A non-fruit still life!

October 19th, 2011 at 1:42 pm No Comments

Between the last post in August and last week I only did 3 painting exercises, so with the guilt having built up over 2-3 months I wanted to take a stab at something more challenging.

The effect of the glass bottle being lit from behind was laid out in the first 3 hours (day 1) but the pattern on the glass was mostly ignored and there were clear alignment/perspective issues + overall messiness:

The 3 hours on day 2 were used to clean up & fix the perspective problems, and the 6 horrible hours that followed in the last 2 days were spent trying to get the patterns on the glass looking right. It never really happened — I just gave up. If I’d ignored the actual pattern and replaced it with something uniform, it might have worked out better, but by that point I didn’t want to invest more time into this thing.

I feel like I missed a lot of hues & the reflection of the cloth bouncing onto the patterns on the bottom killed me a bit too.

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July stuff & my first attempt at something “original”

August 6th, 2011 at 1:14 pm No Comments

I’m not even sure what occupied my July, but productivity has been low. I started a rewatch of BSG and forced myself to do screencap exercises of that along with any other pretty movie I happen to load up just to maintain some momentum, so here’s a summary:

There are still a grip of screens from the movies at the bottom that I haven’t gotten to yet.

I finally tried my hand at a piece that doesn’t use direct reference and this is the spawn of that (can I again reiterate how “first” this painting is?):

Trent helped me out a lot with a paintover on this one 2/3 of the way through to point out oddities and give suggestions/tips. I had gone down the road of oversaturation about 1/3 of the way through, had no idea how to handle the hair, and the lighting on the face was a bit off around the eyes, so I tried to tried to fix those parts at least, yet somewhere down the line I distorted it into a more angular/weird looking thing. I’m not particularly happy with it, but moving on to the next project feels like a better use of my time now. Likely going to spin back from color to…figure drawing. With a pencil. I like pencils :|

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Screenshot study: Pan’s Labyrinth

June 23rd, 2011 at 12:07 am No Comments

Ugh, I love this movie. Did one of Ofelia last week, but then I had to get my relocation going and things got kind of busy. The Ofelia capture grew on me so much that I noodled around on it for 2 more hours (bottom thumbnail)?

Picked it up again today and limited myself to 15 minutes like a good girl (…notice how simple these three screencaps are. Hah!). Also tried using a square brush for the top two which ended up looking unexpectedly soft. Probably bad settings.

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Screenshot study: Serenity

June 8th, 2011 at 1:01 am 2 Comments

Another lag period between exercises. I’ve been thinking I should aim to do a different type of painting exercise a day, 2-3 days a week. Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for doing nothing/everything, and Sundays and Mondays are dedicated to WoW raiding, so that leaves exactly 3 days! (It’s like I planned it all out beforehand!) Tuesdays will be cinematic screenshot studies, Wednesdays will be still lifes, and Thursdays will be “use my imagination” …or cop-out day.

I did a google search for other (better) people who do the same sort of exercise to see their approach and found this tutorial. …Yea, that guy’s pretty good.

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Fruit is, without a doubt, not as exciting or impressive as movie stills.

May 24th, 2011 at 9:19 pm 1 Comment

…But likely more valuable.

Then again, the artists I’ve mentioned the cinematic exercise to all tend to agree that it’s a really good way to learn how to paint.

The pear on the left was my first attempt at a purely-from-observation digital painting. It took a lot of squinting and puzzled facial expressions (which I’m convinced helps me think) to understand what crazy things the colors were doing. I believe the resulting image resembles a pear, so we’ll call that one a success. The apple on the right is starting up faster due to having a better grasp of how all this light bouncing works and I intend to spend more time on it, even if pears are far superior to apples.

I’m beginning to regret having placed it in a super wrinkly chunk of fabric, though.

[Edit]
Stopping work on the apple. Screw cloth >:|~

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