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05 May 2006, 10:33 AM
Hi, I have just found this seccion of CGTalk, that I find very interesting. Following Rebeccak's suggestion I decided to start a thread, with stuff from my sketchbook that I did to practice anatomy.
This first images aren't new but some are very recent.
I hope I can get some critiques in order to correct the mistakes I have done and didn't realize by myself, or just didn't know how to correct.
I will put new images of stuff i am doing or will do in the future.

this one was in the train:

05 May 2006, 12:51 PM
How many images can one put in a post?
I was going to put more in the previous but I got a message saying it was too much....

so this are some of the other pictures, this ones are based on a book from Hogarth, I was offered a while back. I tried to use it as a guide but without following Hogarth's style.

05 May 2006, 01:27 PM
Also I wanted to post these paintings:

I considered this one finished, it is acrylic on paper:

these other two are WIPS:

This one is acrylic on canvas, I am not sure about size, probably around 60x90 cm. Haven't worked on it for some time.

Also acrylic on canvas and also not sure about the size, probably around 120x80 cm.
It started like this:
and then:
I'm still working on it, I have painted it a little more Sunday and yesterday also, I've got to make some new pictures.

05 May 2006, 04:15 PM

Great to see your Anatomy Thread up and running! :)

One thing I would recommend doing is doing smaller pencil or ballpoint pen anatomy studies such as you are doing from Hogarth in a fairly large sketchbook. A sketch pencil or a ballpoint pen gives you much more precision and control than a charcoal pencil, and will give you much more mileage in terms of working.

For inspiration and guidance, you should definitely check out the work of the two artists listed here in this thread:

Unofficial Moderators, DoctorBone and Thomasphoenix (

A thread which may interest you in terms of Acrylic Painting is:

Acrylic Painting Tips (

Some great work can be found here on the forum by these artists, who are very helpful as well.

Cheers, :)


05 May 2006, 04:55 PM

I like this one! Nicely done! You have got an interresting style which I like very much. Post more of it !

05 May 2006, 08:16 PM
Thanks Rebecca, i'm still exploring around. Lots of threads to watch. Thanks for the advice.

Thanks trunks, that's one the most recent stuff I have.

Some more sketches (these are a little older):

05 May 2006, 10:03 AM
some more sketches:

the first one was from photo reference:

05 May 2006, 03:08 PM
From photo reference:

from Hogath's book:

05 May 2006, 10:24 PM

Good to see more of your work. :) Try to see in your drawings more of the curves of the figure that oppose one another ~ for a detailed explanation of this, see the 'Article' link in my signature ~ caution: nudity.

I hope you don't mind, I did a review of your piece, let me know what you think:

The main thing is to find the lines that matter the most to the pose. I think you've done this well on his upper and lower torso, and need to carry that out into the arms and legs as well. Drawing with pencil instead of charcoal, or with a sharpened charcoal pencil, will help you to get finer details.

Cheers, :)


06 June 2006, 10:24 AM
Hi Rebecca, thanks. There was something bothering me with that image and I wasn't sure what was it. Now I can see clearly that his far shoulder is too small and the neck is too short. Thanks for taking the time to analyse that, you even made an animated gif... :D
of course i don't mind I'm glad you did it!
I will check the article in your sig...
About drawing in charcoal, these pieces in charcoal are exceptions, I like to use it though, I like the sketchy lines you get and the dark lines. But normally I use a pen or pencil to draw.

Here are some more really fast sketches I have been doing from reference, the idea is to practice the shoulder area:
the first one's are weird because I put to much contrast in the image when I edited it prior to posting but it is pencil.

06 June 2006, 12:16 AM

I'm really liking your upper set of pencil studies especially, and would love to see you do more of those. Are these from life?

Cheers, :)


06 June 2006, 09:50 AM
I Rebecca, glad you liked at least part of them :) ! They're just quick sketches because I realized that I ws missing alot of details in the shoulder area (I think I still am, so I got to keep doing that).
Unfortunatelly they are from photo reference, I wished I could have access to live model sessions though... I think it would be really good to learn.
Sometimes I ask my wife to pose but she doesn't have much patience for that... :)

Anyway, here is another painting I am doing:
(acrylic on paper)

and an update of one posted above (blue girl with red background in the previous version...):


06 June 2006, 10:05 AM
I like the studies you posted above! They are looking really nice!

I personally hate acryl, it ruined about 10 of my clothes so I decided for myself to hate the colors ;) (I did not painted in that clothes but my color tubes broke and ruined my things)

Anyway, looks good so far! :) Are you going to overpaint the red/blue lines or will they stay there?

06 June 2006, 09:21 PM

I would recommend painting on Illustration board or on canvas. Paper is a bit too thin to really accept acrylics, though it can be ok for practice.

Check out this thread if you get the chance: :)

TUTORIAL - Acrylic Painting Tips (



06 June 2006, 07:34 PM
Hi trunks, thank you. bad luck with your clothes. I have first learned to paint with oils but then I started to use acrylics mainly for two reasons, it is much cleaner and because it dries faster (normally I don't much time to paint so thats a great advantage!).

The lines will be painted over, they have been done in order to correct stuff but they will be gone...

I Rebecca thanks for the advice, I have seen the thread. About the paper I have used it severall times and it doesn't work that bad. I use good paper (specific for acrylic and oil) it has some texture and it is not so absorbent. Though I have used watercolour paper (the first image in the 3rd post).

But I normally use canvas.


06 June 2006, 06:24 AM

I think before painting, it is really important to more firmly establish the drawing. I hope this review helps: :)



06 June 2006, 09:45 AM
Hi Rebecca, thanks a lot! :D
I have noticed some of the stuff you have put and I intend to correct them (like the thin arms and the shoulders). But I was missing stuff like the head being to small, so your revision is going to help a lot. I have also got some photos to use as reference, so I'll use both to correct the picture the best I can before I move on. I am also not very pleased with the shadow, I have to remake that.
Here are some progress shots of what I have done meanwhile (not much :shrug: ):

right now I am busy with some mosquito illustrations I am doing, maybe I'll post them here, it's not Human anatomy but it is still anatomy... :)

06 June 2006, 02:03 PM

You're welcome! :)

I very much like that last photo you've posted, the red background and the brushstrokes are really interesting against the pale pink skin. This reminds me a bit of Schiele (, whose work you might know. :)

At this point I would suggest continuing to stylize the figure, but with more control over the proportions. You might try sketching the figure on a sheet of paper, just to get away from the painting so that you can be more objective.

Looking forward to seeing your progress! :)



06 June 2006, 03:44 PM
Hi Rebecca, yeah... my idea here is to get this a little styllized, less smooth. But now I am worried about the head, because from your paintover it should really be bigger, even considering it should be tilted a little to the front and the right. I don't want to cut so i guess I will check the reference photos when I have time and if necessary just consider that the woman has a small head :) (though thats not the kind of shortcut i'm aiming at...).

I was very happy when I saw you thought of Schiele when looking at this, I really love is works, but really I wasn't aiming at a Schiele like piece and to tell the truth I have never even really closelly analysed his paintings so i guess if there is something there it was subconscious.

Schiele is great!:) (ok, just felt like saying this...)

I have been busy with mosquito illustrations like I said before, for a exibition, i will finish it tomorrow so in the weekend I will have time to paint again, I'll post an update later.

I think I will post this, it is not an anatomy study though. Actually I was just trying out a new mechanical pencil I just got (graphite, about 15'):

06 June 2006, 02:17 AM

Good to see more of your work. I think the main thing I would recommend doing is Master Copies. I think that doing these along with Life Drawings is the best way to learn the figure. :)



06 June 2006, 03:32 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, I was working on a piece for the OFDW17, worked for an hour in acrylici in a piece from Sorolla, but right now I don't have much time, I don't have much time for painting/drawing and I have severall projects going on...
I have posted this in the OFDW17 thread before (acrylic on paper, about 1h):
I'm probably going to do more on this one when I have time.

I have done this little sketch in brush and blue ink, i was going to try that one too, but didn't have time. I didn't post it in the OFDW17 thread because it is a very quick sketch not in line with the other stuff there:

Here's some updates in some of the paintings I'm working on. Some more advanced than others.
Some critiques or suggestions would be much apreciated.

Acrylic on canvas, I must have changed the face 4 or 5 times, probably going to change it even more times, I know the hands are too big, they were supposed to. And now the head is too big too.

Acrylic on canvas, just changed the whole colour scheme and made it more messy, still a lot of work to do, especially in the face.

This one was very different, got tired of it and changed everything, i am just starting on this one (acrylic on canvas):

Acrylic on paper. I think this has been netter before. i ruined the face so I'll have to do it all over again. Acrylic doesn't have Ctrl+Z... :sad:


08 August 2006, 07:14 PM
Haven't posted here in a while, not because I didn't draw, just because I haven't been drawing much stuff that fits in the category of anatomy studies.

Did this quick pen sketch yesterday, from ref (I think about 15'): (

08 August 2006, 01:50 PM
Some character sketches, for some comic ideas. They've got tons of anatomy problems, unfortunatelly.

08 August 2006, 09:31 AM
some more comic character studies:

08 August 2006, 02:34 PM

It's quite cool to see your sketches from imagination. What I really recommend doing next are actual anatomical studies from free online resources or from books. A good free resource is the Atlas of Anatomy (

I think doing some Anatomical Studies will tremendously help your life drawing.

Cheers, :)


08 August 2006, 09:12 PM
Hi RebeccaK, thanks for stopping by and the advice.
Here's some sketch I did from a newspaper photo of an athlete (Naide Gomes):

08 August 2006, 11:00 PM
still working on this one, it has changed a lot again, but its not looking good but I'm really not sure of exactelly what is worng, if somebody could help me I would appreciate very much, I tried to make a paintover in PS but not sure what more I could fix (if I have fixed anything...):

(this was posted before in post 3 and in post 21)

08 August 2006, 11:05 PM
Some sketches:

08 August 2006, 02:44 AM
Your works from real life are great, also the quick sketches.
I really like the way you paint with acrilics, the colors you pick really draw my attention.

08 August 2006, 12:36 AM
Thank you very much Talaria!

I'm very glad! :) :D

another one from ref:

08 August 2006, 02:25 AM

Your use of colors is really nice....evokes emotion..:thumbsup:
I think that maybe , if you did one copy of ...say a Rubens would walk away
with a good sense of motion, flow, and a better understanding of opposing curves...This would
show up in the figures done from your imagination, and would keep them from getting that every muscle tensed up at the same time feeling, which creates stiffness in the figure.
This exercise would also give you the opportunity to put into practice the princaples of drawing
that you have learned from Burne Hogarth....just a thought that might help you along the way
REALLY looking forward to seeing more of your WORK, and PROGRESS

08 August 2006, 08:57 AM
Spirit Dreamer- thanks for your great crits, thats just what I am looking for. I think I understand what are you saying about smothing stuff, I get a lot of critiques about the stifness of the figures I draw, actually thats the more common and critique I am usually given. I have been trying to work on that but I guess it is difficult to break some bad habits. The tensed up figures I guess also come from personal taste since I like to draw muscles I guess thats something you get when you learn to draw from superhero comic books!
About Burne Hogarth I haven't really studied much from him, I think I did those pages recently that are shown above, but I actually don't like is stuff very much. I've had the book for some years now (it was offered) but it didn't appeal much to me, I have used it recently because I was looking to do something from reference.
I'll try to get some recent pictures from the paintings I am doing- they keep changing and I keep reworking them from almost the beginning, some of them have already looked much better then they are doing now... :shrug:

08 August 2006, 07:18 PM
Some more brushstrokes on that Sorolla painting of OFDW017:

09 September 2006, 03:10 PM
Not human anatomy, but it is some stuff in which I've been working latelly:

09 September 2006, 11:15 PM

09 September 2006, 09:54 AM
another sketch

09 September 2006, 05:52 PM
very nice paintings... great use of color... how long have you been painting?

looking forward to seeing your work.

09 September 2006, 02:19 AM
Hi paolodelarosa, thanks.
Answering your question: The first paintin I did was oil on canvas, 14 years ago, but I didn't study arts so I paint very little, since then I do around 3-4 paintings every year, last year and this year I have been working a little more in it...

meanwhile something I did this afternoon from life, 30':

09 September 2006, 11:53 AM
another sketchbook page:

09 September 2006, 01:11 PM
I really like the sketch in post #38. Keep up the good work ;). And, keep up the anatomy studies. I think once you get a stronger grasp on drawing the human form, your work will really take off because your painting style and sense of color are quite nice already. Good luck to you, voraz. And, nice work!

09 September 2006, 08:09 PM
Hi Mychael, thanks for the comments and advice.

here's another page from the sketchbook:

09 September 2006, 07:39 AM
some head studies:

09 September 2006, 02:25 PM

The bat studies are really wonderful!

I would really encourage you to join in the ongoing Workshop:

Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 2 - The Torso (

Keep working at your studies - I think that the Torso Workshop would be highly beneficial! :)



09 September 2006, 11:05 PM
Hi, thanks Rebecca.

I will surelly try to participate in the workshop, I will only be able to start next week, but I will surelly do some torsos...

meanwhile here is an update on the bat (still a wip)

09 September 2006, 02:32 PM
from life while waiting for a friend at the airport:

09 September 2006, 08:43 AM
a study from photo ref:

09 September 2006, 09:01 PM
A painting update, acrilic on canvas:

09 September 2006, 09:10 PM

If you can, I would recommend you pick up Bob Kato's DVD:

He has one for color as well. I had him as a teacher and he's a great guy and an excellent instructor. He works in gouache, which is why I think he's a good recommendation. :)



09 September 2006, 10:02 AM
Hi Rebecca, thanks for the advice, I checked the site out, and his stuff looks really good. Last night I worked a little more on that and other paintings but I will work a little more before I post an update.

Anyway if anybody got a critique or a good advice I would really like to hear it, I am more experimenting than anything else on these.

Here is another one I am working on:

10 October 2006, 10:48 PM
another sketchbook page:

10 October 2006, 12:02 AM
more sketches ( I used Bumskee's gesture drawings as a ref, since they are great, tryied not to copy exactelly though, hope he doesn't mind...):

10 October 2006, 08:41 AM
I do think it's a kind of practise to take a gesture by someone else and push it further, watch the anatomy and proportions and everything else more carefuly. But the again, why not draw your own gestures. Really try it, Voraz. A little bit of inspiration and even my sketchbook page is getting full of imaginational gestures.

Good luck with that! :thumbsup:

10 October 2006, 10:14 AM
Yeah, the question here is that I wanted to do something based on good reference to practice, I keep hearing that my imagination drawings are very stiff and need to improve. What appealed me in those sketches was that they looked great and were really simple, that left more space to fill it in with my imagination, and made it easier to not just copy it.

I will do some more from fotos and stuff, I am not really much fond of using other peoples art as reference but it is only for practise.
I did another page based in a X-men comic I had here:

10 October 2006, 08:40 AM

10 October 2006, 10:48 AM
Hey -voraz-

interesting thread.

Did you see Bobby Chiu's videos he has put up recently?
He's talking about a very interesting approach that can make an artist improve vastly...

Here's the link just in case:

TUTORIALS - Digital Painting Video Sketchbook - by Bobby Chiu (

Take Care

10 October 2006, 01:11 PM
Hi, thanks for the tip NR54, actually I have seen, I went to youtube to see it and it seemed good but I gave up because the video format was too small, maybe there's an option to see it in a larger format, I got to check that out!


EDIT: yes, I can put it in full screen mode. I guess I have some videos to watch...

10 October 2006, 08:41 AM
quick sketches in watercolour, no ref...

10 October 2006, 05:22 PM

10 October 2006, 11:52 PM
stuff from a comic I did last month, all very quick, little time to finish more:

10 October 2006, 02:39 PM

10 October 2006, 03:16 PM
Hi -voraz-,

I think this last piece in particular has a nice emotional quality to it. For your ink pieces, I'm wondering if you are pencilling first? This might help you to get a looser feel to the final drawings. :)

I really recommend doing master copies. I think that doing a few will really be helpful in terms of strengthening your understanding of human form. If you've not already, check out the Anatomy Lesson Series Workshops and use a few pieces from the reference at the beginning to do some master copies. I really think you'll get a lot out of them. :)

Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 1 - The Head (

Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 2 - The Torso (



11 November 2006, 07:27 PM
Hi, thanks for the comments, you are always really nice and helpfull, about the piece I have penciled very lightly, to place the stuff, then I used charcoal and finished it with indian ink, it was really fast with no previous studies (I did another sketch a while back based on the same photo, though), i wanted it to look sketchy.

This one's just putting down some ideas for a comic:

11 November 2006, 12:18 AM
Been working some more on that Sorolla study:

12 December 2006, 05:05 PM

12 December 2006, 05:42 PM

Some really nice sketches here - a really great oil painting demo you should see is here:

Keep pushing forward. :)

12 December 2006, 11:38 PM
Hi Rebecca, thanks for the link!

some work i'm doing using photo ref (sorry the photo of the work itself is realy bad :shrug:):

01 January 2007, 11:59 AM
Something I was working on for a thunderdopme in

01 January 2007, 01:16 AM
Just another page of my sketchboo:

01 January 2007, 01:56 AM
lovely acrylic paintings you got...

just my 2 cent.. when you do comic style art... you dont have to stick to penceil or ink.
your acrylic brush will make stunning dynamic comic style line art....
Just like your 57th post!! lovely!!

01 January 2007, 11:41 AM
Hi Sturmkin, thanks, I have to try that.

Meanwhile here is a comic I did last year, this is still a unfinished version, but close to the final:

01 January 2007, 10:29 AM

01 January 2007, 11:14 AM
Hey Luis nice work!

I like the cartoon with the whale. Sad story but well presented.
My only crit would be the girl's jacket appears a bit too flat in frame 6 and the whale could use a bit more texture in the 2nd to last frame, not to get it confused with a sky.

Great pen sketches as well these last few!

01 January 2007, 11:08 PM
Thanks for the comments Johan. Know that you talk about the girl's coat I see it could be better, the whale in the last scenes got more work, i think the final version is a little better than this version.

If anyone has any ideas or critiques about how I could improve this page I would appreciate it very much.


01 January 2007, 12:15 PM
another page

01 January 2007, 07:10 PM
some more sketches

01 January 2007, 07:49 PM

Lots of hard work here, and it's really good to see the variety. :) I can't emphasize enough how much doing master copies and life drawings where possible will help you to improve - I've been doing master copies for probably half your lifetime, heh, and I still have so much to learn - but it really does help you to refine your vision and to see as the masters did, even if you don't end up drawing in their style. Really liking the graphic panels, and think that with more and more drawing practice these will become even stronger. Keep studying and keep up the hard work! :)

01 January 2007, 11:23 AM
Hi Rebecca, Thank you very much for your encouraging words. I have always been inspired by lots of painters mostly the impressionist. And since I was a kid I loved looking at their paintings in books. In my first paintings I always tried to follow that style. They will always be a great reference.
For a couple of months now I haven't been able to paint, I have had little time for that. But I try to draw as much as I can, and I have been working in some comics and feel I have learned a lot. I do feel that in that last comic I was doing I should have started with a better drawing foundation, I moved to painting when i only had a very rough sketch and due to that there are a lot of errors there.

Here are some more sketches:


01 January 2007, 09:57 AM
another page:

01 January 2007, 08:40 PM
a bunch of sketchbook pages:

01 January 2007, 10:19 PM

Good to see you sketching so much :) - I would still continue to encourage you to do more master studies and drawings from anatomy reference - I think that will really be the key to seeing more and more improvement.

Cheers! :)

01 January 2007, 10:45 AM
Some more sketches:

01 January 2007, 11:03 AM
I only checked the first and last 2 pages, but from what I can see is that you have made great progress in a relative short time. Good thing! keep working on your linequality and anatomics. try not to overrush an image.
I like the expressiveness of your work, theyre showing the fun you have while drawing ;)

Keep it up,


01 January 2007, 10:36 PM
Thanks Cyanid, I am trying to rush stuff a little less (not in the last images of course! :P), you're rigth about the pleasure also, except for the frustartion sometimes...

01 January 2007, 11:16 PM
Heya -voraz-, good progress here! :) I don't know if I've mentioned this artist before, but he has some great demos on his site, and has an excellent book out which I highly recommend as well:

Anthony Ryder - Traditional Drawing and Oil Painting Demos (

Definitely check it out! :)

02 February 2007, 02:41 PM
Thanks rebecca, I'm already checking it out looks cool so far! :)

02 February 2007, 12:57 AM
a couloured version of the sketch posted previously:

02 February 2007, 10:15 PM
some paintings (acrylic on canvas) I am working on:

02 February 2007, 08:41 AM
I've been waiting for the server to speed up for 9hours to make this post!

Your paintings are great, I especially like the one of the woman lying down. Your sketches have a lot of energy about them - lots of interesting poses which to me shows you're not afraid to challenge yourself! The pen sketches (I think they're pen, they're a lot darker then the obviously pencil sketches) seem to be much more solid than your pencil sketches - smoother gesture. The females you draw especially seem to have nice solid features. The latter male sketches while well proportioned appear to lack the fluidity of the earlier ones - I love the drawing of the man sliding down the slope with a gun. Even as a composition everything in that sketch just works. very nice :)

02 February 2007, 07:42 PM
Thek, thank you very much for your kind words! :D

the painting with the woman lying down is the one that is more finished.
Some of the sketches are indeed pen but they're mostly pencil, it only gets too dark when I adjust ligth/contrast.
I am been trying to make less stiff poses, with more movement and all...

here's some new sketches:

02 February 2007, 11:41 PM

02 February 2007, 06:04 AM
Hi voraz, a great body of work you have here, and some nice styles too. I like the style you did the whale comic strip in, and generally your use of colour is great, especially in your traditional paintings, I love how you use bold colours and then counteract them in your flesh tones. Something I'd really love to try, but for time restraints! Really loving the expressive quality of the body in the first of the three recent acrylic paintings.

Your pencil work feels slightly less strong in comparison, but it's by no means bad. Have you ever tried really shading a piece fully, not just quickly? I think it would be massively beneficial, even more so if it were of a master copy, as once you've rendered something fully, it becomes much easier to render it quickly, and there is no better way to learn than from men who studied this stuff their whole lives. But your anatomy is comign on very nicely, like the body on the alien-looking guy in the above post, especially his arms!

02 February 2007, 08:39 AM
Thank you very much Zephyri for the nice words. :D
I will pay more attention to the rendering of some sketches. Like I have been saying I have a problem in spending much time in a single piece. :shrug:

a painting:

and some quick sketches from ref:

02 February 2007, 10:58 AM
Hey man your character design is getting better and better (i think your improvement on anatomy has something to do with it, like Zephyri mentioned)

The great thing about doing a longer drawing or painting is the satisfaction you get when it's done. Just because there were several hours spend on one single piece alone makes it special but another great thing is that one is stumbling upon several totally different problems to solve... so those longer studies are excellent learning experiences!
Try some... once you have survived the first obstacle (not giving up) the fun really begins :-)

02 February 2007, 11:55 AM
Hi Voraz! great progress on your sketching! keep up the good work!:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 10:32 AM
Thanks NR53, yes I know what you are saying, I do take some stuff a little further (not as much as I should), especially the paintings, most of the times I spend months on them, of course not working very often...
it can be very frustrating but it is also very pleasing when you finally get to something you like!

Thanks Anandpg.

here's another painting in which I have been working for a long time now, I think over an year, I have liked it more in the past and I'm thinking about redoing it, the proportions of the woman are all wrong, I think her head is too small...

and another sketch:

I have posted this one before, but I took some new photos and I can't do a decent photo.
Can anyone help with some tips on how to correct the shadow gradient in the picture? Is there a way to do it in the computer?
I don't have much ligth in that room, I guess I may have to take it outside in a brigth day?

02 February 2007, 12:45 PM

Getting to be more and more gems in this group of studies in your thread,...always a great thing to see happening...:)
I really like your style of painting, and your sense of color as light..:thumbsup:
Frame #87 second painting down, and frame #92, my favorites so far.
Also graet job on the second from bottom on this page...:thumbsup:
Watch the size of the feet on the bottom one...getting pretty small there.:)
Keep up the great works...looking forward to seeing more..:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 02:43 PM
Hi Spiritdreamer, thank you very much for the encouragement.
About the feet in the last piece it is a little of the perpective since it is seen from above, but probably overexagerated... I used ref for this one I have to recheck it, thanks for the tip anyway!

quick sketch using ref for pose:

this one was from a desktop image i got somewhere in the net a while back, I think it is easily recognisable, it was done very fast, with no corrections, so there's a lot of mistakes, the smile is completely messed up...

02 February 2007, 03:09 PM

Great to see your output here. :) I think your line quality and confidence in your drawing ability is improving nicely, so it's good to see that. I think that something that will help you to get more volume to your figures and to figure out tricky areas is to try some cross contour drawings,preferably from life / self portraits or a model if you can find one:

TUTORIAL/Exercise - Cross Contour Drawing (

Having done a number of these drawings for my class, I've found that they help me tremendously to 'read' form. They also help you to map out tricky areas that sometimes I avoid because I don't understand them. This exercise simplifies things so that all you are doing is following the bumps and ridges of form faithfully. I hope you'll try some! :)



02 February 2007, 05:19 PM
Hi Rebecca, thank you very much for the encouragement. I will surelly give this contourline stuff a try! :)
thanks once again for your reply and for the tips!

very quick charcoal sketch:

02 February 2007, 06:50 PM
Wow! So much work on your thread and lots of it is just wonderful. I have to admit though, I'm really drawn to your acrylic paintings a couple of pages back. The one of the guy with blue background especially. What a great painting style you have! :)

02 February 2007, 11:35 AM
Hi Amerasu, thank you very much! :D
I also like how that blue painting is turning out, actually I haven't touched it in a while because i am little affraid of making it worse than it is now...

another sketch:

02 February 2007, 11:06 AM

03 March 2007, 08:32 AM

Try to be more deliberate with your mark making. Remember that with every stroke you are trying to reinforce the direction and topology of the form - never lay a stroke down without thinking about the roundness of the form.

Keep pushing yourself!

04 April 2007, 11:17 AM
Hi, it's been a long time since I last posted here.
Sorry not to reply before Rebecca, I missed your post before. Thanks for the advice, I will surelly keep that in mind.

So here are a few sketches I have done since I last posted, more stuff to come (need to digitalize it first).

04 April 2007, 11:15 PM
Some drawings from a nude model session (first and only so far) I went 2 months ago. This was a session of about 2:30. Spent very few time in some of the poses...
Mostly charcoal or chalk?(pastel?) sticks, graphite watercolour pencil and watercolour, all done in A3 paper.

05 May 2007, 09:56 PM
painting update:

05 May 2007, 09:10 AM
another painting:

05 May 2007, 07:45 AM

05 May 2007, 10:41 AM
another painting update:

05 May 2007, 11:09 AM
great paintings voraz ... thx for sharing :thumbsup:

05 May 2007, 07:48 AM
Thanks boeser! :)

some quick sketches from ref:

05 May 2007, 06:23 PM
Hey Voraz
really great work!
and lots of it, which is nice :)

question: do you sometimes practice on part of the body?
would love to see you tackle some arms or legs or hands or... :)

05 May 2007, 07:34 AM
Hi Johan, thanks for the coments. :)
I have in the past done some backs and shoulders. I have also done some hand studies (who hasn't)... but not many, I willl do some more when I have time, this is a crazy month...

quick from life:

05 May 2007, 07:58 AM
some doodles:

05 May 2007, 12:19 AM

05 May 2007, 09:15 PM
I think I forgot to post this before:

My webpage ( (sorry I have been lazy and still haven't put up the English version, I'll try to do that soon... anyway it is all very simple, not much to read...)

from life:

05 May 2007, 10:30 AM
Impressive amount of work here! I like your use of colors in the paintings. Some nice experiments with water colors too. The linework in your drawings is improving steadily. It might be useful to do some perspective studies as a foundation (draw boxes in perspective and draw objects inscribed in it). It will improve your figure drawing as well.

Keep going!

05 May 2007, 09:20 AM
Hi Bartovan, thanks for the nice words. You are so rigth about the perpective studies, I draw so much people and forget everything around so I have lots of trouble to place them convincingly in an environment! A simple room is a headache for me!

these next 2 pages were from life:


05 May 2007, 02:36 PM
a painting I started working on recently:

05 May 2007, 06:47 PM
Your showing a great deal of improvement since page one, keep going! The life drawings are exceptionally well done in the last post.

06 June 2007, 08:44 AM
thanks crazy dude! :thumbsup:

06 June 2007, 10:30 AM
more stuff:

06 June 2007, 11:18 AM
the paintings have pretty good style! You should go in that direction. Style is what is the most important, isn't it?

happy painting :)


06 June 2007, 07:46 AM
Hi Ivan, thanks!


06 June 2007, 05:07 PM

and started colouring these ones... just for practise.

06 June 2007, 09:49 PM

06 June 2007, 02:06 AM
hey cool sketches voraz - I really like the way you colour them... the colours you're using are very much like those classical soviet propaganda posters - gives it that cool look!

06 June 2007, 08:30 AM
Great sketches! Really love that last colored creature. Keep it up! :)

06 June 2007, 11:20 PM
Hi, thanks Intervain and Aviva! :)

here's some very old work that just got re-done:

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06 June 2007, 03:00 PM

07 July 2007, 02:42 PM
something I did recently (Indian ink and acrylics on paper):


07 July 2007, 12:20 AM
Wow you are doing some really nice stuff here. I like your style and all the sketches, are you drawing from imagination? And I like the acrylic painting as well can I ask why did you choose acrylic and not any other wet media like oil paints?

07 July 2007, 01:27 AM
Hi TheFlash, thanks for the nice comments! About the medium, I do most of my paintings in acrylics, but I actually started painting with oils. I use more acrylics in relation to oils for 2 reasons:
1- it is much cleaner, smells less (I actually like the oils and solvents smell but it doesn't mean other people in the house do...), it is easier to clean, it solves in water rather then turpentine... well all that stuff!
2- It dries faster, I don't have much time to paint since it is only a hobby so drying faster means that I don't need to wait a long time for a painting to dry so i can work more in the same time.
I still use oils, but much less, like this one I am working on: (

I also use watercolours for smaller illustrations, and have used used soft pastels (not much latelly though). I think every medium has its own advantages and disadvantages but I like to use them all... :D

and this one was a study, also acrylic on paper:

07 July 2007, 07:15 PM
Wow am loving the colors and mood in your oil painting you posted. And I really like your style and how much you could do in painting even as a hobby. Thanks for explaining about the media. I too want to work in different media, but I am not getting much time and when I have time I dont feel motivated enough to start new experiment. I love acrylic for its flexibility to make opaque and trasparent colors and I like that they dry fast. One thing I dont like is that acrylic always dries a little darker than the original wet color. Looking forward to see more, thanks for inspiring.

07 July 2007, 09:41 PM
Hi TheFlash, thanks for the kind words, sorry for replying only now but I have been away. Acrilics really have some great advantages over other media, I am trying to work with it more liquid and using less paint but I always end up painting severall layers and re-doing everything.

An illustration I did for a contest recently:

(based on this acrilic painting):

07 July 2007, 04:52 AM
you know what it is with tattoo's... especially big ones...
they follow the skin contours so your anatomy should show through in a way.
hard to explain but it's comparable with a textured cloth... when there are folds in the cloth the texture will follow the planes and get distorted

it's great to see the variety in used media here
great stuff

08 August 2007, 11:18 PM
Hi Johan, sorry for the late answer, didn't have much time latelly. Thanks for the comments, about the tatoos, I know what you mean, I tried to do that but I guess my try was not good enough... :shrug:

Here are some stuff I have been working on, some of them I have posted earlier versions before:

08 August 2007, 08:16 PM

08 August 2007, 07:49 PM

08 August 2007, 06:19 AM

don't know if you are expecting to get critique or just posting (the best way to receive critique is to visit other people's threads and give some critique... ; ) )

I really like that old skull in the last post. Maybe a bit more texture on the cranium would make it perfect

08 August 2007, 03:07 PM
Hi Johan, I am posting mostly to get some feed-back of course. You are rigth about posting more in other sketchbooks, I will definitelly get more replies that way, not as much as if I had a good sketchbook, but more of course.
I do try to post more in other people sketchbooks, but either I don't like what I see and I don't know very well how to make a constructive critique, so i just end up going around and saying that peice loooks good, good sketchbook and so on, which I think it is allrigth but not when all you say is that. I need to gain a little more confidence around here to be able to critique without being afraid of being harsh... its hard to point out other people mistakes when you do them also.
maybe in time I will post more...

thanks for the coments on skull, it was done from life and I had only about one hour to do it...

here's a recent sketch (didn't want to make a post without a image):

08 August 2007, 05:57 PM
Well I am often able to offer critique just because I am making the same mistake. It means I am aware of it and I sort of use the critique I give to others in 2 ways... it's critique to others but also to myself. Writing it down makes me remember better :D

Keep posting man some of your work is top class!

09 September 2007, 08:29 AM
Hi, Johan yeah I have posted more stuff in my sketchbook than I have commented in others (I have commented in other people sketchbook though...), just to make sure I post more I have decided to post at least 2 comments in other people books for each post I make.

Now this is a painting WIP, not really Human antomy, but well... mosquito antomy.
acrylic on canvas 90 x 80 cm:

09 September 2007, 09:09 AM
an update on this one, the progress is slow but I am sure I will finish it some day...

09 September 2007, 08:13 AM
sorry double post...
I'll just put something else here...
another painting WIP:

09 September 2007, 08:18 AM
a painting WIP:

09 September 2007, 11:36 PM
another update on a painting WIP:

09 September 2007, 02:31 AM
Voraz, I'm really loving how the woman with the blanket is coming out #137. I say it's done! It's got a Picasso feel to it. Good work!

09 September 2007, 03:52 AM
very very nice hands in the most recent painting! i like the emotion esspecially with the girl in the white shirt. her right eye is a bit high, seems there is less forhead on that side. also try lightening the crease on her left elbow area a little bit. as outstretched as her arm is a crease wouldnt be that prominate :) hope this helps.

oh, i like your cheetah! :D

09 September 2007, 09:52 AM
Hi, thanks for the replies! :)

Monicaitt- thanks a lot. I have considered it done at that stage, I was strugling with it for quite a long time now (you can see progress shots of it from my first SB page). I'm glad you like, I'm still not very happy with it...

Auria- Thanks, for the comment, yeah her arm crease was corrected, I noticed that when I posted the image here, I think by the hand position it could not be like that, I hope the correct version looks better. when I can I'll post a picture of the final version (yes it's finished! :D), about the forhead looking bigger in the left side it is due to the hair, that is coming lower in her rigth side... you've got me thinking about the position of the eye relative to the eyebrow...
about the cheetah it is still a very early WIP, I has some bad issues there, especially with the angle of the front legs...


09 September 2007, 05:08 PM
Hi, this is just a experiment, I did an animated gif with all the pictures I took from a painting I did, at different stages. I thought it was funny all the different stages it went through...

09 September 2007, 05:25 PM
Hi, I am not sure what happened, I have just made a post, that was supposed to be the first in page 4, but I cannot access page 4 from inside my sketchbook.
And when I am in the section above only 3 pages are appearing in my sketchbok (not sure I explained this well...)
just trying to make a new post to see if it was just a problem with the last post...

EDIT: it seems to be solved I can see it now... :thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 10:27 AM
Hi voraz,
this last posted gif is very interresting ... very nice to see all this different stages which do not really have any likeness with the one before or the next one.

You have a very nice sketchbook here, I like the way you paint, very expressive!
Keep it up!

09 September 2007, 03:49 PM
Hi Thomas, thanks for commenting.
Yeah, that's why this paintings take so long to finish... and i'm not sure I like the final best than some of phases between. I am surelly going to do this with at least 4 more paintings that also went through very different steps 8still have to finish 2 of those).

This is a detail from a comic i am working on, still a WIP.

10 October 2007, 10:14 AM
another GIF...

10 October 2007, 08:20 AM
final version:

10 October 2007, 11:39 AM
Final version (acrilic on canvas 130x114 cm):

10 October 2007, 08:15 PM

10 October 2007, 08:40 PM
more, from life.

10 October 2007, 09:52 AM
more life sketches:

10 October 2007, 10:31 AM
By the way I am going to do 2 individual art exhibits until the end of the year. That's something I wanted to do for a long time and now I will have the chance to do it!
I am very happy about it.

another painting (acrylic on canvas):

10 October 2007, 10:48 AM
By the way I am going to do 2 individual art exhibits until the end of the year. That's something I wanted to do for a long time and now I will have the chance to do it!

Cool... this won't happen for me before the year 2011 or so...
Would love to see pics of the events?

Nice updates btw.
I think you've come a long way the last 6 months, particularly concerning form (although I think you could push even further)

I like the last one... it's like this beam of light strikes that man, but then again, maybe not...
I like that "hm... could be, could be not..." game.

10 October 2007, 10:56 AM
Hi Johan, thanks for the comment, I will surelly post some photos after the oppening.
About this last one I forgot to say but that ligther stripe is a window reflection... :shrug:
I hope it is not the most interesting part about it! :hmm:
It is also not finished yet, but almost...

Anyway, keep working, maybe you'll be able to do one sooner than you think!

10 October 2007, 11:05 AM
that ligther stripe is a window reflection...

You had me going there hehe
It's just proof that everyone has his/her own interpretation of what they see :D

I'm not worried about my own exhebition at all yet.
I Need much much more improvement first ;)

10 October 2007, 10:10 PM
Hi Johan, well I guess I need to improve a lot too, but having this exhibit will be great! :D

just a quick sketch

10 October 2007, 11:00 PM
I love your color work. It sorta reminds me of Munch for some reason :) Your paintings does indeed have personality. And funny to see the evolution of your painting in post #151. I sometimes wonder if painting is more like 'the process' rather than the finished result. Just the everlasting search shapes, tones, light .. It's a great journey. :)

Keep up!!

10 October 2007, 12:50 PM
Hi vaaken, thanks a lot for the comments. As for Munch work I have to admit that I am an ignorant, the only I can recall is the scream, but I 'm pretty sure I have seen more from him... got to look it up! :D
Anyway I think those painting that go through a lot of different phases are interesting and a great learning experience, but can also be very frustrating.

here is another WIP, from a painting that is going trough all sorts of changes. I will have to do a animated gif of this one, when it is finished, and I didn't photograph some of the steps...

11 November 2007, 12:00 AM
quick sketch:

11 November 2007, 11:25 PM

11 November 2007, 02:31 PM
one more:

11 November 2007, 09:12 AM
Hi voraz, Looking through your sketchbook. Can see the progress in your work.
It's nice to see you advance as you switch through different medias. Like your watercolor figures. Good sketches esp. post #168.
Continue with your anatomy studies, they'll pay off.

11 November 2007, 01:14 PM
Hi, Esmeralda thanks a lot for the comments, and sorry for the late reply, nice to know that other peolple feel some improvement too.
Haven't had much time for studies latelly.
Though here'a WIP of a painting:

11 November 2007, 12:07 PM
Very intriguing start! Is it oil or acrylic?

11 November 2007, 01:33 PM
Hi, Esmeralda, this is done in acrylics, I haven't painted much in oils latelly, especially because it is much cleaner and allows me to paint faster, which is a great advantage since I don't have muc time to paint.

I also have to add, that lookin in this monitor the image looks too saturated and contrasted, comparing to the original.

Thank you for stopping by once again. :)

11 November 2007, 10:23 AM
painting WIP:

12 December 2007, 06:55 AM
your work is wildly diverse - you have some really interesting paintings here. I look forward to seeing more.


12 December 2007, 02:12 AM
Thanks a lot Gordon! I will surelly post more.

sketchbook page:

12 December 2007, 03:57 PM
I have been busy with the preparation of two art exhibits.
The first one has already finished, the second one just started.

Here's the flyers I did:

And also some sketches (from life):

12 December 2007, 05:36 PM
Ooo.... How did I miss this thread?!

I like the wrestling/fighting sketch! The scribblings added alot of energy in the figures! =D

How's your first exhibit? Sounds exciting to me!

12 December 2007, 11:00 PM
Hi Yee, thanks for the nice words! :D

The first exhibit was good, it was in a small record shop, that sells mostly Fado and Classical Music. I had 7 works there.
It is already over.
Here are some photos of the exhibit:

Meanwhile started the second exhibit, this one is a little bit larger, it is in a very large room, that is the entrance hall of a Ministery. I have 38 paintings there. i will soon post photos too.


12 December 2007, 07:48 AM
Hey Voraz!!... awesome stuff you've got here!!.. I really dig your style!!

12 December 2007, 11:01 AM
I Anand thanks a lot! :D

here are some more sketches:

from life:

12 December 2007, 04:50 PM
Wow lovely photos!! Your artpiece fitted the shop pretty nicely!! I'm certainly looking forward to see the 2nd exhibit's photos man! =D

12 December 2007, 09:23 PM
Hi yee, thanks a lot!
I have already prepared some photos from the day i was preparing the exhibit:


12 December 2007, 09:29 PM
Great pics! Do you have work in this exhibition? :)

12 December 2007, 09:46 PM
thanks Rebecca, they are all mine!

12 December 2007, 09:59 PM
Wow, how cool, and congrats! :)

12 December 2007, 11:10 AM
Oh man, if I were rich I would fly over just to see it in real life!

Congratulations on 2 nice exhibitions!

12 December 2007, 02:38 PM
Thanks rebecca and Johan! :D

01 January 2008, 08:30 PM
studies for a project:

01 January 2008, 09:03 PM
and some more:

01 January 2008, 05:30 PM
My entry for the LMS3 at CA:

02 February 2008, 11:31 PM
...and some previous studies.

02 February 2008, 05:59 PM
oil on canvas:

02 February 2008, 01:31 PM
interesting stuff voraz .. i like the sketches

05 May 2008, 01:10 AM
Hadn't benn here in a long time!!!

Thanks a lot Nigthwoodwolf! :D

06 June 2008, 06:50 AM
From life:

06 June 2008, 04:43 PM

06 June 2008, 04:44 PM


06 June 2008, 11:41 PM
some from life:

06 June 2008, 10:40 AM
Hi Fil!
I really like the drawings that show structure. It shows you are looking under the skin.
Very nice stuff, keep it comming:thumbsup: .

Cheerio Chris

07 July 2008, 11:05 PM
Thanks Chris! :)

Some more from life:

07 July 2008, 11:19 AM
something a little different:

07 July 2008, 06:00 PM
when drawing a life model, try not to squeeze your drawing onto your paper.
In the post before last one, you've made the lower legs too short twice due to this.
It can be avoided by marking some of the outer points of the figure on paper first and then trying to fit your sketch in between those marks. I know it's hard to do because I make the same mistake sometimes, but this technique works well once you get used to it. Otherwise you risk creating a bad habbit.

07 July 2008, 12:55 PM
Hi Johan, thanks a lot for the critique, you are rigth. I sometimes try to define all the "ends" before I start, but I normally don't have patience to do it, so later I have to shorten them down a litlle so I do get to draw feet and hands. Most of the times I am aware I am shortenning them but not always. Thaks for bringing it up, next time I will think about this and will try to keep them at the rigth proportion even if that means not drawing the extremities...

here's the final of this one. Not really happy about it but it's just practise and I think I have practised on this one enough.

07 July 2008, 01:16 PM
more from life:

07 July 2008, 10:51 PM

08 August 2008, 11:28 PM
It's been a while since I last posted here.
Haven't had much time latelly.

Here are some new life studies:

09 September 2008, 10:32 PM
some more:

09 September 2008, 09:49 PM
some more stuff:

09 September 2008, 06:09 AM
Your thread isn't getting half the attention it deserves.

I really envy your life drawing skills... man I had my first sessions in 2 months and it feels like I've forgotten everything I learned about drawing... yours however look pretty good. Some proportional issues here and there but you sure seem to draw with a sure hand... something I totally lack.

Great stuff!

09 September 2008, 08:28 AM
Hi Johan, thanks! Those are really nice words.
Actually I think it is normal it doesn't have too much attention, I haven't had time latelly to go around and comment on other people threads too, I've been only posting latelly. Too much work...

Anyway here are some from the last drawing session:

10 October 2008, 10:35 PM
Hi, here's some new stuff from classes:

10 October 2008, 08:52 PM

11 November 2008, 01:28 PM
more from life:

11 November 2008, 01:54 PM
I like what you did with the arm, using red. It gives it a lot of volume which makes it really pop out

12 December 2008, 10:05 AM
It's been a while since I was last here!
The time has been scarce latelly.
Thanks a lot Johan!

2 more from life:

12 December 2008, 11:11 AM
from life:

12 December 2008, 10:49 PM
some very nice figure drawings - I esp like the quick terse drawings.


12 December 2008, 07:10 PM
Thanks a lot Gord!


12 December 2008, 07:25 AM
Hey Luis

Nice work, keep it up!
Merry Xmas buddy!

01 January 2009, 08:51 PM
Hi Johan, thanks a lot! Happy new year.

Some new stuff from life:

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