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Cover Portrait #001 - 'I Wanna Fly High'

By messyb
Name: Miles "Tails" Prower
Series: Sonic the Hedgehog
First Appearance: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)

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So I wanna make a new cover photo for my YouTube profile, and maybe some other social networks too. My current YouTube has a bunch of official art of different characters I like on it, but I thought that maybe I could use my own drawings of some of my favourite characters instead. Maybe make it like some sort of collage. That way, I'll also have a good excuse to practice becoming better at drawing, whilst also contributing that time and effort to something bigger and relevant to my videos. I'm gonna start with 2 or 3 of my favourite characters and add them to a new cover image, then see how things go from there, likely very slowly adding new characters here and there afterwards.

This one reminded me that I have a lot to learn as an artist, especially when drawing different bodies in more varied and dynamic poses. I think I'm pretty good at drawing cute faces and heads, but the body on this one looks kind of... off somehow. It looks even worse from far away or as a thumbnail. However, challenging myself and drawing different things that I'm not used to or good at is the only way I'll ever get better at drawing those things. This one was an interesting challenge for me due to the less plain pose and the strange proportions of most Sonic characters (those noodle arms and legs with those giant hands, feet and heads, and with no neck to speak of either), but I suppose that all things considered, it could've been worse. It's no where near as rushed as some of the work I did in 2011-2012 for time sensitive school projects, for example.

I think this might also be the first full character art that I've lined and coloured almost exclusively in Adobe Illustrator. I've used Illustrator a bit in the past, and already understood the basics of it, but I usually do this sort of thing in Photoshop. I just figured that being able to tweak vector paths and shapes in Illustrator would be easier than having to redo and re-stroke a path (or resort to using tools like the brush and eraser with a mouse) every time I wanted to adjust something, no matter how minor. In Illustrator, I don't have to worry about things like layers appearing lower res or line thicknesses becoming inconsistent whenever I want to scale or otherwise transform a line. I signed up for the Windows beta of Affinity Designer, so I'll probably give that a try with the next portrait.

Anyway, thanks for sticking around. More (hopefully better) art coming eventually.

EDIT (19/03/2018): Updated and replaced logo/watermark with something more subtle.
EDIT (03/05/2019): Replaced logo with the new TalkyPup website URL.
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