Weekly Speed Paints 2

Based of reference pics posted here in this Ten Ton Forum thread.  Done in about 7-10 minutes each I think.  Didn’t really time these to well though.  Next week I’m setting a timer for 5 (maybe 10) minutes and going pens down when it’s done, regardless of how it looks at the moment.

Photoshop CS5 with Wacom Intuos2 tablet.

More Disgusting

I just wasn’t happy with the way this was sitting in its world.  The textures were fighting for dominance and the area felt “blah”.  So, I reworked the background to open the space, make it feel more of a bizarre local.  I also adjusted the colors and texture on the ugly critter, too.

Speed painting

Ballpoint, over on the Ten Ton Studio board started a speed sketch thread with some reference pics and instructions.  (Check it here.)  I thought it was a good idea.  Here is my first attempt.  I got camera shy and made some odd mistakes that I wouldn’t do if I wasn’t recording and focusing on speed.  Still, it ended up about 20 minutes long…. way over the 10-15 recommended, but I’ll get faster.  I sped up the video 500% so it only takes 4 minutes to watch.  Lucky you. 🙂

Loomis studies

More figure studies.  This time from one of my favorites, Andrew Loomis.  The book these are from “Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth” is long out of print which is really sad to me.  I think it should be required reading for all who wish to advance their skills drawing the figure.  Maybe someday it will find a publisher again.  Actually, I don’t know what the reason it is out of print.  Maybe there are publishers wanting it, but can’t get the rights.  I don’t know.  Regardless, here are my studies from a page titled “Turning and Twisting”.  HB graphite on copy paper.

Hogarth Studies

In my continued effort to educate myself in the workings of anatomy, I bust out my faithful Dynamic Anatomy book by Burne Hogarth.  I’ve read it before and looked at it frequently, but never really did studies from it.  Here are two sketches based on his drawings in the book.  Helpful, but not quite as much as I’d hoped.  Still, I plan to do more from his book and many others in my collection.

Done with HB graphite on typing bond paper.

Hal Jordan: Green Lantern

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.

Getting into the blog swing

Yes, I know I’m years behind the curve on blogging, but I want someplace to throw some of my sketching.  I’ll try for a few updates a week, at least one a week.  I’m currently working on re-educating myself on figure drawing since that is my biggest weakness and most potentially lucrative skill.