Friday, 30 November 2012

Sketchperiments!

Despite the efforts I was putting into trying to improve my painting by using a hard round brush alone, experimenting with crazy brushes is pretty liberating!


Messyplopssketch aside, I just thought this ink brush was so awesome:


Plus, (same guy sadly, yeah, but...) 20 min. test to try Painter. It's a bit of a shake up coming straight from Photoshop; hotkeys different, and the brushes... I just picked one and went for it, but, great fun, and a refreshing change, I'll be back.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

An Immobile Bandwagon

A trio of time limited studies from an American troika.




They should have been pulling the cart of some personal work, but sadly, for now, no show.

For shame.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Studying from Sargent...

... because I look at his work and it's like a combination of: face melting/"how 'dis WHA?"/MUST GET BETTER!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Wrestling with Nudes

Studies for personal work. A first attempt from last month:


Been trying to combine a traditional process with a great tutorial by Jon Neimeister: http://andantonius.deviantart.com/art/Digital-Figure-Painting-Tutorial-317761009

I think my main issues stemmed form the fact that I used reference material of figures on SCALDING white backgrounds, then tried to mix, and work atop warm, muddy bases. it's not easy getting back the neutrality in the reflected light and my shadows often end up too muddy and don't truly reflect the greens and blues I can see in the reference material.

The recent attempt:


Plus two alternates to show the strength of the base:



I think I can say that for now, the figure drawing is alright, and it is my knowledge of colour, appreciation of tone and value that need the work, understandably. The edges of forms need work - they are currently too harsh, leaving an unrealistic/graphic change in the 'shapes'. Learning learning!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Little Parts of Me

Words

The Self Portrait Day 2012 from my 'remote workstation' (Grandparents house).

S'all about the spoon.


And some colour mess I hacked through to try and put some painting effort towards the day when I got back.


Funny how much more 'realistic' the source material looks when mutilated in Photoshop.


So:
Simplify
Stay Sharp / Don't get lazy - you know it's wrong, so fix it, or knock it back, 'I'm looking at you lips.'
Colour - 'You're not that grey/devoid of life.'

Get to it.