Giants Tower – Digital drawing I did in the early hours of the morning:
For New Years my flatmate asked me to go to town with him. I took my drawing gear – sketchbook, hb pencil and the new promarkers I got. I ended up working on several works during the night.
The was a portrait that a old guy asked me to draw of his friend to see how fast I was. I was fast and he was impressed. He liked how the colors on the page changed so quickly. I guess that is why the promarkers are so awesome, they are quick to get color down. I am certainly very happy with these colors but need a light blue.
I took with me to town my Fallout 3 concept art book I have for reference. The theme for EOW is Atomic Bomb Testing Town. It seemed very appropriate to work from Fallout reference for the concept art. Enjoying the suburb creation.
Have a great year.
Here’s the drawings I did in my book for the EOW: Frozen Pass. My Brother saw these drawings in my book and said they were good so I have made an effect to upload them .
Continued with the idea from the digital paintings with a giant statue at the edge of a path and a group of people traveling along the edge. High above the ground the ice is cracking.
I’ve been following the Environment of the Week for years over on Conceptart.org, but rarely brave enough to enter. This morning though I warmed up with that birthday card for Erik then afterwards got straight into creating a concept art painting for the EOW. The reference I used for it was of the Auckland waterfront, but I used the reference very little. These are certainly not finals – but it’s a great start.
Here goes -
Reference thanks to my stock images over on FreshFigure
I started this with using my first reference and creating a small thumbnail on the left. This extended and I build the scene from that. Though I started this as an exterior work it developed into Cavern of Creation. The idea was to have these figures travel on a escalation - being created. This is why there is a guzabio in the middle. I guess that character could be the queen.
Tone added. I wasn’t happy with this. Maybe it needs more darks in areas? Anyway, it’s unfinished and I moved on to the next one. I’m just treating these like thumbnails.
I used the second reference for this. I stuck with the reference but added extras to it. I especially wanted to add vegetation as I believe a new world would have plenty of beautiful vegetation It’s common for me to draw it on the street – so why not include it in this!
I also created a large character in the water (right side). This character represents God watching over the smaller characters as they walk down the path to their new home. He could be there also to build as well – not everything can be completed in a day.
Tone helped flesh out this piece and give it a sense of direction. Overall I’m happy with the left side but have concern over the right and the lack of information. This is true for the background. The best option for this will be to treat it like a thumbnail and develop the scene further – with my own reference photos. I’ll work on this idea tomorrow, but for now here’s a color layer added -
Colors are what I’ve been using regularly. Though looking at this now I should of used more yellow – especially mixing it into the red areas. The red tends to dominant the work. I used the green for the water but it’s hard to notice – maybe needs more colors mixed in.
Oh and here’s the video:
More digital painting. I had a rest this afternoon and felt much better afterwards. Here’s another digital painting I’ve been working on. I especially had fun with the color layer.
I worked differently with this – working from photography reference, my own stock images. For this I used Auckland Waterfront images. The same proces has been used with the painting though – starting with the red line. Working from the photo gave me more control over where the lines go – sometimes I feel restricted with a trace over – not always, but it’s great practice to do some photo reference work.
Next up, tone:
I’m especially happy with the ship and water. All this practice and I finally believe I’m starting to get somewhere. I like the rough and quick feel it has – but still understanding what exactly is there.
And finally, color. I used red for the ship and object to the far right. The water – green. Background vegatation is yellow, and sky – blue. Strips of yellow and red along the planks on the ground.
I’ve decided to change my video settings to 1080 up from 720. The quality is worth it. I’m not partically happy with this painting but happy that I’m trying new things in GIMP – full screen and color palattes.
The fuzziness is frustrating me, I need to go look at tutorials instead of making the same mistakes.
I watched this video today. The other day as I was walking to my Mums place I did quick thumbnail sketches in my visual diary. I need to work with thumbnails more. I’ve used the program alchemy before – zzit was a few years ago now. Watching this video has motivated me to re-install on my desktop – I only ever had it on my old mac laptop.
Anyway, here’s the painting I did today.
Reference I started with. A mashup of drawings from Wellington and Levin. I decided to rotate the image on the right to give the image an interesting angle – in the past I’ve only scaled and mirrored. Line work. It was different working in 1080p – I had to stop the recording more often. It’s not a problem as it gives me more break periods during the painting. This line work is ok, I think my favorite area is the sin on the top
Tone added. Again my favorite area is the sign – the tone and contrast is working well. My least favorite area is the car in the center – it needs lights – or maybe more darks. The top right is a problem – I don’t know what the hell is happening.
Color. I used the palette option within GIMP for the first time. It seems easy to use. Pasting the colors on the page would be optimal as I don’t like working with open windows – either that or a shortcut added to open/close the palette tab.
I dropped the opacity down to 30% for the color – this allowed the gray to still have a effect on the work. I hate Sky.
Reference used. In total this is three drawings. The top left is a view from Levin North School, below is the same image rotated 180 degrees. This is scaled down as well. I wanted to attempt a reflection look. On the right – a scene I drew in Wellington. Line. It’s been a few days since I’ve painted something I’ve liked. At this moment. I like this.
Tone added. Again some detail is lost through the painting process Certain areas blend into one another - especially the bush and sky. This can be fixed when color is added, My favorite area is the traffic light on the center right.Color. With color I was able to define certain areas that were getting mixed up with the gray scale tone. Blue for the sky, yellow for bush (and reflections) and red for objects (buildings/advertising box). This is very loose, I’d like it to be tighter. I’m not sure how I feel about these colors as well – I’m using mulitipy. I think I prefer the works that I paint over the gray scale normal with low opacity