Painting and Practicing- dancers 1/20

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  • TamTam Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Ah you're using recycled paper. I have no idea how to get the graphite to lay better onto textured paper, to be honest. I think you'd be better off using smoother paper while you're making these studies.

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  • shanemabusshanemabus Registered User
    edited July 2009
    for texture drawings you can take a very sharp 6 or 4b and very lightly fill in the spots

    however i like the texture it gives work of that nature a more natural look

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  • Bomb_Shell#1Bomb_Shell#1 Registered User
    edited July 2009
    you have really great talent! hands are the hardest thing to draw, and these look great.
    i love the animals too! very cute :D

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Thanks for the feedback, folks :)

    Getting bored of staring at individual features, I'll probably up the ante to some full faces next.

    newbook218.jpg

    Also a doodle, because I think MSPaint needs some love every now and then.

    dreemz2.jpg

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Are you reffing Loomis for those features? There's a distinct style there, but I can't quite put my finger on it at the moment.

    MSPaint, yay! Anybody remember Deluxe Paint for the Amiga, though? That was, like, the best drawing app ever. They tried to remake it some time ago, but they didn't get it quite right.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I actually have yet to look at anything by Loomis. :oops: When I did the first page there I was reading something by a portrait artist that talked about the important shapes of the different features. I took it from there and just tried to pay attention to the forms (they are all referenced from photos of faces I found on the internet). I'm pretty sure I've read long explanations by AoB on several occasions emphasizing the importance of laying out the planes of an object to understand the lighting better, so that's what I've been trying to do on them before I really go to town. Good to know that at least they are looking consistent with each other!

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Well, even more impressive, then!

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    doodzle for tonight while listening to Boy with a Coin

    girlwithabird2.jpg

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Sketch for a painting I want to do. I'm glad I made this first because now I know how I want it to look and it's pretty much totally different.

    lovedog.jpg

    So who has a good trick for taking a picture of/scanning a painting? I have always failed so hard at it.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    some duder

    duder.jpg

    Quick thing from last night that a friend wanted
    9x12 acrylic

    nauty.jpg

    I'll just go ahead and get back to the studies now.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Went to the park to draw, as suggested. I went and sat up in the announcer's nest to get a nice view.

    newbook234.jpg

    newbook2345.jpg

    newbook236.jpg

    This one was just drawn from a bench.

    newbook237.jpg


    I tried drawing the two halves of the Asaro head as their own entire heads. I failed miserably but I feel like I learned a lot so I will keep trying this.

    newbook235.jpg

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  • rtsrts Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    These are great, and it's awesome to see you studying the Asaro head... I think it will help you a lot.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Thanks Cake :)
    Yeah, I could tell as I was drawing it that it's something that will be very helpful for me to keep trying to do. Drawing a whole face is still an intimidating task for me.

    Went to the park again today.

    newbook238.jpg

    I'd like to try sitting down and doing one of these location-drawings for a long period and really take my time on it. Though my arm feels kind of, I don't know, awkward and restricted trying to draw with my sketchbook in my lap. Maybe I just need to find a better way to hold it.

    Oh, and something I was working on for a buddy.

    phoenixinternet.jpg

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Painted something for my friend, well actually two things:

    eprestogetherlil.jpg

    Here are the two halves, a little bigger (they each actually measure 10 x 20 inches) :

    epresleftlr.jpg

    epresrightlr.jpg

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  • TamTam Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    wow

    only thing I have gripes with is the top right corner of the blue one- too busy I think

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Well I haven't given it away yet so I could try to tone down that corner a little. Are you referring more to the blue swirly parts or the dark strokes in that corner? Because the dark strokes stand out a lot less in the real painting but the blue swirly parts stand out about that much.

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  • TamTam Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    As I see it, all those elements meeting there makes it a unclear exactly what's going on. I suggest bringing out the face just a bit more.

    I realize that the moods of the two are different, but there is far less contrast in the blue one- I might just bump it up a bit more, maybe use a greener blue in there somewhere.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Okay cool, I think I will tone down the blue swirly bits in that corner then because the aren't really important and I don't want them to make it confusing. I'll try bringing out the face more, and bump up the contrast on the figure at the bottom too. Some greeny-blue might help out with the vertical stuff to make it match it's corresponding vertical stuff in the green one a little better, just so there is more variation in the color/contrast.

    Thanks Tam.

    Edit:

    I made the changes, but the photo was taken under different light now because I didn't have any sun. I think it at least looks better now in real life though.

    better?

    epresrightdif.jpg

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I also painted a mang today.

    mangpaintinglil.jpg

    Man, I really need to figure out either how to take better photos of paintings or how to screw around with them in photoshop, because it looks nicer in real life :(
    This was the sketch for him.
    mangsketch.jpg

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I painted a present for my friend.
    I've realized that quite a few of the things I make are for other people.

    owl116.jpg

    inspired by the song the Owls Go by Architecture in Helsinki

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  • MustangMustang Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I love that lyrium, I think it's one of the best things you've done.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Thanks Mustang.

    This is another thing to give to someone.

    dino115.jpg

    I got a new sketchbook with smooth paper so my studies should look better now once I do more.

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  • shanemabusshanemabus Registered User
    edited September 2009
    the only thing that you should consider when working with the owl composition is that everything is directly in the center. if you run some of the objects off the page it will increase the space in your composition.

    also im sorry for seeing this late but with the blue painting and swirls, the darkness of the top right was fine but you could probably blend the lines in the face into the dark background because it looks like the face is actually a mask suspended in space.

    if that is what your going for then ignore me completely. also since i posted so late i understand if you dont want to touch that one again.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Hey wow, thanks for checking in on this old thread Shane
    Yeah, with the blue painting I wanted the face to just be suspended there. I couldn't exactly touch it up anyway because it's hanging in someone's room over an hour away but thanks for the input anyway!

    I suppose I could post some things I've done since I last posted:

    These are all figures done for Cake's threads:

    newbook241.jpg

    lyriumfinish1.jpg

    figurepractice2again.jpg

    lyriumfinish3.jpg

    And this was just for fun one morning, also given to a friend.

    fish.jpg

    woops, forgot to use imageshack for the nekkid ladies

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  • earthwormadamearthwormadam ancient crust Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    hah nice

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  • shanemabusshanemabus Registered User
    edited September 2009
    the figures are really nice, are you taking a figure drawing class?

    the fish composition is really well done. you have a good eye for colors, im a little jelous considering the fact that im colorblind, so i have a hard time picking a good color scheme when painting. not to mention mixing.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I wish I were in a figure drawing class. Those were done for Cakemikz's figure drawing threads, which you should really check out. If he does another one you should participate too.

    I'm glad you like the fish; I painted him because my friend and I painted this together:
    LLfish.jpg
    and I wanted him to be able to have one too :)
    I made him paint in a crab on it when I gave it to him so it would be complete.

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  • shanemabusshanemabus Registered User
    edited September 2009
    thats cool

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  • TamTam Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    that's a fancy fish

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  • winter_combat_knightwinter_combat_knight Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    great studies. love the acrylic work

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    No real studies, just some doodles to keep me sane. School be crazy.

    stuff.jpg

    bird1.jpg

    birds2.jpg

    fox1.jpg

    fox2.jpg

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  • MustangMustang Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Pretty cool Lyrium, the second bird is my favourite.

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  • TamTam Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    This last fox's face seems a bit squished

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  • shanemabusshanemabus Registered User
    edited September 2009
    some good stuff. i know what you mean about school, i stress levels are at an all time high in my life.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Thanks folks. I think your right about that fox, Tam. I should get in the habit of holding drawings up to a mirror while I do them.
    I can not figure out what settings on the school scanner will cause it to take an unshitty scan of my sketchbook :\

    more animals:

    an2web.jpg

    Tell me some studies to do please?

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  • TamTam Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Lyrium, are you developing an idea for what sort of things you want to draw? Style, subject, that sort of thing? I think we can give you more directed critique and advice if you know that. Other than that, value studies seem to be a staple of advice, though I don't do many myself (lazy, disintereted, rather than informed choice), and anatomy and gesture is always worth revisiting.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Aw golly, I have TONS of ideas that I want to draw. Unfortunately, all of the images I think of are way beyond my skill level to create, and span a wide range of styles :\
    I guess I just need to try drawing some of these things and see how it works out. I end up with a lot of these animal sketches just because they are pleasant to do and quick, so I can manage to draw them even though I'm really busy. I'll try putting up some more creative stuff in the near future so that it is easier to give advice.

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I wouldn't exactly say this is representative of 'what I want to draw', but I enjoyed it. I kind of like trying different things.
    Acrylic 12" x 16"

    birdcat.jpg

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  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Kind of a doodle thing. Painting on wood was a little different. There is sort of this prominent groove in the wood on this one, and I think if I paint on wood again and there is a groove like that I will try to work it into the image somehow.

    lovedog-2.jpg

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  • TamTam Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    lyrium

    lyrium

    that is really really awesome

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