Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fortress Gateway

Spent most of the day trying to complete this and now it's done. It's not great but it's definitely an improvement from my previous environment attempt. Watching a tutorial on Youtube helped a little. I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out, especially the water. Time to move on.

Monday, September 27, 2010

W.I.P. - Fortress Gateway

So this is the newest piece I'm working on. Basically a take-two for environments. This time I'm using a photo reference as my starting point from when I was in New Zealand in 2008 for a holiday. I'm liking it so far, let's hope it works.



Rough Picking and Blocking of Colours:

A Lucky Find

While looking through photos on dad's computer I found a pretty good photo of one of my year 12 works (2009) which I planned to use for my pre-selection kit. Score!

It's an oil painting (91cmx121cm) of my grandpa, the writing you probably can't see on the side are some of his good and bad memories in his own handwriting. The theme was age and emotions. It's one of two (the other being my nana) but I didn't have any photos plus I didn't like it as much as this one anyway lol.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Queen is Complete

So it's evident I don't know how to paint the hair and the faint shadow I've added probably makes no sense with the light source, but I think I'm calling it finished and moving on. One image is now ready for my pre-selection kit lol.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

W.I.P. - The Queen (2)

I think it's going pretty well. Though I had to repaint the clothing because I rushed it but now it's looking better. Hopefully I'll finish it soon. I've finished off the hands and the face since the last time as well.

Monday, September 20, 2010

W.I.P. - The Queen

So today I started a new piece for my Portfolio/Pre-selection kit. I'm a lot more comfortable with people than landscapes as you can tell. Though my digital painting skills aren't great, I'm liking how this is going so far. Here are some of the steps (not all) that I've gone through.

Rough Skeletal Outline:

Chosen Design:

Beginning to Paint the Skin:

Adding in A Background/Light-Aid:

Anatomy Studies - Feet

Overview of Bridgman's "The Human Machine" is complete.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Anatomy Studies - Legs

Last Day - Short Course

Yesterday was the last day of my RMIT drawing short course, so I thought I would post some extra stuff I've done. I like these more than the others, but the scan quality is bad.

Looking at reflective surfaces:


Designing a water-hose head:

Teacher helped me round it off more:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Frustrated - W.I.P.

So I've started my pre-selection kits for uni. I've started digitally painting a landscape and here are the working progress pictures. Obviously it's still not finished, but it's frustrating me because not only am I lost when it comes to landscapes, but I don't know what to do to make the cliffs look like cliffs (rather than weird smooth things) and make everything look more...substantial. Anyway, I've decided to give it a rest for a night and worry about it tomorrow.

I also need to design a signature for myself to put on my work. So much to do :)

Monday, September 13, 2010


Did some quick digital painting studies using earlier Bridgman studies. I'm not only trying to get used to and improve my painting skills using the tablet but also trying to figure out a good skin colour. The numbers represent the sequence I painted each arm.

Anatomy Studies - Thighs

Newest set of anatomy studies have been done and scanned. They consist of the front and back of the thighs. I'm nearing the end of the book I'm working through ("The Human Machine" by George B. Bridgman) which will mean my overview will be complete and I can start trying to really hammer the anatomy into my head and applying it to my own drawings.

The next lot of studies will be of the knee.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

RMIT short course

So I decided I should post some of the crap that I've been doing on Saturdays. So here are some of the more exciting (and better) images. I don't really like any of them and I've realised I'm not patient enough for clean straight lines and things. I also dislike drawing in pen.

Note: bad scan quality