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07 July 2006, 01:24 AM
Hello, I have been studying anatomy books to improve my 3d modeling capabilities. It has been a little difficult to judge my progress since my initial endeavors because I am ALWAYS modeling. I thought that since I could never really draw, what better way to gauge my anatomy understanding then by drawing. I feel that if I have really improved my knowledge then I should be able to draw the human bodyat least a little better...well,here we go.

I am also participating in the 50 heads challenge. I am learning so much from the demigods there, :)

07 July 2006, 06:17 AM

Welcome aboard! :) I am sorry, as I did not see your post. It would be great if you could tell us a bit about your art training and background.

With respect to your first painting, nice job here. :) My main suggestion would be to keep a bit more to the midtone range, as currently the values are too light, causing the image to flatten out / look to light. Adding a darker layer on top and playing with the opacity can bring the image into a more mid gray range, and then you can rework the lights more subtly.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work! :)



07 July 2006, 07:16 AM
hi Rebeccak!

You are pretty famous around these parts you know? :) I love your website. Thanks for spreading the gospel of ART so dilligently. We all really appreciate it.

Thank you for the suggestions. I always felt as though my image was too flat, I was just scared of tinkering with it too much and potentially ruining what I already had. I guess some people would call that procrastination. Anywho, I will get right on that suggestion about bringing out my midtones more. In the meantime, I am working on head 046. About 60% done.I feel almost handicapped since i AM TAKING SO LONG WITH IT AND ONLY executing half realized results.But I am learning, and that's the most important thing I suppose. I shall post 046 tomorrow night when I get some free time at work. Thank you for the unselfish attitude and general karma towards the art community and especially my generation of future...whatevers.

As far as my art background...well, I have no formal one. I studied 3d here in Louisiana for a couple for a couple of years and am now in a bachelors degree program in game design. the more time that passses though, the more I realize how a fundemental grasp of traditional arts and anatomy plays a more important role in creating a solid Cg artist than the mastery of any given program. Therefore, I have been studying the masters like no tomorrow. Everyone from monet to escher to poets like keates and writers kafka! My mind thirsts for enlightment every second I am awake. I want to express myself. there's a bit of an isolation issue here though since most of the students here are somewhat...complacent, but I look to the community for inspiration and goal making. Everytime I come here I feel like the sky is the limit. It's a good feeling. ok, sorry so long!!!, I'm just a big fan, heh.

more soon!

mucho amor from Louisiana, USA(yes, THAT louisiana)


07 July 2006, 12:06 PM
Hi ha-dou-ken, sorry I was too lazy to read your long post. I just wanted to give some advices on your painting.

As I have only seen this one image I can only guess anyway.
I noticed you are using soft brushes, I personally noticed that images painted with hard brush capture the viewer better and for a longer time. It seems like hard brush strokes are more interresting for the eye than soft brush strokes. MAybe you want to expirement (?) with this, maybe not. Just something I thought it might interrest you.

Keep it up :)

07 July 2006, 01:35 PM
Thank you Trunks for the sound advice. I felt the same way. My image looks washed out. I must give it more contrast and add some darker tones to the pallette.

more later today!

07 July 2006, 05:55 PM
another head I managed to finish. this one was about 7 hrs of work in PS. There is something wrong with the tilt of the head...I am learning. I would like work on figure/gesture work as soon as this challenge is done.

07 July 2006, 06:00 PM
Hey, Ha-dou-ken. Nice heads here. The second one ir really charming. Big progress seen betwen those two heads. I'd love to see more from you.

07 July 2006, 06:16 PM
Thanks razz, I'll get cracking on the next one tonight. Love your work bty. You are great.

07 July 2006, 08:55 PM

Thanks for the kind words! :) Thanks also for telling us about your background, that's always useful and interesting besides. :)

I think you've made a lot of great progress with this recent piece! If you wouldn't mind posting your image as an image instead of a link, I think a lot more people will be able to appreciate your work. :)

Keep up the good work! Looking forward to seeing your progress here. :)



08 August 2006, 06:07 AM
This is my first attempt at drawing something realistically besides a head. I have been focusing on proportions so far. I don't know if I should move on to the next phase yet. I'm content with the accuracy. I could use someones opinion though.

I've attatched the original too...

09 September 2006, 11:50 PM
Although the head challenge has been over for more than a month now, I have found a new hobby :)

Here's another one. head 81.

09 September 2006, 12:37 AM
Oh yah, I started dabbling in color after a terrified period of anxiety. I just jumped in and painted a photo of my friend. I hope to get better if I keep trying.

09 September 2006, 07:31 PM

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09 September 2006, 05:02 AM
I love your new Post. It looks pretty close to stone. I love the scratch effects that I cann see on the arm.

09 September 2006, 07:05 AM

That's really a gorgeous piece - keep up the excellent work! :)

09 September 2006, 12:18 AM
Thanks Rebeccak. That means a lot coming from you. I'll get more more out soon.

09 September 2006, 07:13 AM

09 September 2006, 12:35 PM

10 October 2006, 01:22 PM
...and more practice. (

10 October 2006, 02:28 PM
Impressive work, Isaias. Really like the last practise, and not because it's a naked girl :D I'd love to see some more work on that piece, because there would be some really awesome deep perspective going on there. Just play with the tones. Make the areas that are further away with less contrast. The areas that are closer to us more contrasty and with some hotter, darker colors. This will help create an illusion of depth. Atmospheric perspective, eh!!

Keep up the great work :bounce:

10 October 2006, 02:31 PM
Thanks RAZZ!!!

I would have never thought of that on my own. I'll try and finish it up at lunch. I love your work BTW, big fan!

Thanks again, stay tuned haha.

10 October 2006, 08:20 PM
I tried to do waht Razz advised. I really like the idea...just don't know if I can pull it off. Here's a preliminary attempt. also fixed a lot of things. Hand's scare me...*gulp*

10 October 2006, 11:54 AM
Just popping in to say that I am enjoying your thread. Like your technique on that first head in your thread, and also the photo realism in your last might try experimenting with a
background color, before you put your model onto the canvas...a color that will harmonize with
the colors of your model. For a dark background, you might try a deep, almost black purple..
will really set the golds off in your skin can bring some of that background purple into the figure in the shadow areas also ...makes a great looking effect..purple and gold.
If hands are a problem for you, I highly recommend ..DRAWING DYNAMIC HANDS by Burne Hogarth...can get it thru Amazon .com....GREAT book...he has a highly stylized manner of drawing, but teaches the basic funtion and forms of anatomy as no one else can...All of his books are great, and for sure worth having for any serious student or seasoned pro of anatomy...:thumbsup: :)
Really looking forward to seeing more of your work..:thumbsup:

10 October 2006, 01:15 PM
Really pushed that girly further in a great way! Congrats :thumbsup: I like the expression. If you plan to keep working on her, some things I recommend to fix: the eyes are different from one another in shape. And the contour edges are too soft I think. Also I have a strange feel about the lighting. Is it the flash from the photo-camera?

Add a simple bg and enjoy the great study you've just made :D

If you plan not to work on her more, I'm looking forward to the other studies you're going to do! And of course some imaginational work would be just great.

10 October 2006, 07:34 PM
Hi there
Saw you popping up here and there so I thought I'd take a look at your sketchbook thread. Really nice work you got here... that nude is lovely, very expressive.
Those torso studies are very good as well, especially that crouching boy

I'd love to see more work here - if you keep posting this kind of stuff you'll have a kickass thread in no time :)

10 October 2006, 11:51 PM
Thank you everyone for the generous and very inspirational replies. You guys are the cream of the crop, so it is extra special for me since I see all of you in the anatomy

Glenn: Thank you so much for the direction and kind words. I need a BG. Soo badly. The colors you recommended are lovely in my head...i wonder if I can convey that on here....:shrug:I'm going to try and experiment with some texture brushes for the BG, as I see some people have had great results with that method.Oh yeah, and it will be purple:D
I have my eye on that book you recommended as well. I need it!

Razz: You rock more than sedimentary friend, thank you!:buttrock: I will paint more right now as I'm off to the bookstore. I am not content with the lighting. Her face looks more painterly than the rest of the body and it almost looks like two different styles. I think I need more darker edged around the face to bring out depth. I think her face looks too flat and doesn't have enough contrast...maybe?:sad: Keep an eye out though, I will have more soon.:D

Johan: Hi! Thank you for taking a peek in my humble thread, I really appreciate it. I loved your torsos as well and heads. Great work!:applause: I plan to have a kick ass thread eventually, hopefully the internet will still be around by then!:eek:

Thanks again everyone, I really take to heart all of the great advice you hand out. More soon!...:applause:

10 October 2006, 05:07 AM
Another quickie in light study (

10 October 2006, 10:34 AM
I tried a new brush just to mix things up...eeh. Bad idea. i need more experience with it.:scream: ANyways, It's torso 13 in the torso workshop. (

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10 October 2006, 10:35 AM
Hi....Isaias....:bounce: :applause: :thumbsup: :) "WOW".....Now that's some fine painting.....very impressive...has everything...hard soft edges,
strong rich color, depth, wieght, and style....BEAUTIFUL JOB ....:thumbsup:


10 October 2006, 10:40 AM
:DExtremely embarassing haha. Um, thanky. I tried really hard! thank you so much for the kind words. Infinitely...

10 October 2006, 03:49 PM
Beautful works! Keep it up!:thumbsup:

10 October 2006, 07:42 PM
I cleaned up my last one a bit. (
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10 October 2006, 07:49 PM

Some gorgeous work going on here - thanks for the inspiration! :)



10 October 2006, 08:55 PM

It is a good idea to save versions of the painting, when you get towards the end of it.
Can't begin to tell you how many paintings that I have overcooked, trying to reach for perfection in the painting...:scream: ...LOL..:)
The nice thing about digital, is it allows and affords you the opportunity to save, and then
experiment further, which is a great way and method to learn...:)
If you look at your last few versions after a couple of weeks with fresh eyes, you can usually see right off, where and how the line was crossed into the overcooked state...:scream:
Just thought that I would throw that information at you,..just in case you weren't aware of it.
If you are aware of it, then disregard what I just said....might help someone who's not though.:shrug:
Keep up the GREAT work..:thumbsup:


10 October 2006, 09:00 PM
lol, thanks spiritdreamer. I curse digital for that very reason. Discipline! I can't continiue forever on the same pieces forever. :scream: I already see so many errors with my previous works...hindsight is 20/20 and all. Thank goodness for the inventor of the save function though lol...or curse him?:shrug: Ha!

10 October 2006, 09:03 PM
really like that painting - crazey colours :)

I'm with you on saving Isaias - I not only paint with no layers whatsoever but I delete the file as soon as the image's up on the web LOL - so I cannot do anything to correct it... it's hard to train oneself to do that but goot tip there Glenn

10 October 2006, 09:10 PM
Hi....Isaias.....LOL....:scream: .......It's all good....there's a yen and yang to everything..learning from it is what counts the most in the end:) ...:thumbsup:

10 October 2006, 09:14 PM
lol, so , so true, THANKS intervain! You rock!

10 October 2006, 03:27 PM (

10 October 2006, 03:35 PM
Nice to see crap like this, Hadouken :thumbsup: Great skintones. One little crit I have is about the baby's hand. Even though I'm not sure I'm correct I think they're more fat. It could be more chubbier. You know, they're all fat when born. But I especially like the skintones on it. Great looking.

Do you paint traditionaly?

10 October 2006, 03:41 PM
Heh heh, thanks Razz. I know the fingers are too long and look more like a young girl than a new born infant right? That's why I said it sucks. I was on it for about 5 hours and still havne't slept through the night(it's 10:30 am here now, EEK!)I got tired of fiddling with it. Youa re absolutely right though. more fat, less length. Maybe I'll go back and fix it when I wake up. Thanks for looking.:D I'll get some more up tonight heh.

I don't paint traditionally unfortunately. I wish. I jsut recieved some pencils and pastels as a gift and have yet to try them out. Just scared I guess. I know, poppycock. Everything I learned is form the internet and trolling observantly in life.:)

10 October 2006, 04:18 PM

BEAUTIFUL and GREAT concept for a painting..One of those pictures that is worth a thousand words...:thumbsup:
If you were to to change it at all, I think that if you just shortened the two middle fingers,
by getting rid of the last digits on them, and then putting the fingernails where they end, and reposition the will have the right proportions....just my quess though..:)
GREAT JOB ON THE RENDERING by the way...really like the colors, and the way you painted it...:thumbsup:

10 October 2006, 01:48 AM
I think it's better? the fingers are a little better at least. MOVING ON!!! (

10 October 2006, 06:18 AM
I'm going to post some speed painting exercises. I have never tried so...yeah. 15 minutes each is my goal. Here's the first one. (

10 October 2006, 06:20 AM
I love the hands portrait. She has a short hand like me. :)

Babies hands can actually be thin when they are born. Just depends on the baby.

You have some great work in the thread and it's really nice to see the progression from start to here.

Look forward to more.


10 October 2006, 07:14 AM
Thank you so much Cris! I appreciate the view.:) I have learned so much in the last few months abour think, all of this could have been naught. What a scary thought. I do admit that I have improved. I can at least say that!:D "Good" is another story altogether.

Here is another quickie. I'm useless when it comes to speed painting. But, I will get better, just need a little time. This was over the 15 min limit too, half an hour! I promised myself I would post it anyways, at least as a reminder to track my progress. (

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10 October 2006, 10:22 AM
Hey your speedpaints are really good!

really like the last one.
soon you'll find yourself having captured the essence after just 10min and you will be wondering what to do with the remaining 5, because you didn't expect it :D

we want more! :)

10 October 2006, 10:44 AM
Heh, thanks Johan. The encouragement is invaluable, really.:) I will post some more today. I need a nap now though, then off to work. Whew! Insomnia is a tough day job.

10 October 2006, 11:06 AM

Like the way you handled the babies hand...came out GREAT....Really like that one...:thumbsup: :applause:
Like your speed paints also...Great way to develope an expressionistic style...imagine if you loaded that big brush up with some colors that really express ...anger//violent
blues//calm ect....colors can spark emotions in the viewer..which is an art in itself.
You might want to take a look at some of the great works of the expressionist painters, ..will
have a big influence on your speed painting I think...just a thought..:)
Keep up the progress...GREAT SEEING IT..:thumbsup:

10 October 2006, 11:46 AM
Glenn, you always have the prefect advice. It's always when I'm ABOUT to feel comfortable with my painting. As far as I know, one of the worst things and artist can do is become comfortable and complacent in their style. Thinking about it now, I can see how that composer guy would be so nice in splashes of yellow and blue...Like a sunburst of music...You have really sparked my brain. Thank you so much!:scream:

I fixed the hand, yeah, thank you. I still think his middle fingernail is a bit too long, but eeh.:shrug: I've realized it, and that's the most important thing I think.

I said I was going to sleep a couple of hours before work, but I'm so inspired (and hopped on coffee) that I want to go to the park now and paint until I go to work. If need be I can always take a nice nap under a tree on a hill. AAAhhhh. :) More's going to suck.

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10 October 2006, 07:56 PM
:) Hi....Isaias...:thumbsup:
Now that you have the initial energy in your paintings, you might consider refining , adding to the escenual, and subtracting the non escenual..with the use of light and shade ect.
You might even change brushes, to add variety to your strokes, change mediums ect.
You never know what kind of nice effects you might stumble upon, when you just cut loose, and start to experiment, while at the same time having fun..:) ..ALWAYS KEEPING GOOD DRAFSMANSHIP IN MIND OF COURSE..:scream: :)
The key, is keeping that initial energy in the painting, and refining it, without loseing the underlying energy of the painting in the painting process..:)
Nice start to some very expressive work....:thumbsup:

10 October 2006, 08:04 PM
Thanks Glenn, again. I start nice, then get really sloppy because I get nervous:eek: haha. I look at the clock and think "Holy crap! 12 minutes already!" Then all hell breaks loose and I end up "tripping" through the painting.

I don't know if I'm going about this the right way. Do you think I should continue to force myself to stop after 15 mins? Or does it really matter, in terms of learning I mean....I don't know. I'm just doing what I think might help me improve my understanding of composition and form and gesture. Maybe I'm completely wrong though...:shrug:

Thaks for the advice. You are like a never-ending fortune cookie...but with actually USEFUL advice!:thumbsup:Thanks as always.

10 October 2006, 08:53 PM

I never wore, or even owned a watch in my intire life...pressure does not belong in painting.
Time is a man made illussion, just as painting the master of both.
When I paint, time evaporates, and is meaningless.
The key, is to know when to bring forth the energy in your painting, and when to let it subside

10 October 2006, 09:38 AM
That's some damn fine advice Glenn. I think I'm going to toss my clock out the window, just have fun and get lost in time instead of worrying so much about it. It's just that I heard from somewhere that to improve, it's better to draw 50 quick sketches than to draw one really long one. Now, I don't know if the same holds true for painting or not though...

10 October 2006, 10:29 AM
It's just that I heard from somewhere that to improve, it's better to draw 50 quick sketches than to draw one really long one. Now, I don't know if the same holds true for painting or not though...

why not make a couple of quickies (it's not really important how quickly exactly... 5min, 10min, 20min max maybe), pick out the one you like best and try to develop that one to a further stadium?
Combining fast sketches with a longer study every now and then works best for me personally.
The fast ones make us focus on the simple forms "the essence" of which Glenn is talking about above. Once you have that, it's just a matter of adding detail. What you want to avoid is spending hours on a drawing or painting only to notice that some of the basic forms or lines are not the way you wanted them...

All rightie,
hope to see more work from you soon

Edit, just remembered TUTORIALS - Digital Painting Video Sketchbook - by Bobby Chiu ( he explains about his daily exercises. I think they would really help you making up your mind on how exactly you want to plan your learning journey.

10 October 2006, 12:20 PM
Thanks Johan. I watch Bobby religously, I forgot about his topics though:eek:
I don't know where my head was at, eeh.

I want to define the essence of a subject. That's what I'm looking for niw, so that I can apply it to everything I see. There's a great book called "The Zen of Seeing" I bought recently and I havee yet to read it through. I think that will help me gain perspective.

Thanks for the advice, I'll get some more developed work up soon.:)

10 October 2006, 12:31 PM

LOL..I don't have TIME NOW..... NOW IS ...NOW IS this MOMENT your living in...LIVE in the NOW MOMENT that IS...MOMENTS past, an illussion of memory, and the future MOMENT, has yet to be CONCIEVED....THERE IS ONLY ...NOW that IS ....:scream: ....Should be a great painting in those words I
THINK....:scream: :eek: :) ....Maybe a painting of you throwing your clock out of the window...:scream:
JUST HAVING ...FUN...with words and thoughts..:)
I agree with Johan....but when in dought, do it all, IF YOU CAN FIND THE ...TIME...THAT.. IS.:bounce:

HAVE A GREAT DAY...Isaias, and..:)

10 October 2006, 12:43 PM

I'm off to work now...I will be thinking about these words all day...We'll see what I come up with. Thank you...:bowdown:....:wip:

10 October 2006, 12:57 PM
Hi ha-dou-ken..
Great to see your progress thru these pages... that hand study is really sweet.:applause: ... looking forward to a lot more amazing stuff..!

10 October 2006, 01:38 PM
Hey, Hadouken. Read what you and Glenn were talking about painting speedpaints or pushing one piece further and I really have only few words to say, first work on getting better, then on getting faster. These few words answered my quetions to that topic, hope they'll help you too :)

10 October 2006, 06:09 PM
Hi :)

great paintings here - I especially like the portrait of your friend - really nice mood to it! And I can totally empathize with starting pictures and not being able to force yourself to refine them LOL...

10 October 2006, 11:24 PM
Thanks for the looks Anand, heh.Compliments are so weird when I get them...thank you. You are incredible. Really! Not human, but incredible.(I swear you are a robot from the planet Arto..) Stay tuned for more.:thumbsup:

Razz, I sometimes feel that searching for a style s soon is a bit premature and even egotistical. I have yet to master the basics, but it seems that not many people ever truly do. At least absolutely. So many options and so little time...I still appreciate the advice. Words to live by, not only in art but in life in general I think.

Magdalena, heheh, thanky. I like my friend too. She's hot! I'm going to crank out some more paints tonight after a few rounds of Street fighter with my friends. Time to kick ass!:scream:

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10 October 2006, 05:19 AM
Hey Isaias these last 2 have great potential.
Would love to see you push one of those to a full rendered image

10 October 2006, 04:24 PM
Thank you Johan, heh.:) I will thrown a couple more ideas around and choose one this weekend for a full blown piece. I hope to have a nice piece by sunday...that's the plan!

10 October 2006, 09:31 PM (

10 October 2006, 09:42 PM

I like the last cold temperature experiment...A great way to learn the power of color, is to study the optical movement of the 60's...OP ART...Seeing thier work, might help with idea's for future can always go further...when learning from the past..:)
I also really like your Last Samurai General..:applause:
Wonder what he would look like if placed on a layer of the same color as your bottom color piece.
maybe surrounded by cherry tree blossoms...with the rising sun or yellow over his far shoulder.
Maybe a little of that cool blue used in the shadows of the cherry blossoms.
Color as a symbol...:)


10 October 2006, 03:41 AM
Hi Glenn. Thank you for th input as always. I really like your ideas for the Last Samuai one. That guy has sooo much character. I wonder why sepia tones fit him so nicely.Maybe it represents his weary values and worn beliefes. The same way sepias are worn impressions of colors. Faded...

I am going to try some more right now :) Oh yeah, I' going to do some research on the 60's art you were talking about. That's why I love the style of The Incredible I think... :D

10 October 2006, 05:38 AM (

10 October 2006, 06:36 PM
I like the kinda brown monochromatic one, the samurai guy? Looks cool. Well, it's warm, but cool, you know. Nice to see these speedpaints and you pushing your imaginational painting skills.

Is it the finish of the last speedpaint posted? It asks for more :)

10 October 2006, 10:12 PM
Thanks Razz, I'm just exploring in space so to speak with these speedpaints heh.:)

That last one was a bit underdone. REALLY quick to see if I could creat a sense of scope. I was listening to Coldplay...I dunno haha.:shrug: More soon!

10 October 2006, 01:23 AM
Mech's PDF series on anatomy got me all worked up to paint the human people again haha. A break from all the subpar speedpaints. this is still a WIP, but It's ok as a study. the wierdest thing occured to me while painting...I ACTUALLY understood what the hell I was doing! I wasn't just copying what I saw, but pronouncing muscles with confidence and fixing mistakes without even looking at the reference. I felt so in control! So cool. there a 1,000,000 errors but the feeling of confidence was a great rush. I felt like GOD for a second. I think I just elveled up a bit. this was 1.5 hrs. more tonight when get home from school! (

10 October 2006, 01:52 AM
GREAT to see you getting into those models in the photo's...Will learn a lot about painting the figure, from painting them for sure.
You know, as you do them, can also play around with them, in your paintings from your imagination..will make those imaginings that much better...That's the way I got the best from both worlds, so to speak....throughout the beggining of my thread.
You can always use them in a fantasy color scape, like the one you posted yesterday..yellows and oranges, with a piece of blue..ect..
If you have time, and want to, take a look at the first few pages of my sketchbook // anatomy thread, to get a better idea about what I mean...just used a couple of layers, to creat fantasies using the figures from the photo's, for better realism in the fantasy..
Take a peek,...might give you a new never know...:)

10 October 2006, 02:26 AM
Hi Glenn! I thought about borrowing reference figures and putting them in fantasy settings...actually I think about it a lot. I guess I've been scared a bit. I don't know if I know enough about color to pull something like that off. I am looking at your! I love your work so I would have watched it attentively regardless! In fact I do!

I think you, mecha, anand, razz, thomas and zhuzhu are my faves here. :bowdown: You guys are what push me so hard everyday. :love:

I have more heroes on the 3d spectrum, but that's for another thread...heh. Thanks for the input Glenn. More in a bit, aftter I eat up your thread haha.

11 November 2006, 05:09 PM
I finally started to get back in 3D heh. I think I'll finish this tonight. ( (

C&C's welcome. :)

11 November 2006, 06:27 AM
I need to add the ears and fix alot of more elements. Maybe put some ab muscles in there...I wish humans didn't have to sleep...eeh. (

11 November 2006, 07:01 AM
Interesting looking character. I think the tail should come off the end of the spine...looks too high now.


11 November 2006, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the advice Cris. I had a hard time considering the placement of the tail...unfortunately I am not of a concept artist. My co-worker said the same thing as you about the tail. I will have to fix it after doing a bit more research here in the anatomy threads.

This was also a test for SSS with VRAY. More soon heh, like always. :)

11 November 2006, 08:51 AM

nice char
concidering he has his mouth wide open, i imagine his head would look quite small with closed mouth...
also, the spinous proces of this one vertebra looks a bit silly all by itself... maybe make a couple more of those vertabrae visible above and below the currently visible one...

you're on your way to make a nice character, please continue ;)

11 November 2006, 08:01 PM
Thanks Johan! I really appreciate the advice!:) I will work on this little guy this weekend and post some more soon.
Good idea about the horns too. I thought about having a chain hanging from that one horn. (It was meant to be a lot bigger too) It is a little silly though...more soon!

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11 November 2006, 12:29 PM

Really like that last one....very hard angle to get right...looks like you pulled it of..:applause:
Wish I knew what she was looking at, to creat that expression she has..:)
GREAT light touch of the brush on this one...subtle color values ....really nice the way you handled the color and lighting around the chin and neck area..:thumbsup:
You might, on a seperate version//layer, play around and refine the eye that is closest to the viewer...pupal shadow ect., just to see if it intensifies the expression, always give the eyes more attension on a loose style painting...really helps to creat mood and expression.
GREAT to see you experimenting with brush way to express and instill emotion into your work...:)
Keep going. Looking forward to seeing more..:thumbsup:

11 November 2006, 09:26 PM
Thank you Glenn!:scream: haha.

Yeah, this angle was extremely challenging for me...It was such a pain. Her expression is what caught my attention too. I'll see if I can work on those eyes. It was draining to get the angle proper, and I am still not happy with it, but...

Thanks again Glenn.:)

I made up a story for her. She was waiting for the bus in deep concentration and she suddenly heard a loud noise coming from up the street. She was upset that it distracted her but is then curious to find out what that noise exactly was because she could not see anything that far.

11 November 2006, 07:26 AM
good story... matches her expression well

11 November 2006, 08:30 AM ( (

11 November 2006, 08:57 AM
Waw! Great sketch!I like it!

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11 November 2006, 03:49 AM
Very nice and atmospheric work here. :)

11 November 2006, 03:51 AM
Thanks Becca:) I've been feeling a little melancholy the last couple of days. I'm working on atmosphere...

11 November 2006, 03:51 AM
Hi Isaias!! Awesome work on the kid's picture.. really nice brush strokes.. Love that casablanca pic too... you really captured the mood.:thumbsup:

11 November 2006, 03:53 AM
Btw, whats that mark on the child's chest?

11 November 2006, 03:54 AM
Aww, thanks Anand! You rule. I'm going to get some more stuff soon. I want to get really inspired on my trip to mexico since I'll be touring around the old villages. I hope to find inspiration there. :) Thanks again.

the mark is a barcode. I googles "priceless" and that little boy came up. I think he was a holocaust victim or something. I think the barcode is just a political statement or something...I liked it.

11 November 2006, 03:59 AM
Thanks Becca:) I've been feeling a little melancholy the last couple of days. I'm working on atmosphere...
Heh, it's funny how a person's mood can affect a painting...sometimes your best work comes out of these moments. Hope you are feeling perkier soon though, we all hit these rough patches. ;)

11 November 2006, 04:18 AM
:):love:Thanks Becca. Best.Teacher.Ever. *hugs*

11 November 2006, 06:24 AM
Hey IsaiasThe portrait... *whistles*... excellent!

I agree with Rebecca when she says sometimes it shows... I was thinking exactly that...
You know, it's just a phase and you'll soon be feeling better...

This is turning into a really nice thread btw ;)

11 November 2006, 06:45 AM
Thanks Johan *hug* I appreciate the visit, really. You guys teach me so much. Moods are just like tides on a beach. I'll be back soon. :)

11 November 2006, 12:30 PM
HEY...Isaias...:applause: :thumbsup: :)
WOW...GREAT TOUCH AND FEELING in those last two....RAPID PROGRESS...I GUESS...:scream: :bounce:
Like the little story you put with that face on the preceeding page...maybe a humming bird just whized by her...too fast to see, but just loud enough to whisper in her ear, with it's buzzing wings ...:)
Hope you have a safe and pleasent adventure down in MEXICO...I drove down as far as Guadalahara with my parents when I was a kid...took two weeks...I remember the jungle, and the mosquitos...lots of them...:scream: ...also saw what poverty really means...always stuck in my mind....Anyway, hope you get a chance to do some nice skeches of what is impressed upon you
while you are there, and are able to take a lot of photos also....I remember the VIVID colors of the clothing, pottery, people, ect....Think those memories are where I get the vivid colors in my paintings from..:)
Looking forward to seeing some BEAUTIFUL and MEANINGFUL paintings of MEXICO when you get back..:thumbsup:

11 November 2006, 11:30 AM
Thanks Glenn! I appreciate the blessing. I am really looking forward to the architecture,especially the cathedrals. I have been to Nicaragua twice, but this is the first trip to another spanish speaking country besides my own. Should be very fun. I will take LOT'S of pics don't worry heh. I will paint everything I see too lol! Thanks again for the view.

I like your story too! Makes perfect sense for her expression I think ha.:)

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12 December 2006, 12:27 AM (

12 December 2006, 12:28 AM
Ooh, this last piece is really striking! :)

12 December 2006, 01:27 AM
Thanks Becca. That was a quickie. The pic really caught my attention.

12 December 2006, 07:05 AM
the last one is truly beautiful! you are really making some sensitive pieces here!

12 December 2006, 07:37 AM
Thanks Anand, here's another one... (

12 December 2006, 10:21 AM
WOW....Isaias......:bounce: :applause: :thumbsup:

So refreshing to see ART THAT SAYS SOMETHING about the human condition...:)
Very striking work...that strikes a chord of truth in this viewer anyway.
POWERFUL WORK...Isaias....THANKS for sharing these..:thumbsup:

12 December 2006, 11:23 AM
Man you just made a serioues skill boost with these last paintings!
The crying child is most evoking to me

Keep 'em coming Isaias

12 December 2006, 06:26 PM
Thanks Glenn. Thank you Johan.:)

When I was in Mexico I saw a lot of poverty and Drug abuse. It help put in perspective how blessed I really am. I just wanted to raise awareness about those who struggle more. I want to vomit when I hear conversations of why some people become upset. (hair, nails, lawsuits, media, sports)...damn yuppies.

Anyways, thanks for the visit guys. More soon. I can't for the new OFDW too!!! Thanks Becca!

12 December 2006, 07:57 PM
You've got some very nice studies here! There's a real sense of atmosphere in some of these which adds an extra level to your work - congratulations. Are you working from tactile reference on any of these, or has it come from your imagination and things you witnessed in Mexico?


12 December 2006, 08:39 PM
Hey Andy, thanks for stopping by.:)

I used referemce for most of those pieces. Mexice is responsible for any sort of impressionism that might be in there though. Thanks again.

12 December 2006, 09:09 PM
I have to agree with others and tell that these last pieces show a great progress. Of which I'm pretty jealous about :D The last piece looks extremely nice. It has potential to be pushed forward but I'm afraid that it might loose it's beauty when polished to little details.
Thanks for showing, enjoyed looking at it :bounce: And more, do more!

12 December 2006, 10:15 PM
Thanks Razz. I'm jealous of you haha:thumbsup:. Your work is inspiring.

I purposely left it as loose as possible to signify how drugs can detract light, color, and the very person.That's why I used a brush with lot's of holes in it. No matter how much you paint and paint this person, there will always be holes...

12 December 2006, 05:21 AM
Hi Isaias... great piece.. the last one.. your strokes are really cool... catches the light well.. and the story too.

12 December 2006, 01:10 AM
Hey everyone, I thought I'd post my OFDW progress. I'm usinga grid for this one. (begin the throwing of tomatos) I want to focus more on quality and not so much proportion though...sorry. I'm really going to take my time on this one though, like the callenge asks for, so I might only get one or two done before next year. Here's what I have so far... (

12 December 2006, 01:20 AM
oooh - a mastercopy - so glad to see more souls joining in the struggle!

but I really have to say I loooooooove that last painting of yours - however disturbing it is - the palette is awesome and so is the technique - actually I think it might have made a great poster :) SWEET!

12 December 2006, 01:28 AM
Aw Thanks Magdalena! You know, I think that pic looks waaay better if flipped vertically. It creates a much nicer perspective I think. Like GOD looking down over your shoulder from behind slightly....try it!:bounce: Thanks again!:buttrock:

12 December 2006, 11:54 PM
Another update... (

12 December 2006, 07:55 AM
coming along really nice Isaias

you'll go all the way with this one right? :twisted: :bounce:

12 December 2006, 08:42 AM
Hey! Nice progress!

12 December 2006, 03:42 PM
Hey Johan, thanks heh.:) Yeah, I think I'm going to try my hardest on this one. That's why I'm taking so long...My laptop is messed up right now so I can't paint:sad:...I'll have to find a work around.

Hey DIM! :scream:Thanks for the look. I'l try and post another update soon.

12 December 2006, 05:05 AM
I finally got my laptop working again. I can paint! Technically anyways, the skill is still something to shoot for. Here's another quick study, about 40 minutes. Jeff Buckley, one of the greats. ( (

12 December 2006, 06:00 AM
Hey!... thats a nice one!!! beautiful colors!!

12 December 2006, 11:47 AM

REALLY like that last one...Great job on the planes of the face...has that ONENESS about it..:applause:
I think the composition might be even better, if the back of his other hand and fingers, were wrapped around the neck of the giutar...would bring viewer back into the composition, creating a circle composition...fingers would be on the strings, aiming in the direction of his face, in a subtle way...just a thought..:)
Also like the looseness of the painting, with tightness in the key areas of interest..and the way the colors are really adding to the mood and feeling of the piece...BEAUTIFUL SIMPLICITY..:bounce: :)

12 December 2006, 04:34 PM
the painting is awesome! Great job on this one [really expressive]

12 December 2006, 07:17 PM
Anand, THANKS!! I need to make up for lost time now :(. I want to finish the OFDW soon!

Glenn, I can always rely on you for fresh perspectives.:) Thank you!:scream:

Magdalena, haha. Thanks! I can't touch you guys yet, but I appreciate the motivation. You rock, REALLY!

Happy holidays everyone. I got a bonus! I'm cool.

12 December 2006, 09:30 PM
good to see you got your rig back up.

great portrait of a great musician.
one thing I can't see in the painting is a hint to his tormented soul though...

12 December 2006, 10:11 PM
Thanks Johan. I think the lack of emotion is because the lack of any eyes...maybe I'll go back and add to it.Hmm, but first the OFDW! Heh, thanks again!

12 December 2006, 02:44 AM
At the bookstore. about 50 minutes...kind of sucks. (

12 December 2006, 02:51 AM
well to you maybe! I love the lips!! Really good one :thumbsup:

12 December 2006, 09:08 AM
I love looking at threads like this that have been around for a while, I can see your progress immediately. You have lots of great images in here, post 110 with the drug user is really striking! Keep it up, thanks for posting your work. :)

12 December 2006, 08:02 PM
kind of sucks
No Wayz:shrug: I really like the values and the softbrush work you ve done on it:)

12 December 2006, 09:46 AM
Merry Christmas Everyone! Granted...completely unrelated, but still...thank you all for such a great year. I found painting! Thank you CGTALK! Infinitely...

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12 December 2006, 06:19 AM
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Keep up the good work and keep pushing yourself in 2007. :)


12 December 2006, 06:58 AM
Hey Isaias,

all the best for the new year.
I wish you a pencil and a few paper sketchbooks... ok ok it's really also a wish for myself, to see you do some pencil sketches :D

Try a few traditional media... they are fun and will make sure you will have to keep pushing yourself!

12 December 2006, 02:06 PM
really like the brooding feel of that last one - and don't know why but it reminded me immediately of Peter Petrelli from Heroes - guess I've been watching that show too much LOL, must be the hair :)

12 December 2006, 04:48 PM
Hey Isaias!! beautiful work, my friend! I just love the amount feeling you put into your paintings.. it comes across so poignantly.

12 December 2006, 05:40 PM
Hey Becca, Thank you for the encouraging words. I want to continue to push myself. This site helps tremendously...:)

Johan! I wish you some art supplies A.S.A.P.!*poof* Did it work? Have a great new year and many more.

Hey Magdalena, I've REALLY been wanting to catch Heroes!!!:scream: I always miss it though and al my friends tell me I'm missing out haha.:D I'll have to get the DVD when it comes out. Thanks for the eyes and hands, but mostly the heart friend.

Hey Anand! Thank you for the kind words. I try to show life...That's all we have, no? I don't make sense...thank you though, truly.:)

12 December 2006, 06:16 PM
I got 4 sketchbooks in different sizes, some charcoal sticks and a box full of pencils!


lots of character in the last one
keep 'em comin' !!

12 December 2006, 03:45 AM
really like the brooding feel of that last one - and don't know why but it reminded me immediately of Peter Petrelli from Heroes - guess I've been watching that show too much LOL, must be the hair :)

Haha, I'm seeing it too. Not only the hair, but I think the nose fits the bill as well. And yes, Ha-dou-ken, you're missing out. :D

Tell me, is your alias either ha-dou-ken of Street Fighter or Black Mage of 8-bit theater? Those are the only 2 I know, aside from your gallery of course!

12 December 2006, 02:15 PM
Hey KNilblink, I'm addicted to Street's a problem:D I play around the country at tournaments, in fact I just got back from one in Texas and beat one of the top players in the U.S.!I should have a video up soon on youtube haha. But, yeah...I can stop whenever I want!:scream: I don't play video games or watch tv really...just SF, Third Strike.

This is the game...that's not me but an example of high level play. US vs Japan.(Japan kicked our @ss that year ha)

12 December 2006, 02:33 PM
Haha, just watched that video. Intense stuff! I've heard that's a huge competitive game, sadly my ownly SF experience goes to the first iteration/s of SFII on the SNES. I play games on and off, but didn't really watch TV aside from the occasional episode of Conan O'brien until "Heroes." Well, there's Scrubs too, okay I watch TV. :D

Congratulations on beating a top US player! It's cool that you have your one game that you truly rock at.

01 January 2007, 08:36 AM
I couldn't get Aeon FLux out of my head head ( (

01 January 2007, 10:22 AM
Here's another update on my OFDW entry. I haven't been able to work on it as much as I would like. Only 2 more days!! :eek:I need to get it done! It's so tedious. What the hell man, I start painting and BAM! 4 hrs pass instantly! I don't know. In the zone I guess.:shrug: (

01 January 2007, 11:37 AM
You're making good progress on your OFDW piece there...
this means you are too far now to just drop it and you MUST finish it (like me) :twisted:
Don't worry about the deadline, we don't need it to keep working do we? :D

01 January 2007, 05:26 PM
Those quickies you do here, I like 'em. I agree with Johan, don't worry about the deadline. Who cares about it. Just get the piece done. It's not commissioned or something, is it? So, don't rush. Don't look at the time you're spending on these. It's a pleasure painting it, yeah? Just take all the time you need it to look great and to make yourself excited about doing so. So far you're doing very well. I'm looking forward to some more :bounce:

01 January 2007, 05:35 PM
Hey! I like the description of being in the zone while working on this OFDW piece LOL I was like that myself, like i didn't know what was going on around me and than I just simply couldn't sit anymore or couldn't see sh! LOL... Great progress - I'm sure you can make it before the deadline :) Getting there for sure :thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 03:08 AM
Ha, thanks all. I always put too much emphasis on time. I'm chronophobic I guess. Always have been. I was one of those kids who always asked what time it was every 5 minutes ha. My parents hated that.:shrug:

I'm bulding my new rig right now, it's awesome! smoking fast, I can get a lot more work done now haha!:bounce:

More soon. Thanks again friends.

01 January 2007, 12:12 PM

Just stopping by to say HI..:) .....Think that caravaggio is turning out
GREAT....You really got the proportions down nicely...a hard one because of his age..:thumbsup: ...The colors , softness and texture of his skin are perfect, will look great if you contrast that, with the smooth hard feeling of some of the other elements in the painting, musical intruments, feathers ect.:)
Can't wait to see the finished version of this, even if you don't make the deadline...time is an is the quality of your work left behind,..that in time,...will tell if it was... time well spent...:scream: :)

01 January 2007, 01:35 PM ( (

01 January 2007, 02:07 PM
Thats an awesome piece of work, Isaias!!:applause: The way you painted the water is amazing!!:eek:

01 January 2007, 04:15 PM

Nice one :thumbsup:


01 January 2007, 05:37 PM
Wasup Anand! Thanks for the look. I couldn't sleep and now I'm paying for it at work...eeh.:argh:

Hi Mark, I apreciate the time and nice words. I'll have more soon...after some much due sleep after work.

01 January 2007, 08:51 AM
Yay, I was fascinated by the water too! Indeed a nice piece. The boy looks great too, I like the little highlights left shoulder there. Very well done.

And how is your OFDW piece progressing?

01 January 2007, 09:34 AM
Thanks Razz heh. I've never done water before so this was a challenge. :)

I'm still working on my OFDW!!! I didn';t forget haha. Soon my friend. It's just taking forever.:shrug: I needed a little break from working on just one greuling piece you know? Water is fun.:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 11:57 AM (

01 January 2007, 03:03 PM
Just wanted to say it's impressive to see how much progress you've made in such a short period! I particularly like this last painting of yours.


01 January 2007, 03:43 PM
Hey Abby, thank you for the words of encouragment. I still don't know how to react when people tell me things like that heh:blush:

Here's another update for my OFDW...almost...there...GAH! (

01 January 2007, 04:01 PM
Gorgeous progress on the face and upper body especially, can't wait to see this finished. Let me know when you do so I can add it to the OFDW wrap up threads. :)

01 January 2007, 04:07 PM
Thanks Rebeccak!:bounce: I have to get this done tonight...that's the plan anyway.:arteest:

01 January 2007, 04:13 PM
Ah, good luck with the finish! Don't rush it though, really push the quality. Great stuff. :)

01 January 2007, 04:13 PM
Hi ha-dou-ken,
your OFDW looks really cool!
But primarily your piece in #155 is amazing! What a feeling! Nice colours!

Hope to see more :)

01 January 2007, 04:42 PM

Take your time on the ending....NO RUSH....:scream: :)

01 January 2007, 04:48 PM
Well i missed visiting your thread for updates...Here u ve made an awesome progress:thumbsup:
You have painted water very well and truly a gorgeous work with shading and colors of face and arm till now in OFDW piece:eek:Do finish it:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 05:47 PM
the OFDW is looking real nice! I love the painting with the boy in the water - wow the way you rendered the lights on the water is truly impressive!:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 07:24 AM
Hi Ha-dou-ken,
Just wanted to add my compliments to your hard work on the OFDW piece. Great job!

01 January 2007, 04:07 PM
I was thinking last night before painting and decided to throw the clock out of the window. I'm going to push the quality as much as I can.

Thanks Rebecca,:) patience is a virtue,patience is a virtue,patience...

Sebastian: Thanks a lot for the look, really. I'm glad you like my stuff.Sometimes I think my paintings do a better job of speaking my soul than my mouth, I think it shows, err... I think I just insulted myself lol.:D

Hi Glenn! Thanks for the prose like advice. it's monolithic and undettered after all is said and done.:wise:

Richa:Thanks a lot! I'll definitely finish it with cool people like you around to motivate me.:)

Hey Magdalena! That water was fun. Challenging, but very fun as well. I will finish the OFDW heh. You inspired me to keep going with your beautiful work.:)

Esmeralda:Thank you so much! Coming from someone with your level of talent, that means a lot...I estimate I put in over 25 hrs on this one so far...Thanks again, really.:bounce:

01 January 2007, 04:09 PM
Another 4hrs last night... (

I need to stop spamming my own thread haha.Eeh.

I think I'm going to make an animated GIF showing all the steps...I might as well since I posted enouugh WIPS heh.

01 January 2007, 08:44 PM
Hi Ha-dou-ken,
very nice work on the OFDW ! It is really funny to see you working such a long time on this piece ... I hope next time you can paint the OFDW a little faster because you learned so much out of this one? :D
Keep it going :)

01 January 2007, 03:38 AM
Hi Isaias, just popping to say there's some lovely work in here. Your initial 50 heads work was impressive and it continues to be even more so! The caravaggio is amazing, I'd agree with rebecca in saying keep going with that level you have on the face and torso, they look stunning. And the lighting on the child in the water on the last page is magical, I'd love to know how you got that glow effect to the highlights

01 January 2007, 05:03 PM
Thanks Trunks! HA, I hope my next one is faster too eeh...:eek:

Hi Zephyri. Thanks for the input:) In regards to the glow effect: I just created a copy in a new layer, added a gaussian blur filter, set the blending mode to lighten, with the fill% to about 30-40.

01 January 2007, 10:12 PM
What happened to all my pics!! FTW?Man this sucks...Does anyone else have problems using image hosting?

01 January 2007, 04:11 PM
I thought I'd post it anyways. (

01 January 2007, 04:15 PM
I' lost all of my WIP's due to crappy imagehosting..I'm kindof sad about it because I wanted to make an animated GIF with them :(. Well I'll just post my last WIP then. Almost done... (

01 January 2007, 04:15 PM

Did the images that disappear contain nudity? Yeah that seems to be a problem with image hosts may have to black bar the nudity in order to get it past the censors, or host images on your own site if possible...I know it sucks.

I really like the emotional quality of The Thinker copy, I think that adding more structure will really help to pull it together if you want to work on it more :) - also check out the links here:

Anthony Ryder - Traditional Drawing and Oil Painting Demos (

Great stuff and method of blocking which is really useful. Cheers!

01 January 2007, 07:04 PM
Hey becca, Thanks about the cooment with the thinker. That is incredibly difficult...I will get back to it one day, when I feel I can devote the time to fully cracking that egg.

The weird thing about the hosting issue is that the pics that contained the most nudity didn't get deleted ha. It seems like before a certain date, it was fine. Most didn't contain nudit either.Almost as if one of their servers crashed or something. I dunno. Anyways, Ii've been trying to get them back. Oh well...

And I checked out those links too! Ive never seen someonework with charcoal. Wow, looks exciting!

02 February 2007, 08:09 PM
Weird things happening, eh? That sucks...I hope evberything will come back to normal.

I'll be happy to see the finished master copy, though it would have been nice to see an animated gif. Well, whatever, that won't kill anyone :)

02 February 2007, 07:59 PM
I went to my friends' camp for the weekend.

02 February 2007, 08:16 PM
Hi Ha-du-ken ... I just wonder what you are showing us in your last post ? What was your intention? I see a woman and ... nothing? :D

The style you used for the woman is interresting ;) Maybe pla a little more with this way :D

02 February 2007, 03:07 AM
Hi trunks. The last one is a guy snorting coke.

02 February 2007, 05:46 AM
About 2.5 Hours The Mars Volta - Amputechture (

02 February 2007, 06:43 AM

nice work! hope you'll work a bit more on the background. Would level it up even more I think.

oh btw... OFDW21 is running... you're missing it ;)

02 February 2007, 09:37 AM
Hey Isaias! wassup, man!! all you recent posts are kick-ass!! I just would like to see more work on the BG of that caravaggio copy. any plans for OFDW21?

02 February 2007, 09:43 AM
Muse - Exo-Politics (

02 February 2007, 09:48 AM
Hi guys, thanks for the heads up. 21!! CRAP, I'm missing out! I haven't touched the Caravaggio in a while...whew.I was actually warming up to that point. I hadn't painted in a while with Mardi Gras here and what not...I will get on it soon, it's soooo tedious though and not much fun.:blush:

Thanks for the support, I missed you guys.

02 February 2007, 07:23 PM
Hey, how come I've only seen these last two paintings now, ah?! They look great. Love the expression in the second one (and crazy hair, yay!), and the first ones expression is interesting,I think. Her left (HER left) eye seems a bit off though. Dunno about that lost edge where the eyeball meets the hair, I do like it, but some specular in the eye would make it looks better maybe. Nothing more to crit. I myself have never went to that kind of detail in the face (only in the drawings, not paintings), so I love seeing it like this.
It has a good side not to look at the painting you were doing for a day let's say. You'll just have a fresh look on it after this time and will notice your mistakes better (if you made any). Oh but I'm sure you knew that already.
More, please :bounce:

02 February 2007, 08:24 PM
HAha, thanks Razz! Yeah, I totally botched her left eye...argh.I saw that right off the bat. My intention was to see how much I have improved at my speed painting. Well,Compared to the 30+ hour Caravaggio, 2.5 hrs is a speedpaint for me lol:D. Thanks forr the tips, Im not happy with the eys in general-and forehead, I may go back and un-botch it heh.

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02 February 2007, 10:19 PM
Wow, really! These new ones are extremely amazing! The guy with glasses looks realistic. Did you add grain after finishing it or is the brush grainy and gives this kind of effect?
The speedie with red eyes looks interesting. Kinda hard to understand what really is going on there. Is he a soldier of some sort, or someone trapped somewhere, well, I like the mystery in it.
And the crying girl, yay! Awesome! Only boo goes to the white background. Maybe a much darker image would've looked even better. With orange kind of lights, you know, or maybe it's just me who likes dark stuff. Some perspective mistakes occur in the eye area I think. The brow look too far out and it seems she only has one brow. Looking at the lips the face is almost 100% side view, but the eye contradict to that. And reflected light would take away the flatness of the nostril. I love the lips though and the whole expression sad of the lady.
Are these refed or imaginational? They are looking awesome, as I said before :)

02 February 2007, 07:13 AM
Thanks RAzz, I used reference for all of them. The grain was added after I was done.
I appreciate all the help.:bounce: I can see what you mean about them. More soon. I'm feeling a little weak. I have been fasting on only wter since wednesday. I'm apreciating the simple things in life a lot more now. Painting is a great way for me to express this feeling.

Thanks again!

02 February 2007, 07:27 AM
omg don't do that Isaias! You should at least eat some bread, fruit and veggies every day. The rest is less important but bread, fruit and veggies are! I wish you would not play with your body like that my friend, you only got one ;)

last paintings are indeed very nice! My only crit would be I'd like it more visible where that teardrop actually ran on the girl's cheek. I loooove those lips though...

02 February 2007, 07:53 AM
Hey Isaias.... I am sure there is some good reason for your fasting, but pls dont take it too far.. the body needs certain inputs, so not providing them for long periods can be harmful to internal organs. Anyways, I believe that fasting for a cause shows your sincerety to it, and is proof of your being an ernest, caring person!:)... you know, Gandhi has stopped quite a few blood-sheds with his fasts!

take care.

02 February 2007, 05:19 AM
Hey, thanks guys. I finally ate something today. Mostly veggies and fruit and bread and a little meat. I wish I could have gone more, but I was becoming irritating.I still plan on sticking to just veggies and fruit though, and maybe a little french bread:twisted:.

I've learned a lot about patience and willpower though. there was a birthday party for me this weeekend with LOTS of food and cake and I couldn't touch it :(. I'm pretty happy that I got through that though. I look at it as the final test, lol. I did lose quite a bit of weight though...I was getting scared so I stopped. Thanks for the concern guys.

03 March 2007, 10:48 PM
Nice facial paintings. I like the one with green and with backgound the best.

03 March 2007, 08:21 AM
Stunning work. :) Would love to see you produce some original, finished pieces. You certainly have the technical ability, just need to put in the time and thought to do your own work. I think it could be great. :)

03 March 2007, 10:32 AM
Thanks Rebecca. I have finally taken you advice and begun to paint from my head...this sucks but the point is that I'm not scared anymore. Thank you. :) I'll get better. We always do... (

03 March 2007, 11:47 AM
I agree with Rebecca on you doing your own thing...I think you are ready, and I also think that you have somthing worth saying, and something that needs to be said tucked away inside of you that's dying to get out, and will die, if not released...EXPRESS WHAT'S IN YOUR SOUL THROUGH YOUR ART....Not too many artist are able to, or it would seem willing to do that these days...Seems that most of the ones that are able to, end up going for the money instead, and their souls become the property of the MAMMON...You can read about him in my MASTER AND SERVANT challenge piece that I did awhile back...The link is down there with my web site link, and that other stuff.
Anyway, the WORLD/EARTH needs the truth right now,...not the lies of the MAMMON....THE TRUTH in art happened once before on a global scale in the 1960's, but has been silenced since then, by the MANNON AND HIS MONEY.
You have a very rare gift, the gift of EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION that shines through in YOUR ART....EXPRESS IT.
Money is nothing in the end...just a tool used by the MAMMON to enslave and manipulate....don't be a victim of his venom, be the victor of your own destiny and soul instead.
I think that if you listen to the songs of say someone like Tracy Chapman, and put those kinds of thoughts and feelings that she sings about into your own works, you will develope a greater taste for what really needs to be said through and with YOUR ART. That's a start,...WHERE IT ENDS AND LEADS TO...TIME WILL TELL...:)

03 March 2007, 05:20 PM
Hi Glenn...thank you so much for those words. :blush:They mean more than you can imagine. It's comforting to hear someone else second the thoughts you have without even mentioning them to that person. I think a lot of people have forgotten what art really is. I see people with insane talent, but they don't say anything really. It's just impressive. That's not to say that talent is cheap, but talent is wasteful if there is no message I think...Money = *shivers*:shrug: I just don't get why people love money so much. and Material things...maybe it's TV and the brainwashing of the media...:shrug:

. I'm glad I stopped watching TV last year. At first it was missing, but after a while, I began to feel so liberated...

the term avant garde gets thrown around a lot, but I think we're about due for another Kafka or something lol!...I don't know...thank you though from the depths of my heart
Glenn. I don't feel so isolated after listening to you.:love:


P.S. You know, I read about crazy horse on wikipedia one day and I related to him instantly...I see why you vouch for him.

03 March 2007, 06:06 PM
Just been looking through your thread, and I must say you've got some really nice work here

I'm having a go at painting up an idea I had, and have been looking through the sketchbook threads to see if I can work out how best to approach it - I probably just need to jump in though...

Enough about me, you've got some really interesting stuff - keep up the good work!


03 March 2007, 06:32 PM
I enjoyed looking through your thread - I will keep an eye out :thumbsup:


03 March 2007, 07:20 PM
Thanks Andy, I'm a big fan of your work...I appreciate the look.

Thanks Gord! I'm glad you didn't get too bored heh. Thanks bud.:)

03 March 2007, 04:42 AM

A wise person once said, you can have my body, but you will never have my SPIRIT, unless I give it to you, or as is the case of lately, SELL IT TO YOU.
The corporate POWER takeover of HOLLYWOOD in resent times, is a perfect example of the NATURE OF POWER.

Somewhere in those words is a great painting I THINK.

I took a class called CREATIVE THINKING years ago, was taught by the head of the art school that I was in.
Great paintings are concieved from the spirit/soul, and are given birth by the artist who posesses the thought, and is able to turn the thought into word, which in turn can be turned into a painting.
Always write those thoughts down, or they will remain just that, A THOUGHT, not a tool that a painting can be created from.

Just throwing a thought your way,..might be usefull to you on your journy...:)


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03 March 2007, 08:43 PM
You should find reference for that. You can also try overpainting a render of it yourself. Then you would have a good example of how you want it to look in 3d. Just some suggestions :)

03 March 2007, 01:37 AM
hey Razz, thanks for the look. I was looking at some Alfred Hitchcock pictures and thought I would do something similar. There arent a lot of profile views of obese elderly males apparently ha, I'll keep looking. :shrug:

03 March 2007, 07:16 AM
remember gravity has an effect on the cheeck wobbles (if that is a word)
I think it would be a good idea to keep this in mind before adding detail to the face

03 March 2007, 09:34 AM
Hey Isaias! whatsup! great start on the 3D head!

03 March 2007, 07:57 AM
Hey, thanks guys for the advice. I am going to get on that head soon. Ears scare me...

I finally finished my Caravaggio copy!:bounce:...or gave's hard to tell.:D

I have a much larger version too if anyone wants.

03 March 2007, 08:26 AM
FANTASTIC work ha-dou-ken! wow - love the feathers on those wings :bounce::applause: Really worth all the time you've spent on this :D

3d! -yay! - well he's lacking eyelids - so I'd go around making those first :)
ears are actually very easy to make - despite their scary look... just get a roto image of an ear from the side and draw the polys in - starting with the outside shell shape and then filling it in - making sure that it's at right angles from the front... but it's really just copying a picture :) boooring :D Waiting for more 3d from ya!

03 March 2007, 10:00 AM
Amazing work on the Caravaggio study! Really, very, very well done there, mate! Say, did you add a noise filter or something to that after painting it?
I'd love to see some detail shot of this one. And good luck with the 3d head. What's the program you're modeling this in?

03 March 2007, 11:20 AM
Really great study!:thumbsup:

03 March 2007, 04:38 PM
thanks Magdalena! that means a lot coming from you. I know you are the 3d guru around here so I REALLY appreciate your invaluable advice!!:bounce:

Hey RAzz! Thanks a lot man. I spent 50+ hours on it ha. Too bad it was so long after the OFDW ha. :D I added a tiny bit of noise and ahigh pass filter to try and replicate the aged wear of the original. I will post some close ups after work.

Thnks DIM, I really appreciate your eyes. Ciao.

03 March 2007, 05:02 PM
Congratz on finishing it Isaias
You did a tremendous job! It was well worth the effort coz it's simply amazing!

03 March 2007, 08:40 PM
Thanks Johan. I don't think I wouldn't have kept going if it wasn't for your persistent encouragement haha. Thanks you so much brother.:thumbsup:

I hope you are feeling better BTW. I feel so bad when I read your signature! Feel better please!

03 March 2007, 10:39 PM
Hi Isaias, great thread here! I wonder wy it took me so long to discover it. You have some great paintings; my favorite one is the kid in the water some pages back. Keep on posting!

03 March 2007, 03:59 AM
thanks Bartovan! you are very kind. I plan on posting more, no worries ha.

03 March 2007, 07:23 AM
charlie Chaplin and...lines ( (

03 March 2007, 08:56 AM
lol man that is asskicking!

03 March 2007, 01:28 PM
Just awesome work on your master copy Isaias. And I like the sketch too!

03 March 2007, 10:01 PM
HAHA, thanks Johan! I'm exploring soem new ways of thinking.:D

Thanks Rebeccak, I can't believe I was next to ZhuZhu!!!

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03 March 2007, 01:43 PM
Hey Isaias! wassup! those last ones are really good... and different!:thumbsup:

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03 March 2007, 08:23 AM
This one is from my mind. Dedicated to someone very dear to me and whom I love very much who is going though a very difficult time in their life. I'm praying for you... (

03 March 2007, 11:07 AM
Hi Isaias! great going with the fat guy!... The thing with ears is to identify the different lines spiralling in and out.. sketch a few ears keeping this in mind and you will see!

03 March 2007, 02:36 AM
Thanks anand for the tips. I tried looking for some reference....I worked on it a bit at school. I have a lot to learn. But Ill get there! ( (

03 March 2007, 03:15 AM
The ear is looking good! The top part of the ear where it feeds into the ridge the curls around the back of the ear, its y shaped, that could be defined more. Also I think the top of the head should be lifted up a bit so that the eyes are 1/2 way in the center of the head. That may help with proportions. Also the neck will need to be more defined than it is, especially the attachment under the jaw.

03 March 2007, 10:28 AM
Thanks Nathan!Your dvice really is going to help me. Sweeeet. I took a break and went back to 2d for a bit. (

03 March 2007, 10:38 AM
Good portret! I like your lighting and texturing. Your brushes is good.

03 March 2007, 11:39 AM

Just popping in to see what you've been up to lately..:)
That last one...WOW..Really capturing mood with lighting....It looks like that Caravaggio study payed off...:) ...FANTASTIC job on that by the way... :thumbsup:
On your 3D head.....check out page #36 in my anatomy/sketchbook thread, if you have time and feel like it,..there is a head on that page, that might be of use and interest to you, concerning your 3d head study.:)
ALWAYS a real pleasure popping into your thread...never sure what to expect, or what I will find...but am sure that I will like it...:)

03 March 2007, 07:34 PM
Hi Glenn:) I'm looking through your thread now. Thanks for stopping and thank you for the Caravaggio love. I can't believe I finally finished it. I took your advice to heart and threw the clock out the window instead of rushing it.:wise: I'm glad I did....I learned a lot more as I was able to sponge deeper into every little detail that I tried to accentuate. thank you again for your sage advice.


EDIT:Just saw your thread and what you are speaking of. I can really feel the weight and emotion on your models. That's something I want to achieve. Thanks for the reference, and beautiful ART ha! I got a little lost in there. yummy.

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03 March 2007, 11:46 AM
Hey ya, that Caravaggio copy is so good it's almost as looking at the original :)

I dig these digital studies aswell, good use of textures.

03 March 2007, 02:02 PM
Damn you're good, Hadouken! Last two :thumbsup: How long do these take you to paint? Looks really nice, love the expression on the little boy's face. His eyes to me looks mature though, don't know why. Maybe they should be more rounded, but when I think again, it might be just me. Lookie HERE ( All in all, amazing. Wish I would be able to do that kind of stuff. But hey, that's why I'm practising :)
Keep doing these, pleasure seeing it.

03 March 2007, 02:21 PM
Haha, thanks RAzz! I'd say I spent about 2.5 hours on each. I think I should have made the pupils bigger now that I've seen that link. hmm.

You should check out They have incredible photography there and I go there for inspiration and reference.

03 March 2007, 07:42 PM
really nice work:thumbsup:

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04 April 2007, 09:38 AM
this guy needs a shower hehe
the nose could be defined a bit more I think

04 April 2007, 11:53 AM
Hi everyone. I just finished watching the video of Massive Black and it inspired me to create my own concept art. I've been studying perspective so I wan't to focus on that on this one. And being more creative. I'm really going to take my time on this so Ill be posting the wips here. I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for people like Glenn who constantly tells me to free mind mind(Morpheus?) I don't know if I'm ready to even attempt something like this but **** it.

Preliminary comp. I am going to add some more elements and figure out an interesting middle ground between the explosion and the father/son. Any ideas?

The purpose of this is to show control. Both at personal and macro level. "Which one is more powerful?" is what I want to ask. The eternal love of human beings that may transcend life or that which destroys all life. I guess it's a question of faith and how much you whatever it is that you believe in...wish me luck. (

04 April 2007, 01:58 PM

Very strong univerial concept and thought...:thumbsup:
Time will tell, I long as there is HOPE, there is HOPE.

Words and a thought from GANDHI
QUOTE.....When I dispair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has ALWAYS WON.
There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end, they ALWAYS FAIL.

Looking forward to seeing where you go with this GREAT concept..:thumbsup:
You might take a look at some of Salvadore DALI'S landscapes, and his use of perspective for this has that surreal feel about it already ...just a suggestion and opinion..from me...:)


04 April 2007, 05:54 PM
Hi Glenn. I'm glad that you were the first to respond. Maybe its a sign...

I've been thinking about hope. It only takes a fraction of a second to decimate a region but during that moment in time, time stands still. The moment you feel the retinas burn and are still enough alive to almost remember to be scared...all you can do is hold your son and subconciously knkow that your last intention was a selfless one...

This is me rambling. Sorry. This is the direction I want to go with this...Still don't have a good middle round maybe being destroyed.Could I make it any more difficult lol?! (
A small exploration on it so far at work.