Hello! This'll be my first post here on CA, although I've been lurking for a while. Since there's no "Introduction" thread, I figured I'd just jump in and start a sketchbook. I've been drawing seriously (studying anatomy books and such) for about 3 years, although I'm pretty bad about committing time to it. I bought a Wacom after my first week checking this site out. These are the first three 'real' things I did on it.
This was the first serious drawing I attempted with the tablet. I have a couple hundred little animal cards with a picture on the front and facts on the back from when I was a kid. This is a tuatara and yeah, they're supposed to have scaly skin, but I got kind of lazy after his eye and ridges so he looks sort of amphibious.
I did this a couple days later. Used the cards for reference again. This is a European smooth snake. I tried to get more precise details which just kind of made it look pixelly and sharpened. Also, his color was killing me. It's still not right. I've used almost exclusively mechanical pencils before, so colors aren't one of my strengths.
It kind of looks like I'm smirking arrogently or something, doesn't it? I swear I'm not. Uhm, I didn't use a reference for this, but I did 2 or 3 pencil SPs in the preceding week, so I just did it at the same angle I did those. I couldn't get my lips to look right, and the whole thing has kind of a cartoon feel, although I'm not sure why. Maybe it's just the hard outline I used on the edges?
So! That's my introduction. Nice to meet those of you who stop by. Please critique, nitpick, or tear me down, as the situation warrants. I hope I can prove as worthwhile a member of this wonderful site as it deserves.