The infographic above shows the difference between successful and unsuccessful artists.
Motivation fuel. Just don’t mix “criticizing” with “critiquing”, ‘cause a good critique is extremely beneficial to you—hell, sometimes even to the person critiquing.
Have another, where I spent 45 minutes completely botching Morena Baccarin’s beautiful face.
I considered against posting this one and also to remove the one of Irons—I can sorta deal with badly drawn critters, but badly drawn people just make me cringe. That’s something I need to get over, and instead be able to look at the progress I both have made and am making. I’m learning, I can’t expect to churn out perfect artwork after only a few tries, and being ashamed of it is only going to stall me and keep me from doing it. Which, y’know, in turn prevents me from improving. Would I like to take down all my human art? Yes, I would. Would I get better at drawing humans from doing that? No, I wouldn’t.
So here it is in all its ughness.
Callin’ it a night now. Gonna do a few more of these tomorrow, before the deadline, and maybe refine this one a bit more. Took me about 45 mins from start to finish, but I was getting tired, so… it shows on the neck and clothes in particular.
The point’s not to make a photorealistic copy, but to break down the face and analyse it. I’m learning stuff, which is great!
I’m really busy these days, so I haven’t had much to show. The only time I’m not working is when I’m sleeping, heh. Unfortunately I don’t have as much time for CGMA right now as I want to, but I am making progress, so that’s something, right?
Also finally got the bright idea to kidnap the screen from my mother’s older desktop to get a dual-screen setup. It’s really nice, I don’t know how I managed before it! Now I can watch my CGMA lectures and draw in PS at the same time—previously I drew in my sketchbook, but that easily got cluttered with all the muscles. This sketch of Irons is obviously not perfect, as I drew it alongside the lecture video without pausing, but hey, it’s a start! I can refine it later.
My handwriting is even messier digitally, wow.
Happy birthday to me!
I’m 21 now! Don’t have much time for celebrating at the moment, unfortunately, so I’ll have to put it off till the end of the month, but hey!
A doodle that got lazier as it progressed, hah. Though I might fix it up later, so…
Anyway! Been playing a bit of FR this week as a nice break from my exphil essay, and today I spontaneously bought a handsome Skydancer fellow, slapped some apparel on him and named him Garrick. Now, I already happen to have one other White Clown/Seraph Skydancer in my lair, the ever arrogant Mizio, and he doesn’t take kindly to this newcomer, thanks very much. And so a wonderful rivalry blossomed in my lair!
Sortof referenced this pic for the poses: http://www.wallpick.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/03/animals-wallpapers-7.jpg
I had some WIPs lying around, so I decided to compile them! The finished image can be found here. This is not a tutorial, obviously.
1. Grayscale sketch. Just really quick to get my general idea down.
2. Actual sketch. I decided on the species for my gryph, so the point of contrast had to change a bit, naturally.
3. Roughed in the colours, just to capture the mood. The gryphon is the crispest part.
4. Painted the gryphon first, then worked out from there. Added the cave, which was entirely unplanned, and knew I had to put a smuggler and a boat there as well. Also discovered that I liked it better flipped.
5. PAINT EVERYTHING
except the foreground ‘cause it’s not one of the cool kids.
6. Foreground, smuggler and rowboat complete! Final touches, and a final painting, hooray!
How to identify my characters: Is it wearing a hood and fingerless gloves? If yes, it’s my character!
Naw, man, it’s not that bad, I promise!
Anyway, look, it’s this guy! His name is Keith and his breath stinks. His hobbies are getting into trouble and complaining about humans, staircases and humans. He kicks people who get too close to him, so they branded him to warn folks and he does not shut up about how unfair that was. One of his best buddies happens to be a human, but that irony is lost on him.
Look! It’s some sort of cel-shading! Hooray! I’m aware of some funny tangents and such, I’m just too tired to fix them. Maybe later!
It’s one of those days. One of those days where I want to draw something, but nothing that appears on the canvas looks right. I tried to comfort zone it with a gryphon, even, just to draw something, but when even that looks like crap, yeah, I think it’s time to put down the pencil and do something else instead.