Life Drawing basics

British Museum 6th Nov 2009
Quick tonal sketch at the British Museum (a great free resource)

Just as the term started I decided my drawing skills needed a boost that drop in classes weren’t providing. Luckily, literally 2 minutes walk from my flat in Bethnal Green is life teacher who holds various fine art drawing and painting classes through via the Meetup website.

As I never formally studied fine art at a tertiary level I thought this would be a good place to start and definitely haven’t regretted the move.

My post MA illustration commercial goals revolve around concept film and game work and these skills seem to be critical in this arena. Adrian Dutton runs a high quality class barely half way through the course the ten week course I’d felt I’d had my money’s worth.

I’ve posted a few pics here so you can see the kind of thing we’ve been doing.

Life drawing basics
Grid measured enlargement from the measuring session

Life drawing basics 30 Oct 2009
Charcoal experiment for the tonal drawing session, covered the whole
page with charcoal and worked back with a putty rubber

This is also fits in very well with my MA project of creating a series of bestiary images.

Imagine FX have been running an excellent series in the back of the magazine about breaking down people and animals into basic shapes. I’d largely ignored it until I started this course and realised just how useful it could be when I come to do my bestiary images (ie. now!)

The learning curve is steep for my painting and drawing but it’s all worth it’s weight!


Cyberman final and comments


Seems like I’ve been working on this forever but finally it’s finished.

The concept is Matthew Savage’s vision of the Cyberman as presented in his tutorial for ImagineFX magazine. The video tute did seem to miss out some details and ended before the image was finalised but it was enough to get a decent result from.

I now feel like I have much better control of Photoshop as a means of digital painting and some new ideas on how to intergrate found and photographed textures.

I especially like the techniques Matt presented for distressing the metal and quickly adding points of details with the screws, grooves and scratches.

Although I’d prefer to be working on my own images I felt I had reached an impasse as far as the methods for creating the type of images I wanted to produce.

This seemed like a good way to break the impasse and I feel much more confident digital image making. I now have a better grasp of the language of digital art and can’t wait to get started on my next project!

Onwards and upward

Cyber tutorial painting (30.05.09)

Yes you have arrived at my ‘UPGRADED’ blog and you are being upgraded just keep looking into my blank eye sockets!! No really though it’s time for a fresh start the blog is moving and so am I to sunny Bethnal Green.

Okay I admit this isn’t my concept it’s a digital painting tutorial I’ve being doing lifted from the very handy ImagineFX concept art/illustration magazine. I’ve learnt a great deal from doing it so I felt it was important to blog it.

It’s all photoshop and wacom action and I have learnt loads about rendering shine metallic arses (yes I know it’s just a head shot in this instance.)

There’s about half an hour of tutorial (god it takes me so much longer in real time) to go. I was tempted to make my own design but I think I got a bit more out of following the tutorial fairly closely.

Unfortunately our man was using Photoshop CS for his tutorial (old school in computer time, seeing as we are now on CS4) but the principals were much the same. I actually think you could probably do a lot of what was done with this piece a lot quicker with CS4.

I am a big sci-fi nut so this was pretty fun to do in my book I’ll post the completed pic once it’s done.