John Carter
John Carter
Albert Dorne, my hero!
Zoungy Kligge
Hello! I'm Zoungy, an arts instructor in Pennsylvania. I've chosen these pieces to share my interest in narrative, imagination, color and light. They are an assortment of physical and digital media works. My goals are to improve on these skills to be a better teacher, and to use my skills in other creative opportunities that may arise. Thanks for your consideration!
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John Carter
Welcome Zoungy! Your art speaks well for you. Very nice stuff! What's your preferred medium?
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John Carter
Hi otneb, I think you are partially correct. But I also think that artists like Miss Jisu and Kim Jung Gi have internalized the construction process and are visualizing it as they work through a drawing. So, in a sense they are using an underdrawing- it's just that it is in their head. I can sometimes do this but work best if I workout the underdrawing on paper then lay a fresh piece of paper on top for the final drawing. Thoughts?
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John Carter
Hi Heimata, this is not a bad start but you do need to make some general shape adjustments. Really, all that's needed is more careful measurements (of features-to-features) and some correction to the perspective. Be sure to "nail" the lay-in before bothering with any sort of shading. My general notes to you would be to check the overall base structure for proper perspective and proportions before proceeding with any details. Knowledge of the anatomy and planes of the face go a long way towards nailing a likeness :-) Cheers!
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John Carter
Hi all! Court Jone's suggested in his caricature course that a good exercise is to pick an artist whose style you admire and to do a "master study" of some of their drawings. The goal is to carefully note their process and construction, and the artistic decisions they've made with each piece. Then, try your hand at duplicating their style with what you've learned. I've attached a sheet of sketches made from Mort Drucker's "Lost In Space" story from Mad magazine. I've always loved his mixed sense of cartoony-ness and real anatomical knowledge. I made careful (or near so) copies of several characters and then drew two of my own in Mort Drucker's style. The male head of Professor Robinson in the upper left of the sheet and the attempt at Dr. Smith in the lower right. Bleh! These are not so very good but I do think I am learning something about structure and rendering in doing them. Of course, much more study is needed. Your comments and critiques are encouraged and welcomed, thank you :-) Cheers!
Lost in Space caricatures
John Carter
Hi Ashley, what a great idea for an exercise! I'll have to try this myself. Your mark-ups look pretty accurate to me but what I think they could benefit from (from an instructional/learning point of view) is an indication of some Riley Rhythm Lines. they would definitely help define the cheekbone-to-jaw line you are indicating, as well as the muzzle area around the mouth and the orbital area around the eyes. If you're unfamiliar these the rhythm lines I'll post an example for you later today. Nice work! Cheers!
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Mira Cle
Hi everyone, I really appreciated this lesson as well. Here is my first attempt from a picture. I think the shape is not really accurate. Any feedback is welcome.
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John Carter
Hi Mira Cle, this looks fantastic! The only note I would offer is to indicate your darkest values a little stronger to give more contrast, snap an depth to your rendering. Really good - would love to see more! Edit: Having just noticed Ron's comments, I would conure about the general shape of your eye compared to the reference. Your eye could use a little more height in the middle and the upper line could be a bit more curved. Right now the boundary lines look maybe a bit too segmented? Still, very nicely rendered. Cheers!
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Dreux Eaton
I would like to get feedback for my Loomis head practice. I would like to know if it is too flat.
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John Carter
Hi Dreux, these are looking pretty good - not flat at all. You seem capable of turning the form in space very well. One note: be careful to keep your division lines (brow, nose, mouth) in proper perspective with the angle and to each other. There's one or two on your sheet where the brow and nose lines deviate from each other. I would politely disagree with Steve's comment regarding the cheek bone rhythm line. I get what he's pointing out but I tend to put that line in as you have because it better indicates the cheek bone running back to where it's connected with the jaw and where it scoops around the orbital bone around the eye socket. What I tend to do in addition is place an oval around the whole face-plate area which makes a similar side-plane curve as in Steves example. I learned this bit from the comic book artist Joe Kubert. I'm attaching a few drawn sheets of notes that illustrate what I'm trying to descried in words. Hope they are of some help. Dreux, nice work - I'd love to see more. Cheers!
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John Carter
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Here are a few more tv doodles- this time it's Vincent Price from the movie "The House on Haunted Hill." I tried to slow myself down and make more careful measurement observations, but they turned out a bit stiff as a result. The doodle on the left was an attempt at a caricature of Mr. Price. Hmmm- more study is needed :-)
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John Carter
Thank you so much Joakim lof. I have to admit that I got the "line shading" technique from Courtney Jones. I am really impressed with his drawing technique.
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John Carter
Ha! I wish I could draw that fast from live television :-) But thank you so much for the compliments. These are all from reference while watching streaming movies, so that I am able to stop and sketch as a face comes on that inspires me. Of course, this makes for very choppy viewing :-)
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John Carter
Thanks so much vandortudio. I like your pencil technique much better. Your Star Trek portraits are excellent. I might just borrow some of that technique for myself :-)
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Luca Funckner
Hi @John Carter. I think they are nicely done! What I get from your write is that you don't like the lack of character of most of the heads, you need to look more for reality. If you are used to draw from imagination, the best way is to improve your consumption side and add images to your visual library. If you do not have any problem on trying to draw from observation, just go for it too. Also, if you want to "feel" the solidity of form or you prefer going for something with some kind of structure, go for learning what are the components of the head, from bones to muscles and skin and fat (only if you are not doing it yet. I am supposing you got used to use a really specific combination of basic forms, like a manekin. Idk). I recomend to play with references. Analize them from observation and drawing, as you prefer. To go for a perfect copy or use them as inspiration is up to you. Hope it helps. Sorry for the long text, keep up the practice!
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John Carter
Thank you, Luca. Very solid advise :-)
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Liandro
@John Carter I agree with @Yngwie and I think these actually look pretty good! They feel loose and sort of quick (in a good way), but then they also show a nice solid sense of construction (and that’s not an easy balance to manage). Good job and thanks for sharing! And yeah, the guy with the open mouth totally reminded me of one of Rockwell’s illustrations too. 🙂
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John Carter
Thanks so much for the encouragement, Liandro! Yup, the sketches are always quick ones. I really need to sit down and do some careful and complete renderings. But there's so much too learn before that :-)
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Anton van Dort
Hi, my name is Anton van Dort, a Dutch "artist", between " because I do this as a hobby. In my daytime job I am an IT consultant. In the evenings and weekends I am always doing something with art. My dream is to become a professional illustrator and to tell you the truth, I have had some set backs because for example, I got rejected by Disney, so I decided to go into a different direction. Although my dream is to become a pro illustrator in the area of scifi and fantasy, I decided to focus more on portraiture and make one buyer happy instead of a big company like Disney or Marvel. To save time and to have more control over the creation proces, a lot of my work is done digitally. When moving to portraiture, I feel the need to get more experienced with analogue media, like acrylics, charcoal and pencils. Having said that, I still enjoy creating fantasy art, because of the delicate use and application of "cheap effects", to get the attention of the audience. Things you need to avoid when doing portraiture, because you will need to do justice to the person in the portrait. In other words, how should I continue with my "career" as artist? Does my work has the potential to help big companies support their franchises? What will this ask from my mindset, so I can decide if I have that in me? And will portraiture for single buyers be satisfying in the end? Will it give enough challenge compared to being a professional illustrator for big companies? Besides that, any other constructive feedback to the pieces I submitted is always very much appreciated (I think I have a growth mind set ;-) )
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John Carter
Hi Anton, First off - your work is terrific and at a very professional level. Regarding working for Disney, I have several friends who worked there back in the 90s and early 2000s and the main skill they would say that company is looking for in an artist is the ability to tell a story. They were (are) very narrative-centric. So, maybe work up some new illustration/narrative pieces and resubmit? Edit: I should say that my friends worked in the TV animation arm of the studio, so "story" was king there. Things might be different in other sections of the company.
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Yngwie
Hey!, I am definitely not an expert but I wanted to say that i think that your sketches do not look like manikins at all. They have expressions and they look like they are in ‘movement’. It is good to be critical of your own work but don’t be to critical ;) but it’s also easier to be more objective about someone else there work then your own. I hope this helps. (Again, I am far from an expert)
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John Carter
Thank you such, Yngwie.
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John Carter
Attempted a caricature of Vincent Price based on some stills from the movie "House on Haunted Hill". He has (had) such a great face that just begs you to draw him but I'm afraid I haven't gotten the likeness. Comments and critiques are absolutely encouraged and welcomed. Cheers!
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Jason Winter
My attempt at the shading example. #proko
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John Carter
Jason, really nice work. You inspire me to keep at it.
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Jason Winter
My attempt at the Upper Back assignment- drawing Models in Quicksketch.
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John Carter
Wow, Jason, these are wonderful! I have no real critique other than to ask what size are you drawing these? Would love to see more from you.
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John Carter
Here is a sheet of practice drawings using the "constructive drawing" method visualizing the basic planes of the face and head for inventing characters. They're not good but I feel I am making some progress. I kinda like the fellow with the wide opened mouth. With that sketch I think I was remembering a profile from a Norman Rockwell illustration. I like that he has definite character. The other sketches look more like manikins - in a bad way :-( Comments and critiques are absolutely welcomed. Thanks!
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John Carter
Hi max55, it looks like you're having lots of fun. These sketches are very good. Like myself, it might be helpful for you to give some study to the planes of the face. They've really helped me to get better with proportions and general construction of the head. Would love to see more from you. Cheers!
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Sai Linn Aung
Shading Human Torso
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John Carter
Hi Sai, the anatomy and shading looks very good. You might want to check the left cheek bone on the face. It might be a little low?
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Christopher Alaimo
This one is from "Crowhaven Farm". An old horror movie on youtube! Love Hartman, by the way. Cracks me up just thinking about those endless lines of profanity!
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John Carter
Nice one! Horror movies are some of the best to sketch from, especially the old black and whites.
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Marco Sordi
2021/9/9. Hi all. Here’s my warm up exercise for today. The eyes are too big…. maybe. The one on his right side is a little too low… or the left one too high. The eyebrows aren’t correctly aligned. The bottom plain of the nose is a little bit incorrect with septum pointing too much toward the viewer. Can you see other mistakes? Thanks a lot for you help.
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John Carter
Hi Marco, the eyes look about the right size to me and everything else seems to be placed correctly in perspective. You might examine the construction of the nose's bottom plane and perhaps raise the outside edge of the left eyebrow? Overall, pretty good construction here. Would love to see more :-)
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