2009-12-30

Fight Club

Seems like I always have a lot of things to say after a movie.

The story began with one FML item, where I first heard of the movie Fight Club. "The first two rules" is interesting enough for me to have a look at the movie, or at least some intro of it.

And of course I found lots of positive comments and high rating of it, which means I'll have to take a look.

Luckily I found a DVD in the library, and watched it this evening...

What I got from the movie is, "Isn't that exactly my story?"

No, I'm kidding, but I did found lots of commons between me and Tyler, and sometimes I had a similar feeling that I'm another people, hopefully I not ill.

I like this kind of mind-blowing movies, it was totally a mess until the end, where you understand everything all in a sudden. It also helps me to understand myself.

So need more reviews, I mean re-view.

2009-12-19

flippancy, flippancy

When I first learned to use GUI programs many years ago, like even Minesweeper, Painter, I felt them so amazing, exciting and mysterious, I swore that I would learn how it works.

And now, I do have learned the mechanism of all of them.

So what?

Everything is so normal, simple, ignorable. "Yeah, I know it, all of it, what's the big deal?"

I switched, changed, tried many softwares, of different types. "Hmm. this one sucks, this is faster, but lack of some functions, this one is better, but too heavy, too slow..." I have always been trying to find a best one, or the one most suitable to me.

What's wrong?

When using Firefox, I removed(hid) the menu bar, I made the navigation bar smaller, I even tried to hide the location bar. I never leave the sidebar open -- I close it as soon as I won't need it. --- I can't concentrate with those things.

Recently I wrote a program, I spent around 3 or 4 days before I complete the GUI interface. Building GUI is one of the most boring thing to me, even for this time, it's the first time for me to learn something about GTK, make it a little bit more interesting.

The result, pretty good, I like the interface I built, and actually it's copied from another software -- I'm not plagiarizing, just porting into another platform.

And...

I tried lots of BT clients, until I stopped (again) at Vuze (previously Azureus, I've used it), because it supports DHT better. It has a HD network embed, I never tried it until this time, I subscribed the one about TED talks, but never opened it today.

And, as you guess, I open it today, for no reason, and opened one of them seems most interesting to me, and then download it. Then I found the speed rose up to faster than 1MB/s -- Too fast!

Too fast -- which was the first idea came into my mind, I even forgot the content of the movie. Later I browsed the library inside it, and found on more interesting one, and, subscribed the feed.

So...?

After calm down, I realized that there are too much works done in Azureus, before late I also realized that it's also true for many other softwares:

1. I forced myself to watch a more-than-10-minute video about commands(shortcuts) in bash -- all Emacs-like stuff...
2. I found the 'add a keyword for this search' feature of Firefox while I was browsing Definr... I never noticed that before...

So all of them, each one of them is the amazing work of the programmers -- just as I had though many many years ago, when I was still a child; but now I didn't realized that.

Too flippancy, I just need to calm down, relax, and restart to learn.

2009-10-12

007: Casino Royale (1967)

I didn't know what made me decided to review the 007 series, still my Filezilla is busy with downloading more than 80G movies.

I've seen 4 of 007 movies, while the 1967 one "Casino Royale" impressed me most, especially its music.

"The look of love" -- I've listen to the Peter White version on smooth jazz channel in sky.fm for many many time, that I recognized it the moment I heard it in the movie. It was such an interesting feeling that you found something really familiar within something really old, it's like you found the root of that thing (indeed I did :) ). But the versions in the movies was surely not the same as the Peter White's, there was a Jazz version as well as Dusty Springfield's version, amazing voice!

Soon later I found Diana Krall's version on Youtube, also very impressive! I listen to the song (all the versions) again and again, now the song stuck in my head, and it's really hard for me to get rid of it.

Well seems like I said too much about the song. The movie itself is also impressive. It's not like a traditional 007 movie. I felt something 'unusual' at the very beginning when 007's house is bombed. Then I realized that the whole movie is a comedy! It was really funny, really, I couldn't stop laughing, I didn't expected that when I decided to watch 007 series. Anyway that was quite a good feeling.

I also found that in many places this movie is not counted as one of 007 series, maybe because it's funny content or something, but I think it's just another flavor, guns and girls and guns and girls -- is getting boring...

There're still many left, and let me get through slowly @ @ :P

2009-09-13

Days in Hong Kong

Long time no posts, maybe I'll have to say that often.

Anyway there's always nothing special, or everything special happening around me.

I've been in a new place for a while, and the new semester has already begun for days, but I didn't feel it, I didn't feel the difference. There are courses, homework, readings and also many other things that I'll have to do, but I don't think it too busy, I'd rather prefer it to the boring vacations during which I have got nothing to do.

I'd like to keep myself busy, no matter on what (well, something good and useful of course). That makes me feeling that I'm still 'alive'.

BTW, although I was born and have been living in the north part of China for years, I found out that I like climate here even more, and I didn't feel anything uncomfortable. That's really interesting.

2009-06-24

Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed -- back again

Not until recently I got to know that a new series of 'Magic's Biggest Secret Finally Revealed' is being broadcast. And of course, I could hardly wait for a minute to watch the episodes.

Till now I've watched 4 or 5 of them, still amazing like before.

When I first watched the series years before, I just like the masked magician, who would like and 'dared to' share the secret with the audience. But later I knew that series was forbidden in many placed, and the masked magician was made 'infamous'. However, Now I am not only like the episodes, but also respect the masked magician, as well as the assistants, not only those of the masked magician, but of all the magician on the stage.

It is said in the episodes 'Women (assistants) did all the work, but all the glory is given to the magician', that's true, and that most people have not realized. Anyway, the idea was created by the magicians, so they're amazing indeed, but the assitants, some are even behind the scene, always do the most uncomfortable or dangerous thing, they're the real hero.

Besides, I don't hate the masked magician who reveal the secrets, as long as those are too out-dated. Although the secrets is everything for the magician, and they won't live if everyone knows all the secrets; however, nobody today want to see rabbits and pigeons coming out of magicians' hands. Most tricks revealed in the episodes are really old. I think the secrets should be protected only for a period, like patent. Such that magician are encouraged and force to create more and more amazing and exciting illusions.

At last, thank to the masked magician and his assitants again.

2009-02-15

Best of best I've ever drawn



Although I always draw one 'best painting I've ever drawn' each time, this one is really memorable. I found I've made rather good progress.

I met the girl in my pingping class last semester, and I found her quite similar with the comic character I used to draw, then I asked her for some photos and tried to draw one.

Actually I found her 'easy-to-draw', because her face is round, as well as her eyes, nose and mouth. I treated each detail very carefully, such that the final picture is rather clear. I've also added some comic element this time, which works well! I sprung up when I did this one, it was much better than ever before, that's why I said this one is memorable.

Anyway, the shape is still copied from the original picture just like before. Besides, the background is painted at last but not at the beginning, therefore there's white border between background and the girl (I found it but decided not to fix it). What's more, I'm not content with her hand and hair I drew.

On the other hand, I'm content with her eyes, nose and mouth I drew, like I've said, they were 'easy-to-draw'. I painted thin and clear border of each of them, i.e. what I called 'comic element', which made the final image a mix of photo and comic. That's just my favorite style!

I'm really happy with this one, but I know there're still much more things I'll need to learn. I just love painting!

2009-02-14

First Time I Drew A Boy



The boy is in the same department with me but one year above me. I promised him for a portrait a month ago.

This is the first time I drew a man, I've been somewhat afraid of this because I knew there're differences between drawing men and women. But it turned out that it's far not as difficult as I've thought of.

This time I paid much more attention on the color I use, the painting should look much more nature than before. Actually I found I've used pink too much before, so this time I tried to add some yellow thing, and make the color darker as well. It works!

Another thing is at first I tried to do a sketch, but later soon I found that I did have difficulties in painting the shadow. I should need more and more practice.

Anyway, I did it.

2009-02-06

A Grinning Girl



Another painting during this vacation, and it took me 2 days to finish it.

I got to know this girl years ago. Months ago I happened to met her again on the Internet, and then I promised her a portrait.

Still, the shape is copied, while the colors are toned and painted by myself. I did try to do the sketch, but small difference (especially on the face) would produce huge lookings in one's mind. Even the copied shape has a different looking than the real photo.

And about the color, although I've learned a lot from the last painting of a girl, but at first I found myself still a little afraid of using dark colors. but I found the face looked very flat, that I have to enhance the contrast. I emphasized the part of nose, mouse and eyes, which would make the painting more clear and vivid. However, I think I could do better.

I paid much more attention on the details this time. I've used a 1-pixel smudge tool to smear the strokes, in order to hide the fact that 'it's painted'. Although there are still some strokes, the whole picture looks much better, and one should get to know that it's been carefully processed.

The final looking is ok, I'm content with it. But I'm not content with just copying the shape, so maybe I'd better draw some prospects, or compose one. Let's see.

2009-01-29

Lonely American

Days before I've read an article about 'the lonely American'. It was all about philosophy of American individuals. I couldn't agree with it more, that is exactly what I've learned about American.

American are 'selfish', even in their economies, 'everybody is selfish' is the basic rule. Privacy is the most important thing for them, even a child should have a room of himself. They like to help others though, but only in condition that their privacy are not compromised.

Each American wants to be a special one, they like to express themselves, and they're taught to do so since childhood.

American don't keep the word 'family' strongly in mind. They used to live with different couples during the life, and they don't think they 'have to' take care of their parents, they have to becuase it's written in the law. Old American people often live forlornly, they may envy but they cannot live like the old Chinese people.

It's said in that article that 'American are lonely, but they don't feel it because it has become the way of their live'.

I'm sure that not all American are like this. And I'm not talking whether it's right or wrong, it's just one kind of culture. I just feel it quite difficult to that of China.

We are also 'selfish' though anyway, everyone is selfish in some sense, but not only in traditional Chinese culture, but we're also taught in our childhood that 'peace' (I'm not sure whether it's the word, but it's the one that came into my mind) is the most important thing, and everyone should try their best to keep everything goes well. There's a saying that 'Make big matters small, and make small ones nothing', that's what we're thinking about.

Chinese people, maybe many also want to be special, but I think they (we) have more things common.

'Family' is another thing that is more important than individuals in our culture. It's common and well known that during the period of Chinese New Year, no matter how far a
Chinese people is from his/her home, he/she would try his/her best to go home and spend several days with his/her family. And that why the way of old Chinese people's live is envied by some American.

Personally I preferred the Chinese way, I was born and I've lived in such an environment, and I've accepted it. However, I found out that I've become more and more closer to the American way. I found that I've become kind of extreme. I don't share much things with my friends, except for those professional things. I couldn't join others' talk while in the party of my high school classmates. I hate to communicate with others, except for my best best friends. I felt lonely, but I needed it and enjoyed it. I think it's necessary for a success man, especially for those acadamic ones. Sometimes I need friends, but sometimes I don't.

I've been trying to find the reason that made me become like this. At first I just though it was because I've been always crazy about my work, and my target, I always wanted to do something really big and good for the entire human beings, even careless with my family. And besides I always wanted to be someone special.

However, later I found that's not all, one another may be I'm quite influenced by the American culture, but that should not be a big deal.

So why? Actually, I've always been crazy about computer science, for a long long time. I've always thinking in the machine way. I even tried to interprete the way I think with the process/thread model. So maybe that's it! I'm quite lack of knowledge about society and people. Yes, that must be it.

A girl told me that I'm not a machine but only one human (I've told her and I did want to become a 'machine', such that I can always 'work', do those things I love, without much social intercourse.) which made me cool down and think back about myself. I kept thinking of what I've gained and what I've losed in the past few years since I've decided to become a 'machine'. Both are much, but is it wothy? Maybe not or may be. I'm not sure. But I felt a little bit tire of such a way, and that's a signal that I may not keep this any longer.

So I have to change myself. Instead of hate, maybe it's 'not good at' or 'fear' that I'm about social intercourse. I'll try, to do some that kind of things.

Absolutely no idea about what I'm talking about, but just hope things would go better.

2009-01-21

A Costa Rican Frog: A Warmup



It's one of the default pictures of Dropbox. I found it so interesting at the first glance. It's called Costa Rican Frog, and I like its colors.

I've just made my tablet working in Linux, something was wrong, and it turned out that it was not my fault, there was something wrong in the driver. This picture was made with GIMP, and I found it really better (than 2.4) and handful, just check the chalk-like style on the frog's back.

If there's something I've paid more attention on, it should be the background, actually I just paint the background roughly and tried to make it blurred, in which way the frog seems to be more prominent, as it is now.

Usually I'd like to do a warming up before I draw one people or some complex things. Indeed, I drew this one as fast as I could, and I'm preparing for the next few paintings, so please wait for them.

2009-01-13

[诞辰纪念特别奉献] 我与画画的二三事:回顾十年

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难得写篇中文的,因为以我的英文水平实在难以表达现在的心情。

想我从喜欢画画都现在也10年了,虽然还是票友水平(哦,应该够票友水平吧),但是一直都乐在其中。10年的话,也该总结一下了。

我开始对画画有所喜爱,应该是在1999年再早一些。以前听我妈对我爸画画的描述,我爸喜欢国画,工笔,我见过他的一些手稿,另外还有一副传说中的老虎图(似乎是送人了,然后他们家闹火灾。。。唉)。另外就是那阵子刚刚流行动画片,或者说我刚开始喜欢看动画片,又或者说我开始琢磨那些动画片都是怎么画出来的。那一阵子我还在上小学,看了一些旧时代的小人书,对里面的插图也是情有独钟。 大概是从那个时候,我开始尝试画画,然后逐渐地喜欢起来。

我至今没有正式地学过画画(除了看过一些书籍,但是还是感觉有个老师教比较好)。因此素描底子奇差,从我的画里可以看出,我根本不会上调子,另外就是我不够细心,前期画的质量基本都是草稿水平,轮廓等等都是非常粗糙的。到后面一阵子,其实还是那样,但是似乎稍稍细腻了一点点。不过我给别人看时还是会说明“至少距离1米观看”。 以前我是怕学了“官方”的素描会有很多条条框框,限制我的想象力,但是现在感觉如果有机会,还是去学一学比较好。

总体来看,我比较喜欢素描和漫画,其实我哪个也画不好,但是我很喜欢素描的写实以及漫画的概括(我记得某位漫画家说过漫画就是概括的艺术)和夸张。我总觉得理论上讲素描就像黑白照片,应该是每个细节都能很好的表现,但是后来我发现其实不是这个样子的。

我基本没有创作能力,绝大多数都是临摹,不过生活中我喜欢在草稿纸上涂鸦,其实那个也算创作吧,只是觉得最后“难登大雅之堂”,最后它们都被丢进了垃圾桶。临摹实际上也有临摹的乐趣,画的过程中,由于需要仔细观察原图,所以能发现很多细节,也能感觉到作者的用心之处。

我画画还是为了“找乐”,也算是我难得的几个爱好之一。我自知离专业水平还差很远,不过还是希望尽量能学到一些专业技法。由于我身边朋友中专业绘画人士并不多,所以我也能厚着脸皮跟他们看一看,总体来说还是正面评价比较多,也算是激励我继续画的一个动力。慢慢地,一年一年过去,我的画也越来越多,画夹也换了两个,现在有40多张了。后来开始在电脑上画了,不过可能不久会有回归纸质的可能。

实际上,随着年龄的增长,事情的增多,以及对画质要求的提高,我画画的频率越来越低。以至于现在是半年才能画几幅(主要还是假期才有时间),不过我对于画画的喜爱一直是有增无减。

最近有机会把以前的纸质习作扫描出来,于是放在这里。 想想最早的画也快10年了,那张纸都已经泛黄发脆了,不知还能撑多久。由于前期用的纸并不好,而且还是用铅笔画的,所以很多扫描的效果并不是很好。看着扫描的效果,更显沧桑感,别有一番滋味。

那么,看一下我十年来的习作吧,也回顾一下成长历程。每幅画都会有一个小故事,而每一个我都仍然清楚地记得。



1999.04.16

最早的收录的两张

纸张已经泛黄,扫描效果不是很好。

画的是捡到的一小盒灌篮高手的画片。当时一口气画了近10张,但是后来扔掉了很多,只剩下两张,原因是觉得太难看了。虽然这两张也不咋地,但是还是很有纪念意义的。

我记得是受父母鼓励和启发,我找了一个夹子,把这些画收集起来,日后再积累,于是才有了后面的画。所以还是要感谢一下父母。

那时候基本上兴致来了逮什么画什么(现在也差不多),不过最喜欢画的还是漫画的画片,因为已经有人帮你抽象过一次了,所以要容易很多。 那个时候小学嘛,也没什么事情,画画的频率还是挺高的,甚至于想下决心每天画一张(然后变成每周,每月,最后发现根本不现实)

1999.08.11

某个T恤上的101斑点狗图案

1999.10.30

所谓“背包上的熊”

实际上我对那个背包的印象已经不怎么深了,但是对这个熊还是记得的。

1999.10.31

某外套上的米老鼠

扫描效果似乎极差,不过也就这样吧

最满意的地方应该是两个手套

1999.11.07

我弟弟

照着照片画的,应该是第一次画真人照片
1999.12.06
小虎队和小浣熊

那时候刚方便面开始流行,这两个牌子基本上垄断了干脆面

当时觉得有意思就画了下来

第一个画的应该是那个冲天虎,比较得意的是某个人非说那个是拓的,结果一对比,发现我的比实际的大了一圈。


2000.02.04

美少女战士

过年时画的,记得当时是比较无聊,自己跑到一个小屋里闷头画了2小时(?不确定)。

画的是某处拾到的画片。

2000.06.04

方便面赠的水浒卡片

小浣熊和小虎队还是比较善于琢磨小孩儿心理的。当时干脆面的赠品层出不穷。

不过那一套一套的人物漫画卡片还是相当精致的。

这张我当时画了两天画完的,应该是那时候画的最细致的一张了。
下面两张也是画的水浒人物卡片。 2000.10.26-27在学校画的。

画的很快,半小时一张吧,不过效果也就是个草稿。

但是这是我第一次尝试追求速度,效果还不错


2001.04.15

自画像

当时美术课好像有个同学互画的作业,我画完自己的那张之后,回家开始尝试对着镜子画自己。

第一次画真人,然后发现“画人真难啊”

2001.07.05

还是方便面赠的卡片

不过没有水浒传的有意思了。大概那个时候干脆面开始有点衰落了。

2001.07.09

录像机包装箱上的图案

这个其实是拓的,把纸完全浸湿,然后附在包装箱上,用水性笔钩边,然后等干了用圆珠笔涂色(当时水性笔太贵了)。后来自己编了个“水拓法”的名字写了上去,嗯。。。

到现在也觉得这个设计挺不错,当时录像机里有个教程录像,里面有个“卡拉OK幻想世界”,然后这个鸭子是国王,挺有意思。

2001.10.15

这个是某个画报上的一个机器人模型的照片

其实我也不知道是什么,但是觉得有意思,就画了出来。

从结构上来看,比例啥的还凑合,但是颜色,轮廓很混乱,基本看不出哪是哪。
2002年左右,我开始慢慢接受了日式漫画,其实之前一直觉得难以接受,譬如说美少女战士的圆眼睛(现在还是觉得不好看),以及《足球小将》等动画中,人物侧脸时嘴的画法(就是看上去是把嘴撇向一侧,现在想想,应该是为了节约成本,或者说当时技术还达不到)。 不过到了2002年那个时候,基本上日本漫画也开始发展起来了,我也开始对其作画的理论,技法等感兴趣了。

这个时刻应该是我的一个转折点,一个是我主要开始画漫画了,另一个就是开始看教材了,画材也升级了。(那时刚开始有点零花钱,于是经常会积攒下来,然后自己去买些书,后来还会去买画材。)

我的漫画入门书籍是《现代漫画表现技法》,作者应该是个中国人。 从那本书里我主要了解到了专业画材,以及入门知识。 然后临摹了里面很多张图。

另外,似乎是从那个时候开始,我开始喜欢印印章,不过似乎有滥用嫌疑。
2002.04.02

这个是那本书的“主人公”,一个线索人物,按作者的说法,似乎原型是她的女儿


2002.04.03-21

头部透视习作,书里面的例子。


2002.05.20

又是她

这里注意人物右腿非常长,这个是原作就这样的,我为了追求“像”也故意画成了这样。当时对我来说“像”比“好”更重要。(参见后面的《好与像》)
不久我迎来了我的第二个转折点。 主要是买到了《美少女的画法》《各地美少女的画法》这两本书,以及一套专业的漫画笔尖(后来又买了一套)和一袋专业画纸 (其实还有网点纸,但是一直没用上)

有了专业器材和昂贵的画纸,更能激励我用心去画,此外,由于钢笔线条丰富而细致,再加上它的颜色跟铅笔相比很深,相当于多了一种颜色。这样表现力一下大增,再也不会出现上面那个机器人那样凌乱的局面了。

关于网点纸,我知道的有两种,一种是透明网胶,贵死了,我想都不用想,另一种是印着图案的普通纸,虽然买了,但也没用上。 花纹和阴影的地方我还是喜欢用铅笔弄。

从那本书里,除了学到一些作画技法以外,我还了解到了一些有关漫画派别的东西,以及动画,漫画的区别。一个最显著的可能就是动画为了节省成本,会对很多地方进行省略处理,比如头发。 另外漫画中多张的“连环画”和单张的也不同。 总而言之,最费工夫,效果最好的往往都是单张的画。我是这么理解的,也不是特别确定
2002.06.29-2002.08.07
若干临摹

人物都是《美少女的画法》里的,汽车是《现代漫画表现技法》里的。

专业器材和技法的威力,在一开始就展现了出来。难以形容我画出第一个人之后的兴奋心情。之后的几个也是。这种效果跟以前的破纸+纯铅笔(当然还有我的烂技法)简直是天壤之别。

2002.09.22

精灵的一刻

临的名家名作。这是张值得纪念的习作。

1.我画(临)过的漫画里最满意的一张,以后不知还能否有更好的。
2.这张画打我第一眼看到,就有种“要是能把它画下来该多好”的想法。应该也是第一次有这种想法。(哦,也许不是,谁知道呢)
3.打破了之前的单张画最长用时的记录
4.第一次画单张大图

后来班里有个啥活动被借去展览了一阵子,介绍的同学还特别强调“画的人是个男生”,不知道是怎样的想法。不过我一直认为最好看的女性一定是男性画出来的。

2003.01.10-2003.04.23
当时买了本《徒手格斗操练手册》,很喜欢里面的插图,简介明了,准确生动,动感十足。于是挑了些简单有趣的临了一下

2003.08.05-16

《魔卡少女樱》传入大陆并上映,着实火了一阵子。

我莫名其妙地买了一套漫画,还是花了不少钱的。现在也比较纳闷怎么会买,大概是因为画风比较对我胃口。

下面是临的两本书里的插图

2003.11.13

蒙娜丽莎

从这幅图中可以看出两点

1.我很闲
2.我没找到更好的想画的

这是玩笑话,实际上是在一本关于油画历史的日历里看到后才想起来的。如果说我把素描想象成黑白照片,那么我就会把油画想象成彩色照片。我也一直认为理论上油画能达到彩色相片的效果(话说回来,我一般还是追求写实效果,而不是其他的,像抽象派,野兽派等我还是欣赏不了)。不过油画的话,还是不敢尝试啊,我这破素描底子。。。

接着说蒙娜丽莎,世界上最著名的女性之一。 当时我的想法就是试试铅笔临摹油画会是什么效果,于是就成了这个样子的。从许多细节上可以暴露出我素描底子的薄弱,但是总体来说我还是比较满意的。

2003.12.01

我决定在的画夹一开始的地方写几句话:曰《好与像》:“画得好不等于画得像,画得像不等于画得好;画得好的画不一定像,画得像的画不一定好。”

这首“诗”是源于经典相声里面“胡不字”那一段。其实我想表达的意思是,这之前我一直以临摹为主,画的过程中有时也能发现原画里的不足之处。这时候我就要考虑自己画这张的初衷。如果是“像”,那么应该把缺点原封不动保留,如果是“好”,那么应该适当再创作。

之前我一直是以“像”为根本的,如果发现了不喜欢的部分,也只能照着画。于是我慢慢开始有自己创作的念头,只是基础薄弱,长久以来难以实现。

2004.01.02

又是木之本樱

这张主要是为了送人而画的。这种画就讲究短时间能画出好效果,而并不一定能从中学到多少东西。不过画这张的过程中我对花瓣的画法开始感兴趣了。

原稿送给了一个和我同生日的女生。然后从那个时候起,我开始尝试推销(白送)自己的画,想知道会有什么样的反应。另外,这也确实是一个能拿得出手的东西,至少比一张贺卡好很多。

2004.07.09

某份《青年文摘》的封面

另一张让我感到“如果能画下来该多好”的画。 像我这种人是从来不看《青年文摘》这种杂志的(哦,我是说我没有欣赏文学的水平),不过只有这么一次,报刊室外面挂着一张大的海报,让我心潮澎湃,然后还是破财买了一份。后来里面内容稍稍看了看,果然不能欣赏,最后封面留下了,中间部分不知哪里去了。

这张感觉最后还行,是我喜欢的风格(近看凌乱,远看细致),不过如果跟原来的照片对比的话,会发现我画出来的更像是人,而不是像猫,有些奇怪,也许是我画漫画人物画太多了。

2004.09.25

又是魔卡少女樱

也是为了送人而画的,不过似乎是画好后才决定的,而且送的是彩印版而不是原版,给了一个和我同名的女生。

第一次画彩色画,用的是水彩。我其实不大喜欢画彩色画,一个是麻烦,这个倒是其次,另一个是不能来回改,像我这样没有底子的人,基本上就是靠“小概率事件多次重复总会发生”的原理来作画的 -- 我就反复改,总有一次能比较好看。 但是上色就完全不是这么回事了。

反正最后只能说还可以,作为我第一张彩画,已经能让我满意了。

2004.12.05

1917年的上海汇丰银行

某个台历上的,这张就是想精确地放大,画的过程基本就是用尺子量各个长度,坐标,旁边配计算器用来乘放大系数。

中间涂涂改改很多,大量用到了修正液(一个原因是纸比较洇)。也花了不少时间,分好几次才完成的。

还是比较满意的。也是第一次尝试这么画。


2005.01.12

魔卡少女樱动画片尾画面

这张画,只能用失败来形容,它之所以还能被我保留,原因有二

1.鞭策我以后加倍用心
2.告诫我,我不适合画彩色画

之后至今,我就没有再画过彩色画了,那盒水彩颜料估计也干得差不多了。

2005.01.12

魔卡少女樱动画片尾画面又一

也是为送人而画的,事实上,如果上面那张没有画烂,也就不会有这张画了。原作仍是送给了那个和我同生日的女生。

由于用心地给头发上了色,效果比预想的好很多。

这张画,应该是印象中速度和质量比值最大的一张了,按图上注记是两个小时完成,我觉得对我来说已经很快了。

2005.04.26

打印机广告上的狗

一开始是画在了政治课本上,后来决定用心重画一遍。

不过似乎最后有些地方还不如第一次,比如脸部画的太长了。

但是还是非常满意的。

2005.06.20

电视广告上的小孩

另一个“如果能画下来该多好”。由于这个广告经常播,所以每次都有这种想法。最后从网上找了个视频,然后定格画的。

考虑到我的素描水平,就这样吧。。。我知足了。

2005.09.05

军训时用的枪

很喜欢军训时用的那把枪,于是去图书馆翻出了资料,画了一张。

除了枪管画弯了以外,还都挺满意的。另外就是抄了一大堆资料过来。

同样还是2005.09.05这一天,我又写了几句话,曰《画画的斗争》:

一、与人类的视错觉做斗争
二、与自己的不良画风做斗争
三、与劣质画材的影响做斗争
四、与夸张和现实的矛盾做斗争

这个阶段我主要是照着照片作画,画完经常会觉得“不像”,总结原因,得以上几点。希望写出来能够时刻提醒自己。

2005.09.12

草原狗

怎么看都不像狗,感觉就是土拨鼠。

是在动物图鉴上看到的,本来想画眼镜蛇的,但是鳞片太多了,我不会表现出来。

这个最后是钢笔加铅笔画的,主要是想看看怎样能结合起来。结果显得有些奇怪,像速写又不像。另外就是显得很乱。

2006.08.28

小学同学

多少能算得上青梅竹马的一个女生。多年不见,要来很多照片,挑了张最好画的(因为眼睛是微睁的),尝试再次挑战人像。

不过,我又要拿我破烂素描底子作借口了,总之也就能够成这样了。 画的过程中也用到了坐标定位,如果不用的话,应该会更糟。

原稿给本人了,她说还是有点像的(出于礼貌出于礼貌),非常感谢非常感谢。

2007.01.10

某张图片上的小狗

没什么特别的。也是速战速决的一张画。

原稿送了上面那个人。

后来经常在网上看到那种gif,从全白背景开始,从打稿到上色再到细节,一步一步展示画作的动画。 另外也看到很多手绘图片, 都非常的喜欢。不过直到偶然发现了Art Studio这个软件,我才稍稍敢于尝试一下, 这也为我打开了通往CG之路的大门。

这个软件的宗旨似乎是完全回归手绘效果,工具只有画笔和手指(用于涂抹),没有任何电脑处理的功能,连图像放大都没有。 它有两个特色,一个是非常适合拓画,另一个是有录像功能,所以它的官网上有很多这种动画可以下载,甚至可以当做屏保。画的东西也有很多,有名人,有名画,有风景,有动物。总之只要有图片,就能手绘复制一份出来。

这简直就是我的福音,也让我得以开始尝试电脑作画。于是我迎来了另一个转折点。

2007.05.28

第一张手绘CG

主要是为了熟悉ArtStudio的各种功能。

由于是用鼠标画的,所以。。。凑合看吧。 只是留作纪念

2007.06.01

燕子

开始尝试使用绘图板,买了个便宜的二手旧板子,花了一下午,得此画。

也是值得纪念的一张,因为从这张开始,我慢慢开始摆脱了对于彩色画的阴影。

2007.06.10

一位助教

我上大一时的一位助教。 当时我开始考虑尝试画人,因为看了很多录像都是画人的,对于整个绘画过程有了一定了解。不过什么总有个第一次,我就开始到处寻找模特。

总觉得这是个不大可能的行动,因为觉得别人是不会非常相信我的水平的,谁会拿自己的形象冒险呢。 不过这位助教,偶然在QQ上遇到的,得知我的情况后表示愿意提供照片一张,令我非常激动。

画的话,花了一周,每天零零散散画几个小时。由于本质还是拓,所以难度并不高,主要还是在于熟悉流程,以及颜色。

这张画,虽说面部很让我满意了,但我最喜欢的部分还是帽子。近看会显得粗糙,但是稍微离远一些看,会觉得非常真实。 后来分析,就是颜色的效果,于是我下决心要学好配色,这也是电脑绘图的一个优势。

从这张之后,我再找别人求照片的时候,至少能给他们看看以前的画作,以证明我还是有概率画好的。

在此再次感谢这位助教。

2007.07.06

标致汽车

这张花了至少30个小时完成,是我拓图里面“巅峰之作”。 这是反讽,一方面我的水平还停留在拓的阶段,另一方面我竟然需要30个小时。 重看录像时发现实际上我在很多地方浪费了很多时间,比如引擎盖。 我心里总想着要跟原照片一模一样,但是实际总达不到,于是反复改反复改。 但是那“小概率事件”直到我放弃的时候也没有发生。 于是后来我发觉不能再在拓的阶段停滞不前了。

另外就是汽车的左前轮其实有问题,可以看到上半部分跟本没有画上。 原因可能是那部分不够显眼,我画的时候太注重局部细节了,最后忘了整体检查。 发现的时候我已经签上名字,表示结束了,所以我决定不再修改了。 就让这个瑕疵继续鞭策我吧,以后务必要小心。

2008.02.26

小学同学

没错,小学同学,还是那位“青梅竹马”的小学同学。不过恐怕从图片上不一定看的出。

非常非常对不起她,又一次画糟了,有机会一定补偿。 客观原因是原始图片清晰度就不高,ArtStudio也没有放大等功能,面部根本没法画出细节。 另外就是背景是草地和树林,我实在是不会画(其实还是经验不足,如果现在我来画,宁可不画背景)。

总之各位不要受这张影响,其实她本人是非常漂亮的。

另外就是其实这张画也有其积极的一面的。一是我开始尝试“想象和创作”了,比如衬衫的部分。 另外就是我看到了ArtStudio的局限性,开始尝试另一款更专业的软件--Corel Painter了.

2008.05.01

Sheena Etranzi

《魂斗罗4》的一个过关奖励图片。

这个主要是用来练手,尝试Painter的功能。同时当时也下狠心买了一个千元的绘图板,开始练习。这也算是一个小的转折点(怎么这么多转折点。。。)

Painter的功能太多了,画笔也太多了,画完这个我发现实际上我需要用的不超过4种。这张画也是奠定了我使用Painter的基础。

这张不是拓的。由于是漫画,所以不用担心细小的差别带来人的感官上的巨大差别(比如人脸),于是我就可以放心地临摹了。临摹终究是要比拓愉快。另外,我也开始尝试手工调色了,而不是像以前那样从原图上取色。我老爸还是给了我一些指点的,比较管用。

2008.08.17

高中同学

就是之前说到的“和我同生日的女生”。

这张的背景是落叶,于是用到了Painter的一些功能成了这种效果,不会出现之前那种糟糕的状况了。

话这张时我在看《Photoshop插画大师张雅涵唯美创作精选》,希望能用到里面的一些技法。实际情况是用到了一些,但是效果还不够好。

上色的话,有了上面一幅的基础,调色也不会非常担心。不过结果上来看,比以前进步有限,还是不够好看。

2008.09.01

熟睡的婴儿

不满于长期的拓和临,我决定要创作一张。 当时看到了一组描写森林精灵的图片,于是想到了画一个婴儿。(虽然逻辑跟怪,但是事实就是如此)

首先是画其姿势,这个姿势一共改了六七遍,不是难看就是不像婴儿,中间发现凭空想象太困难了,于是在网上找了些照片参考,最后的样子还可以,别扭的地方不是很多。

云彩。。。不会画,于是就模糊化了。

另外这张使用GIMP画的,发现它其实也非常好用。

2008.10.05

一位学妹

当时参加一个系里面的活动,她是主持人之一。

又是一个“如果能画下来该多好”,于是找来了活动的照片,挑了一张画。

这次知道要扬长避短了,没有画背景。而脸部也是再度减少拓的成分,描了一下关键轮廓,然后放开自己上色。

画的时间其实不长,只有两天,但是效果比预想的好很多很多。也大概因为如此,兴奋得匆忙结束,很多细节没有弄完。另外就是眼睛部分处理的还是其实有些问题,这个是本人发现的。于是我也发现让本人挑毛病是最有效的方法了,毕竟还是自己了解自己,我有时只是感觉哪里别扭,但是就是不知道是“哪里”。

这张应该是手绘CG人像里目前最满意的一张了。


呼。。。终于弄完了。 这也忒长了,不过毕竟是10年的总结。

回顾画画给我带来的,有成功,有失败,有喜悦,但是没有悲伤。 压力大的时候看看笔下的微笑的小樱,顿时感觉轻松了许多。其实平时也没觉得什么,只是说画画是我的爱好,但是这么回顾一下,确实不仅仅是个爱好。我一直相信科学和艺术是相通的,画画在很大程度上也完善了我的思维,其中最重要的就是想象力。

还有就是关于是否学习专业技法,其实我觉得“爱好成了作业,成了工作,便就不成了爱好”。有时自己通过观察实践,能够突然悟出一些技巧来,也是非常高兴的,那种感觉妙不可言,只是出现的概率很低。这就是个矛盾了,不过,还是适当学一些吧,总拿自己的破底子作借口也不是个事儿。

我记得哪里说过世上最幸福的几种人,其中就有个“刚完成一幅新作的画家”。我不是画家,但是我每画完一张画,拿着它满屋子乱跑,或者往书桌上摆上一个星期的时候,我一定也是最幸福的。

要感谢很多很多人,给我支持的父母,给我当过模特的朋友,看过我的画并给出建议的同学们,以及花时间看完本文的各位。

以后的话,继续当我的票友吧。