Just wanted to post my progress. I hope to be done with the values soon and then start adding color.
Friday, September 14, 2012
I was watching a video recently where the artist took pictures of complicated pieces of machinery and then turned them into these awesome environment concepts. I saw this as a way to overcome that initial fear that comes with starting out a new painting with a completely blank canvas. I definitely wanted to try this out for myself, so I visited CG Textures and picked out a few machinery textures that I liked and started painting. Here is what I have come up with so far. The top one changed so much you would not even be able to tell what it was before but It definitely was less intimidating to start painting on top of another image rather than just a completely blank canvas.
In looking at what I had done so far I started to realize that a lot of the dynamic feel of the original thumbnail was being lost as I tried to correct the anatomy of the character. It was suggested to me that a simple curve added to the characters left shin could help bring back some of that dynamic feel (even though anatomically this is not really correct).
After looking through all the thumbnails I did there were really just a few that stood out to me and really caught my interest. One in particular just felt very dynamic and interesting so I cut it out made a new larger canvas and pasted/enlarged the thumbnail on that canvas (It looks super pixalated because I enlarged such a small thumbnail but it's just a base for my concept so it does not matter):
For one of my concept art pieces for my portfolio building class I decided to create a character. I wanted to create a full body character piece to show off my knowledge of the humanoid form and proportions. I started out just creating tons of thumbnails. From here I will choose a few that look good to me and experiment with them. At this point I dont have a specific character in mind but I am really just trying to create a dynamic pose.