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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:40 am
by dabberblimp
My name is Jana, I am 21 years old. I started admiring the digital works on deviantart back in 2012, but first started drawing digitally in May this year when I got my tablet.
I really love art and try to spend time on it whenever possible.
Generally I like all kinds of art, but some themes I like exspecially are fantasy, metamorphosis and surreallism. I also like to do short gif-animations.
My aim is to create paintings that look similar to how I imagined them in my head.


Still a long way till michelangelo, thought this would make a good start for my sketchbook ;-)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:17 am
by dabberblimp
More hands... I am not really happy with the result, they just look too stiff and the outstretched one in the middle looks especially crappy.. but I will try again

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:37 pm
by dabberblimp
This is the sketch for the drawing I was working on today

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:40 pm
by dabberblimp
This is how it looked like when my sister came to my room and shocked me with the question if i was drawing a girl ..

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:42 pm
by dabberblimp
So I made the chin larger to give it more male freatures and it lokked like this. When i asked my second sister what she thought about it she laughed till crying and told me it looked like an emo with justin biebers hairstyle :cry:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:44 pm
by dabberblimp
It looks like this at the moment, but I am still not sure about the hairstyle and I tink there might be something of with the eyes, so if you have helpful advice don´t hold back, I am not skittish :)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:08 pm
by explosivedesign
It looking good :), but there's still room for improvement as in proportions in the face and the feature placements, the eyes and the lips are the things that is most wrong in the painting in my opinion it would be a good idea to look at reference And do a paint over if you can.
Keep it up

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:03 am
by Poisonous Froad
I like your top drawing the most with the hands (I assume it's a reference to that painting of Adam?)

I think with your face drawing you should try crossing lines and silhouettes of the nose/mouth first. Here's a relevant video to help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1618qH7KojU

In your deviantART profile I really like that polar bear. I hope to see more :>

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:07 am
by dabberblimp
Thank you very much for your opinions! And that you took the time to look into my gallery :) I searched for reference and tried to fix the eyes just now but he just got even more feminin looking. So tomorrow I will watch that video and maybe it will help^^

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:37 am
by Roger
I think it looks feminine because it looks like he has a thin line of mascera(?) on his eyes. Like the colors and shadows hint of the edges of the eyes.

Very nice hand studies! A very important thing to study!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:37 pm
by dabberblimp
I wanted to show you what I worked on the last three days, its this little animation. It is the simplest kind of animation where you film the action and then paint over it, so its more endurance than skill, but can be very relaxing :D

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:40 pm
by dabberblimp
and here is the "raw" of course I will finish the crying man as well, i just needed a break from that picture

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:32 pm
by explosivedesign
Do you mean rotoscoping? I did a lot of that when I was doing animation, its looking good, you sure have a lot if patience and stamina :)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:31 am
by dabberblimp
@explosivedesign Yes I guess that is what it is called, I didn´t know it before, good to know.. It is nice to do sometimes because the results are nice and easy, but I really wish to get better at the traditional way of animating^^ did you do a course in animation?


This is the finished crow painting. I tried to redo the eyes a third time but it did not work, so I then decided the second ones weren´t really so bad without the tears, maybe that was too much drama^^

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:50 am
by explosivedesign
Ah that's looks better, now I think you need to look up references and do studies of the face so you can understand its structure more.

And no I just did animation in my free time :)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:47 pm
by PostBoxRomance
I think the "problem" (it's not really a problem, I just couldn't think of another word) is that his brow is too high and arched. When I draw males, I square out the jaw like you've done and I draw the brows quite thick a low. I'm not sure why it works, it just does haha.

If it's okay with you, I can do a quick paint over to show you what I mean?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:42 pm
by dabberblimp
@explosivedesign Yes I really have a lot to learn when it comes to faces, my drawings tend to look very androgynous even if I don´t aim for that. and one more question: did you use an animation program to make your animations? I´m just curious because I am currently working with gimp and that can be very tiring when it comes to coloured animations..

@ postboxromance sure don´t hold back. I thought about the eyebrows as well, and I don´t know if it shows but I tried to make them broader at one point but I think your right and they are still to fine for a man

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:01 pm
by explosivedesign
I just used an old version of flash but I stopped animating and started to do art instead :)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:12 pm
by dabberblimp
I tried to do posesketches on sketchdaily today, they are 5minute sketches. Why are legs so complicated :x

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:52 pm
by PostBoxRomance
Okay - so I did the paintover for you.

I've softened and straightened a lot of things out, and made a few things longer. My advice to you is: broaden your colour palette and don't be scared of the hard round brush! (That's all I used to do the paintover and lowered the opacity and flow)

Spoiler: show
paintover.jpg

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:01 pm
by dabberblimp
Thank you PostBoxRomance!! That is super helpful. He looks much better like that, I noticed that the face also looks less flat because you darkned the edges.The only thing I don´t like that much is the frown line between the eyes.But again, thank you that you took the time!


This is a first quick sketch for the illustration challenge "crimson grove" this week. I am uploading it because I need advice with the perspective of the bridge, it seems really wrong to me...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:02 pm
by PostBoxRomance
No problem, I hope it helped!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:09 pm
by Ambiguity
dabberblimp wrote:This is a first quick sketch for the illustration challenge "crimson grove" this week. I am uploading it because I need advice with the perspective of the bridge, it seems really wrong to me...

Your bridge is in 1 point perspective, but you have 2 VPs for no reason, nothing is even lining up with them(which is a good thing here because they're too close together anyway). Also, water mostly gets it's surface color from reflecting the sky, so I'd just copy the sky, flip it, and warp it to fit the water.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:18 pm
by dabberblimp
Yeah you are right, I changed the perspective to one point. The thing is I thought I could get a little creative with perspective but I guess I got it wrong, so I will save that for the next picture

Here is the new version, i still don´t like the bridge but this time its the colour

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:29 pm
by explosivedesign
yeah that's much better, its looking really nice I love how you've done the sky and the sun, it compliments the red and orange leaves :)

also maybe you can add some leaves in the water as it looks like the leaves would fall onto the water with the tree being that close to the water, i think that'll complete it