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Old 04 April 2008   #31
Yay!
Here are my first few quickies. Something between 10-15 minutes each.

 
Old 04 April 2008   #32
SulaMoon, Congrats on being the first to post! Will wait for more before commenting. I need to get my set started tonight!

Dimi - get that sketchbook out buddy!

mv - OMG he lives!
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Old 04 April 2008   #33
Okay, expect a lot of experimentation from me. Painted up in PS, overlaid with photo textures, from this ref: 43.




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Old 04 April 2008   #34
Here is my first attempt. I am also pretty new to digital painting, so I encourage everyone to critique the paint job along side the anatomy. I think I'm so familiar with drawing that its hard to wrap my mind around another medium.
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Old 04 April 2008   #35
TheBeatnik2334, welcome. One thing I'd recommend is painting against a mid gray background - anything but glaring white. The white will definitely throw off your values, making them seem more contrasty than need be. Keep working, gradually working dark to light. Keep posting.
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Old 04 April 2008   #36
Sulamoon, I really like the cleanness of your sketches.
 
Old 04 April 2008   #37
Originally Posted by Rebeccak: TheBeatnik2334, welcome. One thing I'd recommend is painting against a mid gray background - anything but glaring white. The white will definitely throw off your values, making them seem more contrasty than need be. Keep working, gradually working dark to light. Keep posting.


what is the thinking behind working dark to light? I've always thought that dark colors are harder to layer than light colors. I suppose working digitally this isn't as much of a problem, but I was just curious on why working from dark to light was strongly advised. Thanks for the feedback.
 
Old 04 April 2008   #38
Originally Posted by TheBeatnik2334: what is the thinking behind working dark to light? I've always thought that dark colors are harder to layer than light colors. I suppose working digitally this isn't as much of a problem, but I was just curious on why working from dark to light was strongly advised. Thanks for the feedback.
Generally the going thought in both traditional and digital painting is to work large shapes to small shapes (general to specific) and dark to light. Most of us tend to exaggerate the lights, seeing things for whatever reason lighter than they are, and we end up running out of value range, thus flattening out the overall appearance of the image. In traditional painting, it's generally harder to darken a lighter color than it is to lighten a darker color, but in digital you don't really have a physical reason for working dark to light - it's more of a process reason - you want to develop the forms by giving them a full value range - dark to light - and most of us will neglect to put in darks if we don't do it in the initial stages. It's not to say it's the only way to paint - but generally speaking, it helps you to develop the forms more gradually, and more fully.

Edit - most of the old masters worked this way, for example this cartoon by Leonardo da Vinci - notice how the drawing is done first, then the lights are being pulled out from a toned background:


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Old 04 April 2008   #39
Hi to all.. i just wanted to join as well.. this is my drawing, photoshop + wacom from this reference = 01

Thank you for this workshop Rebecca, good work to all

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Old 04 April 2008   #40
Welcome LadyPurple, strong work! Nice lines on your drawing.

Post on up people.
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Old 04 April 2008   #41
Thanks Rebecca, that makes alot of sense now. Here are another two sketches, both drawn with my 2H leadholder, the first shaded with a 2B pencil and the other a messy crosshatch practice with 2H lead.





This is my first workshop, and I believe I am following the posting rules. If not, let me know and I will be more than happy to make sure to follow them.
 
Old 04 April 2008   #42
Originally Posted by TheBeatnik2334: This is my first workshop, and I believe I am following the posting rules. If not, let me know and I will be more than happy to make sure to follow them.
You're doing fine. Btw, check out the website of Anthony Ryder:

www.tonyryder.com - some great traditional demos on there about how he blocks out form, which I have found extremely useful. I also always recommend his book to everyone with an interest in drawing.
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Old 04 April 2008   #43
First one for me:



Did in photoshop, about 40min. Was fun
 
Old 04 April 2008   #44
Rebecca, I love how you throw down the gauntlet.
I'll probably work strictly in Photoshop (as I need to warm up again on the old tablet) but I may get a couple traditional in there if I feel the need.


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Old 04 April 2008   #45
calan, beautiful! Can't wait to see more.

Kirt, that's how I roll. Great to see you in this! Great piece, will I see 24 more?
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