Friday, April 14, 2006

Fishing Wharf

This is my second piece done with Primacolor pencil on vellum. It was drawn on 11 x 17, but should've probably gone bigger, due to the amount of detail. well, you learn something new everytime and I can't wait to get started on the next one. I always enjoy watching other artists work in progress, so I decided to throw in a couple of my own sketches that lead to the final piece. First a couple of quick sketches to get an idea of where I'm going, then a simple perspective drawing to make sure it's solid. A few quick character designs and the last step before transfering to vellum is the detailed under-drawing. I normally make a few copies of the under-drawing to roughly play around with shading, so I have a basic idea of light source when I start shading on vellum.


Blogger said...

Wowww very beautiful Hans I love the first one a lot.Your studies are really well done!!very professional.I like the birds too!!Great post Hans,
Sorry I dindt have time to check the blogs,in this moment Im painting.Please keep drawing have a great weekend,I hope to see your matte painting :)too!!!

9:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hoolllleee shizzz! man you rock! simply fanastic

10:03 PM  
Blogger heri said...

Hi Hans, now this is what I like to see!
this is how we see the way you think when your drawing, it's the next best thing to looking over your shoulder when your drawing.

post more! :)


12:06 AM  
Blogger Marcelo Vignali said...


This is a terrific job, congratulations.

I will add that I am impressed, you are able to see a lot, and draw a lot. Because of this, you are already ahead of most of your competition. This is much the same place I was coming from when I started. The problem for me wasn't a lack of detail or imagination, but learning to focus my detail and leading the viewer's eyes with my compositions.

Because you asked, I will give you some constructive criticism. Right now, when I look at your drawing, my focus is scattered and I'm not sure what to focus on. Think of the story you want to tell, and draw your design to reinforce that idea.

For example, if your story is about a bait shop that has been abandoned and inhabited by birds, let that be the focus of your drawing. If your bait shop is run by an old ships captain who has decorated his shop to look like a merchant ship, let that be your focus. By focusing your details, you can reinforce your narrative illustration.

Ask yourself, "who lives in this bait shop?" The back story to your characters will help you to be more narative with your drawing. Just like my illustration of Whitmore's library from my development work on Atlantis, the items in his library tell us who Preston Whitmore is.

Good luck on the next one Hans. I'm very impressed with your level of detail and tell us a story.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Ryan Bullard said...

Hey Hans, thanks for stopping by my blog. This warf is really good!

5:50 AM  
Blogger arvindh said...

That is an excellent sketch! I love the realism in the wharf. Looks so much like the one I visited when I came down to Daytona beach. Do you make sketches of places or use photo references?

10:02 AM  
Blogger Luke said...

Very nice, I like your work.

11:40 AM  
Blogger WAYNE MILLET said...

I like the warf drawing a lot, you have a solid drawing style.

12:56 PM  
Blogger C.Deboda said...

Awesome work Hans. Enjoyed seeing the step by step process as well.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Yes, thanks so much for posting your thought process. I'm always amazed by your work and it's great to see your development process. Wow, awesome!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Nicely layed out... looks likes like a location I have actually been too.. Good work

1:19 PM  
Blogger Kipp Schell said...

wow, sweet flippin wharf man!!!! i love the pelicans.

thanks alot for the comentsw on my blog, always appreciated.

5:52 PM  
Blogger onemanpunkband said...

wow, thats a great bg! i wish i could do that.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

right on these are cool,

7:31 PM  
Blogger Lee-Roy said...

Hey! Nice rendering, perspective and choice of details. That's cool that Marcelo Vignali came through and left you the feedback. For him to say he is impressed is quite a compliment. Keep up the good work.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Andrew Glazebrook said...

This is just great ! I love it !!!

10:17 AM  
Blogger Dave James said...

Real nice, Hans! Great stuff and thanks for the insight!


11:06 AM  
Blogger Gulzar said...

Hans this is great buddy...
wonderful studies...and a lot of growth shown man...keep it up...

spoke to your wife...

I wish you both a happy life...
she has found a perfect man...
Keep her happy friend...

12:26 PM  
Blogger Carlos Ruano said...

Well done Hans. Very good versions. I like the last, show us if you paint it.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Hans-

I must say I am truly jealous of your drawing ability and your wealth of patience.

Thanks for the step by step
and keep up the excellent drawing

6:31 PM  
Blogger Hans said...

Wow, thanks everybody! What an honor to receive so many nice comments, from so many great talents:D Can't think of any better motivation and encouragement.

Arvindh : Thanks for your comment:) I hardly ever draw excisting places. I do use photo references, but mostly to study light and shadow.

Marcelo: Wow, you have no idea how much I appreciate you saying that!:) You have been a great help and my biggest inspiration.
I can definitely see what you mean by missing focus points, I have the same feeling when looking at it, don't know quite where to rest my eyes.

Thanks again:)


8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Ello El Mag,
Fantastisk som altid. Ser super laekkert ud! Jeg har lyst til at gaa en tur i tegningen og se mig omkring.
...og jeg kan se du ikk' ha'er mig saa meget mere... :)

12:57 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

This is a great one! It was cool to see your progress sketches, as well as being able to read constructive crits from Marcelo. That is one of my favorite things about being an artist- the fact that no matter how good we might think we are, there is always something else we can learn. I have been learning so much lately from blogging- it's great that so many talented artists such as yourself are willing to share what they do and what they know online! Creativity rules! Thanks for the comments on my "old" artwork also!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Kactiguy said...

You are an inspiration. Love the process. Someday I want my children's books to have the same quality. Looking foward to the next piece.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hans tremendo trabajo,muy hermoso...he puesto link en Perejilpuntocom.


7:32 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yeahhh Hans! these are grrreat!

8:14 AM  
Blogger David Colman said...

loved your ode to Marcelo piece.... left a comment there..thanx for the nice words on my blog.. i must make your blog a regular stop...

1:35 PM  
Blogger David Colman said...

added you to my links, hope thasts cool

1:37 PM  
Blogger Perry Linton Joseph Osuna said...

I love it bro looks like your taking it to the next level here love to see that and to hear from u is always a great thing hope all is well with the production on that film and with u too bro well take care till next time!!!

5:15 PM  
Blogger David Colman said...

let me know when you want to submit over here @Cartoon Network.... I will guide it to the right hands

12:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

stunning beautiful BG drawings!

12:48 AM  
Blogger Teemu J├Ąppinen said...

Wow! Mighty cool.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hepp.... der er en besked til dig fra en, paa min blog..

9:59 AM  
Blogger Horacio Domingues said...

This is a great, GREAT work!!!



11:23 PM  
Blogger Jafar said...

That probably leaves nothing for me to say but i'll say that too...Its excellent!!!

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT man. You're stuff is really making some leaps. Beautiful layout.


12:06 PM  
Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

GREAT man. You're stuff is really making some leaps. Beautiful layout.


12:08 PM  
Blogger TYREE DILLIHAY said...


like i said dude. no problem getting work once you come here.


11:55 PM  
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9:22 AM  
Blogger Kyle Marshall said...

Awesome work Hans, these are really really cool

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I really enjoy seeing your process as you develop a layout. This is a really nice piece . I can smell the sea-breeze . We've got to get you over to Orlando one of these days to have a drink or two with Eddie P. and me .


10:46 PM  

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