This is closer to how I paint with oils. All it took was finding that one brush and not fighting against its nature. This is far from perfect, but now I have a guidepost. It took me a tenth of the time to complete compared to most things I’ve published here and it’s drastically better.
I’ve totally neglected still lifes as a good way to practice basic drawing. I haven’t done any in years. At some point, you start to believe you don’t need basic stuff like this anymore. I’ve had some drawing struggles this year, and I think they can help for practicing foundation skills and basic paint application in photoshop.
I created a couple of black and white studies from some simple life objects this afternoon after being inspired by Matt Kohr over at his blog ctrlpaint.com. I don’t know where he finds the time to post so many instructional videos, but his methodology is solid and easy to pick up. Excellent resource for novices and professionals alike.
Need to work on my looseness and speed. This guy took me just a couple of hours. Focusing on quick marks and putting the majority of time into the focal point. Gonna do a lot more of this I think.
EDIT: Spent another couple hours and pushed a rougher, watercolorish style, added more detail and more vibrant colors.
Hobbit smash!! Well, the other way around really.
This one took longer than I would have liked, but it was basically a giant illustration experiment petri dish. Lighting effects, textures, multiple characters interacting, other special effects — I just kept finding things to add and tweak.
It also pointed to issues I need to focus on: improving economy in my application (which will help my speed and clarity), confidence/more looseness in stroke, figuring out composition and basic drawing issues better before handling too much, working toward finding my personal style. I do like a lot in this even though I see so much that could use improvement going forward.