i think i'll be doing enviroments for a while..it's embarassing just how bad my backgrounds turn out.
lol, well, practice makes perfect llothcat. the more you work, the better you will become. dont be afraid of the critiques of others. were here to help.
nice new work by the way. a bit along the same roughness, but atleast your starting to intigrate your characters with various forms of environment. gives them a good sense of personality and mood.
getting better. glad to see youvce smoothed out your strokesa bit. though, there are some perspective issues with this latest peice. one in particular is the bridge(?) standing over the lower bridges/street/walkway. though at first it seems alright, it looks as if its right side is facing the opposite direction from where it should be, which is towards us. keep it up.
as stuggested by dogfood..doing daily studies of random pictures from the web...
i think i better invest in a ruler..that bridge bugs me, too. Better yet, a t-square.
Last edited by llothcat; January 15th, 2006 at 09:26 PM.
hey love the bug collection
lets see some more freestyle sketches
Thanks for the comments
I think this was inspired in part because of tonight's failed taffy experiment. I was defeated by sugar, and almost caught my kitchen on fire
Last edited by llothcat; January 15th, 2006 at 09:27 PM.
didn't post anything for a while because I had to redo my website. I kinda hit the delete button on my index page when I was aiming for one of my earlier, terrible painter experiments....oops. The redo looks better than the original, imo. First time I did a flash based menu combined with a bit o php trickery.
And, the pages actually match!
Ahoy there! Ilothcat when I looked through your skecthbook I felt smthng similar to my own progress. (Although you are much too better than me, both in terms of color and line) You keep drawing from mind and so all your characters have that idealized cartoonish look you like. I also have that very same problem(?). Even when I work from referances it turns out to be similar to my cartoonish chars because I drew them for such a long time. My advice is that; while working always speak to your self. Do not draw from your memory always ask, questions like; Hımm I put one eye here and the other should be one eye lenght apart from this one. Use your mind not memory while drawing. Anyway who am I to give advice, I still suffer from the same problems. (Maybe they are not problems anyway)
When I work from references, I tend to not like the picture as much. I get bored and inevitablly begin doodling anyway.
anyhow..my new composition..to be painted when I have the time..maybe tomorrow.
I will master painter dammit!
Last edited by llothcat; January 15th, 2006 at 09:28 PM.
hey, thanks for the post in my sketchbook!, you're the first!!!
WOW, i'm really REALLY impressed by your improvment of this sketchbook, its amazing, i was going to say you could work on the clarity of your line and blending....but you seen to have addresed that issue about two thirds through!
your environments (i'm pathetic at environments, but if you ceep working on them, they'll be a really good compliment to your characters) are coming along very well and i love you characters, especially your buggs....
one thing i have noticed is that you haven't used too many interesting perpectives, try a high or low angle to create a more dynamic picture, your c.o.w is close to a "low angle" (that is looking up from the ground).....
anywayz, hope this helps, and i'm looking forward to the whole SSG thing!
Krono basically addressed to what I was going to say.
The last painting bothers me. In your paintings (not just that) it would be sort nice if you bounced the colors around alittle bit. Like the red from the tentcancles into the walls. =/ Where is the light source in the room? The shadows are It should show. In some places, there are either none or the shadows are just randomly put there. WHERE IS THE BLUE COMING FROM? If it's another light source on the out side, you should put some blue in the walls.
Contrast is the key. Don't worry about putting darker colors in the painting. ^_^ black, dark brown and etc. =/ It'll help with the dramatic-ness.
I'm outtie. xP
i think your creatures and especially your bugs are very, very good. i also like your use of perspective in the first and last enviro (idw-roof and christmas-tentacles).
on to the cons:
i don't like your use of custom brushes and/or textures in some of these (for example the first two of Nov25th and the second enviro of Nov 27th). it can lead to an incoherent and random look (especially when you use textured highlights as on your "mortimer" - who is well done besides that). also textures like those often flatten the image. i find it hard to apply textures and custom brushes myself in an effective manner, that actually improves my image - definitely one of the reasons i don't work with painter... it seduces me to use 'em
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