Join me there in 10-15minutes for few hours !
I'll be working on this little puppy :3
Great pictures here ! I strive for good composition so those one are the best for me, but also inspire me a lot. The first one "Shenzhen" has a perfect compo, guide the eye without caging it and is also really natural ! 10/10 ! The red one is absolutely hypnotizing, maybe a bit too contrasted but stays captiving. "Kyoto", thanks to the choice of Black & White, is great as well, a peaceful shot !
"Thor" is my absolute favorite here, the chosen pose is great, lines are strong and edges sharp, this portait is also less blurred than the others which is for me a good point : it's painted with confidence and simply it's great art ! "Erased" is great as well : the idea, the mood, the simple composition/layout, the texture and the guys expression, it all works perfectly ! The last one, as a speed painting, shouldn't be judged like the others, but it attracts the eye no matter what, I like it !
This first portrait is pretty crazeeeyy! but I would picture it easily in an abstract art gallery ! I'm totally not an expert when it comes to expressionnism and such but this one with its distribution of colours and B&W works well
"Baby" Reaper is funny, I like the patterns especially. The last one "The Harbinger" is a good start to character art, colors, so far, are choosed wisely and I can see nice details here and there on the outfit so with proper improvement on the technical side I can see this one become a nice Raven-like character.
I really like the first one, colors are bright, more contrasted than the other illustrations and lines are straight. The overall silhouette works well and he is also overly cute :3 ! "Leo", the second picture, has an interesting composition, the idea is great, simple and the illustration "breaaaathe". The last one, finally, is joyful, with some minor adjustments here and there, mostly linked to anatomy, I could see it in a children book without problem
Well, "Lord of Misrule" makes me happy on every point so it's my number 1 : composition is great, color distribution is nice, that fantasy helm , and most of all... this incredible expression full of softness for a warrior ! Some parts of the illustration (back shoulder and back horn ?) might be too bright so it doesn't guide the eye perfectly but I like it anyway ! The second picture "She is Next" really is a personal choice ; it's not the best in term of compo neither from a technical point of view but I've always liked this one for it's simplicity (in the design) ! Last one is incredibly realistic and the everyday-life-background is a nice change !
The first illustration is reaaally good, composition is nice, and the pose of this witchy girl is well done. I also like all those blue tones. The second one for "Along the edge", is also a great one, probably the best in term of light, and this painterly style is cool for environments. "Fear the wild", even if older and with a less mastered rendering, attracts the eye a lot, I like the ideas, poses and overall colours
VII. Just comment to be next !!!
Breaaaaathe in. Breaaaathe out. And write !
Such hectic months my friends since my last “real” connection in June. I think it’s time to share the story of my dA disappearance. I honestly felt a bit sad, even guilty, for not having been there for so long and able to chat with my dearest followers but I have to say that from an art and creative point of view, those months couldn’t have been better.
In fact it reminds me when I was in artschool and we had tight deadlines for our illustrations or projects ; strangely, despite the fact that I was rushed and stressed, the result was oftenly better (even if not “perfect”) than my everyday art. Adrenaline ? Well, situation was pretty the same here, with several deadlines per week during the summer, I think I’ve made, not huge, but GOOD improvements.
So, back to the point, in a nutshell, what happened in my life since June ?
I’ve had the occasion to work on several great projects from June to September, but as it always happen in the art field, clients all knocked at my door at the same time... .
I’m still working on her fictional universe, this time the book was about legendary creatures, so I’ve depicted the two main heroes in their human and animal shapes : one is a wereverine and the other one a phoenix.
Don des Dragons
You’ve seen the sketch before, here is the final poster for the french tabletop rpg convention.
The nice team behind this tabletop rpg asked for more illustrations than I thought they would, and I was really happy they did because even if it was exclusively line works, drawing insects with some human attributes was truly interesting.
Here are some examples of what I did
I’ve also made a concept sheet of tribal masks for an upcoming short film. Can’t tell more though
Artcamp ô artcamp… what to say… it was awesome !
Titus Lunter is a really good teacher, one of those who teach you to think more than to draw, which is, to me, the most important especially during a short course.
Right after the end of Artcamp, my partner and I decided to move out and we chose to go to Lyon, the french city where I’ve done my studies, which is, for my part, undirectly linked to art, as the videogame industry here is far more developped.
Finding a flat was kind of an epic tale but it’s done now and since yesterday I can breath a little !
With the move, October was full of administrative shitness, and projects were over so I decided to take part to a light challenge to keep the rythm but no, not inktober… the counter-party you know : #drawlloween ! There was a theme per day based on halloween folklore. A perfect occasion for me to train my character design skills while being totally free, I’ll show you that in another journal !
And what about those improvements ?
Well I don’t know exactly, it’s still fresh, I feel like I’ve made a huge step in term or art. My skills, from a technical point of view, did not improve that much, but mentally, I learned to say NO to realism, I suddenly stopped thinking it was a prerequisite, and just had fun ! Yes, fun !
I really have to thanks Artcamp for that, because I chose to add some difficulty to the exercices and worked in a style which wasn’t really familiar (cartoon) for my game project. And again... it’s was fun ! But also opened kind of a lock in my head.
It made years I didn’t have “true” pleasure while making art, I always strive for improvement and with social networks flooding you with 3D and realistic digital art, it’s easy to be confused and label those works as “the best”, the “wanted per the industry”.
At least I did, unconsciously. Truth is I was so much obsessed with perfection while doing realistic-in-becoming pieces that it wiped all the fun away, every fucking time. And I was thinking work became boring because I was to slow to finish my illustrations, so I tried to paint faster, which left imperfections, and so on,... vicious circle, right
But now that I’ve lowered the level of realism in my work a bit, the level of perfectionnism follows, which gives me more time (and will !) to concentrate on technical aspects such as colors per example, to simply appreciate my own work and to avoid boredom. I feel released ~~ !
On that point my Drawlloween paintings and sketches were also a nice transition, and I hope you’ll see the difference when you’ll check them, but also understand why my style has taken a new direction.
Anyway, I think the pleasure I took while doing post-Artcamp works transcribes well in the pieces themselves, at least more than in my past illustrations.
I’m now in this childish period, when all looks new and I feel like i’ve to re-learn tons of things to improve this new style, but …
Best part of doing Art is about learning isn’t ?
As always, feel free to share your thoughts about all that, or think of the question below :
Have some of you already made some massive change in term of style ? Why, when, how ? Share with us !
On contrary, do you feel blocked with a style which isn’t truly yours ? What do you think keeps you being stuck ?
Are you those kind of person who, like me, improve faster while being under pressure ?
A key to true interactions on dA. I surely don't have it. But you may have a clue of where to find it, if, like me, you seek true interactions.
And by true I mean exchanges, real ones, not the "I love you - I love you too" comments, but more the " I love you - I'm happy to hear so. Hey why not take a virtual coffee right now and discuss about art then love each other for a little more than just a bunch of pixels" kind of chat.
After all, we all are on deviantArt for Art. And now, I'm persuaded it's the right place for the meaningful interactions about it.
Yet.. I'm unable to make it works most of time.
I'm here for several years now and I was scrolling the website pages even before I created my own account and started to post my work.
Before joining dA, I was used to small forums, full of supportive members but also challenging (yet friendly) rival
For a better use of dA ! Again, thanks to Euskelo who kindly offered me a 3 months membership, I was able to update my page a little and start doing polls. Yay !
Chitchat about Polls
I do find this tool pretty useful to know a little more about my watchers
So get prepared to see some of them pop out on your notification page !
Simple and anecdotical question for this week.. It came to my mind because I'm totally the kind who forget to eat when making art, or at least who don't want to stop just for eating when I'm alone at home.
And I start being used to hear a "Don't forget to eat, right ?" from my mate when she phones me, like she did yesterday.
People around me don't really get why I'm so uninterested per such a basic need when I'm behind my computer. This "You're a Geeeeek !" (rolling eyes) cliché, right. But we all have our priorities and it's so hard for me to fo