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So after several composition adjustments (pulling more canvas to create a scene, hating the scene, then shortening it back, adjusting the head positioning) and with some rendering, here is a nearly complete version of the image I was working on before. I just need to refine the background so that a: the figure looks like it's actually in the environment rather than floating on top of it and b: it doesn't look like shit.


-Drifter-:


I hope you read my guide in your PS tips and tricks thread. It should help you out a bit. In terms of your actual drawing skills, here's my biggest piece of advice: Line Quality.

Right now you have incredibly poor line quality, it's far, far too sketchy to create defined forms. Right now, since you don't seem to be focusing on tone and lighting to create your forms, you have to rely on line, and your lines just aren't clean enough. A single line should be enough to define a form, rather than many sketchy lines. Start using references to create your poses, and should see some improvements.

You clearly are able to draw well and that excites me. You're also beginning in Photoshop and that also excites me. Feel free to come to me any time if you need any help with Photoshop. I'm quite capable of helping out. I really hope you keep posting for us here in this thread and I urge you join the Escape Artists user group.

Fightgarr:

-Drifter-:


I hope you read my guide in your PS tips and tricks thread. It should help you out a bit. In terms of your actual drawing skills, here's my biggest piece of advice: Line Quality.

Right now you have incredibly poor line quality, it's far, far too sketchy to create defined forms. Right now, since you don't seem to be focusing on tone and lighting to create your forms, you have to rely on line, and your lines just aren't clean enough. A single line should be enough to define a form, rather than many sketchy lines. Start using references to create your poses, and should see some improvements.

Easier said than done, especially when you're using a mouse. Still, thanks for the advice.

EDIT: Also, I already joined the group. Could you post a link to your thread?

Klarinette:
Here's one I did a couple weeks ago.

OLE! OLE!OLE!OLE! OLE! OLE!

I just learned how to use simple features in photoshop and made this

Then
These are not words
You are not ................ here
You are

Here
Now

-Drifter-:


I somewhat disagree about the line quality being poor, i think these are good, and some of them got soul.

Love the fat robot and the old guy in the top-hat at the bottom.

Finally got a copy of Photoshop the other day, and the results were pleasing.


Photoshop is awesome.

Fightgarr:
Hey all. Here's my Creature of the Week entry. You can check out my description on it here.

So that was you! I'm a pretty constant lurker on that part of the CA forums, and this was one of my favorites. It's nice and freaky-looking--reminds me of a giant Predator mouth.

Ugh. I should totally start drawing again, when these blasted exams are over.

Does anybody have any guides to do with drawing/colouring in GIMP? (I gawt the latest version)

Hahahahaha penis, can't draw though only copy things have no imagination whatsoever, its a sad and pathetic life =(

Some amazing artists are on this site!
To go along with the shameless self promotion, here's my fanfiction account- http://www.fanfiction.net/~googleit6 (It's all Assassin's Creed.)

I am an AWFUL drawer. In fact, I am not good at any of the fine arts. Writing is the only medium where I ever feel like I do a reasonable job of expressing myself.

Yokai:
Finally got a copy of Photoshop the other day, and the results were pleasing.


Photoshop is awesome.

Fightgarr:
Hey all. Here's my Creature of the Week entry. You can check out my description on it here.

So that was you! I'm a pretty constant lurker on that part of the CA forums, and this was one of my favorites. It's nice and freaky-looking--reminds me of a giant Predator mouth.

Thank you. I got 4% of the vote, so I was pretty satisfied with that in the end. Robles had that one in the bag, though.

In terms of your drawing, I'm seeing a lot of use of the blur tool for the background, which is something to avoid. It just looks really... blur tool. Other than that, you should take a look at tonal variation. Desaturate your image and see what it looks like on a greyscale, if you don't have highlights midtones and shadows all visible in grayscale, you need to fix that to balance out the image. Right now I'm seeing primarily midtones and almost no highlights. Keep rollin' though, you have a lot of potential and talent to expand with and on.

Here's my first try at Evironment of the week (it's pretty sloppy, but I'm bad with Enviros).

...and here's my creature of the week this week.

More of a writer than a drawer.

Calumon: I can't draw too good, not that I try that much...

Hey guys, alot of you seem experienced in the realms of virtual art, and I'm quite good with a pencil, but would love getting started with art programs. This is just a hobby, and if it turns out I'm good I would love basing a career on it.

So what programs do I get? Any good tutorial sites?

FolkLikePanda:
Hahahahaha penis, can't draw though only copy things have no imagination whatsoever, its a sad and pathetic life =(

I feel your pain. I can never keep my hand still enough to even draw a straight line.

I threw a bucket of paint against a window once but the judge said it didn't count as art since none of the paint actually came out and plus i broke the window.thats the last time i try to express myself

Klarinette:
Here's one I did a couple weeks ago.

Sorry for the late reply but I would like to say I love you! :D Awesome picture of an awesome goalie, I just hope we get to see more of him after tonight :/

Fightgarr:

Yokai:
Finally got a copy of Photoshop the other day, and the results were pleasing.


Photoshop is awesome.

Fightgarr:
Hey all. Here's my Creature of the Week entry. You can check out my description on it here.

So that was you! I'm a pretty constant lurker on that part of the CA forums, and this was one of my favorites. It's nice and freaky-looking--reminds me of a giant Predator mouth.

Thank you. I got 4% of the vote, so I was pretty satisfied with that in the end. Robles had that one in the bag, though.

In terms of your drawing, I'm seeing a lot of use of the blur tool for the background, which is something to avoid. It just looks really... blur tool. Other than that, you should take a look at tonal variation. Desaturate your image and see what it looks like on a greyscale, if you don't have highlights midtones and shadows all visible in grayscale, you need to fix that to balance out the image. Right now I'm seeing primarily midtones and almost no highlights. Keep rollin' though, you have a lot of potential and talent to expand with and on.

Thank you kindly. Judging by what others have said as well, my biggest problem is a lack of contrast. I'll work on that.
And yeah, the background was quickie; I'd worked on it for five hours and was a little sick of it, so I just threw that in. My intention is to add a smoldering monster corpse back there. Anyhow, thanks for the critique, it's always quite helpful.

Shapsters:

Klarinette:
Here's one I did a couple weeks ago.

Sorry for the late reply but I would like to say I love you! :D Awesome picture of an awesome goalie, I just hope we get to see more of him after tonight :/

*grin* Thank you ^_^ Yes... I hope things are a little different tonight. I'm almost afraid to watch >_<

Klarinette:

Shapsters:

Klarinette:
Here's one I did a couple weeks ago.

Sorry for the late reply but I would like to say I love you! :D Awesome picture of an awesome goalie, I just hope we get to see more of him after tonight :/

*grin* Thank you ^_^ Yes... I hope things are a little different tonight. I'm almost afraid to watch >_<

Tell me about it, Gionta is out with a hurt wrist as well >.>

Ah well, we'll see how it goes I suppose.

Lemon Of Life:
Hey guys, alot of you seem experienced in the realms of virtual art, and I'm quite good with a pencil, but would love getting started with art programs. This is just a hobby, and if it turns out I'm good I would love basing a career on it.

So what programs do I get? Any good tutorial sites?

Virtual art? Digital art is the correct term. It's separated, mostly, into two categories, digital painting, and 3D. Let me tell you one important thing: you've said you'd want to base a career in it if it turns out nicely, but...if you can imagine yourself doing anything other than art, do that because art is one of the most competitive, cut-throat industries to get into. Art as a hobby is great and all, but you won't be able to make a career based on a hobby unless you make that hobby your life. For context: I have devoted my entire life to drawing and painting because I don't really love anything else. I've spent the last 6 years getting the best education in art that I can, I have 2 more years till my current degree is done and after that I have 3 more years of school to do. Even then, I will have to work my ass off to show that I have more talent than the thousands of other people trying to make it as artists or concept artists. If art isn't everything to you, art isn't a career choice. Sorry if any of that came off harsh, but I know I'm going to go through hell, I don't want to have to see anyone go through the same if art isn't everything to them.

If you want to get started in digital art, here is what you need:
A tablet - This is more important than anything, as I see it. A lot of people do decent enough with a mouse, but if you're serious about digital art at all, you need one of these. It will speed up your work astronomically. If you want to try to make a career out of it, don't settle for anything smaller than the standard Graphire and don't get a tablet that isn't Wacom or you're wasting your money.

A drawing program - There are plenty of free ones out there. GIMP is free and pretty similar to photoshop. On the other hand, every Wacom tablet comes standard with Corel Painter Essentials and PS Elements. If this is just a hobby, you can just use those, you don't really need CS4 or Painter X, that would be overkill to an extreme.

Google Sketch-Up - If you want to get a really, really basic start in 3D, or if you're an environment artist who wants to get better ideas of scale and perspective, this program gives you some basic building tools to get you started with 3D.

If you're serious about 3D...

Blender is a free and pretty simple modelling program, it gives you the basic tools and there are plenty of tutorials online for it. If you really like 3D and want to take it to a decent level, get Maya and ZBrush. ZBrush is pricey as hell (I forget if Maya is freeware or not), but it's very intuitive and allows you to basically draw in 3D. 3DSMax (now Autodesk) is also a really powerful 3D tool, but is also very pricey and is a really robust tool for experienced modelers.

As for tutorials, you can always find some basic ones on youtube. Check the Photoshop, Painter and Illustrator sections of the ConceptArt.org forums for tutorials on those programs. I'm always available to help, and I'm sure the rest of artist community would too, I would urge you to join our user group called "Escape Artists" where you can chat about what you're currently up to and can ask questions if you need.

Also, speaking of tutorials... If anyone is interested about how I do my creatures, I just posted a tutorial on how I did my most recent Creature of the Week on my digital art blog. Here's part 1 and here's part 2 of the tutorial. I use a lot of PS jargon, but I hope its helpful to people who are looking to learn digital painting.

Fightgarr:

Lemon Of Life:
Hey guys, alot of you seem experienced in the realms of virtual art, and I'm quite good with a pencil, but would love getting started with art programs. This is just a hobby, and if it turns out I'm good I would love basing a career on it.

So what programs do I get? Any good tutorial sites?

Virtual art? Digital art is the correct term. It's separated, mostly, into two categories, digital painting, and 3D. Let me tell you one important thing: you've said you'd want to base a career in it if it turns out nicely, but...if you can imagine yourself doing anything other than art, do that because art is one of the most competitive, cut-throat industries to get into. Art as a hobby is great and all, but you won't be able to make a career based on a hobby unless you make that hobby your life. For context: I have devoted my entire life to drawing and painting because I don't really love anything else. I've spent the last 6 years getting the best education in art that I can, I have 2 more years till my current degree is done and after that I have 3 more years of school to do. Even then, I will have to work my ass off to show that I have more talent than the thousands of other people trying to make it as artists or concept artists. If art isn't everything to you, art isn't a career choice. Sorry if any of that came off harsh, but I know I'm going to go through hell, I don't want to have to see anyone go through the same if art isn't everything to them.

If you want to get started in digital art, here is what you need:
A tablet - This is more important than anything, as I see it. A lot of people do decent enough with a mouse, but if you're serious about digital art at all, you need one of these. It will speed up your work astronomically. If you want to try to make a career out of it, don't settle for anything smaller than the standard Graphire and don't get a tablet that isn't Wacom or you're wasting your money.

A drawing program - There are plenty of free ones out there. GIMP is free and pretty similar to photoshop. On the other hand, every Wacom tablet comes standard with Corel Painter Essentials and PS Elements. If this is just a hobby, you can just use those, you don't really need CS4 or Painter X, that would be overkill to an extreme.

Google Sketch-Up - If you want to get a really, really basic start in 3D, or if you're an environment artist who wants to get better ideas of scale and perspective, this program gives you some basic building tools to get you started with 3D.

If you're serious about 3D...

Blender is a free and pretty simple modelling program, it gives you the basic tools and there are plenty of tutorials online for it. If you really like 3D and want to take it to a decent level, get Maya and ZBrush. ZBrush is pricey as hell (I forget if Maya is freeware or not), but it's very intuitive and allows you to basically draw in 3D. 3DSMax (now Autodesk) is also a really powerful 3D tool, but is also very pricey and is a really robust tool for experienced modelers.

As for tutorials, you can always find some basic ones on youtube. Check the Photoshop, Painter and Illustrator sections of the ConceptArt.org forums for tutorials on those programs. I'm always available to help, and I'm sure the rest of artist community would too, I would urge you to join our user group called "Escape Artists" where you can chat about what you're currently up to and can ask questions if you need.

Also, speaking of tutorials... If anyone is interested about how I do my creatures, I just posted a tutorial on how I did my most recent Creature of the Week on my digital art blog. Here's part 1 and here's part 2 of the tutorial. I use a lot of PS jargon, but I hope its helpful to people who are looking to learn digital painting.

Thanks alot for sparing the effort to type that out, extremely interesting. I'm going to wait till after my exams, and will definitely start probing around for the right program, and maybe tablet if enjoy it. I don't think I'm serious enough to devote my entire life to art, so thanks for the warning, I wish you good luck with your studies. Again, thank you for imparting what seems to be very good advice, I appreciate it.

Oh and the titmoth...wow.

Spent the weekend doing my first ever timelapse photographs. This video has over 4500 photos. I didn't sleep on Saturday night as I needed the sunrise shots!

Some very nice stuff in this thread.

Here's a WIP of a pencil drawing I'm doing at the moment. It's far from finished, obviously, but I've been stuck for time recently, so eh.

I need to make that shading a lot darker too...

Private Custard:
Spent the weekend doing my first ever timelapse photographs. This video has over 4500 photos. I didn't sleep on Saturday night as I needed the sunrise shots!

Sunsets and the one at 3:30 is amazing! Really beautiful work man!

Private Custard:
Spent the weekend doing my first ever timelapse photographs. This video has over 4500 photos. I didn't sleep on Saturday night as I needed the sunrise shots!

And people say I'm a patient person. Fucking hell.

Well, here's the first WIP from my HSC Major Work. I can't say I'm terribly happy with the photograph but it's a shitty camera and an awkward perspective. Damn straight I'm excusing my poor photography with technology.

It's the first of four drawings, and it's about.. a third done. I am going to overlay colour pencil on the charcoal in a pseudo-post-impressionist style. The paper is 1x1.5m in size. Enjoy.

ZOMG Double post!

Anyhoo. I finished the first of my four drawings tonight, so here are the second lot of photos from that same picture.

This is adding the colour pencil over the charcoal tone on the figure. Again, pictures don't do it justice. One of these days I'll be able to transfer it directly to people's minds. Then I will take over the world.

Labyrinth:
ZOMG Double post!

Anyhoo. I finished the first of my four drawings tonight, so here are the second lot of photos from that same picture.

This is adding the colour pencil over the charcoal tone on the figure. Again, pictures don't do it justice. One of these days I'll be able to transfer it directly to people's minds. Then I will take over the world.

It looks cool, but a pretty manly bone structure (the shoulders at least)

Some critisism would be much apreciated, thank you.

Ok, that's enough for now. 'bout time I pick up the ol' tools again. Been on a bit of a sabbatical from the creative-type stuff for too long...

Labyrinth:



You disgusting Eldar! Oh how I wish we shared the same landmass so my Space Marines could gut you apart, you witch!

/nerdtalk

I should post my army pics. I'll get working on that.

Novskij:
Sunsets and the one at 3:30 is amazing! Really beautiful work man!

Cheers :) I'm already working out what to do next. I seem to be a glutton for punishment!

Labyrinth:

And people say I'm a patient person. Fucking hell.

Patient and very very tired!!


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