Wraaarh, mega update of doom! Procrastination is a funny thing. Instead of working on the big paper I should be doing, I'm arting to the extreme. If I get anymore homework, I'll be a pro illustrator in no time! Anyways:
Got chibi? Now in dragon edition!
Originally meant to have been a part of a bigger C.Y. picture that got dropped due to time restraints. Instead, it became the culmination of the dragon practice, as I used it for the purpose mentioned above.
I know the pose, especially the feet, is a bit screwy, but I was simply unable to fix it, no matter how many times I redrew those parts. Oh well, she was perfectly happy with it. She isn't much of a connoisseur XD
Because of my... "Transformation" I needed a female eye as avatar, as I usually have male eyes there. I decided to do it in a big resolution, since that would make it turn out better, and I could always submit it here to make it not feel like a lot of wasted effort.
But I don't really like how it came out. I'm beginning to reach more and more into the field of digital painting, but as I still have lines, this stands in an awkward position between being a drawing and a painting. And also... I have tired of realism. This picture made me realize that. I may not be too good at it, but aside from the anime hair and cellshading, simplified realism has always been what I attempted. This must be the most realistic thing I have created, and I don't like it at all...
"Screw it, I'm gonna draw some anime eyes now"
And I did. I felt prompted to at last begin finding my own style. All evidence seems to suggest you need to get the basics, realism, down before you begin developing a style, if you want to be a great artist. Well, I'm shooting for above average, not great or pro, so I'm gonna start developing my style now, half-way, or quad-way, or whatever. Ok, that's not exactly true. I intend to do some life drawings soon, or, as soon as I can find some life that wanna stand still for me, which of course will be done realistically.
Anyway, a style to me is defined by three things: How much general detail there is, how much exaggeration there is, and how the head is drawn. Everybody draws bodies, machines, nature, whatever, nearly the same, only with different levels of exaggeration and simplification. However, about everybody draws a head, and especially the face, differently. And no, I'm not just talking about anime having teacup eyes, and western having not. There are many more differences than that. So, since I already know what I'm shooting for in the two first (much detail, little exaggeration), I just have to decide on facial features.
Like eyes. Out of the plethora there, though, I haven't decided which I like best. I'm sorta partial to the square, yu-gi-oh like ones, but they seem to be unable to communicate anything, but "I am angry/serious". They just don't look relaxed at all.
Here's some notes, to myself, about what I like in some of the eyes:
- Line Variance
- Lines on the brow to suggestion hair direction
- Form of brow suggesting gender
- No emphasized tear ducts
- Realistic size (if not form)
- Lines over and under visible eye, suggesting eye lids
- Broken line at tear duct, whole the rest of the way
- Hexagon shape, with rounded corners
Yeah, that's... Pretty specific. So maybe I know what I want. It's only the exact form that teases me, but that can vary from character to character.
But I'm not done yet!
I decided since I was on a roll, I could as well do some much overdue muscle study. And in art, you learn by doing. I used this
as reference, and basically copied exactly, of course taking different perspectives into consideration. Or, tried. I suck at it. More importantly, I also drew him with the proportions listed at the top. 8 heads and all that. It brought a problem I've had before and never solved to my attention again. I normally losely measure my characters height, and not based on a specific number of heads. When I do, and I make them the apparently realistic 8 heads tall... Their heads seem way to small. I don't know why. Is it my eye that's something wrong with? I have a picture of a guy standing straight in front of me, made by a pro artist, and he is 8 heads tall, and fits the measurements exactly. What did I do wrong? Is it part of my subconscious style to chibify people a small bit?