Martijn Punt
Martijn Punt
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Emily
I love the colours in the sixth one it's so striking!
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Martijn Punt
thanks ! i sometimes colour my pencil sketches digitally by taking a photo of the sketch and then adding a transparent layer, gives a sort of watercolor effect.
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James Guy Eccleston
Hi! I like the owl, looks great and the brush marks and outline. I'd agree a less varied/mottled background might be better. Smooth acrylic transitions aren't impossible though! A good water mister can really help, extender/retarder slows down the drying time well too or try using pure acrylic gloss medium and some water to get more if a flowing glaze that can be built up. They say it's best not to add too much water as it weakens the paint film but you could add a final layer of pure acrylic to fix it. My preferred method is a limited palette so I can remix and reproduce the colours easily for big areas but allow some variation. Also, a short brush can be used to push/scrub nearly dry acrylic around for quite a long time to get blends over dry paint.
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Martijn Punt
Thanks for the feedback! your work definitely shows acrylic can achieve transitions and look good. I will not give up on Acrylics yet :) i'll try to exercise with a limited palette
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Martijn Punt
Really nice work, i love the variations in the colour in the sky. The two figures look really great
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Yiming Wu
OH WOW! it's floating! As for making smooth transition... I think the background works quite well with this textured colour, as long as it looks united. I use gouache with less water, it also has mixing problem if I want to go very smooth, but the strokes kinda looks interesting so I didn't bother to make it very smooth
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Martijn Punt
Hey thanks! there is a lot of contrast between the owl and the background to make it pop, probably overdid the edges at the bottom part of the wings. Gouache really sounds like fun medium, i've been watching a lot of James Gurney on Youtube doing outdoor paintings using Gouache. Greets
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Steve Lenze
I know they make an extender that you can add to your acrylics to make them stay wet longer. Not sure what its called, but I'm sure you could find out :)
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Martijn Punt
Thanks, i'll try to check with local art stores
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Martijn Punt
I recently finished this painting of an owl using acrylics. I'm happy with the look of the owl in terms of proportions. Not so happy with the exaggerated outline, and the background. Using acrylics is a bit of a pain in terms of drying out and work-ability. I have a hard time creating smooth transitions, and use acrylics a lot as a wash (which I'm not sure is a good idea). Feel free to critique, and to share any tips regarding painting in acrylics.
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Richard Sperling
I've only attempted one, so here it is.
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Martijn Punt
I like the expression you captured, nice!
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Martijn Punt
Hi @Siqi, I love drawing and art and I also have a job unrelated to art, plus I have kids and general adult stuff I have to take care of on a daily basis. This leaves me with less time for art than I would like to have. One of the things that helped me the most to gain time is to always carry a sketchbook, I use this a lot when I'm waiting somewhere (for example when I bring my kids to sport practice), or during lunch at work. Most of my drawings are made in this way to be honest and I usually manage to draw each day. I also notice that it takes me about 5 minutes to get into the drawing zone. Sometimes I feel tired/reluctant to start, but I never regret it afterward. Don't stress/push yourself in the beginning, it doesn't have to be good, you don't have to show it to other people, you don't have to draw for hours. You will get into a habit of drawing over time and you will spend more time drawing as you progress, and now I get nervous when I don't draw for a couple of days. Another thing I did was to go weekly for a 3 hour drawing/painting class at an atelier, that's my time that's booked in advance and is non-negotiable. For me it was helpful to have this external thing to have a teacher motivate you, rather than it only being your own motivation that is driving you. Most importantly try to have fun!
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Ross Cline
First off I love these images. My father was a lifelong lover of horses and he made hundreds of paintings of them and this image reminds me a lot of his work. Second, I think the portrait already has a lot of line variation in it, and I think you are selling yourself short. I like the kind of work that has outlines emphasized, but that is just a personal preference. I know what you mean about lost lines though, I struggle with that myself and the only advice I can give is to think about where the light is coming from when you draw. That will tell which lines you can loose. Hope that helps.
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Martijn Punt
Hi Ross! thanks a lot for the compliments. Horses are beautiful animals! My daughter is getting into horse riding and I tend to draw horses while she's riding. The reason I posted was because I felt I reached a plateau and I was over-relying on strong outlines as a stylistic thing without a proper understanding. The advice I got in this thread has been really good.
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alexsiamos
Hi Martin, your drawings are very good and the way you add line weight is working, even though it gives a more stylised look to the final product. As some other comments have already stated line weight is a matter of design, thus the whole concept is very personal and is going to make more and more sense through drawing and practicing. That being said, there are some "ground rules" being analysed and demonstrated by Feng Zhu in the video below that may help you in your journey. The part that interests you is around the 32nd minute: https://youtu.be/22XYoenU-0c
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Martijn Punt
Thanks for the video link that's exactly the type of thing i was looking for. Much appreciated.
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Sketcher Ameya
I think it is really good.
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Martijn Punt
thanks!
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Peter Anton
I think it's just an issue of design, which is notoriously difficult to teach. You can use lines like Stephen Silver, or like Alphonse Mucha, or like Beauguereau. Some artists will use dark lines on the shadow side, others will use it on the light side. Some will vary the thickness, others not. I don't think it's something you learn like perspective, but more like style. Which means go find artists that you love and study their work to see how they use line weight
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Martijn Punt
yeah there probably are no strict rules, or at least rules can be broken if you know what you are doing, but in my case i probably didn't know what i was doing :) I'll try to study artists more closely or focus on aspects that i would like to understand. Thanks!
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Izak van Langevelde
Drawing is very much like speaking: pronounce each syllable with the same volume in the same rhythm, and the result is boring. There are many ways to do it correctly, there are no hard rules, just rules of thumb: use heavier lines for heavier forms, forms in the shadow, forms nearby, forms that are important, softer lines for softer forms. Look at the work of comic book artists who work in ink, and practice in ink, because it is a dead-honest medium for practicing line quality, where you cannot cheat.
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Martijn Punt
Thanks for the advice, i love working in ink but definitely need to vary my lines more regardless of medium, like you said keep it interesting
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Dario Mekler
The drawings are very good anatomically and proportionally. I might add one more thing (I already see a couple of good advice comments) If you want to avoid the stylised look you shouldnt make the line the principal source of contrast. Yuo can still use the contour line but try to build the sharper contrasts in the mass shadows of the face for example. In the horse drawing I see the contour line being darker than the patches of shadow in the body and that flattens the drawing.
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Martijn Punt
Thanks a lot! that makes sense, I will consider next time the balance between line weight "inside" the drawing vs the contours. Cheers!
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Steve Lenze
Hey Martijn, your drawings are nice. I wanted to explain the line weight thing to you, and I thought it would work better with an example. I hope you dont mind. Line weights are another tool we can use to help give our drawings dimension and depth. Its not a very difficult concept, just try to thicken your lines on the underside and shadow side of a form, then thin the line and even break it up on the light side. I hope this answers your question. Keep up the good work :)
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Martijn Punt
Thanks! i love the example you put together, this is great. I will try to apply it in my next drawing
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Martijn Punt
One thing I struggle with and would like help with to improve is my line weight and variation. I've heard various artist's mention the importance of varying line width in drawings, and I love seeing it in drawings of others. However I don't know the "rules" of when to vary my line thickness especially in the outline. In a lot of my drawings I tend to outline too much (see the attached portrait of a guy for example) which tends to give it a stylized look. The other drawing of a horse is from today where I try to vary the line thickness of the outline, but I'm mostly randomly varying the line thickness. For the core-shadows I think I know how it works (sharp plain change= thinner core shadow, gradual plain change=thicker/softer core shadow). Does anybody want to share their tips, or point me to a good resource on this? Thanks
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Martijn Punt
I enjoy drawing and painting as an hobby and try to spend as much time as I can on art, however my workspace for drawing/painting is in the living room. Being the father of two kids this can sometimes be problematic (noise-cancelling headphones for the win :)!) For people (like me) with limited space what are some good tips to setup a home atelier/workspace for painting and drawing? What would your dream atelier look like if the sky was the limit? Big fan of the podcast, best wishes Martijn
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Amanda Rutledge
heres a few of my self Portraits over the last 5 years.
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Martijn Punt
Oof, the last one is really fantastic, thanks for sharing
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Olga Bruser
Really awesome! Yeah the best model I had was me haha I didn't do a self portrait in a long time so that's a great reminder. They're all great but I like the one you hold a pencil even more!
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Martijn Punt
Thanks Olga, the one with the pencil I did for the August 2020 Proko challenge (with Steven Bauman), but I didn't get reviewed in the video (the entries were really strong as usual). Cheers!
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Martijn Punt
5mo
Hi everyone,  I occasionally do self-portraits to document my art progress, also I'm a very cheap model. I've attached some of my favorite portraits (most from the last 3 years, the one where I still have hair is from 30 years ago). Some of these were done using mirror, some from photo reference. Does anybody else like doing self-portraits? please share some of your own.
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