Sketchbook - silentheart00

2019 Goals

Moving over the thread from the other site.  Didn't have a lot of things on there, so it should be easy.

Hi guys. It's been a few years since I've drawn anything seriously, and now I have a DND group with a diverse cast of characters as inspiration. My first project is my half-elf hexblade. Here's a rough face concept with base colors laid down. Feel free to really rip into my art as I need to learn how to handle tough critiques as well as know where I'm weak.

I need to make the ears less pointy as I forgot I was a half-elf. Also, can't seem to quite get that spiky punk hair I want, but I'm sure it'll work itself out in iterations.

Working on the hair, trying to see if I can get it how I want it to be. Been playing around with the chalk brush and I really do like it. My facial proportions might be off, like maybe need to lower the nose just a touch or just redo the nose entirely.

Critiques are welcome.

Armor concept silhouettes.

Found a posture online (terrible, I know, but needed something quick). I like the asymmetrical spikes along the figure more; brings an interesting movement and balance to the overall figure. Think I'll focus on pointy elements throughout the armor since the character can be a bit abrasive lol.

  • Second round of possible silhouettes.

    It feels like something is missing.  Can't quite put my finger on it....

    Critiques are welcome.

  • All of your silhouettes are quite similar in overall shape and are focused on detail (which hardly matters in a pre-planing phase like silhouetting). Don't be afraid to push the shapes out of the body's contour and get more variations between designs. Even if you think something wont work you might be surprised by the results when you try it, so try it!

    Best of luck, I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  • Thanks for the feedback.  I'll try pushing it even more.

  • A bit of a change of pace.  Value study.

    Waterfall, oil on canvas,  16x20 in.

  • Been painting with oils more.

    Day and Night, oil on canvas, 11x14 in.

    I wanted to play around with value expectations of what the sun looks like at different points in the sky.  There's also a bit of value shifting, which was something I was trying to be conscious of to practice that skill.  Not sure if you can see it, but there's some texture within the paint that I'm using to subtly move your eyes towards the circle.

    Critiques are welcome.

  • Resubmitted the pencil hardness exercise:

  • Remaking the Hexblade concept as I wanted to change the resolution from 72 ppi to 300.  Figured might as well practice being conscious of bone and muscle structure, too.  Critiques are welcomed.

    Whops, forgot to define the other ear more.  Next time.

  • Well, this sketchbook has been dead for a while.  Didn't mean to let it get that way, but sometimes life happens.

    I've  talked the talk (critiquing what I can here,) now I should walk the  walk.  I have to admit, I haven't drawn in a while, so I suck.  But,  like everyone here, I'm looking to improve and what better way to do  that then to do something.  So, I've entered a  challenge on ArtStation called "Beneath the Waves."  It's the  concept/preproduction phase, and I thought, "I'm going to enter, this is  a great excuse to draw, who cares if I'm crap.  This is for my own  improvement."  So, here I am.

    This is the  Character/Creature portion.  Here's my first couple of entries: a  mermaid and a vampire squid-esque thing.  Critiques are welcome.

  • Oooo Cool! I saw that competition. I can't wait to see your entry! Good luck!

  • Thanks!

  • Third humanoid.  Based on a feathered starfish.

  • I love the concept!

  • Thanks!

  • Fourth humanoid, and you'll notice the jump in ability because, well, I cheated a bit.  I found a stock image online of the pose I had so clearly in my head, and I'm absolutely terrible at male anatomy.  Working on it, trying to be more conscious of it, but here we are.

    Based off an axolotl, maybe a warrior-type of humanoid.  Critiques are welcomed.

  • Decided to add some preliminary color to the first humanoid just to feel some things out.

  • Ah, nothing like the holidays to throw a monkey wrench into the works.  Nothing like realizing you're going to screech through the finish line of this challenge.  But hey, c'est la vie.

    I forgot I actually wanted to have the mermaid look like the rainbow snake instead, so I changed that.

  • Ah, going to be screeching into the deadline.  I have a tendency to flake on things, but I'm not going to flake!  I shall finish this!

  • This came to me in that twilight phase right before you fall asleep but aren't quite awake.  I've always had a fascination with wings, so why not make them out of coral?  Of course, they're non-functioning in the sense of movement, but there's just something.... ethereal about it?

  • I like how you just keep shooting ideas out. I'm getting thrown off by all this holiday craziness too. I really like your coral wings idea. Are you going with a soft coral because what was going through my mind was that it would be hard for your creature to move through the water if the coral was hard. I don't know, just a thought.