Monday, April 24, 2006


Today, I painted this portrait of friend and rapper Serk MC. He's pretty much the only german Hiphop artist I like, but I might be biased.. :)
Don't be hatin, go check out his website, there's some music to download..

I used a very blurry and tiny black and white screencap from his video for the track "Ich zähl die dunklen Tage" as a reference. I rushed the whole thing because my neck hurts like hell and I can't stare at the screen for too long but I think I captured the likeliness pretty ok.

or whatever the hiphop kids say these days.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Fake model photos..

Heh, so I really got into building models, here are some photos of what I build the past few days:


Just kidding, I did these after seeing the tilt shift tutorial on receding hairline. I don't have Photoshop, so I used Painter7 to make these fakes, doing the masks by hand and stuff.

The first one is the view from my balcony, the second one is a foto my parents took on their holidays on Madeira.

I have no idea why exactly these things trick the brain into thinking "Oh it's a model."...
Anyways, there's tons of these on the internet and some of them are really good. Here's a flicker group for tilt shift fakes, go check it out, there are some gems in there.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

selfportrait madness

Ok, so I spent some more time on self-sketches and none of them turned out as expected. Here's the last and best one of about ten I did..

I guess I'll have to try harder.
To anyone who met me in person and is thinking up some witty comment right now, about how this doesn't look like me at all: Don't.

I thought about the whole digital vs. pencil thing and came up with an explanation. When I paint an sp using the computer, I do a rough line sketch which usually doesn't resemble me all that much, then I lay in big blobs of color, roughly defining the shapes and planes of the face and a fat dark blob that is my hair. This will get me a rough likeliness pretty early on, even though the initial sketch didn't look like me at all. It's kind of like a very basic wireframe when doing a sculpture with clay.. to have something to start with. With clay, you start out with big blobs of the stuff to get a rough shape, then you start refining with smaller blobs of clay.. That's like painting.
Drawing is like making the entire sculpture out of wire, with no clay at all. This means, of course, it takes longer to get something that resembles the face you want to portrait.

So I think I'm really just impatient with the pencil, I expect the portrait to look like me a few minutes into the process (like it does with painting), which doesn't happen so I get angry and sloppy to the point where I just want to get the damn thing done so I can move on to things that are more fun. Like.. orcs. Or stupid shit like that.
I just need to be more patient.

Or maybe that's complete and utter bullshit and the only thing that I need is more practice. I guess that'll do the trick.

edit: I just noticed that I look REALLY angry in that portrait, maybe that's because my nose seems to be broken.. >_<

Also, here's PFRT-MAN!


I'll post some stuff tonight.. been away from the computer for the past days, hanging out with my girlfriends family and eating too much.

Right now I'm trying to draw a selfportrait in pencils, though I will probably not post any of my 999 tries to get the damn thing to look like myself. I seem to be unable to think in shapes when looking at the mirror and drawing on paper with a pencil and it is really really frustrating right now. I have no fucking clue what I'm doing wrong, because I don't have near as many problems drawing other people from life. I don't get it. It's a lot easier to do on the computer although there should be no difference at all. I'm trying hard not to start laughing hysterically while typing this down,because this just doesn't make sense.

You'd think I know what I look like by now, I have done countless selfportraits before plus I look at my own damn mug in the mirror every fucking day!
This sucks.

I'll post some halfassed sketches later, after finishing the selfportrait or stabbing my eyes out with a pencil.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Noisy noise noise..

I just spent a good two hours on this self portrait, all the while those stupid neighbour kids were playing the same fucking song over and over and over again, NOT EVEN GETTING IT RIGHT, which caused me to turn up my stereo, countering their sonic torture with bloc party at the volume of a starting space shuttle.

Thus the enthusiasm on my face....

The problem with digital stuff is, that my palette ist not limited, I have like 16 million colors to choose from.. which results in some weird colors most of the time, especially when doing selfportraits.
Here I spent some time actually observing my reflection for a while, picking eight or nine colors to paint with and then started to paint. I added some darks later here and there but all in all I used my previously picked colors only.
I think it turned out pretty good.

Now I'm gonna do a pencil selfportrait, haven't done that in ages.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Lame sketches.

I don't wanna post old artwork on here, because that would be kinda lame. So I'm only showing new stuff, which actually might be a motivation for me to draw more. Hopefully.

Okay, here are some doodles from my sketchbook..

The Comanche helicopter, because it's fucking awesome:

And some random people on the subway:

The younger guy in profile left after 20 seconds or so and I finished the drawing witout being able to look at him.. I noticed that I quickly fell into my routine of drawing heads which is what I'm actually trying to avoid with drawing from life. The other two guys turned out a lot better because I only drew what I saw, not what I was thinking a face might look like.

I should draw from life a LOT more, I'm just really shy when it comes to drawing in public.. I guess it's just a matter of getting used to it, so all I have to do is getting this lifedrawing thing rolling. Which is exactly what I'm trying to do right now. Expect more of this stuff in the near future!
Soo... I decided to jump on the bandwagon and create a blog. I don't know, what I want to do with this thing yet, except that I'll post my art here on a regular basis. Also, I'm gonna write about stuff, post links to stuff and.. do stuff.
So this blog will obviously rule.

Something about me: I'm Jonas, 22 years old, from Berlin, I draw a lot. I work as a freelance illustrator and concept artist. I hope I'll start studying arts this fall.

There's gonna be tons of digital art but I'll also try not to be a lazy bum and scan something from time to time.
I'm always open to comments or suggestions regarding this blog, my art or whatever you have to say.
Some of my ramblings might not make a lot of sense, that is because English is not my mothertongue so bear with me.
I'm still trying to get into the settings and layout and stuff so this thing might look a bit messy the next few days.

Here's some art from the past few weeks or so..

And something I did yesterday.. I did a quick color job on an ink sketch by the incredible Mike "feeb" May! He was a huge influence on my art when I started drawing four or five years ago. Actually Mike was one of the reasons why I got into art. Also, he seems to be a real nice guy. If you don't know him, you should definitely check out his website!

He liked my approach, so here's the pic:

To everyone who might be new to this blog thingy stuff, you can click the images to see them in higher resolution. Awesome.


EDIT: If you are from Berlin and you like to draw, drop me a line, I'm desperately looking for people in Berlin who share my love for drawing..