View Full Version : Looking for Help to Improve
August 27th, 2008, 08:23 PM
Ok well so far I have been agonizing about whether to post a Sketchbook or not. There are so many talented artists here and so many wonderful sketchbooks to enjoy that the idea of adding my own work up here is a little intimidating. Still my desire to improve as an artist and connect with fellow artist has finally pushed me beyond my insecurity. So anyway on with the art. Hope you like what you see, If you do and if you don't please let me know. I'm somewhat of a feedback junkie >:D .
This is one of my personal favorites I can't really say why. It started out as a simple object study of an old gas mask and then kind of took off with a life of its own.
Update: Dec. 2 2008... Ok so I wanted to post a picture at least once a day well that went out the window... So lets try again shall we.
August 27th, 2008, 08:26 PM
These are some more traditional "fine art" type pieces some figure drawings and color studies.
August 27th, 2008, 08:45 PM
Ok for the next installment I guess it would be good to explain a couple of things. I'm a pretty avid gamer. I've played rpgs for quite a long time. When I sit down to sketch, a lot of times what I end up drawing are character pictures, villains, or supporting cast for the games that I play in. Recently I've been playing a game based in Warhammer 40k setting, so a lot of my most recent sketches tend to be based around that game. Anyway enough explaining for now.
After coloring this one I decided that I should start pushing my pictures more. Mostly what I've produced so far is kind of a portrait gallery, but I wanted to add more interest in the pictures. So I've started playing around with more interesting angles and different details.
This is the Space ork pic I posted in the Critique threads got lots of good advice on this it helped a lot. >:D
and last for now is a picture that was inspired by a thread on a roleplaying game forum. The thread was titled "What would you look like as a WH40k rp character?" Everyone posted up statlines and skill lists mostly as a joke. I decided to take the title a little more literal and produced my first self portrait in years. :)
August 27th, 2008, 10:47 PM
A few months ago I started using Photoshop to color my artwork. I'm dieing to get a tablet but at the moment I don't have the monetary funds to do so. So for now I'm using my mouse trying to learn as much as I can about the program. For a long time it seems I never really finished any of my art I would start a drawing but would have an idea part of the way through or get stuck on some part. Then I would move on to the next thing. So recently I have been forcing myself to go back and finish pieces, try coloring them, or reworking them to get past whatever hang ups I had. Here are some of the colors I done so far.
August 28th, 2008, 02:22 PM
Ok these are some doodles and WIPs. I going to try to keep posting something at least once a day. Its a pretty loffty goal at the moment seeing as time is at a premium for me. I get about 30-45 mins durring my lunch break each day to draw if I'm lucky. To be quite honest its driving me nuts, but anyway. :P
this first pic is actually meant to be an underpainting for a group shot of characters. I was trying to make sure I got thier sizes correct as well as the lighting consitant. The plan is to blow up the figures a bit and trace over them.
These are some head shots of the 2nd and 4th character from the left in the group shot above.
This is a good fairy and bad fairy I'm working on for a friend who is planning on having them tattooed on her shoulders. Kind of a fairy version of the angel and devil on the shoulder conscience type thing.
Well thats it for now I'll post some more up later.
August 29th, 2008, 01:14 AM
Working on CHOW 124
August 29th, 2008, 07:56 PM
CHOW 124 update... I had the idea for her sidekick while I was at work today and I just couldn't help myself.
Then again who really would be a better space-smuggler sidekick than a mini space-thulhu? :medusachow:
August 29th, 2008, 09:23 PM
I like the group shot... nice and diverse set of characters... I would be happy to follow their story.
the ANGRY filipino
August 30th, 2008, 04:02 AM
Yep, the group shot is nice. You can draw nice faces with characters,
however, the proportion in your human bodies can be off at times.
The anatomy studies you did are really good, hope to see you post more of those in the future!
August 30th, 2008, 04:06 AM
You got some nice Warhammer concepts I really like them
December 2nd, 2008, 01:25 AM
Ok so life has a way of getting in the way of what you really want to do, but anyway. Maybe my goal of one post a day was a bit ambitious, but then again I've always believed the best way to get to where you want was to push yourself as far as you could go. I find that I always produce my best work when I remind myself to push it further than I would normally go.
Anyway got a new computer and finally got a tablet YAY!!! >:D
Anyway so for my first digital painting I decided to take part in CHOW 136 goblin gunslinger. I feel like I am trudging through waist deep snow as far as getting used to the digital painting goes. I know I'm only barely scratching the surface of the potential of the process, but for a first attempt I'm pretty happy with it. :confident
Take care and thanks for taking a look at my sketchbook,
December 3rd, 2008, 05:22 PM
Well I didn't get CHOW 137 Goblin Boss done, life strikes again :P . Ah well its not a big deal. This is what I got done. :)
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He doesn't quite say Boss to me though. High ranking thug sure but not Boss. Maybe a lvl boss if we were talking a video game but not the end boss.
Anyway I am having a blast with the tablet. Learning a lot even though I've only got 2 digital paintings, with the tablet, under my belt so far. I've got to get faster, but I know speed will come with time.
December 4th, 2008, 01:09 PM
Well this weeks CHOW 138: Countess Elizabeth Báthory is going really well so far. I was able to actually start on Mon. night and I had this Wed. off from work. So I've gotten to put in some real time, which has been wonderful. :^^:
I was a little intimidated by this CHOW. I'm still learning to use my tablet and I'm learning PS CS3 also. However, worse than that I haven't painted a person in any media since Highschool, and back then I was never happy with any of the paintings I did of people. I had colored some of my line drawings with photoshop 7 but for me coloring linework is much different than painting. So I was a little worried that I would get frustrated by not being able to digitally paint with the same lvl of compentacy that I wanted. The goblins where easier. You don't have to worry about weather or not something looks realilistic when you are dealing with Fantasy creatures after all. Anyway long story short I have been pleasently surprised with what I've been able to accomplish so far. Its been a lot of fun. :confident
Anyway enough chit-chat here's my WIP for CHOW 138: Countess Elizabeth Báthory.
Thanks for taking the time to look over my sketch book.
December 6th, 2008, 08:46 AM
Well I think I'm almost finished with the countess. Just maybe a few nit picky changes in the details. :confident
Not bad for my third painting with my tablet if I do say so myself. :teeth:
This has been one hell of a learning experience, but it has also been a lot of fun.
I really wish I could spend as much time as I have on this piece on all my artwork.
It is so therapeutic. I've had a great week working on this it was so much fun.
Well... except maybe for the lack of sleep, but it was definitely worth it. >:D
Thanks for taking a look at my work.
December 6th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Dude, your stuff is wicked. You are improving much!
Keep it going mate. Totally awesome!
December 7th, 2008, 11:10 AM
Hive_minD - thank you very much for the encouragement!
This post is just a Photobucket test. :P I'll post a real update when I get some more time.
Update: Ok so photobucket didn't kick my picture off which is a good thing but I've decided to swap this version out for the final version I posted for the CHOW seeing as I already have plenty of versions of this picture on my SB.
December 17th, 2008, 03:03 PM
Ok quick update... I've worked on the last 2 CHOWs tried to crit the countess CHOW haven't quite crited all of the entires but now the its almost Christmas as a jeweler my job takes even more of my time than usual so I probably won't get them done. I'm having a great time working on CHOW 140 the Bettie Page tribute. Anyway on with the images.
Images for CHOW 139 I'm not really happy with my final piece but the comic that went with it was a lot of fun. :)
This is what I've got for CHOW 140 Bettie so far I'm really going to have to push myself to get this one done. Looks like long nights ahead for me... but at least they will be long nights working on art :teeth: It's going to be awesome fun!
December 20th, 2008, 08:55 AM
Quick update on Bettie
Steady as she goes.
December 22nd, 2008, 10:43 AM
Well, I pulled some crazy hours and worked so long into the night that my hand started to cramp up, but I can't express how much better I have felt mentally being able to work on my art. Forcing myself to make time for the past few CHOWs has been a blast, and the lack of sleep has definitely be worth the amount I've learned.
Anyway, here she is...
Having stolen the hearts and coin-purses of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy, Blackheart Bettie sailed over the horizon and into the setting sun. She will be missed.
I'll post up some details and close-ups when I get a chance. :^^:
Thanks for taking a look at SB.
December 22nd, 2008, 11:13 AM
Hey, it's starting to look nice in here. Seems like your colors are getting better. I had to drop a comment when I saw the comic for Chow 139. I love the lines in that one. A lot of the Warhammer stuff was strong too. On your latest Chow, I would take a look at her hips and how they connect to her legs. Maybe it's just me, but it looks like her midriff should twist to the left a bit more before the legs. Hope you understand what I'm trying to say.
Keep at it, there's some cool stuff in here.
December 23rd, 2008, 12:56 AM
Having stolen the hearts and coin-purses of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy, Blackheart Bettie sailed over the horizon and into the setting sun. She will be missed.
I was going to post in the Final Burning thread but thought it might get lost..... LOVE the Pirate Bettie!! I think it turned out fantastic... :D
January 7th, 2009, 04:49 PM
Swampdigger - Thank you very much for the compliment and the crit. I knew there was something a little funky about her leg, and sure enough when I looked back at the reference I was using I could tell what I did. I actually have turned her right leg not quite 90 degrees I should have drawn it almost profile to match the very top of her hip. I'll try to find time to fix it as soon as I can.
Shannaigan - Thank you very much for posting here. Comments do sometimes get lost in the high traffic of the CHOW threads. I was pleased with how Pirate Betty turned out and I'm glad you liked her too. :)
I'm trying to get some more action in my work and also looking through some other artists' SBs and such I realize just how much painting practice I need. so...
Here are a few sketches and a little digital painting practice as well as my current CHOW Knights of the Round Table wip.
January 8th, 2009, 03:00 AM
Quick update working on Lancelot. Really hoping that I have time to finish all of my knights... might have to cut one or two... but which ones...I like them all :P ah well I'm going to see what I can get done, I just have to decide to really challenge myself to finish them all. :confident Anyway talking to much... update wip instead...
January 9th, 2009, 03:35 PM
ok don't laugh this is a horribly rough doodle I've been working on while I was at work today. I decided I wanted to do a more interesting conposition in a portrait format rather than landscape. So that it will lose less detail when reduced to 400-300 pixels wide for the CHOW poll. Sorry also about the size of this one I'll post up a tighter version when I get a chance to work on it at home.
January 10th, 2009, 02:37 PM
Ok as promised an updated version of the crappy comp thumbnail above.
Now back to work!
January 12th, 2009, 09:52 AM
OK well here is the final verison that I posted up in the CHOW thread. This really didn't turn out the way I had envisioned it, but there are things that I like. I really feel like I'm working harder not smarter and I need to change that. I ended up runing out of time and so I took a lot of short cuts on this one at the end and it really shows. :P Ah well.
As always thanks for looking over my SB.
January 17th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Well I wasn't originally planning on taking part in this weeks CHOW. I thought I would take a break and work on some other stuff, but I liked my idea to much to pass it up. I thought it might be neat to turn Wonderland into a Cyber-punk (Bladerunnerish) city and draw the Cheshire Cat and Caterpillar from that angle. I left the background kind of loose for the CHOW because I'm going out of town this weekend, and so I had to go ahead and finish it up. I do have some ideas to try and tie the environment back into the Wonderland theme that I want to work on. Maybe next week after I get back home I'll give it a shot.
I need to work on broadening my work. Spread myself out, challenge myself to do some environments, creatures, and action scenes, learn to work faster, and learn better techniques for digital painting. I know I've got a long way to go but I really have a burning desire to learn as much as I can. I'm seriously looking at going back to school. To get back to a point where I can be in an environment centered around art is the dream I'm striving for. Its funny how true the statement "hindsight is 20/20" is I wish I had this desire, this hunger to learn all I can about art while I was in school the first time. I just wasn't ready at the time, but at least I realize that now instead of later.
Anyway, I've rambled on long enough here are the finals that I submitted for this weeks CHOW. Hope you like them. >:D
a la bapsi
January 17th, 2009, 04:19 PM
that's a take on the two alice in wonderland characters that i've definitely never seen before.
great job. O___O
February 18th, 2009, 11:24 AM
Wow I've neglected my sketchbook for far to long. :(
Well let me start by saying thank you a la bapsi! Thank you for the comment and for stopping by my sketchbook.
I’m glad you liked my Caterpillar and Cheshire cat. I really liked working on the Wonderland characters especially the caterpillar
(I need to make a coat like that and I need to learn how to blow smoke skulls. I'm not a smoker but that would just be awesome ;) ).
I really need to go ahead and work back into the rest of the picture and tighten this one up a bit
I feel like it could be a pretty good portfolio piece with a little more attention.
Well even though I haven't been showing my SB thread any love recently I have been working,
trying to keep up with the CHOWs and such. Still trying to find more time wherever I can.
Ok I did work on twins a bit but couldn’t find the time to finish didn’t really like where it was going
I did like the faces but everything else seemed a little blah. (I don’t have the images for this one on the computer
that I’m using right now but I will edit this post later when I get home)
Next was Super villain self-portrait, which was a lot of fun. I had a few different ideas some of which I’m still trying to work on
but here is the final post for the CHOW. I really was able to start adding and messing with overlaying textures in this one learning
some nifty tricks and such.
As I was working on this one I sent the image to a friend of mine who responded with just the two following lines.
I thought they where funny enough to spark their own little illustration so I threw this together just for fun.
I didn’t get enough time to work on Titania. I wish I had. I really liked where this one was going.
Now it’s gone to the stack of work that I will finish up when I find time. (I really need to learn how to survive without sleep ;P )
Baba Yaga was a lot of fun. I had such a hard time deciding which way to take this one I had several different ideas.
Here what I sent to final.
Ok last but not least is what I’m working on for this weeks CHOW (I still need to expand to working on different things
environments and such but chows are so addictive for me). I havn’t gotten very far just basic sketch
and laying down some value. I’m going to try to keep this one simple and tight on the character to give me more time.
We’ll see how that goes I guess.
Well that’s it for now I will be posting up some more wips of other stuff I’m working on when I get home,
and I’ll try to be a little more regular in my updates.
February 18th, 2009, 04:26 PM
this one is gonna look great again, full of action
nice book, impressive progress here
February 22nd, 2009, 08:36 PM
Thanks a lot Joey! I'm always honored to have people looking at my SB :)
Well another week another CHOW. I am trying to branch out a bit I signed up for the Art crusades today going to give that a try.
Also I think I am going to try out this weeks COW. It looks like a pretty sweet topic "Colossus From Hell".
Well as promised here is the start of the twins that I did a couple of weeks back. Its nothing impressive, still very rough, but I like where my
faces where going in it.
I still need to scan a bunch of stuff to throw up here, but don't have time today.
Finished up CHOW 148 today, here's where I got. Hope you like it.
I made my first custom brush in photoshop for this one which was a lot of fun, learned a new skill that is so easy I don't know
why I didn't try it sooner. Anyway if anyone wants the brush PM me and I will send you a larger version. Its nothing special
and I can't really think of a whole lot of different uses for it but who knows. If anyone does use it for something neat
Let me know I would like to see :teeth:
Well that's it for now.
March 24th, 2009, 08:49 AM
Ok... so way to long yet again... some day I'll get this updating schedule right. Anyway here is some pics from the last CHOW I did Female Sith Lord. I had a lot of fun with making a comic strip for this one. Also a wip of an alternate version of the CHOW.
Recently I've been working on some more 40k character pics for some friends I've been trying out some new brushes and techniques, thanks to some advice from Poshspice. I had never used the dual brush setting before but I'm really liking it so far.
Here's the one I have finished
and one I've just started on.
That's all for now.
March 24th, 2009, 12:03 PM
great stuff dude, inspiring, i would love to see some more studies tho
keep it up
June 26th, 2009, 02:25 PM
Ok wow its been to long since I posted up anything here. Sorry about that.
First I'll throw up some of the better pages from my sketch book.
Some people drawn in the Atlanta airport + a doodle, some life studies from
Reverie, a study from a magazine, a drawing of my wife singing in the car,
and finally some fantasy/scfi characters.
I also have been working on my digital painting haven't had enough time to
do CHOWs every week, but I was able to finish an entry with the Team CHOW.
My team decided to go with a viking dark-fantasy/norse mythology type
theme. Because of time and other things going on I ended up doing all the
final images for our group. Time is also why it is black and white. Here is the
original version of the final piece. I ended up changing it to a landscape
format because it worked with the poll better. If you want to see the other
sketches and such there is a link to our team's sketchbook in my signature.
This is all I have time to post for now but I'll post some more hopefully later today.
June 26th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Maybe some Space Marines? :)
Still - awesomeness overdose.
June 27th, 2009, 03:17 PM
You've improved tremendously over only two pages. Very nice (thumbs up.)
June 27th, 2009, 03:36 PM
what kerberos says!
just maybe post some studies some time? wonder if your observational drawings also improved:)
June 27th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Wow, killer stuff man. The goblin gunslinger is awesome. Keep it up!
June 27th, 2009, 04:25 PM
I feel your game concepts and I like your vampire cannibalistic experiences. I saved some of your work. Overall cool.
November 2nd, 2009, 06:49 PM
hay man! loving to see the progress in this book. the limited updating really shows upgrades in your skills even since i viewed your sketchbook that one afternoon at Starbucks at Reverie!
loving the character works.
keep working and studying!!!
November 3rd, 2009, 01:32 PM
Wow I'm totally fired... my poor, poor neglected sketchbook.
Thanks everyone for the comments I really need to update more. :P
Sorry I don't have any studies to upload atm just some work I've been doing for CHOWs. When I look at the pitiful amount of completed work I've done since Reverie I'm surprised I've improved much but anyway... I just need to get off my ass and draw more!
I'm going to post up what I've been up to the past few months but I'm going to have to do it in a few posts since I'm being bad and updating my SB @ work. Which I shouldn't really be doing, but if I wait till I get home I won't update b/c that is the only time I have to work on my art. So screw it I don't really want to be at work today anyway.
November 3rd, 2009, 05:12 PM
some more stuff....
November 4th, 2009, 11:01 AM
November 4th, 2009, 12:11 PM
midknight523 Thanks I'm glad you like it :)
Matt Seems like Reverie was so long ago... good times though can't
wait for the next workshop I get to go to :teeth:. Thanks for checking in and
thanks for the encouragement!
Here's what I am currently working on for CHOW 178. This is a remake of
Frankenstein's Monster and his Bride.
I should have more done on this one but I've been letting myself get
distracted by a Dracula picture. Which is an !EPICFAIL! so far. If I can work
out the composition/anatomy/foreshortening problems I'm having with it I'll
post it as well.
November 6th, 2009, 11:03 AM
just some quick figure sketches today... If I get more done on my CHOW I'll post it later. :teeth:
November 6th, 2009, 01:08 PM
Insane progress....Very inspirational...Looking forward to what you make in the future....
November 6th, 2009, 01:36 PM
wow love your work adam man i wish i was half as good as you were totally subscribing, any tips/ pointers for a struggling photo shop user? :bow:
November 7th, 2009, 12:25 AM
Gautham thanks me too :wink:
Undeadartist Wow tips.... no one has ever asked me that before...
that makes me feel awesome!!! :teeth: thank you very much, and thanks for
um tips... tell you what I'm a little to sleepy at the moment to think straight
and need to get in bed (got to work in the am... ugh) but I will be glad to
help out any way I can :)
Got a lot done today while I was waiting on my turn for portfolio review not
quite done yet though but here is what I got done.
November 7th, 2009, 12:37 AM
Adam, you have a new fan!! Me! I love the WWII and the Devil piece, your chow is rockin too!!! Awesome work here!
November 7th, 2009, 02:27 AM
Hey man totaly understand bro when ever and if you get the time feel free to check out my sketch book again keep up the good work! :D
November 7th, 2009, 03:38 AM
All I can say is... HOLY SHIT!!! Massive improvement from the first page... your figures now have convincing weight and mass (not to mention the leaps & bounds you've made in value and color), so just keep doing what you're doing. Oh, and don't let it go to your head. lol ;)
November 7th, 2009, 03:51 AM
realy nice works! like the way you draw the details and use some untypical colors :D
November 7th, 2009, 04:12 AM
Adam, really like your sketchbook!
November 7th, 2009, 07:16 AM
The most amazing sketchbook this far!
November 14th, 2009, 03:34 AM
Kelly X a fan... of my work?!... I can't believe it! Thank you so
much that's awesome! I'm honored to have you as a fan. Yay! :teeth:
bad_painter Thank you very much for the kind words. I really try to
push myself to improve each time I sit down to draw ... but I'm no where
near were I want to be, and don't worry I don't think I will ever be happy
enough with my own work to let it go to my head :wink:
Jizu Thank you I'm glad you like my SB :)
Gloroh Thanks a bunch for stopping by glad you like it :bounce:
InsanityVonMike Thank you so much for saying so, but if you
haven't already (I'm sure you have :wink: ) keep looking around there are
a ton of great SB and amazing artists here. Thanks for the feedback I'm
glad you like my SB >:D
Well... I haven't had much time to scan stuff lately... grumble grumble :dur:
but I do have some silly little warm fuzzies I drew recently... does anyone
else remember warm fuzzies (little puffballs with googly eyes and little
sticker feet?) I think I used to make them in elementary school?? maybe?
and a portrait that I am working on for my wife's birthday I hope that she
will like it when I'm done :confident
Thanks again everyone for checking out my sb!!!
November 16th, 2009, 11:43 AM
Well its been 1 year since I got my tablet and looking back through my SB I
am very proud of the improvement I've made since I entered my first CHOW
with my Goblin gunslinger. Looking at the future I've got so much further to
go this next year! I'm looking forward to it! :teeth:
Thanks everyone for taking the time to look at my SB and for all the
comments and crits. I hope you all will keep coming back and that you keep
liking what you see. However if you don't like what you see or just think I'm
getting slack feel free to kick my ass if I need it because above all I want to
keep improving. :confident
Well not to update without an image... here is the finished Frankenstein and
Bride for CHOW 178 tweaked slightly. >:D
Thanks again and Take care
November 16th, 2009, 03:24 PM
Impressive progress since your sketchbook start 0__0
November 16th, 2009, 04:26 PM
Wow, someone has improved a lot! I especially like the picture of the angel guy transforming into demon or whatever is going on. It’s really cool in any case.
December 1st, 2009, 06:16 AM
Cool works..like your lines :)
December 1st, 2009, 07:16 AM
Adam, the improvement here is ridicously good! Especially your knowledge of light/shade and colors. And your lines are looking really good too. Very inspirational.
Keep 'em coming man! :)
December 15th, 2009, 10:54 PM
I don't update enough :P... but here's one anyway :teeth:
The first is a sketch... I like her face but she's about as lively as a corpse I really need to work on learning to make more dynamic images.
These two where my entries for the last two chows.
The Dragon's Egg
Actually all of these are a bit stiff, and its driving me a bit nuts to be honest :P
Anyone got some suggestions on any study materials or anything for
more dynamic poses and/or camera angels? or just loosing up in general
Thanks for any help
December 15th, 2009, 11:54 PM
Awesome work, I really like your latest CHOW design. I really can't tell you to do anything different, just keep doing what your doing my friend.
December 16th, 2009, 03:55 AM
Fantastic! All around...
December 16th, 2009, 04:09 AM
Awesome stuff man. Love the last chow piece, very movie posterish, which is always a plus for me. I send you a pm regarding team chow. Think about it, with a third member we could be a great group.
December 16th, 2009, 05:03 AM
Sooo nice characters!
Looks all great!
Did you use a book which helped you much?
Or just drawing from reference, mind, ref, mind, ... ?
Go on like that! :)
December 16th, 2009, 11:17 AM
Hey Adam, I'm a pretty new member here and have managed to stumble onto your sketchbook. First off not only are the improvements you've made from your starting images to the ones at the end amazing but the flair for character creation and composition you have is great as well.
I was also impressed by how much your photoshop skills progressed from the funky goblin gunslinger which everyone seems to love (and rightly so), to the image of the demon with wings seeming to have an internal battle, which is one of my favourites.
Just wanted to let you know that your sketchbook is a great inspiration to me as I'm looking to break through to using digital painting to improve my sketches. I was curious as to how you started out using photoshop, was it just pure experimentation or did you find a useful tutorial?
Keep going strong and I look forward to more pieces.
February 19th, 2010, 05:53 AM
wow dude.. i just saw ur presketch for this weeks chow.. then i read ur sig.. then i go and check out ur SB .. and DAMN! :) In the face!
This stuff looks great!
And to be honest i dont rly know how i can help you to improve :D
But i just wanted to leave an asspat i guess :)
Ur stuff looks rly cool! So just keep on doing this and keep sharing the awsomeness with the rest of us :)
Keep it up man, u should maybe update this SB a bit more? :)
February 22nd, 2010, 10:36 AM
great progress since the first skech. Tons of inspiration here!
Some remarks: Your pieces are well structured from the very beginning. You also have a great talent to add many beautyful details to your paintings. Your main problem - I guess - is shading and coloring. As far as I see you tend to shade and color every object of a picture separately without considering how those shades and colors interact with each other. This makes every detail of the piece look correct but it also makes the big picture fall apart and hard to read. Those pieces work much better which you colored in a different way.
just some examples:
- your supervillain self-portrait: The bottom part is all blue the top part is all orange, but the little variations of color make the whole piece come together.
- that beautiful piece with the kneeing angel-devil guy. Left part is red-orange, right part is pale yellow-green. I like it very much. And no detail in the shaded parts - which make the detailed important parts pop out.
- same with that centaur guy in post 42. Subtle color scheme, consistant shading, flawless composition.
- and that frankenstein piece - a really great piece of work. (and that one for you wife too)
But to talk about that dragon's egg piece - it shows all the weakness of your previous pieces. The color scheme is kinda random. Too much blue and no warm colors. The shading is complicated and inconsistant (the robot guy indicates that there is a big white light source behind the viewer, but it cant be seen on the guy left. The right arm of the robot is totally dark but the guy behind him is full colored - though there should be at least some cast shadows on him from the robot guy. That glowing medallion makes the whole shading task much harder - I know - but next time I guess you should try to render all the characters considering only one primary ligh source and add secondary light sources later)
Long story short: I think you've already found the (or at least 'one') working method to create great pieces. Experiment with it (the two-color schemes look nice, but you should try to play around with more colors in one piece), but don't forget to turn back at dead ends!
Keep up the great work, man!
February 22nd, 2010, 09:28 PM
Damn. How can you get so good this fast? You're just experienced your first wacom in
2008 (last page) and now you're just.... Damn you. :D
Too bad, you don't update this one very often, i just can't get enough seeing your
works! :D Well, whatever you do, do more arts please! (whether you'll post them
here or not :))
February 22nd, 2010, 09:41 PM
I think to liven up your poses you could probably exaggerate the twist and bends in the torso. To some extent your proportions are off in the last post, I notice you tend to make people's arms a little on the short side, which could contribute to them seeming a little stiff.
I think the girl in the last image has great movement.
May 10th, 2010, 08:01 PM
good stuff. you should update more often
May 12th, 2010, 01:29 AM
First let me apologize for not updating very ofte... I mean ever :P
There really isn't any good excuse so... I am going to start loading some of
the images that I've done since I last updated... a few at a time at least.
However for tonight I'm going to post two wips that I am currently
First is a D&D pin-up challenge that I am working on for ArtOrder.
I'm not so sure that it still falls in the realm of "pin-up" but <shrug> I'm
having fun with it. :teeth: When I thought of doing a Drow pin-up I immediately
thought of the classic Betty Page bondage pin-ups. So that was kind of what
I was going for... but its taken on a bit of a life of its own at this point.
The second is a wip for a Frank Frezetta tribute/Conan the Cimmerian
Storytellers contest on CGhub.
Its meant to be a wrap around illo for a book cover... any similarity to any
actual Conan story , however, is just serendipitous coincidence. I didn't
base it on any particular Conan story. Since even though I am a big
Conan fan sadly I haven't ever been able to spend a lot of time reading
many of the Conan novels. So I just took elements that are common
themes in the few I have read and made a composition I liked :teeth:
I'm also currently working on design ideas for the 200th CHOW but I'm
still in my idea development stage... When I get a good wip I'll post it up.
Well... thank you anyone and everyone who has decided to stop by my sb
I hope you liked it.
Also thank you to everyone for the comments and crits it's always
wonderful to get feedback.
May 13th, 2010, 12:36 AM
Ok so trying to do better with posting up stuff...
got a few for tonight first is a CHOW I almost finished... I really need to finish
this one it was a lot of fun ^___^
Zach and the DOOMBOTS!
ok what's next... ahh ok Kitsune
Another CHOW a Kitsune or Japanese fox spirit. Really the best thing
about this image imo is the tattoo I'm really proud of how it turned out
but I really could take or leave the rest :P
ok... now don't laugh to hard... I've been trying my had at doing some
environment work... this is actually the first eviro I've ever really
attempted still have lots to learn in this area... I should really give the
EOW competitions a try. It would be good practice.
the Tower of the Tyrant King
And last but not least an updated wip on the D&D "pin-up"... fixed a lot of
problems I was having now I think it will just be a matter of cleaning up
the rendering >:D
Well thats it for tonight I will try to update again tomorrow or Fri.
Take care and thanks for taking a look at my sb :teeth:
May 14th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Ok so trying to do to many things at once.... I'm supposed to be heading
out of town atm but I decided to start posting more often so that's what
I'm going to do. :teeth:
First up... got another attempt at an environment... like I said don't laugh
too hard :P
Then lets see... an image I've dubbed "Party Crasher" I don't know why
but this image tickles me... I actually like the amount of action in the
And last... My D&D Drow pin-up for ArtOrder... Still could work on it a bit but like
I said I'm heading out of town and its due Sun. so Its as done as it is
going to get. >:D
Thats all I have time for now.
May 14th, 2010, 07:02 PM
Man this is some of the most craziest works i have ever seen! These works in your sketchbook really inspire to do better and i hope that i can do what you do one day. I see alot of stuff in your sketchbook that i would love to study from. Man just amazing, keep em coming!
May 22nd, 2010, 08:24 AM
ok past time to update again... this time some wips I've been working on
racial pictures for a fantasy larp (Live Action Role-Playing game for those
of you who don't already know - yes I'll admit it... I am that big of a dork...
well that and it is just fun to run around in the woods and hit people with
foam weapons :P) I play in Kings Mountain NC. The game setting has
recently gone through some major changes and the basic player
character races have changed. So, the idea with my pictures is to design
interesting characters that make players want to play the new races
while providing character and costume designs that aren't so far out
there that they couldn't be reproduced outside of a Hollywood movie
Anywho... these are just some rough wips that I've been working up
enough to get approval from the game owners... when I get roughs done
for the whole set I plan to go back and finish up the illos.
First off we have the Dwarves which in the game setting are supposed to
be standard fantasy dwarves with a society based largely on Greek aesthetics.
Then we the Slyvani a nomadic race of plant people
and then we have the default human race of the setting... the Barbarians
there are 6 other races to go but these are the first three once I get
approval on the others I will post my wips of them as well
well got to head to work now thanks for stopping by :teeth:
May 22nd, 2010, 08:47 AM
damn you have some fine art :) i like them 5* from me
The tower of the tyrant king and the party crasher are my favs
lets see for crit .... : why dont u try different colors ? outside of your usual purple look ? just for practice
keep up the good work
May 22nd, 2010, 05:58 PM
you can really see your improvement in those last paints
I really like the second paint from post#61 and your chow138 painting :)
June 10th, 2010, 07:31 AM
Cool stuff! I really like the latest character designs. However, it's often difficult to see where the light is coming from in your work. Try to define the light sources better and stick to them :)
Really nice work overall! Keep going!
June 10th, 2010, 09:06 AM
Barbarians FTW!! :P
Really nice concepts, I really like them (the concept of a nomad plant is quite new for me).. the only critique I'd make is that dwarven race look a bit like 300 gone chibi :P
November 23rd, 2010, 02:50 PM
ı think this sketchbook must be update. I hope we can see your new works.
November 23rd, 2010, 03:04 PM
holy shit youve improved in the past 2 years
and we dont get to see any of the progress xD
just post all your random crappy stuff man
great work on it all, i love your dynamic action poses
November 23rd, 2010, 03:07 PM
Your characters are so expressive, love it!