Which one is worse to draw (for a commission, art trade, prize etc.)?
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A character with a clear reference sheet but highly saturated colours that could hurt your eyes
50%
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
50%
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Published: May 29, 2014
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HawkiefaceHobbyist 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, understandable ^^
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LackadaisicalLeopahHobbyist Digital Artist
Shading is hard to work with since it's not like I can hide the color layer.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
True :P
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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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, and they're just a pain in general :grump:
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GoomuinProfessional 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Well, true, but it's up to people how they like their characters :P
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GoomuinProfessional 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I think people make characters for themselves in the first place ^^
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GoomuinProfessional 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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skytdProfessional 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
I see :P
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OkamiWhitewingsProfessional 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
I see, sounds reasonable :P
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TheGhoulAvenueProfessional 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly!
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CoolCodeCatHobbyist 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes it isn't and meh xD
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CoolCodeCatHobbyist Digital Artist
Your rationalisation is non-existent >o>
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ThePsychoDogHobbyist 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly!
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tarkengStudent 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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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, yes, I really feel you there. It sure is a pain -.-
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