Monday, December 31, 2007

Another in the Series

Another slightly promising but not all there initial concept sketch. I like how this one looks in my head. The picture on the page is still a mess.

Poverty of Imagination

Good, it is not, but after spending pretty much all day today noodling around and getting nothing except more and more frustrated, it was a relief to have something come out, even a mangled something like this.

The title? Oh, I was thinking about something that John Carmack said, as an offhand remark during a tech demonstration once. He said that the difference between artists and the rest of us seemed to him to be a higher fidelity of imagination. That is, when an artist imagines something it has much more texture and detail than when a normal person does. A normal person like me, I sometimes think. It certainly does seem sometimes that artists have an amazing ability to encrust their visions with baroque detail at the drop of a hat, and I find this very difficult to do. I am, however, still an eternal optimist, enough so that I can sometimes enjoy drawing pictures anyway.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

State of the Union

So little progress. Depressing.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Having nothing better to do with myself, I painted a picture as an exercise. Why don't I spend this time working on the pictures I have promised my friends?

Yay for wrinkly shirts, a bit of pop, and a picture done in one session. Boo for working at a resolution that I can't seem to make look as good as I want, not enough pop, especially on the eyes, and losing track of things.

When looking at the initial sketch and progression, it becomes apparent that I messed up this picture. I ended up losing the line of the side of her face as I painted, eventually settling on something not as good as the sketch. Lesson learned: If you have a sketch you like, try to refer back to it.

Monday, December 24, 2007


Sorry for making you stare at that last post for two weeks. If I'd known that was going to happen I would have tried to draw a nicer picture.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Quickie (Cough Cough)

(Too lazy to make a smaller image, too, so click through for a slightly less awful looking version.)

A quick sketch, tonight, while I try to get back into a nice place before returning to those projects which have waited far too long.

Yes, this is the kind of reference I have lying around.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Call It Done

Actually, there are plenty of bits that I could keep on trying to get right, but it probably wouldn't be a good use of my limited time on Earth. So, I'll stop here. The hair turned out OK, in the end.

Below, a section at full zoom. Most of the work was done at 50%, but sometimes I would zoom in to 100% for precision.

If this had been real paint I would have wiped it off in frustration, I expect, especially at the end when I managed to mess up the face again while trying to fix the eyes.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Not Sharp

Mainly a memo to self.

There are two (solvable) problems with her hair. The first is the sharp edge with her face. I think that needs to be broken up a bit. Maybe some skin visible behind the hair strands, or maybe breaking the straightness of the edge. Pull back and darken the lower of the parts along the edge of her face?

The second is the area to the right of that, which is too light and uniform. Maybe that should be darkened, with a bit more saturation, and with a bit more variety in shading.

The unsolvable problems are a bit of stiffness in the way her hair falls, especially on the right, over her chest, and the way the hair is stuck in semi-uniform clumps/bands with too little variety. I should have mixed it up a bit more in terms of laying that out. I think this comes down to timidity.

Final Minus One

Another 50 minutes or so. The hair near the edge of her face strikes me as too... sharp, or something. I think I'll be fiddling with it a bit more. Still, basically done.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Hair... Worse Than Fur

Bloody long hair. Close, now, but I don't have the energy.

There's lots of trial and error as I try to figure out some way to produce a texture I will like and not destroy the picture at the same time.