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I have been really busy doing client stuff, that I can't show. So there was some slacking in updates.
Other than that, I have come across this really helpful article by Ron Lemen.
I shamelessly copied the title of his post, because it is some damn fitting.
It refers to how he studies and directed me towards the book "Peak" by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool.
I listened to it as an audio-book and it really changed the way I approach studying a subject. Instead of doing prolonged studies, trying to match every pixel, I now try to understand the subject. To do this I try to simplify the problem I am facing and try to train that specific thing. Of course I sometime fall back into mindless copying. But I try to stay focused on the task.
This is also why I haven't posted in a while. My studies aren't as presentable sometimes as they have been. Instead of doing copies, sometimes I just sketch or even write out things about subject.
Also often this is done with pencil on paper, so it isn't as easily available for presentation. But I did scrap a lot of stuff together for this post. I hope you enjoy it.
The below ones were done before I read the book, so they are a bit more refined and worked on. I would still do these studies, but only if they were in line of what I wanted to learn.
I had an assignment revolving around a space-ship in a solar-system. Since I am not used to painting something like that, I wanted to get some head-start.
I love John Berkey's work, that guy was such a beast. So I did some composition-deconstructions and studied his color-relationships.
This is more of an exercise in how-to-paint something like a space-cloud evolving around a singularity (a black hole for instance). This taught me what brush to use in the final painting.
I did get an assignment, where I had to paint 3 characters in a lineup. I want to show some of the sketches and preliminary work, that went into this piece.
The character descriptions were pretty direct, but still I did some sketches in pencil to decide on the design.
After deciding on a design for the characters, I wanted to get to poses. I used ClipStudioPaint for this.
We decided on pose nr 6 and I went on to a light / color sketch.
After that I draw the lineart above the poses.
I then fill in the layers, lay down local colors, add a shadow-layer (layermode "multiply") to adjust the overall ambient light and paint in the light with an "overlay"-layer. As quick and dirty this is, it helps me to get a feel for the materials and the forms.
After this I used every trick in my book and asked for advice to make the piece better.
This was a lot of fun and I hope you learned something.
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