Uhmm...yes *u* both pictures were drawn on Photoshop CS3 with a Genius Mousepen 6x8 inch i608 tablet (I also have a Wacom Bamboo but I prefer to use the Genius lol)
time to go and finish my medical science and health psychology assignments now TAT
2010 picture: (I remember back then I drew everyone with a side fringe coz I couldn't draw symmetrical eyes hahah) 2012 picture:
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EDIT: I've had a lot of people asking about what I did to improve, so i'll post my answer here instead of replying to each individual query:
The main method I recommend is practice, practice, practice! I know it sounds boring and cliche, but improvement doesn't happen overnight ;u; ultimately your drive and the amount of time you spend drawing will determine how much you improve. so try not to spend too much time watching tv/browsing the internet/socializing, and focus more time on drawing!
There are many tutorials I have read and tried out, but the ones that I learned the most from are probably:
1. [link](having a basic colouring process, eg. starting with lineart -> adding base colours -> adding shadows on the skin -> colouring the eyes -> adding shadows to the hair -> etc.) Learning how to have a basic colouring process has certainly helped me to get a bit more 'organized' when I add colours to a sketch. There are also a lot of technical things i've learned from this tutorial too, such as colouring the 'whites' of people's eyes with grey, where the basic shadows on the face lie (under the eyebrows/around the eyes, under the nose, the cheeks, and under the mouth), how to add more detail to hair, and most importantly, that hair on the head has a parting! unless the person you're drawing has their hair slicked back
2. [link](colour theory) I used to have no idea about colour complements, and I always used to use saturated colours (such as in the 2010 picture above), and therefore I wasn't able to decide on a unified colour palette/theme (bright red, bright blue, and cream splashed throughout the ENTIRE picture? ), whereas in the 2012 picture, the majority of the picture is blue, whilst there is only a small area of bright red (the flower), and the red in her dress, which was originally too saturated, has been toned down so it doesn't compete with the bright blue in the other areas of the picture, and also to stop her from looking like a giant tomato.
*edit 5/4/13* oops! forgot to add this one! 3. [link] (colouring process) I used this tutorial quite a lot when I was getting started with digital art, and it's definitely the one that taught me the most about where shadows on the face/neck area should lie :> *end edit*
I would also suggest picking out a wide range of artists that you like who produce art at a consistent level, and just stare at their art for hours and hours to see what it is about their art that you like, eg. observing how they colour skin; do they use saturated colours? do they add texture to the skin? how dramatic are the shadows on the face? how are the eyes/nose/mouth all placed on the face in relation to each other? do they use smooth or rough brushstrokes? I recommend a large variety of artists, because it's easy to become so captivated by one or two people's work that you just end up copying their style which is NOTT a good thing! >w<
TL;DR EXPLANATION: look at your favourite artist's works for inspiration, and PRACTICE whenever you can!
This is my entry for the Draw This Again contest. I painted the old piece in february 2011, so it's been a year and an half now. I had a lot of fun drawing this piece again, and I guess I've improved a bit. Wish me luck !
it wasn't easy to find something that i could repaint since my work is pretty recent, but hey, there is always something to improve. The repetition of "Dying Beauty (2011)" isn't a landmark. I tried to make it look more natural, more realistic. So I love doing details but since there are so many in 2011, I thought it would be cool to try out something simple instead but makin it still realistic enough to stand out to the old version.
edit: btw, the reason her hair looks like a different color is because I remember at the time of the first drawing, I wanted her hair to be bright and soft pink but I didn't know how to manipulate colors and work the color palette at that time, so I made do with what I seemed to already have (even though I really meant for her hair to be pink).
So.. I have been going through an artblock from being swamped with college and I thought this meme would help me regain some inspiration again -- I felt like I have not been improving until I filled this out ^^
And while I was painting this meme, I thought, why not enter it lmfao. Doesn't hurt to try.
Well....LOL....... the old one was from 2007. DAT HAIR. This was my old version of my OC Akira. I remember being so proud of this drawing LOLOLOL.
Hope you guys like it! S-so embarrassing Old version: [link] New version: [link]
It's been 5 years since I made the original piece and I'm really quite proud of how far I've come since the age of 15 on my silly little laptop with no tablet...Even if I still do have an unhealthy obsession with girls with ridiculously colourful hair. I hope you all enjoy the new version because this was really great fun to do I still have a long way to go so wish me luck!
------------- Double Edit: Thank you to everyone who has supported me and congratulated me! I won a finalist place!!!!!! Congratulations to all the other winners and as I've heard many of you say; there were many pieces that I would have loved to see win but next time I hope they make it. Taking part was fun enough so I hope people who didn't win a spot this time aren't too upset about and just enjoy getting to know new artists and making the most out of the experience. It's the improvement that counts not the winning after all :]
Yeah... I did it too... Hey why not? I looked at two things that I've done and went... damn... I sucked just two years ago at all animal anatomy. 9_9. Rordiceer were my original creature, and it makes me happy that i've gotten further on making them realistic, in comparison to what they looked like before.