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Dream Guy full-body
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By Bluesrat   |   Watch
Published: June 3, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 Bluesrat
God, my titles are so good they just stun me. :P

Anyway! Here he is! In full cartoony color! Cel-shaded, yet! Which I've also never done before (and I bet it shows). But this is pretty much how he looked, and now I've got him down on...er, paper, so to speak.

It's funny that this should happen when I've been working so hard on a more realistic style...and that despite the animation look, it's probably one of my best poses, both in anatomy and perspective.

Edit: updated to reflect excellent points made by madartiste and phodyr. Not changing the hand, though. I'm not sure what it's doing, either, but drawing hands is too obnoxious for me to fight with it.
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youlighttheskyHobbyist Digital Artist
I love his face i just. OMG HE'S SO PRETTY HELP ME
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Murasaki99Student Traditional Artist
Very nice indeed! I think your poses are always very dynamic. :nod:

He looks like a cool D&D character - a human ranger maybe?

And I like your cell shading! I've been trying it myself and its harder than it looks. :)
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The cell shading is indeed pretty tough! I half-assed it here, with no real idea of what I was doing, so all things considered, I can't complain. :)

He is, according to my dream, a barbarian/rogue.
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Murasaki99Student Traditional Artist
Cool, barbarian/rogue would be perfect and a lot of fun for adventuring, I'll bet. :boing:

I still am trying to figure out how cell shading works. Every color on a separate layer? Or not? :confused:
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However you want. After all, originally things all got colored on a single piece of paper, so layers weren't an option. :) I've done coloring and shading a number of different ways, myself. In this case, I would create a layer and add a flat color to it, then flatten it into a base "Colors" layer (so I wouldn't screw up the stuff I'd already done). When I had the "colors" layer done, I created a layer above that, and chose darker colors I thought would work for the shading (picking the color turned out to be a bit less straightforward than I expected), and scrawled them where I wanted the shading. Then I created a third layer for the highlights and handled that the same way.

In the past, I've tried dodge/burn, as well as creating a semi-transparent layer with a single shading color, and other tricks. All work; all result in somewhat different looks. It depends on what you're going for.
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Murasaki99Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'll try the layered colors and then merge most of them. I haven't tried the Dodge and Burn tools much, either.
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phodyrHobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice changes! Well done!
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You made absolutely the right call on the fur. It looks so much better. The highlights I'm less thrilled with, but I sort of made them up on the spot anyway.
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phodyrHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, the fur helps a lot. As for the highlighting, since you're doing cell-style coloring, reduce the highlighting to only the tops of folds, edges catching the light, his nose, his left cheekbone and edge of forehead. You've actually got too much definition for cell shading :)

If you want to give it that quintessential anime moment, have a gleam of sunlight appear on the tip of his bow
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I think I'll pass on the anime moment. :D But it was driving me nuts, so I backed off on the highlights some.

:D I don't normally tinker this much with my stuff after I post it, but while I've got somebody willing to give me feedback, I figure I'll make the most of it.
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phodyrHobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! I like! Now on with the critique:

1) The linework on this one is IMO your best. Keep at it!
2) I love the face, nose and eyes. Just wanted to say that.
3) The ends of his hair are a bit unusual. Looks more like fabric than hair.
4) I like spot detailing on his hair and collar, but I want more. Along the bottom edges of the coat and sleeve/pant cuffs, maybe? It seems to be concentrated around the head, whereas the rest of the body has general coloring and thus comes off as unfinished.
5) The line of the sleeve cuff bugs me. Me, I'd erase it and let the color shadow imply the thickness of the coat fabric.
6) I generally like the pose, but I'm uncertain what his right hand is doing, and his left leg is off somehow. Try standing as you imagined it in front of a mirror (or your sister) and then see if the pose can be held.

Here endeth the critique by me. Do with it as you will :)
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MoustafaChamliProfessional General Artist
Nice work. There's a feral quality to his face, which does make him all that more mysteriously alluring.
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Not bad at all. He could use a few strategic highlights, though, to really bring out the shading. Definitely some in his eyes to make them look a bit more lively.
I love this guy. :)
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Ooo, ooo, highlights! I knew I forgot something!

*goes to do this thing*
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Much better!
I love his face, but I've already told you that. :)
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JagashHobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent pose and anatomy. :) Isn't there supposed to be a tattoo on the right side of the face though?
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I apparently put it on the wrong side. :O_o:
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