Friday, 20 January 2012

Character sketches 01

These are two images that I did as part of my PDR (Personal development review) goals at work. The aim with these pieces was to do some relatively quick pieces which concentrated on the anatomy without getting mired in the time consuming process of rendering, hence the lineart and flat colour approach. I quite like the simplicity of the final pieces and after pawing over the self portraits for hours It was a very refreshing change. As with the self portraits I think I will produce a few more of these and I already have some ideas in mind.
And just in case you were thinking I was getting all smutty with images of nudey girls, it's kind of hard to do anatomy studies with fuly clothed characters........and there will be images of men too (smut to be decided).

Self Portrait 02

Here is my revised version of my first self portrait and my second self portrait.
The main difference between the way I went about the two self portraits is that the second one (on the right) was done from photo reference and the first from life. It is so much easier this way as you don't have to deal with the subject moving or the light changing, both of which were problems I had with my first attempt. I had two light sources for the first portrait, the angle poise lamp on  my desk and a window about 8ft to my right. I started the portrait just after lunch and finished a few hours later. As it was winter the sun went down and changed the lighting in the room and I really struggled to make sense of the changes. Also, like a complete plum I managed to move the lamp half way through which didn't help! Other ways that working from a photo have helped include the fact that you don't have to try and hold the same expression for ages (I chose a deadpan approach to the first one for this very reason) and you can zoom in to check details. Anyway, the end result is that as a self portrait the second one works alot better.
The image on the left is a revised version of the first portrait with a few changes made based on observations I made during the second one. Noteably I have changed the shape of the chin and a little of the structure of the cheeks and temples. Also the mouth is narrower and wider. I didn't want to tinker too much but even these little changes which I did in about 10 minutes make a big difference.
I will continue to do these and will be working both from life and photo ref, the ultimate aim being to become as proficient in life as from photo's.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Self Portrait 01

As you may of noticed my blog is a little light on character work and mostly environments and vehicles/props. These are definitely the stronger parts of my repertoire and life drawing is definitely not. So in a move to improve my skills and as part of my personal development goals at work I have been focusing my personal work on anatomy studies. Part of this consists of producing a series of self portraits, something I haven't done since college, a looooooooooong time ago! I managed to source a nice little mirror that has a nifty base that conveniently hooks over the top of my cintiq allowing me to work without moving too much. The following image  is the first portrait I have done and I am fairly pleased with it. One thing is for sure, it's not easy. Took me about 3 hours in total and that included several major revisions. I will be posting some more soon and will be trying out working from photographs as well to see how it compares to working from life.