Peter's Sketchbook
Finally finished my gouache painting. Took a day or two longer than I had originally thought but oh well.



Stuck to just working on 2 values a day starting with my darkest darks. Had to go back on one or two days and insert a value or 2 that i had misjudged as being a lighter value than I had assigned it to but I suppose that is part of the learning experience.



Drawing






Value 10,9






Value 8,7






Value 6,5






Value 4,3,2,1,0



Did more values on the last day since there were only smalls areas for one or two of the values. Also did another comp where I combined my 1st and 2nd original comps (purely for the bakcground design) which I ended up going with.






Blending


Last day was blending the tiles together to get a more realistic finish. Quite a few places still look rather tiled even though I blended the edges so I think that is down to not having enough transition tiles between those areas.






Notes



Overall I'm relatively pleased with the end result. I was hoping to get a more realistic painting out of it but I guess that just means I have more practice to do.



Made some notes on where I could improve which I'll just bullet point below:



1. Could of designed some of my tiles to be more attractive

2. Should of made some corrections with my inital drawing to either make areas more easy to read (collar) or conform more to anatomy/structure (bags/fat pads below eyes) rather than copying what I see. Again leads back to making things easier to read. Or make things more visually appealing (hair).

3. Should of placed more tansitonal tiles between areas to achieve a better transition of tone and acheive a more realistic finish.

4. Should of applied more paint. Had some issues with blending where it rubbed back to the illustration board so I had to mix more paint to cover those areas.



Jeff's doing the same class next term but in colour which I have signed up for so my plan was to take a few days off and then do another black/white painting to get some more practice in before his class starts, and to also try and apply my improvements above to. Gonna work on the painting all next week following the same approach of 2 values a day and once that is done I'll start my new schedule which I'll post in my next update since this update is already getting quite wordy haha.

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Got too caught up in just cracking on with work so neglected to post. I've been working more gouache tiling paintings while also starting my new schedule.



Gouache



As I said last time I wanted to attempt another b/w before the new class with Jeff started.



Ref






Painting



Same as last time I free hand the drawing and worked on 2 values a day and finished it off by doing some blending in the end, now that I look at it I could of definitely done more blending.......










I feel like compared to the first one I did it was a definite improvements since my tonal transitions improved somewhat and I felt my shape design was stronger. Still feel like I made a few mistakes in terms of value placement, again I feel like I could of used more transitional tiles to acheive better gradations. Even though I blended my tiles at the end some mf my tiles still have a strong edge which I feel boils down to lack of intermedaite tiles.



Jeff Gouache Class



Ref






Sketch






Same as the last 2 times In opted to free hand the drawing rather than trace like Jeff suggested since I wanted the extra drawing practice



Painting (week1/2)





Hopefully now that I'll be getting some feedback I should hopefully better understand the mistakes I'm making and how to correct.



Notes



Haven't gotten around to taking pics of my other studies so I'll do that over the weekend.

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I really enjoy your studies and very methodical process a lot! It's great to see how your pieces are coming together and how they slowly gain an amazing depth in perspective.

I can't give much feedback, because I am not at that advanced level yet to see the "mistakes" at this level, but there are two things I think you can look at and potentially experiment with:

1.) Maybe experiment with adding some complimentary colored shades or underpaintings to your pieces to add (even more) life. So far you do a great job with the coloring (both monochromatic as well as multi colored), however the coloring look a little bit stiff.

2.) (About Post# 621): I think you are in the advanced stage with your skills, where you really need to look close at the small details in rendering to get even more out of the painting. Overall your proportions and colors look fine to me. However, what I would look out for now at this painting in this post is to get the small things right, like the transitions between skin and hair (add more fine details here like single defined hairs), maybe even skin pores and also throughout clean rendered highlights & clean blended light parts at the helmet and also at the ruff. There are a lot of little white spaces at the ruff soecifically, that are not clearly defined yet as lighting or missing color. I know traditional colors are hard to master and after drying they tend to leave these little white dots at times, but I am sure there solutions for this, too, right?

I know it's not much feedback and what I suggest is nitpicking on a high level, I know. However, given your amazing skills it wouldn't make sense to advice practicing another round of quick body sketches so please know, the "nitpicking" is coming from a place of admiration and respect for your skill with the hope it helps you a little to become even better! :)

Have a great day and keep up the great work!
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(04-02-2021, 08:46 AM)Kaiko Wrote: I really enjoy your studies and very methodical process a lot! It's great to see how your pieces are coming together and how they slowly gain an amazing depth in perspective.

I can't give much feedback, because I am not at that advanced level yet to see the "mistakes" at this level, but there are two things I think you can look at and potentially experiment with:

1.) Maybe experiment with adding some complimentary colored shades or underpaintings to your pieces to add (even more) life. So far you do a great job with the coloring (both monochromatic as well as multi colored), however the coloring look a little bit stiff.

2.) (About Post# 621): I think you are in the advanced stage with your skills, where you really need to look close at the small details in rendering to get even more out of the painting. Overall your proportions and colors look fine to me. However, what I would look out for now at this painting in this post is to get the small things right, like the transitions between skin and hair (add more fine details here like single defined hairs), maybe even skin pores and also throughout clean rendered highlights & clean blended light parts at the helmet and also at the ruff. There are a lot of little white spaces at the ruff soecifically, that are not clearly defined yet as lighting or missing color. I know traditional colors are hard to master and after drying they tend to leave these little white dots at times, but I am sure there solutions for this, too, right?

I know it's not much feedback and what I suggest is nitpicking on a high level, I know. However, given your amazing skills it wouldn't make sense to advice practicing another round of quick body sketches so please know, the "nitpicking" is coming from a place of admiration and respect for your skill with the hope it helps you a little to become even better! :)

Have a great day and keep up the great work!


Hey Kaiko thanks for the feedback :) Your'e too kind, I honestly still see myself as being intermediate but maybe I'm being too hard on myself.

It's not nitpicking at all, as you said every little bit contributes to getting better so please do call me out on something minor, it's the only way I'll learn! :)

Regarding:

1. Thanks for the advice, I'll try and give it ago on my next painting. I did try and do some stains on the painting I'm wokring on now as an underpainting of sorts (if that is what you are refering to?) but maybe I didn't go dark enough with those stains. Truthly I'm not sure if I am overthinking things when it comes to painting or underthinking haha.

2. Your'e definitely right, I relaised i'd made quite a few mistakes at the end (such as the transitions and the hair) which I tried to correct but kept making more of a mess of things so I packed it in and started on another, hoping I could take my failures and address them on the next one. About the white dots, I remember trying to show some of the stain through to achieve the highlight on the helmet but I guess part of the white dots is me being sloppy and not getting my paint ratio right.

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As I said last time I started a new practice schedule trying to address some things which I've either neglected, or haven't studied in awhile. So here's what I'm working on now:



. Perspective

. Drapery

. Hands/Feet

. Memory/Imagination

. Painting



Gonna apolgize in advance for the qaulity of my photos. i''ve been working on indivudual pieces of newsprint that I cut rather than a pad so once I'm done with a page I add it to a pile and put my drawing board on top once I'm done. Guess something got caught or pushed which caused a massive crease in my recent drawings so try and look pass the obvious crease.....



Perspective



(Not entirely sure what happened with my pics to cause this weird blue glare, hopefully it won't be present next time).



I've gone back to working through the perspective course on NMA with Erik Ollsen. I started working through the course a few years ago but never completed it for some reason. Thought I'd start from the beginning and just spend a few weeks addressing 1/2/3 point individually, making notes when needed.












Drapery



Started with a costumed figure drawing lay-in.






Some studies of drpaery from the Watts online coursebooks



Diaper Fold






Zigzag Fold






Hands/Feet



Some linear drawings of hands/feet. Top 2 on each page are a study of one of Brian Knox's drawings while the rest are me trying to understand it myself from photo ref.








Figure Lay-in



Another figure lay-in from a few weeks ago. My with proportions seem to be improving (if slowly) but my placement still seems to be hit or miss. I'm not looking to be 100% accurate to the ref but it's off enough to warrant improvement.






Memory/Imagination



Trying to be more active in drawing from memory/imagination. At the moment I;m trying to spend an hour or 2 each night trying to recall or invent what I had been studying that day.



Some hands/feet from memory






Trying to work on my figure invention, specifically how I sraw my figure Mannequin. Trying to be more simplistic since in the past I've felt like I've jumped straight to adding detail and ignoring the basic foundations/forms. Might swithc to digital for these since my sketchbook feels rather small for these exercises (a4), or maybe I just need a bigger sketchbook....






Gouache Tiling



Week 3 progress on my painting, started with applying Jeff's feedback from last week which was to widen the jaw on the left and varying the shape and size of some of my previous tiles.



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