27 July 2006

Illustration Friday - Opposites

Opposites:- The Amazon and the Poet

Here's another Illustration Friday topic (late again.. ho hum!). I went for the obvious "opposites" I suppose (so sue me)... body size and occupation. Click on the image for a bigger view as it's a bit hard to see here.

20 July 2006

Skyline - House on the Hill

I started this for Illustration Friday theme "Skyline" but never got around to finishing it in the week the topic was live. Here it is anyway.

Anatomy practice - Copying the Masters

I've been doing a few heads based on old masters paintings and sculpture (initiated by the CGTalk board anatomy thread here . Check out the thread to see more of the original images). I've only done a few so far, because they always take longer than I think.

Here's the original image:

And my interpretation. I thought I'd do it in colour... make it harder for myself, why don't I. I'm a glutton for punishment! ;o)

Original:My go:

Below, I decided to try some pencils (well, actually it's still drawn in Painter), because the colour heads were taking too long ('bout 2hrs each). And I was supposed to be doing something else.


My attempt (I actually think it may have been easier in colour!):
It's quite strange drawing from old masters. You tend to notice all sorts of discrepancies in the anatomy. For instance I found the right eye of the girl in the painting to be very low...but it looks ok in the painting. However trying to make my black and white image similar without looking like her eye had slipped down her face was tricky... yet this is an exercise in learning from copying, not in correcting what you think is wrong, and who am I to correct an old master anyway! It's a fun exercise!

More One Hour Paintings

Here's a few doddles with a one hour time limit, inspired either by a photo or a word (on the AOI website) .... to see how much I could get done in the time. All were done in Painter IX.5.

This one is for "Alien"... a bit obvious really ;o) . Needs a bit more work to be any good, but I really felt the one hour limit on this one!

This one was for the word "Sullen"

This one was inspired by a photo of a wolf. After the one time limit was up I felt the upraised paw looked a bit funny, so I gave myself an extra 5-10 mins to fix it.

And this was inspired by a photo.

I decided to give it another go but with a different feel.