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July 5th, 2011, 08:22 PM
Hi. I'm a young artist -if you must know, I'm turning 16 in a few weeks- who has been doodling for as long as I can remember. You can call me Tessa, charmed to meet you. I'm looking for constructive critiques on pretty much anything I post. So yes, anything I post is fair game unless I state otherwise, which I probably won't.
Anyway, moving right along...
I cracked open some anatomy books and went to town recently. I've just started my studies, but I have a couple of pictures to show for it.
-The first image is a scan from my sketchbook. I used James E. Crouch's Functional Human Anatomy as reference for study. I'm trying to get a feel for the upper-torso muscle structure and a feel for some hand anatomy.
-Second is a compilation of some portraits I did digitally using a hard round brush. The one on the bottom right was drawn from life using a mechanical pencil in a dentist's office of my younger sister. As always, critiques desired.
-The finale is the next page from my sketchbook (after the anatomy drawings). I was trying to apply what I learned in shapes. I'd especially love feedback on this, as it's drawn from imagination.
July 6th, 2011, 12:27 AM
The soldier portrait is very strong and its great how in depth those studies are. The portrait above it seems a little too wide compared to the photo however. Keep posting!
July 7th, 2011, 05:58 AM
Somewhat of a "late" update, I suppose, but I've been doing some more studying. I'd love critiques on the skulls, I just can't seem to get them right...
Hoping to get some life drawing in soon! Though I may have to start out with my pets, seeing as I can't exactly ask just anyone to pose for me (especially nude!) in my current situation. Well, I probably could. But I'm rather shy... Anyway!
Just like before, these were made with a graphite mechanical pencil, James E. Crouch's Functional Human Anatomy, and a couple of colored pens for highlighting. Oh, and I shaded a bit with a Cool Grey 10% Prismacolor marker. Thanks, guys!
July 8th, 2011, 04:13 AM
I drew some more stuff today! Not much in the way of life drawing (on humans. I did draw cats!) but it's something.
The first is a drawing that was requested. It's some chick's fancharacter. I didn't design it, so please, don't crit me on her simple shirt or odd eyes... Here's a link to the original. Oogh (http://ladyyuna10.deviantart.com/art/muja-speechless-205163681). I'd love some crits on the coloring, lines and anatomy, though! Especially since her neck seems to have spontaneously narrowed. Ugh. And yes, the background is terrible!
Next I was trying to do some life drawing of my cats, Misty and Tripper.
Finally, here's the sketch of the first picture, for posterity. Thanks!
July 9th, 2011, 02:56 AM
You seem to be studying hard and applying it, love the portraits and the cats. What's your ultimate goal?
July 10th, 2011, 03:26 AM
Ultimate goal? I suppose it'd be to improve. I don't really want to put a cap on it, I just want to improve as much as possible (and hopefully even turn my art into a career). Ideally, I'd like to get the the point where I'm not ashamed of what I create, because I tend to get shy about my art after a certain time period. Thanks, by the way!
Anywho, here's some new stuff I've done recently.
The first was a piece I made to give to a band that I saw perform the other night. I upped the contrast on the scan to make the colors pop and the blacks a bit blacker. I was fortunate enough to give him the piece in the end. I'm actually quite proud of it!
The next is a little bit of concept art for a game that a friend of mine is designing. The joke is that he's this huge ice giant with a bad case of the runs, cue the distant (giant-sized, of course!) outhouse and toilet paper roll on his horn. And the icicles below his eyes.
As always, comments and crits are always welcome! Thanks!
July 14th, 2011, 04:02 AM
The icicles do make a nice touch to the image.
July 15th, 2011, 01:45 PM
hi tessa! i really dig the cartoons, especially the yeti. also i'm in arizona too! glad to see other artists from here
July 20th, 2011, 04:14 AM
@nutbunnies: Always great to meet another Arizonan artist!
@Steveland: Thank you very much!!
No update in a while, but I come bearing art! I just celebrated my 16th birthday and stuff, but I'm back now. So, here we go...:
The first is a bit of fanart of Valve's Half Life hero, Gordon Freeman.
The next is some little thing I drew up to practice anatomy. It was from memory, and I'd LOVE some critiques on it.
Lastly is some more anatomy, drawn in a dim theater when my sister dragged me to see the Harry Potter premiere. Well, I can't complain, it was a lot of fun. Also, I drew one of the girls there. It's pretty stylized, obviously.
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