Uh... hi. I'm Nero. Formerly Cinda 7 on DA.
I've had this account for forever, but quite frankly, everyone on here is so good, it's intimidating. ._.; I feel like I can't even hold a candle to even the worst artist I've seen here.
But recently I've done a lot of soul searching. Long story short, I'm miserable in my life and my crappy retail job. I've been doing everything I can to break into art and comics, but it's slow going. I've had a few minor successes, but nothing to pull me out of my dwindling misery.
So I've decided to swallow my pride and seek help from the artists on here, since every time I browse here, I'm always blown away by the amazing talent.
But I finally decided, what better way to IMPROVE than to actually seek advice from the handful of helpful deviantART users.
*Sigh* Well let's get this over with, shall we? Do be gentle with your critiques, I have a very weak ego. ^^;
So lemme just start with some stuff I've done this year:
So for this one, I was trying to FINALLY do a decent background, and I colored it with Prismacolor markers. Though it started off as a doodle, I feel like there can still be major improvements. Ideas?
Sad to say digital painting is not one of my strong points. I've been dabbling in Sai recently, but I'm really shaky at how to use it. If anyone could perhaps give me some ideas as to how to improve in Sai, I'd be greatly appreciative!
More Sai practice. Also messing around with foreshortening and worm's eye view and all that jazz.
Err... attempting to be painterly with Prismacolor markers... didn't work...
Trying to be experimental with sketchy Sai paintings.
Traditional inked piece.
Trying to do a character reference sheet.
Dabbling in watercolors. I haven't the foggiest idea how to use them. Then just messed the lighting in Photoshop and threw on some textures.
So yeah... my art.
My tablet kinda died recently, and I'm DYING to do more digital painting. My commissions are open to help me save up for a new one. I also have an Etsy shop. I try to price everything I do reasonably. I've even been doing $1 bust/chibi commissions to help me save up. So far I've only gotten a handful from a friend of mine, and one $2 commission (two characters) from another friend. Sooooo... it's slow going. Even spreading the word would benefit me greatly!
I'm no expert so this is going to be a bit autobiographical...
Taking a quick jog through your deviantart gallery and what you have posted here you have allot (emphasis on allot) of cartoon based work. Given that you've posted up a sketchbook so that you can improve your going to find it best if you try to post up things like anatomy studies of real humans, not anthro's...at'least not cartooned ones. Conceptart.org is more geared towards helping you as an artist which means foundational skills which means drawing humans, anatomy, life drawing, still life, semi realistic to realistic painting and the such. Doing those things will help your cartoon work if that's what you indeed want to pursue doing but just drawing cartoons is unfortunately going to get you nowhere other than some psudo-internet popularity and a mediocre income from commissions on dA.
I'm not saying to completely stop doing what you want, but you should really do studies from real, tangible things like a plate of fruit, a live nude model, or real animals, not sonic characters if you honestly wish to improve.
Hopefully your skin is thick enough for that and if you decide to stay...I'm not trying to be rude or mean but I'm trying to be realistic. I used to draw sonic too bro but it really doesn't get you anywhere if you want to be a professional artist.
If you want a place to start, try drawing things in your room or try drawing humans from this website http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php It's not as good as a live model, however it's a start. I'll be happy to throw in my two cents if you start posting up that sort of stuff.
Ah, I do want to thank you up front, though I think you misunderstand what kind of an artist I am. You really think I'm a Sonic artist? I can't even REMEMBER the last time I drew anything Sonic-related. Crap... and I've tried to move AWAY from that style.
I actually HAVE done anatomical work from real life human models and stock photos. I just never post my practice sketches. However, I am ALWAYS looking to improve my anatomy skills (I have a lot of trouble with placing the pelvis), so your link will prove VERY useful to me.
Same thing with life drawing. I'm working very hard on backgrounds by drawing from stock photos.
Nevertheless, you're right. In order to improve my cartoon work, I need to do more full-blown life drawing work, not just sketching. However... that's where I fall kinda short. I've TRIED doing realistic digital paintings and such, but my digital paintings are do poor, I can never seem to wrap my head around how to make it look decent. (Example: http://fav.me/d4njo2x See? Horrible!) Any advice or tutorials you can throw my way? I'll dive into it once I get my tablet back.
In the meantime, I might as well use the watercolors and oil pastels I've had rotting away forever. Also should invest in a sketchbook where I can work on my pencil work.
But yeah, it does give me perspective on what I should do. I'll keep knuckling down on my real life drawing skills. Thanks!
Last edited by NeuroticDragon; July 19th, 2012 at 11:55 PM.
No, I don't think your a sonic artist exclusively, however all the traits through your work definitely reflect it.
Anyway on to more important and relevant things...we all start somewhere. No one is perfect out of the gate and the longer you wait to get help so you can get going on the right track the higher and higher the bar is going to get. Your right...it's pretty scary and intimidating to see some of the artwork on here however not everyone started off as an all star...and most of those people are still improving and don't think that they are all stars.
I've... never really done Sonic art, so I suppose you can understand why I get a little huffy when people call me that. ^^;
Anyway, these are FANTASTIC! I'll give them a good read through and post some of my practice sketches next chance I get. Maybe I'll post some of the monsters I've been doodling, since I WANT to do more macabre art but uhh... life drawing skills and all that jazz.
Thanks once more! Now I have a direction to go in to help me improve!