Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Portraits and Facial anatomy

Over the past few weeks I have been focusing on the facial anatomy tutorials on paintable.cc . Through these tutorials I have also found an awesome tool to aid with understanding the anatomy of the human body. The 'How to paint realistic necks' section I came across the site https://human.biodigital.com/index.html which gives you access to a complete male and female anatomy model.

I would definitely recommend checking this out as it has toggle options for the different sections so that you can reveal specific muscle areas you would like to focus on!

Here are my paintings over the last month -

Ear study 1

Ear study 2
Eye study
Lips study 1

Lips study 2

Lips study 3
Neck study 1

Neck study 2

Nose study 1

Nose Study 2

After studying over the past few weeks on the different parts of the face I finished this piece up yesterday. Pleased with the result and currently painting another piece which I will upload next time but excited with the progress so far!

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Catching up over the past few months....

So work has been really busy but making an effort on the side to get some personal work done....

Here are a few bits  I have been working on -

Environment studies 1

Environment studies 2

Sombra Fan art from Overwatch
Amazing Spiderman Fan art
Paintable.cc free week portrait taster tutorial
Papapeachy reference study

Kingdom Hearts Aqua, Castle town Fan art

I've recently joined paintable.cc and I am thoroughly enjoying the tutorials! I seem to be making good progress here are a couple of sessions I've completed so far -

Painting realistic hair

Painting realistic skin and eye details -

And combining what I have learnt the most recent study I have completed is below -

Look forward to sharing some more progression over the coming months! If you wish to see more frequent updates then please follow my instagram account - https://www.instagram.com/max_rogers_art/

Monday, 6 June 2016



Skipped a couple of months....

Been very busy with work and taking a necessary 2 week break but now very much back into the swing of things!

So first update is the daily sketching which mostly occurs during my lunch break at work. Taking references from Pinterest and sketching them out over my lunch hour after reading a chapter of my current book. (Still on Brandon Sanderson at the moment with the Bands of Mourning)

Pluralsight/Digital Tutors tutorials I've been working on include -

Grayscale Shading and Non-Destructive Colouring Techniques -

Understanding values then painting over using overlaying colour layers

Painting realistic skin tones -

Applying base skin colours and then slowly blending them in to create a realistic head painting - 

Painting Female Hairstyles - 

Continuing on from the previous tutorial I used the head I had painted to do the female hairstyle tutorial. I feel that this still needs a lot of practice as I find hair extremely challenging so will work on doing hair studies to understand different styles.

Contrasting elements for Portraiture - 

This tutorial felt like a behemoth with over 40 odd lessons... but well worth it!

Looking forward to improving further and will be setting some days aside for 3D tutorials for development as well throughout the month.

See you next time!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Monthly post - Update

Hi all!

My last post was over a year ago where I signed up for the daily figure drawing challenge. I was improving daily and was developing the basics to build up my foundations of drawing and painting. I lost focus again and despite these efforts of development I stopped working and those skills began to deteriorate again. 

I am looking to once again focus my drive to practice the basics and build a strong foundation to grow from. I have made a few lifestyle changes to not only improve my art and productivity, but also to improve myself as a person. I have been looking into developing habits -

- Read at least 1 chapter of a book (I have been obsessed with the writings of Brandon Sanderson and am currently engulfed in the final chapter of the Reckoners trilogy - Calamity.
- Eat healthier and exercise regularly - Once again I became undisciplined in my diet control and was constantly eating pizzas weekly and drinking lucozade by the gallon daily. I was 16 stone 10 and becoming concerned about my fitness and the way I felt.I have lost a stone since the beginning of the year and aim to keep my body in check.
- Read a development book - at the moment I am focusing on reading at least 4 pages a day. I'm currently reading through Scott Robertson's How to Draw and when reading I am making sure to read over it slowly and understand it.
- Write in a Journal every day - I'm doing this most mornings. It's great to run through your thoughts first thing, with this I will plan my focuses of the day and run through my tasks for development. 
- Sketch - I will sketch 6 out of 7 days of the week at the least. My skills are developing and need to make sure that I develop from the developmental books I'm reading from.
- Digital Tutors - I have re signed up with Digital Tutors again. I am starting down the path of digital painting at the moment on my daily developments and believe I have a seen a significant improvement over previous ventures. I think through a more focused effort this time it is really paying off in the results. I am looking in to rebuilding my knowledge of Maya on Fridays which I am finding exciting again. I have gained inspiration from looking over blog posts and facebook groups such as Level Up! and daily spitpaint. 

Now below is something I have been working on for a few evenings now. I looked into building foundations of the head and the facial features following with digital painting of the skin tutorials on Digital Tutors. 

This was my work under 2 and a half years ago -

And after a week of working with the digital tutors tutorial -

Reference - https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/406027722636392416/
There is still a lot to work on but I'm proud of the progress so far. I doubt I will be blogging regularly as it takes a lot of time to post up but will endeavour to post monthly updates at least. 

This is the beginning of a more productive and happier self. Thank you for taking the time to read!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Daily Level UP! - Blending Edges

Started the tutorial from last nights video by trying to blend in an apples edges.

It's not too bad for starters and I'm still understanding this much better than before it is just going to take some practice, as always, to master.

Tried to blend some edges on the sketch up shapes provided on the tutorial and again I think it's looking better than I have done before. The use of hard and soft brushes accompanied by the eraser tool and temporary layers is becoming much more of a second nature now! I can't wait to learn more and start using my new understandings in full paintings!!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Daily Level UP! More brush control

Another session of brush control this evening and I looked into the tutorials of understanding opacity and flow. I started watching the tutorial for Blending Edges which I will finish up tomorrow. I'm understanding the basics a lot more through these tutorials which I feel has always held me back painting wise. I know this is very simple stuff but I feel a lot more confident now and I am very excited to continue with the tutorials to improve.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Daily Level UP! Ctrlpaint - Tutorials - Brush Control

Apologies for not posting for a while.... It has been a bit hectic recently! Managed to keep the reading up everyday which is great and I am thoroughly enjoying the conclusion to Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy.

I'm going to start a new section after my success and enjoyment with the Daily Figure Challenge called Daily Level UP!
I have found some tutorials on Ctrl+Paint's Youtube channel in order to go back to basics of digital painting! One thing that I seemed to struggle with was the simple understanding of rendering with brush control. Luckily the first tutorial focuses on this very thing and I look forward to continuing through the videos!

The first video gave examples of how to clean up brush strokes with hard and soft brush/erasers giving handy worksheets which are all free to use and practice with.

First sheet with values then the second with colour. My attempts are on the right.

Still some improvement needed but I'm understanding the technique much better now and I hope to put this into much more practice soon.


Some little wind down sketches before I go to bed!