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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:31 am

Enydimon – Hey, thanks. :) You’re definitely right D: I didn’t see that at the time.
Zipfelzeus – Ha it’s definitely not going to be hard to catch up with me! I’m moving at a snail’s pace in this sketchbook. Thanks for the crits! Muddy colours and I go back a long way, I hope I can fix it sooner rather than later! I’m starting to get paranoid my monitor is messing things up because they always look slightly different when I’m looking using my IPad etc… Anyway, thanks for stopping by :)

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Hello! Another tiny update! I promise for the 100th time that I’m going to start posting more. I’ll have time to check out other sketchbooks tonight :)
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:47 pm

A bit from today.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby kvSketch » Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:55 pm

New face sketches are real nice, and the digital sketch (if it's from imagination) has a lot of improvement from your older stuff that I skimmed through. Hopefully you'll continue to post updates :D.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:23 am

kvSketch – it is from imagination :) thank you. I will be updating as much as I can.

Was camping over the weekend so didn’t have time to draw D: I’ve put a bit of colour on this one.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:47 pm

I apologise for being constantly MIA I’m struggling with motivation etc. After work I’ve been feeling too tired to get much done D:
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:17 am

:)
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby crankshaft » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:20 pm

Great work. I would slow down a bit and study light and shadow. I recommend How to Render by Scott Robertson. A lot of the portraits feel very flat and I think you should stay with just value until you understand form more. Keep up the good work!
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Enydimon » Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:08 pm

More focus on value would definitely help, but I'd also put more emphasis on the construction part. You're still have a few issues with cranium sizing and with perspective and proportion of facial features.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:52 pm

Crankshaft – Yep, you’re right. I’m going to order the book this week. They definitely look flat looking back :(
Enydimon – I am still having issues. :/ Thank you!

Hey, another little update. I’m still struggling with carving out enough time. Getting a bit better, I’ve only got about one month left at my job, though :) The wall in that drawing is pretty texture heavy because I couldn’t get it down. But any crits our welcome. I’m going try and get back to looking at values properly again. I swear it takes me so long to learn.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:51 am

Hey, guys. Just a quick update. Just one thing, unfortunately! I’m just trying to bring it to somewhat of a finish.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:20 pm

Hey :) A few bits from the past couple days. I've got time off work before starting uni so I'll try and update more.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:49 am

Hey, guys! Little update. The catgirl is from a little brief that some of us doing the same course in September decided to do.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby crankshaft » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:20 pm

Nice work. I think it's great that you're doing personal work but judging by your recent pieces I would highly recommend doing some more fundamental studies. So things like perspective, composition, stills lifes etc. Fortunately I'm pretty good with perspective so any questions feel free to ask.

Looking back at your old work I also recommend not using pressure sensitivity bc that can makes things very muddy and the forms won't read as well. Instead try using big soft brushes to get finer graduations. It can be a pain to get use to but you'll learn more.

Keep the good work!
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:34 am

Crankshaft – Thank you. Everything you said is spot on! I haven’t done enough studies lately but I’m getting back onto it now. That’s interesting with the brushes I hadn’t thought about trying that.

Sorry, for the long gaps between updates, as usual! Just a quick dump of stuff.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby KidKong » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:26 am

Hey, nice SB! I especially like that you are tackling pretty diverse genres and aren't afraid to go for full on scenes :) For critique, I noticed that you seem to be neglecting cast shadows a bit, both in your "technical" pieces (Houses) etc. as well as with your characters.

For example in your pieces from the last post, most buildings aren't casting any shadows at all. On characters, keep in mind that accessories such as bagscraps, scarfs etc will also cast shadows onto the character along its form. These shadows are typically rather dark and hard edged (Depending on how far the object casting the shadow is from the surface, the closer, the harder the edge). Adding such shadows can go a long way in establishing depth for characters and a sense of place for scenes.

Just my 2 cents, looking forward to see more from you :)
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:13 pm

KidKong - Thank you very much for the critique! That is definitely something I've been neglecting so I will make sure to concentrate on that for future pieces.

I tried painting these without pressure sensitivity as I was advised above and only used the opacity and flow settings.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Chewfie » Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:35 pm

Hey Sophie, it seems you are making some progress with the new brush settings. I think it would benefit you to try some other types of brushes that blend better and have a better tip. The round brush is good but it's a bit unwieldy to use. So have a look around and try some brush packs.

While it is good you are painting in colour I feel it would benefit you to do some practice in grayscale. Load up your favourite artwork, turn it to black and white and try and understand how they organised the values to make the image work. Values are first, colour second. That's why many artists do grayscale preliminaries, because they know that if the work reads at that stage, it will in colour too.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:38 pm

Chewfie - Thanks, I've downloaded some brush packs so will be looking at those. I'm going to be practising from grey scale quite a bit in the coming weeks for uni so am looking forward to potential improvement, Thanks again.

Quick dump of some of the stuff I've done. The next update will be a bit more interesting hopefully.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Zipfelzeus » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:55 pm

We probably should take more care about our regulars but this art community is more like a quiet village were everyone has their nice house on a little hill and we don't interact too much with each other but it's nice to go around and see everyone's garden... or whatever.

Your faces and anatomy are getting steadly better keep it up. I also really like all the character designs. Keep those pens flowing!
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:35 pm

I totally get what you mean. I've been struggling for time lately but I'm going to try and start commenting and trying to interact with the community more.

Just an update on my key moment for uni. As always feedback is welcome. I'm hoping to bring it to a finish soon, although I feel like it's still lacking I don't really want to add extra elements for no real reason.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:11 pm

Just a quick update on the piece above after some advice.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:21 pm

Here's a bad environment I've been attempting to improve. Environments like these have always been my biggest stumbling block. The things on the rocks are meant to be a current home base for humans living there and I was planning on putting my main character on the foreground. But all in all pretty lost with this one.
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby EliteDaedalus » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:38 am

Hi, Sophie. Here is me trying to be more active on this here forum. (^▽^)

Your perspective is usually pretty good, your practice seems to be paying off, though you still seem to have a problem with the perspective of organic subjects.

I wonder how often you use reference for creative work, personally, after seeing a lot of artists seemingly working without reference, I tried for years to draw purely from imagination; lately I've begun to think that working without reference isn't realistic, some people can do it, some can't... maybe. (;n;) Those artists who don't use reference all seem to draw a basic character with only the hair and clothes etc. to differentiate them. I also wonder if you've ever heard of Jeffrey Watts of the Watts Atelier, the atelier has a youtube channel with some decent painting demonstrations, along with those of guest artists like Eric Gist. Watts and Gist, both professional illustrators, have mentioned that they never really work without reference, and it's been said a lot that if using reference was good enough for artists like Andrew Loomis, J. C. Leyendecker, and Dean Cornwell; and Michelangelo (°◇°), it's easily good enough for us.

Texture is another hard one, both in terms of getting the values right and finding digital brushes that will actual put down something convincing. As far as I know, texture depends mainly on the "edges" or transitions between the values, and the hardness or softness of the lines.

Your paintings seem to lack a broad range of values, they kind of blend into a middle value all over. I'd suggest thinking more about separating the subjects into "side plane" and "front plane," and think about the contrast over the entire image, as well as the contrast within each object in the painting. I find comparing the contrast between values to work a lot better than trying to look at the values and copy them exactly 'right.'

Anyways, there's what I got for now, see if you can get some use out of it.

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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Sophie_Draws » Tue May 16, 2017 10:16 am

EliteDaedalus - Thank you, I'll definitely check his videos out. I don't use enough reference which is something I'll work on changing. And yes, values are another thing to work on, I think I learnt quite a bit with my latest environment and I incorporated textures into it as well. Thank you for taking the time out to offer some advice :)

Hey, guys. Here are some finished bits. I won't be going back to work on them now but, as always, feel free to point out any issues you can see. Thanks for stopping by :)
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby Willlake » Tue May 16, 2017 2:04 pm

Hey Sophie, I'm Will- nice to meetcha.

Your work ethic is great, you do piles of stuff and im envious theres so much of it haha!

I'd like to weigh in with some crits but for now im going to pick out the bit you mentioned about environments being a stumbling block. Ive noted youve done some basic value studies for environments (random3 i think you named it ^^) and this is a cool way to practice environments. Composition at its rawest form is the placement of shapes. Take a photo of an environment you like, or someones painting and then try and paint that as a handful of basic black shapes on a white background- this will help with understand the good flow of an environment

hope this helps!
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Re: Sophie attempts to draw!

Postby ubem » Fri May 19, 2017 9:37 am

I agree with Will, your work ethic is top notch.

Most of these pieces have pretty cool and original designs. But I feel like composition and focal management is being neglected. All parts of the paintings jump out, making my eye as a viewer tired and confused, like a book that has its chapters rearranged randomly. Maybe doing several master studies can help gain a solid understanding of how using intensity, color, and contrast guide the eye so that relevant information sticks out.

Hope this helps, I am envious of your output!
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