I have been really inspired by artists like Yun Ling, who does studies and entire paintings without using textured brushes. So here is my sketch of a plastic brain, only with the hard round brush.
After some back and forth and doing other illustrations first, I finally finished this painting. I learned a lot from it and I can't wait to keep learning with the next one.
I need to get better at anatomy. So here I am, learning more about the hand-bones.
A 30 min color study.
This is a new illustration, that I started. Using 3D after I did a thumbnail sketch. Next I will fiddle with colors and textures.
Another illustration, that I reckon almost finished.
A still-life study from today. I wanted to learn more about subtle color-variations. So I painted something white.
I am trying to involve 3D more into my workflow. Here is the result. This was actually done as a test for a client.
Thanks to the Artcore Germany facebook-group and my friend Nadin Lüdicke for some great feedback.
Dinosaur in the city + Seven Claws
4 studies of a sulfur - rich environment. I forgot the name :) I tried to improve my brush-work and push the forms and the colors.
A Zorn - study to get better with brushwork and suggesting details.
3 value - comps to get better at planning my illustrations. I did a bunch of pencil - sketches before this and picked the 3 best.
I started with a light grey background, instead of white and painted on top of it with a dark grey. It instantly gave a more natural result. Once I had the main elements in the comp (the dam and the mountains), I added the waves with white and the foreground (close to black).
Thinking in 2 values first makes things easier. But I find that since foreground, midground and background are needed for an illustration, it tends to get easier when introducing 2 more shades of value.
Lastly another finished illustration. This is a map, to be used in a DnD-adventure. I did a 3D base, which I then overpainted.
From left to right: "A warning - city lights - fountain face / ancient mech - gaining superpowers - in the trenches - tempting serpent"
These are great warm - ups.
Check out Lorenz Hideyoshi. He is a big inspiration for this and I love his work.
Also I finished an illustration.
To get better at composition and key-framing, I thought I should start doing more spitpaints. Spitpaints are paintings that are kept under 30 min. There is a group on facebook, that coined the term. I think they are a great practice. Btw it is amazing what some people are able to achieve in that time-frame.
Check out Karel D'Huyvetter's spitpaintings. I can't stop looking at them!
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