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Mayah Studies by Quachir Mayah Studies by Quachir
Hmm, was confused on where exactly to put this in animals or cartoons... Eh, anyway, I've been seeing a lot of art lately done in the style of the Lion King and ended up for the past few weeks drawing a female lion club. This is obviously a collage of all the little sketches I did of her while listening to lectures in college.

Oddly enough I thought up a sketchy background for her. Her name is Mayah and though she looks like what some would call and Outlander she lives in the Pride Lands... though I'm not sure if it's the same Pride Lands as where TLK story is set or not. She has a little brother named Rotrer who would be more excepted by Pridelanders as he's not a brown/tan tone but a gold tone. One of her best friends is a male cub by the name of Stana.

Like most cubs her age she's inquizitive and libal to get into trouble. She does have a monster of a temper at times thus why her name was made up from the letter used in the Japanese word, yahma... though something tells me I spelled it wrong... doesn't matter she'll still be called Mayah anyway.

I took one of my favorite poses from the pics I had, re-did the outline in Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and colored it in. I also, as you can see, tried to cause a shadow like effect with the burn tool. I think it's alright for rarely using it. I do want comments on this.

Oh, and note I'm not sure if I've accidently copied somebody's TLK character as I know I was inspired by multiple people to draw her. I want to say that everything about her in the end is original... guess I'll find out when somebody actually comments.

Mayah's brother and her friend should follow at a later date.
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SimbaGirl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me see...

She's quite a charming character thus far. =)

When you sketch, do you use contruction lines? (lightly and freely-drawn lines to 'map' out how your item/character will look; slowly adding details as you go.) Those play a tremendous roll in getting things done properly.

The ears are very round-like, sort of like those of a fox. Try adding a slight curve on their top-sides. Your paws look nice, in just a couple drawings they're on the stiff side. Such as the two in the upper-right corner.

Oh, and I noticed how her muzzle is rather flat. The chin could curve out moreso than inwards.

Aaaand, that's about it, I think. The rest, you'll only learn as you go. Time, patience and practice are the keys to success.

Hope I've assisted you a little. =) I don't ever mind giving some constructive criticism.
Quachir Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004
I've never really used contruction lines, never really knew how to use them other than to try and make a head look somewhat right. My drawings are pretty much all freehand sometimes with refs but other wise freehand.

*chuckles* You should have seen her ears in the original version of "Chilling with a butterfly" they were way pointed, I actually cut them down a third of their original size. I realize the reason they look fox inspired, I've seen about as many foxes and wolves as I have TLK art when I first drew her... If I remember correctly I actually drew the head of an anthro fox just before I drew her, five minutes tops if it even took me that long to draw him/it.

As far the paws, yeah, I kind of get them stiff like when I'm not sure what to do with them... especially when I'm trying out a new pose or position, such as the frontal of Mayah... which I look at the face half the time and cring because of the fur "poofing" out to the sides of her face.

I'm not sure I understand the comment on the curve her chin out a bit more, meaning I have trouble vissualizing what you mean. Maybe it's my mind consintrating on trying to draw the underside of her chin to be sort of scruffy/pointed like scar has as she's supposed to be mistaken for an outlander when she's a legit pride member. All I can guess is that you mean the front part of the muzzle. Am I thinking right or even heading down the right track on it?

Thanks for the comments, it means a lot to me to get a critique from somebody who does TLK stile art on a regular basis as compaired to me or a majority of the people who have put a DEVwatch on me (no offence to those who have). I guess the next step after getting my design perfected (as much as I might be able to do) is then to work on the shading... One of my least favorite things to do though it makes things look alot less flat.

Thanks again for the helpful hints. :glomp:
SimbaGirl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, what I'm refering to matter's mostly in a side-shot. Her chin curves inwards, towards her neck, when perhaps it could curve out. Ermmm, I hope that explains it better. Hehe ;p
Quachir Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2004
I think so, more chin... hmm, think Jay Leno but smaller ;P Thanks
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