Along with this assignment, I followed Naranbaatar Ganbold's Painting Facial Features tutorial. I highly recommend it. I memorized the forms of the nose, mouth, and eye in-depth thanks to his teaching. I also feel confident enough with the fundamentals to look for a style. The colored paintings are my attempt at finding something I like. Critiques appreciated.
Hair studies. My kneaded eraser doesn't seems to work the way I want, so the detailing part get somewhat botched up. I wonder how proko can get that sharp, clean result when erasing, without mushing up the charcoal. Any feedbacks / critiques will be greatly appreciated
2nd time doing the course. Spent a LOT of time studying the planes of the skull more in-depth. Here are the resources I used: Proko Skull: https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/male-skull-1e54622b84ab46fd9f4518c47fa60929 Skull Planar: https://sketchfab.com/models/3c85221828f64408b8dd23022319159c/embed?autostart=1
Sorry about the image quality, I'm not sure why it came out so bad. By far my favorite assignment. I started on the background first for all of them to make sure my values wouldn't be messed up in later stages. I used the 'Multiply' layer for my values and 'Overlay' for colors. Sometimes I would add an 'Add (Glow)' layer for special occasions like #12. Then I would touch it up with a normal layer by adding gradients and strong rim lights when needed to really get the form to read. I struggle the most with ambient light. I had similar issues with ambient light when painting real faces in lesson 11 so any advice with how to tackle that would be really appreciated. Critiques always welcome
Pretty interesting lesson. This lesson was an introduction to shape design for me so I don't have any great advice other than use Kaloo's template (you can find it in the downloads). I would not have done nearly as much work without the template.
Very fun assignment. Instead of using just the Alla Prima Technique I decided to explore different ways of rendering and styles. I especially like what @9brookskim (on Instagram) does for their process and tried it myself in the last portrait.
Feedback is appreciated =) I really enjoyed this assignment. I learned a lot through each portrait and experimented with a lot of different methods. I could definitely see myself studying a face from EarthWorld's website for a character. Everybody is incredibly interesting in their own way and the expressions are awesome. I eyeballed all the proportions except for the bottom left lady on the last sheet. I find my worst mistake when doing this is flattening the back of the head by bringing it closer to the face. I'm a little surprised looking back at all of them now and seeing how drastic it is.
I was pretty confused at the beginning so I chose some references that were simpler in terms of lighting. I really like this way of painting so I'm submitting my assignment as it is because I will continue practicing this technique in my personal work anyways. I just wanted to get the concept down. Things like proportions and getting the right shapes will come with practice.
Really really love this assignment. I'm going to start doing ~30 minute speed paints of master studies as my warm up. Speed-painting is really nice if you don't concern yourself with proportions and only focus on getting the correct colors, values and edges. But having such large proportional mistakes and unappealing shapes does bother me though... It really kills the piece for me. I'll continue doing 30ish minute speed-paints but I'll use the first 2 mins for a lay-in. I got sucked into the first painting and completely forgot to update my progress. Sorry! I posted 1 minute time-lapses of these 3 studies on YouTube. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post links here but if you need to see the full progress my YT is linked on my Proko account Also, I should have really pushed the blurred edges on my speed-paints. Critiques always welcome
Here are notes I took of the entire lesson. The lessons are becoming more complex so I encourage you to take notes as well, don't just read my notes. Writing down what you find yourself will help you reinforce the ideas yourself. Here's the most important info before you start: The main purpose of the assignment is to learn brushwork, carving, and layering paint by studying masters. Extra things you will practice/learn: 1. Painting skin tones (wooooooo) 2. Practicing lay-ins 3. Squinting to find SIMPLE geometrical shapes 4. Utilizing blurred edges and sharp edges 5. Speed painting 6. How to study from masters you enjoy I see people in the unofficial discord confused with the purpose of this lesson. Keep the main purpose in the back of your head as you go forward with the lesson.
This was by far the most confusing lesson. I was VERY lost and even a little frustrated because of my confusion. I hope nobody after me becomes frustrated with learning so I'm including my personal process and MOST of the information I gathered. And keep in mind, my process will not work for everybody. It may not work for you, and it sure as hell doesn't work for every single reference. But its an overview and a base. Most importantly: what I say and paint isn't perfect. There will always be mistakes. I want you to learn from what I'm providing. And if what I'm providing includes mistakes, learn from those mistakes. Out of all the information, the most important thing Ahmed mentions and what helped me the most is focus on high contrast areas and brush economy (macro to micro). More information about what I learned and why I posted weird screenshots of my art is included in the text
Really fun assignment. Decided to learn how to use gradient maps with 15-20 and found out I don't really like using gradient maps Some advice I have is paint what you want to paint. Unlike previous lessons, you're not told what to draw or what colors to use so make art you personally enjoy. Also, don't be afraid to step outside of your palette to make the painting better. I didn't like the brown in #8 so I made it dark red... the desaturated yellow in #2 was meh so I made it look like gold instead... #10 didn't have any dark values so I added some based on what I had... #18 was (mostly) monochromatic but I added another hue for the hair. Find what works for you.
Completed the first of 20. Really like how this turned out. I'll post the rest in batches when I get them done (to avoid spamming the entire assignment page). Thanks for any critiques by the way, they're very helpful. Also, for the process. I did pretty much exactly what Ahmed did in the video. The only change I made was adding a higher value because I felt the piece needed it badly. Goodluck everybody!
32 little paintings. Each 5 minutes. The mouth and nose clicked for me once I got through some of them. The ear pretty much stayed consistent and the eyes are a mess. Never really understood where I was going wrong with rendering the eyes. Maybe my process was off? No idea. Anyways, I'd love to get critique on that. Thank you!
Here's my first assignment finished. I confused the cheek area under the eye at first. I thought it caves in but it just follows the curvature of the eye and then bulges out for whatever muscles are there. Also should have just simplified the forehead on #5 and taken more time on #6. If you're having trouble, look at yourself in a mirror or observe people in public. Seeing others in public is actually what resolved my misunderstanding with the cheek and eye. I'm also going to do the hardmode for this assignment and I recommend everybody else do so as well. The first exercise is great for familiarizing yourself with the form, but actually painting the forms is far more beneficial.