zou: Thanks as always for your encouraging words! I appreciate it a lot.
I'm a lot less panicky now, just have to find the right balance between drawing and university.
Thanks for the asaro head!
I see what you mean about hair - first it was really huge (looked stupid), but now it seems I cut it back too much.
Thanks for all your help!
bbwolf: Thanks a lot! Yeah, relaxing is something I should learn someday
LtPlissken: Yes, I think I really took on too much with the painting for my sister.
But I don't think this is always a bad thing, because with each challenge we grow, even if we fail! I'll just do better next time. Or just tell her to give me an easier subject matter
I'm trying to follow your advice and not stress myself out too much, not an easy task, time feels so limited when there's so much to do!
But I guess this is a struggle everybody who cannot study art fulltime has to fight through.
Thanks for the compliments for the portrait! I actually tried to paint in a small (but sharp) blue rimlight, but felt it was too distracting.
So I stayed with a soft glow around her head. I'll have to find a balance here! (I do love rimlights)
JiR: I think it's important to leave one's comfort zone now and then, discover new ways to work, new subject matters... can't hurt!
Just see it like this: If you do something you really, honestly have no clue about, you'll most likely produce something really bad
(like the weapons in this post) - and that's okay! But this also means there is much room for improvement. And the next time you try, it will already look better.
And don't we all love improvement?
I tried to deliberately use "stretch and squash" in those poses, I don't think it is showing yet - my brain may need some time to process what I'm telling it to do.
I have a hard time really understanding it though, because while I understand what parts are stretched and which are pinched together, I don't think the effect is
very visible in most poses. Like, not as many skin folds as I would have expected there to be... but I'll wrap my head around it eventually! (Yes, I'm practicing optimism as well!)
I did my homework and posed in front of the mirror though! Until my back hurt from trying to exaggerate poses and understand them better
Oh, and some weapons - daggers and axes pulled from my head, but the firearms are referenced.
Seriously, I'd count myself glad if I found the trigger on those things without shooting myself in the face! Much to learn.