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Old 01 January 2009   #1
Sketchbook Thread of Bill Melvin - 2D/3D

I finally decided to get a sketchbook thread started. I want to get in the habit of doing daily sketches. Even though I’m an illustrator, I don’t ‘really’ draw or ‘really’ paint enough. I produce a lot of 3d modeled objects and scenes for my illustrations instead of hand rendering them, using Photoshop more as a retouching tool then a painting/drawing tool. So, this should be motivating.

I decided to do a dark moody portrait yesterday and picked Brando in the character of Kurtz from the movie Apocalypse Now as a subject. So here’s pic #1, done in PS:

Old 01 January 2009   #2
Woo hoo! It will be great to see your work here, I was definitely hoping you'd start up a thread. Great start and looking forward to more!


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Old 01 January 2009   #3
That's awesome. Very moody. His eye keeps following me around the room....

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Old 01 January 2009   #4
yeah! will definitely be following this sketchbook - awesome start

Old 01 January 2009   #5
WOW!! Welcome aboard, sir!
Old 01 January 2009   #6
Yep, I'm also looking forward to this...
Old 01 January 2009   #7
Thanks for the welcome everyone.
Here are some gesture figures drawn small in PS, with a few of the poses inspired by Bumskee’s dynamic gesture drawing collection, peppered with a few sketchy skulls. I’ve got to get in the habit of doing more of these.

Old 01 January 2009   #8
Some great studies and interpretations.

Can't wait to see your 3d elements aswell.
Old 01 January 2009   #9
Ah, cool to see digital gestures...that's something I should do more of.

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Old 01 January 2009   #10
yeah good one - I've started doing digital gestures just at the beginning of the month - found mine way less impressive hehe so I'm not posting but it's definitely motivating to see this!

Old 03 March 2009   #11
the lighting is amazing I love this pieces.
Old 04 April 2009   #12
Thanks for the comments everyone.

Here’s another sketch. She’s no one in particular. I’m still experimenting with custom PS brushes to get that one brush I feel totally comfortable with for sketching and general painting in PS. I think I’m narrowing it down.

Since this thread is bare, I decided to add some things I did from a couple of Rebecca’s workshops that I participated in.
This was from the 2d workshop# 022:

This is from the hands workshop#023:

Here’s a cheesy, hand on chin, self-portrait I did years ago (note the glasses). An illustration rep I work with did a promo catalogue showcasing his artists and each artist had to do a small b&w self-portrait, which was printed in a square box in the page header over their work on the page. So this was mine, done in oil, back in my pre-digital days in early 2000 (I went digital later that year). –There’s nothing like ‘real’ paint to do a painterly painting with.


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Old 04 April 2009   #13
It's awesome to see your sketchbook thread here. Welcome!. Great start on the Brando paint..
Old 04 April 2009   #14
beautiful stuff Bill, more more!!!

Old 04 April 2009   #15
Hi Bill, great work. i like the hand studies! Keep going.
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