Bryan! I just found you here, but I have been diving into your work all day! QUESTION: For you, is it more important to remain true to the reference or do you take liberties? If so, is it about the “feel” of a place or simply what looks good to you? Thanks!
These are looking great! One thing I suggest, this being a digital platform, is taking photos with some better lighting and make sure when you take them the angle of the camera is flush with the surface of your work. If not, it distorts the image and it’s difficult to judge what your true proportions are. Also, don’t be afraid to darken the shadows and mid tones. It will bring the shapes out much more. It looks like you’re developing a good eye for finding your proportions! Keep it up! I would love to see one with some darker tones.
looks good. some contrast could be more stronger to lead the eye more to her/focus on her a bit more but overall really nice. in case you need some inspiration in term of tools and how to approach charocal/graphit - eric messinger is a really nice source. he has a youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-ApZ9bAMBfsHnwOujfTSw/videos and insta page - https://www.instagram.com/ericmessingerart/?hl=de
I had an idea to do a field of glowing flowers and thought the lighting challenge would be fun! I know stars aren’t black, but they’re my favorite part of it. Done in charcoal. I needed to learn more about how to handle charcoal because it can be so difficult to work with but it yields such awesome textures and finishes. I had to use the eraser to do half the drawing which was different for me. I learned a lot! I feel like I dulled the flowers a bit by giving them an outline instead of just using white.
I think this is lovely. I agree with the other commenters, we want a bit more attention to the main subjects. I (perhaps a bit crudely) darkened the surrounding, and brightened the focus area. You probably don't have to go as far, but you can merge some of the shapes into the background, like that black train in front was drawing a lot of attention. Also your reflected lights are perhaps a bit too strong, they don't have to be that strong to still read well and define your forms, so I toned them down a bit. And I sharpened some edges in the areas we want the viewer to look at. You can definitely spend more time to do it all better. I absolutely love the story telling you have here.
Hello Phoenixx!! So, you know you want to draw? First things first; do it because you enjoy it! My sketchbook is full of variety! Some of them are terrible because I was just playing around and wasnt worried about creating something great. And sometimes I want to attempt something more… finished. Please know this, art is much like baseball. Sometimes we swing and miss, sometimes we get a hit and sometimes ( but not often) we knock it out of the park. That is the road for ALL of us and time is really the only real trick in the book. Definitely start with gestures or figure drawing; something simple. But if you’re not enjoying what you’re studying just do what you really want to do. Maybe that’s a course. Maybe that’s just drawing an idea you had. But the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can ever do is… do it for the love of it. Good luck!!! Enjoy your journey!
I've just finished reading 'Klara and the Sun' by Kazuo Ishiguro, about the relationship between an Artificial Friend and her owner. This would make the perfect book cover illustration. (Get in touch with faber for when it goes to paperback!) Beautiful design and rendering.
Wow I like the shading here! And the story gives me a strong feeling. Does the robot love the "used to be" robot in his hand? Initially I even quite figured out the structure, maybe it's because it's black and white but once I see it I just loved the idea.
Hi @John Aycock I like the scene. Obviously it is some future setting because of the robot. But also mixed with things from the past. Seems to be located in a carpenter's workshop. The robot is analysing the puppet head. Not only the one in his hand, but also the Pinocchio in the background. It seems to me, that he wants to understand, what he is. By analysing the puppets he wants to find out more about himself. I like that there is the electric wire on his back. This reminds me on the strings of Pinocchio.
this idea just kind of came to me. I started drawing it just as a doodle and it turned into this. Got lost in it and had a ball creating the scene and character! I would love to hear your thoughts about what you think is happening in the scene.