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07-09-2007, 03:39 AM

welcome - hopefully some progress will be evident in the sketches to come

latest n greatest: (

07-09-2007, 03:43 AM
hmmm looks like hitler?.... 20mins.

dsf regurge, 45mins
2hrs potrait of girl

07-09-2007, 03:50 AM
a play of 'the Crucible' is playing at the moment in Auckland - I want to go see it.
50mins ps

07-09-2007, 03:57 AM
quickish potraits of a girl named Britt
1.5 hrs

07-09-2007, 04:30 AM
sketches of girl named Belle
6hrs (i cant draw fur :sad:)

07-09-2007, 04:33 AM
these are soft pastel - you can see I have Asymmetry problems - but I dont know how to address that issue in physical media - Im going to invent vision flipping glasses (c) :)
1.5 hrs
1.5 hrs

07-17-2007, 06:14 AM
pencils, pens + markers

Charcol + pastels.

07-17-2007, 06:20 AM
some daily sketches that padded out:

useful brushes: (

08-01-2007, 04:23 AM
Pencils Pastels Pens

08-01-2007, 04:25 AM
This I was making for part of the CHOW Gangus memorial

3ds Max, Ps, Phototexture
My 3d plate (
My photo image (

08-16-2007, 04:50 AM
sketches at a netball game:

Keira Potrait charcol, pastel, acrylic, artrage, photoshop:

08-16-2007, 05:13 AM
some lifedrawing:

30min potrait:

Self potrait (feels revealing...)

08-17-2007, 05:20 AM
read a blog by my friend last 2am, inspired me to make a quick sketch b4 dreaming. 'stole' the background idea from an artist called Marc Brunet

Erin: Would you recognize me at home alone? Would you recognize this girl
who drinks a beer just because that's what feels right with friends so
maybe it feels ok when she's by herself? Would you recognize this
dillydally girl who wanders the streets in no particular direction,
just to get lost, just to be foundů

08-19-2007, 01:40 AM
Potrait Natalie.
Acrylics Charcoal and hardout Photoshop and Artrage:

08-19-2007, 01:53 AM
this got a sketch of the day - so im stoked yea...

08-20-2007, 01:30 AM
Nice sketches! I especially like the one with the little fairy thing. Keira and Natalie look cool, too, I recognized them. ;)

And for the physical-media-asymmetry-thing, you could stick it in front of a mirror and see what looks off. It's not as good as flipping it on the computer to work on it, but I think it helps.
I'll buy a pair of those glasses, though. :P

09-03-2007, 10:56 AM
Grey pastels over 1.5 hours

Oh and thankyou Imirie - yes a hand mirror might be nice and handy, ive been having troubles with my goggles - because they flip your hands as well and all of a sudden you are drawing inside out! o_O

11-17-2007, 06:28 AM
a self potrait for the dsf:

11-17-2007, 06:47 AM
cool introspective self-portrait, Lucas. I like the gritty brushes too :)

12-15-2007, 03:37 PM
i like your sketch book alot you've got some very powerfull images there... its to bad theres no room for crit on individual drawings... keep it up.. very good stuff

03-24-2008, 02:10 AM
daniel68 - thanks a lot Daniel!

methodz - thank you thats very kind :) - any crits will always be helpful to me

some stuff thats been litter my floor:


Ink pastel:

03-24-2008, 02:41 AM
some digital:

my friend Ellis:

DSF from the malick film the New World:

I (heart) stanley kubrick.

03-27-2008, 09:57 AM
Life drawing this evening:


04-10-2008, 07:14 PM
Life drawing model was a small pregnant lady, quite amazing :)



and a dsf:

04-12-2008, 04:35 AM
some photoshop dsfs
2.5hrs I think...

04-12-2008, 11:15 PM
Wow I can certainly see progress!

Keep up the great work.

Just for me, I noticed everything you've posted (expect for 1 pastel sketch) is human studies. I want to see some other works or experiments from you too : D I think you have what it takes to do some environments or other designs.

I definitely want to see more from you.

03-28-2009, 03:09 AM
Thanks for the Crit Diginova :)

I'd like to be a talented artist that draws all types of things, I heard life drawing and drawing from ref was really important, but it has become a huge crutch.
need to draw heaps more from imagination...

some Dr Sketchy's from Auckland!:

03-29-2009, 10:21 AM
it seems this sketchbook is in the wrong place entirely...

today about 4 hours.

03-30-2009, 03:19 AM
my friendo Erin ... though she has other names..

03-30-2009, 03:38 AM
Really awesome stuff, embroytic. I like how your last two pieces contain a fusion of graphic and realistic elements. :thumbsup:

04-02-2009, 11:53 AM

studies of some awesome photos - that's Lee Friedlander (

and this is Malick Sidibe (

04-03-2009, 03:37 AM
another photo study, ...I guess they're master copies but of awesome photos instead of paintings... trying to figure out impactful contrast and subject matter.
The Roots albulm - things fall apart

04-17-2009, 11:17 AM
workin' on this sketch for a poster, will hopefully be a burlesque Dr. sketchy advert.
trying to tighten smooth and blend, apparently striving towards realism is more craftsmanship than creative artistry, I feel it.

05-08-2009, 03:44 AM
self portrait I was s'posed to turn into something but didn't work.

05-10-2009, 05:21 AM
this took about 2 1/2 hours for the dsf, but I only had 50min allotted ...
Its Kyra... she's alright... ^^
photoshop and 3ds max

05-13-2009, 01:16 AM
some sketches from an awesome short directed by Norman Mclaren "Pas de Deux" (

05-18-2009, 07:14 AM
a sketch I made yesterday in Wellington:

05-21-2009, 03:29 AM
hey embryotic, very cool sketch thread here, the progress is evident!

You are able to use so many different medias and still display a strong style and appeal. Your work is thoughtful and full of emotion- its quite refreshing.

Looking foward to more!

05-21-2009, 06:32 AM
Rabid1 - that's really nice of you to say, I think Ill take your compliment and try hard to apply it to myself - Id love for my work to be just what you wrote - but this art thing... it's this elusive search for the unattainable - I hope to carry it on forever! ;)

an older painting of an even older love:

05-21-2009, 07:24 AM
Oh I printed this one out for a my friend angel - I painted up to a3 300dpi - mostly enlarge sharpen sketch repeat... I dont print much out so its pretty novel for me!

and a few sketches I made a while back to lure young girls into a false sense of security and towards the trap that is 'me'. works every time, she was totally mine...was a great 3 weeks...

about 2 1/2 years ago I was havin' a rough time, ended up having this epiphany on this bridge - where I was part of everything. Some people have this spot they can go to in their mind - here it is 'epiphany bridge': (
Higher res (

05-24-2009, 10:55 AM
I had a burning desire... (

click for vid (

05-25-2009, 09:45 AM
this could have taken upto 3 hrs, I have no idea.... :) (

07-22-2009, 04:44 PM
another quick portrait study, 2 hours (

07-23-2009, 04:58 PM
Lovely ladies Lucas lol. Your graphic textures and shapes create vivid compositions... but i'm really digging your colors from teh last one! The stylization is just as intriguing as the subject matter.

08-01-2009, 04:10 PM
Ill have to revisit this tomorrow perhaps....

08-05-2009, 04:46 PM
colour concept sketch, 3dmax 30min + ps 2hrs
think about this 2morrow and get into it...

08-05-2009, 06:54 PM
Love this latest one, may I ask why you made the castshadow of the character darker than the castshadow from the wall?

08-06-2009, 12:41 AM
Thanks Matthew :) - its a bit of an experiment for me I don't draw this stuff often.
The shadow is just one of the many things that ill change when I revisit it - its silly that I didn't make such an easy fix while I was working but I was 'pushing ahead' for the whole time just to see where this was goin'

Shadow, lava bubbles, tighter detail, the character, symbolisms and brush treatment all need to be done ;)

heres a quick sketch over of some changes

08-08-2009, 09:19 AM
some sketches using some fun apps:

These are on Facebooks Graffiti app:

and this is on apples 'Brushes' app for the ipod - which rulz! ^ ^ :

09-12-2009, 07:54 AM
heres where I ended up on this one ;) have to try and try another one...

09-18-2009, 05:30 AM
OOOOO - 2nd page celebration!! - ill celebrate with the 4 day weekend that is here for me! (thanks ramadan) awes!

some trickery we did to try and win some vip passes to the big day out
poster design was by Kyra @

09-23-2009, 02:15 PM
another pano I took and put together tonight - sun had set behind a cloud and everything was nice and blue (and a bit ghetto) (
lge (

and a sketch

03-07-2010, 12:09 PM
Some old pics:

03-07-2010, 12:12 PM
some 3d renders i've been playing with (3ds Max, Mental Ray, Photoshop): ( (

03-07-2010, 12:43 PM
one from the last Dr Sketchy I went too in Wellington

03-07-2010, 04:20 PM
Wow, some really nice work, Embryotic!

03-08-2010, 04:04 AM
I love the lava :)...and ur style throughout!

Looking at the pano, are we in the same town? lol

03-08-2010, 10:47 PM
Thanks Nazirull - yes we used to be neighbours! - I was in Sarawak, I like the interesting environments there.
I looked into your work - my interior doesn't compare to the awesome visuals your team has made!

Daniel - Thanks man, you're always very kind ;P loved seeing your oil potrait dump on your blog - woah

03-10-2010, 11:48 AM
3hr sketch 'Gothic portrait' for the daily sketch forum. used ps, max and artrage

build up GIF (

03-16-2010, 12:15 PM
another daily sketch, more turned into a day long study: (

03-16-2010, 02:31 PM
Wow Lucas these all kick serious ass! I love how you rendered the plants in the wonderland piece and those 3D renders are a treat as well....great lighting. Your work is quite refreshing, i hope your motivation continues =)

03-17-2010, 01:34 AM
Thanks Rabid1 - thanks man! - yea I think there is some promise in the stuff I did lately - if I can weed out the niggles and show off more of the good points.
Motivation? lol - yea you're right, I play about with things when im in between jobs (read: now) so that's fun, but I find I've either got lots of time and no money, or lots of money and no time!

some exterior WIP (from here I need to continue painting up the doors and details in photoshop):

03-17-2010, 10:11 AM
another daily sketch with 3d (

03-18-2010, 11:17 AM
a light painting with my Ipod:

I painted this tonight listening to Miku Hatsune's Melt over and over again ;)

03-18-2010, 07:01 PM
hey men very nice concept congrats!!

03-23-2010, 06:12 AM
couldn't post this on the DSF- I went too far over the time limit! - 3hrs max, ps, phototexture

03-24-2010, 08:41 AM
Sweet works!

I particularly like the following:

Great colour combination, lovely sharp forms, and an ambiguous mood. (
Like the pose in this one, and the textures on the coat. A blue/happy mood!
Loads of impact in this one!
Though I think the shadow of the figure should be different, more distorted.
Crisp and soft at the same time. Lovely colours.

03-25-2010, 03:09 AM
Thanks Eilidh :) I never had someone sum up my pics so far - I liked those ones! helps me to concentrate what else I could try in that vein

what do we do with our personal network?!?

master copy of Egon Schiele's 'Female Nude' 1910, ps, artrage

03-25-2010, 03:22 AM
Oh, shameless ME plug!

this was a showreel I made just over 1 year ago - now I need to re-cut it, and try make it more professional and focused with getting a job.

click ( (

embarrassing to write your own blubs.... T___T (

03-26-2010, 12:15 AM
another Schiele study 2hrs

"Boy in stripped shirt" ( 1910-1913
Might investigate Painter and how to better simulate paint (...maybe 'simulating' paint isn't the point or goal heh!)

03-26-2010, 02:05 AM
cool, sweet color palette,

03-26-2010, 09:09 AM
Hey man, great lines, 3d skills and forms!

one thing I do see a bit off is the colors and values, the way your hues shift could use more tuning. the saturation is off in some places.

you fix that by doing more still lifes, also have a look at this (

03-26-2010, 10:42 AM
Glad you found the input useful. :)

What we do with the personal network? Um, I never thought one would do much with it. It just shows up on the profile; I think of it as a collection of links to people I know and/or whose art I like, a kind of friendly inter-promotion -- if that's what you're asking!

I like the Painter sketch a lot, by the way. Maybe simulating traditional media is not the goal, but who knows; you might want to use that look for a certain feel in an image. It's certainly a means to an end then.

03-26-2010, 01:57 PM
Thanks for the comments :arteest:

Eilidh - mmm yes lets build our personal networks ;) and our paint simulation abilities!

Thanks for the advice and link Vastel - I'm gonna work my way thru that site and concentrate more on Still life and hues/saturations

I tried this in 2hrs, I wanted to choose the colours myself but once I started colour picking I went nuts....

photo by my lovely friend Erin

03-27-2010, 02:18 AM
another study from Erins photos, 3hrs

03-27-2010, 09:25 AM
you are a master.

very congrats.
i love your sketches

03-28-2010, 03:43 AM
Gionte - wow thank you, that's very kind of you - but I'm NO master at all! :blush: :D I'm just an enthusiast chipping away and trying to improve :thumbsup:

Here's another life study - woah this was quite an exercise... 5hrs photoshop - cheers for the camera Luke! (

03-28-2010, 09:49 AM
I are a master:applause:

03-28-2010, 07:38 PM
Holy crap, that is some excellent life study.
At what resolution did you paint these?

03-28-2010, 08:50 PM
Do I see a breakthrough in that last life study? ;)

Well done!

04-01-2010, 06:53 AM
Thanks guys, I need to try more still lifes before I know what im learning from them...

some dsf
warm up fail.

04-01-2010, 08:43 AM
another landscape study, I used a lot less colour picking this time, made a colour palette first
another photo by Erin

these studies are painted at the size I post them

04-05-2010, 09:21 AM
with my genius designer friend Kyra and photographer friend Erin we made these two contents pages for our design magazine Threaded.
We found a nice location to shoot and afterwards justified the contents page concepts (

here is a thread on the process! (
composite video on youtube ( (

04-05-2010, 10:39 AM
beautiful thread Lucas!.. I like the way you paint: there's something incredibly fresh in it o.O

04-07-2010, 05:34 AM
Thanks Cisc0 - mostly I am copying things from other people who know what they are doing ;) haha

ref'ing an interesting pic - still trying to get values etc - i'll have to update this...
wonder how long imageshack will host it... ^^

04-08-2010, 10:57 AM
a scratchy warm up

plugging away on this study of a Bic Runga album pic

04-14-2010, 03:29 AM
I like the japanece pic many impresive :)

04-19-2010, 09:13 PM
Lucas - man! - you have some really cool stuff here! can't believe I've missed this! - keep it up!

04-26-2010, 09:32 AM
hey thanks Daw! :applause:good to see you about on the dsf again too!

dont kno if ill go any further with this:

a wet market by the 'Big Tiger' prison in Thailand

04-27-2010, 03:39 AM
pretty inspired by the HD trailer for Metropolis (

she looked like a creepy chick to me:

04-27-2010, 06:28 AM
drew this from that moon landing photo, I think it's Alrdrin
I still colour picked like a punk though.... :cry:

04-27-2010, 11:21 PM
photostudies look cool,

but you should NEVER EVER color pick!

what about a few more still lifes and gestures?

04-30-2010, 01:37 AM
wow its really hard choosing the right colours - I think ill stick to black and white for a bit and then keep trying

05-01-2010, 05:31 AM
my bro and his gf.

05-03-2010, 09:43 PM
currently working on some pic, getting concepts, colours, composition sorted and then look at style, treatment and textures

05-06-2010, 11:12 PM
been doin some 3d tests for some design work

05-09-2010, 12:06 PM
playing in 3d some more, tried camera mapping this pic and moving the camera, I want to try this again for something planned a bit better...

Uploaded a youtube clip ( (

06-11-2010, 08:34 AM
I made this for my friends magazine, it's a submission driven design mag, so with text this serves as the 'Call For Submissions' page

06-11-2010, 10:22 AM
heres another version I made a 3d concept of, based on the concept sketch of the talented Amanda Chow - thanks : )

06-23-2010, 01:24 PM
I know I have been treating this sketch book area as more of a scrapbook at the moment, I do plan to sketch again! - hope Im not too out of bounds, I like posting 3d morsels too.

played around in Zbrush for the first time, its actually quite fun!

01-05-2011, 02:11 PM
happy new year!

100th post! :D

3d/2d image

Mental Ray rendered - photoshop and corel for post with photo texture

Res is A3: 3508 x 4961


just a pic I made over a few days during this holiday break, I tend to get antsy and glaze over smaller details, for example I made my first 3d test render and took it straight to photoshop to test my post on it. But I did too much work in ps and cornered myself there.

01-05-2011, 05:30 PM
Sweet! Nice to see you posting some new stuff :)

01-06-2011, 04:28 AM
Good Stuff :wavey:

01-06-2011, 01:07 PM

An animation I was able to make for 'Hey Tiger!' - a bi-monthly design
e-zine sponsored by Tiger Beer.

This was Art Directed by Jon Chapman Smith and was created for the great designer 'Fuman' (
Sound Design by Steve Green @

Originally this was designed as an image for 'Hey Tiger!'s visual campaign, with a little extra work it became this animation

Giant Res for print: 7000 x 5200px

heres the vid: (

it was a fun freelance work, but I was pretty busy with my fulltime as well. :)

01-07-2011, 06:27 PM
Very cool work Lucas! I like that we can see you progress through this thread, very inspirational. Keep up the good work!

01-19-2011, 08:36 AM
Thanks RicoD :beer:

planning out a pic:

02-04-2011, 09:24 AM
a daily sketch inspired by Toulouse Lautrec

02-18-2011, 10:54 PM
You have wonderful pieces, but on some the anatomy seemed off for the most part on the eyes, practice sketching eyes until you can do them without any reference from any angle that will help big time. But great although.

04-17-2011, 12:03 PM
Thanks Nekotiq - I always need to try harder there

A self portrait I made today - after I saw myself in the mirror in the bathroom

04-25-2011, 11:50 PM
Lucas, its been a while since I've seen your work...nice updates! I really like your 3d/2d composite stuff, its really smooth. That translate video is great. Anyway, its nice watching your styles continue to evolve...looking foward to more

10-31-2011, 11:13 PM
cheers Rabid - yea I want to keep smoothing out the fusion of 2d and 3d

a crop from a painting im doin at the moment:

11-01-2011, 08:44 AM
very nice work

11-17-2011, 09:29 AM
thanks altasa :)
testing out some lighting for something I want to be at nighttime!

11-17-2011, 09:44 AM
some other tests and things Ive been playing with

11-17-2011, 09:55 AM
Last weekend I shot some footage at an abandoned asylum north of Brisbane Australia, pretty inspired by all the dilapidation - I edited the footage to a vid: (

11-17-2011, 02:26 PM
very nice the two environments
the asylum video is also nice - is it rare to find places like this in Australia, or where you live?

11-29-2011, 05:06 AM
Places like that close to city areas are increasingly rare - often they are torn down or renovated, so it's awesome when one has the chance to explore them.

11-29-2011, 05:22 AM
thanks altasa :)
testing out some lighting for something I want to be at nighttime!

night shots: julius schulman, cyril farey

look into these fellas for the night views if you aren't already familiar
with their work.

Good stuff here, man.

11-29-2011, 06:20 AM
Soundwaves - thanks for the tip! I'll definitely be checking out Cyril Farey (,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=574dc126a47487e0&biw=1376&bih=646) and Julius Shulman (,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1376&bih=646&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi) :)

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