Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Big Bang by spyed Big Bang by spyed
(Only titled Big Bang cuz I was watching Big Bang Theory the whole time I was drawing.)

This took me about 6 hours, made exclusively on my new Wacom Cintiq Android tablet which I highly recommend as the most awesome digital drawing device in existence. 

This piece effectively represents where I am with my drawings. I love to draw female faces, usually with a lot of color exploration in the process. If I buy art, I buy exactly this kind of art work and I study the faces. I used a few references for this, but this was a freeform drawing. The reference helped me with shadows and perspective and the general character I wanted to capture.  

The result isn't exactly what I set out to do, which I'm frustrated by. I'm finding when drawing female faces that the hardest aspect to capture is "youth" -- as was accurately pointed out by o-KOUKLA-o

I've been drawing every day for a few years now. This is the first time I've felt comfortable posting anything on deviantART with my spyed account. Yes, I have another one. No, I won't tell you what it is. :) 

I'm working really hard, but I have a long way to go. What do you think?


Since this is my first post of a drawing:

I wanted to specifically thank mudimba and deviantART Muro for the encouragement. When deviantART began building Muro, it's because we had built a small drawing space for a valentine's day contest. Since it was a small drawing canvas (literally like a box, not your whole screen), I just wanted it to be a full sized canvas..... mudimba  began to work on what would become Muro, and I started testing Muro each week to evaluate progress. The tests got longer and longer, as I started drawing more and more. And my conversations with mudimba about what would make Muro a better drawing tool created a strong need for me to draw... even though this deviantART CEO thing keeps me pretty darn busy, which is the only reason I haven't been drawing all this time in the first place.

Since then, I've incorporated drawing into my work day. I unapologetically draw during almost every meeting. This can irritate people, but it was the only place where I could make time. My notebooks, notepads, etc. are littered with sketches, drawings, various practices.

Eventually mudimba introduced me to his long time friend draweverywhere (Forest Stearns) -- Forest's art and passion for creativity got me addicted in a whole new way.. and I began to draw everywhere, every day.

Thank you, Forest, for the gift of thirst to explore, the understanding of how important Practice really is, for being incredibly encouraging, and for being a teacher. I'm happier in life, more aware of my surroundings and my emotions, and more fulfilled in a variety of ways that I directly attribute to drawing.

I'm so incredibly thankful to be able to participate in the deviantART Community in a whole new way.

Cheers, and uhh.. I hope you like my first piece! 
 
Add a Comment:
 
:iconxemnas-sama:
Xemnas-sama Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Nice!
Reply
:iconpaulnery:
paulnery Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting. The proportions are good, the colors are great!
Reply
:iconhenrystrong:
henrystrong Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow, Love this!
Reply
:iconoppuy:
oppuy Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm dying!! omf illuminati confirmed c;
Reply
:iconhexlaion:
Hexlaion Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Remember Our Good LOOK
Reply
:iconhexlaion:
Hexlaion Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
here, I am, SPyed: this is my account i want you to see.
Reply
:iconshellshockertmnt117:
ShellshockerTMNT117 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
Reply
:icontogetherwelaugh:
TOGETHERweLAUGH Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
what  llok  great  
Reply
:iconcaracless:
Caracless Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   General Artist
Red is the new black.
Reply
:iconrosepetal179:
rosepetal179 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
this is so pretty!!! u should keep making it!
Reply
:icontechmess:
techmess Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is kind of inspiring because it's really never too late to start picking up drawing at any point and we can only ever improve. I am just starting out again myself and this is truly a great platform to do that. I love the choice of colors in this one and the sketchy effect. Hope to see more of your work.
Reply
:iconfourteenthstar:
fourteenthstar Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
There's something about this that reminds me of the artwork for David Bowie's Scary Monster's album. You've certainly improved loads since I last saw any of your doodles :)
Reply
:iconathenagalaxy:
AthenaGalaxy Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dont be shy about your work its purrr-fect...
with this thing above her eye she remindes me of Seven of Nine...
very nice ! Thanks for the Fav. Emote 

Hatsune Miku-13 (Wink and Heart) Favourites 



  
Reply
:icon2snails1shell:
2snails1shell Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to hate where I was at in my life when I was "growing up", so I'd destroy my art works - even after certain people would say "Oh!, you should never do that!" (Even to this day, screw 'em. 'Cause that was stupid ill-intended advice. Angst needs to be vented like volcanic pressure OR CHAOS FOR THE POMPEIIANS!!!) Anypoo ... it would be extremely expensive to destroy my art works nowadays 'cause it's stored on me 'puter. *diabolical glance at the laptop ... temptation to commit technocide averted once again* Enough of this cock (male chicken, kiddies) 'n' bullogni. YOU'RE DOING A SPLENDID JOB, AND THANKS FOR CREATING THIS BIG BEAUTIFUL ...oh!, sorry... thanks you for creating this big beautiful site!!!!! I promise to read more of dA's backstory after the wife and I kick (her) shtoopid cancers buttocks. Till then, KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON, BRO! :hug: K&K :hug:
Reply
:iconrlckr0lld:
RlCKR0LLD Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! And, I love that show! :squee: 
Reply
:iconbenwolstenholme:
BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
This piece is beautiful, it glows — love the color and forms. Don't stop...
Reply
:iconangelo:
angelo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
... will be posting much more on angelo as well...  ;) 
Reply
:iconangelo:
angelo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! 
Reply
:iconartbit:
ArtBIT Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! I especially love the palette!
Your style and technique have come a long way from casual demo call doodles.

Keep it fresh Mr. Spyed.
Reply
:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
artbit!!! thanks so much man! 

moving along with it... truly worthwhile journey. i'm very much starting out.. and using deviantART from this point of view is just incredible... 
Reply
:iconrockettreverie:
rockettreverie Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
I love it! :iconlainloveplz:
Reply
:iconpalmouth:
palmouth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
cool stuff :pat:
Reply
:iconsabraka:
sabraka Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Fierce! Your line work, shapes & colors shine a style all their own. Thank you for sharing this!
Reply
:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i appreciate this. i had fun swapping red for black and then going with that. glad you liked it! very flattered. 
Reply
:iconsabraka:
sabraka Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
.:blush:. 
Reply
:iconmudimba:
mudimba Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I think that it looks great!  You certainly have come a long way since the early days of deviantART muro!

Regarding making a person look youthful, I have a couple suggestions:

* Young people have a lot of "turgor pressure" for lack of a proper term.  Their blood is really pushing their skin and muscles out.  This means that nearly ever surface on their body is convex (when you think that there is a concave surface, it is actually a dip made by two convex surfaces meeting).  On this drawing the area above the upper lip and the lines of the neck are slightly concave.  If you wanted it to look more vibrant and youthful you would bulge those slightly.

* Young people also have very few wrinkles and very few sharp transitions in their features.  There are two types of shadows, those that are cast from on object that is a ways away, and those that come as a result of a surface being curved.  In this image, the shadow on the neck is cast, and the shadow on the cheekbone comes from the surface being curved.  Given that youth do not have sharp transitions, surface shadows usually have a very smooth gradient (depends somewhat on the light source, but in most cases).  If you wanted to make this figure look younger, you could try blending the cheek a bit (may not work with this color scheme).

All that said, I don't personally think you should change a think about this drawing.  Whether or not this was exactly what you were going for, it looks really great as is.  Keep up the good work!
Reply
:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, mike. i'm gonna go modify some of the marks to see...

actually, as i mentioned, I used a piece of art in my bedroom as reference for this. i've been intending to try the whole thing all over again from the point of view of youth. so I think that's what I'll do, and then incorporate some of this great feedback in to that.

i had such an awesome session with forrest.. I hope we can all hang out and draw in the next few weeks. i should be up there soon.

thank you for the encouragement, it means the world. 
Reply
:iconmudimba:
mudimba Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Definitely let me know when you are out here, I would love to have a drawing session with you and Forest. Perhaps we could do some big collaborative canvas!
Reply
:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot wait to do that.
Reply
:iconiancinerate:
iancinerate Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014   Photographer
This character kind of reminds me of Annie Lennox in the Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" music video.  She's very beautiful in an androgynous sort of way.
Reply
:iconjanuary3rd:
January3rd Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
As someone who's long loved and enjoyed the community you've worked so hard to help create, It makes me so glad you have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful place just a bit longer.Clap 
Reply
:iconthebiankcanvas:
TheBIankCanvas Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Brilliant colours :)
Reply
:iconkyle-culver:
kyle-culver Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I kind of felt the same thing when I got back into painting traditionally. It's a similar, yet completely different workflow. I got so wrapped up in what was "perfect" that I forgot about what art was to me: emotion, not just technique. It was freeing and helped me grow in my art and be more open about it. I miss the sketching though. I gotta get back into that :)

Great piece and thanks for sharing Angelo!
Reply
:iconmarioluevanos:
marioluevanos Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Nice style and choice of color pallet :thumbsup:
Reply
:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like your use of colors. It adds personality to your piece and makes it lively. There's just the few colors, so it's not too glaring and yet they contrast well. :nod: Very nice work!
Reply
:iconmiontre:
miontre Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice one!! I like the vivid colours you've used, especially the red for the shadow :)

I really want to know your alt account now. :lol:
Reply
:iconstephunnie:
StepHunnie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like the use of color, it makes me think of thermal imaging.

As for the Cintiq, I want one SOO badly, but unfortunately they are not what one would call cheap.
Reply
:iconmantiisshrimp:
MantiisShrimp Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a beautiful piece, and if you have more I would love to see them too! :la:
Reply
:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
enjoy and continue.......the good work

:iconwingsplz:
Reply
:iconheidi:
Heidi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
As someone who has seen your art evolve for the last 15 years, I'm really proud of the progress you've made and continue to make.  I know you spend much time drawing -- either for pleasure or specific purpose -- and the effort and attention you've put in clearly shines through.  From the colors to her expression, this is piece is definitely +fav worthy.  :+fav:

~Heidi
Reply
:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you Heidi !! means a lot coming from you. actually, a lot of the responses I got here were a little overwhelming so it took a moment to face the music. I do feel quite a bit more comfortable posting these days. and in part it's because of the response to this piece.

you're awesome. i'm very lucky to have such great support around me. 

i sparked up angelo as the place where I"ll be focusing on my art. i've posted some other pieces just to get going, but it's really giving me the motivation to start drawing a lot. i'm headed home to do just that.. 

cheers! 
Reply
:iconthunderstatement:
Thunderstatement Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always feel the need to say that I'm by far not a good art critic. This simply looks cool to me. The style, the colors, the subject and its details.
You should draw more while watching BBT! I think if you keep at it you could develop a really cool style, at least as far as my likings go.
Reply
:iconspaceshipearth:
SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I love this so so much
Reply
:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
extremely flattering, I'm encouraged. thank you!
Reply
:iconspaceshipearth:
SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I am so so honored that the creator of deviantArt would grace my comment with his response :heart:

I hope that my comment is a help with your art


Reply
:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It was! Thank you! And be well!
Reply
:iconspaceshipearth:
SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
You are welcome :iconcaekplz:
Reply
:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh. piece of candy.
Reply
:iconspaceshipearth:
SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
It is cake and I promise it is not a lie... "portal reference"
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

:iconspyed: More from spyed





Details

Submitted on
January 29, 2014
Image Size
563 KB
Resolution
1032×1920
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
2,411 (1 today)
Favourites
116 (who?)
Comments
49
Downloads
5
×