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post #1 of 9 Old 05-12-2013, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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HUGE project, WIP

I'm working on something massive. As I develop my style and work without any lines a bit more, I'm finding it more important to get the anatomy right, so I'm working almost exclusively with references.

Each unicorn will be in the style of the black one with gold mane/tail/markings, Lumin. No lines, just my shading skill, or rather lack thereof.

Lumin is pretty much finished, so on we go to Destiny... who I'm not happy with, but it took me a few tries to get her looking as good as she does. I just can't get her hooves to look how I want them to :/ if anyone can redline that for me, I'll love you forever <3 key in her design is that she has cloven hooves.

After Destiny is Chron [who will be a huge relief because he has horse hooves], then onto the evil gods, Feyken, Fate and Shadr. Six unicorns, and Lumin is meant to be the simplest of them [and all that hair took FOREVER... but Destiny and Chron have even more hair...]. And then... argh... once I've got all six of them painted, it's background time.

THIS IS GOING TO KILL ME.

Edit; sorry, the one I want redlined uploaded so small... I'll add a deviantart link tomorrow
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-12-2013, 06:24 AM
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I love looking at all your WiPs and watching them come to life! Keep up the great drawing - you're really talented!

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Thank you!!

This one's taking the back seat for a little while, once I get some new graphite pencils, because I just yesterday got a commission, and paying work is more important than personal pieces. The commissioner wants six pieces, all in graphite on paper, which is actually lovely because that means I can work with my foot up...

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Please please please post pics? Preeeetty please?

Or because it's a commission do you not want to, that's OK too :)

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I haven't actually started on the commission yet :P

I threw together a quick practice piece, which will be for sale once I put some finishing touches on it. I'm not in any hurry to sell, though. I rather like it.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-01-2013, 11:03 PM
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O.O I envy you and your talent.
And your work is absolutely amazing. That is all.
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Thank you <3 I got here through years and years of practice. I was drawing as soon as I could pick up a pencil. I firmly believe nearly anybody can learn to draw if they want to. I say nearly because there are people out there with physical and/or mental disabilities [god I hate that word] who simply cannot... but if you are sound of mind and of body and are willing to put up with imperfect attempts, time after time [I don't get it right all the time!] you'll get there.

My style has finally settled, I think. My wolves haven't changed much since 2009. My horses have, because I've been working on more realism with them, but all the same, there are some things about them that haven't and probably won't change.

I think the most important thing for any artist [especially if they're going to draw without a reference!] is to study the anatomy of whatever it is they want to draw. The anatomy, and the proportions. Where the bones lie [I draw a very basic skeleton as my basic beginning sketch], then the muscle and sinew, then at last the skin and fine details go on top. It really helps to be digital because you can draw each anatomy feature on its own layer in a different colour [cyan for bones, red for muscle, purple for skin and green for details, for example] and then line - or don't line, depends on if you want them or not - on top in black, and finally keep your under-sketching [layers above the shading/base colour so you can see them!] for the shading stage... but delete it when you're done.

I have a tendency to like to line even if I'm going for line-free, like Lumin, just because I don't like to skip that step... I'm very routine-oriented :P

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or mental disabilities [god I hate that word]
Me too :(

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I think the most important thing for any artist [especially if they're going to draw without a reference!] is to study the anatomy of whatever it is they want to draw. The anatomy, and the proportions. Where the bones lie [I draw a very basic skeleton as my basic beginning sketch], then the muscle and sinew, then at last the skin and fine details go on top. It really helps to be digital because you can draw each anatomy feature on its own layer in a different colour [cyan for bones, red for muscle, purple for skin and green for details, for example] and then line - or don't line, depends on if you want them or not - on top in black, and finally keep your under-sketching [layers above the shading/base colour so you can see them!] for the shading stage... but delete it when you're done.
Remember this, remember this, remember this...

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I have a tendency to like to line even if I'm going for line-free, like Lumin, just because I don't like to skip that step... I'm very routine-oriented :P
I always do sketch lines first (on paper) and try sooo hard not to incorporate them into the finished drawing, but, well, no-go. They HAVE to be there, lol.

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It took me a long time to be able to make my work look decent with no lines :P they can be great to help with definition. Even now my digital work struggles a little bit with definition in the fine details.

It really helps to have good pencils. That eye sketch I used eight or nine pencils on, ranging from 8B to F. F is I think the hardest on the market, if I remember rightly, and leaves the lightest lines which will then blend in easier as you shade. The lighter your sketch lines, the less they show up.

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