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Published: November 20, 2004
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christmas card image for this year. [link]
i can't remember the last time i made something quite this pink...

sketched with pencil, inked and colored in painter 7, background and text done in photoshop 7. i wanted to do more with the background, but photoshop was like, "HAHA, no. RAM upgrade, plz." ;_;;

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original sketch: [link]
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theillustrador01Student Digital Artist
nice work
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supersonic318Student Writer
Love it
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very beautiful pretty and sweet nice touch
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LewaHobbyist General Artist
Heh, i could think about other occasions to use this kind of card. XD veryy cool... and uhm... ecchi :D
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IvanPachekoProfessional Digital Artist
MY GODNESS! really amazing, i wanna do something lyk that, i see somethig strange...the left hand(maybe is my imagination)...but nice color... i love it...:noes:
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Digit82Professional Digital Artist
Whoa!! Sexy, pink and christmas!!! goood combination!!!!!! ;)
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very pretty in pink!! I love it
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u do sucha awsum job colorin
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I've seen this exact pose on an old anime site I used to know. If you used a reference, you should link to it. And the site is over 6 years old, so don't say they stole it from you.

Again, sorry, but I have seen that exact pose somewhere.
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bara-chanProfessional Digital Artist
i didn't use a reference, i'm not so shameless that i'm not willing to credit my sources, if there are any. probably just coincidental, as it's not an especially creative pose.
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LaharuProfessional Artist
As much as I hate the color pink, you made it look good. I love the pose, it's really good. could you give me some tips?....(-^^-)
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bara-chanProfessional Digital Artist
on what, specifically? O: poses? coloring? or...?
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LaharuProfessional Artist
poses, and coloring. I'm not too great at figures(especially women)
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bara-chanProfessional Digital Artist
humm, i would recommend a couple of anatomy books -- one is "figure drawing for all it's worth," by andrew loomis, which is out of print, but you can find it for free online if you google it. the other is "anatomy for the artist," by sarah simblet, which has a lot of really great anatomical photos of both males and females of different races in various poses, and also drawings of the skeletal and muscular structures underneath; you can get this one from most bookstores, i think, or at least off of
also, it helps to draw from whatever references you can find -- other people around you, magazines, catalogs, yourself. don't worry too much about details, of course; what you want is to quickly sketch the poses and proportions and motion of the figures.
as for coloring, could you maybe be a little more specific? there's a lot involved on that subject XD so i'm not really sure where to start.
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LaharuProfessional Artist about you look at my pictures that are in color and tell me what I could work on, and I would like to know some other things that would be use to color because I dont have on of those computer programs.
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bara-chanProfessional Digital Artist
sorry for taking so long to reply >3<;;
humm...i'm not really sure what to say in relation to your older colored works, as they're colored in such a different style; it's one that i feel i don't know enough about so i can't really offer any advice on it, though i do think it looks cool :D (the ones done in pastels and such, i also like your b&w works)
the more recent one you did in markers is a really good start! unlike my first attempts with prisma markers, the colors are easy on the eyes and blended pretty well, especially on the skin.
what i would suggest is to keep a light source in mind at all times, and shade accordingly. start out with very light shades, of course, and gradually add darker colors/shadows, blending as you go (working in small areas at a time helps, since it's far easier to blend while the ink is still wet.) you may also want to try adding more contrast in certain areas, especially on any parts of the picture that are supposed to look shiny (hair, metal, eyes, etc. should all have darker, crisper shading than more matte things such as cotton clothing.)
i hope this helps O:
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Love her face - So beautiful!!

And I do enjoy the PINKNESS ;) Awesome!! You have a really nice sense of color in all your work...

Such detail too. Really Beautifully done!!

<33 Chels
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