Rob Gale's Sketchbook
Diner Scene. This one started as a sketch of the old guy in front and I expanded out from there. I wasn't so much thinking about lighting so it's a bit more "flat", but I was happy with the shape of the guys.
@kathrynadebayo Thanks! Yes, that's one thing I am trying to learn is how to get my values "right" as quickly as possible. I have a habit of creeping up on everything and noodling, so these are really helping me jump right in and try to nail it faster.
@demotlj My process is pretty haphazard to be honest. Mostly with these I've been just throwing down some big shapes, kind of starting from the background and moving forward from light to dark. I'm trying to work out a better process with these quick "studies". I've been using reference a lot, not so much to copy exactly, but to use to see how the values are working and how other artists lay down their shapes. So I've been looking a lot at Ian McQue in particular, but there are other concept art guys out there who really inspire me and I try to always have someone's work open for something to learn from.
These are wonderful - great shapes and design sense! You inspire me to start doing composition sketches again: I definitely would need to get back to shape and value control.
@smceccarelli I feel like one can never do too many composition studies. Thanks for the kind words!
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Inktober Week 1, complete!
Inktober Week 2
All the Rest of Inktober. Can't believe I actually made it through them all!
Day 15: Weak
Day 16: Angular
Day 17: Swollen
Day 18: Bottle
Day 19: Scorched
Day 20: Breakable
Day 21: Drain
Day 22: Expensive
Day 23: Muddy
Day 24: Chop
Day 25: Prickly
Day 26: Stretch
Day 27: Thunder
Day 28: Gift
Day 29: Double
Day 30: Jolt
Day 31: Slice
The above studies are small, quick thumbnail sketches based on images from films or from digital paintings found online. I tried to use one, hard, flat brush for most of the time on each one, using a base of four values (2 darks and 2 lights). My goal is to rely on shape making rather than rendering to create a believable sense of light and composition.
Only at the very end do I add a few gradients and blends, and I try to keep them to a bare minimum, looking for where I can get the most out of the fewest moves.
As someone who has a tendency to noodle endlessly and get lost in rendering, this exercise is helping me with brush discipline and keeping my shapes distinct and clear.
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@robgale you've got a very interesting style. Really unique stuff.
I'm particularly drawn to this piece. It has a very "woodcut" feel to it. It's messy and contains a lot of energy, but you are still directing the eye. Plus, it is a great use of negative space!
Keep up the good work!
@robgale Wow, that is such a good idea. I’m glad I follow you.
@justin-moss Thank you!
@burvantill Right on! I'm learning a lot of good stuff from doing this exercise, and honestly it doesn't take that long.
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@robgale wow! this is good stuff! congrats for the Inktober series, it really looks very nice!
@julia Thank you so much! It was such a great thing to do. I've really slacked off in November!
Your inktober pieces are amazing! Really great collection of work there.
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Im going to use your flat brush... leave gradients for last technique. Seems like a great way to get the most out of your brushstrokes. Really like your inkworks.
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@robgale that 2nd one reminds me of a videogame character … no... it's not a videogame character, it's the bloke from that Anime Paranoia Agent!
Yes! Just googled him, Little Slugger is his name Your sketch has that vibe about it.
@Chip-Valecek Thanks for the kind words!
@JacksaurusRex I'm still experimenting with my process, but yes! I feel like the discipline is helping me keep things nice and clean. Let me know how it goes for you.
@Sophie-Lawson Oh cool! I'm not so up to speed on my Anime, so I haven't heard of it, but I'll have to check this out, it looks really interesting!