Hello, everyone! Thank you for taking the time to look at my thread, you can call me JR, I am from Singapore, and I am committed to improving my art so please take a look and let me know what you think I can do to improve, if anything is wrong with my thread, let me know and I will edit it.
My goal as an artist is to be an illustrator. I want to improve my story-telling skills in my illustrations and designs and also my technical skill in drawing and painting.
I graduated with a local diploma in animation, on the way to possibly going into a degree course this year. I do too much practicing, studies instead of proper illustrations, I feel like I need to change that too.
I have been drawing since I was around 17/18, I started with Betty Edwards book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" and moved onto Loomis books and many other books and videos but I still feel I have a lot of problems with how I draw and wish to confront those problems.
I started out really wanting to have a nice realistic painterly style like Andrew Loomis, Craig Mullins, Norman Rockwell, J.C Leyendecker, John Singer Sargent, Alex Ross and I still do in a way but I felt like I was hitting a wall wanting to be too photo-realistic, copying a photo and failing to be photo-realistic really brought me down, instead of interpreting it my own way like those artists I admire.
I also really like anime/eastern style like Granblue Fantasy's art, Pablo Uchida, Kim Jung Gi, etc. I wish to try a blend of the two or really go one way or the other, I am still rather confused about this area. I still wish to have a nice painterly style but I feel like I am too hung up on making my painting like the photo that I back off easily and so felt like an anime style would be better/easier for me. I feel as long as I can be happy with what/how I draw, any style, realistic, cartoony or anime is ok.
I will start with recent stuff, portrait and food studies done with references, I have lost the reference photos but I think any errors can be seen without them.
Environment/landscape art done with references.
Part of a Draw 100 challenge I wanted to do for hands, started yesterday.
Some recent illustrations with some gore-ish themes, done with no refs.
Some sketches and Inktober 2016 stuff.
Left two are how I sketch from photos and right two are explorations in how I want to draw from imagination. Still trying to find what I want to do.
Other older master studies, colour and value/comp studies of famous paintings.
Sorry for the wall of text and probably badly-sized images, thank you for taking the time to read some if not all of it and see my art, I look forward to your feedback, critiques and suggestions. I will try to keep this thread up weekly, taking everyone's suggestions and seeing what I can do over the week.