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*and they don't want to be my friends anymore*
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Canine-vulpine-something-fursona of :iconkairaanix: For fun, made with her help.

mrau
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10/10, would drink

with lots of cream

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Lol no idea.

Drawing © Ehryel
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"I try my best"

Another drawing of :iconkairaanix:'s OC
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Не помню кто просил Селестию нарисовать...
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I get asked by a lot of younger artists (and moms and grandmothers) for advice on getting better and becoming a professional comic artist.  Hopefully this will help. Ask me more questions if I'm not clear enough and I'll try to post more about what I think makes a good artist and how to become a professional in the comic industry.

If you're not already aware, I'm a self-taught artist with little to no schooling on the subject. I thought I knew how to draw when I was a kid and I thought that drawing from shapes and building your characters out of forms was stupid. I don't know what the proper term for this is so I'm going to refer to it as construction drawing or under drawing throughout this post. My parents had purchased me some how to draw books, I also went to art class, and both of these tried to get me to use construction drawing techniques. Unfortunately I didn't understand the value of it and thus rejected it. I didn't need to build a tiger out of blocks, circles, and cones, because I could draw a tiger flat out. I thought it was a waste of time and I could draw faster, and end up with a prettier looking drawing, without it.

This was a dumb way of trying to become a skilled artist and I wasted a lot of my life fumbling around.

I did get really good at drawing in general though. I could produce a finished looking piece of art immediately without any construction drawing. What I'm going to refer to as "eyeballing" it. Take a look in my gallery here on Deviantart, go back to my first deviation. Starting with the Scorpion lady through the Elaine pencil pages, all those are before I started using construction drawing. It's embarrassing to admit, and honestly kind of unbelievable that I got through life without it, but it's also before I knew how to use a perspective grid. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, just putting down pencil marks and hoping it would work out, but it doesn't look too bad right?

Before I go on to convince you that using construction drawing and establishing your perspective is in your interest, I'm admitting that you can learn to draw without it. However, it doesn't take a competent artist long to notice the wonky characters and awkward environment. You're limiting yourself and your abilities by eyeballing all your art. It also takes a lot longer to produce something that looks competent.

Producing good art, becoming a good artist takes time and dedication. You'll put down a lot marks building shapes and constructing your under drawing, forming something rough, just so you can use a few deliberate lines to produce the finished drawing in the end.

A pretty drawing if you will. 

Oh yeah, one final thing before the advice, something that was really helpful to me. You'll think you're getting WORSE as you begin to get BETTER. You'll get frustrated and begin to think Ben Bates is a liar and a cheat. You'll curse my name and rip drawings up, throw you desk over in rage, lash out at family and friends, sink into despair and self-loathing. There you will believe that I have robbed you of all your talent and ability. But as long as you keep drawing, one day you'll finally realize you are in fact a better artist. 

I learned this from an intern at Periscope studio, and she learned it from her music teacher. She thought she was good and suddenly she was worse than before. He explained that her ear was getting better before her playing was, allowing her to hear the flaws and overcome them. 
I would apply this to drawing in this way.
You probably think you're good right now, but you're really not. 


Here are my two pieces of basic advice to become a better-

1. Learn to use construction drawing to build your characters

2. Learn perspective for environments

Those to me are the fundamentals in becoming a skilled artist. 

Characters and Construction drawing- Find tutorials online, probably everything you need to know is only a few keystrokes away, or buy a book about a basic guide to figure drawing. Try looking for anything by Andrew Loomis, especially dealing with figure drawing. His books are apparently out of print but I've come across scans of his stuff online. Everyone seems to swear by the guy.

Also get used to drawing lightly for your construction drawing, or working with blue lead, or inking your final drawing. Or you know, working with layers. 

Constructing a figure-
Here's a blog with a post that will be helpful for what I'm talking about-

Image 2- This is exactly the method I use to draw Sonic, Mega Man, the Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans, real life people, whatever character I'm going to put down. Discover what basic overall shapes make up the character so you can throw them down fast, giving yourself a base or a framework to build off of, and then use that base to ensure that you have a solid drawing before you go through the hassle of drawing details and "pretty" lines.

So many amateur artists, myself included, have wonky drawings because they didn't first ensure they had a solid base to draw on top of.

Like Mickey, Sonic's head is a circle first and foremost. Take a look at Uekawa's sketches and you'll see the circle and the cross marks to anchor Sonic's face still evident. I'm sure you can find plenty of tutorials for how to draw Sonic that shows you where to go once you've set your circle down. Be aware that you aren't trying to learn "how to draw Sonic standing with legs crossed and waggling a finger", avoid examples where its step by step instructions of "first draw a wavy line, then two dots on top". You want to learn what shapes are used to build off the circle, how and where his ears line up on his head, how big his shoes are compared to his body and all that kind of stuff. 

Find all the shapes that make Sonic as a rough frame work, and get used to drawing those shapes in different views for different poses. Build off those rough drawings, adding his details to better understand how to pose and "move" the character in space.

If you can master construction drawing you will master character drawing.


Perspective- Find tutorials/books on learning perspective, establishing vanishing points, and horizon lines. 

I haven't read through these carefully, so these might suck, but at first glance they look helpful in teaching the fundamentals for establishing perspective, and most importantly, why and how you would want to use it!



Perspective is necessary for character work too, but for my purposes here I'm saying that perspective is the basis for your background/environment (that you will then place your character into). 

My good friend and monstrously talented artist, Dustin Weaver explained to me when I was first learning how to use perspective grids (only a few years ago!), that he uses a perspective to draw everything. It doesn't matter if its the middle of the jungle. 




  • Listening to: Dinosaur podcasts
  • Watching: Korra season 2
  • Playing: Anticipating Mighty No. 9
  • Eating: Pho
  • Drinking: more water
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Hey to a certain degree I feel a little out of place for posting this, but really I feel like its super important to have this available to anyone who might benefit from it. I recently found this-

DON'T GO TO ART SCHOOL- By Noah Bradley

over on :iconleseanthomas: journal, and couldn't have been happier! I don't have the skill set either one of those dudes has and have always felt uncomfortable voicing my opinions on the debt accrued by higher education and my negativity towards the whole situation (I also didn't attend art school), but thankfully, Noah Bradley can speak with authority for me! 

Go, read, and rebel!
  • Listening to: Comic books are burning in hell podcast
  • Reading: Destroyer
  • Watching: Just discovered Batman the Brave and the Bold
  • Playing: Nothing, nothing at all
  • Eating: I mistakenly purchased a cinnamon roll from Sharis
  • Drinking: Taking the Goodbelly 12 day challenge
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------UPDATE-------

Comic dub. Yay!


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After hearing where Spike got his Power Ponies comic, RD and Twilight look for a... good read.
Good READ.
READ.

READ. :iconapplejackwhatplz:



The book in the first frame was going to by titled "the Dungeon (by RedApropos)," but that would have been too... much.
Also, I was going to have titles put on the books such as "Saddle Up" and other well known ADULT fan fics, but that would have seriously dampened this comic's chances of getting featured anywhere.

So it's just sorta PG, the way it should be.
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steven universe/pearl

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бёрб головного мозга (^:
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sai
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Just a little crossover c: 
i know that its worst thing that you can ever seen /)~(\ 
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maybe Shining Armor should have suspected something wasn't right about Cadance when she signed as "Chrysalis, queen and supreme overlord of all changelings"

also read my journal!: [link]
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Humanized pony commission from :icondax-rattler:

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Tools:
Daniel Smith watercolor
Winsor&Newton artists' watercolor
Holbein artists' watercolor
Von Gogh watercolor
Zig Brushables marker
colored pencil
Copic opaque white
300g Montval watercolor paper

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FlutterShy & Rainbow Dash : My little Pony

Other Main Humanized pony commissions
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 Im progressing on my list of comissions, *phew* it is hard to keep up with school aswell as plushie making ;-)

Dashie is sold!

She is HUGE , measuring 32 inches long/ or 81cm  (from hoof to hoof), added a brushable toy for comparisment.

She have embroideried eyes, cutiemarks and wing-details. Body is made in minky and filled with soft polyester fiber filling, her mane and tail are made with faux fur wich has been molded and filled with polyester fiberfill to keep their shape!

Sorry about bad photo quality as i had to take them in the evening.

This "pillow plush" type will be up on my comission list shortly!
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Happy almost summer, everybody! Nothing quite like the Royal Vacation to help you unwind.

Just a little something before I leave for my vacation. Whipped this up in a couple of hours, and I rather like how it turned out.
Thanks for looking!

EDIT: Ohmygosh, I never expected this big of a response in such a short amount of time! Due to popular request, high resolution is now available for download! Woohoo!
Here's some mood music if anyone's interested. This was my background track while I was painting :)

Featured as the header for the Equestria Daily Drawfriend Stuff #1188!
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I HEADBUTT YOUR HEAAD SO HARD

aaaaajsajsjhasb

a new episode clip on EqD

brb

sketch by *Mickeymonster[link]
color by me
characters doesn't belong to us
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Dashie
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I'm not even sure where to begin on this one. The colors made everything incredibly difficult, since each color was its own section to work on. For her tail, I found it too difficult and ended up doing it in grayscale with color overlay. So her tail is kind of muted and not that great, which makes me a bit sad.

However, I'm incredibly happy with the whole head. The face shape, the bangs, and even the golden leaves. So proud > 3 <

Gala Pinkie Pie: [link]
Gala Rarity: [link]
Gala Fluttershy: [link]
Gala Twilight: [link]
Gala Applejack: [link]
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RAINBOW DASH DESU~!

While RD is far from being my favorite pony, she is probably the most fun to draw.

Now available for purchase at WeLoveFine!

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~ Download : [link]
Extracted and Converted by me from Garry's Mod !
Requested by enterprisedavid
To XNALara / XPS
Enjoy :D
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To see better : Options -> Back-Face Culling
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I was working on commissions but then I ended up finishing this... ;;; Oh well, maybe that's not so bad thing because I'm gonna stay up tonight drawing anyway so... v`; (The only problem is that I have a driving test in the morning lol).

So, yeah, this is a colored version of this: [link]

Rainbow Dash Hasbro / Lauren Faust
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wow, i normally do these in a day, this one took forever. hope you guys like it. you all said you wanted to see rd happy
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Detailed Applejack project again! Probably my most time consuming Applejack so far with more than 30 hours in it.
Totally worth it for Applejack. I was lacking Apple Hours.

Wanted to do a higher detail piece again, thought I'd combine it with clothing design as well. No real specific time period in mind, except for Applejack time perhaps :P
Several detail passes later, here's the result.

figured out a new head shape as well, one that I think fits anthro a bit. Didn't want to go with one of my other styles, not that I don't have enough other ones already lol... but ok.
Was still quite a bit of figuring things out though, but I hope y'all like it!
All those little details though, my usual approach takes quite some time to clean em all up and even then they're still mighty rough.
The designing part is fun though, execution I guess still kinda as well.

Made a clickthrough WIP  SWF file, still have the usual WIP as well. With a lot more frames than usual.

Now imagine getting into or out of this clothing.


Approx time: 31+ hours
Applejack Exalted [SWF-WIP] by AssasinMonkey Applejack Exalted [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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It's Saturday stream time, got to make something. Finishing my S4 Finale series.
So what better than to go back to where all the Episode Arts started, half a year ago. The premiere of course!

This is a remake of my Celestial Harmony back during the first S4 episode, November 24.
I did not plan on doing a remake but things happen right? Trying to keep it at roughly the same time spend as previously.
It's not exactly the remake I thought I'd do, but I'm happy with it.

This moment was still awesome in the episode. The beginning of probably the biggest burden of her life. Every time with Summer Sun celebration for a 1000 years, while the ponies of Equestria had joy, Celestia had memories of what she had to do with her own Sister.
Celestia carries so much more than she lets on, I think for those reasons I prefer her out of all the princesses.
Heavy.


Approx Time: 5 hours
Time Lapse: youtu.be/XPTcixa7Qtw
Celestial Loss [WIP] by AssasinMonkey Celestial Loss [SWF-WIP] by AssasinMonkey Celestial Harmony&Loss by AssasinMonkey

PS: both this and the old version time lapses are almost the same time, here's the old one which you could then play side by side.
youtu.be/KtH1lN_Xedc
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"Amongst the first to rise, not the last."

Unlike usual, I'm keeping this backstory, short, ambiguous, unbiased (even though the image kinda appears biased hah) and with a broader meaning then might appear, for a change.
There's a reason for that, though.

Edit: Additional story information.
"This scene marks a beginning, not for one but for all. It doesn't just mark the future but also the past, the events that led to this point and all that come beyond. Even when such a moment can simply not be pinned to a single point in time. It represents the escalation of contact, the resistance against ideals, and the refusal to give in.
Pride to that what is known and fear for what is not."


With this I'm attempting to reinvigorate my First Contact War universe I had started but last worked on back in April.
That was too long ago, so I thought I'd bring it back big and with both sides. Much like the first piece where this entire universe started 2 years ago. ( fav.me/d5az6hy )
Going by the time spend, it's amongst the biggest, hitting an approx of 30 hours with only 2 other pieces in my gallery along those lines.

The amount of characters this had, I knew it wasn't a small piece and I kept it to my Saturday Livestream. For those who might have noticed me upload the WIP last week. ( fav.me/d7rgi1j )
So I hope I delivered on the expectations that one brought. It was quite fun to make this, for different reasons.
The scene, the colours, the poses, action, amount of characters (I wanted to do a crowded piece again for a while) and all the puzzling.
Good fun, may it been an enjoyable one to watch being streamed, as well.

I'll be trying to make more FCW stuff in the future building upon the universe.
This piece has quite some things going for that, maybe I'll explain those later in a larger backstory quote.


Approx Time: 30+ hour?
Time Lapse: Pending
(slightly incomplete missing some hours, will have to check on this later)
Rise & Fall of the Balk [WIP] by AssasinMonkey

PS: Me and my title words
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I don't like this work. For some reason I tried to make it cool, but failed miserably. 
And I didn't decide on a good title so I put random crap.

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"SHUT UP I'M A MAGICAL GIRL !!"

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This painting will be presented in my panel at Ponysouth (Toulouse, french brony convention in a few days) ! I will explain the process with a video and then reply to all questions :D
The video process will be up after the convention :)
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VIDEO TIME LAPSE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8-bZM…

Photoshop CS6
4h
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Seapony time :D
4h more or less
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Portrait painting for calming my excitation :D
2-3h
ref 3milliondogs.com/cute/man-take…
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THE HYPE INTENSIFIES
1h30
Photoshop CS6
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not drawing for a month really has set me back.
i spent the whole night trying to draw, scrapped tons of ideas, and this was the only thing worth finishing.
*reuploaded* i didnt like the original coloring.
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here's to 2000 watchers.
i know it's all because of MLP fanart, but that's okay. I'm doing what I love.
And you should, too.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIE4q5…
<3
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4th time drawing crystals, first time with stone tiles.
not sure how I feel about it, but it was good practice in the end. gotta hit download for full size.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGcj5M…
<3
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commission for tchernobogg and title suggested by him

I think I should post it on DA
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Всем привет)
6 by Yakovlev-vad  - Обычно я не рисую пинки потому, что ее грива, откровенно говоря, вызывает у меня перегрузку мозга. Она мне всегда представлялась как что то, что сделано из пластика, но никак не из волос.  Хотя если представить, сколько средств должно быть затрачено для того, что бы волосы лежали именно так как мы их видим, то от пластика это действительно не будет сильно отличаться)
Я просто не могу понять как такое возможно, особенно челка...
Ну да ладно.
Не так давно я умудрился проспорить одному товарищу из за чего я должен был нарисовать Пинки.
Но о прическе речи не было, по сему я решил немного поотсебятничатьX)
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Hi everyone)
6 by Yakovlev-vad  - Usually I don’t draw Pinkie because her mane frankly makes my brain overloaded. It always seemed to me that her mane is made from some kind of plastic but no way hair. Though if you imagine how much is spent for hair if we want them look like we need, it won’t be actually much different from plastic)
I just can’t understand how is it possible, especially forelock…
Nevermind.
I’ve recently lost a bet for my fellow, therefore I had to draw Pinkie.
But there were no words about manestyle, thus I decided to put own styleX)

Thanks to :icongrimnir11: for translation
And thanks to all who's supporting me at www.patreon.com/Yakovlev_Vad?t…;I really appreciate your support))
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Quick little relax piece.

Trying to recover a bit older style, again, from a piece I made about a year ago: Steadfast Apple
I've actually used that piece as a reference point quite a few times before, but now I tried to get fairly close in more aspects, but also not too close hehe. A rougher brushstyle. Works great with motion I think.

Just about all the shading was done on a single layer, so the WIP has quite a sudden step. Then I played around with post process stuff as usual.

Also, Applejack of course.

PS: The HighRes and PSD file will be included in my Patreon packs


Approx Time: 3 hours
Apply Motion [WIP] by AssasinMonkeySteadfast Apple by AssasinMonkey


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быстрый тест одного очень клёвого планшета. С моим дижитальным недоскиллом я конечно один фиг нарисовала хрень, но рисовать эту хрень понравилось )
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This time my more traditional technique.
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Uploaded just a few days ago! I'm finally caught up!

Another speed paint and experiment in colors. Also I got inspired from seeing a Dash plush where the hair goes right down the middle, like a horse. It looked good.

Question: I'm wondering if this is a good shirt design. (White, Black, Dark Blue shirts) Would you want to buy one if I made it into a shirt design?
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