Work in progress for the end of my digital painting course. 3-4 hours at this point. I’m not sure how much further I’ll take it. Still focusing mostly on immediacy.
A quick 4 hour digital painting. I’ve been working a lot on breaking down my need to over-render everything. This is the first time I’ve gotten the sense of immediacy I’ve wanted from my work. It’s taken a long time but I’m finally feeling comfortable drawing/painting in photoshop.
Quick update. Made a bunch of small tweaks and mopped together a backdrop that hopefully isn’t too distracting. I don’t think i’m a huge fan but i needed something to judge the figure with. I’m also throwing this up so that I can see the image of it on the monitors at school.
Now I have to go study for midterms.
I’m back in school and busy as hell. For a change though I’m going to be doing some digital work for my actual school projects. I’m doing some portraits and still life’s before doing anything particularly creative mostly because it’s my comfort zone and I need to get back into the digital work. This was always one of my favorite photos from a set a while back. It is unfortunately out of focus and really unusable for anything photo related. However, to just noodle around in photoshop, the lighting condition was perfect. The position was drawn from observation of the picture and the face was redrafted because of how out of focus it was in the original image. Looking at it now, I think I need to soften the forward shoulder. Between how strong the contrast is and the defined edges, the face gets a little more lost than I would like. I’ll probably open this one up again, but as it stands it has about 3 hours in it.
Just felt like putting something up while I’m less capable of doing any digital sketching. I have a bunch of photos from a shoot two friends and I took through a nature park.
The beginning of a face/head detail of a character design for a friend of mine. There were some other really early loose sketches but this one’s the first one with any finalized detail. More to follow.
Sat down this morning and started looking at the structure of the core of our bodies. I was especially interested in the overlapping of the latisimus dorsi, the internal oblique, and the external obliques. I had also never really noticed the way the serratus anterior fans out to each rib individually and how the external obliques connect farther back on the ribs by cutting through the serratus. The major profile drawing was done from a reference of the body. It pains me to see how exacting and perfected the drawings i’m working from are and then compare them to what i’m producing here. My only defense is that my focus is still more of the factual than a final product. That aside, factually, I screwed a few things up by elongating the torso and not accurately depicting each rib, which lead me to fudge the placement of many of those muscle connections.
The other set of drawings were just my attempt to use what I’ve been learning in quick little studies. They’re all focused on the torso and the use of those core muscles at the connection of the pelvis (rectus abdominus, external oblique, internal oblique, and latisimus dorsi). They’re all objectively pretty terrible drawings, but to my eye they feel right and that’s the important part at this stage. Drawing in photoshop is finally starting to feel more natural, though it’s still more labor intensive than on paper. I really need a tablet with rotation support.
I also need 500 dollars. :(
A couple quick things from this morning. Nothing special, just looking at the general shape of the skull and some of the muscles in the neck. I only had 10 minutes or so before running other errands but I figured I’d throw it up.
I’ve started working from an anatomy book My father and I bought a long time ago. Anatomy for the Artist, credited to sarah simblet is still one of the best anatomy books I’ve seen. It’s no wonder it’s been a recommended text in several of my art classes at ECU. I’ve been struggling with some computer problems and am preparing to buy a new one. Other than that, life has proven to be as distracting as ever.
As for the images, I spent the most time on the full body drawing. I started too small and labored over it too much, but I was less concerned about the image than I was at getting reacquainted with the figure. The other three were all very quick, no more than 3 minutes on any of them. Still struggling with drawing in photoshop, but it is getting easier.
So, I keep finding it hard to be at my computer consistently every day. For that reason I’m going to change it to one post every other day and try to make sure every post contains some artwork. This is just a quick note for now, I have to run out for errands and other things that have kept me busy this morning. I’ll post something again later tonight.