Sketchbook post

Master ortis-web

 

Meet Jedi Master Ortis. Something from my sketchbook. My son asked if this was from Star Wars and then I noticed, he did sort of look like a jedi. Pastel and a graphite on Pastel paper.

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Bill

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Using “Make Human” for drawing reference.

I wanted to share something that I’ve known for quite a while now but only lately have come to appreciate. I “discovered” the software Make Human quite a while back. You probably have not heard of it, but this program enables you to make detailed 3D characters. Characters that you can equip with a skeleton for animating for example in Blender. You can adjust the gender, age, muscle, weight and height among others and go into detail with the face, head and torso creating a unique character.  Below are a few screen shots.

 

Make Human

 

Make Human-2
Below are a couple of screen captures of how used the character in Blender to create a scene to use as a drawing reference. All the other “stuff” in the model I had modeled a while ago. Make Human is really easy to use and you can get great results with a half hour. Blender on the other hand takes a while to get used to, the documentation has gotten a lot better and there are even sites dedicated to teaching Blender, it still takes a while to get the “hang” of it, but its worth it.

 

Temple Ruins -Blender-1

In Blender you can control the light so you can get real shadows. I used these for my drawing reference for the project I am currently working on.
Temple Ruins -Blender-2

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Bill

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“Temple ruins” digital update.

Temple ruins-13-06-14

 

Heres an update for what I’m working on. This is coming together slowly here. Now that the World soccer Championship over is I can get down to some serious painting. Oh yeah: YES… GERMANY IS WORLD CHAMPION….YES!!!!! Ok now I’ve got that out of my system. The colors are coming together and I’ve a few ideas for the background. I’ll be finishing the painting and then I’ll work on the shadows, this needs to be way dark then what is is.

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Bill

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A little bit art neavou

Draped Woman-web

 

Heres something I did on the weekend. I guess I was waxing a little Art-neavouish, but since I am a fan of Mucha I don’t really mind. The only thing that bothers me is that I scanned the picture and it looks real grainy. I didn’t realize this until I had posted it on deviantart and was a little embarrassed, but what the hay, problems are there to be solved. When I look at the picture it doesn’t look like this. I’m going to take a picture with my camera and see if I can get a better picture of it.

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Bill

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Kunsthalle Mannheim

Die Rue de la Bavolle in Honfleur Claude Monet-1864

Die Rue de la Bavolle in Honfleur Claude Monet-1864

Tuerkischer Frauenraub-EugeneDelacroix-1852

Tuerkischer Frauenraub-EugeneDelacroix-1852

Market scene Hans Thoma-1889

Market scene Hans Thoma-1889

The fox hunt Gustave Courbet- 1863

The fox hunt Gustave Courbet- 1863

Roses and Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh-1886

Roses and Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh-1886

I have to admit, the soccer world championship is cutting hole in my productivity, but I’m lucky because I have two teams to root for, Germany and USA. Here are just few of the great paintings that I saw at the Kunsthalle in Mannheim. I spent a good hour and a half looking at the paintings and was able to take pictures of them. After I got home I noticed one of my children had “adjusted” the camera, so the pictures are not very good quality, sorry. Next time I have to check this before I start.

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Bill

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Sketchbook post- Spinx Mannheim Water Tower

Sphinx-Mannheim Water Tower

I spent last Tuesday at the museum in Mannheim last week. Originally I wanted to go to the Reiss Engelhorn, but when I got there I found out they didn’t have their paintings there, they were at the Kunsthalle. OK, no problem I walked a half hour to the Kunsthalle (it’s in Mannheim also) and spent a good deal of the day there. I took pictures and will post them next week. After leaving I took a break in the park and sketched one of the sphinx at the base of the Water-Tower. In this area of Mannheim there are some wonderful art-niveau buildings and sculptures near the park, and I could kick myself for not take pictures of them. Oh, well next time.

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Bill

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The Temple Ruins- Artrage week-1

Temple ruins-week-1

I didn’t have much time to work on this this week, but I should have more time this week, seeing I have the week off from my day-job. I’m doing this in Artrage. I’ll be doing a different background for this. I’m thinking about the warrior coming out of the night into the light and the background will be different shades of dark blue. This will be pretty cool.

Tommorrow I’m going to the Reiss Engelhorn museum in Mannheim. I’m excited about it, if you happen to be there and see a guy sketching and taking picures of everything, please stop and say hello. Next week I’ll hopefully post some of my sketches that I’ve done will there.

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Bill

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Heidelberg, Germany

I’m going to try something new here. I live in a small town in Germany, close to Heidelberg, Mannheim and Frankfurt. This area has a long history and is filled with castles and ruins, and some dating back to the Romans. I live about 15 minutes away from an city founded by Romans. I’m not intending to give everyone a history lesson here but there are some amazing building and old structures here and I want to share some with you once in a while. I paint and draw and this blog is mainly about my progress, but there are times when I’m just not ready to show what I’m working on and these posts will be fillers for those times. My first post will be the castle ruins in Heidelberg. Click here for the Wikipedia link.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

Castle ruins in Heidleberg-Germany-web

Castle ruins in Heidleberg-Germany-web2 Castle ruins in Heidleberg-Germany-web3

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At Auction

I’ve two auctions going at the moment. I decided to test the market for one of my oil paintings, and the other is one of my weekly nudes that I do. It would be cool if you could take a look. Both auctions end on this coming Sunday.  Just click on the picture to get to the auction (Ebay). Thanks for looking in, Bill.

Autumn Rain on Leaves 20 x20 cm 50€

Autumn Rain on Leaves 20 x20 cm Bidding starts at 30€

thinking_woman__pastel_by_forestdino-d7k6rm8

Thinking_woman__Charcoal and pastel. Size: A4. Bidding starts at 5€

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The Temple Ruins.

Temple Ruins-web


Hi People, I said I was working on something bigger and here it is. I’ve been drawing with charcoal and pastel for the last few months and decided to use it for something bigger. I’ll be taking this into artrage and add color to this. This started as a sketch, and then I used Blender to model and light the scene and then I drew this using my render. This is the first time that I did this and I like how this turned out. The advantage was that I could get the perspective that I wanted and I could play around with the lighting to get the scene that I wanted.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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