Thursday, 19 February 2015

Daily Level UP! - Blending Edges

Started the tutorial from last nights video by trying to blend in an apples edges.

It's not too bad for starters and I'm still understanding this much better than before it is just going to take some practice, as always, to master.

Tried to blend some edges on the sketch up shapes provided on the tutorial and again I think it's looking better than I have done before. The use of hard and soft brushes accompanied by the eraser tool and temporary layers is becoming much more of a second nature now! I can't wait to learn more and start using my new understandings in full paintings!!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Daily Level UP! More brush control

Another session of brush control this evening and I looked into the tutorials of understanding opacity and flow. I started watching the tutorial for Blending Edges which I will finish up tomorrow. I'm understanding the basics a lot more through these tutorials which I feel has always held me back painting wise. I know this is very simple stuff but I feel a lot more confident now and I am very excited to continue with the tutorials to improve.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Daily Level UP! Ctrlpaint - Tutorials - Brush Control

Apologies for not posting for a while.... It has been a bit hectic recently! Managed to keep the reading up everyday which is great and I am thoroughly enjoying the conclusion to Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy.

I'm going to start a new section after my success and enjoyment with the Daily Figure Challenge called Daily Level UP!
I have found some tutorials on Ctrl+Paint's Youtube channel in order to go back to basics of digital painting! One thing that I seemed to struggle with was the simple understanding of rendering with brush control. Luckily the first tutorial focuses on this very thing and I look forward to continuing through the videos!

The first video gave examples of how to clean up brush strokes with hard and soft brush/erasers giving handy worksheets which are all free to use and practice with.

First sheet with values then the second with colour. My attempts are on the right.

Still some improvement needed but I'm understanding the technique much better now and I hope to put this into much more practice soon.


Some little wind down sketches before I go to bed!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Figure Drawing Challenge day 25

Today was focusing on trying to push the pose. It seems I have struggled with today and I think I need to look into some poses which include foreshortening.

The skill check was to push a pose from reference.

Skill check
The skill up was to take a pose draw the gesture as per the reference and then try to push it. I have found this quite difficult and I have been cautious and timid with expressing exaggeration. I will work on this more to hopefully become more comfortable with this skill.

Skill up

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Figure Drawing Challenge day 24

Day 24 and looking into some extremely difficult poses.

Skill check was to draw a figure using the basic perspective grid that was lying on the floor or sitting down. This was quite difficult and required previous techniques such as the coil technique to fully understand the figure.

Skill check
The skill up was to look at the pose maniac website and draw from difficult poses at strange angles. This was fun but extremely challenging and I think it would be a good idea to get to grips with a lot more practice on pose maniac!

Skill Up

Monday, 2 February 2015

Figure Drawing Challenge day 23

Hey there... Sorry I've missed a few days and in need of a catch up...

The challenge finished last week and I fell a little behind! But I will still finish it. Hopefully I should be posting twice this evening to catch up.

Firstly day 23 was to start putting the perspective grids into practice by adding figures into them and seeing how different parts of the figure are affected when above and below the horizon line (thinking back to day 22 on how the cylinder's top and bottom curves were affected).

The skill check was to just let loose on a figure drawing with perspective grid.

Skill check
The skill up was to draw different parts of anatomy to see how they were affected by being either under or over the horizon line.

skill check

skill check

skill check