Another from a cropped stock photo by Marcus Ranum. This one had a cool overhead rear lighting that I might need to use in some of my coloring work. It also helps to see the forms lit in multiple ways to get a better understanding of them as 3-dimensional objects.
I did this one more painterly. I didn’t ink it and skipped the flats–just roughed in contours and then went straight to painting.
Today, playing around with some stuff from Daarken’s site, www.enliighten.com. He’s done a few videos talking about proportions and 8 heads, so I built a 4×8 grid brush with a rough figure in it to try some stuff. Tossing it in perspective is pretty easy now, but still very stiff. You can see how I did it with the grid, then roughed it freehand. I think I may be useful in keeping proportions more correct, but it will only be part of the rough process and not final, I think. I still like the energy of freehanding.
Trying to do more sketching so I’m going to post them up as a way of keeping myself accountable. I started yesterday so I’m posting two days worth. These are very quick–usually about 30 seconds per figure. I start with one on the page and then build the others around it to force myself to fit them into the areas that are created by the existing figures. Fun challenge and keeps me interested more than just drawing page after page of whatever pose comes to mind.
Another speed painting based off of photo ref from Ten Ton. Not sure if speed is the right term since I did put about 40 minutes into this one, but it was done with the mentality of working fast and not using tons of layers and blending modes like I would in a finished piece.
I am trying to participate in the Ten Ton Studios website sketch challenge more. This week is Green Lantern.
I’ve been studying Vilppu lately. He sometimes draws around the form to help define how it recedes or protrudes into space. I’m starting to incorporate some of that idea into my drawings. I still have anatomy work and a host of other issues to confront, but study is helping and these practices are extremely valuable exercises, too.