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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:10 am

Hm, sketched what I dreamed last night. Planes (geometry) attacked me. Hahaha. And I was that naked guy with the pickaxe.
Had to smash them all. Is that proof that reading is not healthy?

1. My scanner is so bad... I just decided to buy a new one, not looking at what should be higher in priority in my budget. This is just unbearable quality XD
2. Interesting how I seem to have forgotten everything I once knew about the proportions of the human body. I guess I will have to repeat as much as I can.

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And I hate landscapes (did you know?), so I drew one. Why not? I will eventually have to deal with backgrounds so why not try my luck today before I completely forget that there is such thing as a background at all. Hnghhh... I don't know. Somewhere on my way I just learned that landscapes are the most boring subject of all. Why though? No idea! This drawing didn't feel bad exactly.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Nyatalie » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:52 am

Hi Styx,

Your studies aren't half bad :D I think you would really improve the rhythm in your drawings by drawing things that are constantly moving. As for anatomy, I think you could benefit a little more in regards to understanding form with a bit of Michael Hampton, you can find his pdfs online( you've probably heard this already haha) and I think you could look into a bit of Bammes' anatomy illustrations as well. Also for proportions of the human body, as long as you keep it in mind, you will eventually begin to "naturally" have a feel for the proportions of the human body. I think environments are "less interesting" because we as humans find a lot more interest in living creatures, I think haha. But I do agree environments are important to grasp. Just remember to keep perspective in mind when drawing environments, and just study from life. Other than that, just remember to keep doing drawings from your mind to test what you know, analyze your work to see what you have to improve on, and go from there.

Keep it up!
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:45 pm

Hello, Nyatalie!

Thank you very much for your feedback! This really motivates me even further ^^
I think I have a copy of Bammes somewhere around here and will look into it.

Yesterday in the evening I made another sheet of exercises for my hands challenge- proportions really are a big challenge at the moment. But I guess that I have to draw many many arms more, before I have fully understood what is happening here. I will probably repeat this today and/or do some gesture drawing focused on the arms:

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:31 pm

Next unit of arms, keeping my schedule.
Thanks again for the feedback. I spent some time researching and thinking about all I have heared.
Thank you so much.

Had no time for gesture today, maybe tomorrow?

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:19 pm

And the next dose!
Trying to adapt to the feedback...while warming up thought about bodies in motion, dynamics and ...well, it resulted in strain. But that's good. I think those men look more vivid than my usual sketches from imagination. I often do not bother to use my imagination too much as it seems XD

Well, and about the hands- the hand in the left bottom corner is not o.k. I already received criticism and know, that I missed to see/include the dome shape of the palm. This hopefully won't happen again.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:23 pm

Next load. Focused on rhythm and pattern.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:46 am

Okay, had scanner issues, therefore a bigger single upload instead of my usual dailies.

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Not my best performance obviously, but kept fighting...

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Better again:

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:25 am

Okay, was a bit more active today than usual :D

Unfortunately, no scanner available at the moment... everything from imagination today. Some are better, some not so good.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:16 am

Today some comic relief to enjoy what is learnt huehuehue

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:16 am

Fun with colors this weekend...
Today I'll resume practising with a new plan. Prepare for more hands, but also other parts of the body and much abstract stuff to practise perspective.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:06 am

Today's practise. Humble beginnings / repetition of perspective.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby SnowMoeka » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:59 am

nice perspective studies, i like it. In figure drawings i suggest to work your way into portraing solid simple forms and establishing nice feeling of connection between solid forms.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Enydimon » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:32 am

Hey Styx, sorry it's been a while since I've checked back in here. I'm glad to see you're not afraid to tackle things like perspective.

I think most things I could point out right now can be fixed through mileage, so just keep drawing. Though if I could make a suggestion, make sure you're also drawing hands from photos. Hogarth's anatomy can be... questionable. There's something to be learned from how he draws figures in space, but just make sure you're checking back with nature.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:02 pm

Thank you two so much! I appreciate your feedback very much!

@SnowMoeka : Thank you for the hint. I am beginning to think that too and you confirm what I could only guess. I already do not worry about all the little details so much. And I also know that I still haven't understood the main forms, otherwise it wouldn't be such a pain to put them in a 3D-space or shade them correctly. I'll practise on! (and revise perspective too)

@Enydimon: Absolutely no problem, buddy! I really feel like I can achieve much, if I work hard NOW. I'm hungry and I'm on my way.
And yes, I know, that I need time and effort...and patience with myself. Also thank you for the hint with Hogarth. I've drawn my way through the first chapter of his book and when I did free hand drawings and other applications, I was startled that the results didn't look alive or realistic. I'll work with actual photos and I'll friendly persuade friends to be my hand models, also to study movement and different lighting. It's still more than geometry.

Thank you also for all the feedback you gave the other sketchbooks. I took the time and read it all, I could learn some bits and pieces for me, too. Thanks for the link to Dorian Iten's page. I'll definitely read more of his marvellous articles the following days.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby SnowMoeka » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:32 pm

I think you've made some progress!
Don't get too cought into details such as muscles, defined anatomy, facial features and such details. I think just important landmarks to define large masses of the body will be more than enough, but feeling of form and connection of large masses is more important.
Keep it up! :)
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:25 am

@ SnowMoeka: Thank you again! Unfortunately, I had no time to practise the human figure today. My training plan prefers the basics of perspective at the moment, but training the human figure will be the next chapter after I finished revising the basics/learned the basics again.


Yesterday, before your feedback I've drawn a thumbnail to test what I had learned about perspective. Wasn't fully in control of everything, but still like it somehow. The masses...ohhh... but not drawing humans at all is no option xD

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Todays outcome:

Sketch from my way to my workplace, from imagination after arriving at work (but of course before work):

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Aaand... I wanted to know whether I can look down into a deep well with a one point perspective...I guess I can. This piece really carried me away, I forgot everything and was so deep in the flow that I literally "woke up" after finishing it XD

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:56 am

Phew...another two. I was tired today and a bit discouraged without reason.
At least I did try something new and deconstructed a human into more basic forms. :D

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:10 am

So, my exercises for today ^^ a whole set of photo studies in perspective 8 <3
I currently focus on understanding the principles of perspective (and I still struggle here and there), but my dear... why is it so difficult for me to make straight lines without a ruler XD straight lines, what is that XD well, I'll tackle that too, but not today.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:39 am

I woke up with the urge to do studies like these with old great comics.
I found out that much storytelling/dynamics lie hidden in ...perspective. Knowing/mastering perspective is a more powerful skill than I thought.
It's bitter that the difference to what I have been doing is not THAT big...still big, but achievable. Bitter! But better to know it now, than to never know it.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon May 01, 2017 8:54 am

Good day to you all :)
I took the weekend off. Today I'm back with new experiments and studies! I feel like I am making progress. I begin to understand faces as geometry as well, but this is just the beginning. And I guess I'm torturing my markers/liners at the moment, but this will also get better with more mileage. It's already better than it was ^0^

From imagination:
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Studies plus extra bits, added to test whether I really have understood the room(s):

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Enydimon » Mon May 01, 2017 6:50 pm

Hey Styx, good effort with the perspective studies.

If I could point something out about the well piece it would be that the person and the bricks are working against you. The bricks look like they're all more or less the same size and don't feel like they get smaller as they go further back into space. The person in the piece looks as if they are on a completely different plane. I'm not sure if you wanted them laying down and looking in or standing up and look into it, but in either case the perspective doesn't really sell it. They look like they're standing up too much to appear like they're lying down and their legs don't go underneath their torso far enough for it to read as them standing up.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Tue May 02, 2017 8:40 am

Thank you very much, Enydimon!
I knew the piece with the well was wrong the moment I had placed the person in it. I shaded it, knowing it was wrong, but I didn't know how to do it better at that moment.
I needed some time to figure out what was wrong and basically came to the same conclusion you have drawn here ^-^
This is very good for me, so I guess I'm on the right path to learning/understanding it.

People and how they work is a reoccuring problem in my drawings, I will tackle this problem after I'm done with revising perspective.
I think I would draw the well picture differently by now, so the learning curve is steep xD
But I don't worry myself too much with people until I have solved my fundamental problems with them. I have a plan for that (at least I hope so).
Learning/revising perspective helps me very much to imagine what I'm doing.

I'm not sure whether I can deliver new studies today, I've spent quite a time reading a tutorial and working my way through two further chapters of Norling. Up until here, I really liked his book, but our opinions differ concerning the eight chapter. Distorted perspective is beautiful in my eyes. I can't help. It's like the dark sheep of the family brother of natural perspective.


edit: well, at least something ^^ a bit practise from imagination

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Wed May 03, 2017 8:26 am

I'm a bit reluctant to share this, but I have to, otherwise we might miss an important step in my development.
I drew a quick paneling exercise this morning. This girl and this man are waiting since 2011/2012 or 2013 to be drawn. They appeared in one of the best nightmares I ever had, and I still have their story in my mind, I can't forget it. I guess it will stay forever, whether more comic will become out of this or not.

So, well... I'm happy I could draw at least a bit of them. It gives me a sense of fulfillment.

Well, I also did some more perspective studies today, but they were rather not successful. I learned a lot, but my hand shook very much and I also had to reduce complexity to practise everything I wanted. Will of course repeat the new exercises tomorrow.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sat May 06, 2017 7:26 am

An illustration for a change :D
Doing something for the digital quota in this sketchbook!

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sun May 07, 2017 3:27 am

More food for the digital quota in this sketchbook.
The precision is not good, many things are not good, but I'm more confident than before and I like that.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Willlake » Sun May 07, 2017 5:57 am

Hey styx,

theres a lot of personality in your work :) keep at it man! looking forward to seeing more
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sun May 07, 2017 6:43 am

Thank you so much for this praise, I really appreciate it!

I'm currently doing many tasks that are related to art but which I cannot even share here, such as deciding what to tackle next (apart from learning), reading about art, looking at tutorials.
But whenever I have something, I put it here.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Willlake » Sun May 07, 2017 7:06 am

looking forward to it :)
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sun May 07, 2017 11:47 am

Some rough character concepts for my comics ^-^
Partly this is fruit of the great art chats on the permanoobs Discord channel.
Thank you all very much. I don't just talk about making comics. I create them!

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon May 08, 2017 9:54 am

Hm, a test. My hand is still shaking very much. I do precision exercises, but the lasting effect is not fast.
Well, I still enjoyed that.

edit: and I have no idea why the quality is so bad/it's so pixely...

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