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Icyhands Sketches

PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:16 pm
by Icyhands
Hello guys,

First attempt on a forum, so hope I'm doing this right. I've been working freelance illustrator on and off over the last few years, but now really need to improve my core skills. Included some finished bits just to get going and will follow with some work in progress and practice pieces shortly. I know this isn't the critiques section but any comments are welcome.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:40 pm
by Choctoppi
Your work looks really great! The lighting and sense of story is what stood out to me the most, it gives a very illustrator-y feel and personality to each piece. The only comment I really have is that maybe you should try using more hard brushes for a stronger texture, but that's just my personal opinion. I can't wait to see more from you!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:01 am
by ShapeShifter
Welcome to the forums! You have some good looking stuff here. You have a great sense of proportion, light and colour. The rat and landscape painting are my favorites.
One thing I do notice about in a couple of the pictures some objects don't feel grounded or contrast too heavily. The picture of the frog jumping on the dog for example. The dog doesn't have enough ground shadow making him feel like a cutout and pasted in. Makes him detached from the world in a way.
And the painted landscape with the mushrooms has a similar problem with the grass, I don't see any shadow making the grass jump out too much. My eye is conflicted between going straight to the awesome mushroom trees or the grass in the foreground.

I look forward to seeing more!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:33 am
by Icyhands
Thanks for that. The lack of a grounded feel you mention ShapeShifter, I think comes from me being taught to have all the elements of a digital painting on separate layers as, thanks to my bungling, you can still see those edges in the final image. I'm not finding that this method suits me at all and I'm trying to concentrate on just drawing and painting now, without getting distracted by all the options available in pshop etc.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:17 am
by Icyhands
Here's another one. Now, there's a great deal wrong with this image, but the idea has been stuck in my head for a long time and I had to get rid of it. You can see below that I went through a few variations. In the end I just set myself a really tight deadline and said whatever it looks like when the time's up, that's what it will have to be. And learn from there.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:39 am
by Icyhands
Speedpaint. Rome or something, maybe.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:42 am
by wraithdragon
Wow! You've got some really great work.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:16 am
by Icyhands
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Quick practice

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:09 am
by wartynewt
Cool stuff! i love these hand sketches.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:42 pm
by Dream
Great hands, Icyhands.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:55 am
by wraithdragon
Fantastic hands!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:33 am
by Icyhands
Thanks for the generous comments, it's very encouraging. (I hate drawing hands.)

This evenings scrawl…

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:08 am
by Icyhands
More anatomical inexactitude.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:50 pm
by vaed
Nice paintings man!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:59 pm
by Icyhands
Quickie

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:45 am
by sanguine
The improvement here is unreal. I absolutely love your stuff, specifically the figures and those hands! Great work!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:13 am
by Icyhands
Thank you Sanguine. Though I have to admit the improvement feels minimal to me.

Some WIP

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:19 am
by sanguine
That last girl is beautiful! Nice work!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:10 pm
by ErnieTheMighty
Arghhh. These eyes <3

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:24 pm
by Boris_T
Great stuff! Faces, figures, hands (I really like them), everything is cool.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:01 pm
by Icyhands
Thank you guys.

Ernie I have to ask, is that <3 a heart or a ballsack? 'Cos my entire self esteem hangs on the answer.

Anyway, this took about 4 hours. WIPs below.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:42 pm
by hyanide
That's some really asweome eyes

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:29 am
by Icyhands
Thanks hyanide.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:31 am
by Icyhands
Today's WIP. 1 hour.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:32 am
by ErnieTheMighty
Amaze <3