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Initial thumbnails here, I’ll probably grab a few things I like out of these and make a few more refined designs for the next stage.
Oof thought I wasn't going to make it, so close Was a bit hesitant on going for a more gloomy tone but it's a theme that speaks to me a lot and hopefully I was able to properly communicate it! Hope you like it!
Hello! here is my submission for the Proko Challenge (: for a year I've been struggling to draw consistently because of the pain on my hand , and it greatly affects my income and mental state while drawing as I cant focus on the piece, at first I wanted to make a more serious poster but that doesn't really sit well , as I like drawing wacky stuffs more, hence the cheesy B-movie themed poster. had fun making this one as it not only let me explore stuffs I wouldn't normally go to in art , it also helped me look at my life as of now , went on an emotional ride while thumbnailing and choosing themes for the poster i wanted lol i hope you enjoy the picture and goodluck to everyone joining in on the fun!
Loving the chunky fella in profile. I tried to get back into traditional a while ago, found everything took much longer and didn't look the way I wanted it too - pretty much given up on colouring outside of photoshop for now, I like being able to quickly change things.
Nice! I do one movie frame study a week myself, it is really great practice. I would say that the bush behind her left shoulder is a little too sharp at the moment but its easy to miss things in timed studies like this, I do it myself all the time. I aim for 2-4 hours, sometime it comes easy other times I get stuck in overtime, usually on likeness - though depending on what in particular you are trying to study i.e. overall value composition, details like that are unnecessary anyway. Here's my last one;
Hi! I’ve found that scheduling out and planning what and when I’ll be studying to be very helpful. Up on my fridge is a whiteboard planner that I use to plot out my week for both studying and my regular events (work, appointments, etc). For example I’ll have at 1pm-3pm on Tuesday will be when I practice my arm anatomy, and then Thursday will be “work” from 10-8 and so on. I really like this method for myself as it helps me stay organized and hold myself accountable to do the things I’ve planned out. As for knowing what to study, I determine that based off the kind of goals I have. For example, I want to improve my overall understanding of anatomy and have a deeper understanding of how to design and bend it. So that being the case I’ll focus on studying the figure sections at a time; for a few weeks, arms, then legs, torso, etc. Posting to social media is a great way to track your progress. If you don’t want to post or share on a public instagram you could make a private page that only you have access to. That way you can still see in a clear, linear fashion your progress. Sometimes that sense of progression can feel like its delayed or not there at all. When feeling that way, take even just 10 minutes to go look at work from the past (a year or more ago). Hope this helps! Good luck!
Both have their ups and downs - the wacom is cheaper but needs to be connected to a pc, plus photoshop pricing is pretty outrageous compared to the £10 procreate one off price. I'm just about the make the switch myself, chose to go ipad pro after 6 years windows because I like the idea of a portable workstation and I'm fed up of adobe fees, though I lose some functionality of a windows setup. Either way, from what I've seen both are perfectly capable and should be good for what you need!
Congratulations to the winners! This ended up being one of my favorite challenges so far. We definitely need to do this prompt again once we launch to the public. Every submission was really good and choosing winners was difficult. Here they are: 1st - @Tarek Khazendar 2nd - @Steffen Anzivino 3rd - @fyll Community Choice - @Joe Watson Team Choice - @Mathieu Dufour Science Award - @Side Shave Laura Gingrich
These are great studies! But for improvement's sake I think some quick fixes could go a long way: For the first image, blurring the foreground element and brightening some of the highlights on the character would really solidify the initial read. If we get knit picky- darkening the values on the paint can would balance the weight and push the claustrophobic feel of the image as well! For the second study, again, I feel having a bolder highlight on the head- maybe some loose strokes to indicate frazzled hair would really capture the moment. It would also confirm to the viewer she is the focal point. Another great thing about the image are the tertiary objects that clutter the background- even just blocking them in as graphic shapes would push the tension. It's super cool because there is this stark contrast of rest/noise in the background that put these characters in context! As for the last image, simply making your darks darker would add to the drama. Since this scene is so simple it would also help to get that background pillar's perspective just right- or maybe even exaggerate the angle! A note on color as well would be to add some warmth in the neck area- also believe I'm seeing a tinge of cyan in the clothing? Anyway, these are already solid studies I'm sure you learned a lot from. Great work!
I've been using film-grab.com 's (great resource!) random movie feature to find different frames for painting practice. There is lots of crossover between cinematography and creating effective images - composition, lighting, colour ect. These are 2-4 hour studies to work on my colour identification (no eyedropper!), digital painting technique and general speed/shorthand. Any thoughts or crits welcome!
I like them all a lot, @Matthew Manghi! Nice linework, anatomy and textures! Only two things come to mind as to what might be thought through: 1) The left hand of the medusa character (the one with the fingers pointing backward) feels a bit unnatural to me, it's like the hand is a lot more tense than the rest of the body since the palm is bent backwards so sharply and the fingers are all very stretched. It's also a bit hard to figure why that hand should look like that, what exactly will she do with it. I think destining it some other way might make the character's action feel more cohesive overall. 2) In all 3 characters, the facial expressions look a little bit "too neutral" to me - they don't convey a strong feeling that they're in the middle of an action, it feels more as if they were posing for a magazine photo. Perhaps try "getting into the character's mind", imagine what they'd be feeling and thinking in that action-packed situation, then try designing their body and face to express that feeling or concept in a wholesome way. Hope this helps!