the courage to start a thread after a few months of lurking. *keeps fingers crossed* Big shout out of thanks for all the knowledge spread so far. Great stuff!!
Will kick it off with some older sketches. More actual anatomy studies will come along soon.
05 May 2006, 09:33 PM
Hand Studies from sketchbook...
05 May 2006, 12:53 AM
Welcome aboard! :) Glad to see your thread go up. Really liking the hand studies, and would love to see more of that type of thing here. Why not tell us something about your art training and background? :)
Look forward to seeing more of your work!
05 May 2006, 11:38 AM
Ah, right, I've always been bad with introductions; including my own! I've been doing art since I was at least 5. The origins lie in a secret piece done in crayon involving red and yellow dinosaurs fighting in front of an erupting volcano. I come from a family of photographers and artists so I grew up with conversations involving composition and lighting.
My formal training included four years in graphic arts at Indiana University. My main focus for many years had been in comic book art and that was why I chose the G.A. program at the time. However, after an instructor told me that comic art had no place in art school, I bailed. (Things have changed there from what I hear...) So, for the most part, I am self taught except for several disciplines that I DID acquire during the training. I've always loved the comic-book/illustrator style. I've studied John Buscema, Hogarth, Neal Adams. Lately, I've been drawn to more painterly work and single pieces. I also do quite a bit of photography work and my galleries can be found by following this link --> Photo Galleries (http://www.pbase.com/coyotewatches).
After twelve years managing a small game store, I left to become a house-dad in the country and to pursue my dream of a freelance illustrator and writer. I'm currently volunteering as a project manager for set of fantasy based oracle cards. The manager biz gave me a real good practical head for business of which I am very thankful. Late last year, a friend showed me a small amount of things you could do with the digital programs and I am hooked. I've spent the last month or so really trying to nail the things down. Thanks to CGTalk, I've been able to accomplish that MUCH more quickly. So, thanks everyone.
Lets see, what else? Oh yeah, I'm getting married in two weeks. *yikes!*
05 May 2006, 03:36 PM
Thank you for the introduction! :) It of course really helps to give me a better sense of where you are coming from and your interests. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! :) Always exciting to hear these personal tidbits. :)
Looking forward to seeing more of your work! One thing I strongly advise folks to do here on the Anatomy Forum are Master Copies. There are some great resources here:
Master Copy Resources (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=354836)
Check it out if you get the chance! :)
05 May 2006, 08:36 PM
Actually plan on working through several. Have already picked a piece for the workshop as well. But, have to get through the holiday today first. You know, cook-out, liquid refreshment, baseball with the kids.
Then, tonight and tomorrow, to task!
Thanks for the link though. I had not seen that resource list yet! Very appreciated!
05 May 2006, 02:22 AM
Sketch-a-day sketch. 15 minutes, Wacom, Photoshop 7
05 May 2006, 03:52 PM
I really like the brush you were using for this piece:
I think the thinner / harder brushes make it more difficult to get any sort of range of expression. A slightly thicker, less opaque, and softer brush with a bit of texture as you were using here works quite nicely: :)
05 May 2006, 05:10 PM
A master copy of a figure study done by Raffaello. Still getting my brain around Photoshop, brushes, and what works best for what...
05 May 2006, 02:09 PM
For the Sketchathon. This one gave me a passle of trouble. Got a little dicey here and there... But it was good because it pointed me to areas I need work on.
20 minutes, Painter. (Trying to get the feel of the pencil brushes..)
05 May 2006, 02:17 PM
It's great to see your Master Copy, I think that doing more of these will stand you in good stead. One thing to really focus on in Master Copies, particularly of Renaissance Artists such as Raphael, is the oftentimes exxaggerated roundness of forms. For example the front part of the torso could become even more rounded to complement the curved forms of the back. I wrote an article on 'Opposing Curves' which you can get to through the 'Article' link in my signature. :) If you get the chance, check it out and let me know what you think ~ I think you are already using this principle with the Master Copy, which is the reason why doing them is so important ~ they help you to see and master these principles which are so important in Drawing, which is the necessary foundational basis for painting.
Looking forward to seeing more of your work. :)
05 May 2006, 02:26 PM
hello CoyoteGuy, I like the master study, is my favorite piece of the thread, keep on going.
05 May 2006, 05:21 PM
Thanks for the great feedback! More master copies on the way. Had to take a break today because last night I got my version of Painter going and, wow, I'm in love. This is a quick fun sketch I did to get a better handle on some of the brushes offered. I think its Frankenstein's Monster.
I did this with the Sargent brush in Painter. I love the loose and freeform of it which is something I need to work on. Up until recently, my pieces seemed very static and without much life, overworked. Trying to fix that...
06 June 2006, 01:29 PM
15 minute quick sketch for the sketchathon...
And the Daily Sketch 725: Plane Ride from Hell. 50 minutes, Painter.
And a self-portrait I finished up this morning. Love the Painter watercolors...
06 June 2006, 06:31 PM
I think it would be nice to see you develop this piece:
To be honest I'm not crazy about the DSG images as I'm not sure they're teaching you much about seeing form or drawing / painting ~ I think focusing in on fundamentals in the beginning stages far outweighs creating concepts and the like. :)
I think you could really push the above piece or other reference piece much further and learn a great deal more by focusing in on basic principles of light and shade.
06 June 2006, 01:29 PM
No updates for awhile as it appears I am indeed getting married in two days. *grin* Life is moving fast and furious right now and won't be stopping until at least Monday. Will be back then and on track.
Rebbecak -- Thanks for the ongoing comments.
"I'm not crazy about the DSG images as I'm not sure they're teaching you much about seeing form or drawing / painting ~ I think focusing in on fundamentals in the beginning stages far outweighs creating concepts and the like."
Ah, but this is hardly the beginning for me AND they have the added bonus of allowing me to relax, be creative, and have some fun for a short time. In doing art, for me at least, its important to have something fun and fast, to jumpstart my creativity a bit with no sense of it needing to be perfect or academic. If you feel that my DSG's don't belong on the anatomy thread, I would be glad to relocate them elsewhere and keep this as an anatomical thread only.:)
Off to get hitched....
06 June 2006, 02:10 AM
LOL, no worries, these are my opinions and this is your thread. :) Hey! Good luck with the 'hitched' bit! :thumbsup:
06 June 2006, 05:17 PM
Took a week off after getting hitched. It also appears that I did some serious damage to my right wrist while drumming at my own wedding. *sigh* Although its very improved since the injury, I cannot seem to draw very long without it aching horribly.
Getting back into it and here are two 15 minute sketches for daily warm-up. More soon as my wrist allows...
06 June 2006, 07:41 PM
Congrats on getting hitched! :) Overall these drawings are looking stronger, so perhaps marriage is proving beneficial to your art! :D
Good stuff, looking forward to seeing more. :)
06 June 2006, 09:56 AM
Wrist is limbering up but still stiff from injury. Was able to work longer then before and I hope it continues to improve. Have re-arranged my work space a bit to accomdate for the stiff wrist and I really like the flow of the space now when working with a tablet.
Below are the beginning stages of my master copy of Waterhouse's " Hylas and the Nymphs" for OFDW018. Rather daunting but I'm really enjoying the challengs.
09 September 2006, 01:19 PM
Hopefully, I can keep this a little more current this time around. I somehow managed to give myself a fairly serious wrist injury that kept me from doing pretty much anything stylus related and pretty much traditional art related as well. Add in getting married and startingmy own business and, well, you get a big bowl of crazy.
For the most part, that's behind me now and the waters have calmed a bit. Below is a catch-up of the painting I was trying to get finished for Workshop p019 The Awakening the Underground Giant. I came in late to the workshop and ended up pushing my wrist a little too far one evening. I still love the piece I came up with and will be taking it through to completion here.
I reposistioned a few things, planned a few more things out, and started adding in basic colors and lighting. Moving forwards slowly with business work taking up most of my day.
More to come as I begin to tighten up the piece...
09 September 2006, 11:50 AM
Continuing onward with the Awakening the Underground Giant piece. Have been exploring several different photographs and resources to see how candle light works with a limestone or sandstone cave. Much of it will be tightened up in the detailing phase which I am drawing close to...
09 September 2006, 02:19 PM
Really liking the direction of this, particularly of the actual giant. I would encourage you to work on the two smaller figures, perhaps using reference from a source such as www.characterdesigns.com > photosets and/or http://justmeina.deviantart.com/gallery/ (both with artistic nudity).
At what size / resolution are you working? I would encourage you to work at print resolution so that you can really detail your image. Try drawing, not painting the two smaller figures, so as to work them out and make their appearance more convincing.
I look forward to seeing your updates! :)
09 September 2006, 02:19 PM
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