This picture is exactly the opposite to the last one; I had little faith in the lineart but the colouring made a piece that I'm extremely proud of.
Anyway, last night I was worrying about what I'd do with this one; some of the ballroom dresses I'd seen, being the ones that actually suit Jasmine anyway, were pretty complex looking. But overnight I may've had a dream or something that helped that because I was raring to draw it this morning; no worries, just drawing without a care.
And then I finished the lines and I thought "this could've had potential, but because I suck this is crap".
So I spent the last couple of hours colouring it in and boy am I surprised at the result. So yeah, basic dress, flowy hair, heels, sashes, etc. I think that the only thing that could make dancing with Jasmine more fun is if she was drunk.
Oh and a note, voting is now closed for the next theme, which will be seasonal clothing. Go vote for the next theme here: [link] ~~~ "I-I...don't actually remember recieving this, but it fits the target, right, not to mention me too, so I guess it can't hurt to wear it. I've always had an interest in dance and the rest of my sisters think I'd be pretty good at it, but I've never pursued that interest.
Wearing it here though, I see how easy it is to move in compared to my prom dress, or any other dress or skirt I've ever worn for that matter, but it's also quite cold. I mean, the stockings aren't thick at all and neither is the dress itself, mostly because it's supposed to be form-fitting I guess, but moving around quickly in it feels bracing in a good way.
For the record, I really like the flower, haha." - Jasmine.
"When Jasmine said that the dress was breezy she was actually aiming that comment quite spitefully at me, haha. She got into this and then headed across the corridor to Kris' room to show her and I kinda grabbed her and shoved her out on deck. Cold, I know, but also revealing, as the supply workmen moving our cargo found to their taste.
I think she said something inbetween angry rasped gasps about one of them making a dive for her leg as she made her escape. You should've seen my tears of laughter." - Rosaline.
I really like your characters, you seem to be very involved with their development, and they seem to have a lot of personality.
You seem to have been improving quite a bit. You seem to be developing your style more and more as you go. I take style pretty seriously, I think it's very important to have a specific style which is unique to your art. Or more than one, couldn't hurt.
On that note, I think your style is really nice. It seems to rely heavily on the line art for the basic shape/form, and secondly the colouring supports the form to create the overall feel/motion. Calling on this basic strategy in artistic style is common in many forms, but has the potential to be greatly varied in approach and technique. I think you have achieved the unique application of this strategy quite well.
Along with this strategy, every piece I have seen from you is posed. Every one is a new aspect and dynamically positioned. It shows that you are doing your best to achieve variety and learn new aspects.
I also commend how much you've been practicing. In all honesty I'm sort of a procrastinator, which usually does not end well and I don't achieve what I'd want to. I'm working on that though haha.
I've been pumping dis shiz out daily, excluding a /few/ exceptions It can get pretty knackering tho and I get the feeling few people're actually looking at them, but w/e~
Well, with Ace and Jasmine, being the two protagonists of my original story project, I've actually been working with them for 5-8 years now. In fact, Jasmine's 5th anniversary of creation is on the 4th. But yeah, I love these guys and they've seen a lot of development so I'm pretty involved with them You say I've been improving, but really, not by much. I've been using gaussian blur on the better pieces, which is literally point and click, whereas the better quality stuff is actually taller than the other pieces. This makes the lines look more refined when shrunk as dA does. That being said though, I do do research and make notes frequently, so I'd hope that I've been getting some decent progress out of that. Style is primal; I can't explain my style as I just draw it, not think about it.
Still, thank you, I've always sorta liked stick-like characters and my style eventually came to resemble that a bit more whilst still looking human.
As for poses, I have a friend, mentioned often in the credits of the pics, that helps me determine the exact points of each pose. It's pretty handy actually, seeing as she watches the art progress with her own eyes frequently.
Practice makes perfect. I'm kinda bored of drawing but I do it anyway; an artist has to keep going, otherwise their style goes out of synch and they lose some of the progress they last got. Keep drawing, ne'er stopping
I've had a recent sudden understanding of my own relationship with art, and how I had begun to drift away from it.
When my computer broke, it was the first time I had picked it up to do art in about two weeks. I had been avoiding art, I realize now, but I could not see it then. I had lost what I had found to be enjoyable in art. Why? I believe now it was because I was so stressed, wrapping my mind around the single thought: that I must become successful.
When it broke, the moment was sheer horror. Not because I had lost a valuable piece of machinery. Although of course I had, what was more shattering was the realization of what I was actually holding in my hands. My lost friend - my creativity.
I bought that computer to make art of course. It's my ideal art companion, everything I would ever need to make as much art as I desired. But, alas, it was sitting and getting dusty atop my desktop PC tower, with which I was playing Skyrim and modding or doing mild research. I'd glance at the Asus EP121 sometimes and realize I'd been avoiding it.
One day, I decided I'd better start drawing again. But it wasn't as joyous a feeling as I'd remembered, like the first time I drew with that tablet PC. No, it was more along the lines of "well I'd better get it over with." But when it started up and I heard the familiar tone of Windows 7 booting, and saw the familiar background and icons and toolbar, my joy started naturally rising again as it once had. I remembered, I loved to draw with this tablet.
Then it all went wrong in a matter of moments, and I lost the machine. But I had realized finally, that I had been losing something much more important. Now that it was gone, I realized just how much I had been losing my direction, my tenacious ambition which I had held onto for so many years.
I was again revitalized when I picked up and dusted off an old Fujitsu Lifebook laptop with a resistive touch screen. You see, I had sold my Intuos 4 a few months prior to this disaster and, I have nothing left to make art with. Besides that touch screen. It has no pressure sensitivity, so I thought I would never be able to draw with it. But I decided I had to try, and I had to make a vent art about me losing my Ep121.
So I opened up crappy old MS Paint. To my complete astonishment, I found it was not bad at all to sketch with the small stylus with no pressure sensitivity. It really felt like a challenge, can I actually make art with these minimalistic tools? It reminded me of learning how to draw all over again, and I had a lot of fun. I actually think I made something decent and artistic out of it. And I feel much better now for it.
I realized as long as I have my ambition, I can lose everything else around me and still be able to climb back up to - where? Success? I don't know for sure, but I know if I can maintain this direction, I'll end up somewhere better than nowhere.
Aha, sorry for the sudden story about my experience, but I meant to call on it as a method of reassurance for you. I really believe you have a lot of potential. From what I can see you're very creative and very thoughtful. In fact in a way, you almost remind me of myself.
I can tell you have a lot of ambition, but I also definitely pick up on that note of stress you've been conveying. And I'm sure you know, every artist experiences the stress of ongoing progress and perfection. But I thought I could maybe make a suggestion that might be of help to you, it definitely is extremely helpful to me, when I can remember to do it.
Sketch. Sketch as fast as you can, whatever you feel like, and only stop to perfect it once you've composed the whole piece. I know it may sound like I'm asking you to do basically what any artist does when they compose any piece. But this is slightly different. Don't try to compose it in your mind beforehand, don't think of the pose first, just sketch. Whatever happens happens, and then you go from there. Guide yourself with very basic concepts, like "I want to have this or that conveyed in this pose" but never stop to think about how to execute it, just keep scribbling until you're satisfied. And don't, absolutely do not, worry about cleaning up the lines. Let them be scribbly and all over the place, except in only a few areas you decide to perfect if you see fit. You'll start to realize that you have the capacity to portray a vast perception of motion and form that you didn't realize until then, those scribbly lines are infinitely detailed, chaotic and orderly at once.
This might be something you'd hear in an art class. You may have heard it before actually, and maybe it's not your taste. But I do so encourage you to try it, even if it seems ungainly. It might look like utter crap at first, but trust me, it's what has made me love art more and more, and what I believe has helped me the most to progress than any other type of practice.
It definitely has the effect of circumventing the routine stress I encounter when I try to be exactly precise in every piece I conduct. Of course there are so many different techniques to practice, and the look and feel of a sketch may not always be what you're after. But once and a while at least, try it out, you might be surprised.
Ahh, again I apologize for the huge amount of text here. I hope it's helpful to you though. Also I'm not trying to assert anything on you honestly, if it sounds pushy it's just the way I was conveying it at the time. It's all up to you, everything is. I just hope that if you do try my suggestion that it's as useful to you as it is to me.
away time is back
:D! This time I've
got 1500pts to give
away c:The last
giveaway was really
well received so I'm
doing another! After
the way the last one
panned out, one
thing I would like
to remind you guys
of is to PLEASE
PLEASE follow the
guidelines so you
can be properly...
A few days ago we
had a chat to
issues and solutions
(see the original
thanks to everyone
who came and raised
took 45 minutes for
the volume of talk
to max out Sta.sh
limit and this chat
went for two more
Even though summer
is imminent, you
often find yourself
on your couch,
watching Honey Boo
Boo, thinking; "I'm
rather chilly o_o.
OMG I'M CHILLY." .
would rather blast
the air conditioning
and bundle up then
turn it down and
rely on the earth to
There are ten days
left to submit to
the Louder Than dA
folder. With that
being said, I'm
putting out an
article that offers
some tips and quick
problems a poet may
be facing when
writing their slam
poem. But very
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like to address a
`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations! Read More