Summer time, summer time...
And summer time means free time!
Some of you people might remember me from last year, I arrived at Snafu late may and left early september. This, of course, corresponds (don't know if that word means anything in English) to the summer holidays
I haven't drawn anything but trigonometric circles or mineralogic composition of rocks since I left Snafu, mainly due to lack of time but also because I just didn't feel like drawing whenever I had a bit of free time. I'm slightly regreting that, but what could one do about it? So yea, when I came back on Snafu a couple of days ago, I really didn't think I would start drawing again - and at the moment, I still don't think I might start drawing again. By "Drawing" I mean drawing regularly - if I made this thread in the Art Forum, it is of course because I will post something that at least resembles to some kind of art.
By the way, if you just want to take a look at the picture, skip the next couple of paragraphs. Since any single picture that I draw takes me a hell lot of time, I usually don't feel like posting it on the forum without saying anything.
Back to the subject. I got to thanks Ivanssj4 for getting my lazy ass back to drawing. Initially, I was just taking a glance at Erix, Alfina and Darkness_Calls's art thread (along with some other art threads) to see if they were still on Snafu, and if they improved (which was really stupid, of course they improved). I didn't feel like opening once again an art thread - and what would I post in it anyway? I wasn't drawing anymore. Same for litterature forum, this whole fanfic stuff didn't interest me anymore (no insult meant for those who write/read fanfics).
Ivanssj4, some guy that I didn't know, PMed me asking if I was going to post some new art in my old art thread (which I didn't even know if it still existed). I took a look at his art thread (to be polite, and also because I was curious), and his drawings reminded me that... Well, you don't have to be some kind of God of Art to post on Snafu! Heck, I was just stupidly ashamed of my drawings. I gave him some advices to improve his pictures, and I redraw one of his picture
But eh! It's holiday! Why don't I get my lazy butt to improve my coloring skills (providing they even exist)? So I did, forcing myself to get out of that bed where I'm sleeping 90% of they day and 100% of the night and open photoshop once again. And here is what I get.
Now seriously. I'm... Let's say, quite happy with what I did. First, because I actually did
something. Would that be a huge crap, I would still get a little bit of satisfaction because I did
something. Meaning, I could manage to keep myself motivated to end this picture. Second, because I honestly and humbly don't believe that to be a huge crap. I even think I improved (although having left Art in the Abysses of whatever for almost a year).
On the other hand, I'm unhappy because of several things (well, can't expect to feel like I saved the world or anything - that would be quite comic).
First, I've used about ten hours
to draw that. It's sure that I wouldn't be able to do anything much
better than this anyway at the moment, but heck. Ten hours
for that?! My, I feel really bad when I see people post some awsome pics and say 'I kinda rushed it so it might suck (liar!
) and it took me about one hour and a half'. Holy crap. One - Hour - And - A - Half. Let's see. In one hour and a half, they managed to draw their character, clean up the mess, scan, color, shade and add effects that I don't even know what they are. In one hour and a half, I can - well. Draw and scan. And... I might be re-inking the lines on Photoshop after one hour and a half.
But what would Ganon say about that? Practice is the key. Stop whining and get your lazy ass to work. And he's right
What else annoys me in that drawing?
There is the sword. Passed about three hours drawing it and coloring it, and ended with a... Well, let's say it's alright. I am, of course, conscious that it looks really
weird. Look at the hilt. And now look at the blade. See the problem? Yup, saw that too. But too late
Coloring it was also a pain in the ***. I felt so tired (don't ask why, I start drawing at 11 p.m. and stop at 2 a.m.) that I just used random effects such as clouds or the gradient tools, making it a mediocre piece of what-should-look-like-metal-but-does-not.
There are the boots. I had to redraw his left foot because it wasn't at the same level than his right foot, which made him somewhat levitating in a very weird manner. And it looked bad. Now? It also looks bad. Not as
But lo! What's that horrible thing upon his feet?! Boots. No, really, I promise. Those are boots, even if they look like some kind of ugly-rainbow pseudo-shoes. That was the last thing I did, and this picture was seriously starting to annoy me (as well as Windows popping messages to tell me that my C: / folder memory was so low that Mister Computer couldn't get his ass to obey my commands. YOU SHALL OBEY ME! Damn computer). I colored it in a very fast manner and tried to vary shading. Result? I shall not try again for a long time.
Last thing that was particularily annoying was to draw the hand holding the hilt of the sword. Personally, I'm still not satisfied at all with it, I feel like it still doesn't look like a hand. Another thing is that some black lines are blury due to the fact that I enlarged the picture to 4000x5000 to color/shade it, and lineart didn't appreciate that, so it decided to screw up some black lines badly (look at his chest, for example. Wait, doesn't chest mean the thing where pirates hide their bounty in? Arrr, matey).
Coloring was done Erix style. Well, not really. I don't even know how Erix color his pictures, but I say 'Erix style' because it's done with a single color shade for each part (if you don't look at the boots, 'cause they were a total disaster). I'm pretty happy with the head, which doesn't look horribly inhuman for once, as well as the pants which actually resemble to pants and not some paper sheets wrapped around what should be legs.
Alright, I'm done with talking. I have no idea if I will draw some more to put things in this art thread, I have no idea if you people even care about that or are even reading what I'm writing, but whatever. I shall try to keep drawing. And that, thanks to Ivanssj4 and people like Erix, Darkness and a bunch of others (sorry, too lazy to put your names) who keep drawing and improving. I might say that Darkness is the one that improved the most in my opinion.
Now, discuss, flame, comment or dance in front of your computer (I wasn't aiming at you, Mir@k).
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