Imbalantus Sketchbook [28jul2017]

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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [30jan2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:35 am

Thanks for the comment, Peninsula. I work with curves already, usually I tend to shy away from too much contrast because of the (probably mistaken) belief that too much contrast solves the situation too easily. Especially in diffuse light situation, contrast only makes it more awkward, so there one really needs good rhythm and brushwork and not much else. But yeah, instead of solving rare and tough spots, the greater skill is probably creating and combining easy and clear situations.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to seeing your portraits of Magnus. :)
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [6feb2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:36 am

Trying to get more and smarter dynamics. Losing shadows, looking for spots to blurr, shape drama from sharp into soft, just generally be more conscious of shapes and get a solid balance and weight. More meaningful background. Looking a lot at Zhaoming Wu.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [6feb2017]

Postby Hai » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:42 pm

You sure are focussing on painting a lot these days. Love the progress!
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [6feb2017]

Postby Kikindaface » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:34 pm

great brush economy and nice values ! keep up the good stuff !
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [23feb2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:25 pm

Thanks Hai and Walid.

The task here is to invent realistic emotional faces, which I've never done before. Start with screaming, next hopefully I'll do other emotions. Trying to work out a solid process, also with using 3d.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [23feb2017]

Postby arobro » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:18 am

Those portraits and figure studies look incredible! :)
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [16mar2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:24 pm

Thanks Arobro.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [20mar2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:05 pm

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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [20mar2017]

Postby mana » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:17 am

I like this effect. Do you use mixer brush or some magic?
I so something like this in YIZHENG KE's work. Tryed to do like this but it is very time consuming and need no erase or new layer for each stroke(
What is the secret of this painterly effect?))
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [20mar2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:39 pm

I use Gimp with Jaime Jones' brushes, and I often use the smudge tool, also with the same brushes. A lot of the brushstrokes are repeated several times until it looks good.

For the layers it's important to think like a traditional oil painter and use smart layer management. For example in the last painting I had 4 layers. 1st was just a warm red background. 2nd was the coloured background and shadow layer for cloth and face. 3rd layer for light on the face and cloth. 4th layer for highlights and other final touches. Basically the important thing is to have light and shadow on different layers, and it's better if they have a different rhythm and level of detail, and light should have "thicker" paint than shadows. It's important to enhance the illusion that the light side reflects light, and the shadow side absorbs light.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [20mar2017]

Postby mana » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:22 am

Wow! You use gimp i thought ps. +lvl to skill for gimp))
Get your idea. need No mess in the layers and less strokes. Art is hard. Thanks for answer.
For "thicker" light I trying Artrage now it has impasto)) but different soft is hard Slows down , and oil thinking ) especially if draw from head.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [29mar2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:12 pm

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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [13apr2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:46 pm

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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [22apr2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:10 pm

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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [22apr2017]

Postby ubem » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:24 am

Love the brush strokes, values, color, and proportions, it's all on point.

These past few paintings seem very much like fine art, have you ever used oils or made prints of these?
Personally, I'd love on of these hanging up on my wall or a high res version as a screen saver. I could definitely see these paintings hanging in a gallery too.

You mentioned on your first post that you want to make a living from art, perhaps publishing your work as a fine artist is a potential avenue of income.

Hope this helps, thanks for the inspiration!
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [22apr2017]

Postby Zipfelzeus » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:00 pm

Your brushstrokes are getting out of hand. I can't handle this!!! D: Dam son!
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [22apr2017]

Postby SnowMoeka » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:11 am

Beautiful studies! Nice feeling of traditional painting.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [22apr2017]

Postby Moe » Mon May 01, 2017 5:01 am

Despite, not having done much color work, your colored paintings look good. I guess doing all those value studies solved most of the problems eh?
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [6may2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Sat May 06, 2017 11:01 am

Thanks guys!
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [6may2017]

Postby Willlake » Sun May 07, 2017 5:18 am

hey imbalantus,

loved looking through your sketchbook! your values are really good man, i loved the side view of the recent emotional heads :) looking forward to seeing more to learn from your skills ^^
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [17may2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Wed May 17, 2017 9:08 am

Thanks Will.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [31may2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Tue May 30, 2017 5:37 pm

Finally a personal piece where I'm trying to put it all together. Didn't really think a lot about the background, just slapped something there, so please don't hate me for it. ;)
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [31may2017]

Postby Bojan Bozovic » Wed May 31, 2017 4:38 am

I just looked at the last page, and to be honest, I really like your work.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [3jun2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:19 pm

Thanks Bojan.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [3jun2017]

Postby Rasha » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:08 am

Wow! Loving the colors :O
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [3jun2017]

Postby ubem » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:36 pm

Awesome studies as usual.

Your personal piece looks fantastic in terms of value, color, and construction.

But the biggest issue I see is the simplistic silhouette, there isn't much design there to give it character or personality.
The other more subtle problem is the slightly off centerpiece of the armor, it doesn't conform to the perspective of the rest of the body. But maybe that was intentional.
The last thing to consider is perhaps adding a bit of ornate and textural detail on the armor, especially where the areas are well lit. This should help compositionally and give a little more realism and even a hint of storytelling.

Maybe these things are just my personal preferences, but I hope these ideas can be of some use next time.
Keep up the great work
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [3jun2017]

Postby Menze » Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:56 pm

Are you one of those guys who paint with the mixer brush?
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [3jun2017]

Postby MoonYeah!! » Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:07 am

I'll be honest, your painting skills are awesome and you really know where to go with color and light.

But i've a problem with your personal piece, in my opinion, this looks like a study, it's well rendered and your technique perfectly translates from your thousands studies, but it doesn't look like a character i would play in a game or see as an illustration in a card game like magic or hearthstone.
Or maybe it looks like a close up of a larger piece and this character is a background character with not much importance.

I see two reasons to that :

1 / He lacks emotions/character, because of him just standing there and raising his lance without much concern, he doesn't look like anything is going through his mind right now, that would be easily fixed by giving him an emotion, or "expression" if you prefer.

2 / There is no context, where is he? what's he doing here? I just see a painterly background with nice texture, that looks nice as a study, but won't do as an illustration, maybe think of a place he's guarding, or a beast he just killed lying behind him.

So basically if you pick one of those or both, you'll have a very nice piece in the end, your technique is great, you just lack a narrative choice here.
And being at the point where your technique is enough and you just have to make a choice about "what to tell" is really a great situation to be in honestly XD
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [21jul2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:39 pm

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Here I was mostly interested in creating a strong daylight lighting and even more interested in believable cloth. Tried and failed and in the end I did the skirt in 3d, and for the sleeves used google image reference. For the life of me, I can't figure out how it's possible to invent realistic cloth, not cartoonish, but actual realistic cloth. So for now a 3d + google image combo seems to be the more efficient solution.



Thanks Rasha.

Thanks Ubem. Yes, I have trouble making dynamic poses, haven't ever even studied it unfortunately. About the armor: The knight's torso is actually twisted, but the twist is not strong enough to be read as such, hence the impression of a misplaced armor. So that's an important lesson I've learned, to push the twist so as to make it obvious. Ornaments will come on latter pieces hopefully.

Hi Menze. I work with Gimp, no mixer brush there.

Thanks Florent. I agree with all your points. I still need to study composition, dynamics, poses and much more.
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Re: Imbalantus Sketchbook [28jul2017]

Postby Imbalantus » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:24 pm

some studies
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