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Which one is worse to draw (for a commission, art trade, prize etc.)? 

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57 deviants said A character with a clear reference sheet but highly saturated colours that could hurt your eyes
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56 deviants said A character with a design that is pleasant to the eye, but a shaded reference sheet with no colour palette so you can't colourpick

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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Laughs
I just pick colours close enough to what they are when using paint, rather than colourpick, whoops
I don't do well with unbearably bright colours after a while

Mind you I normally do traditional when I draw, so :I
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, understandable ^^
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LackadaisicalLeopah Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shading is hard to work with since it's not like I can hide the color layer.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True :P
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Shaded references. It looks very nice but if you're trying to draw said character and you can't shade you're screwed.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, and they're just a pain in general :grump:
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Goomuin Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My reference sheet isn't even an actual image to colour pick from oops.

But I prefer one with not too many saturated colours. I mean, the character has to be believable too, not a mish-mash of colours and similar over-the-top details.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, true, but it's up to people how they like their characters :P
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:icongoomuin:
Goomuin Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
True, but you should also think about how appealing it would be to others. If it hurts your eyes,...yeah, that's not going to work :XD:
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I think people make characters for themselves in the first place ^^
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Goomuin Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well my believes are always correct and you are wrong and should believe what I say because you are wrong :stare:
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skytd Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
not sure... i guess the first one, it just irritades me when i have to understand those creepy unharmonic colors that makes the character looks like a rainbow -@
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see :P
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OkamiWhitewings Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
The first one. Highly saturated colors are fine in small amounts, then it becomes irl pain. They don't even look good in the finished drawing! ç_ç
And for the shaded ref, they can't complain if you got their colors wrong since they should have given you a decent ref/color palette (it's not that hard and I don't understand why they do that). I probably won't accept shaded reference without a clear color palette as a rule.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, sounds reasonable :P
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TheGhoulAvenue Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If I get a shaded picture I would ask them for a colour palette and if they cant offer me one I wouldnt care if the colours look off. Theyre supposed to give me a decent ref. :D
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly!
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CoolCodeCat Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so simple to fix colours. I would rather enjoy drawing a character and have to go back to change the colours than draw something that makes me cringe the whole time :v
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes it isn't and meh xD
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CoolCodeCat Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your rationalisation is non-existent >o>
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ThePsychoDog Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The second one. It's considered even more painful than the first because that awkward moment the commissioner tells you the colors of whatever he/she/it told you to draw are off because they did not give you a proper reference. 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly!
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tarkeng Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
while i hate working with saturated colors but i must say i would rather have the color palette than a decently shaded ref sheet. sure i could spend hours trying to remake the original color that the character owner had intended for their character but that's time i could spending drawing in the lines, coloring and shading. i haven't done commissions or anything but i have tried to redraw some of my characters and had no access to the color palette or previous save file and my god was it a time consuming pain in the ass trying to remake those colors.

though i would still work with whatever you gave (to a certain extent) it would probably just take more time.

i don't do commissions though i wouldn't mind doing them after my uni course
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, yes, I really feel you there. It sure is a pain -.-
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LunaClare Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When there's a shaded character I just pick the color that looks like the base. I think it's also okay to slightly change the color usage, like sometimes I'll use a more vivid form of the color (cause I like colorful things)

But then again I haven't done a commission yet.

Maybe it's best to just ask the person for a color sheet.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I see. I just find it hard to recreate those colours :P
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd take the one with eyeburning colours anytime - I really don't mind if I don't like how your character looks, I will find it an interesting challenge to see how I can draw them in a way I am satisfied with, and I love to experiment with shading to see what it does to the character's colour scheme.
But I HATE unclear reference sheets and having to guess colours. I don't care if your character looks nice, it is a pain to figure out the design and draw it correctly (I always try my best to get the design correct, and when the reference is unclear I just - hnhgn gfbgfbv f)
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Unbreakable-Warrior Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The shaded references are the worse!
I'm never sure I get the right color because of that and I feel like I'll do a mistake or something >_<
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god yes, I hate that too. I really want to get designs right and it's frustrating!
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Unbreakable-Warrior Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks god I'm not the only one! XD
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely not :P
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