Archive for February, 2010

Simplified Approach of the Torso with Riven Phoenix

February 27, 2010

This is a simplified approach in earlier stages of understanding the torso.  At this point we’re not pushing exact or precise but the understanding or general idea of the torso. In the more advanced stages of the torso we actually extend the torso down by about a third. For example, where we place the points on the 2nd head to start the chess, would be where the nipples actually start and the arch shape would push down a little more; That area is where the abs will begin to connect. I wont go into super detail, you can check out Riven Phoenix tutorials to get the full understanding.

New posts coming up. Stay Tuned!

February 26, 2010

More Riven Phoenix studies, How I created the book cover for Let Me Paint a Picture; My Life Growth and Testimony, My thoughts on where Art & Design programs are headed, and posting some of my classic work on the classic art gallery page coming soon.

Also, don’t forget to check out the art resources page for free software and tutorial links, art forums, news, etc.

Thanks for checking out The urban Rockwell.

Riven Phoenix skull studies

February 26, 2010

Here are studies of the skull and skull muscles that I’ve learned following Riven Phoenix studies. Key things to remember are: the studies are not super accurate but a general approach to speed up the understanding of the skull. I like the approach of using abstract forms of the muscles so I don’t get so caught up in paying attention to every detail and curve of each individual muscle. I also like how he gave the muscles generic terms like muscle a, muscle b, etc.; That helped speed it up so I wasn’t spending so much time trying to pronounce and remember every muscle; especially since I’m not a doctor. lol. Anyway, check it out. Note* I’m still learning if you see little flaws here and there, but you have to start somewhere; If I find any, I will correct it and notify those interested.

Click on each thumbnail to zoom in.

Generic idea of a human figure with Riven Phoenix

February 25, 2010

This is a generic idea of a human figure, starting out like stick figures. This can help speed up understanding the proportions from an abstract approach. Notice it’s based off a 8 head tall figure.

Earlier studies of the head with Riven Phoenix

February 25, 2010

Riven phoenix demonstrated a technique of studying the skull from a very thorough approach. I believe it was a Leonardo Davinci system. I know it seems time consuming but it’s worthwhile to try. It will make it much easier for you when you use the simpler approach. Also note this is a technical approach vs an artistic approach to drawing the skull. This gives the appearance of an angular,  sharp looking skull. It’s fine as were just generalizing the skull. You can always touch it up using an anatomy book. Click on thumnail to enlarge image.

Web Plus X4 Software Review

February 23, 2010

After a long search for finding the best web design software that is powerful and very user-friendly, I’m convinced that, Web Plus X4 excels with flying colors. In just a few hours I was able to put together a powerful eye-catching website packed with powerful tools and features. With Web Plus you honestly don’t need to have website design experience. It isn’t technical, but fluid and creative. (sort of like a digital canvas).

 This program is genuine and clever; For starters you have control of everything all within the program. Web hosting, domain name, email, and any type of gallery style that you are looking for. I was very impressed when I imported my image (picture) into my document and had several options for my image; Convert image to bit map, cut out back ground, edit color balance, and even red-eye reduction. I was also impressed with ready-made vector shapes that you can adjust and alter to add design and style to your site; With the vector shapes you also have the option of showing and editing the vector anchor points, convert vector object to bitmap image, and use the photo filter options and effects to it.  One other feature with the ready shapes, is the ability to convert the shapes into 3D; and add any of the extra effects to that 3D object.

When I got ready to make my art gallery, Web Plus gives you a  few options to display your gallery as a flash, pro flash, or java script gallery.  With very easy tools you have even more options within the 3 options that each one features.

Next, I was excited to see how easy it was to add newsletters, forums, counters, mailing list, other type of specialty forms; like e-commerce credit card forms, contact us forms, easily design your own blog, and also add security-passwords, settings for your pages, or restricted login customer pages.

You don’t have to take my word for it; try it yourself and see. I’ve never seen a program that’s easy and has an all in one program for all your web design and hosting needs. It will save you a lot of trouble and time with an eye-catching website at a fraction of competitors cost. Serif  WebPlus X4 is No.1 in my book.

Check out my website created by webplus x4