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DVG Art Thread [NSFW]

DVGDVG Registered User regular
edited June 19 in Artist's Corner
I've been thinking about making a thread for awhile and haven't gotten around to it, but it seems like today is the day.

Anyhow I'm DVG and I'm a software developer. I started drawing 15ish years ago after college with the intention of one day self publishing long-form comic books. Mostly I refused to listen to good advice about drawing from life and assured myself that if I just kept inconsistently trying to draw stylized art on a tablet eventually everything would click and I'd be able to make the stuff I wanted to make.

This was all my best work around summer last year:

Arya v. Brienne

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Ginny Weasly

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Terry Branford

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Self Portrait

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Group of adventuring kids for a christmas D&D game

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So my company does this thing every year where you can pitch a personal project or passion and a panel of judges (the previous years winners) will award a set of grants (last year, they were $4,000) for you to go do that thing. Winners have including building a yurt, going on a family vacation, building a mobile office in an old RV and funding a roommate's transgender surgery. I pitched my oldest comic idea, along with this piece of concept art:

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Pretty generic, right?

Anyway, I was soundly defeated, but it DID spark something in me. I've been fucking around with this as a hobby for 15 years now. I haven't seen substantial improvement in my work in 5-10 years. I need to shit or get off the pot.

So I started practicing like I should have all along. Using references. Consistently. I even signed up for the city's figure drawing class.

Portrait from Male Model, First Night of Figure Drawing

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Portrait of Female Model, Second Night of Figure Drawing

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One of the things that has helped me the most is studying anatomy outside of the time I'm with a model. I've been using Classic Human Anatomy for that. I'm about 1/3 of the way through, and here is a bunch of drawings I copied out of the book and made notes of, all of which was focused on the head

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At this point, I stopped doing the anatomy study to see if it had come to anything and I started spending my free time drawing portraits. I usually get at most 30-60 minutes a given weekday to draw (during lunch at the office when I can find a conference room that's open) and usually can't find the time on the weekends due to kids keeping me busy.

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Not wanting to get into a comfortable plateau I started scouring pinterest for references showing more extreme expressions. The results were creepy at first:

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But in the last couple weeks a few ones that I feel good about emerged

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Sorry for the huge post. Comments and critique are always welcome and I look forward to continuing down this path.

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  • acadiaacadia Registered User regular
    Hard to critique as you're already on the right path to getting better. Studying anatomy is a huge undertaking, and you're off to a great start, but obviously there's SO MUCH ELSE to learn. Perspective is another huge area to get into, and in my opinion is the next obvious big step for you in making drawings that seem believable. Stylization is a great way to set your art apart from others, but you gotta learn the "rules" before you can 'break' them (which, obviously, is a lesson you've already learned, since you're already taking steps in the right direction).

    Your faces have DRASTICALLY improved as a result of your head studies, so keep it up and you'll keep seeing progress (but don't get too stuck learning just heads! keep branching out!).

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  • DVGDVG Registered User regular
    You are too kind! And I feel like I have a few faces to be proud of now so I think it’s time to break into the torso chapter of the anatomy book for awhile.

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    Book learning today. Studying torso skeletal anatomy JekXtcF.jpg
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  • DVGDVG Registered User regular
    10-minute torso studies. This is gonna be my go to for the next week at least

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  • DVGDVG Registered User regular
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    Tonight’s figure drawing class

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  • DVGDVG Registered User regular
    Remember her?

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    I drew her again today. 10 months difference

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  • acadiaacadia Registered User regular
    HUGE difference

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    I spent like 12 hours on the old one. I spent 45 minutes on the new one.

    Granted my head deflated a bit today when I couldn’t get my art to cooperate at all, but yesterday? Yesteraay I felt good.

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    Fake ad for a fake social network for prisons from a class at work today

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    WIP

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    Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the smudge tool

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    You should look into the blend brush.

  • DVGDVG Registered User regular
    Tell me more!

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Uh, I'm just figuring it out, but it makes the brush tool work more like real painting, where you're pushing and pulling the existing colors around while adding and mixing.

    It's the paintbrush with the water drop next to it.

  • cottonsnailcottonsnail Registered User new member
    Which one do you use, Photoshop or ClipStudio?

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    Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple.
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  • SublimusSublimus Registered User regular
    Solid improvements my dude. Keep up the good work (and the studies)!

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    Something happened st figure drawing tonight that hasn’t happened before: the model asked to photograph my sketch because she liked it best. It felt so nice

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    Accidentally made an action movie poster at art class tonight

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  • SeveredHeadSeveredHead Registered User regular
    edited October 12
    the adventures of girl and her skeleton pal?

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  • SublimusSublimus Registered User regular
    edited October 23
    I can't tell where the main light source is coming from. Wherever it is (straight above?) it could stand to be a lot more clear and consistent.

    The whispy bit is fun, and I can see you've indicates some lighting there. I think ti could be a bit more pronounced.

    Hope that helps!

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  • DVGDVG Registered User regular
    Thanks!!

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    Sabrina Spellman

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    Head came out weirdly proportioned but I’m pretty happy with the rest

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  • acadiaacadia Registered User regular
    Keep it up! Massive improvements!

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    Was coloring with my niece

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