1. Post #1
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    hi

    thought i should probably start a sketchbook, partly to inspire me to work a bit more consistently. i'll mostly be posting 2D art, digital and graphite, but, as i'm doing game art design at uni, i'll occasionally post design documents and 3D work

    some stuff from the last few days:


    photostudy


    photostudy


    album cover (multiple references)


    some pencil studies:








    some less recent, less referenced work:






    whole gallery of old stuff here

    blog links:
    2D
    3D
    design
    contextual studies


    hopefully i'll be posting a few times a week. once i get either a working scanner or a working camera i should be posting pencil work almost daily

    critique away, friends
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Artistic Artistic x 21Winner Winner x 2Dumb Dumb x 1Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  2. Post #2
    $$ ask me about drawing MLP porn requests $$
    Detlef's Avatar
    September 2010
    13,317 Posts
    gonna be cool to track your progress.
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Norway Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  3. Post #3
    Beverage Bandit
    kevlar jens's Avatar
    November 2005
    19,204 Posts
    ye what detlef said.
    i'll be watching this thread.


    good luck
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Norway Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  4. Post #4
    Gold Member
    D3TBS's Avatar
    March 2011
    8,696 Posts
    nice stuff you got here
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows Vista Portugal Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  5. Post #5
    Gold Member
    MenteR's Avatar
    July 2007
    5,260 Posts
    awesome stuff man! seriously, i love that stylized face photostudy you got right there!
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Brazil Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  6. Post #6
    Xephio's Avatar
    December 2009
    3,680 Posts
    i too am looking forward for more
    i feel like we're bonded together
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Netherlands Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  7. Post #7
    Gold Member
    Barnhouse's Avatar
    September 2005
    16,622 Posts
    now i gotta start a thread

    good work anyway dude
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  8. Post #8
    Gold Member
    Domino's Avatar
    August 2006
    1,321 Posts
    I'll be following faithfully :3
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Norway Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  9. Post #9
    Gold Member
    Joazzz's Avatar
    June 2008
    23,419 Posts
    You could have made the skull on the album cover a bit less cartoony IMO. The star looks metallic, but the skull doesn't really look bone-y.
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows Vista Finland Show Events Useful Useful x 1 (list)

  10. Post #10
    Snoberator
    Uberslug's Avatar
    January 2005
    5,510 Posts
    chestus <3
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  11. Post #11
    ADT
    Gold Member
    ADT's Avatar
    January 2010
    4,527 Posts
    I especially like your second picture for some reason.
    I'll lurk your thread, as your fellow comrade.

    (I thought of starting a thread too, but not until I've finished the huge part of practising)
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 France Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  12. Post #12
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    thanks guys

    some work for today. wip of a spaceship thing (we have to design a vehicle for a 2D art module):



    i hate painting vehicles and machinery and other hard-edged stuff
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Artistic Artistic x 5Funny Funny x 2 (list)

  13. Post #13
    Walls black like black waters, when they are heavy and seem to belong to other seas
    MakoSkyDub's Avatar
    January 2011
    7,011 Posts
    I don't see why, that looks pretty fucking nice
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows Vista Australia Show Events Agree Agree x 3Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  14. Post #14
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts




    pretty generic and totally rips off my reference images but whatever. deadlines are deadlines. now i need to paint a pilot
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Artistic Artistic x 8Winner Winner x 2Funny Funny x 2Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  15. Post #15
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts


    as far as i can be bothered to get with the pilot tonight. i'm too ill for this
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 2Artistic Artistic x 2Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  16. Post #16
    Gold Member
    Maloof?'s Avatar
    December 2006
    6,922 Posts
    I really like your acrylic(?) and text collage works
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 New Zealand Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  17. Post #17
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    i'm going to take that as the biggest compliment because it's digital

    Edited:

    i'm thinking of doing more of those style of portrait for various musicians i like
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  18. Post #18
    I like this thread
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows XP United States Show Events Agree Agree x 3Friendly Friendly x 1Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  19. Post #19
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    creepy as fuck wip texture work



    it's for a unity game me and a couple of guys at uni are making in our spare time. the character is plastic (think woody from toy story) and most of the work is done by shaders in-engine, hence the lack of contrast here
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 2 (list)

  20. Post #20
    jenny7332's Avatar
    April 2010
    999 Posts
    Hey Chesty I think your stuff is beautiful and you obviously know how to render.

    Have you tried anything looser though? It seems that the majority of your work
    seems highly polished and meticulous. I'd love to see you do some faster
    gesture drawings in charcoal or something.
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows Vista United Kingdom Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  21. Post #21
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    yeh i need to get around to doing that kinda thing. i do feel i've been getting better at speed lately though (if you look at the footballer and the half-finished portrait of ian curtis compared to my older work such as the noel gallagher portrait)

    i've been doing lots of pose and gesture studies in pencil but i always end up over-detailing them. fountain pen has been a bit of a life-saver for me when it comes to forcing me to work looser

    i'll try out charcoal when i get the chance though/money to buy supplies. sadly i'm without camera and scanner though at the moment so i won't be able to show any of that work :(
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 2 (list)

  22. Post #22
    Gold Member
    Akasori's Avatar
    August 2008
    4,084 Posts
    I remember that chocolate samurai.
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Finland Show Events Agree Agree x 1 (list)

  23. Post #23
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    he's so tasty
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 3 (list)

  24. Post #24
    Gold Member
    DOG-GY's Avatar
    June 2009
    13,231 Posts
    i love u.

    can you post an image of how that texture looks with the shader?
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United States Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  25. Post #25
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    yesh



    sorry for jpeg compressed facbook pic (WE HAVE A SECRET GROUP SHH)

    still working on how strong the specular needs to be
    also i misplaced the lips so it looks like he has a pink moustache
    also he looks exactly like woody so i'm gonna give him a fuckin handlebar moustache, blue eyes and blonde hair (hitler youth cowboy)
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 10Artistic Artistic x 4 (list)

  26. Post #26
    Beverage Bandit
    kevlar jens's Avatar
    November 2005
    19,204 Posts
    Cool. The textures on the torso are a wip/placeholder right?

    Btw, have you considered painting the textures directly onto the model? I imagine it would streamline the process a lot so you don't have to run back and forth between Photoshop and Max/Maya/whatever.

    ZBrush, Mudbox and 3D coats are some of the applications that lets you do so.
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Norway Show Events Agree Agree x 1Useful Useful x 1 (list)

  27. Post #27
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    yeh the guy doing the modelling knocked those textures up as placeholder. i'm just about to start painting the torso now actually

    we have thought about that but the thing is we've got one guy on the team who is great at modelling (especially modelling for practical reasons - he has iphone/android games on the market) and i'm pretty decent at painting/rendering so i'm just gonna stick to what i know and use photoshop. there's a bit of time being wasted because i'm switching between max and cs5 to line things up but i reckon, in the end, that's a lot less time than would be wasted in me trying to learn a whole new program

    but thanks for the tip - that's something i'll look into in the future, probably during the summer
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  28. Post #28
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    i have to design 4 weapons for tuesday (big, medium, small, concealed) but i don't have a clue where to start at all
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  29. Post #29
    $$ ask me about drawing MLP porn requests $$
    Detlef's Avatar
    September 2010
    13,317 Posts
    first.

    Look at similar weapons

    then

    find out what kind of weapons you want to design, draw some thumbnails blah blahasdfgh

  30. Post #30
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    i have done an hour or so of trawling deviantart and shit pimp my gun folders so maybe now i am ready to mess about

    i think this is where the old silhouette technique thing might come in handy
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Agree Agree x 1Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  31. Post #31
    Gold Member
    The Vman's Avatar
    December 2008
    8,074 Posts
    Figure drawing will help you out a lot, help you get much more natural looking poses..
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United States Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  32. Post #32
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    i need to do a lot more yeh. finding time is hard though with all the extra work i've given myself. well, not really, that's just an excuse... a more accurate definition would be "if i want to do anything with my time other than art, it's hard to find the time"

    speaking of which, i resorted to speed painting the pilot:



    2 hours. square brushes
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Artistic Artistic x 6Funny Funny x 2 (list)

  33. Post #33
    LufOo's Avatar
    September 2010
    718 Posts
    i need to do a lot more yeh. finding time is hard though with all the extra work i've given myself. well, not really, that's just an excuse... a more accurate definition would be "if i want to do anything with my time other than art, it's hard to find the time"

    speaking of which, i resorted to speed painting the pilot:



    2 hours. square brushes

    sorry. I had to

    anyways

    Looks good, although square brushes might not be the ideal brush for some textures, like skin or clothings. Think more about brush flow, and colors looks a bit flat, I would love to see some more color variations.

    Stance is a little awkward, his torso should be angled oposite way if he should have the leanback stance.
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Norway Show Events Friendly Friendly x 1 (list)

  34. Post #34
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    this is as far as we've got with the character model thing



    jpeg compressed fb picture again. i am still to do all the texturing (apart from the face which is done) but right now i must paint a modular weapon system
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Artistic Artistic x 9Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  35. Post #35
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts




    lazy as shit modular rifle. i feel like i'm not trying at all lately. i'm gonna attribute this to still being ill and only having 2 hours sleep last night but i'm probably lying to myself
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Artistic Artistic x 1Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  36. Post #36
    Fake-XM's Avatar
    August 2011
    591 Posts
    I love your work and I don't think you're lying to yourself.
    I bet you can come up with something much better with more sleep, I don't know if the main part is the design or the execution, but in my opinion the design here is pretty bad (sry if that's harsh).

    First of all, ergonomics, holding it would be very awkward I guess. If you really want the grip at such an angle, you'd have to arc it the other way and "make it level" with the trigger, like the P90. Might even need a more extreme angle (ref).
    I don't know how well this would work with such a heavy rifle (it looks heavy) though, never held one.
    Currently you also couldn't reach the firemode-selector-thingy comfortably with your thumb.
    Maybe use the F2000 for grip reference.
    The stock on the top 2 looks much too long to me, not sure about that though. Also the reddot looks a bit small.

    The weirdest thing to me is the bullpup-with-angled-magazine configuration though. When using a bullpup design you want to get a weapon with roughly the same length as a conventional rifle but with a longer barrel (accuracy, muzzle velocity). By giving it that weird angle you remove that advantage and create 2 issues: Ok, 1, the other one can be ignored cause it's internal. But reloading would be a real pain in the ass because you'd have to pull it back and down instead of just down, so you'd have to lift the rifle really high to even get the magazine out (Judging from the position of the barrel it's also a very long magazine).

    It doesn't look very modular either, to me it looks firmly bolted together. To be fair though, the F2000 also doesn't look modular but apparently it is.
    A longer rail on the bottom and a picture with attached grenade launcher might already do the trick, idk.

    Like I said, I don't know what the assignment was but since I can't critique the artistic side, I tried to help a bit like that.
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Germany Show Events Useful Useful x 1Informative Informative x 1 (list)

  37. Post #37
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    that's very useful thank you
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Funny Funny x 1 (list)

  38. Post #38
    Gold Member
    wewt!'s Avatar
    July 2008
    12,219 Posts
    When using a bullpup design you want to get a weapon with roughly the same length as a conventional rifle but with a longer barrel (accuracy, muzzle velocity).
    not really, the F2000's barrel is roughly 50mm shorter than an M16's
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Slovenia Show Events Optimistic Optimistic x 1 (list)

  39. Post #39
    Fake-XM's Avatar
    August 2011
    591 Posts
    it's also 30cm shorter overall
    so in relation, you get a longer barrel.
    Maybe I worded it badly, I meant that if you have 2 weapons with the same overall length and go for bullpup, you prioritize barrel length. If that makes sense
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 Germany Show Events Optimistic Optimistic x 1 (list)

  40. Post #40
    Gold Member
    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,090 Posts
    now that we're done talking about bullpup rifle configurations



    a bit of progress
    Reply With Quote Edit / Delete Reply Windows 7 United Kingdom Show Events Winner Winner x 2Funny Funny x 1 (list)