Intuos is in and boy is it fancy! Here’s a couple of quick sketches I did just to try things out. One of the things I’ve struggled with recently is coming up with original and interesting designs. I usually started this with a loose line drawing of some concept but always felt this was a hit or miss kind of technique. The problem is that I would have to know what I was trying to draw 100% when often I was just playing with forms to try and make the design look cool. Thus, even if the line drawing was spot on the design usually looked pretty bland.
I’ve learned recently that using a silhouette technique helps with this. Pretty much I just sketch out the silhouette first then using one lighting color block in lighting. Essentially then I’m only using 2 values: one for my lights and one for my darks. Using this technique it’s much easier to make more interesting drawings and happy accidents are more easily incorporated to make your drawings more interesting. I’ve found that if the silhouette of your design looks interesting more often than not your design will as well. Likewise a boring silhouette will result in a boring design.
These are all really quick sketches obviously. Just trying to get use to my new tablet. Will be uploading my first concept piece with the new tablet probably tomorrow.
Hi y’all. My tablet has been broken so I haven’t been able to make any new works. But a new one is one the way: a shiny intuos5 which is a significant upgrade over my last tablet. Doesn’t mean my work will be any better but it should the make the process easier. In the mean time here’s a photo of a penguin doing some goalkeeping.
The tablet won’t come in until next week so no new work until then. :T
In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have included the truck if I wasn’t that invested in designing it. These are just quick experiments to discover new ways of working anyways.
This one was particularly fun to design. A little lacking in color though…
As requested I did a biblical piece. I tried to do research on architecture of the time but the twenty minutes I spent doing that yielded too many different results to know which one was right. As a result I didn’t go for a finished work but rather just the basic concept of it. This is just a quick basic sketch that I may or may not redo with proper research in the future.
These two sketches were done with the concept of some futuristic hospital in mind. The first is the surgery room and the second is the lobby area.
I’ve realized recently that I’ve been planning backwards when I do these environment paintings. I have an idea of what the focus is and draw that first before drawing the setting. In this unsatisfactory piece which I decided not to finish I had a very clear objective of depicting some sort of android factory. I knew that the robotic assembly arms as well as the suspended robot being constructed would be the focus of the piece so I started with that. I didn’t think much of what the room should look like this and only focused on the props which inhabited it. This became an issue later. The room didn’t feel like anything but a long hallway. It felt far too generic and I found myself including things like the door and the windows on the wall in an effort to make the room seem more interesting. The result is a world that lacks authenticity. In essence, this piece shows a hallway with android factory parts scattered around it, not an android factory if that makes any sense. It would have been better to plan what the room would look like, plan out the composition, and then start the drawing. In the next two drawings that I’ll post later, I developed the environment and composition further before inserting props. I reversed my planning which I think gives the settings in my drawing a feel of authenticity and better depicts the image I see in my head.
Took longer than it should have since I had exams but it’s finally done. Well… done enough anyways.