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04 April 2009, 01:28 AM
Heres a few of my sketches for you to enjoy.

Skelator: Sorry Gary couldn't give up that bone look, but thank you for help.

Mask Rider


Forgotten Robot

Danger within the Fog.

04 April 2009, 03:59 PM

Rhino King


Freak Show

04 April 2009, 05:49 PM
Hey there, your work seems as though it is envisioned in a very flat sense. Really try to wrap your head around the FORMS and 3-dimensional attributes of whatever it is you are drawings. Rather than drawing the outline of the body parts, strive to draw the internal shapes and curvature of surfaces.

To take it further (or at least to help convey the 3-dimensional aspect) you should also consider the light source for the scene. Without light/shadow we cannot define a shape; so image the light source casting and paint in the shadows and highlights as though they are wrapping around the form. (this will help you better comprehend your own creations place in a REAL 3d world). when it comes time for coloration consider that shadows are "cooler" not just "darker"... this will help the form come through better when coloring.

to sum up:
Consider the form in 3D! -draw with depth
Consider the lighting for the Illustration! -helps keep your mind thinking about the 3-dimensionality of your creature/character/environment

04 April 2009, 01:52 AM
Thank you Andrew for the helpful feedback. Yeah Gary says I have a bad habit drawing everything flat and l ruin my art with too much attention to detail. Its a hard habit to break.:argh:

04 April 2009, 03:30 AM
Heres more:wip:

05 May 2009, 04:46 PM

05 May 2009, 02:15 AM
This is the idea I had for Star Wars Steampunk. I chose C3PO, because to me he is the most useless character and pretty much has no purpose besides standing around and complaining all the time. So I gave him a purpose by making him a giant guard bot. A much needed upgrade!!! I hope you like, enjoy!!! (

Other Topic sketches

Sketch topic "Spring"

05 May 2009, 07:17 PM
Study of the torso and overall body. I sketched this sculpture in an art shop then modified it in PS. I figured I'd be a nice guy and not embarrass Herc because of his obvious reason. Blame the sculpture Herc.:banghead:
(Hero Hercules)

The Seed

Hey guys this was for a topic. "I would like some feedback on my sketches if you don't mind. :blush:"

06 June 2009, 08:20 AM
Here are some more.

06 June 2009, 09:52 PM
DS "Hero for Hire"

06 June 2009, 11:24 PM
Hey Matt- you seem to be getting better keep it up! Your monochromatic studies have better form than your color sketches... this is not uncommon. Color theory and lighting take years to understand and use correctly...for just starting out it might be better to continue doing sketches in black/white. You can easily apply color to greyscale images in photoshop using 'color' layers if you want. Also, i would recommend sketching from reference....people, metal objects, environments...everything really. You have good ideas, just keep studying and learning...and more progress will occur.

06 June 2009, 02:08 AM
Thank you Rabid1 for your helpful feedback :D. Yeah I noticed that most if not all of my B/W art looks better than any of the ones with color. I will work more with blacks and whites on future projects. Funny you mentioned using reference material, because I actually used some reference for the armor and then put my own spin to the design of the armor. As for the coloring part, do you have any tips on making better artwork with colors or do you think I should just work up from grey scale and then maybe lay some color down on another layer, like you said before?

06 June 2009, 02:32 PM
Hey Matt, the armour in your last image looks pretty good...more 3-dimensional and you paid more attention to the lighting. The more you practice the more you will understand the elements of any sort of sketch/speed paint -like lighting, reflectivity, soft/hard shadows, hue/saturation and so on. In regards to using reference: keep studying anatomy and human form, maybe do photo-copy paints, copy master works, draw/paint from life....all this will help your overall understanding and ability to execute good technique. I wouldn't completley abandon color... but maybe try the monochromatic stuff for a while...then work into using color more. Hope some of this helps....

Also for color, here are a couple theory links-

06 June 2009, 08:20 PM
Rabid1 Thank you!!:bowdown: The information from the links help me out alot. Again, Thank You!!

07 July 2009, 09:13 PM
Been working hard :wip: Enjoy!!

DS "Red Knight"

Personal Work
"Witch Hunter"

08 August 2009, 02:00 AM
I'm kinda in a Hercules phase right now, I don't know why. :shrug:

08 August 2009, 07:04 PM
Keep at it and you will get there.
Looked through your book here and saw that G-bot, really awesome that one.
I assume Matrix inspired?

08 August 2009, 07:24 PM
Thank you Matthew. Your right, G-bot was inspired by the Matrix's films.

08 August 2009, 06:01 AM
Daily Sketch for today.

08 August 2009, 04:42 AM
Daily Sketches

08 August 2009, 05:39 AM
Here's another one.

08 August 2009, 06:12 PM
Tried a quick overpaint, nothing fancy.
Really like some of your ideas you have here.
Keep it up. :)

08 August 2009, 06:55 PM
Dang!!! That looks Awesome!! Thx Matthew if you want you can try this one.

Hey what do you think I need to do to make my art look like yours? I've been told to loosen up on the details and just draw what I see. Do you use a round hard brush all the time or just when needed? I really want to develop this art style like yours.:cry:

08 August 2009, 07:44 PM
A round brush is all you need. :)
Not sure I am so good at teaching because I have broke all the rules along the way. However I think something that boosts most paintings is Cast Shadow, try to play around with that. Where the object would cast the shadow and perhaps play around with that into the perspective, if that makes sense? like bending it a little...
Cast Shadow usually helps the composition too, makes the eye wander around the piece.

Just keep at it and you will pick up things along the way.
You really seem to have a lot of ideas which is important to keep going and the composition in your latest is very interesting.
have a nice day.
Just a quick overpaint, see I broke the rules a little with making the character lit, he should be in shadow, however that depends on the construction too, maybe there's an opening hehe.

08 August 2009, 07:57 PM
That does make sense. I'll try my best to apply it. Again thank you Matthew you have a great day as well. :thumbsup:

08 August 2009, 10:46 PM
Just did this quick character design of a Undead Mage.:surprised

08 August 2009, 04:41 PM
Playing the new Batman game on my PS3 and decided to do some fan art. I think I'll do one more for Batman.

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