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The WIP and planning thread:

 1 Yuanchosaan, Fri, 11th Nov '11 9:37:26 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
antic disposition
A thread to talk about the sort of planning you do, and post sketches of works in progress.

I really enjoy looking at blocking, both traditional and digital. It's even better if I can see snapshots at different stages of the process: seeing how the picture evolves, and how the artist elaborates on details and fixes mistakes. Some good examples can be found here, here and in the sketch pages here.

Most of their plans are better than any of my completed works. Sadly, my own planning seldom pans out to a nice finish, but I enjoy blocking figures and compositions. Here's some stuff I'm working on at the moment.

Do post some of your own or discuss the techniques you use.
"Doctor Who means never having to say you're kidding." - Bocaj
Don't have any of my own to share, but I like looking at these too, since I think they're really helpful for getting a better sense of what compositions work and that sort of thing...aaaaaand I'm just going to link dump now: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

There are more but I'll stop there for now...

I guess this is only tangentially related to the topic, but until taking art classes I never realized some people actually work on sections of their artwork until that section is completed before moving onto the next part. I pretty much always do a little bit of everything, then go through on another pass, and repeat until everything's done. This is regardless of whether it's a silly 10 minute doodle in my sketchbook or a full painting.

 3 Loni Jay, Thu, 17th Nov '11 1:02:37 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
I'm planning two drawings (a request from my brother). So far, the planning has consisted of searching around for good pose references and scrawling rough faces and hairstyles around my notes. I did a very rough sketch, but my idea for the pose is different now.
Be not afraid...
 4 Yuanchosaan, Thu, 26th Apr '12 5:44:39 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
antic disposition
Arise, dark thread, from your premature death!

I decided to take some pictures of my latest drawing project at various points. Since I tend to draw a lot of floating heads, it's about time I do something else. Here's what I have so far:

I really should have used an easel - the proportions of the head are wrong because of my perspective from where I was sitting. The biggest problem is the rough style required. Since I normally use the same size of paper to draw a bust, I tend to draw with as much detail as possible, even with charcoal. This is rather more difficult on this scale.

Also, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch has a really weird face.
"Doctor Who means never having to say you're kidding." - Bocaj
 5 Wheezy, Fri, 18th May '12 9:02:32 AM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
I've been commissioned to turn this into something better.

I started by updating the sword.*

edited 18th May '12 9:03:44 AM by Wheezy

Element of love
[up]wow that's a cool sword.It is already 20%coolersmile

I am working on "vectoring" this two pictures for my comic

Scared Celesia

Angry Celestia
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis
 7 Wheezy, Fri, 25th May '12 5:09:31 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
First pencil lineart. Unfinished.

My main problem is the sheath's strap. It's based on this one, so the wide, cushiony part is supposed to sit over his shoulder. However, for it to sit like it does at the angle he's holding it, it must be passing, ghost-like, directly through his neck.

This is a big problem. One that would take a total redo to fix.

So... Leave it and hope the commission buyer doesn't notice, or repeat at least 6 or 7 hours of drawing?

...When I'm already way behind schedule and my internet's out at the studio, meaning I need to drive 2 miles to the nearest WiFi hotspot if I need a reference picture for the new pose.

Also, finding out how to draw muscle tone on his arms and back using only lines is a right pain in the ass.

Edit: @Yuanchosaan: Holy shit, that's awesome. How did I not see that before?

edited 25th May '12 5:20:17 PM by Wheezy

 8 Wheezy, Mon, 28th May '12 12:53:10 AM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
Well, we have the internet back, and I was able to do the research I couldn't before.

...And I found that drawing a sword that long in that position is impossible, anyway. It's longer than his arm's reach.

So, time to re-evaluate what I'm going to do with this drawing. The commissioner asked me to show two things: His face and the sword's full sheath, with all the jewels visible. They apparently have some plot significance. That last catch is what keeps me from just using a pose like this.

Also, I want the new pose to at least kind of resemble the old one, so maybe I'll draw something similar to what I tried the first time, but without him unsheathing the sword.

Edit: Or even better, how about a pose like this, but from the other angle?

...But the only problem is that you can't really carry a sword that big at the hip like a katana.

See, anime kids? BFSes are stupid.

Second Edit: This pose might work. However, I've been researching it for almost three hours straight, and I'm tired without having even drawn anything yet.

People keep telling me I overthink things.

edited 28th May '12 1:36:10 AM by Wheezy

 9 Wheezy, Mon, 28th May '12 12:48:39 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
After throwing a few away, I finally have a pencil sketch I'm (mostly) happy with.

The swords's crooked, but I'll fix that.

Next step: Inking. But before that, sleep. I've gotten maybe 1 hour of it in the 12 since my last post.

edited 28th May '12 12:57:49 PM by Wheezy

 10 Wheezy, Tue, 29th May '12 3:46:51 AM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
4 hours or so into inking.

Someone else is going to color it, so I'll let them handle the muscle tone.

edited 29th May '12 3:48:51 AM by Wheezy

 11 Loni Jay, Tue, 29th May '12 4:36:20 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
There's nothing wrong with looking for a physically possible pose =P

Wow, I really like his face.
Be not afraid...
 12 Wheezy, Thu, 31st May '12 8:09:18 AM from Tampa, FL. Again.
 13 Wheezy, Thu, 31st May '12 2:47:56 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
My second commission (from a different person):

Redraw this.

Here's step one.

This one's going much more smoothly than the last.
 14 Fancolors, Sun, 3rd Jun '12 5:34:11 PM from Land of the Mamelucos
Currently inking for the first time in my life.

[1]

edited 3rd Jun '12 6:31:23 PM by Fancolors

Behold! Grammer Nazis, behold the sigh of Engrish mine!
 15 Fancolors, Sun, 3rd Jun '12 6:35:20 PM from Land of the Mamelucos
...and done.
Behold! Grammer Nazis, behold the sigh of Engrish mine!
 16 Wheezy, Mon, 4th Jun '12 9:03:25 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
Me too.

*

edited 4th Jun '12 9:03:51 PM by Wheezy

 17 Wheezy, Thu, 7th Jun '12 7:40:41 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
Assignment III:

Redraw this.

Here's a pencil sketch that took 8 or 9 hours.

No, really. Most of it was spent erasing and re-drawing her hips, hands, and fans.
 18 Wheezy, Fri, 8th Jun '12 2:17:07 AM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
Done.

Inking was much quicker. About two hours.

Next commission doesn't involve drawing people. Someone wants a logo that involves a pen and a baseball. I'll see what I can do.
Element of love
[up]she is beautiufl I love your work
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis
 20 Wheezy, Fri, 8th Jun '12 1:00:05 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
Thanks.

Pencil sketch, first draft.

Going to bed now. Haven't slept since I started inking the fan dancer.*
 21 Wheezy, Mon, 11th Jun '12 2:26:34 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
This was the finished version.

They didn't like it, and asked for "a fountain or quill pen inside a baseball."

Let's see how this works.
 22 Wheezy, Mon, 11th Jun '12 4:12:37 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
Nope. He wants me to draw the same thing but horizontal, then another version with either a fountain pen or a quill that "doesn't look so animal-like."
 23 Wheezy, Tue, 12th Jun '12 2:08:51 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
 24 Fancolors, Sat, 23rd Jun '12 6:52:41 PM from Land of the Mamelucos
[1]

Something tells me the paiting process is going to be far more painful.
Behold! Grammer Nazis, behold the sigh of Engrish mine!
 25 Fancolors, Sat, 23rd Jun '12 7:37:35 PM from Land of the Mamelucos
[1]

Added some more details.
Behold! Grammer Nazis, behold the sigh of Engrish mine!
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