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A 24 year old human who likes to draw stuff, especially comics. This is my personal artblog where I will post doodles, WIPs and finished artwork and also text posts with ignorant opinions. I'm doing my best. Enjoy your stay!
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This is a redline-correction/guide for my friend Rina-ran.

And as for the face: I think the eyes are a bit too large in relation to the size of the skull. So I’d suggest you make them smaller or give her a bigger skull.

I hope this will help you out.

It’s 3am over here, so I’m a bit too tired to add any commentary. So I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

abbydoodles:

Aforementioned smaller crop. I like this version better because you can see their faces, especially Ben’s big old doofy grin, which is my favourite part of this piece hands down. Also a rare glimpse of Jonathan looking somewhat pleasant, shock and awe!

I agree! The cropped version looks much better. Mainly because it makes the composition better. In the first version you had way too much “space” to the left, and you placed one of the character in the centre (a big no-no when it comes to composition is to place key objects in the centre of the image).
Also, something bothers me when it comes to the horizon line here, I think you have unintenitonally created a tangent when the vanishing point “merge” with the front characters sides. You could easily fix this by either place the horizon line a bit farther down or change the position of the right arm, making it visible and breaks the tangent-effect.
I think you could’ve added more objects here to establish more lightsource. Some streetlights along the road would work better for a backlight. The citylights in the background is theoretically too far away to alone create a backlight on the characters.
I also think it would create a nice contrast if you mad the buildings much darker - almost black - and just let the lit windows pop out. It often looks more natural and is easier to draw.
And the buildings to the left are not straight, even though the earth is round or a building is built on a hill, you always aim to make it as straight as possible to live in.

As a final protip, I can sugget that you draw some grass and vegetation popping out from the sides of the road instead of one straight line, it will give the background more “flesh” and appear a bit more natural. You don’t need to be super-detailed with this, just drawing silhouettes of plants and grass. It will make the “transition” betwen grass and road feel much more natural.

abbydoodles:

Aforementioned smaller crop. I like this version better because you can see their faces, especially Ben’s big old doofy grin, which is my favourite part of this piece hands down. Also a rare glimpse of Jonathan looking somewhat pleasant, shock and awe!

I agree! The cropped version looks much better. Mainly because it makes the composition better. In the first version you had way too much “space” to the left, and you placed one of the character in the centre (a big no-no when it comes to composition is to place key objects in the centre of the image).


Also, something bothers me when it comes to the horizon line here, I think you have unintenitonally created a tangent when the vanishing point “merge” with the front characters sides. You could easily fix this by either place the horizon line a bit farther down or change the position of the right arm, making it visible and breaks the tangent-effect.


I think you could’ve added more objects here to establish more lightsource. Some streetlights along the road would work better for a backlight. The citylights in the background is theoretically too far away to alone create a backlight on the characters.

I also think it would create a nice contrast if you mad the buildings much darker - almost black - and just let the lit windows pop out. It often looks more natural and is easier to draw.

And the buildings to the left are not straight, even though the earth is round or a building is built on a hill, you always aim to make it as straight as possible to live in.

As a final protip, I can sugget that you draw some grass and vegetation popping out from the sides of the road instead of one straight line, it will give the background more “flesh” and appear a bit more natural. You don’t need to be super-detailed with this, just drawing silhouettes of plants and grass. It will make the “transition” betwen grass and road feel much more natural.

in case youre still looking for a decent drawing program

nepeter:

have you tried mypaint?

  • its free
  • its open source
  • works for windows, linux and mac
  • 90% of the window space is where you draw, no clunky and messed up menus
  • performance-wise
  • supports layers
  • the canvas is basically unlimited, the program automatically chooses a dimension for your picture when you save
  • easy (but not too limited) brush creation
  • overall fucking awesome

obligatory screenshot

I’m sorry if I’m ruining all the fun for you guys but i just tried out the program, and I’m very dissapointed with it. I’m going to adress what I find the most bothering about this program that I hope to see changed till the next update.

(biggest) Issue number 1:

I’d like to adress that if you are a MAC user, this program won’t be as cool as you might hope.

It doesn’t have the most important feature that more or less makes a digital art program worth using: Pressure sensitivity. It even says so on their wiki page.

This is more or less how a quick brushstroke turns out without any pressure sensitivity:

THAT is NOT smooth lines! I don’t wan’t my lineart to have this kind of uniform and edgy lines?? In order to get smoother curvers, you have to draw quite slow strokes, but that’s a waste of time and sketching doesn’t include slow strokes.

And I also just heard that currently, Win 7 version aparently doesn’t support pressure sensitivity either. So there you go. Not so awesome in it’s current state apparently. 

I REALLY hope they will add this VERY SOON. Because I don’t wanna use a program that can’t even manage to give me a okay curve.

Issue number 2: the interface (at least for Mac users) is quite buggy.

Panning around the page results in rotating and zooming out at the same time. Which is both confusing and annoying.

The interface tend to “freeze” every now and then, so you have to click around the canvas in order to be able to remove a menu display.

Also, even though it’s a new program I’m not used to. It’s quite bothering that there’s no option to show any kind of navigator, or important tools like zoom-tool or panning-tool.

Issue number 3: The layer blending modes.

The only blending modes available is; Multiply, dodge, burn and Screen.


Dodge
and burn are useless as layer blending modes in my opinion, most people use overlay, darken, lighten and color instead.

However, there’s some things in this program that I totally LOVED and seriously wished that Photoshop and Painter also had.

1: The color wheel!

Not only does it have a nice color wheel that can display the colors in HSV/RGB sliders, but ALSO can guide and help you in choice of color palettes with the “harmonies” menu where you can check to show Analogous, Complementary, Triadic and all the other well known color combinations! This thing is something I’d love to have in Painter or Photoshop, sure there’s lots of websites that help you with color harmonies, but to have one inside the software is even better!

2: Being able to swatch between 5 colors instead of just two!


Many times, I’ve wished I could switch between three-four colors instead of just foreground/background you know? This is possible in MyPaint, however the function used for this could be improved a little bit. Since it’s still quite buggy.

3: LOTS of brushes and a Scratch pad!


MyPaint has both brushes that resemble digital and traditional mediums, but also BLENDERS! Oh gosh finally more programs that starts to add blenders to the set!

One nice thing is the Scratch-pad, it’s a small separate window where you can try out your brushstrokes before applying it on the canvas. Very handy if you wanna experiment with creating new brushes.

That was my review of MyPaint. I honestly doubt that they will update it soon and fix the issues I mentiones here. And since I couldn’t use pressure sensitivity, it more or less took away a lot of the experience of trying out all the cool brushes.

(Source: shalrath)

A redline correction for a person in the livestream chat. Did this one pretty quickly and I upload it so the artist can save it as a note-to-self.

also I’m livestreaming!!

A redline correction for a person in the livestream chat. Did this one pretty quickly and I upload it so the artist can save it as a note-to-self.

also I’m livestreaming!!

abbydoodles:

sketchin’ time~
putting actual thought into deciding my 3 bb’s eye shapes

Awesome to see you getting started with the practice already! :D
A little protip: Don’t be too subtle with the difference of the features. Even though there’s a small difference between the eyes, they are still a bit too alike each other (the shape of the pupil doesn’t really count when it comes to the shape of the eye). It’s not a bad idea to first draw them very exaggerated to an almost caricature-like level.
Give some eyes very thick and masculine eyebrows. The lower down you place the eyebrows, the more masculine will the eyes appear. And eyebrows that are thin and placed high up will make the eye appear more young and feminine.
I also suggest you look up makeup-guides when it comes to figure out how to apply the eyebrow. It actually helped me long ago when I started drawing more realistic.
Also, don’t lock yourself with your OCs only for this exercise. I know by own experience how hard it can be to try to give your OCs a whole new face, since you sort of already have an image of how they look inside your head. And make sure to not draw “one” eye but a whole pair for each shape and design. I’m eager to see more of your sketches! :D

abbydoodles:

sketchin’ time~

putting actual thought into deciding my 3 bb’s eye shapes

Awesome to see you getting started with the practice already! :D

A little protip: Don’t be too subtle with the difference of the features. Even though there’s a small difference between the eyes, they are still a bit too alike each other (the shape of the pupil doesn’t really count when it comes to the shape of the eye). It’s not a bad idea to first draw them very exaggerated to an almost caricature-like level.

Give some eyes very thick and masculine eyebrows. The lower down you place the eyebrows, the more masculine will the eyes appear. And eyebrows that are thin and placed high up will make the eye appear more young and feminine.

I also suggest you look up makeup-guides when it comes to figure out how to apply the eyebrow. It actually helped me long ago when I started drawing more realistic.

Also, don’t lock yourself with your OCs only for this exercise. I know by own experience how hard it can be to try to give your OCs a whole new face, since you sort of already have an image of how they look inside your head. And make sure to not draw “one” eye but a whole pair for each shape and design. I’m eager to see more of your sketches! :D

I have no clue how to draw the body. I hate when this happens. It really can give me artblock hgngngng

halp?

oh btw, I’m still LIVESTREAMING!

A redline correction/”guide” in how to draw a five year old child. Helped Ninja during the livestream with her drawing and what to think about next time.

I’ve noticed that there’s very little references/resources when it comes to draw children bodies, it’s probably because the thought of a naked child has become so taboo. But if someone has some good resources of drawings of childrens anatomy, it would be nice to know. What I’ve shown here is more or less all I currently know about this subject.

A redline correction/”guide” in how to draw a five year old child. Helped Ninja during the livestream with her drawing and what to think about next time.

I’ve noticed that there’s very little references/resources when it comes to draw children bodies, it’s probably because the thought of a naked child has become so taboo. But if someone has some good resources of drawings of childrens anatomy, it would be nice to know. What I’ve shown here is more or less all I currently know about this subject.

changed the whole position of the dragons body, made it more entangled with the tree. Need to fix the values, and start working on that little imp with pine-cone hair.

Although I’m not really sure if this looks better on a compositional level, what do you think? Should I use the previous pose of the body, or the more entangled one?

changed the whole position of the dragons body, made it more entangled with the tree. Need to fix the values, and start working on that little imp with pine-cone hair.

Although I’m not really sure if this looks better on a compositional level, what do you think? Should I use the previous pose of the body, or the more entangled one?

I’d like some constructive feedback on the perspective + the anatomy.<3
today’s livestream is now over! I am surprised that I made all this in one streaming. I better not ruin this picture once I start to color.

Edit: I am aware of the leg on the guy to the right. I realized that it’s smarter to just switch position of the legs and move it upward a little bit .

I’d like some constructive feedback on the perspective + the anatomy.<3


today’s livestream is now over! I am surprised that I made all this in one streaming. I better not ruin this picture once I start to color.

Edit: I am aware of the leg on the guy to the right. I realized that it’s smarter to just switch position of the legs and move it upward a little bit .

Blaming your flaws on your artistic “style” is like blaming your social mistakes on your “personality”