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Portrait Progression

I've recently been doing a self directed course from Conceptart.org. One of the tasks was to spend 3 hours trying to paint a self portrait so you could observe all the light effectively.

I'm happy with how the portrait came out, but recently a hashtag on Twitter called '#anyonecanimproveatdrawing' has been floating about, and it reminded me of a portrait I had painted of myself a few years back. I thought it might be interesting to show the improvement so here you go:



Sketchbook Vol #1

Since I've moved to London I've made the choice of practicing sketching as often as I can. I've just finished my first book. Here are a few of my favourite sketches, but if you're interested you can download the entire PDF of it for free here:

https://goo.gl/s8Qumg











Niress

This was created for another tabletop RPG. The brief was to paint a brilliant white mountainous iceberg with some strange machinery frozen into it. Complete with strange dragon-sized bird monsters around it.

I sent in the following 4 roughs first.


I wanted the design to focus mostly on the iceberg and the machinery. I was afraid that otherwise it would have been too busy a composition. However I was asked to increase the birds size and to go with image 4. And so I created this:


Happy with the current design I proceeded to refine this image, I wanted the machinery to look alien, but not break up the composition too much.


I had flipped the image and worked in the greyscale as a way to make sure the image worked correctly. I've found flipping an image can reset the eyes and really make any issues stand out. With this I proceeded to add the colour, to what I hoped would be a finished product.


However, there was an issue. We now needed to have this machinery literally frozen inside th…