Done with school forever.
I'm going to draw for myself for a bit now.
I know what you mean. It's pretty rare that anything I visualize becomes exactly that on paper (computer, whatever), but I don't necessarily consider that to be a bad thing. Sometimes, it works out even better than I expected. I find it helpful to make smaller sketches of the thing in mind beforehand, in order to figure out what works and what doesn't before going to the finished piece, and then further warm-up sketches.
I mainly use av.com, since it has a pretty decent image search. www.sxc.hu is excellent for hi-res images, and corbis.com does well, too, but since their images are mainly aimed for publication use and reuse, most of them are, well… boring. Hope that covers it. :3
Well, I usually practice the things I want to do in a particular piece. For instance, I don't normally do interiors or detailed environments, so I'm practicing that right now. I also use straight-on camera angles a lot, so I've been trying to break out of that, as the latest piece demonstrates. Basically, whatever I'm having trouble with, I work to figure out ways to make them less troublesome, if that makes sense.
Cars blocking my driveway when I'm already running late for work.
People interrupting me to ask about a crap product when I'm clearly helping someone else
Being chumped by girls
Customers that don't understand the concept of 'buy 1, get 1 free' (I once had a customer that complained that she was being charged for the item of greater value, to which I then pointed out that all ads clearly read 'of equal or lesser value'. When has any store ever given away the crap that would make them the most profit? She clearly didn't major in business in her college days…)
Being asked to stay beyond my shift at work
Bill collectors calling me every hour on the hour like it's the 'in' thing to do, further compounded when said bill collectors have accents too thick for me to understand what they're saying.
+Only being able to take classes part-time this semester
+Dog crap in my yard (I don't own a dog)
I kinda wish I was more like Yusuke Murata! Now he has a simiply SEXY mix of american and japanese style. And the coloring- O_____O emocons needed to express!
You're at a high enough level that you don't need to wish to draw like anyone else. Just keep doing what you're doing.
I'm sort of wishing ol' Leon had some nice finished lines, at least. It's too good of a doodle to be left as just a doodle, you know?
I love to draw strange characters. I'm planning to make a comic/mangaish thing when all characters are finished, these are just prototypes Excuse the coloring though, I tend to spend hours on the figure itself and just throw random colors on it when finished to see what fits.
Here are some recent ones…
I really like the third guy down. It feels like there's sort of a Dr. Seuss-like fun quality to him, at least to me. He and the purplish guy in your latest post are my favorites so far. He sort of reminds me of a California Raisin. XD
I think this will be the best book for you. Andrew Loomis's "Fun with a Pencil…" has an in-depth guide on creating human faces and figures, and even includes various skull types and expressions. From about page 13 onward is the real meat of the book. 11 Megs.
I've been drawing as long as I can remember, but even then I drew mainly characters from cartoons and video games. Actually, from 1996 up until the summer of 2001, I did nothing but draw in Toriyama's style and honestly set my sights on making it big in Japan. One day, though, I realized that I wasn't going to go to Japan and be a famous manga artist, and basically set about finding my own way of doing things. I improved a little on my own, but my skills really developed once I began attending school for it, which involves primarily drawing from direct observation and building technical skill. This has been the most helpful for me.
As far as human structure goes, if you understand what's going on under the skin, then you can draw as realistically or stylized as you please in accordance. If you're drawing from imagination, then it becomes even more important to know how the body works in order for it to be convincing. If you're interested, I can scan a few pages from a book or two of mine which can break it down for you.
Learning to draw, I think, is basically learning to see, and learning to understand what you see, if that makes sense. Constant practice over several years doesn't hurt, either. ;3
I painstakingly plotted points and created layers upon layers for each element (line work, midtones, bg, ect.) using Adobe Illustrator. I haven't decided if I like it enough to use again on my own time, but it's a nice change from using Photoshop all the time.
@ Pass the Rootbeer - A larger version can be found here. As for my avatar, he's the character Inu from Taiko Drum Master. His brother's name is John. XD
@ Myoti - I haven't been on SL since about August. I've pretty much stopped playing everything that requires a monthly fee. Blasted priorities… But as far as the UM gns, they're still going strong. Vol. 16 will be released next month. dance And yay for Wally fanart, indeed. The world needs more walrus love. :wub:
@ roamingwyoming - I bet you say that to all the girls. ;3
Crackwhore Chuu has been arrested for prostitution and drug possession. His bail is set at one helping of Gyojin passion, which I have yet to come up with.
Thanks for the wonderful comments, guys. It's enough to get the ol' inspirational juices flowing again (I would think).
Curse you, Tigermode. Because of your incredible work, I have to decide between voting for you, taboo, or Helens as best artist in the AP awards, and you've made it impossible to choose between the three!
May a diseased camel relieve itself on your lawn.
I… I'm sorry? XD
I absolutely love the hippo. It just looks so charismatic.
Wow. You're the only person that's shown the hippo love. Everyone else seems to be smitten by the lion. And thanks to everyone who commented, of course. :3
Aaaaaand the finished product. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/44002568/
Not a virgin. Sex is hardly overrated if you've had it (and it was good IMO). It can get tedious sometimes, though…
Making love is something I'd like to be able to do someday, though. I imagine the act would be much more than just a fun night if there were true romantic feelings involved...
Thanks everyone! It feels good to do non-homework things occassionally.
I see. Is there an English version or scanlations only?
Viz is releasing the GNs for a lovely $7.95. Up to volume 14 is currently available. There's some editing done for the first four or five volumes (mainly just boobs and Kid's rampant boners), but I supposed they figured it would have meant more work than it was worth to go that route and have since kept everything intact.
The manga caters to more mature readers, sporting a hefty share of violence and more than a few outlandish gags of a sexual nature (volume 14 in particular).
Speaking of jokes, here's an abridged version of my figure painting class today.