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taking the black

By DeerHooves
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This is my character, Elsa, from Final Fantasy XIV! I obsessed over that game for the first month or two, geared my BLM to i92, and then stopped because, well... the MMO grind really isn't sometihng I find too appealing.

I tried several different things with this painting. The concept art style doesn't seem to suit me very well, but it's kind of fun to do in grayscale.

Drawing the nude figure and doing the grayscale paint were most enjoyable for me. Once it came to drapery, details, and colour, I was completely lost.

I'd need to practice a lot more to get decent at this style of painting. I don't even know if I want to get better at it. I'd argue that this is hardly finished, but it has shown me where the holes in my learning are, but blech.

Yay for learning!

Adobe Photoshop CS6
Wacom Bamboo Fun
~20+ hours of painting and crying for sure x_x

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Jucabro's avatar
I want my art to look like this one day...  This is truly, in my eyes, the highest form of artwork that I aspire to perform.  For now I'm only doing monochrome traditional art character designs, but eventually, I'll aim to get to this level.

You've set the bar for my dream, and that's not something I say often.
DeerHooves's avatar
Thanks so much for your comment! I appreciate that you think so highly of this work, though I do feel really flattered too, haha. I'm glad I have something that you can aspire to. prepare for wall of text

I'd say that if this is the direction you want to go with your artwork, the best way to start getting there is, well... starting! Of course, you've already started on your journey, but you can't get better at digital painting just by doing sketches. Even if it's simple scanning, lining, and flat colours, you'll start finding a flow that works for you. This is what my work looked like 5 years ago. Most of these were done with a mouse and freeware program Paint.net. As you can see, it's very basic, but this is how I started.

The absolute, best thing you can do to improve is to never stop drawing. As long as your passion does nothing but grow every day, you'll get there. But you're only as good as you'll allow yourself to be. Read some design books, gather references, find some learning opportunities, and start finding your digital workflow. I can hook you up with some tutorials and titles to look at, but ultimately, it's up to you.

I've seen your gallery, and I like your ideas. Aspire to surpass my work, and your dream is suddenly not as far as you think. (:
Jucabro's avatar
I wasn't prepared for the wall of text, but I survived it.  (Lol)

Your works from 5 years prior look very well put-together.  Do you know if Paint.net supports Windows 8? If so, then I just might be able to take my first few steps towards digital art sooner than I expected.

I'm often told to never stop drawing, and I agree (this would be a pretty good time to make a snide, sarcastic remark about the frequency of taking breaks, but whatever. :P)  Would you consider watching anime (or playing detailed graphic video games) a form of studying, since it's a team's collective efforts combined to create something successful (it might sound like I'm stretching the concept a little, but I have found that after watching some shows, my skills towards "perfecting" my image of the anatomy is getting better... slowly, but surely... I'm definitely a visual learner.  Lol)  Tutorials would be fantastic, especially if they walk you through each frame.  :3

I'm flattered (and a tad embarrassed) that you find my ideas interesting.  I'll do everything I can to sharpen my skills, and eventually, surpass the limits of those I look up to and my own!  Of that, you can be certain.  I daresay that I even stake my left and right arms.  d;
DeerHooves's avatar
Good good! :P

Do they? xD I think my old work was shoddy to say the least, but it was a good start for sure. Paint.net does support windows 8, and you can pick it up here! My girlfriend used to use GIMP, which is another freeware painting program. I've heard lots of people praise it.

Haha, don't worry about taking breaks from time to time! even I'm guilty of giving myself a liiittle bit too much free time :P The time you spend slacking off keeps you from improving, though, so keep that in mind. I know I feel guilty when I blow time on pointless stuff. I guess if you're a visual learner, watching and playing are ways to learn, but like you mentioned, they are pretty slow. Regardless of what kind of learner you are, I find that the best way to learn how to draw is by drawing constantly. Draw everything. Draw from life, draw from your imagination, and draw things you don't like to draw. This way, you can find out where you need to buff up your skills. I enjoy watching anime from time to time, and I also have my vast Steam library to keep me occupied, but none of those things teach me as well as my books and online resources. Check out my pinterest board for some useful stuff. I suggest nailing down your fundamentals and technical drawing skill before you go on and try more ambitious projects. you can definitely squeeze some learning out of anime and games as well. While you're watching anime, pause it from time to time and try to recreate the frame in a sketch. This will help give you an understanding of how the artists chose to compose the scene and stylize the characters' expressions and posing accordingly. And for video games, I'd suggest looking at some concept art. If you've ever played Destiny, you'll love this stuff.

^^ I'm glad to hear that you're enthusiastic! Don't lose that. Out of curiosity, do you plan to go into art professionally?
Jucabro's avatar
I've fiddled with GIMP before, but without much experience.  I need to get re-affiliated with image-editing programs. xP  Just downloaded Paint.net, and I'm gonna learn what I can from it~

In areas I lack, hm?  In that case, I know just where to start!  I peeked at your pininterest board, and I'll be honest, I plan on referencing a lot of your material there. Hahah  Pausing and recreating the scene sounds like fun!  Why didn't I think of that? xD  I've never been too enthusiastic about Destiny, but I'll admit the artwork is devastatingly beautiful.

You could say that.  I plan on attending an art institute for four years for a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design (web design.. not so much.)  After that, I'll probably get a job at a printing company and slowly  work towards my main goal, which is to be a webcomic artist (not much profit in there, I know, but the thought of doing what I love really stuck with me over the years. Lol)
BadMillennial's avatar
You've really come a long way to producing this work, Deet, don't stop.
DeerHooves's avatar
Thank you, Pibbles! your unwavering support has been very encouraging ^.^ I WILL MAKE SURE YOUR COMMISSION WILL BE EXCELLENT
BadMillennial's avatar
You will no doubt give my mind a quick blow to the face with what's coming, Boi!
DeerHooves's avatar
I certainly will try my best! xD I need to get some more concepts out for EA so you can look at 'em.
BadMillennial's avatar
Even if they happen to be little sketches, that'll be great. In fact, I'm waiting on a commish on my big horsey to be released.
DeerHooves's avatar
Ohhhh, okey! I'll try to get on that. and eh, any idea when? when it doese, please please pleaseeeeeeeeeee link me!
DeerHooves's avatar
o: is this a sketch of your EA commission?!?!?!?!?!?!??!? it looks wonderful!
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BadMillennial's avatar
Sure! I have to wait a little while, though; the artist in question is busy with other priorities.
DeerHooves's avatar
Sureio, no probs! Whenever you do get progress,I'd like to see, doe ^^ it'll be inspiring
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BadMillennial's avatar
Did you get the notes I sent you? I had the missing dialogue there to help you get his personality. My friend, the Good Reverend, likens him to Socrates.
DeerHooves's avatar
oh oh! I think I have received them, but I don't think I opened them Dx I'll do that now! and oh? How's he like Socrates?
BadMillennial's avatar
It would take a lot to explain, but I recommend you look him up. I think I subconsciously wrote my dialogue between RD and EA like those recorded by Plato when Socrates argued with various persons on different topics. 
DeerHooves's avatar
Ahhhh, I see. I wouldn't know too much about philosophy; it was never a subject that I looked into! Still, I trust that that searing dialogue was no doubt inspired by their great debates :)
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silentvoid-017's avatar
let the flames of magic flow
DeerHooves's avatar
aouwwwwww yissss
linheraptor's avatar
INSTANT FAV! GREAT WORK :o
DeerHooves's avatar
THANKS XUAN!!!!
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