I am in love with the armor in the Dark Souls games. I forgot what the name of the plate is. Havel’s Armor, I think ( I don’t want to load up the game again to find out because I fear that I will play it for hours). I just felt like drawing the breast plate, I will probably draw a full set. If your wondering why my character’s head looks like that is because I joined the Dragon Covenant in the game.
(I have removed the painting. Just looking at it frustrated me)
This painting was a frustration. I wanted to paint a woman warrior but I decided it had to be difficult, so I added extreme foreshortening and a angry face. I spent about 2 hours on this painting, I the first hour was just on her face. The face drove me insane. That’s why the rest of the painting is so rough. I re-sized the fist 2 times. Self Critique: the Fists need to either be blurred or had just as much detail as the face. Decided to stop adding tone to my gray scale paintings, I’ve been abusing it too much.I dislike this painting, and feedback is appreciated.
Critique update: I think if I could of put some sort of motion effect, like a motion blur on the fist, or a wind effect. It would be more effective. her face needs brightening up. It came out better then I thought it did last night. I need to make sure I don’t get stuck on just one area of the painting, work the whole painting evenly (except for the area of focus)
Photoshop: 2 Hours
Drawing armor is surprisingly fun. This suit of armour is also from the 1500s. I really like Artrage’s oil brush tool. It is very flexible. I will try the watercolors next.
I messed up a little on the plate on right side, the breast plate could use some refining. Setting a time limit is both a blessing and a curse, It helps you focus on what is important and vital to the piece which makes you faster but also forces you to leave things out as well. A true Catch 22
For my research I was having difficulty finding a person wearing a helmet on wikimedia but I found plenty of images with suits of armor in museums. I know it’s more of a still life then a portrait due to no one actually wearing the armor . But since the helmet is something a person would wear over his/her head and it would cover the face anyway so I am making a exception and including them with my portraits. the photo I used as a reference is here http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WLA_cma_Suit_of_armor_c_1530_steel_.jpg
Non art related. I remember as a kid watching a animated feature film about OZ, I found out what it was called. ‘Journey Back to OZ‘. Unfortunately Gregg Rolie or Steve Perry are not in this movie :D. It was created by the same animation company the did ‘Masters of the Universe’. I kid you not. I watched a segment of it on Youtube, I remember it being much better. It has mandatory cheesy songs. One was with a signpost singing about how he has no clue where he is. I kid you not (x2). Nostalgia can be a cruel mother. It DOES get bonus points due to having a humanoid pumpkin guy. I currently have no interest in seeing the new OZ movie. I think it’s the sarcastic winged monkey. I kid you not (x3000)
I thought I would paint in a different app this evening. The app is called Artrage 4, and paint program that emulates natural media such as oils, markers, and watercolor. In the past I have been using old versions of the software for years on my PC and my iPad but haven’t touched artrage in about a year. .Artrage is cheaper and creates better results compared to it’s rival Corel Painter. It’s interface is also quicker and easier to read then Painter. Since I paint a lot by manually changing the transparency of the brushes in Photoshop, so I had to approach painting in Artrage differently. the nice thing about the oil brush this that it paints the color and smudges the colors below it, so it was actually it felt quicker painting in Artrage and easier to get that ‘reflected look’. I painted directly to the canvas with no prelim sketch, just to try something different. I will be painting in Artrage for my head paintings from now on, it’s refreshing change.
Technically since the armour in the reference photo was in a museum and no one was wearing it, this portrait would technically be a ‘still life’, so lets just pretend someone is in there 😀
Painted in Artrage with a Wacom tablet
Time Spent: 50 minuntes
The theme for this week portraits will be helmets. I would like to get better at painting objects with reflective metallic surfaces, what better way then painting people wearing helmets? My reference for the painting comes from Wikimedia as usual, but I changed the face of the person, since I didn’t find a signed release with the photo, I decided to play it safe. This helmet was basically a giant distorted mirror that reflected the crowds and the feathers on it’s metallic surface. I knew i wouldn’t have time to draw all the reflections and details, so I did my best to just get the jest of the reflections.
Bioshock Infinite comes out tomorrow. I have to wait a few months for it to go down. Paying $60 for a game is not in my budget. C’est la vie.