Forgive the cruddy quality. I took a picture with my android tablet. I am out of town but wanted to continue drawing the characters on weekdays. Being the genius that I am, I brought the wacom tablet with me but forgot the freaking pen. So I sketched this on paper. I spent around 15 mins on this, granted he needs more work done. I deviated a bit from the ref image this time. I was in a November mood so I gave him facial hair.
I thought since I’ve already designed the head, I might as well finish the rest. I might draw a traditional western version of this character in the future. This character is not for any project or comic. In fact I really don’t know what to do with it. I thought it would make a good sample for a price commission sheet. Members of Deviant Art often commission people to draw their characters. Since I’m in a pinch, I though maybe I could start drawing people’s characters for extra income. 3 hours in Photoshop. Feedback is always welcome.
Update: Fixed some minor issues.
Update: Added a version with a more dragon like face
I painted this in Artrage. I figured out how to used the watercolor brush but halfway decided I didn’t like the look of it so I switched back to the oil brush. There is some mistakes, I made the nose a bit too long. I choose yellow as the color to paint with, it made me look like vampire so after I was done painting it I opened it in Photoshop and adjusted the hue of the painting to have a more natural flesh tone. . And it looks more like a young version of my dad then me. I still liked how it came out though.
Painted in Artrage with a Wacom Tablet then minor fix in Photoshop
Time Spent 1 hour
Copyright 2013 Maugryph/ Dean Scheppel
I was almost tempted to give this post the title ‘Self Portrait as a Alligator’ to continue my silliness from my last post but decided against it.
Speaking of silliness: Deviant Art has now jump started a new dating service called ‘Deviant Heart’: A dating service for artist. This has to be a April Fools joke.. I hope..
I painted my my own face today (on computer :D). It’s amazing but I never attempted to paint a person wearing a hat. I attempted to draw a dragon wearing a hat (and yes it looked weird) but not a person. I rarely wear hats despite having three fedoras (gifts). This time I painted over a paper texture in my attempts to make it look like a traditional pencil and watercolor sketch and then added a brown monotone. For fun I colored the eyes blue, which is my eye color.
To keep things fresh, this painting I tried a more dynamic lighting. I took a picture of myself in a dark room with my webcam with the lighting source my computer monitor on the side. I used that as the reference for this painting. I found this painting to be frustrating. First I painted it on a black canvas. I’m used to painting on a grey canvas. Second, since most of the face was in darkness, I had trouble figuring out shape placement and in my shame had to repaint or move parts around. In the photo I look calm and mysterious. In my finished painting I feel I look menacing. I’m not happy with it. Spent around 45 minutes on it before retiring the painting.
Copyright 2013 Maugryph
I been trying to paint one head each day to improve. I try not to go over a hour for each painting, since this is more a exercise to improve my art. I try to put most of my energy into the main focal area of the face, which is the eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth. The hair and ears seem to get left behind, hopefully I will get faster so I can start to finish those areas. The reference for this head is one of my friends.
Painted in Photoshop
Time spent: 1 hour
copyright 2013 maugryph
More head practice. This time a value sketch of man’s head. I wanted him to look more heroic so I exaggerated some features like the cheekbones and the cleft chin yet I still wanted to look grounded in real life. I spent about 30 minutes on him more or less. I really enjoy painting in Photoshop since I have learned that you can change the opacity of the brush by pressing the numbers key a few months ago. I do my best to imitate gouache when painting and constantly change the opacity of the paint. Gouache (solid watercolors out of a tube with gum added) is what I used to paint in before I went digital. I tried acrylics in the past and disliked it and oils bothered my skin . It kinda feels like gouache minus the mess and you get layers (unlike real gouache the will actually flakes off if you apply too much on top) 😀
Time spend: 30 minutes
copyright 2013 Maugryph
I wanted to see how many expression I could come out of my head with the same cartoon face. I created 20 expressions. Here is my ‘top ten’ it was very fun exercise. ‘acting out’ the expressions proved very useful. I didn’t use any refernces but rely on how it felt on my face when i made each expression. I tried not to ‘overdo’ them