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    Mybutterflyiris's Lair (Update May 14)

    edit: Been gone for a time, but I have returned: newest on last page. Would love comments/critiques. I have a lot of things I need to work on and learn.

    Well, I've been wanting to make one of these for awhile. So here it is! woo whoo! Hopefully, I will improve and grow... and maybe even learn how to get better scans...hahaha..
    Big dump for my first post:






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    Cool! These are great! The guys stomach looks a little strange on the first one... other that that I think they are all really awsome. Keep posting!

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    lifewontwait: thanks. Yeah, i wasn't using ref for that guy so i did get a bit lost on the stomach...haven't found an image of that pose either in order to figure it out so i still don't know...lol.

    Anyways, here is a bit more.

    Life drawing (2 min. poses)... i think i like 3 min. better


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    nice start man those digi r very good..also the bobcat....and oh also the life drawin' ......keep postin' man!

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    Dan Valkar: Thanks.

    And here are actually 2 more digital sketches

    The tail bothers me on this one...i don't know if I am motivated enough to fix it though.


    This is just a tarsier (ref used)... original i was going to do something more stylistic, but I got carried away. *shrug


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    So this is for Chow, however, I have doubts about getting it done in time. ...not too worried about that though, because I just really wanted something to distract me from this past week of school. So anyways, this is a wip. The head has issues, but I'm just going to have fun with the rest of it, and let it develope and correct itself later, if that makes sense. ...okay, enough rambling.



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    Thought I would start off the day working on the chow some more. This is a couple more hrs... I feel I am very slow...oh, and in case you were wondering, she is holding a pendant with a lock of hair from each one of her bro.s in it.
    P.S. This is also heading more realistic than I originally intended...oh well


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    Nice sb. love the figure drawings!!!

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    MeTal-Mike: Thanks.

    So, I've been trying to do some concept sketches for a short animation assignment in one of my classes. The goal here is kind of a figure stylization type of thing. These were done all in pastel on toned paper. I basically tried to stick with one pose and then play around with the look.




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    So I was so going to do a digital self portrait today...then the cpu crashed right in the middle of it. Needless to say it wasn't saved. So, not wanting to redo it, however not wanting to give up completely, I just did a quick and dirty pencil one. I also have another random sketchbook page. I'm not very proficient at creature design (serious understatement here), but you never learn if you don't try. So they pop up now and again.



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    lovely sb, thank you for leaving a comment on my SB. Try some dynamics, life studies are always a +, Keep it up!

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    I like your digital stuff, nice colors and also the medium fat dancer pose. Nice

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    hey good post! sorry to hear about your cpu, but then again they always tell you to always save every 10-15 minutes

    good self-portrait sketch though. do you work with toned paper?


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    Hey, nice stuff. I'm impressed with your 3 min. figure studies, you get a lot in there and they have a lot of life. I like the design and color for the miner's daughter (although maybe her thighs aren't in proportion to each other?) and the little sketchy dancers are really well posed (fun colors too). Nice SP and creatures too... in fact the gryphon-like one looks quite believable.

    Keep it up!

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    Great gestures! Pencils are pretty awesome as well, try to increase the contrast in your graphite works to really make them pop. I would love to see more of your sketches.

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    Not really fit to critisize your work, I feel I should at least compliment your sb.
    You put a lot of energy in your drawings and your creature studies ain't half as bad as you make them sound.
    Please keep going! This is very inspiring

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    hey thats really cool - love your colors

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    Coinpurse: Thanks, will see what I can do

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    Red Spade: Hehehe....I'm bad about saving, get too into the flow. It's actually not toned paper, that would be my really bad photo. But instead of begrudging my camera in this case, I thought I'd just go with it. So I opened it in ps and added a few subtle highlights. But if you or anyone knows how to get better photos or scans, please enlighten me.

    Smws: Thanks, I'll keep that in mind if I ever get around to working on that again.

    Kid Ape: Yeah, you're right. I think I should start pushing contrast more.

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    Well, I haven't had time to do anything digital as of late, but I am still sketching.
    I did a bit of an experiment and tried to make character heads out of random abstract shapes. It was fun in an i don't know what I'm doing kind of way. However, I did realize that I generally try to make heads that face left. hmmmm...
    Anyways, I also have another creature...I kind of think of it as bizarro creature because I don't think the design has much continuity and reflects my indecisiveness. lol.



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    iris:

    one way i do it is i tape it to a wall with a consistent light coming to, preferably daylight. i dont like to use flash because it gives that crazy highlight on the paper. instead if i have to, i lower the shutter speed so it can get enough "natural" light. then tweak in ps

    also making faces out of random shapes is a great practice, good job. in terms of making random creatures or any designs, i like to scribble. scribble a whole bunch of curves or whatever and find one that has the coolest shape and fill that in as a silhouette. credit to nick pugh.

    hope that helps!


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    Ooh, I'm likin' this last creature -- coolness I also really like the tarsier

    Show us more, plz!

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    You've got a fantastic digital coloring technique, I especially like the quick little paintings of the snake and tarsier. I also really enjoy your gesture drawings. Looking at the first group of sketches, be careful not to always use the same nose. It seems you favor the upturned pointy type. Anyway, good variety and great sketchbook!

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    RedSpade: Thanks so much for the information. I tried some of your suggestions, and I think it's really helped. Still might try playing around with shutter speeds in the future...i didn't even know my camera had that capability, just found that, but need to find my manual to know what buttons do what...lol.
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    KPetrasko: hmm... now looking back, I think you are right about the nose thing. And I think I go through different nose phases, but I will try to watch out for that and vary it more in the future.

    Well, I think I'm feeling renaissancey... The first page is charcoal, and the tree is a study for an experimental 3D project in one of my classes.



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    Just a few random pages. I'm in finals right now.
    So we have random animal study. silhouettes, and a few characters based on a few silhouettes. On the last one, well, I just got some water soluble graphite. Thusly I was playing around with that and combining it with regular pencil. I will definitely be playing with this more. Also,the one at the bottom of that last page, I didn't get very far on because I realized it was like 3 am and I should sleep...lol.





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    Nice lines, nice colors, keep posting, ;-)

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    Great silhouettes. I will try doing a lot of figures like that. And I like the snake. It looks cute and cool. ^__^ Very good job there!

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    joaKimArt: Thanks. I'm glad your inspired to do some silouttes too.

    I'm on slow internet for the holidays.... but I have more time to sketch...woo whoo...
    So here are two sketches. The first one could use more contrast, but I was at a point where I thought if I kept working, I'd mess it up. I'll try to push it next time. The second one was...well a disaster in my opinion. I found I was working too small!!! Lesson learned... or perhaps I will get skilled enough later to work the whole figure that size. *shrug



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    good stuff. try using brush pens for your silhouettes so you have a consitence of black. i find myself being more fluid that way instead of shading in shapes.

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    red spade: i tried your suggestion and found i was way too happy with the brush pen...lol... but marker seemed to work well...i'll post them at some point...

    anyways, here's what I have digitized so far:




    And I thought I'd throw in my digital wips I've been working on:




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    Woh! Beautiful!

    I can't think of anything else to say, (Except... woot! another SC artist!)

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