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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:56 am

Today is one of the days I'm struggling a bit more. I feel like I learn a lot from studies like these, they are just not always beautiful, but that's not their purpose, right?

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Heavens, Krita really seemed to have hated me today. I'm confused with what I see on one of my screens.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:21 am

The next Rubens study felt like it was overdue. I can't help, I'm a huge Rubens-fan.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:02 am

Hm, looks like I'm dwelling in permanoobs.
I already received critique for my Rubens study in the Draw or Die Discord group. Artist JGiraffe said, I need to work with lower opacity and be more patient, build the study up from basic forms. I agree, I still want to rush too much, therefore I neglect working long enough on the fundamentals of the study. The right use of opacity is still a riddle to me, I must admit, but I'm willing to practise. Unfortunately I'm already in the next picture in my present digital comfort mode, but the picture afterwards I'll try. (and why not this? I don't want to look it uncontinous, if a part is flat and a part will miraculously look much better/different)

Ok, pictures of heads to practise/think about facial proportions:
(please note that with the first head on the left first row I'm still wondering where his juvenile mandible is in this open mouth position and whether I abstracted that correctly. I guess I'll have to draw some skulls and skeletons)
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And then I couldn't fall asleep, so I began a new digital piece:
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:11 pm

Ok, enough of this picture. This is it for today:

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I'll be away for a couple of days. A lot of work to do, also a commission ^^ see you!
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Enydimon » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:54 pm

Hey Styx! Good to see you're still at it. I should clarify something, though.

Chiaroscuro isn't an artist (well maybe someone uses that as a username) but rather a technique developed during the renaissance. Rubens, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio all use chiaroscuro in their art actually, so you're in luck. Ever notice how in some of their pieces the lighting is so dramatic that it looks like you could cut shapes out of the shadows? That's chiaroscuro. Additionally, sfumato is the soft transition you see in chiaroscuro.

If you want a really great book that goes really in depth about this stuff I would highly recommend The Artist's Complete Guide To Drawing The Head by William L. Maughan.

Now I don't know under what context JGiraffe is talking about with lower opacity, but I can say that I do agree that you need to be more patient and paint for longer periods of time. You aren't really letting yourself finish your paintings. If you can afford it, I would suggest learning how to paint traditionally too because all the concepts you learn in that are transferable to digital painting. The only difference between the two is how the medium functions. Traditional painting might take away the anxiety of learning how a program works and get you thinking more about art principles since it's more straight forward. Even if all you can do is black and white paintings, that's better than nothing.

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One of your problems right now is that your edges and shapes are sloppy and inconsistent. Notice that the square/diamond on the left's corners are not filled in, but the lines suggest that it should be occupying more of that space. That's what you're doing a lot of the time when you're trying to render your forms. Now the head on the right might not need it's shadows/value shapes to be entirely black but it more consistently focuses on filling the entirety of the space and holding onto the integrity of the shape.

Yes shadows can be very soft and contain many different values, but it needs to make sense with regards to the form. Any time there is a shift in value, that means you're shifting the planes. Control your opacity and shapes instead of letting them control you.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:00 am

Thank you so much, Enydimon. I will take your feedback gladly along. I guess I will have to practise for a good while/number of pictures until we will see the change. I promise to keep it up.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:48 pm

Well, I assume a train that is running, cannot stop that easily.

Timed studies 120 sec each:

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And I gave my OC Isaak a new costume. I really tried to work more consistent and clean, it's not good, but it's a start.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:11 pm

Timed gestures, 120 sec each - and after the third the site with the references crashed -.-

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A new attempt to improve the design of my OC Nojost.
This sketch is a complete catastrophe, but it's an improvement. And I hate myself for not being able to see where the problem is. What's destroying his symmetry, his beauty? I guess it's the nose but I can't imagine the face how it should look like at this moment. So I accept this as expression of my skill as it is right now and move on.

I hope some light and shadow will fix some issues -.- Will it? We'll see another time.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby KidKong » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:08 am

Hi there, you have some cool stuff going on here :) As others have pointed out, it seems you are struggling with edges a bit, which is understandable as they can be hard to get right.

In addition to what others have said, perhaps try the following exercise: When doing a study, first paint only hard shadow edges, no blending. When you feel like you have captured the main shadow areas (Don't be afraid to simplify the light/shadow masses at this stage), selectively blend the edges that need to be blended. Check the reference for this and really try to differentiate between what is a hard edge and what is a soft edge. Think about the underlying form: More curved surfaces will have softer edges where light goes to shadow, (More blending over a larger area) surfaces with hard contours will have harder edges (Less blending), so consider that and for each edge, think about why it is the way it is.
Right now I think you often try to blend almost all shadows in a small area (Going from light color to shadow color very quickly), which makes the color transitions look muddy.

Don't get discouraged though, keep practicing the way you do and it'll come along nicely, it's cool to see you're doing so many master studies :) Keep drawing and posting!
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:31 pm

Hello again.
First of all, thank you for the feedback, KidKong!
I will definitely try this exercise you suggested. I will just need some time, but it's definitely in the queue.
And again, thanks Enydimon. If i just wasn't that slow...but I'm determined! You both helped me so much. Thanks!

Due to some...much non-creative work I'm slowed down in my pace even more at the moment.
But ceasing practising is never an option.

I played around a bit with the last sketch I did, and I did watch one or two youtube-videos on how to work with soft and hard brushes.
One picture won't fix it, but I think the direction I'm heading is good. I give you him with and without lines. I sometimes disable the lines to control myself, what I'm doing with the lighting. The nose... the nose is a bit weaker than the rest. I'm aware of it.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:28 pm

A little something from imagination during breaks.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:41 am

Not much to say about this one, obviously my favourite victim for practises at the moment.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:06 pm

Hello :D
It's great that the sketchbook section is bustling with life right now.
I still don't have much time to draw, but I haven't stopped completely.
Well, I'll simply start off with my newest piece (still in progress).

I wanted to try some things after reading Wassily Kandinsky's essays.
They really changed the way I see art, especially creating it.
I wanted to know how lines...well...feel.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:06 am

What is happening ^^
My style is still changing so much. Thanks, permanoobs.
Have some fresh examples:

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:32 am

It's really hard at the moment. But won't give up.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:27 am

Tackling another weakness. Hands.
First page: what I can do now with references:

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Next step will be: looking at some tutorials, probably more studies and then returning with hopefully better hands.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Enydimon » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:04 pm

It's really good to see that you're still at it! If I could make a suggestion it would be to maybe just work more with simple thin lines rather than trying to stylize your studies so much. At least at this stage, just keep it to personal works. I think you'll have an easier time learning and tracking improvement if you can keep it simplistic and easily readable.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:26 pm

Thank you for your feedback, my friend ^-^
I don't think that I stylize on purpose. I'm still forcing too much.
And I will rather keep it simple, otherwise I won't understand it myself.

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This evening I did some Nojosts again. I'm still not fully content with his design so I tried some variations.

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And a paneling exercise... this was not about precision, rather about...paneling in itself. And my first visit to Inkspace for adding the texts... catastrophe. But hey, it's the very first visit. I will learn ^^

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:33 pm

Ah, and before I forget to upload it completely...
I gave acrylics a try with two really really small portraits... one and a half of my keys high XD In my opinion acrylics is closely related to digital painting. The sensation was weird, but I liked it.

Am I obsessed with those own characters? Yes. And I enjoy it, as they keep me drawing and motivated at the moment.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:10 pm

Working with an old sketchbook/old sketches.
Creating material for a collage.
Took the old sketches and refurbished some things a bit...

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Note about this one: Didn't tear him apart for the picture, just used, what was there. I love his expression. That must hurt.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:41 pm

Whoa, I also like this version of it. So destructive:

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More tomorrow :)
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:43 am

Took this questionable sketch of mine

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and reworked the original sketch into this:
The ugly truth is hidden underneath.


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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:40 pm

Made another sketch today:

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:07 am

A beautiful Sunday to you all.
Here some experiments to apply my newly discovered techniques from drawing with acrylics on coloring with copics... plus what I learned in this blog from your feedback. I thank you all so much. I'm especially looking at you, Enydimon. Thank you for explaining basics to me, again and again.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:02 am

First attempt to do pixel art... colored version will follow soon. And yes, almost a study of American Gothic.
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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:17 am

Lel...read a tutorial and began to redo most of the "pixel art" from yesterday. At least I can use the old sketch as base.
I regret the bad resolution, but when I created the file, I didn't know better.

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And I love skulls. Did I ever mention that?
This cute fellow was my warming up for today:

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:23 am

Revisiting my old coloring style with a completely new topic to draw ^-^

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:29 am

Yayyyyy, my first real pixel art! Finally done ^^
Surely, need more practise, but I like that it's not completely er...not good.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:51 pm

It seems there are only two states of artist-me: giving up completely and fiercely trying to improve, berserkering. I just hope to stay stable and to as much as I can now. Tackling my old enemies, hands, again. I feel Hogarth is helping a lot, I should work more with his great books.

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And yeah... a Parasite Eve study. I'm a huge fan and I need the design for a crossover-fanart. I don't know why I thought it would be a good idea to stop my design-rework for the fanart after the head. Just idiotic XD Well, so I'm an idiot. See you next pic.

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Re: Styxtastic Sketches

Postby Styxcolor » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:22 am

Ok. Challenge accepted. This idiot will practise with Hogarth. I expect daily uploads for 1-2 weeks from myself from now on. At least 1-2 weeks. Where does my endurance end? How dumb am I really (how many repetitions will I need)? I feel that I haven't understood the lesson completely, but I'm beginning to wonder what I was drawing all the years, as real arms...don't work the way I thought they worked. If I thought anything at all...hahaha ;)

Well, ok, I should be positive. Hey, I learned something today! And I have more questions now than I had before. What does that mean, masses move? Masses thrust? I never hearded something like this before. But the visuals make sense. Hogarth, enlighten me!

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