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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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Five years difference.

I was 17 when I made the first one.

Man it’s fun to do remakes of old stuff :3

So okay all I did today was just the sketch. But I’ll prob finish this one up tomorrow or something.

However, i can clearly see a big improvement from the old one, even though the old painting was one of my best works from 2011, I felt like the whole process of sketching out the anatomy went way smoother on this new one.

And I think that is a great sign of improvement; not that it always has to look improved, but that it takes less struggle and time to make something of the same (if not better) quality.

I remember using 5 references for the body on the old picture, on the new one I used only one reference for the arms.

self-analyzing is fun bro.

nikipaprika:

Well, this is interesting haha! :’DThis whole time I have been getting on at myself for not being colourful enough but I guess I have actually improved on that front by the looks of things! You can see I went from traditional to digital, and my “style” developing heh. I still feel I lack a definitive style, and I kinda like some of my older drawings and the style used in them, but ah well, I shall forward on.April I had barely anything. I think I was having a bad time around then, and  apologies for the adult image for august, I couldn’t find anything else of substance I did that month :’3 (Raph, stop eyeing her up, goodness!)Going through my files, I was happy to see I was very productive starting from september! I should keep this up uwu 
But yes, this. Things. Good! Onward to more art in 2013!!! /rambles

I think that might be a good thing to consider in terms of improving; we don’t notice the improvement as much as we hope to do.
One more thing I notice when I look at this, is that your drawings grow more… expressive haha :’D I think that’s a good thing tho! An artist can be skilled in drawing and painting stuff, but if they never convey any major expression or attitude in their drawings it quickly becomes boring for the viewer.
I wish you all the best lucks and wishes and stuff for both you and your art development this year :D I’ll continue to help you out whenever you need<3

nikipaprika:

Well, this is interesting haha! :’D
This whole time I have been getting on at myself for not being colourful enough but I guess I have actually improved on that front by the looks of things! You can see I went from traditional to digital, and my “style” developing heh. I still feel I lack a definitive style, and I kinda like some of my older drawings and the style used in them, but ah well, I shall forward on.
April I had barely anything. I think I was having a bad time around then, and  apologies for the adult image for august, I couldn’t find anything else of substance I did that month :’3 (Raph, stop eyeing her up, goodness!)
Going through my files, I was happy to see I was very productive starting from september! I should keep this up uwu 

But yes, this. Things. Good! Onward to more art in 2013!!! /rambles

I think that might be a good thing to consider in terms of improving; we don’t notice the improvement as much as we hope to do.

One more thing I notice when I look at this, is that your drawings grow more… expressive haha :’D I think that’s a good thing tho! An artist can be skilled in drawing and painting stuff, but if they never convey any major expression or attitude in their drawings it quickly becomes boring for the viewer.

I wish you all the best lucks and wishes and stuff for both you and your art development this year :D I’ll continue to help you out whenever you need<3

"My 10-minutes sketch gets more attention than my 7-hour painting."

artist-confessions:

I’ve seen many confessions about this, and I’ve seen many people complaining about this. And yes, I’ve experienced this myself many times.

But when that happens to me, I often already KNOW that it’s going to happen and why.

Because most of the time when this occur, when your work that you fought so long to finish barely gets any feedback…

It’s probably because you have been overworking the picture.

One very good example is the pictures in this confession: Link!

NO ONE really cares about the amount of time you’ve put on your work, because that wont be shown for someone who haven’t witnessed the process - all they see is the finished result.

I can clearly see why the picture to the right in that post gets more attention than the one to the left:

- It has contrast, contrast is very important to consider if you wanna make sure that people will notice it even as a tiny THUMBNAIL.

How many times have you seen a detailed lineart on the front page on dA?

Not that often, right? Well that’s because you barely can see so much of the content in a tiny tiny thumbnail - compared to a finished painting with good composition and contrast in values.

- The other picture might contains “lots of stuff and details”, but the perspective and background has a flawed base. The colors are all saturated and the shadows doesn’t provide a good range of values. No matter how much time was spent on it, it still looks mediocre and boring compared to a vomiting angel.

Amount of details does NOT make the picture “better”. It’s all in the foundation of values and composition.

If you don’t want your sketches and doodles to get more attention than your finished paintings, then don’t post sketches and doodles to begin with.


Sketches and doodles will for the most part always look more alive than the finished result. Because you go by your gut feeling, the energy in your pen strokes brings life to the drawing.

Some artists keep their finished art as pretty loose and sketchy just to contain that special feeling of energy in their art.

So a BIG protip to you who suffer from this “feedback problem”: study composition and values (light/shadow) and put more focus on the foundations in the drawing rather than the amount of content and details.

Now I’m off to do some composition studies.

-foervraengd

:)

(Just click &#8220;hi-res&#8221; to view this in much bigger resolution!)
This took me way too long time to finish :CI should be doing commissions by now *shot*Anyway, this was fdhkdfjadlf-fun to do! Believe it or not but it took me a helluva time to make sure the character LOOKS like it should, no matter which style she belongs to.The funny thing is that, while doing this meme I sort of realized more and more how I wan&#8217;t Shaka&#8217;s hair to be. And I decided to remove her cat-eyes since they have always looked wrong on her. But I kept the green color of course.The Disney-version is a mix of Pocahontas, Esmeralda and Tarzan sort of. Didn&#8217;t wanna turn my OC into a Disney-Princess just because it&#8217;s in Disney-style (which can be VERY varied imo&#8230;)anyway&#8230; I recommend ppl to do this, ESPECIALLY you guys who have reached a higher level in skills of drawing. This is a reminder that even if we are good at drawing our own stuff, it can still be hard to imitate other styles - no matter how &#8220;simple&#8221; and &#8220;cartoony&#8221; they way be.

(Just click “hi-res” to view this in much bigger resolution!)

This took me way too long time to finish :C

I should be doing commissions by now *shot*

Anyway, this was fdhkdfjadlf-fun to do! Believe it or not but it took me a helluva time to make sure the character LOOKS like it should, no matter which style she belongs to.

The funny thing is that, while doing this meme I sort of realized more and more how I wan’t Shaka’s hair to be. And I decided to remove her cat-eyes since they have always looked wrong on her. But I kept the green color of course.

The Disney-version is a mix of Pocahontas, Esmeralda and Tarzan sort of. Didn’t wanna turn my OC into a Disney-Princess just because it’s in Disney-style (which can be VERY varied imo…)

anyway… I recommend ppl to do this, ESPECIALLY you guys who have reached a higher level in skills of drawing. This is a reminder that even if we are good at drawing our own stuff, it can still be hard to imitate other styles - no matter how “simple” and “cartoony” they way be.

Improvement 2006-2011 (from 16 to 21 years old)

I browsed in my own dA gallery and started to look at my first attempts at drawing/painting realism… Man I sure have improved! I’ll share them with you guys to show that I wasn’t a master at drawing just some couple of years ago.

This one was uploaded october 2006. I was 16 years old back then.

this is my comment about the picture back then:I read a book about drawing human faces in realism and I decided to give it a try, I suck at drawing realism. I am mostly used to draw manga. and therefore, when I draw realism they get things liek tooo big eyes or toooo small nose etc. But I liked how this one turned out ^^”

To be honest, I find my old comment more embarrassing than the actual picture.

This was uploaded December 2006, but I apparently made it some months earlier.

I like the breasts, they have like no gravity. And her face is just… LOOK AT HER NOSE GOD DANG IT, she could’ve been Michael Jackson’s reference for his plastic surgeries…

This one was uploaded April 2007 (17 years old). A slight improvement, but still looks more like a BJD-doll than a realistic face.

This was uploaded April 2007 as well… of course I was still thinking in manga-terms and did the “horse face”-design with the nose and mouth placed too far down.

Done may 2008.(18 years old) I was obviously better drawing realistic with traditional media than with digital program…

Also uploaded May 2008. Better than the female version, but that’s because I more or less copied a photography as “reference”.

This one was uploaded August 2009, a portrait of a friend without reference. Wait no… it was more like I just drew this randomly and turned out looking like my friend haha. I remember trying to color this in Corel but gave up since I used many layers back then (and corel is pretty lame when it comes to layers).

The main improvement here is probably that I learned how I should shade the face to make it more 3D and not as flat as the earlier ones. But it still has too exaggerated features (big eyes etc) so it’s rather more like semi-realism than realistic.

Also uploaded August 2009.

This is probably the biggest improvement this far. I learned the importance of having a secondary light source and I got better at drawing realistic hair. Still, the features are too big… or more like the whole head is too small for the face!

Uploaded July 2010 at the age of 20.

Started painting digital, this time I tried using Photoshop. Improved on proportions and the necks started to have a more logical size than before.

Uploaded December 2010 at the age of 21.

Started studying anatomy of the face for real, learned about things such as reflective light. Got better at painting and realized that I love working with Corel. I think this is the stage I’m at for the moment, the tutorials I’ve done recently has teached myself a lot of new things.

i hope this post encourage some people out there. And to prove that you are not born with a talent.