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11 November 2010, 01:47 PM
"The Road Home"

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11 November 2010, 06:33 PM
Oh my god, this had been a long time, but what better chance to testdrive my own little painter. I'm developing this one with a friend of mine, who really got me started again. It's tremendous fun, but still more of a secret... so, anyway...

It took around 40min, while I spent around 30min just thinking about the dumb robot, really.

I notice that I'm somewhat rusty with entire paintings, having done mainly subject studies recently and programming more than anything. It's almost like a christening, or what's that called, to participate here with it. Sorry it ain't a prettier entry, but maybe I do another one.

I've looked at the recent sketches and am blown away. The standart is wonderfully high up there. Can't say I've recognized anyone of the old crew, but friggin' ey...fantastic stuff! :bowdown:

11 November 2010, 08:27 PM
Inspired by my homeland

56mins, PS

11 November 2010, 06:31 AM
An hour.

11 November 2010, 07:22 AM
33min (cv)

11 November 2010, 09:48 AM
Photoshop & Wacom 1 hour on the nose.:wavey:

Also love your sketch DanielH68, awesome work! :applause:

11 November 2010, 12:55 PM
Woops, again 33min. Strange! :shrug:


Yup, Daniel Rocks! :applause:

11 November 2010, 02:52 PM
GIMP - 25m

There are some great pieces in this one.
Taron! Welcome back! I see you have returned with a vengeance. I always enjoy your work.

11 November 2010, 02:52 PM
50 mins
first time posting on cgtalk~;-)
drawing so slow..

11 November 2010, 02:57 PM
PS, 60 mnt

11 November 2010, 05:25 PM
Ok. This painting is about my wife coming home from work....
Painted it in Photoshop in 69min. (Grrrr!!!)

Regards Oli

11 November 2010, 07:13 PM
olilotz -funny description for your painting :) Great work with a lot of action!

zaidoun - Excellent job with perspective. It looks to be a long journey.

benjemin19 - Really dig your sketchy line work and your unique interpretation of the theme.

DePingus - Great scale, it makes me want to watch Lawrence of Arabia!

Taron333 - Really like the winding pespective and surreal landscape. Nice render!

Reekodyer - The path home looks dangerous. Good work on the narrative.

Taron333 - The moody colors and composition remind me of a Chagall painting :)

Myridiphis - Good use of a strong focal point with the yellow flowers. Draws the eye right in!

Taron333 - Very creative piece, really like the atmosphere and surreal aspects.

11 November 2010, 08:02 PM
danielh68, nice and raw sketch as always :thumbsup:

AR + PS, ~35mn

11 November 2010, 09:34 PM
Good round. Great work form everyone. Liking your pic danielh68 and Creeto (35mins only) wow.

80mins PS. The 20mins over was spent on the figure.

11 November 2010, 09:59 PM
60 mins photoshop (

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11 November 2010, 02:15 PM
Thanks for the words of encouragement, Daniel. Its great seeing your work on here again.

11 November 2010, 01:31 AM
45min in PS.

11 November 2010, 03:52 AM
mike, i'm speechless. such simplicity yet such perfection. :bowdown:

11 November 2010, 09:08 PM

11 November 2010, 11:48 PM
XB3rt - Thanks dude!

Creeto - Thanks though I'm not sure about perfection. But I believe there's alot that can be told through simple silhouettes.

11 November 2010, 06:08 AM
daniel ... thank u for the kind comments

11 November 2010, 01:53 PM
really thx your comment, daniel~ so appreciate
your work so amazing!

mig,really love your painting. so great!

11 November 2010, 10:12 AM
60mins photoshop

11 November 2010, 04:23 PM
Hi folks, I see a lot of amazing sketches coming to DSF lately and this topic is full of them. Great job everyone :thumbsup:

I don't have much time for sketches and I get rusty very quickly if I don't practice regularly. Here's what I made after a couple of warm up sketches. Took about 90-100 min using PS. The extra time was spent mostly for adding the birds and making the details on the tractor which was initially marked with a rough silhouette - the rest was pretty much done in the time limit.

11 November 2010, 04:33 PM
Okzorg - Stunning composition, really invites the viewer in.

Coaster and Mig29 - fantastic pieces as well!

11 November 2010, 06:01 PM
This thread has so many amazing sketches! Awesome work everyone. Very inspiring.

11 November 2010, 04:09 PM
Can only agree with GrantMan, some stunning work this round and in general... thanks for the inspiration and show =)

11 November 2010, 08:07 AM
Thank you Daniel for the comment! The road home is always dangerous =P

Awesome work from everyone!

11 November 2010, 04:12 PM
Fantastic Okzorg. Any chance you will give us a tutorial/breakdown/walkthrought of one of your works.

11 November 2010, 09:45 AM
Okzorg - I would like to join to MrScabs request. Any form revealing a bit of your know-how would be much appreciated

11 November 2010, 01:28 AM
Thanks guys, I really appreciate your comments.

MrScabs and Myridiphis, I can describe the steps how I've done a certain sketch but I don't think I follow any certain workflow when making sketches and I'm not sure if there is some common technique or approach. Maybe if someone with good analytical mind watches how I work can see and describe this better than I can. May be making videos of creating sketches will be the best way to share this with you but first I have to learn how to do that as I've never done it before, and the other more serious problem with this is that I don't know which sketch will turn out good to be worth making a video. As I've mentioned on previous occasions I try to make sketches at every opportunity but end up with only some that are worth showing.

I'll try to describe how I made this sketch. At one point before starting I had the image in my mind pretty much the way it turned out. Some of it is childhood memories - I was raised in a small farming village.
I started on a canvas filled with one flat color that is the brightest yellow on the sky. With very large size brushes that have some opacity I added the bluish parts of the sky, and on different layers on top I roughly marked mostly with one flat color representing the values for each - the foreground and background (the mountains). The same also for the middle ground but with two color - one for the areas that are lit and one that are in shadow. Next I added a rough one color silhouette of the tractor and the 2 figures on it. Then I made the details in the middle ground with the house and they remained almost unchanged till the end. Then I made the details on the mountains by adding the lit parts and refining the silhouettes of the hills with one of these bristle shaped brushes that makes rough edges looking like trees in the distance. Next I put details on the road in the foreground using mostly very large size brushes and added some cracks with smaller size brushes. On a separate layer, I put some puddles - initially they were very big and because they are bright that broke the composition balance so, I reduce them by selecting with the magic wand and deleting the larger part of them. Next I made the foreground details on the grass/flowers, and then added the tree. Next I spent quite a bit on making the details on the tractor and the guys on it, I have no idea if there are such tractors as I was lazy to look for a reference but I hope it is convincing. Now I'm realizing that the mirrors are too low to be functional but who cares:). And I have no idea what that thing on the back of the tractor is suppose to be but I think they all have something like that for farming. Around that time I also added that wooden fence on the left side that was not a detail that I initially imagined in the picture but it naturally came to mind as something that goes with the rest. Last I added the birds. Initially I marked them quickly without any reference. As spots in the sky they looked OK but in detail they looked like some undefined flakes so I searched Google for birds and found an image that perfectly fit what I was imagining. So I compose that image with birds on my sketch reduced its transparency and painted over on a new layer with one flat color (basically tracing the photo) giving it more hand touched appearance. That was some tedious chore comparing to the fun making everything else in the sketch. Once done I locked the transparency of the birds layer, and with a large brush painted over all birds giving them some tonal variation to suggest depth and varying lighting. Finally I added a few individual light/dark spots here and there on some birds.
I think that's basically it. I'm not sure how useful all this is and I if you guys are interested in some specific things, just let me know.

11 November 2010, 01:28 PM
Great write up Okzorg. Thanks.

11 November 2010, 07:56 PM
Thanks Okzorg for taking the time to post. It was great to hear your thought process. Sorry for the late reply, but i did not expect you would .
I still would love to see a quick video tutorial, i know i am being cheeky in asking, but art is such a visual medium. I expect even with a video tut the real spark won't show throught. But the process is always interesting.
While i am been cheeky some pointers on composition would be wholeheartedly appreciated. Please don't feel any obligation to answere me, as i know i would probably be annoyed if someone pestered me.

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