Gesture Line

Time for basics. The year started with “Gesture Line” as a topic in the Tuesday Sketch. The experience turned out to be a mini experiment. Adventures looking for a gesture line.

TS169-GestureLineI thought I had gesture lines down. Mine were recognizable as such by my peers, a long time ago! The hare took a nap, eh? I give you a bit of my search for the elusive gesture line. Should be the first thing you see, right? ūüôā

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So I picked a reference image of a lady in a courtsey pose. I suppose I could have picked a pose with more obvious gesture lines, but here we go. If you’re wondering, its from Stephen Silver’s Pose Book app.

gesture-looking-1Some initial unfocused attempts at finding a gesture line.  I used a Tombow brush pen to throw myself off. Finding more shapes than lines, eh? Focusing.

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Some of these lines could be mistaken for gesture lines. Loosen up, and the lines start to make sense. Going for “flow” or visual “action”. The pose was strange, so I came up with a few lines that I think can hold it up.

gesture-foundAnd here they are. For some reason the shoulders seemed like a good starting point. And of course, the crown of the head starts one main line. The crossed legs complicated things, making this an awkward balance for the figure. I think this is how it goes to the Tuesday Sketch… very very rough. I’ll finish something off of these lines soon.

My lesson: Practice your basics frequently. Better to be in shape when you need it.

Have a great art time, and thanks for dropping by!

Published in: on January 8, 2013 at 9:32 am  Comments (3)  

Trail – Underground Stream

My largest digital piece as a submission to Illustration Friday. ¬†The topic: Trail. ¬†It’s an experiment of quantity versus quality. ¬†Here’s the sketch I did a couple of months ago, while spending time with my daughter at the park. ¬†As she played, she pretended that the underside of the tall slides were caves, walking along an imagined path. ¬†I doodled some rocks, and took inspiration from the pretend play. ¬†I finished rendering in pencil at home, and left it untouched for a long while. ¬†Illustration Friday’s topic reminded me of the girl walking the underground trail.

Trail - Illustration Friday submissionThis digitally drawn and colored piece took a relative long time. ¬†I’ve seen so many great looking digital paintings, so full of details, that I had to try for that scale. ¬†Quick and simple pieces have been fun to do for IF, but I have plans for more ambitious projects, and this was great exercise, as it let me explore process in a larger scale. ¬†It turns out, I was always fighting between concentrating on quality, versus the quantity of the elements. ¬†I could spend so much time on just coloring a rock, that I decided to forget quality in order to complete the “assignment”. ¬†It did give me an opportunity to mold a process, so to speak. ¬†I approached it in stages. ¬†First I scanned the pencils, and inked digitally, adding a larger area to the left of the stream. ¬†I changed the “quartz” attempt in the sketch to stalactites. ¬†Then I proceeded to color. ¬†I didn’t use much of that selection and fill strategy I see most people use, so the flats were done with big brushes, for most of the work. ¬†Then I went at it with the spray paint tool, varying in opacity, and using layers for line work and colors. ¬†I would say that maybe 70% of the work was coloring and details. Now I see that it needed more planning time. The stream itself got attention at the last moment, when I noticed it was throwing off perspective. First time I try a stream, even at an angle. ¬†Tried to fix it giving it a kind of a waterfall angle, but forgot to suggest it better with the rock walls around it.

Oh well… it was really an experiment, which I really enjoyed. My next digital piece won’t be as ambitious, as I will strive for a better balance between quantity and quality.

Main goal? Visualization and fun. I wouldn’t hang it on a wall, but its a landmark for me (pardon the pun). ¬†Thanks for visiting, and have a great art time! I did!

Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 11:24 pm  Comments (4)  
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Welcome to my laboratory!

Cheered on by my friends, I humbly start this blog. Thanks folks! A toast to you!

Do you remember the last movie version of ¬†“The Fly”? ¬†The main character expressed he didn’t know how it all worked, he just put different systems together to get what he wanted. ¬†I may do that with art tools, styles, you name it.

This is where I tell you all about me, and how it got here. ¬†Well, I’ll spare you details for now. ¬†Suffice it to say, I recently started to take my drawing a bit more seriously, and I got to the point that my frequent posting on twitter and flickr to show my work kind of screamed for a blog.

I have to thank my all of my art friends for the encouragement.  You guys know who you are, and will get roasted, I mean, mentioned here frequently.   You guys are awesome, thanks for the camaraderie!

I do have to mention my friends, Krishna Sadasivam, of “PC Weenies“, and Thomas James, of the “Escape From Illustration island” podcast/art-community. ¬†They have provided much of the encouragement needed for this to start happening. ¬†Thomas had the dubious honor of being the last trigger I needed to push me over to the blogging-side.

This blog is about experimenting and discovery.  That is my art bug,  as I learn various disciplines and techniques.

Lots of design work is in order (like you couldn’t tell how bare this blog is).¬† I truly hope you enjoy it as it develops.

If you want to check some of my work, look me up at the following links:

http://www.twitter.com/gonzalexx

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gonzalexx

Looking forward to sharing my art adventures with you, and hopefully entertain at the same time.

Now… where’s that “Blogs for Dummies” book?

Published in: on January 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm  Comments (4)