View Full Version : Cora's art dumps - I'M BACK kind of... ; - ;

09-13-2011, 01:14 AM
Hey all, this is my first time posting so it's kind of nerve-wracking, but here's the drawing:http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2011/09/corastaur-sketch-girl-and-cat_500.jpg?t=4e6ed83ba275f

Hopefully that worked... I was having trouble with the legs and some of the anatomy in general, as well as the wrinkles in the clothes. :/ Any help would be wonderful!

edit: Drawn again 2012 http://th00.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/333/0/f/cuddles_by_costallee-d5mlbz2.png

09-17-2011, 06:31 PM
Hey, welcome to MT! I think things look fairly alright, but the hip protrudes too much at the top. I really love her eyes, though.

09-17-2011, 08:05 PM
Just some things i think could have worked better. Except the crotch part i didn't do something right there.
Other then that pretty cute :D (My first red line YAY :D)

09-17-2011, 08:13 PM
I don't know if I would make the shoulder bigger, maybe would be better if the character shows more her back and dramatize the bend of the chest to make a emphasis in the pose.

not big fan of red lines, specially because: A) if the person who does the red line does a mistake it will be fomenting the same mistakes and B) it doesn't respect the style of others and can get biased (I'm not saying to gedeon to not do it, but more to corasasasa to always see red lines in a more critique way).

09-17-2011, 09:17 PM
Agreed with clock, so the only thing i did was the proportions "i" thought could be corrected. So Cora if you feel like i was wrong (or if you think the same of anyone in the future) just either ignore it or ask for specifics. :D

09-19-2011, 01:43 AM
@Gedeon I'll keep that in mind :) (the ignoring/specifics part haha)

Also thank you all so much for the advice, I think I'm going to go back and fix some things... hopefully i'll be happier with it then :P

This is my newest picture, it didnt scan very well (should probably figure that out haha) :


I was having some trouble with a couple of things. Mainly making it look like she was kissing the frog, what to put in the background, and the freaking hose >.< Also i dont know if you can tell but its supposed to be a kiddie pool next to her. Any advice is always welcome with me :D


I added the cropped one so it'd be easier to see what i meant with the kissing frog thing

10-02-2011, 06:19 PM
I'm no expert, but maybe you should move the frog away from her mouth and have the lips look like they are about to kiss (maybe with the eyes ''cuter'' and closed?).
Or, do what I (the beginner!) would do- change her stance to sideways or something like that. Anyway, kisses are usually drawn from the side and not straight forward, whether it's a frog or a prince ^_^

10-03-2011, 03:27 AM
For the background you might add the back of her house, with the hose connecting to the spigot. Maybe have the home set off the side in the background, so you can see a fence wrapping around (if you wanted it to have a fence.) Just a suggestion :)

Also, I agree with RyeBlossom. Maybe have her lips puckering up a bit with her eyes closed. It's looking cute, though! I like the mini pool a lot, and the livelihood you give to the frogs.

10-03-2011, 12:42 PM
The last one is boring, everything is on the same plane almost, but very close to even. I would not have the watering hose going off the page because its leading the line of sight off the paper. A better composition would have been placing the little girl either infront or behind the pool. This would shift the weight of the picture to the left. Have the hose leading from behind the pool and the girl onto the ground.

10-03-2011, 04:37 PM
what good is a horizon line if you do not use it, right now everything is pretty much lined up, try doing some over lapping. What the-shaman was saying about the hose is correct it leads off into an empty space away from the area of interest, try having the hose come from behind the pool and loop from behind the girl back around to come at rest in front of her.

religiously memorize these tutorials they are the best out there for learning perspective.

(have to zoom in to see)

also study artworks out side of here, most of the members suck and give bad critique.

10-03-2011, 06:10 PM
also study artworks out side of here, most of the members suck and give bad critique.

JAJA the irony.

10-03-2011, 06:44 PM
JAJA the irony.

The truth

I have left this site a long time ago and in the first few month I passed 90&#37; of the members, now I work professionally and can come back here and laugh at the people that have been here for 7-8 years that still draw shitty.

people that say that art skills have nothing to do with giving critique should quit telling lies that are meant to make themselves feel better about the fact they are to lazy to improve. I have showed this site to several professionals some of them do anime art. all of them agreed this site was counter productive to improvement because most of the critiques were just blabber to sound better than they actually were.

most of the people that have been here the longest are just here to bitch.

If people want to improve they should first remove this veil of being to afraid to go to the sites full professionals for critiques. The art site I moderate gets a lot of newbies along with upper end professionals, in a matter of weeks most of those newbies surpass most of the people here. Professionals like to show off what they know and are very critical about point out mistakes, when I get critiqued by them I make sure to copy and past those notes for later reference.

A professional even after they have made a name for themselves in the industry may spend the greater part of their day doing studies, the idea is even if they are at the top they still have room to improve.

A lot of the people here were attracted to this place by name as I was when I was helping a small manga studio, my skills at the time were very poor. I figured because of this sites name I could learn something and maybe recruit. After one month I left feeling that the outside sources and critique were leagues above this place.

If people want to get serious about art, they must first get serious about studying and learning the processes. The top manga artists out there can all draw top end realistic sketches not just anime, and all had to learn human anatomy. Many of them had to use traditional art to even be noticed such as paintings of landscapes.

10-03-2011, 06:50 PM
I have left this site a long time ago and in the first few month I passed 90&#37; of the members, now I work professionally and can come back here and laugh at the people that have been here for 7-8 years that still draw shitty.

It's funny how you can say you draw professionally, and you compare with other who by your words are "shitty" while you haven't really improved and you are pretty close to those "shitty" artists.

people that say that art skills have nothing to do with giving critique should quit telling lies...

And what skills you have? I recognize and congrats you by working as an artist, but frankly, you are not the next Frank Frazetta.

most of the people that have been here the longest are just here to bitch.

Yeah, because enjoying other people company, opinions and the forum life, is not a good reason to stay.

10-03-2011, 06:57 PM
Funny, either you came back to bitch, and run your 'improvement tractor' over all of those that enjoy this site and have fun here whilst still improving. Or you're just being a douche, it's one of the two.

First, let me say, I used to like you bro, what happened?
Second, if you just came back to talk about how other sites give crits way better than us, and how we're not improving, yet you yourself gave a lackluster critique (if it even was one,) and tips. And just went completely off the subject of this person's art thread. Why did you come back in the first place? Enjoy your 'professional' life.
Third, where's the proof? Can I see some links?

Let's not clutter this art thread up, hit us up in the CB or GD if you want. Or just leave.

10-03-2011, 07:06 PM
And what skills you have? I recognize and congrats you by working as an artist, but frankly, you are not the next Frank Frazetta.

No one on this damn site is anywhere near frank frazetta.

Edit, 9 times out of 10, people who are on frank frezetta's level not only don't get with anime, but look down on it.

10-03-2011, 08:02 PM
Here is an appropriate thread (http://www.mangatutorials.com/forum/showthread.php?1456-Art-Elitism-Thread) for you two to talk circles in.

10-03-2011, 08:49 PM
Well, back on topic. Sorry for that lol.
On your latest piece, it looks pretty nice actually, here's a few things you could try though.

Think about the setting, is she near a city? In a park area? In a back yard? You could put in some trees, bushes, distant buildings, a house, fences, swings. Etc. The list goes on.

As for the girl kissing the frog, it looks more like she's strangling it xD
What I'd suggest doing is bringing in her cheeks since the frog is right in front of her mouth. Then it'd look like she has her lips puckered without actually showing the lips. Also focus the eyes on the frog, so you can tell that's her focus.

But I do like the little details you have added in, the scene isn't all over the place, and you can tell there's a bunch of frogs coming out the pool...yes I can tell it's a pool lol.
Hopefully I helped a bit.

10-05-2011, 07:08 PM
Pretty soft shading man :)

10-06-2011, 08:23 PM
Thank you all so much for the advice!!! i found it really really useful! I wanted to redraw it earlier but school's been a pain :/ Aaaaanyway here's the new version: http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2011/10/corastaur-redo-frog-prince1_500.jpg?t=4e8e3726e8a6f

I tried to make the composition more interesting and I really liked the ideas of adding in the house, fence, and bushes so I tried that out. (I was going to play with perspective stuff but decided to hold off on that until my next drawing haha) So what d'you think? Is it better and anything else I can do to make it better? Much thanks!!! :cat_rosy:

10-06-2011, 08:57 PM
I really like this new version. Or is it the same picture? Either way, what I'm seeing right now looks really good. Not too many details, and the focus is on the girls and the pool, which is what I assume you want people to look at.
I'd add just a bit more contrast in some areas like under the pool and around the feet. Just to show that it's way darker there.
And probably some light shadows on the pool from the kids' bodies? just little tidbits to livin' it up a bit more.
Good work.

10-07-2011, 03:14 AM
Thanks Gunz!! I added shadows from the girls and made it darker around the pool and it definitely looks better! WOOT! Before now I've done a bunch of watercolor landscapes and I thought it might be fun to try one of a person so this is how I spent my evening: http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2011/10/corastaur-girl-and-dove_500.png?t=4e8e98a20ea33

I had a lot of trouble with the hands and feet ugh... they killed me... also I'm struggling with clothing/wrinkles. Any advice?

10-07-2011, 10:13 PM
Advice: Draw from life /bricked in the face like a thousand times. But really @.@ You could also read up on a few tutorials and articles on human proportions and drawing the figure in perspective. Studying how other artists draw the body and wrinkles is also a good idea when developing style.

The feet really aren't that bad, it's her legs being too short that's throwing this off.

Technical mumbo-jumbo aside, I really love the way you colored this!! ;^; <3 <3

10-07-2011, 10:29 PM
coloring is nice.....
take care of the proportions as already been told .....
see here HANDS LOOKS LONG ENOUGH (stretch her hands in mind)
take care apply stretching method in your mind to make some proportions right.

10-08-2011, 02:08 AM
Thank you both very much! I wanted to try working on improving my anatomy so I drew a few sketches, I just wanted to see if I'm going in the right direction or not haha :monkey_umwell:


I know the boobs arent perfect haha but yeah

10-08-2011, 04:46 AM
perfect did u use reference for that ......????
if yes then good for practice............
if no then its way too good for practice ..
the more you do without seeing things the more you learn quickly

10-08-2011, 02:29 PM
Yeah this is fo sho a step in the right direction xD Much much better. All I can see is that the upper left arm (her left, our right) on the body on our right is too long. My elbows generally hit me right about the bottom of my ribcage (yes I use my own body for reference all the time) and currently her elbow would be closer to her hip @.@

This is looking really good though. Once you feel comfortable with proportions the next step is going to be muscle placement.

10-20-2011, 08:50 PM
Firstly, thank you both so much for the critique! It's really helping me figure out what I need to work on and how to practice, so I really appreciate it!
@trilokool No i didn't use reference... I looked at some tutorials and a drawing book on human proportion, then I used stickman-like guidelines to figure out the poses :P Woot!
@Kasey After you said that about the elbow I started using myself as reference for the length of arms and stuff haha :) Do you know any good tutorials or anything for muscle placement?

So I've been swamped with school work (just finished my fourth week of school), but I finally had time to draw something tonight. My main concerns are making sure that the proportions are right and that the pose makes sense. Also, I'm having a hard time figuring out what she should wear, so heads up she's not wearing clothes yet...


Much Thanks!! :cat_shylove:

10-20-2011, 11:35 PM
I'm really not sure they have tutorials for muscle placement but I'll go look around for you and see if I can dig up something good :3 I learned using this really old but totally sick figure drawing and anatomy book I found in the garage :I They're bound to have something like that in your library. Study photographs, anatomy books and classical art if you're interested in learning some really nice organic body structure <3 We all know Da Vinci did some pretty wicked anatomy studies in his life but I also highly recommend Frank Frazetta because his anatomy (not to mention style and composition) is just. . . just wow.

The proportions in this are actually pretty damn good :3 Nice job! The pose makes sense for the most part but I personally recommend popping her hind foot up onto it's toes to match the front one because our feet will subconsciously do the same thing at the same time more often than not if we're not paying attention to them. Also check that angle of the wrist behind the ball of yarn and make sure it lines up with the rest of her arm. Also the fingers on the ball could use a little more definition.

10-29-2011, 03:45 AM
Thanks Kasey! I went back and fixed the things you suggested, it looked much better so thank you! :cat_rosy:

this is my latest: http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2011/10/corastaur-superheros_500.jpg?t=4eab9f09e3533

this took me a while... :cat_exasperated: :cat_teardrop: (the story behind it is that when we were little, my sibs and i were playing at being superheroes and my sister decided she wanted to be jesus... she's never lived it down.) aaaanyway I feel like something's off with the boys eyes, and i'm not super happy with some of the coloring. Any critique/comments would be awesome! Thank you :cat_shylove:

10-29-2011, 03:53 AM
That is just too adorable for words. I esp like how you coloured the hair. The clothes could use some highlights eventhough the light source is coming from the back but surely there's some low light from the front as well? Otherwise the whole look would be really dark-ish. E.g. Like how you showed highlights on little Jesus's sash, but there's none on Wonder Woman and Superman. Just my thoughts. Cheers!

10-29-2011, 03:43 PM
just critiquing on your last pic; it's an adorable back story and cute characters. However there are a few problems with the anatomy that I can see:
Wondergirl: first of all, her belly looks a little off. To me, it looks like she is about to fall cause of her belly's gravitational pull. Also, she has a chicken leg for her left leg. I think it would look better if you widened the knee and ankle a bit. Also twist the foot a bit to the side, kinda like how Superkid's feet don't end up facing the audience.

Superkid: His eyes seem a little skewed and his head looks a little too forward. Other than that, his left forleg shouldn't be bent like that. Try drawing the top of the foreleg with a straight line. I might be wrong, but his right foot seems a little off on the curve by the toes.

La chica Jesus: This one really shows your strong suit. The only thing that I see wrong in her is that her right arm is smaller than her left. Same thing with her left. While working with simitrical things like that, normally I lightly draw the jist of the leg, scan the image (or manually redraw it on another paper and flip the copy, so that you can match your first image and retrace your leg.

But koodos on your work, it's really cute

11-05-2011, 02:00 AM
Thank you both so much for the critiques! I didn't post an updated photo, but I did take the advice and fixed it up :) so once again thank you! :monkey_bow:

Here's something I'm working on: http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2011/11/corastaur-6-catgirl-2_500.png?t=4eb4c1e3051da

I'm mainly concerned with the anatomy, but also I feel like her eyes are off and I can't figure out why... as always any comments and critiques are welcome! :cat_rosy:

11-05-2011, 03:42 AM
Wow! You've really come a long way since the first few posts (not that those were bad by any means.) I really like the design, and I think you're tackling a difficult pose :) Good job!

Let's see, I think you're doing pretty good. There is something about the legs that I can't quite put to words. I think her left thigh is out a little too much (our right). I may be mistaken, but it looks just a smidgen off. Also, I think her legs are a little big. Not that big thighs aren't cool (heck, I need to shut up, these could be my legs *er* walking away from that comment.) I also think her right foot (our left) is connected oddly. Hm..does that make sense? Sorry if it doesn't. I mean to say, I think it's going back in an unnatural way and could be pulled forward a wee bit.

For the most part, I think she looks awesome! I like the detail you give to her fur and hair. He eyes are really pretty, too. I don't think they're much wrong with them...maybe the pupils are slightly different sizes, but really not that noticeable (and eyes are naturally a slightly different sizes.)

Well, I hope this helps, I really like this character! Her nose is so cute! Is she happy crying? Or sad crying? Hope she feels better (okay, now I'm starting to loose it. Maybe I should go to bed.)

11-05-2011, 01:00 PM
They look fine and sugoi!

11-05-2011, 03:17 PM
@Sylux: Thanks!! :)
@Blue_Dragon: I'm looking at it again and I totally see what you mean about the left thigh and right foot! *goes off to go fix it* also yeaaaah its the hair man, it makes her look like shes crying! I should probably fix that... :monkey_ehheh: Thank you so much for the help!!

11-11-2011, 08:42 PM
Ok I finished coloring her and I tried to fix her legs :) http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2011/11/corastaur-cat-girl-colored_500.jpg?t=4ebdb9f3aa882 Woot!

11-11-2011, 09:08 PM
Pretty good! Id say (as my mentor Nisaren said to me) to first put the darkest shade(in this case, i would use a somewhat darker color of the skin) and then add lighter and lighter areas. Love the hair and the eyes

11-11-2011, 09:41 PM
Interesting design! I think I'm going to use this idea I got when looking at it. Thanks!

11-11-2011, 09:46 PM
@sylux You're welcome? haha go for it :)
@gedeon Thanks :cat_embaressed: and thank you so much for the advice on coloring, I can definitely use it

11-11-2011, 10:01 PM
Yes! My teacher Neville Page taught me the same! I cannot critique your drawing, for it is as good as my critical eye can tell. :)

11-11-2011, 10:16 PM
Yes! My teacher Neville Page taught me the same! I cannot critique your drawing, for it is as good as my critical eye can tell. :)

That almost sounded gibly.

11-12-2011, 05:03 AM
Great job! I like the colors you chose :) She's a nice character!

11-12-2011, 03:45 PM
your drawing is awesome, however I think the arms are a little thin

11-17-2011, 01:12 AM
Woah, I really love your shading style. It's spritey with a hint of realism. :) Cool stuff you've got here. But I have a question: is there any way you can reduce the noise in your images? If you save in .png format, it should make things clearer.

11-17-2011, 02:50 AM
@Blue_Dragon Thanks!!! :D

@Maxx Yeeeeeah her arms are a little thin... I wanted them to be a bit thin, but they definitely could use a bit more flesh

@Celestial_Fox Thank you so much, I will definitely try saving it in .png format from now on!! Hopefully it'll make things better :D

I feel so weird posting without art... but I wanted to thank you guys so, thank you all for the advice! :monkey_bow:

11-18-2011, 02:40 PM
hahaha more flesh... now I wonder if she is a zombie

12-18-2011, 11:23 PM
Wazzup everyone? :) I am BACK with a ... vengeance or something. Whatevs, so I've been having some major art block lately (with finals and everything I guess it makes sense...) but I've finally almost broken out of it. I am working on two things, both are very different and I have a vision for each of them but I'm kind of stuck on how to move forward on both of them. Hence why I am back here in the critique corner... :cat_sad: These are the two pictures:


This was originally either the "tree of life" or the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" but it sort of morphed into an ethereal almost fairy tree that sort of glows... and there's moss with flowers and potentially different colored leaves. Regardless I'm just not sure how to proceed... I dont know why, but I'm stuck.


This is um well potentially a goddess. Like a couple of my other things I dreamt her first and wanted to draw her. She's theoretically going to be on a cliff with clouds and crashing waves but I'm just at this point where I don't know what to do. That seems to be my main problem...

Thanks ahead of time for the help and merry christmas/happy holidays!!! :cat_relax:

12-19-2011, 02:39 AM
the colouring on the tree looks amazing~

12-19-2011, 01:01 PM
The arms seem to be a bit long on the girl. I would also point her feet down a bit, and open the arms up. A pose says a lot about the character, and I love the hair a lot. I'm sure you could have this at an interesting focal point as well.

12-19-2011, 06:14 PM
Yeah the tree is really great :)

12-20-2011, 06:46 PM
I agree with what Sunny said about the Arms an the feet. Also maybe even more solitary strands of hair to add to the drama :D

12-23-2011, 12:28 AM
@Cloudy and Sylux Thanks :) I went and painted the leaves after reading the comments and then my program quit unexpectedly :( So even though I had finally made progress, I'm back to what I posted earlier. *sigh*

@Sunny and Ged I totally see what you guys mean about legs/feet and the arms, I think adjusting the pose will make it much more interesting. And I like the extra strands of hair idea :D

Thank you guys so much for the help :) I haven't done anything new to those pictures, other than the deleted leaves, but when/if I go back and finish them I'll post an update :cat_yahoo:

Here's a photo dump of things I've done in the past few days:

For cloudy's pimp
Was working on it on the gb, thought it'd be a cute christmas themed thing but I doubt if I'll finish it. I couldn't figure out a fitting mouth >.<

Was practicing drawing clothes/dresses using some of my favs from modcloth so here are a couple of my favs. There were like 7... I was also trying to practice folds... with mixed success.


CC always appreciated :D Thanks guys and happy holidays!!! :cat_rosy:

12-23-2011, 07:38 AM
i love the kid and the present! <3

12-23-2011, 12:59 PM
Thanks Cloudy-chan :cat_shy:

12-26-2011, 12:03 AM
First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! (it's still christmas for me...) Sorry for the double post, but I wanted to share my pretty-much-completely finished picture of the tree!


I had wanted to do some extra stuff in it, (like very dim edges of other trees in the bg that you can see from the glow of the tree...) but I decided that relative simplicity was best. It was originally my take on the tree of life or something, but like i said earlier it kinda morphed into a... glowing fairy(?) tree or something? Any cc would be awesome! I might not go back and change this pic :P but it'll be great for figuring out how to do future ones. :cat_ehheh:

Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday!

12-26-2011, 02:31 AM
Nice rainbow tree! Merry Christmas!

12-28-2011, 12:51 AM
I feel a little weird posting so soon, but I was having so much fun drawing with my grandpa and I felt like sharing :) So I got a tablet for christmas which was very exciting since I've been using a friend's for the past like 2 months (he bought it and never used it...). My grandpa is an artist who does mainly watercolor paintings and my dad wanted me to teach him how to use a tablet so we were drawing together. (excuse the run-ons)

so this is his: http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/mountwalk.png
and this is mine... http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/Mountainwalk2.png I have a lot to learn from him.... (also thumbs up if you can see my hidden bunny)

Also My sister wanted to "learn how to draw" and she wanted to draw the rabbit Harvey from... Harvey


it was fun

Happy holidays everyone and I hope you're having as much fun with your families as I am :cat_rosy:

12-28-2011, 04:35 AM
is iiiiiiiitttttt.....
<a href="http://s1136.photobucket.com/albums/n488/MaxxDesk/?action=view&amp;current=trace-1.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n488/MaxxDesk/trace-1.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

12-30-2011, 11:37 AM
gooood guess but no haha :P

12-30-2011, 11:50 AM
I *think* I've found it. :X


12-30-2011, 12:00 PM
You are so good :) Congratulations!!! :cat_yahoo: you should get a prize :P

12-30-2011, 12:06 PM
You are so good :) Congratulations!!! :cat_yahoo: you should get a prize :P

:o やった!

12-30-2011, 02:42 PM

My favorite.

The only thing I would say is that I feel you gave more attention the body of the tree, but not it's branches and leafs. Still cool.

12-30-2011, 05:18 PM
Yeah, its amazing.

12-30-2011, 10:54 PM
Yeah Clock I totally see what you mean!!! ugh, gotta admit i struggled with the leaves. Thanks guys :)

Here's something I thought up:


I think her legs could be spread a bit more in my opinion, but other than that i'm open to critiques

12-30-2011, 11:13 PM
Just some nitpicky things. If the wind was blowing hard enough to have all of her hair flying you would think that she would would have a hard time just standing there like that... Not to mention the balloon would be also blowing violently to the side.

12-30-2011, 11:20 PM
I definitely agree that she would have a hard time standing there hmmm so maybe bracing herself with her foot? also question, are her knees too low? 'cause looking at it again i feel like they might be. The balloon though was supposed to be staying still ;) "some things just don't work out" maybe I should change that to "some things just don't work" :P

12-30-2011, 11:27 PM
Ah I guess I thought that the whole "not working" referred to the balloon only flying waist high rather than not blowing in the wind. Her thighs do appear a little longer than they should but aside from that it's not too noticeable.

12-30-2011, 11:30 PM
Ah yeah that's understandable :) Sweet! Thanks Nisaren :)

12-31-2011, 10:22 PM
Meh the only thing i see wrong is the placement of the knees and the little curve on the back side of the knee. Also the arms and legs have a bit of a weird shape, that is still charming in way so i guess i see it as a stylishness choice.

01-08-2012, 11:07 PM
Thanks Ged! I fixed the curve in the back of the leg after you pointed it out so thank you :) Also Nisaren gotta figure out a prize haha

So I just finished my first week back at school and I haven't really had much time to draw what with new classes, a cold, and learning about spontaneous generation (ie my container of quaker oats oatmeal stuff magically turned into moths... been squashing mini caterpillars all week) :cat_cryincorner: So today I decided to have fun practicing drawing different expressions and hair http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2012/01/corastaur-face-practice-expressions_500.png?t=4f0a58dd1dd8d

There was experimenting with the style of eyes and stuff. Also i think some of their eyes are too close together and others are too far apart, but ya know practice makes perfect and all that jazz. C&C would be awesome! Especially with the hair, I think i'm making it too like... not complicated but I feel like I shouldn't have so many lines in it. I'm thinking I should probably work on profiles and 3/4 views next huh...

Hope you all have great weeks, I might be participating in Kuviasungnerk Kangeiko (something my school does each year) meaning I'll be waking up at the lovely hour of 5 every day...

01-10-2012, 01:54 AM
Sorry for the double post!!!! but here:


I was looking at it again and i'm not too big on the eys, also i think her feet are too small... anything else?

01-10-2012, 08:13 AM
those faces are really nice :D

01-12-2012, 09:33 PM
The only thing i saw wrong were the legs and the distance between the eyes.http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc362/Gedeon-Gedza/corastaur-inner-child_5001.png

01-12-2012, 10:08 PM
those calf's u drew Ged are like the same size of her thighs, that isn't very realistic xD

I think you could make her a little taller Cora at the moment she is roughly 4 heads high, usually a manga person is around 5-7 and a normal person is around 7 1/2 - 8+ depends on the build.

01-13-2012, 11:14 PM

01-18-2012, 09:45 PM
Thanks guys :) I tried to fix some things:


I made her feet bigger since I think they made her legs look really small (although her calfs might need to be bigger still... dunno) also made her eyes farther apart and her head smaller so she would look a bit taller :) (I want her short but i just wanna make sure it doesnt look weird.) Anything I should adjust more? :)

Here are a couple other things:

http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2012/01/corastaur-rose-girl-3_500.png?t=4f17755995b9a I think for this one the lips are too bright so I might try dulling the color a bit


For this one something doesn't seem right about her hands, also I was trying to use just cool colors but I don't think I succeeded. It needs something...

01-18-2012, 11:46 PM
Really dig that first one. Has a lot of... character to it, and even though it's just a straight on frontal view, it's not boring. I guess some extra stuff you could add to it could be a few smaller details here and there, depending on how far you're willing to go with it. You know, like stiching, and lines on the socks, if there are any. Etc.

On the second one: I like the design of it, althouh there is something a bit of wih the general shape of the head. It seems as though you put too much hair on the forehead, and tried to stuf her features in the remaining space. I like the colors though, not overblown or anything, just nice and subtle, and it works.

For th last one: The atmosphere is pretty great here, and the colors really resonate a cold kinda sensation. There are a few anatomy mistakes though, mainly around the elbow onwards point.
I think if she's wearing that jacket, it should be a bit more puffed up, unless you meant for it to be that tight. The wrists should be a bit wider to support the hands, take a look at your own, and others. That will lead to creating a much more natural looking set of hands. Another problem I noticed is that her right hand, which is overlapping her left, seems to have extra long fingers, or maybe it's the pose of the hands that make em look odd... ah well. All is well, whew, typed a lot.

Hope I helped a bit lol.

01-25-2012, 02:37 AM
Thanks Gunz! :) Yeah with the second one I think I just put way too much hair on her head :cat_sigh: and for the last one I made a couple changes! I tried making the edges of her jacket puffy hoping it would make it look better, and I tried to fix the hands although I don't think I succeeded... But thank you for the help I really appreciate it :)

Dump of stuff I've been doing to avoid studying for midterms:

Did on group board. Was originally based on Alice in wonderland but shifted as i went

Was bored so played around with colors.

This project just made me sad in the end haha Things Im not fond of and need to figure out what to do with: background, cherry blossoms, hem of dress thing, and are her calfs too long for her body? I can't tell anymore... also the arm under her head is wonky.

Finally I'm trying to learn how to draw a dragon... but I'm in need of help!!! please :cat_whyyou:

for the last one, i know i didn't give him/her feet haha I was struggling with the rest of the body so i gave up. Also didn't finish the face, and i think the body's too short. Woot! :)

Finally: http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/Screenshot2012-01-25at123521AM.png

So yeah... this is what happens when I'm avoiding midterms... urgh :cat_stress:
edit: the idea behind the girl in pink was that she was the spirit of a cherry tree. But she doesn't look quite... ethereal? enough for me.

01-27-2012, 11:49 AM
Just a quick suggestion for drawing dragons. Maybe you could do some studies of lizards, snakes and other serpents and use their anatomy as a starting point for drawing your dragons. Another option would be to study some traditional depictions of dragons, ie. Chinese dragons vs. western dragons, etc.

I'd be careful with the anatomy of the girl based on Alice in Wonderland. Her chest looks oddly drawn when compared to the line of her back.

01-28-2012, 02:29 AM
Nisaren you are totally right!!! I looked at Alice after reading your comment and her chest definitely needs to be fixed :cat_shock: ! Man I wish I had thought to study lizards/snakes already... that's probably going to be really helpful. Stupid dragons >:(

So here's a sketch I'm working on :) Any anatomy mistakes (or other mistakes that just scream at you)? Also suggestions for her dress would be awesome! :D


02-23-2012, 12:57 AM
Heeeeey so since I haven't posted in like a month :cat_sad: I wanted to post an update of stuff i've been working on

Most of this month has been focused on classes... stupid midterms... but other than that I've been focused on trying to draw emotions. I became obsessed after reading this: Lackadaisy cats expression tutorial (http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=333) <--- so much love for this :cat_shylove:

So heres my month:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/eyeandexpressionpractice.png first time really practicing expressions. Obviously in a very basic way...

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/fun.png -- Drawn on gb one night

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/Facegirl.png -- This was... I think i was trying to give her big eyes with the goal being cuteness. The dress was aiming for a 20's look. Ignore her legs they were done really quickly and they look wonky I know >_<

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/boy.png Siiiigh my first real OC with a story behind him. Well there's one developing in my head and on paper... very slowly... :)

I tried to draw different emotions to practice 1. drawing with consistency and 2. getting to know him better:


I didn't totally succeed but it was fun anyway :) my main issue was trying keeping the hair and nose consistent (which didn't exactly work)


... this is in progress. The goal is for it to be a very thin girl (eating disorder/image problems) staring in the mirror and seeing someone bigger than her actual reflection. Basically I was trying to illustrate body dysmorphia but I haven't gotten much farther. :cat_sigh:


One of my first attempts at a black and white bg thingy. The thing that looks like a weird draped thing was originally going to be a girl and then... well lets just say I've been meaning to go erase her haha. Also the way the hill slopes back by the tree is not the way I want it but I haven't fixed it yet.

So yeah that was my month in drawing :) I have some others that i did traditionally but I haven't scanned them in. Most of them were trying to figure out profiles and eye foreshortening (and expressions of course... I watched the Lion King and paused it frequently drawing their expressions. So much fun!) I'm so sad that I haven't colored the elf girl from above ^ ... I also haven't practiced dragons :cat_sigh: So many things to practice/finish and so little time :cat_whirly: Any critique or comments are helpful :) hopefully they've helped me improve...

Also... I looking at the elfish girl above, I think i'm going to learn how to draw lace and add it to the strip around her waist. I think it'll add a little something yeah?

02-23-2012, 10:59 AM
Love everything you've done :) I've been studying them trying to find any errors that stand out to me, so I don't just comment saying how much I like your things, but I can't see anything o.O I envy your ability to draw curly hair! you seem to have got expressions and emotions down really well, you can instantly tell what emotion you're trying to portray. And I think you did draw the guy consistently, you can tell its the same character :) I think maybe the only thing that makes it look slightly different, is sometimes when drawing his hair you drew some of the lines fuzzier/wavier, so it looks more wavey or puffed up than in others, but that's the only suggestion I have for consistency really. Great job, can't wait to see more! :D

02-25-2012, 02:31 PM
:cat_shy: Thank you Shadowsfade! :) Well I have a little bit of an obsession with curly hair so most of my characters seem to wind up with it... I actually have a much harder time drawing straight hair >_< You're definitely right about him... I think in the next couple of days I'll go back and work on making his hair style consistent :) There are so many things I want to practice and become better at that I can't decide where to start XD

02-27-2012, 06:11 AM
Everything is so gorgeous I love the flapper design, always loved that 1920's fashion. You really have a knack for those big innocent looking eyes. I really like the last picture somehow it reminds me of Sleepy Hollow but that's probably because it seems foggy and dreary.

02-28-2012, 01:59 AM
Thanks spidergoth :) I know isn't 1920's fashion awesome? I love it!

This is something I drew up on the gb today and inked/colored it after.

I'm posting two versions, but the only real difference is I tried to light one from below. I'm thinking of changing the color of the hair and the wings from black and white to something else. I haven't decided what yet. If I change the black and white part of the wings I would probably also change the multi-colored spots. Basically i really want some critiques on the coloring, something just isn't quite right for me.



Thanks for the help! <3

Edit: I slightly changed things.... hopefully for the better. Sorry for so many versions of the same thing -___-



02-28-2012, 03:28 AM
Thanks spidergoth :) I know isn't 1920's fashion awesome? I love it!

This is something I drew up on the gb today and inked/colored it after.

I'm posting two versions, but the only real difference is I tried to light one from below. I'm thinking of changing the color of the hair and the wings from black and white to something else. I haven't decided what yet. If I change the black and white part of the wings I would probably also change the multi-colored spots. Basically i really want some critiques on the coloring, something just isn't quite right for me.



Thanks for the help! <3

Edit: I slightly changed things.... hopefully for the better. Sorry for so many versions of the same thing -___-



There is one big thing I am noticing that has nothing to do with anatomy and color choice. This is the fact that it seems like you are almost afraid of pushing the values. Don't be afraid to use darks you really need them to push the drawing to the next level. maybe you can revisit what it means to "contrast" so the person can stand out more. Don't give up.

02-28-2012, 05:50 AM
I really love your fairy! She's very pretty, and well proportioned! I like the idea of the marking, too, and the colors in the wings. The only thing that I'm having a problem with is the dark grey of the wings. It may be a contrast thing, like Apple's saying, but for some reason, the grey doesn't seem right. It might be just a personal opinion thing, but because it's so soft, even though it's a very different color from the the prismatic parts of the wing, it seems a little too dull, and doesn't stand out. Yeah, actually, I do think it's a contrast issue, just cause the other colors are so nice and soft, I think maybe the other part should be more stark, so that the colors are brought out more?

You can take or leave my advice, since I'm not sure. But I really love how you did the color parts in the wings, and her markings! It's also a very tasteful pose :3 She's very cute!

02-29-2012, 09:25 PM
:cat_sigh: Siiigh, yes this is definitely something that I struggle with. I think it stems from the time when I worked pretty exclusively with watercolors. I was always so afraid to use more intense colors and my paintings wound up looking washed out. Its very frustrating and definitely something I need to work on. I tried adding more contrast to her skin and a bit in her wings, but it didn't turn out much better.

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/427574_10150575997667120_612652119_9486173_2039554 340_n.jpg

She looks a bit sunburnt to me... bah

I think, and let me know if you agree on this, that I need to put this picture aside and go practice my coloring. Maybe i'll stop by the line art bank thingy and practice with some of the pictures there. I can come back to it later and fix her up, cause I'm very fond of her... :cat_doh:

If i totally missed the mark with what you guys meant by contrast definitely let me know, cause I wasn't really sure... haha :) Thank you both so much for the help and advice!!! I really appreciate it!

03-02-2012, 04:33 AM
I personally think her wings look better :3 At least, in my opinion, cause there's a definite separation of colors in the wings now. I can see the line between the top and bottom set better, too. Imho, I think the wings look fine (did I say that enough times? I can find other ways to construct a sentence to say the same thing again, if you like :P )

I do agree that she looks a little red, but the contrast between shadow and light is more definitive. Perhaps you could try just changing the hue a little bit, or the saturation, to remove a bit of the redness? That might help. But otherwise, I think you've made improvements :3 I'm not the queen of coloring myself......so that's just what I think looks okay :3

03-02-2012, 12:09 PM
Perhaps it would help to look at wings of real butterflies. The thing about insects is that they don't get their colors from pigmentation like so many things in our world, but from the structure of the material. Because of this the wings of a butterfly won't reflect light quite the way you expect, but your eye still recognise the difference and that's why you're unhappy with the result. I did some studies of butterflies and other insects last summer; references that may work with the pattern you've chose to use is Monarch, and for the colors I would suggest Morpho, cause interferencial colors are the best :P

03-30-2012, 01:20 AM
Thanks Blue :) and Rubes! I'm definitely interested in what you know about insect/butterfly wings... I know preeetty much nothing about wings lol... its interesting what you said about the way light reflects off of butterfly wings because you're definitely right. Ugh but how to draw/color that is still confusing for me. More practice I guess...

Right so I'm going to post a sketchdump basically of all the shizz i've managed to get done during the past like... 3? weeks. I've been pretty apathetic towards art in the past couple of weeks and this is what i've managed to squeeze out:

Warning... there are naked chicks from a figure drawing practice session!


... messed up hand/didn't finish it. Was focused on trying to portray the emotion and couldn't satisfactory draw her freaking body so I decided to just leave it and come back and finish it later.


This one deserves an explanation 'cause I haven't really ever drawn humanoid animals... Not sure i've said this anywhere on the forums but i'm a pastor's kid... my dad finished seminary my senior year of high school so I was already in college when he started at his church. Anyway his intern has been doing the "children's sermon" for the past couple of months apparently. I came home for break and heard his stories for the first time. They're basically along the lines of any other children's tale with talking animals trying to teach you a lesson. My dad saw that I was art blocked and asked me to draw up some ideas for the characters. So this is supposedly this chick "felicity fox" ... If I ever keep doing anything with them I'm going to make her have less humanoid proportions. Make her shorter, maybe closer to the size/proportions of like rabbit in winnie the pooh. The main characters are this fox chick, big boss badger... and some porcupine girl. I forgot her name...

Figuring drawing practice ^

First attempts pretty much ever at realistic portraits. The first one is me and the second is my best friend. I made the eyes on both pictures too big >.< also I seem to have an issue with shading things dark enough. Its like I'm afraid of making things dark... Since you don't know what we look like these are the refs I used: moi (http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/Photoon2012-03-27at2100.jpg), her 1 (http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/421134_2812838802333_1299660459_32608205_895004628 _n.jpg), numero 2 (http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/397034_2812830122116_1299660459_32608177_576349998 _n.jpg)

Oi... lots of photos.

^Rage sketch dump. I was pissed and stressed today and so I just kept drawing sketches trying to get all the jitteriness out of my system. The anatomy is wrong in most if not all of the poses. also the angry dude has no forehead.

That's pretty much it. Aside from the other night when I sat down and tried doing some portraits (which btdubs I messed up the eyes on majorly) and did a figure drawing session online I haven't been able to sit down and draw anything. Ugh so frustrating >.< Also thanks for all the support, I really appreciate it! Like seriously it helps especially since I'm pretty critical of anything I do, so other's crits let me know what I need to focus on.

03-30-2012, 03:23 AM
awesome figure drawings =D Just keep doodling and eventually you'll get over the art block.

03-30-2012, 04:08 AM
Just an idea.

To help yourself get better at using shadow, since you said your "sort of afraid of it", try doing shades to put features of the face in instead of just drawing them in. Like, build up your lights and shadows in the face to eventually create the desired feature of the face.

Or, try starting by making a completely black paper...make it the darkest shade... and go from dark to lights...a subtractive drawing.

Subtractive drawings are super super helpful in learning shades.

But your artwork is really nice! Keep up the good work!

03-30-2012, 07:02 AM
Hey that's pretty cool that you're doing art for sermons :)

03-30-2012, 02:47 PM
Amazing stuff as always :) great job on the portraits, you really captured the likeness of yourself and your friend :) i really like the fox girl too. If you do continue with her and try to make her more animal like, i found 2 ref pictures for the face forwards view - you cant tell very much that it has a protruding nose / muzzle like foxes do. from what i can see from the 2 pics, just make the chin bit come further forwards lengthwise, so the cheeks join about half way (seen best in the second pic i'll link). Anyway, i'll stop trying to rubbishly explain and show you the pics to see! Hopefully it helps :) http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/images/wildlife/fox_gl.jpg

03-31-2012, 11:54 AM
I really like the way you draw teeth in --


Though IMO the eyes look a little cartoony/big.

03-31-2012, 05:49 PM
@Toast Thanks man :) yeah I think how it's gonna go haha
@nextweek oh my goodness! The subtractive drawing suggestion is brilliant - I was going to wait to reply until I had actually drawn something but I wanted to reply. I'm definitely going to try that out.
@Sylux Thanks :) yeah it's definitely interesting/different. It's pretty fun
@Shadows yeah I think I see what you mean... I'll work some more on it in the next week and post an update. :D
@Josh Phew I'm glad you like it. I had a hard time figuring out how to draw the teeth -__- and yes you are definitely right about the eyes being too big. I taped the pics up on my wall so I could look at them from far away and the eyes definitely need fixing...

Hopefully I'll get some more stuff done in the next week or two :)

03-31-2012, 06:00 PM
... its interesting what you said about the way light reflects off of butterfly wings because you're definitely right. Ugh but how to draw/color that is still confusing for me. More practice I guess...
Yep, some reference should do it.

I sent this link to someone a few weeks ago, I don't remember if it was to you, but it's a really good thing about art block so I might as well put it here too: http://artsammich.blogspot.se/2010/02/creativity-expression-education-and-dip.html
Based on that it seem you already do what you can to push through the block, so keep it up :)

04-11-2012, 08:57 PM
First let me say that I love you all for the encouragement and the comments/critiques :cat_shylove: And thank you Rubisko that article helped cheer me up a bit! I've been drawing, or at least trying to draw, a lot in the past weekish. I did some subtractive drawings like you suggested nextweek and it was definitely helpful! (I'm not gonna post them 'cause they're kind of a mess, but it lessened my fear of shadows a bit) Before I post ima digress real quick (psych major moment): basically I think I've just been afraid to mess up or afraid I wouldn't be able to draw something so when I tried I just straight up couldn't do it. SO I pushed through and I think I'm finally getting back into the swing of things and enjoying it again.

Alright so today I kind of just ignored all of the readings I had to do and drew fan art.... of harry potter.


or rather harry potter's kids... I wasn't really big on drawing people when the books came out and I missed out on drawing any fan art at the time. :/ Man it was fun to draw though :) The main problem that I see is I think I struggle to make the eyes the proper size in 3/4 views. I feel like in James and a bit in Lily the far away eye is too small. I was also trying out a slightly different coloring style so let me know what you think. :D

04-11-2012, 10:28 PM
wat. looks cool but wat.

04-11-2012, 10:52 PM

04-11-2012, 11:04 PM
the harry pooter thing. i dont get it ._.

04-11-2012, 11:40 PM
aw sylux :/ it's ok. At the end of the 7th book there's an epilogue and basically harry and ginny wind up married and they have three kids so I drew them :3

04-12-2012, 12:35 AM
o dang

04-12-2012, 12:46 AM
so that's what they'd look like. y does albus have a ravenclaw tie tho

04-12-2012, 12:50 AM
Hey i like your style man.. keep it up with those figure drawings.. but don't forget.. humans aren't the only thing out there.. start drawing random stuff around your room.. doesn't have to be fancy.. just get used to drawing EVERYTHING! lol.. again.. awesome stuff, keep it up!

04-12-2012, 01:22 AM
@ Hayashida well that's what I think they'd look like ;) I did research (aka a google search) on the characters cause I wanted to know more about them, and there are like a bajillion options for what house albus is sorted into o_o .... Like they were putting him in Slytherin and Ravenclaw and... well there were cases of him in every house, but him in Ravenclaw was my favorite so that's what I chose ^_^

@Ego thanks man :D That's actually a really good idea... I've been struggling with figuring out perspectives on things and I bet drawing stuff around me would really help with that! Thanks again :)

04-12-2012, 02:17 AM
Hey no problem man.. though the thing about perspective.. is you have to remember that not EVERY object in the room has to have the same vanishing point.. and perspective is mostly used for more precise things later on.. just work on drawing what you see.. recognizing edges and planes :).. hell there are times when I've been doing a still life, and actually getting up to touch whatever you're drawing really helps you understand the object in a 3 dimensional space... also with texture.. textures are easier to replicate if you actually know how it feels lol.. anyway.. like I said.. don't spend too much on perspective right now.. it'll come natural later and you can use the actual measuring and stuff to straighten stuff.. really easy with photoshop even lol.. oops.. I'm rambling! Good luck and keep it up :)

05-08-2012, 01:06 AM
Thank you so much for the advice Ego :) It's been really helpful lately!

School's been a jerk so this is all i've managed to do lately. It's a WIP for mother's day for my madre :3


Some of the lines - especially in the hair - aren't so great. I may either redo them or just erase them once I color it. Its almost summer guys!!! C&C always appreciated of course :)

edit: also story. My last post was harry potter related and about 3 days or so after I posted it, pottermore.com opened up. I'm a bit of a harry potter nerd/enthusiast since it was basically my childhood, so of course I signed up immediately. Anyway the point of this is that I ended up sorted into Hufflepuff - if you don't know what that means look it up - and now I'm really really tempted to switch albus from ravenclaw to huff 'cause i'm now biased. *sigh* but I wont. So that's all, carry on :P

05-08-2012, 01:11 AM
Ugh, school is a jerk! Anyways, this is super pretty! The only thing that bugs me is the upper portion of her arm. I can't quite puts my figner on it, but something's off. Maybe, it just appears kind of bendy with the way the fold go over the hair (?)

05-08-2012, 02:00 AM
Looove you are getting very good at this now Cora! <3 come on gb sometime

05-08-2012, 05:05 PM
@Jorgie you're right. haha I looked at the arm and I think i'll change it so that it looks like the hair is going over the arm, rather than the semi-trippy under then over thing it's pulling now. Thanks :)

Cloudy!!! I miss youuu haha :) I think i'll try to come on the gb sometime this week for sure! I'm almost at the end of school so once summer is here I'll be able to be on a lot more :D Also thanks <3

05-22-2012, 05:39 PM
Draw moreeeee

05-23-2012, 01:35 AM
haha Sy, that actually got me to draw today. I started coloring the mother's day pic, now that I have my tablet working again, but my program quit on me so I got pissed and decided to work traditionally. I also worked a bit on the saimoe swimsuit thing, but it wasn't turning out the way that I liked.
Anyway, what I ended up doing was a bit of people practice, and some character ideas for the illustration type thing my dad wants me to do.

Practice of my sister when she was playing guitar. I actually drew this earlier this weekend I think. It was quick, like 5 min. She didn't want to stay put.

I liked this so I might redo it digitally and see how that goes...

Bunny practice from refs 'cause they're adorable and I like drawing cute things apparently.

I drew another bunny for Sy 'cause for some reason that made me actually want to draw (for the first time in a while)

sorry for the bad quality, my scanner sucks.

and the ideas for the characters

I mentioned this project before I think. The guy who's interning at the church my dad is pastoring does the children's sermons every week. Instead of doing some boring example that the kids don't really care about, he's started making up stories that sort of have the lesson from the sermon in them. They're tales from Wooster, and are mainly about these 3 little kids - patty the porcupine, mary the mole, and harry the hound. I've been half-heartedly trying to draw them for like a month now, but I could not for the life of me figure out how to draw a freaking porcupine and make it cute. So here's what I came up with:


Mary needs some reworking. I drew her first and it didn't turn out as well as I'd like.
Moles are weird.

His lower half has some weird perspective going on with the feet, but whatevs.
I think the only one I really like is Patty, the others need some work.

I have an idea for a picture with all three of them that I think I'm going to try. If it turns out I'll post it.

Not really my usual I guess, but it was fun :)

05-23-2012, 06:55 AM
Awww man I love your drawing so much ♥ I can't do cute stuff for the life of me so I come to threads like yours for cutesy uguu stuffs

05-23-2012, 02:01 PM
the bunny and patty are super cute :) the first pic i feel like the legs are too short - even though the guitar blocks most of the body, looking at the angle of the upper leg line and where the right side of her body goes down, it looks like they connect pretty much where the bottom of the guitar is, which makes the legs look a little short. could just be due to perspective though, and without the drawing of the seat makes it off? ^^

05-23-2012, 02:15 PM
dose sum pwetty cute ammimalls

05-31-2012, 05:04 AM
omg they are freaking cute !

05-31-2012, 11:43 AM
Pretty damn cute, cora. I actually like the porcupine in particular... They should make sonic games in that style from now on. :p

The life drawing things are a little hard to comment on since it seems like they are a bit undetailed... but they are still relatively nice, that said. Perhaps the legs are a little small on the first one?...

05-31-2012, 07:18 PM
Really, really cute! Wonderful job!!!

05-31-2012, 08:18 PM
Those are ridiculously cute :3 and the first picture with the woman with a guitar looks amazing :D

06-19-2012, 10:01 PM
D'aaaw thanks guyz!! :bunny_anone: I love you all <3 and I really appreciate the compliments and feedback :3 Shadows and Reg, you guys are definitely right about the legs. They're short... :/ I need to do some figure drawing/anatomy practice. I keep telling myself that, but I seem to have become obsessed with faces... Im not sure why, but its happened. The practice needs to happen or I'm worried I'll start getting rusty and lose the progress I've made O.O

Its been like a month... but I've finally had time to draw again. So here's some stuff:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/girl3.png?t=1340154534 http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/girl.png?t=1340154561

I posted her line art version 'cause I don't like something about her lips, but I can't figure out what it is that I don't like... u_u
edit: You know what it is? They look flat for some reason. >:[


This is obviously inspired by the shire, but it needs work. I'm debating adding more detail/texture to different things like the house and the tree, as well as adding in maybe more plants or flowers in the yard. It all feels kind of blah and i feel like I needed to have used more contrast or something. What do you guys think? This is definitely not my strong point... BUT I'm workin on it like a beast XD

Anyway that's all I've got for now, I have some traditional sketches that I might post later. Its just a couple more faces (I told you I've become like obsessed...) and one thing that I kind of want to turn into a more detailed drawing.
Happy summer guys :D

06-20-2012, 09:00 AM
It sounds like you've realised it yourself anyway, but I think for the lips, you'd just need to vary the colour values a little more. At the moment, they're quite dark all over - possibly even the darkest part of the picture - so I've just tried adjusting the saturation and lightness on the lower lip and on the farthest away part of the upper lip:


I don't think there's any hard and fast rule for these things, but usually I find (assuming the light's coming from above) that making the lower lip lighter than the upper lip helps a lot.

06-20-2012, 02:55 PM
oooooOOooo really nice. one thing i see that could be fixed is that the mouth (which is very well done....it looks so soft and squishy...OAO) is that the mouth isn't aligned with the eyes and the rest of the face. It seems that the whole lower face deviates from the upper part somewhere around the bridge of the nose.

06-21-2012, 01:39 PM
I'm just beginning to learn rules for making good backgrounds etc, but I agree with your thinking of adding more contast - I think you could make the fence (?) in the foreground much darker, and not have the middle ground with the tree and door and stuff so light - it's the main focus of your drawing, and it's really light atm, so it doesnt stand out or draw your eye to it. Then maybe just again try adding more contrast with your shading? There's some slight shading on the tree, but they're very similar greys so it's hard to pick out. It's looking good so far though :) and I love the girl in pink, so cute and gorgeous hair!

09-29-2012, 02:37 AM
Oh hey guys :) Long time no see! So I'm finally heading back to school on monday, and since I haven't really been active on here all summer I wanted to basically do a MASSIVE art dump of stuff i've done since I've been gone. Iiii think I've improved a bit... ALSO I made my own charcoal guys! I got willow sticks from freaking willow trees and I wrapped them in tinfoil and stuck 'em in a fire and they turned out perfect! So here's the dump, in spoilers 'cause it's long... I'm going to try to do it in order so that it ends with the most recent drawings.

Some of these may have been posted before... if so sorry






The ones at the top were 5 and 10 sec gesture sketches.... soooo yeah o///o


Close ups :



....... when that mt superhero contest thing was up I wanted to participate so I was working on a superhero called K9... not very original but um she basically had super smell, night vision, super hearing, and some other shizz that I dont remember. My bro helped me come up with her. That was brainstorming for her costume. u///u



Was filling in for a receptionist and had NOTHING to do so I did some ref practice on facial features. Unfortunately I was an idiot and didn't save the refs... -.-
Close ups: http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/IMG_1918.jpg


Got a new sketchbook and did some cutesy stuff





and more faces cause i'm apparently obsessed with faces at the mo




Oh man that one makes me laugh. His eyes are just so huge! XD


For the previous two I was trying hard to sort of avoid my default facial features... and it kind of got weird so yeah.

Was annoyed with those guys so I did some facial feature practice cause thats what I do when I'm stuck.


These were sans refs

And now for the main stuff... don't worry there's only 2. These were larger projects? The first lasted me a majority of the summer cause i was so angry at it. It's a portrait thingy-majig of me and my sibs when we were little. I was experimenting with the watercolors and it just went to crap. The second is my first charcoal portrait of a family friend's daughter. Some of the proportions are off and bug me like no other but whatever. Also the colors are absolutely rubbish with the camera. Ugh >:[




I'M SORRY THERE WAS SO MUCH!!! u////u I didn't realize when I started out posting but ugh. Please comment and critique since thats the best way i can figure out how to grow artistically. :3 I am not overly proud of the last two, but I figure I can only improve dang it!

Refs for the portraits:



09-29-2012, 07:16 AM
Cora i dont even o.O you've done so much and it's all so awesome!! the portraits at the end are soo good, stop worrying! and your family friend's daughter is mega cute :)

I like the serene expression of the girl with the purple hair, and your gesture draws/ anatomy practice is all awesome. I feel like I must leave at least one critique... the only thing that stands out to me is the cute cat lying down in your cutesy section, the legs are too short - cats either have their legs extended in front of them, in which case they'd be longer, or folded underneath them, in which case you'd see a slight bump - this seems to be in the middle. but thats just me nitpicking anyway, and isnt even the focus of most of your work xD

09-29-2012, 10:36 AM
Wow, those are all wonderful ;__; I loved the cute creatures you drew, and all that eye and facial practice xD the one thing I do see in the faces is that I think you make the nose bridge a bit long, but that is probably stylistic but thought I would mention it anyway :)

Also something I did notice on the very last portrait is that you could have extended the girls mouth a bit more to the right so you get it like in the photo :)

10-01-2012, 10:20 AM
Thank you guys :3

Shadow: You're definitely right about the cat's legs. The story was that the cat I was using as ref (my kitty btw :3 ) has that black spot right where her legs bend and I was just lazy and didn't feel like drawing it... <.< bad cora.

Demon: ugh yeah the girl's mouth. >.< That thing was evil to draw, and you're right. I wish I had seen that earlier -_- And yeah for some reason the noses I draw have a tendency to be on the longer side...

Today is my first day of classes (of my senior year)! Wish me luck... I have plans to do more traditional drawings/sketches that I'll try to post up here. But classes must come first :(

10-10-2012, 08:38 PM
Oh heeeey guys :3 So I drew some more faces... They're harry potter related... again. I may be a little obsessed at the moment. <.<

So I have here in this spoiler one colored picture of what I imagine Lily's face looked like, plus sketches of the faces of James, Sirius, and Remus. I'm sorry if the sketches are hard to see :( The pencil was really light. *sigh*




I'm sorry this photo is so crappy T_T My scanner is MIA...

Let me know what you think. I have plans to do actual scenes where they're doing stuff that's interesting... not just staring at you. -_-

Also I'm taking a figure drawing class!!! It's really fun! Maybe i'll post some stuff from that later this quarter.

edit: also I drew a new pic for my avatar over there to the left :3 What dyou think? Also question, I'm thinking of changing the splotchy bg behind lily to a more solid one like in my avatar pic there on the left. Opinions?

10-13-2012, 07:07 PM

Addition of finished Remus Lupin. Thoughts?



I'm not quite satisfied with the eyes. They seem to dark and like.. missing eyelashes for me (edit: fixed them + addition of finished Sirius Black)

10-14-2012, 12:07 PM
These look really cool! I think the problem with the eyes is that they're outliined in gray rather than like black, so it doesn't make them really pop.

10-18-2012, 09:34 PM
JJ!!! :3 Yeah I think you're definitely right... I tried to finish James... I think I'm going to go back in and tweak his hair, but you were right about the eyes being outlined in gray. I tried doing his in black and I think it looks better. I'm also posting some stuff I drew from refs for practice.



admittedly I've only drawn one so far, but there will soon be a whole giant page dedicated to male torsos in my sketchbook O///O



also something from figure drawing class... We were doing some pretty quick gestures.


I also think I'm going to post something in the pimp thread soon >:3 we'll see

edit: wow those pics are big... sorry :(

10-18-2012, 09:46 PM
Very nice!!! No critiques from my end! James looks great! Kudos to you for the hand and feet studies and drawing that body type (last picture). They look very good!

10-18-2012, 09:48 PM
On the male torso, the neck looks pretty awkward and the muscle look a bit... 'bulgy'? Not sure if that is the best way to describe them, also on the portrait right up the the top, im confused as to why his shoulders are at an angle, especially when he is looking straight at us, it looks sorta forced/painful in my opinion. Nice work on those hands and feet, im envious of how well you can draw them, what I would do to be able to draw hands and feet like that :cat_gleam:

10-19-2012, 02:14 AM
Don't you like when you see pictures on the 14 pages and then go back to the first page to see the change?

10-19-2012, 02:39 PM
JJ Thaaaanks :3 and Demon you're right about the bulge and angle of the shoulders. :/ I should really go fix those.
O///O Thank you Clock!

Whoooo wants to help me? haha I'm working on these three sketches but it's kind of failing -_-


I've written my own notes on the pic obviously, but I'm frustrated with it. Any critiques would be extremely helpful. (edit: her neck is too long isnt it! I was just thinking about the pose and when you raise your arm... wouldn't it make it so you can't see as much of the neck?)


Ignore the faces and the sign haha they're just placeholders... It just feels really stiff to me, which I think is a problem with a lot of things I draw. I'm just not sure how to make it not stiff :( And the three of them just look off. Ugh. Also arms man... I hate them.


This is a really quick sketch of an idea for a picture thing.

I really appreciate the feedback guys! Thank you <3

10-22-2012, 11:56 PM
I'm sorry for the double post again :/ I've been drawing a lot lately... school gets stressful and boring and so I draw! >:]
What's the best cure for a day of classes? Drawing cute animals. Here are some studies of baby elephants and raccoons from references I found on google images, as well as a little raccoon that I drew after doing ref practices. The ref ones are all pretty quick sketches... I wanna say 1-3 minutes each? maybe 5 on some of the more finished/detailed ones.






Sorry for the crappy picture quality... I'm working on getting my scanner back :( Aren't elephants and raccoons adorable??? Elephants are like little wrinkly things with big floppy ears and long little noses and they just look like they're smiling all the time! And raccoons... with their little people hands and mischief-making ways <3 they're adorable.

In the future I may just post these kinds of things in the exercise thread? I haven't decided yet... I like having all my art in the one thread.

10-23-2012, 12:03 AM
the raccoon are especially nice tho the elephants r cute

10-23-2012, 04:28 PM
i'll update this soon, but for your couple, make her back curve more so it looks like he's pulling her in. more later, I have to go :)

10-28-2012, 08:07 PM
Aw I love the elephants and raccoons so adorable but then again I'm a crazy animal person ^^;
But I love your style always puts a smile on my face

11-01-2012, 06:07 PM
Thank you guys so much for the support and help :) and spidergoth, thank you o///o. I love it when my art makes people smile!

Anyone wanna help me out here? I've decided to do this random thing called brovember, in which throughout the month of november I will be drawing men. Lots of them. The goal is one a day, but realistically... that may not happen. BUT I'M GONNA TRY. Anyway here's todays, any major mistakes or critiques before I clean it up and color it?


Thanks again guys :3

11-01-2012, 07:08 PM
Wow... this is... actually really good!

The only thing I would suggest is to try and make your poses a little less rigid. You've pretty much got the proportions (as far as I can tell... the head ratio seems a little off) but the figure as a whole seems stiff. See if you can lend it a little more life.

Tetsu Yawl
11-01-2012, 09:55 PM
-Randomly comes in-

Hey :I


For the last picture, gotta say, it looks pretty cool, I think, as mentionned before, the pose's a kinda stiff, yet the proportion look pretty neat.

For some reason I just dont like his hat..Maybe I wouldve drawn it smaller, it feels out of place. Theres a few tiny perspective issues there and there, which are visible if you flip the page horizontally on Photoshawp, if you look closely it feels like he would fall in front on himself. I also feel like you tried to hide the hands for easier draw, which is a bawd thing, but it might just be his attitude lawl xD. Other than that its a pretty good drawing, keep praticing :p And yeah his head is off. Especially seen when flipped.

11-01-2012, 10:19 PM
Hi~ ^^
I think your idea for Brovember is really cool and good luck with that!

A lot of points have been made already, he seems to be leaning forward a bit. I think it is because you have both knees bent, so maybe you could try to balance out his body. Your style is really cute! I look forward to seeing your art.

11-01-2012, 10:22 PM

The character is slightly off balance, straighten out the bended leg and you should fix the problem and make it look like he is bearing his weight on that leg rather than falling over :)

11-01-2012, 11:52 PM
I fixed his balance guyz :3 Or at least I think I did haha. I did the flip test that some people were mentioning and it all feels more balanced to me. His face and legs are still bugging me, but then again nothing ever feels quite perfect.


I tried listening to all the advice :( I think his back arm looks funky still but i'm not sure why? And that darned hat -_- ugh. And don't worry haha I wasn't hiding the hands (I actually have come to like hands after doing studies of them), I just thought they'd look more... comfortable(?) that way. XD Ugh any advice as to how to make it look less "stiff"? I started it out with what was basically a gesture drawing, but somewhere in between the gesture and the line art it got stiff :/ *sigh*

edit: also does everyone know who this is supposed to be? I know it isn't exactly the same style... but if you haven't watched baccano leave this thread now and go watch it! :3

Tetsu Yawl
11-02-2012, 12:39 AM
Stiff poses comes to how natural and dynamic you pose and present your character. Right now he looks much better thanks to the lil adjustments you made. The arm holding the hat seems like both parts of the arm are in a some sort of weird arc which bends weirdly, and for the hat, just make it smaller lol. `:D And for the lines, youcan erase a few places where light would touch, or when far from corners, thats a cool trick for dynamic inking,

11-02-2012, 12:56 AM
hmmm i see what you mean about the arm arc i think, but I dont think I can make the hat smaller lol. See, Firo's hat is just meant to be rather huge haha.



The hat is still wrong tho :/ I dunno I think it has something to do with the shape of it? but maybe i'm wrong *sigh*
edit: maybe it needs to be thinner? Since i'm sort of showing it from the front? Thoughts?

Tetsu Yawl
11-02-2012, 01:00 AM
Yeah the shape is supposed to be a bit more sharp I guess, and yeah thinner xD Yours look a bit bloby compared to your reference :O

11-06-2012, 01:16 AM
Yeah -__- That hat gave me a lot of grief, and I dont think I ever got it quite right. It just had to be done tho *sigh*. Maybe someday I'll come back to it and redraw it and it'll be awesome! :3

I'm just gonna post all these here as well. I did another one that isn't in the exercise thread... I'm really stressed out about this week, and it was either play guitar until im calm or draw until I'm sane. Clearly drawing won, so YAY CUTE RACCOONS!!! They have seriously become one of my all time favorite animals. They're just adorable and mischievous and totally act like little toddlers. I love them. o///o

So here you go:




I'm not overly happy with the coloring job on the last one, I think I liked the original sketch better... but I was rushing it so it serves me right. <.< I hope these make you smile :3 because that's what they should do!

11-06-2012, 02:49 PM
They definitely made me smile ^.^ they're sooo cute!! I really like the dynamics of the first one, like how it's crouched and stuff. Not sure if the last racoon should be quite so cross eyed, as i don't think the bee is that close to it, but apart from that they're all looovely :D

11-09-2012, 07:05 PM
Awww I think you draw cute racoons :)

11-10-2012, 12:02 AM
These just keep getting cuter and cuter!!!

11-12-2012, 04:24 AM
racoooooon X3

11-12-2012, 05:52 PM
Aww, you draw a very cute raccoon.

11-14-2012, 03:43 AM
Wow :3 The cuteness on this page rivals that of the baby hedgehog pics I saw on Facebook :3 Awesome pics! I only have two comments, really (and I'm probably not correct.) There's something about the angle of his/her head in the one where he/she's nibbling its foot. I feel like maybe something's off there...but I could be wrong.

I think you're coloring looks good, but it feel a bit unfinished, and maybe the color's a little washed out. You might be happier with brighter/more saturation? Not sure. But really, these are minor critiques--the baby looks amazing! :3 I love them!

11-16-2012, 02:34 AM
Thank you all so much for the help and love :3 It makes me really happy o///o And yeah blue dragon I think you're right.... Bright colors might make it feel more finished. Hmmm maybe i'll go back and fix it :)

In the meantime, I've been doing A LOT of figure drawing and gesture drawings that are not being posted here at the moment. Maybe in like a couple of weeks I'll do a massive dump of my favorites? I tried my hand at a self portrait thingy, lemme know what you think. Some of the proportions aren't quite right, but it was so much fun to paint that I dont even care anymore. XD (that's probably bad...). Also the colors are much nicer in person :( I have to figure out how to make it look the same on my computer as it does on paper...


returnin to ma roots - watercolors. <3

edit: better pic with more accurate colors, also thank you JJ and mayma/wra .///.

11-16-2012, 05:33 AM
OUO wooooooowwww tht looks awesome

11-16-2012, 09:11 AM
That is absolutely beautiful!!!

11-18-2012, 05:18 PM
Thank you guys again for the compliments :3

Here is a massive/semi-massive sketch dump of all the studies and gesture/figure drawing practice i've been doing on the side. I mentioned earlier but I'm also in a figure drawing class this quarter, so at the end of the quarter I'll do a massive sketch dump of stuff from class. :P

stuff I've drawn while riding on the train/bus on my way home one weekends:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/PB180005.jpg pose etc practice sans reference.

drawing people on the bus.

His legs are too short but I didn't use ref :/

Quick 30 sec - 1 min sketches and then some 5-10 min ones using the pixelovely figure drawing tool thingy


and finally a page of lip sketches cause lips are awesome.


The pics are always so big >:[ hmph.

edit: more pics



Henri and Helena. Two potential OCs that I drew up who do not have back stories yet. Although they may just fit into worlds that I have already worked on creating. Who knows. I think they're probably siblings. Trying out a very slightly different style. Doesn't look a ton different, but it does feels a bit different.

11-18-2012, 10:17 PM
Your gesture drawings are very cool. They're very scribbly, but they have a lot of life to them that I think they wouldn't have without the scribbles. I'm a little scribbly too, so they're not a bad thing, especially since you show time and time again that you can do clean stuff, too.

For instance, I really like the crispness of the portraits below that. However, I advise you to reconsider the size of the eyes, which occupy a large part of the face. I notice in both portrait and your avatar that the eyes are large and very close together. Typically eyes are about "one eye apart," meaning that you should be able to fit an imaginary third eye in the distance between the existing two. Of course, this rule can be flubbed a bit, as it's not true for all people, but it is common in most.

If you choose not to make your eyes smaller for a more innocent and stylized look, then consider maintaining the size but positioning them further apart somehow.

11-18-2012, 11:47 PM
Thanks Seefy!!! I've been trying to breathe some life into my poses as they're usually so stiff. Because of this I've been trying to let myself draw looser and stuff. Its been a lot of fun. Also that explains a lot about whats been bothering me with my drawings... I keep looking at them knowing that something is off with the eyes, but I couldn't figure out what! Now that I know I can fix it :/ I think I'll test it out both ways, keeping them big but farther apart and making them smaller. :)

11-22-2012, 03:26 AM
I love henri and helena. the fact that he has dimples just sells it for me <3
the gesture drawings are really great, you've managed to convey the emotion without having faces. seffy already mentioned what I noticed, so Nothing to add :)

11-22-2012, 09:09 AM
The scribbles are pretty good. one thing that i can nit pick is that sometimes your hands can get a bit thin. but as i said its really REALLY hard nitpicking. Great scribbles. portraits are awesome and i agree with C-fox about the eyes other then that its pretty:D Also I LOVE THEM LIPS!!!

11-29-2012, 01:20 AM
d'awww I love you guys o///o Maaaan I am realizing more and more that hands and feet are one of my main weaknesses. I think I need to work on that for sure. >:3

Here's a picture that i did for funsies and to see whether or not i've improved (see first page of my thread :D). I also have a bunch of exercise sketches that i may or may not dump in here in the next couple of days. I tried to make the eyes a good distance apart, hopefully i succeeded? Also the hands in this pic :/ I was clearly not focusing much on them. *sigh*


11-29-2012, 06:16 AM
I like this one a lot! I have no critiques this time :3 Just enjoying the art :D

11-29-2012, 11:52 AM
Looks lovely Cora :) the only thing I can think to suggest is to thicken out the top right arm at where it joins to the body slightly. I love the hair and the cat! :3

11-29-2012, 06:22 PM
this is adorable!

11-29-2012, 10:19 PM
This is really cute!
I really adore the hair and how you shaded it, and the cat asdkflkj <3
something I noticed was the her hands seem a bit small, and maybe its just me but her right hand seems a little bit awkward, like she is grabbing onto nothing.
But great job, I really like your shading.

12-02-2012, 07:24 PM
Thanks guys :3 Midori you are right -__- ugh hands. I really need to work on them... Studies will happen!! :)

Warning here, this is going to be a seriously laaarge sketch dump. Like really large. I've been in a figure drawing class this quarter (my school is on the quarter system - each one is 10 weeks), so I am going to be dumping a large amount of work from the class here. Hopefully I've improved over the length of the class? I'm also dumping, in a second spoiler, sketches I've done recently and my attempts to draw animals on my trip to the zoo yesterday. :)

Here goes! They should be relatively chronological. FAIR WARNING: there is A LOT of nudity. It's a figure drawing class... also some of my personal sketches are nude as well. Just fyi.

we did a bunch of quick 30 sec poses


and now for the normal ones. These span anywhere from 1 minute (i think?) to 5, 10 and eventually 30 minute poses.

(we did musical easels so someone came by after i had it drawn out and "fixed" things for me.)

(i swear... she had the strangest props)

some of the hw assignments we did:
first one: http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/figure%20drawing/PC020018.jpg
redo before midterms: http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/figure%20drawing/PC020019.jpg
in which we had to do a self portrait with our own mediums (i used coffee, chai tea, and cue tips): http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n550/corastaur/figure%20drawing/PC020033.jpg

if you made it all the way through that congratulations!!! I know there are a lot of them.... but this is work over 9 weeks soooo yeah. sorry if the pictures are big also, photobucket has a way of doing that to me -_-

Zoo etc:

i drew chimps, little monkeys, lions, a hippo, and meerkats. It was very difficult because the silly animals wouldn't hold still! Which makes sense. How could they know I wanted to draw them.


and personal sketches:
figure drawing for fun using online refs

Things i have learned? I need to work on loosening up my poses and not making them so stiff. I LOVE drawing with charcoal more than any medium by far. Coffee is fun to paint with, and my hands and feet need a looot of work.

12-02-2012, 07:54 PM
There's a lot of stuff here, so it's a bit difficult to critic. All in all, it's looking pretty good :) Some things to watch for: 1) the lengths of the arms in complicated poses 2) that the faces don't become too proportionally big for the faces

Keep up the great work! :)

12-05-2012, 05:10 AM
nice gesture drawings you got here ;3 no crits for now... when you apply what you learned from the poses then i will crit...

good job!

12-05-2012, 08:31 AM
You make gesture drawing look easy O_o I like the grace each one has :)

I love that self portrait and all the animal sketches!

12-06-2012, 02:16 AM
Thank you guys :cat_embaressed: JJ you have pinpointed two things that I continue to struggle with. Ugh arms -__- I dont know why, but that particular body part is giving me a lot of trouble lately. I'll have to do some studies or something. >:[

Just dumping some of the sketches I've done in the past couple of days. I think the looming threat of finals has me drawing as stress relief...

The first one I already posted in the exercise thread, but i'll post it here too. :)

I seem to be having a bit of a problem with foreshortening the eyes :/


As always, I love all the help I can get. :3

12-06-2012, 10:02 AM
I love that first one!!! Especially the hair and nose!!! :) Those raccoons are just adorable!

On the second picture, the head on the right's mouth is a bit too far to the left. That's about all. Keep up the great work! :)

03-01-2013, 03:34 AM
Hey guys :) I haven't been very active in the past few months, mainly because school has sucked up all of my time. This quarter has been extremely... stressful. =_= Also thank you JJ!!! You're always really helpful <3
I just wanted to post a little update of things that i've been working on, see what you guys think. I've done a loooot of portraits lately, partly b/c they're my favorite thing to draw and partly because that's what we're currently doing in class. I posted a lot of this is on deviantart, but here:

Sketch of my sister based mainly on this pic: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/420945_490952680924359_1969544945_n.jpg but i felt like i messed up the eye area, so I've been working a lot on drawing faces in 3/4 view.

a new oc i'm working on

a sketch of one of my best friends for class

sort of a self portrait... we had to draw ourselves as an animal or part animal or whatever.

I got sick of drawing boring expressions so I had fun with photo booth

a bunch of quick digital doodles

main picture for saimoe, if you see anything major let me know so i can fix it in time XD

And this is a wip from today when i should have been drawing stuff for class... ;___; I may not finish it 'cause I'm a bit of a perfectionist, but i wanted to try something different... almost more like painting? But i dunno...

Sorry... I know thats a lot of stuff :/ if you have any critiques/comments or things that i need to work on that'd be great! Especially since I never really know what to focus on. Most of these are either for class or for stress, but once this quarter is finally over - in 3 weeks - i'll finally have time to draw other stuff. At the moment I have to draw up a series of 10 portraits and either 1 big animal, or 10 small animal, drawings for tuesday T_T (i'm such a bad procrastinator)

03-01-2013, 04:54 AM
Your art gets cuter with every post!

First picture: On the left side of her face, her cheek curves into the chin too soon. I love the white highlights you used throughout the image :)

Second Picture: Her far eye is slightly shorter (in height) than the closer one; they should be the same height. Btw, this is one of the cutest OCs I've ever seen :3

Third Picture: Her forehead is very large. I don't know what your friend looks like, but I think the hair line should be a little lower. Love the expression!

Fourth Picture: Her shoulders are very narrow. Her far eye is slightly shorter in height. Her far ear connects to the head (at the bottom) much higher than the other. I think the hair's part and the far horn (or at least the far horn) should be farther to the left; the far horn looks out of place and I believe it's due to the hair's part not being to the right. I love her nose!

Fifth Picture: Absolutely adorable!! One thing I notice, her closer eye in shorter (in length) than her far one; it should be the other way around.

The doodles are very cute and expressive!

On your SAIMOE entry: Her closer lower leg (under the knee to the ankle) is shorter than the farther one. I love her hair and her red eyes!

On the last picture: Her far eye is shorter (in height) than closer one and I think it should also be closer to the nose.

Hope this helps :)

03-01-2013, 01:36 PM
.///. JJ you are the best!!! Yeah those horns were the death of me, I'll have to try to fix them and figure out how to make it look more natural :/ And you're definitely right about the far eyes. That seems to be something that happens in all of my drawings and i'm not sure why... I never notice it until the drawing is mostly done, and even when i try to resize the far eye so it's correct it still ends up looking too small when i look back on it. It's so weird. I'm going to have to work on that, and fix the leg on the saimoe one. Thanks for the help :)

03-01-2013, 06:59 PM
ohh i must say you've come a long way with your art, very impressive i must say O: also a lot of art in your last post, i'll try to comment on them as much as possible so i'm sorry for the long reply in advance hehe =v=

1) "On the left side of her face, her cheek curves into the chin too soon." honestly, i think it's because the left side of her face is broader than her right side, or at least broader than it should be in this position of the head. the chin should be replaced a tad to the left i think, it might also solve the problem jorgie mentioned :3 i also like the white in the drawing, it's hard to add highlights rightly but you did well :3 maybe you could add some more contrast and bigger shades to the drawing? don't be afraid, i think it will add some little more depth in the drawing it's missing now :3

2) i really like this one, and as already said the eyes are a bit slanted downward.. also i don't know if it's any style you're aiming for but the shoulders are very flat, i miss the trapezoid muscle a bit. also i think her breast are a tad high, but nevertheless it's a very nice looking drawing :3

3) i loooooooove the expression in the third one. but please take notice that the jawline might be a bit too broad. right now it's very much positioned backward (as well as the ear) ^^ also keep in mind that when drawing jawline, there's another line from chin to neck which moves more gradually in silhouette. also you very much accented the jawline, i don't know if it's intentional but you don't have to draw the whole line to make it evident, just signing it is there with a "broken line" is often enough :3

4) the hair line is not completely in the center, but i don't know if that was what you wanted :3 also i think the horns would be nicer if they are a liitle bit bigger but this is completely style related. the drawing is cute this way already, as already been said the shoulders might be a bit narrow. besides i see that the one ear is smaller than the other ear. heads are actually not having much enough distance for perspective to be evident, so ears and eyes etc should always remain the same size, but you might have already known that ^^

5) here i see a lot of beautiful drawing concepts, they are really amazing, and the little dog looks so cute!! about the eyes of the portrait figure, the farther eye is smaller than the closer eye. as i already explained the perspective is not evident in headshots, but it might as well have been some unintentional mistake ^^ any case wow, your body studies look very impressive O:

6) ohh i love this one, such nice colours!! (my favorite colours hehe) take notice of the right foot though, since it's not curved appropriately :3 well that's actually all i can come up with at the moment, so impressive job hihi ^^

7) ahh nice nice drawing the last one!! i love the premise :3 though mind that the hair doesn't seem exactly right. it's hard to explain but it somehow seems to go in a curve not fitting to the head shape.. hard to explain...

well that's all that i could come up with for now, before i make the reply too long. i made some general comments but if you do want me to go in depth of one certain drawing then please tell me so and i can do that. i think going in depth on all of your drawings would probably be a bit pointless, i hope you understand ^^

i sadly didn't have time to redline and illustrate my point at moments i wanted to do this, so might anything be unclear then please ask me and then i'll see if i can still provide the redline for you :3

03-14-2013, 02:31 AM
Thank you so much for the thoughtful crits Calle!! (or Callesthe? Calle is easier :P ) I'm sad that I didn't have time to fix up my saimoe entry before the contest :/ school hit me hard and i just didn't have any time. *sigh*

Here's some new stuff, some warm-ups/studies and a self portrait. I tried reaaaally hard in the self portrait to make the eyes about the same size. o-o The right eye started out too small, but i think i may have over compensated in making it larger? I honestly can't tell anymore ;_;

30 min figure drawing sess

foxes from refs for fun and practice i guess :)


03-14-2013, 02:57 AM
I absolutely adore the coloring you did on your self-portrait

03-23-2013, 05:56 PM
^What Sylux says. Those colors are really awesome. It makes the image just glow.

I haven't any critiques again. Sorry! I like the anatomy/gesture drawings you've been doing! They're really impressive :3