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Uncharted by Saurus Uncharted by Saurus
I figured this made for a nice piece to illustrate my return. Not a real story to go with this one, though it holds plenty of symbolism on my part. Furthermore it seems to become a reoccurring theme for me to make a drawing based around discovering the unknown after prolonged periods of absence. Not that I do a lot of travelling in these periods, despite my desire to the contrary, so itís not literal in any sense. On a metaphorical level it could make sense in that I often grow absent because Iím too preoccupied with something new in my life, which has me pick my way through unknown territory. That sounds more loaded than it really is, so again thatís not to be taken all too seriously. Mostly I just move in bursts from one shiny light to the next; to anything that catches my attention long enough to distract me from other activities. Fortunately, things I really enjoy will always reel me back in from time to time before I catch the next glimmer on the horizon. And so Iím back at drawing and digital painting.

This drawing was something of an experiment. Since Iíve been long for so long I wanted to reappear with something new that suggested Iíve actually been trying to improve myself in the meanwhile. Emphesaize on the Ďsuggestí because Iíve not actually done such a thing, but the experiment did work out pretty well. Most important part of the drawing is thereís no sketch at the base of it. Itís all painted in Photoshop from the ground up. Which would be the second major difference from my other works; itís all painted. I watched some videos on you tube, did some experimenting and had a go at it, going back and forth between online tutorials and videos, and my canvas on Photoshop, learning as I went. Iím particularly pleased with the background, which really only suggests shapes, but does so rather efficiently, I think. The water worked out pretty nicely to, and the guyís tunic. The faceís a bit iffy, but thatís just my poor grasp of anatomy. I know the flawís there, but that doesnít bother me in particular. By now I can almost claim it a part of my style. Then thereís a few nitpicks about the perspective, for example the reflection of the lanternís light in the water, but those were conscious decisions in favour of artistic effect, so obviously Iím okay with them.

So there you have it; something to pierce the near one-and-a-half year of absence from this gallery. Hope you enjoy it!
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Kestus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this looks really great, the shading looks so nice! That background really is quite awesome, too, the water looks neat and I quite like how the trees and such become harder to make out the further back they are. :D
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate! It's still part of the learning curve, but I'm generaly pleased with it. Triple thanks for liking it, commenting and the fav ;)
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NioTheDreamer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
This has some very nice atmospheric aspects. That with his expression give him an eerie look, makes you wonder where he is doing.

I see some great improvements in harmony


Good to see you mate
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate! I'm fairly satisfied with my ability to set mood and atmosphere; now if only everything else would follow suit :D

Thanks for popping me a comment ;)
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Kajenx Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Artist
Actually, I'd say the biggest difference between this and most of your other work is the quality of the figure. It's much more dimensional/proportional/human that anything I've seen you do before. The pose isn't stiff, either, which goes a long way towards naturalism.

I don't particularly love the background elements, and I think if you spent the same energy on them as the figure the picture would be really amazing. I can understand a bit of ambiguity, but right now it feels more like texture rape flattening out large areas of the picture. :3 Textures and brushes can be very nice, but they can cause a lot of flattening too.

I love the figure though. If you focus on the torso/belt area it looks like you could pluck it out of the screen. :D
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the torso/belt area is certainly the most successful part of the drawing, but I can hardly claim that specific part to have been the main focus :p True, now that you point it out it does look rather flat. The background was actually the first part of the image to be made, and thus my first shot at digital painting. Maybe I should have revised it near finishing the piece, buuut knowing me I’m pretty sure I’d still have called it done just to get it over with ;)
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Kajenx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Artist
Haha, I know that feeling. :3
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Wow, I wondered what happened to you! :0
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, that's just me blinking in and out of existance. It happens once in a while :)
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
You make it sound like you live in a magic mirror X3
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh heavens no! That would be silly. I live in a magic kaleidoscope.
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Oh of course XD
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bbchain Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice! Love the lighting here, very haunting and eerie.
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate! Lighting always seems to be the major component of my works.
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bbchain Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Good thing, too. If there's one thing photography class has taught me it's that lighting either makes a picture awesome or it screws you over. In this case it turned out for the better XD.
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TheNewHorde Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one thing that bothered me a bit is the length of his arms. his left arm is... really long.

the mood is well set, the water really feels dark and creepy. you gotta teach me how you did the water.

as for improvements, i think you can touch up more on the wood since the the level of detail on front of the boat directly next to the water makes it giant contrast and kinda pulls you away from the drawing as a whole and look at individual parts instead. fog-wise should have the fog in front slowly increasing to more and more as it goes into the horizon instead of sudden increase in fog amount as you hit the back end of boat.

i really like the picture, i hope to see more from you. (sorry for the critics, i'm not anywhere near ur level, just thought i might point out areas for your improvement though.)
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I actually was aware of the arm Adjusting it would have meant tweaking the staff and skewing the angel of the hands, or pulling at his shirt to raise his elbow. In the end I was too lazy to do either, so critique there is certainly valid :p
As for wood texture, that was quite simply a lack of skill. I’ve looked around to find a decent tutorial on how to paint more realistic wood, but couldn’t procure anything that satisfied the need. In the end this was the best I could come up with.

As for water, I based it mostly on this tutorial [link]
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TheNewHorde Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome back. hope you're here to stay this time, Lord Saurus.
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I'll certainly be around for a few more drawings, intermixed with increasingly lengthy periods of time until suddenly I realise I've been gone again for over a year, then start the process over again ;)
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TheNewHorde Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in the year you've been missing. i've went overboard and got permanently banned from DotQ for stupid stuff like several months ago...

i learned to keep my mouth shut about stupid stuff now.
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Got banned? I've been missing out, apparently.
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TheNewHorde Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha, yeah you certainly did...

anyway, now that ur back, i would hope my drawing have improved somewhat. if ur still up for it, we can still work on things together one day. or just help each other like we used to.


ironically, after pointing out your arm, i realize my arm was TOTALLY off, FOR THE SAME EXACT REASON. so now i have to shorten that arm and redraw the angle of her dagger and sword. pretty much redraw the entire drawing actually, include head and fair and everything else. lol... and i spent forever on that hair too. OTZ
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Saurus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ofcourse we can always still help eachother out. And a joined project is still an option, though with the little free time I have these days it won't be something we could set up any time soon.

Yeah, that's why I didn't bother to fix the arm ;)
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TheNewHorde Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
at this point i just repainted everything. started from scratch again.
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