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    LotusFleur's drawings in the wind

    Hello artist!

    I'm Danae and I've been drawing since I was a kiddo but not always with the ambition of being better.

    I'd love to read what you have to say about my drawings. Comments, critiques, all welcome!

    Thanks for helping me grow!

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    Hey! What happened to you? Still on vacation?
    Come on! You need to post more!
    *bounces in enthusiasm*

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    Hey there! I came back just yesterday and I have some quick sketches to post! Yey!

    These are some hands that I did for practice.

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    And here is my grandma enjoying her afternooon coffee. She is the best model I ever had.
    When I told her I was about to sketch her she didn't move a bit! So I don't have any excuses.

    The face isn't exactly as it supposed to be... I tried to follow what I was seeing but the result was so and so.

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    And here is my boyfriend whose face was a major failure!
    I guess I find it kind of difficult to stick with somebody's face and expression when I'm doing a full body sketch in a short time.

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    That's it for now! Cya!

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    Nice life drawing! Try being a little more loose and flowing on the clothes. The shapes look blocky and confusing, think of them as wrapping around the form of the human anatomy.
    Keep posting!! Good luck!

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    Thanks a lot!
    I'll try to follow your advice about the clothes.

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    Hello!

    It's been a while since my last post cause I've been BUSY but now I'm working on a new painting.

    I want to make a print of this to give it as a present to my friend Katherine for her birthday.

    The picture shows her and her boyfriend as their characters for the online game lineage were.
    The reason for that is that they met due this game and now they are together.

    So... here is the line art.

    Wow! That took me sooo much time... I feel exhausted!

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    Any comment appreciated though I don't know if I have the courage to make corrections!

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    You're off to a good start, especially with all the life-drawing you're doing. I think you should put in some serious time studying anatomy and proportions. If you don't have Andrew Loomis' books, you can download them here -- they're some of the best books available on the subject of figure drawing. Pair them up with a good anatomy book, study hard, and you're set. Once you understand what you're looking at, your life-drawing will improve immensely. Keep it up!

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    I like the range of value that's present in your work! Sometimes it's hard for artists to push themselves and get darks in there. Don't lose that!

    Keep up the great work and just remember: practice practice practice. A good anatomy book is helpful too.

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    @ funfetus: This was useful information indeed. Thanks a lot for the advices! I need a lot of practice in anatomy for sure.

    @ Ms. Kitty: Thanks a lot for your kind words.
    I'm always trying to give the values of what I'm painting right but sometimes (as I'm often being told at my uni) I add value in too many spots ending up doing something that is the doesn't have a focus point. Aww well... I hope I'll correct that in time.
    As for the practice... it never stops!

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    Here is a self portrait I did during the summer having a photo reference (...ok I used some imaginary elements too).

    It was done in photoshop.

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    Just a few sketches

    I'm not very proud of them but... aww well... that's it for now.

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    Id be proud of them sketches? Your doing what you need to do...studying the world around you...dont be afraid to do some quick gesture drawings, its really good for learning Form. I also like your fantasy pieces, try and get a nice balance between working on fantasy work and real life work...they go hand in hand.

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    Yeah you are definately off to a good start with all the drawing from life you are doing. Keep it up, don't lose interest in it! I can tell you from experience once you lose interest in doing them it's like breaking fingers to get yourself to do it again.

    I agree with whats been said about doing some focused studies on anatomy and proportions. In a lot of these the hands and feet are way to small. Make sure you keep an eye out for that. And for the individual hand studies, something I personally have to do when doing studies of anything is draw whatever it is I'm drawing thicker otherwise it comes out flimsy. Your hands are getting a flimsy quality to them, most likely because of how thin they are and the way you handled the rendering.

    Pay attention to the planes on the hand. Each finger is like a long rectangle with joints in it, Try drawing it that way then refining it to a more rounded form. A strong start you have, keep up the progress.

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    @ Prophet: Thanks a lot for the encouragement and advices.
    I try to keep the amount of practice and playing at equal levels but sometimes practice tires me I can't deny it!

    @ Aveh: Thanks for the advices I will try to follow them.
    I know what you mean about drawing from life... I get bored of it from time to time but I realize that is essential for my improvement.
    About the hand drawings, in three of them I used my hand for reference and I do have really thin fingers that don't help the situation but I got your point. Hands have always been a tricky part for me.

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    Well this one is far from finished and I don't know when I will finish it cause these days I'm really busy doing other stuff for my university.
    The colors at the background is just a first idea to see how it goes and I will probably change some.
    Comments and advices about coloring are welcome.
    I used photoshop for this one and spent a lot time trying to figure out the colors and make the lighting work but every time I spent time on a painting it ends up looking sooo stiff. I hope I'll get over it eventually.

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    biiig update!

    Some new stuff:

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    that's about it for now... I've put almost everything that I have done lately evwn the crappy ones!

    if anyone is interested in seeing my colour from above finished it's here: http://lotusfleur.deviantart.com/art...-Leba-94195810

    Thanks a bunch to all of you who view and comment.

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    Some more... enjoy!

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    sweet studies, keep em up

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    still alive

    some moleskine pages

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    a kind of old one (playing with the program "artrage")

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    I want to put some color in this one.. this is just a test, haven't decided how it's going to go. More stylized short of art nuveau or realistic looking?

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    long time no post

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    two finished pieces, thought I'd post them even though it is a sketchbook to help you have a better image of my drawing. Done in photoshop, used various refs for poses

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    work in progress

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    a speed-painting I did putting using various colors, shapes and textures in random order and at a point following the image that my imagination saw in the mess, took me about 3 hrs. (maybe I should have been faster so I wouldn't work to much on it and be more loose)

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    digis are very good, esp. like that one: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...3&d=1283794465 nice angle and color! Love the summerly feel

    Your shading is good too, but watch your forms( esp. noticeable in the traditional pieces).
    Keep up the good work.

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    Looks like you are coming a along well. I really like the Alice and wonderland one. In critique of that painting though, I would have to say that something appears off in the angle of her face that causes it to appear very flat.


    Keep up the great work!

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    That Alice piece is really lovely, especially the section within the balloon. Definitely agree with what Benjamin said in the figure itself - the angles and proportions on Alice don't feel quite connected. If you decide to do any changes on that perhaps a friend could be convinced to pose for you!

    There's a huge difference visible between the sketches that seem to be from life and those that aren't (eg the page of feet, and the pomegranate, are looking great!) . I'd encourage you to draw as much as you can from life - and then over time enjoy the boost in realism it has on all the other work as well! Perhaps even try the not-looking-at-paper thing for a bit to help get away from automatically going to preconceived forms.

    I have to comment on that last speed painting you did - awesome experimentation! I think this textured, shape-based style really works for you. Even though, since it was a sketch, the colours and strokes are a bit confused in places, that aqua toned girl in the middle is arresting - I can't stop looking at her. Really visually interesting!

    Keep it up! ^_^

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    so much for figure drawing , you are doing really cool , you have done very cool life drawings in the beginning of you sketch book . keep drawing

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    @ arestocrat: Thank you very much! ^^ I'll do so. I've got to study more!

    @ Benjamin: Thank you! Yes, thanks for pointing that out. I think the problem is a combination of shading and angle as you said. I think I'll mess with it again sometime.

    @ geckochan: I agree with you about Alice. I might work more on it sometime and try to fix this.
    Yes, I plan to focus on life studies from some time, starting from human anatomy and also study Loomis. I've started doing so in the past but always rushed into doing my thing, not very good thing I guess! This time I'll try to be more organized.

    Thanks a lot! I really enjoyed making this. Actually I got the idea from here. I thought it might help me worry less about color palette and what goes were. I really like how the girl came out too.

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    Thank you! Will do!

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    face from a magazine girl

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    female forms from observation (credits: Marcus Ranum's and Almudena's DA stocks)

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    beutiful charcoal drawings

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    wow, these last few anatomy studies are so much better than your old ones! whatever it is that helped you improve, do more of it
    the 2nd anatomy sketch, the woman's left thigh seems slightly odd, its hard to see how it is really shaped. and her index finger is too long!
    a little note, the 3rd anatomy sketch where the girl is arched backwards, her midsection looks a little thin (around her tummy/ribcage). maybe thats just the way the model was? take another look incase
    the red hammock and the two underneath that are great! youre doing well, keep it up!

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    You should be posting here more often, mainly due to those noticeable improvements that others have mentioned before me.

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    very nice ^^

    how old r u ?

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    @ PaintMyBrain: Thank you! ^^

    @ aks9: Thanks a lot! The 2nd model is this one. The leg at my drawing is odd I think because it's cut, unfortunately I'm not very good at positioning my subject beforehand so to fit in my paper size :/ When I do that I usually mess many other measurements. Index finger, yeeap too long! Thanks for noticing. The 3rd model is this one, I guess this has many errors, I didn't spend much time on it.

    @ FightingSeraph: Thank you! I will try to do that!

    @ Brahimpag: Thanks! I'm almost 24.

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    I did this eye for practice. I think the shape has some errors... It was fun to do but I better focus on doing graphite anatomy stuff where I have many problems. Back to it! (credits: Netizka's DA stock)

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    you sure have come a long way in 3years, it's pretty cool to see the progress and how the overall style of drawing still remains after perfecting it to something superior.

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