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Celestial-Fox
02-15-2011, 01:22 AM
♦ D e c i d e d . I ' d . s l i d e . i n . . .
...and tell you I'm sorta alive. I can't draw anything ever anymore. I'm working on two 18x36" paintings of flowers right now. Here's a crappy cellphone shot that my mom snuck of me working on one as of a few days ago:
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/tumblr_lgl04s4SEb1qcpv8vo1_400.png
I'm almost done. I just have to paint some leaves and pray I don't run out of paint.

The other one I'm gonna try to do in Florian Nicolle's style, which could totally fail, but I'm willing to try it. XD It'll be weird, because I'm going to try using paper mache. o____o" And as I learned with my last two paper mache projects, I have a large chance of failbombing, haha.
http://www.en-derin.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/new/b91cf_florian-nicolle-illustration.jpg

I have drawn some other things, but my sister's friend accidentally deleted it when she used my open Photoshop window, which I'm actually not too put out about--even though I liked it a lot. >.> And I also have a landscape thing that I started, but I gave up because it was awful. Sooo yeah. That's all I really have for now, fail.

Hope you guys had a nice Valentine's/Groundhog's Day, haha.

Sparky-J
02-15-2011, 01:34 AM
...and tell you I'm sorta alive. I can't draw anything ever anymore.

:'(

Still, classy as all get out.

Matt
02-15-2011, 08:39 AM
Seefy. Your worst work is many times beyond my best. I've seen professionals who suck compared to you. A LOT of them.

Renzokuken
02-15-2011, 02:12 PM
Holy mother of love, these are amazing! o___O

Wow, everyone's levelling up...I feel sorta left behind.

indescribable
02-15-2011, 03:27 PM
Sheesh Seef, I've missed your art. That painting is beautiful -- I can't paint for crap. D: Did you sketch out the image before you started painting it? Also, is that white paint over the brown or did you just use brown around it?

Slurpee
02-15-2011, 06:36 PM
Wow. Ceefy your improvement has been amazing. It's so awesome to see people improve while staying on this site through the years :')

Celestial-Fox
02-15-2011, 09:11 PM
○ Sparky: Yeah, these things come and go, don't they? And thank you very much. :]
○ Matt: Well you also haven't been drawing as long! You'll catch up in like a moth. XD And skill doesn't mean terribly much in any field today. You just have to know the right people, hence why people like Ke$ha have record deals. . . .
○ Renzo: Thanks, bro! And don't worry about it. Sometimes I actually go backward in art skill for a while. Just keep at it. <3
○ T: Aw, thank you. I can't paint very well either, but I'm determined to keep learning. I sketched a fast line drawing after painting the background, then I used white paint to go over it. I would have preferred that the white be the canvas itself, but this is an old canvas that used to have a businessman, trees, and an array of skyscrapers all over it, so that didn't exactly work out. XD
○ Slurpee: You words are always so kind, Slurpee. Thank you for sticking around and encouraging me. :]

♠ O f f . t a s k
Today in Alaska History, my teacher was droning about the war between the Tlingit and Aleut (pronounced clink-it and ally-oot) native tribes and the Russians a couple hundred years ago.

I drew Matt's Naomi in OOC clothing, because I can never her regular outfitting. XD I'm practicing drawing long hairstyles, so I might be drawing his OCs a lot (none of my characters have much hair, save for Gen and Di, who are boring old farts).
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/110215.jpg

The way I wrote Naomi's name probably came from some nuclear fusion of Xu Bing and Alphonse Mucha, haha:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ubV4N1y1CSo/RcclCSLicBI/AAAAAAAAAM4/kM6lg55oZf0/s400/SWC_Bo.jpg
Xu Bing is a Chinese calligrapher that uses Roman letters (ABCDEF etc) to create fake Chinese sinographs (characters). If you look closely the large characters each form a word in English. From the top-left going down, working your way right, you should be able to read, "Little Bo Peep, Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and can..."

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_buD1ncdYeE8/TFnX_jF-D1I/AAAAAAAAAFo/RcXb8Li5XhQ/s1600/alphonse-mucha-bieres-de-la-meuse.jpg
And Mucha, well. We all know him. XD

I drew some other things, but I lost track of them. o____o"

Hamachi
02-15-2011, 09:39 PM
Hey it's been a while Seefy!! :D

It's so refreshing to see someone draw an elf in a pretty, innocent way -dare I say Tolkienesque? Pop culture and videogames have rendered elves to some hybrid between human and oversexed kangaroo so often to the point that I want to scream every time I see another scantily clad... anyways coming out of my ramble I think she looks really nice. xD ... are you going to give her dress/possibly blouse a design?

And DUDE. I totally freaked out because I thought you were the one who made the Florian Nicolle drawings. Not to say that I expected any less, and it would be great to see what you can cook up with... ink and ballpoint over newsprint? Amirite?

Celestial-Fox
02-16-2011, 02:31 AM
Hey, Hamachi! It feels like foreverrrrr. :D

Thanks! I've actually never read or seen Lord of the Rings, but my impression of Tolkien's elves seem to be modest, so you might be onto something. :) And I think she might be half human half nymph, but I could be wrong. DX (Maybe I would know all the juicy details is Matt wrote some more--HINTHINTHINT.) I might fix it up. Redo her nonexistent right shoulder and strange neck. But some part of me still likes the armless classical stature look, too. XD

Oh no! I'm no where near as good. Florian Nicolle is amazing and has a few Daily Deviations on DA, if I'm not mistaken (under the name Neo-innov). And yes, you would be right! But it could get really tricky because Nicolle is a digital artist and I'm trying to paint. *chinstroke* Suggestions for making large areas of text other than newspaper?

Matt
02-17-2011, 10:12 AM
*Drools*

Man, I love it when other people draw my characters better than I do. Ironic thing is, when I was 13-14, Naomi wasn't modest at all, but I decided, like Hamachi (only after the Opeil chapter, though), that I love the modest representation of fantasy characters (yes, it's half-nymph in this case. There are already too many elven hookers around already.

And Seefy, that style of writing is great. I wanna try that stuff now.

Celestial-Fox
02-17-2011, 09:43 PM
○ Matt: Haha, yeah, I think all female characters loop back and forth through the modesty cycle. And "elven hookers," I am totally using this term one day. XD!! Thank you, though. C: I researched Xu Bing's writing style for a few weeks last year for a project in IB Visual Arts, and it's really interesting.

♣ w h o . t h e . h e c k
are these people? Why the heck am I doing all this traditional stuff?

Stuff from AK History again. T_____T" That class could be really awesome and interesting, but as of late, it's just torture.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/1101043546006.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/1101043546005.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/1101043546004.jpg

Son44
02-18-2011, 04:41 AM
AK class? I like the sketches. Faces are a bit "squashed" though DX

Celestial-Fox
02-18-2011, 04:52 AM
Alaska History. It's required for people to graduate at my school. D:!!

And yeah, all of these have some serious warping because I was laying on the desk and drawing... you know how that goes. XD

sara-rose
02-20-2011, 11:13 AM
Hey Seefy long time no see :) your work is wonderful as always!

jaidurn
02-20-2011, 02:23 PM
ffffffffffffffffffffff

You and your clean lines. You're pretty awesome at that thar semi-realism.

Celestial-Fox
02-20-2011, 04:14 PM
○ Jai: Thanks, haha. When I draw digitally, I am suuuuper messy, though. DX
○ Sara: Yeah, it seems like forever since I've been active, even though it's only been a coupla weeks! <3 Thank you!

♥ D O N E
18x36" custom canvas that I built myself. (Apparently this isn't a standard canvas size, which I did not know until yesterday! Interesting...) I used Wal-Mart acrylic for it. XD!! <--QUALITY, GAIZ.

Almost done on a new piece, which is a commission for my mom's friend's wedding. I'm trying suuuuper hard to finish it today. I'll have a busy two and a half weeks ahead of me. Before I leave on spring break, I have to finish a triptych of paintings, and two other large-scale ones. I bought $100 worth of supplies and got a $150 deposit on one painting yesterday from a client. I'm probably finishing that painting next because I hate holding onto peoples' money when they don't have a finished piece. DX Wish me luuuuck! <3
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/tumblr_lguo72vyDx1qcpv8vo1_500.jpg

Gedeon
02-23-2011, 08:13 PM
..........O.e soooooo prrreeeetyyy....the flower....and all.... but i kinda like the upper part of the pic more. You know the dark red and black blending! ......gotta do it once more......preeeeeeeetyyyyyy!!!! And the last prtreit is awsome who is that i have a friend that looks exactly like it but with shorter hair...sory for the totaly off topic question...-_-'

Hamachi
02-23-2011, 10:41 PM
Dude. You seriously hafta make a series of these now. Imagine how awesome four or five of these paintings done with different flowers and colors would look hanging around the house!

Out of curiosity, exactly where does the orange => black gradient center itself at? 'Cause I'm looking at my screen at one angle, and it appears to be in one place, but when I lower my viewpoint slightly it looks like the gradient's going down with me. :P

Renzokuken
02-24-2011, 06:48 PM
Holy smokes, Seef! You're some kind of painting master. o__O

erikamae
02-25-2011, 03:10 AM
AHHH, ammmmazing C: !
Man Seef, I am loving that orange to black mesh of magic.

Reset
02-25-2011, 04:32 AM
Its Cool

jaidurn
03-01-2011, 04:21 AM
I envy your painting skills. ;A;

Celestial-Fox
03-02-2011, 09:12 PM
○ Jai: Thank you. It's kinda like one-layer painting in Photoshop with a hard round brush and pressure sensitivity only working around 70%. XD But it's slower. AND THINGS MUST DRY, UGH. *canvaskick*
○ Reset: Thanks. :D
○ :''''D YOU ARE WONDERFUL. That means so much, considering you kick my butt in painting.
○ Renzo: Nononono, definitely not. XD But I'm glad you think so, at least. C:
○ Hama-chan (lol, OH, ME): Thanks! I almost would be tempted to do do it (save for my current dislike for painting plantlife right now…), but I'm too broke to buy more canvases in this size, and I'm unequipped/too weak to build them myself this time around. :( I will be working on a triptych next month, though, for a commission, so you can watch out for that. :D And I can't say I quite understand your question. D: But, if it helps, the way I paint my gradients is purposely not uniform/linear, because of my crooked eye and rough hand. For instance, the black-orange gradient arches up like ∩, but is shaped like a W, sorta. Then if you pay attention to the orange-yellow gradient on the bottom, you see that the transition is much smoother (I left the black-orange transition fairly stark to combat the bright white of the flower) and shaped like ∪. So yeah, there's some funkiness going on with the background, and I tried to tone it down on the WIP you'll see below.
○ Gedeon: Thanks a bunch! <3

♦ W R E C K A G E
Artistic wreckingball went through my room. Formal photos of completed works by Wednesday of next week--I promise, seeing as that's the deadline. :>

The tree on the left is a WIP for my sister and the tree on the right is a commission for a wedding. I've moved painting operations from ly living room to my bedroom floor, which is interesting, because I can't sit on the floor very well. My poor feet turn purple and swell whenever I do it for long periods of time. (Hence why tea ceremony was painful in Japan, both seiza and agura style sitting.)
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF1012.jpg

Reset
03-04-2011, 11:53 AM
I suggest you dont do it near bed cuz it makes you feel sleepy so easily.

About sitting style you mention I do it since I was little so its dont make me sick. Right now Im sitting like that! Hehe

Are you using a real life model for both of tree? (My college teacher taught me this: if drawing a tree using imagination alone you must using subdivs and fractals". But its so hard and cost lot of time just for drawing one tree so I never use it.)

Rio
03-04-2011, 03:18 PM
My poor feet turn purple and swell whenever I do it for long periods of time.I suggest you get compression socks. Those help your blood circulation if you're going to be sitting (or standing) in one position for long periods of time.

Nice stuff Seefy! <3

Psy
03-04-2011, 04:25 PM
Dudette this is all amazing. I cant imagine all the hours you are putting in right now. My only suggestion is "DONT SPILL ANYTHING ON THAT RUG!" or your momma might kill you.

Celestial-Fox
03-08-2011, 10:23 PM
○ Rio: Oooh, that's a really good idea! Thanks!
○ Psy: Ugh, tell me about it! Four years ago I spilled fluorescent orange acrylic on my carpet at 4:30 AM. D: My mom was pretty mad. XD Thank you, though! <3
○ Reset: I do many things on/near my bed because I sleep everywhere--on couches, on the floor, on my bed, in chairs… So yeah, my bed doesn't really tell me "sleep" as much as my house in general does. And no, I didn't use a real life model. I did use a reference, though, because the client wanted a replica. (http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/photo2.jpg)


♠ Y a r g h
Okay, tomorrow I'm leaving on a vacation for two days to Florida and the Bahamas, so just a heads-up about how updates will work this month. XD I also have to leave the house soon for a performance, so I'll try to make this fast:

Top: Draft for the tree (9x11")
Actual commission (15x20")
Details
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Size comparison of draft and final
New painting (horrid photo because the flash keeps bouncing off the metallic gold paint; 18x36")

Sorry for not being active in forever! D:<3
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF1021.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF1020.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF1017-1.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF1019.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF1016.jpg
(forgot to mention that the handwriting is a font traced onto the piece, not my actual handwriting, haha.)
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF1015.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF1025.jpg

Thanks, for looking, guys! Also, I'll try to be on periodically tomorrow before I leave to answer any questions (if you have them) in a more timely manner. :)

GunZet
03-08-2011, 10:37 PM
Really great stuff. I like how you did the tree itself, seems really...er, in shape. Instead of the random scrawls you usually see.

Might wanna avoid the storms down there >_>...good luck with that haha.

erikamae
03-09-2011, 12:51 AM
FFFFFT.
FFT.
I want to try acrylic now.
;a; THANKS ALOT SEEFSTER. ,

Oh but hey, I really adore the detail for the tree's c: Especially the branches and the "leaves" cccc:

Celestial-Fox
03-09-2011, 02:55 AM
EFFFFF I REALIZED I'M NOT QUITE DONE WITH THE PAINTING ON THE BOTTOM UGH WHY AM I SO FORGETFUL WITH THINGS AND MAKE RUN-ON SENTENCES IN CAPS OH WHY. XD

○ Gunz: Heeey, thanks! I keep drawing dead trees over and over and over again. I'm seeing some improvement, but I'm still having a hard time putting them completely in three dimensions in my head first. But with time, I think I'll improve. And aw, naw, are there REALLY storms going on down there right now! *hides in a box*
○ Erika: Acrylic is pretty alright if you know what you're doing with it. As of now, I'm fairly limited in "knowing what to do with it," though, haha. XD But you should definitely try! And thank you, those trees started kicking my butt at certain points because the detailing just got exhausting after certain points.

Reset
03-14-2011, 12:22 PM
Wow they are really good!!!

Celestial-Fox
03-18-2011, 11:09 PM
Thank you! :>

Gedeon
03-20-2011, 08:58 AM
AGAIN THE COOL TRIPY FLOWER PIC!!!! AWSOME!!!!!!!

Celestial-Fox
04-06-2011, 09:22 PM
○ Gedeon: Thanks a lot! :D

♣ ! ! !
Sorry for the ugly paper color. I honestly drew all this on a fluorescent yellow sheet of paper in the middle of Alaska History. Some characters from the Gen and Friends story arc. XD

Arba (not labeled), Layla, Gen, Di, azn!K&#233;ran, fail!Bram (bottom-right), real!Bram (mislabeled as "Josh"), and Scarlett (Bram's [ex-?]girlfriend).
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/form002-1.jpg

SparkleyC
04-06-2011, 09:55 PM
These are super-duper! I like the dude on the left the best.
And I like the yellow paper! xD

Celestial-Fox
04-07-2011, 01:31 AM
○ Sparkley: Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the comment. (And also, welcome to MT!) I think that real!Bram and Gen are my favorites. :)

Matt
04-07-2011, 01:59 PM
WOW, you're back!

*Semi-professional mode on*

Gen is my favorite. I love how you can make realistic people look good without shading; I can't do that. Also, that guy in the top left--those ear gauges would HURT. oAo

Colored paper doesn't really add or detract to picture quality, in my opinion. Least not with just line work. Apparently gray paper's better for grayscale shading.

Celestial-Fox
04-08-2011, 01:45 AM
I'm sorta back. DX I'm registering for university classes in three days. But at least I'm taking Intro to Drawing and Anatomy and Physiology, hopefully. Those should help me if getting my butt into creative gear, haha.

I like how I was actually able to draw Gen. He tends to elude my hand most of the time. He's got notable prominent features, but I have this deep-rooted tendency to make him look too old. I'm rather proud of how I avoided that this time. XD (I'm jinxing it--my luck will wear thin soon I bet!) I rely on shading too often to help me get my ideas across, so I've been trying really hard to resist using shading in some of my recent sketches. It's working a little, I think. :)

Grey paper is pretty nice. I work on a medium-grey canvas in Photoshop (50&#37; is ideal, but since the cursor itself is 50% grey, I tend to used 60 or 40 instead so I can see where I'm drawing, lol). It's a good way to train artists to avoid using white. White pencil/charcoal can be used to raise the forms as a finishing process, but it teaches people not to rely on it.

But this yellow? It's kinda painful to look at sometimes. XD (It's brighter in real life than it is on the monitor.)

And if you stretch your ears slowly, it shouldn't hurt. Stretching should never hurt. Some discomfort/tenderness here and there is fine, but if it hurts, then you are stretching too fast and risk tearing/blowing out. Haaa, oh Arba. You're such a wimp, I'm surprised you can take it, even, sometimes. XD

Lady_Knife
04-08-2011, 09:49 AM
Seffy! Good to see you again! That yellow burns. How you'd managed to draw on that is beyond me. I like to sketch digitally on a bit of grey and in real life, i dunno, old paper seems to b easier to sketch on than smooth fresh-out-of-the-reem ones.

Still in luff with your unique style. Keep up the good works.

Celestial-Fox
05-19-2011, 06:04 PM
○ Knife: Oh, it's been so long! Good to hear from you again. :) Thank you for the comment. <3

♥ H e l l o . a g a i n
Hey, I think I'm back, considering I'm all graduated and done with everything. This is all I've done.

My mortarboard (x2)
The yearbook finally came in (if you remember me designing the cover on the old MT)
A commission (purposefully rough)
Another commission (not quite done)
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/IMG_2083.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/IMG_2082.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/IMG_2085.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/100513marcustattoocopy.png
http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llevlwLH5N1qcpv8vo1_500.jpg

Whether you comment or not, thank you so much for stopping by. Have a nice day. :)

Scarletlight
05-19-2011, 06:22 PM
Your traditional work is buetifull. Can I ask how the leaves are painted ? just different layers are dark / light paint or some thing else ?

Celestial-Fox
05-19-2011, 09:36 PM
○ Scarlet: Hey, thank you for topping by! Yeah, I've got no problem with answering questions. :) Alright, so for some general knowledge before we get into the details of the technique, this is a 3x2-foot pre-gessoed canvas. The background is acrylic (white and gold, mixed).

Right! So for the leaves, I've done this technique before, but with ink on acrylic canvas, rather than watercolor. I use tube watercolors (http://www.how-to-draw-and-paint.com/images/artist_watercolors_watercolor_tubes.jpg) instead of pan (http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/citi/resources/thumbnails/tool_panset-225.jpg). I prefer pan for general things, but for leaves, et cetera, I like tubes.

I squirt out a pea-sized bit of paint on a plate and add water to the edges of it with a wide square brush. I take a liiiittle bit of the pigment and mix it with the water to get a light pink tone. I make the general shape of the leaves and let it dry flat for a few minutes. (Letting watercolor over acrylic dry flat is extremely important. If you store it vertically before it's dry, all the pigment will drain to the bottom of each pool of water.)

Then I put another layer of deeper pigment over the first layer of pink, which is still slightly damp. The pigment diffuses a little bit naturally and gives some pretty interesting gradients. I repeat that one or two more times to my liking. :)

To finish this particular piece, I used sumi instead of paint to do the trees because the water concentration is already high, so I don't have to use a lot of it, like I would with acrylic. Make sure to seal your paintings with a fixing spray so if a bit of water comes into contact with the art, it's not destroyed.

Some close-ups to illustrate:
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/IMG_2091.png
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/IMG_2092.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/IMG_2093.jpg


(Oh, and I'm fairly certain I'm finished with it now. The modifications I've made didn't make a big difference, as you can see. XD)

Matt
05-20-2011, 08:53 AM
O_O

Why do I feel like I'm falling farther behind you with every update? Gotta go practice trees!

The portrayed depth on the leaves looks really nice. Among other things (texture, contrast, etc), that sets it apart from more amateur drawings of that style *cough*myentireartclass*cough*

Sparky-J
05-22-2011, 02:58 AM
Y U so pro seef?

CypressDahlia
05-22-2011, 03:46 AM
That's legit. It has a really nice feathered effect.

Scarletlight
05-22-2011, 05:25 AM
Thanks for explaining it such detail ! Im going to give it a try later on a canvas.

Celestial-Fox
05-24-2011, 09:02 PM
○ Scarlet: Yeah, no problem. I like answering questions and helping people. :> Good luck!
○ Cype: Thanks. Some of the feathering came from me spilling a glass of water all over the canvas, haha.
○ Matt: Have you SEEN your improvement? If anyone needs to watch out, it's me! (Most types of trees are still really hard for me to draw, though, D: )

♦ G r o u p b o a r d
with Rei. :> It's my first time on the new one. Kinda confusing, but I thiiiink I'm getting the hang of it, haha. *noob*
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/110524GroupboardwithRei.png

Ruther_3429
05-25-2011, 05:27 AM
Wow, thats looking good!!
I'd place the crown a bit farther back on the head and I think the right eye should be a tad lower (can you flip groupboard?), but I dunno.
Still great tho, wish I could do that.

Celestial-Fox
05-25-2011, 05:54 AM
○ Ruther: Hey, thanks for stopping by! I agree with you on everything. *nodnod* I also think the hair is a little too poofy and that I made quite a few shading mistakes that makes the whole thing look like oily wax, haha. I'll end up trying to shade something like this again later this week, maybe, if I am able to squeeze something in between commissions and other engagements. (Workworkwork! &#165;^&#165;) But I'll figure out how to fix those things one day. :D

Again, thank you for the great comment; have a nice day!

Gedeon
05-25-2011, 10:30 AM
...........O.O ________________X.X__________ *if you didn't get it i died from awesomnes!!! i cant draw trees for s**T

Rio
05-25-2011, 11:13 AM
You're hanging in the GB Seefy? Augh, too bad I missed ya drawing. I go in every now and then just to see what's up. :3

@ Gedeon
Do you still go to the GB Gedeon? I haven't seen you there. ...Or maybe we just miss each other. <_<

@ Sparky
lol I love your avatar!

Celestial-Fox
05-27-2011, 12:48 PM
○ Rio: well I'm trying to, at least. It was great fun--sad I didn't see you either!
○ Gedeon: thanks!

Reset
05-28-2011, 06:56 AM
Your art is getting better n better. AWESOME!!!

Celestial-Fox
05-28-2011, 08:20 PM
○ Reset: Thanks, but I still have a lot of stuff to work on! :>

♠ l a l a l a
second time GBing. :D I don't know who this person is. Oh well. XD
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/Screenshot2011-05-28at41339PM.png

Reset
05-29-2011, 12:11 PM
LOL. You will fly high as an artist in no time.Believe me.

Hey, the lasts pic are you draw her hair pretty good. I try a lot of time to draw hair like that but i still can't get it, maybe i must learn more and more

andr3ytp
05-30-2011, 12:16 AM
Oh nice! nice portrait :)

Scarletlight
05-30-2011, 07:56 AM
after working on the gb just , I realise how hard it is and give you mega props for being able to do something like this. The hair texture is real nice too.

Zekester014
05-31-2011, 06:43 PM
Holy Snaps, you make me want to pick up a paintbrush XD

Celestial-Fox
06-01-2011, 05:58 AM
○ Reset: Aw, thank you! To do hair, I lay down a shadow color for a base and add lighter colors on top of that with decreasing brush sizes. :)
○ Zeke: You should try it! It's good practice. :)
○ andr3ytp: Thank you!
○ Scarlet: Thanks! Yeah, the GB is a little tricky for me, because the pressure controls are way different from Photoshop, I'm discovering. XD

♣ S a i m o e . e n t r y
An old character, Xeres, who I made in the third grade. Ah, nostalgia.
(click for bigger view, textures by Hillary Luetkemeyer.)
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/110525saimoeentryxerescopy.png (http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/tumblr_lm3wauXemi1qcpv8vo1_1280.png)

Scarletlight
06-01-2011, 11:24 AM
very cool, Has that ' graphic design ' feel about it. The hand holding the scisors looks a bit stiff but it must be difficult to draw holding scisors from that angle. The folds look very natural.

Celestial-Fox
06-01-2011, 03:50 PM
○ Scarlet: Thanks! Yeah, I wanted to use sharp lines and bright colors for the character to reflect some sort of modernity, but keep the background more suggestive and loose. I agree that the hand looks a little stiff. The reference I used was in that pose, and I probably should have tried to modify it. Hands aren't really my strongpoint, as you can see, haha, and I'm pretty sure that putting scissors on top of that weakness is what made it all the more difficult. At one point I wanted to omit the scissors altogether, but I was like, nuuuuu ;______; it need scissors! XD I thought that I overdid the folds at first, but I think I like them now. :)

Reset
06-05-2011, 02:57 PM
I just try to draw like that, and Scarletlight statement is true, "it must be difficult to draw holding scisors from that angle"

Cloudy
06-05-2011, 08:09 PM
Access denied blaaghh~ from here it looks nice and smooth great line-art! and the background and colours look cute too :D

Celestial-Fox
07-31-2011, 07:44 AM
Oh no! :( Here, does this work?

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/tumblr_lm3wauXemi1qcpv8vo1_1280.png

*goes off to edit original post*

And thanks anyway! XD I know it's really hard to see from that tiny little thumbnail, haha.



♥ I ' m . a l i v e ?
Fan art for the comic, Hanna is Not a Boy's Name (http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=4). The character's name is {...} and he''s my favorite of the cast, though it is a little hard to choose. :>

Texture by Hillary Luetkemeyer. I started this piece seven months ago in 2010, but finished it up just today.

I have some more OC sketches to upload, but my scanner is being moody and not turning on today. D: Sorry for being gone for so long. Drawing has been extremely difficult for me lately.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/101208.png

Matt
08-07-2011, 12:54 AM
Drawing has been extremely difficult for me lately.
And another one! Why does it seem like so many of us MTers are having this happen all at once? I haven't even posted in, like, months. You have actual content here. It looks good and as usual, it's beyond my critiquing level. People around my level can only drool at pro-level pictures like yours, knowing that it'll be at least five more years before we can match this. And by then, you'll be five years ahead.

Okay, I admit, that was something to convince you that you're awesome and that you should keep drawing. But it was all true. Except I have no idea how long it'll take me to match your quality.

Spoiler: my thoughts on this excruciatingly long "art block" we're all getting.
It's not an art block. It's a loss of passion. Never before in my artistic career have I felt so far from my goals, even though I'm much closer to them than I've ever been in reality (first commission). I don't know your exact situation, but I'm assuming, maybe prematurely, that it's similar to mine. Rekindling the passion we had before is by no means easy, as I've been trying to do it for months now. I've read psychology books on personality ethic and work ethic. Drawing is still extremely fun for me if I can ever get to doing it, but it's like there's some force keeping me from touching my tablet pen or traditional pencil. The books on work ethic just say to be optimistic and never give up, and the personality books say to change your very nature in order to achieve your goals. Right at this moment, I'm motivated to draw, but it's 12:30 AM and I've got church tomorrow. Today. Last time I was motivated was 2:00 PM earlier toda--yesterday. Then, I had to go to work. Now, I have to go to bed. It seems like I procrastinate through my free time and only ever want to draw when something less enjoyable is the alternative. Yes, I find sleep less enjoyable than drawing because I can't do anything.

Prolonged art block or a total loss of passion, I don't know for sure. Either way, we're still artists and giving up is the only failure we're capable of creating.

Lucifer
08-07-2011, 05:08 PM
At the risk of weirding some people out: that drawing of Naomi on p1 makes me wish I could jump into the realm of 2D and be with her. :)

Not sure whether I'm completely comfortable with that dude's nose though.

Sparky-J
08-07-2011, 05:37 PM
Seef! Your lines, awesome! At first I thought I had to worry about your colors and tradish skillz but now I see that you got me beat all around!

Celestial-Fox
08-21-2011, 03:18 AM
○ Luce: Haha, thank you! I don't think that's weird at all. We all have those feeling sometimes, don't we? ;D And as for {...}'s nose, here's what he looks like in the comic: pointy pointy pointyyyy! (http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=482) I omitted his facial scruff, though. |D (Headcanons butting in right now.)
○ Matt: Hey, thanks a lot for that little pep talk. I've been more inspired than ever because I'm in Hawaii again right now, but I DON'T HAVE A TABLET OR PAPER. OTL Fail! Haha. Anyway, you should know that you're the fastest improving member on he whole site by far. It wouldn't take long at all. (And as always, if you want to know something, I can always cook up an explanation/tutorial. :) )
○ Sparky: No way! You are so much better with lines! Your Illustrator zestiness kills my Photoshop fuzziness, haha.

♦ F e h
Trying to master my character, Hevhninh's face. The red and blue is SPOT-ON but I CANNOT replicate it for the life of me. :/ :/ :/ :/ I tried in twice in the bottom-left corner and in the top left with the red and blue. The other figures are random.

Good grief. XD I am kinda proud of these, though, because these are some of the tightest sketches I've made in at least a year.

Annnd, from the Furious Dawn world (Frei and Zan's world, for those of you who may remember?), Genqui. I think I'll enter her into Saimoe for the heck of it, but I'll see. Crits are lovely! Help me wit dem creepy eyeballz. I want to do another picture with her in it, more in the style of Bao Pham, though.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I used another Hibbary texture of this one. :B I seriously need to just have a day where I watercolor some of my own textures. >.> Any tips for that, civilians? XD
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/graph005.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/110820copy.png

Sylux
08-21-2011, 11:48 AM
Sweet! Did you do that pen sketch without an original penciling?

Celestial-Fox
08-21-2011, 01:10 PM
Yep, no pencils. It gets really ruddy that way, haha. :)

Joosh
08-21-2011, 01:34 PM
I like the hair a ton in those drawings. Especially the red blue drawing. :D

Sylux
08-21-2011, 09:02 PM
Yep, no pencils. It gets really ruddy that way, haha. :)
WAO, GIMME SKILLS @_@

Sparky-J
08-22-2011, 12:25 AM
Dig the pen sketchin's, and I've always been a fan of the pulled back afro ponytail.

Celestial-Fox
08-22-2011, 04:16 PM
○ Sparky: Thanks, my sister kinda has one. :O
○ Sylux: PICK UP A PEN AND TRY IT! :D
○ Josh: Thank you! I can do hair fairly decently digitally, but with pen and paper, I'm just like SCRIBBLESCRIBBLE. XD So this time I tried really hard to slow down and think about what I was doing.

♠ a n d . a n o t h e r
Here's another Saimoe entry. That 1 px stroke on the figure murdered me because I was so messy. >.>

I'm gonna wash my hair and finish up the last Saimoe entry. :> Hopefully the coloring doesn't kill me on that one! DX Should be done by tonight's deadline! :D
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/110821copy.png

Egoslip
08-22-2011, 06:34 PM
Awwww!! Supper cute... little tom-boy girly :3 Though I think the fishing rod, could be at a better perspective than a profile one.. like coming towards the viewer.. would add more depth... but awesome stuffs XD

Celestial-Fox
08-22-2011, 07:29 PM
Thanks, Ego! :> Cute really isn't my schtick, so I tried to do it best in my style. I think the outcome was rather good. I do agree, though, perspective on that rod would have been awesome! I'm taking notes for next time, definitely. :D

Annnd as for progress on the new one coming up, I'm still in the process of coloring it, but I realized half-through the anatomy/pose pushed it over into some weird seinen-type style instead of moe. I WILL TROUBLESHOOT THIS SOMEHOW, I SWEAR. There was also a power outage that shut down Photoshop and everything! =T______T= Things aren't quite going my way this week.

ram
08-24-2011, 04:07 AM
she's so cute seefy! oh man I should've used loli character,
well atleast loli is much cuter for me. >_>

even though you said cute isn't you schtick, she's still so adorable!
I'll have a hard time battling your characters that's for sure!

Slurpee
08-25-2011, 05:31 PM
I feel a winner coming up! :D

Matt
08-29-2011, 11:38 PM
I'm the exact opposite with hair. I can make it look halfway decent with a pencil, but once I get onto my tablet, I start scribbling.

Saimoe's supposed to be a contest judged on concept, not skill or style. So don't worry about your style not being moe-ish. You make more money from realism anyway. Unless you live in Japan and sell moe-style Touhou doujins at conventions or do illustrations for visual novels.

Celestial-Fox
08-30-2011, 01:53 AM
○ Matt: Yeah, I'm in a drawing class now, though, so I'll have to relearn that whole pencil thing, haha. And yep, definitely. It's a good idea that the concept thing is emphasized. I'm kinda disappointed this time around, though, because I was in a bit of a crunch and couldn't include the character bios I wanted. I rather like Hevhninh's character; I've had her for a while. Someday soon I'll get out a little character sheet, though. I'm very much interested in getting out sheets for all the people in her world.
○ Slurpee: Thanks a bunch! <3 Though I'm not match for Tei.
○ Ramiel: Thank you! I agree that it's just a different kind of cute. I'm just so used to only seeing one kind, that I'm kinda quick to discount myself.

♣ a n d . s o . I . l i v e
Computer equipment, successfully moved and set up in my new living accommodations. Art, commence!

Yeah, this is what I'm talking about. I'd like to think it's an older Xeres, but I screwed up the hair so badly that I'm having a hard time seeing it.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/Untitled-1copy-5.png

Matt
09-04-2011, 12:56 AM
I like the WIP and wanna see it finished. So:
http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/5569/seefycritattempt.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/840/seefycritattempt.jpg/)
You might wanna take this with a grain of salt. I might have just caught a red herring here, and since I didn't draw the full thing out, I can't be sure of my claims up there. Also, our styles are on opposite ends of the realism spectrum and you're the one more qualified to be critiquing a semi-realistic style.

/excuses for not being a good critter.

Sparky-J
09-04-2011, 03:12 PM
Dig them hips, I do have some crits, but I'm on my phone so I'll have to type them up later. Still lookin' good Seef!

Celestial-Fox
09-05-2011, 05:06 AM
○ Matt: Ooh, yeah, thanks for that. The solution seems obvious now, but it wasn't all too obvious when I was in the middle of it, haha. I'll definitely use those suggestions, but I'm not at HQ, so I don't have anything to draw with digitally.
○ Sparky: Thanks! And don't sweat it; I definitely understand the phone thing.

♥ a n o t h e r . W I P
Beginning Drawing assignment. 18x34," already started shading with charcoal. Punching self in face for attempting background with zero experience. (ZERO CHARISMA? (http://www.zerocharisma-themovie.com/Site/Teaser.html)) Like, "Oh yeah, you know how to shade clouds with charcoal, right?"

LOL WRONG. Updates and sufferings later, haha.
Side note: I also redid the shoulder width and made them narrower.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/308288_1738515363006_1842300149_1147219_5154386_n. jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/300753_1738515803017_1842300149_1147220_3738979_n. jpg

Leannah
09-06-2011, 12:35 PM
The lips look a bit lopsided for some reasons, but apart from that good I think

Celestial-Fox
09-12-2011, 01:27 PM
○ Leannah: Thanks for the comment . . . and for commenting on pretty much every other thread around! And I agree; the lips were lopsided. I fixed that in the final sketch, but my shading was flawed and they got lopsided again. OTL

♦ c o n c e p t u a l l l l
Some OC of mine, Florian. He is very educated and honored as such with large horns on his hat. Blahblahblah, I just wanted to draw the furry Kudu hat that's been on my mind and rework the character's face.

I still need to fix some things like cranial size and facial nuances, but yeah. C&C is still way cool. :>
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/110910_florian_by_celestial_fox-d49memq.png

In other news, I "finished" that wip I posted previously, but it still needs to be photographed, as it doesn't fit in my scanner--not even close. XD It still needs some shading and stuff done to it, but I figured you guys might want to see it, considering it is the most ambitious traditional project I've undertaken so far.

Gedeon
09-12-2011, 05:49 PM
Good lord i want Florians horns above my fireplace!! Also yeah it would e nice to see the WIP finished. I know its pretty late now but it kinda seems that the anatomy is well.........thick. but hey let us see it! :D

Celestial-Fox
09-12-2011, 08:30 PM
○ Ged: Haha, I'd want them above my fireplace too . . . actually, I need a fireplace first! XD And yeah, I agree what it was a little thick and flat. I tried to fix that, but I wasn't the most successful at it. I'll definitely update as soon as I can with a photo of it, though! I lost my memory card, so I can't get m camera working right now, haha.

♠ f i n i s h e d
Yeah, I'm calling quits on this one. I messed with his jaw a little, changed his mouth, put texture on the fur of the hat, and color balanced the image. I like how the color balancing turned out; it adds another dimension to greyscale images. (I used cyan/magenta shadows, magenta midtones, and yellow highlights.)

You can click it to make it bigger.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/110910_florian_by_celestial_fox-d49memq-2.png (http://celestial-fox.deviantart.com/#/d49memq)

+ c o u r s e w o r k
Yeah so I'm in university now and I kinda am in art class and it kinda is torture, haha. Sorry for the bad photos; my camera is super grainy and likes to fisheye everything (all my hard perspective work down the drain!). XD
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF2890.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF2893.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF2898.jpg
^ this is a wip, haha.

Celestial-Fox
10-06-2011, 09:19 PM
Agh, craaaap, double post. Ignore this. >.>

CypressDahlia
10-06-2011, 10:10 PM
Dude that negative space thing is awesome. it almost looks like a vector drawing. If the lighting on the photo was even, I would think it was.

Celestial-Fox
10-06-2011, 10:14 PM
Oh, thanks a lot! :) I'm happy with how it came out, because I didn't bring a ruler to the studio that day. o___o But yeah, to get an even value in such a large space I put down several layers of industrial Sharpie chisel marker.

GunZet
10-06-2011, 10:21 PM
That's crazy lol. I did that exact same first assignment. Hated it, I had to use a helluva lot of charcoal cause I didn't pick a really detailed area >_>
Anyways, amazing stuff, I love how crisp the first one is. ALthough the second one looks a bit flat. Maybe suggest bringing more contrast out, since it's a profile pic.

erikamae
10-06-2011, 11:10 PM
Seeeeefffff ;c I missed you </3 I really love the sketchy lady ;o

Gedeon
10-07-2011, 03:54 AM
WAIT!!! You did the negative thing traditionally!!!??? HOLY SHIZ!!! AWESOME!!! Did you leave white space as you drew around it or did you use some kind of an eraser? Also digging the wip!

Matt
10-07-2011, 10:40 AM
That Florian pic is awesome. Not much else to say, as usual.

*Looks back*

Negative space--traditionally? But it's so clean!

Scarletlight
10-10-2011, 03:06 AM
Hey,

Im diggin the art coursework. The first one is a really great drawing.

With the side view of the guy, I think his ear is too small.
I love the negative space thing too. :)

Son44
10-12-2011, 08:47 AM
That negative space drawing is really sweet :O Negative space is actually very usefull xD

Bacon_Barbarian
10-12-2011, 08:48 PM
Man, I love Negative space, but I always goof up. Keep up the "crispness" in your art.

Celestial-Fox
10-26-2011, 05:14 AM
○ Bacon Babu: Thanks, I like to keep it, uh... fresh? XD
○ Son: Thank you! And yeah, I like to use it for quick figure drawing.
○ Scarlett: Oh, thanks for the critique; I wouldn't've noticed that! I tried to fix it on my final version. :D
○ Ged: I did the negative space in pencil, but it looked really unfinished with just lines, so I went back with a Sharpie. :>
○ erika: Awgh, me toooo, but I'm just busy lately with my anatomy classes. :< They are so difficult, orz.
○ Gunz: Yeah, I agree with you. It's definitely not the strongest thing I've done so far this semester. But I'll try to go back and shade it a little more if I get the chance. So thanks for that. <3

♠ p a r t y ?
And more coursework. It's called "Beloved Mr. Whittaker." I don't know what happened to the poor old fellow. XD
It's just a charcoal still life on butcher paper. I took some artistic liberty and added in the grass with the tibia and fibula.
Cuh-luh-luh-lassy.

Today's my birthday. I'm seventeen. :U I get to spend it in studio doing a midterm interview, waaaah. Then I get the honor of sitting through an anatomy lecture. BUT THEN. I WILL EAT FOOD AND DO BIRTHDAY THINGS.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF2951-1.png

Sutari
10-26-2011, 05:39 AM
For a second there, i thought the bones were candles... and i WISH i got an anatomy class on my birthday, lmao

but nevertheless, Y U MAKE SUCH TRIPPY ART?
(i'm totally not trying to make you make more of it... no way >_> i totally don't love it at all. nope.)

Celestial-Fox
10-26-2011, 05:46 AM
Oh, thanks so much, Rei <3
But it's a university class and I have it a few times a week. I was in Anatomy Lab from 7 pm to 9:50 tonight listening to two lectures and dissecting something. Gwagh. It's a medical class, so nothing like Anatomy for the Artist, which some places offer. x__o

And there's a general pattern to my work. The things that have to do with my real life always look really screwy, haha.

Lady_Knife
10-26-2011, 08:47 PM
Imagination aside, sometimes it's the things that happen in RL that really beats it all. lol.

Dissecting....something? O_O

Happy belated 17th birthday! *throws a cake stuffed with M&Ms at ya* That's a interesting piece you got there, and like Rei, I had to look at it a 2nd time to figure out the bones ain't candles. (I honestly tot it was!) Anyway, as always, it's a pleasure to see your stuff. Cheers!

Joosh
10-26-2011, 09:06 PM
Nice foot! Very trippy, indeed.
If I were to take a class related to art, Id take an anatomy class :0
I want to dissect cadavers. :}

Gedeon
10-27-2011, 03:44 AM
......if i had anatomy class id take whatever! its a so hard to find anything drawing-related in my school/city/country.....T-T As for the foot id say too much shadow below the ankles, but meh.

Renzokuken
10-28-2011, 05:58 PM
Holy smokes...


I should visit more often. ._.

Matt
10-28-2011, 08:32 PM
I'd be replying to your thread a lot more because I really like all your updates, but I have nothing constructive to say. You should post something really crappy at some point so I actually have a chance of critiquing it.

Just thought I should say that--I AM following your art, but I just feel like I shouldn't even be posting if I don't have something helpful to say. And my comments are usually nothing but self-deprecating praise.

Scarletlight
10-29-2011, 05:34 AM
I didn't realise I was older than you :O

Happy Birthday for 3 days ago my friend.
I like the paper you've used for this latest one, makes it really unique and the white really stands out. The flower is buetiful which contrasts well with the foot with candles which is creepy!

jaidurn
10-29-2011, 06:04 AM
I really love it when people use black and white on brown paper. ;-; I also love it when I see something like a foot chopped off.

I-I'm a sick person.

Celestial-Fox
11-02-2011, 09:32 PM
○ Jai: Finally, someone like meeee <3333
○ Knifey: Yeah, but it hurts sometimes, too. &#165;^&#165; And no worries, that time it was only a chicken (which, incidentally, didn't get thrown away outside until a week later and started to rot in the lab... UGHHH). And thanks for the birthday wishes! <3
○ Josh: Thank you! And yeah, I think that would be cool too.
○ Ged: Hey, thanks for commenting! I'm not taking an anatomy class for art purposes, though. I want to be a doctor, so I'm taking Biology 111 (Anatomy and Physiology). And yeah, I think you're right with the shadows.
○ Renzo: How've you been, buddy? Are you doing NaNoWriMo now? I miss talking to you more. :< Don't feel obligated to stop by, though!
○ Matt: I've got some stuff down below that can be critiqued much more easily because there's less thought put into them. I'm trying to come up with a semester project, and I'm low on ideas. >.> And no, no--! Don't get yourself down! You don't have to comment every time you stop by, but you don't have to feel bad about when you do/don't, either!
○ Scarlet: Yeah, that happens a lot. >.> When I first joined MT, people thought I was a 16-year-old Canadian guy, but I was a 12-year-old girl from Alaska. XD And thank you for the happy birthday. :> I did this on butcher paper, which is ridiculously cheap. I think it would be really cool if you tried it in your style.

♣ s k e t c h h h h
Um, this is just a massive sketch dump including, but not limited to, designs/compositions/ideas for my semester project in art, which may or may not be my magnum opus. XD

I'm improving, I think. At least with sketches. I generally terrible at them.

Half of these were done on newsprint, so sorry for the bad contrast. D: None of them were done with references, except the top one (references marked by each figure).
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111023sketches001.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111023sketches002.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111026sketches002.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111102sketches003.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111102sketches004.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111102sketches006.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111102sketches001copy.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111102sketches005.jpg
^ This one was done for Matt . . . obviously. XD

Joosh
11-02-2011, 10:16 PM
Damn girl--
I like the white people on gray forming a circle. It reminds me of Hercules the Disney movie x3. I think you drew their shapes very well!

Although for the girl with the sword, its like a 3 dimensional character facing a 2 dimensional back ground almost. Detail IS IN ORDER
FINISH IT PLOXZ

Celestial-Fox
11-02-2011, 11:45 PM
Haha, that's what it reminds me of, too! I spent about a half hour at a light table tweaking their anatomy so they fit with each other. >.> It took about five or six tries to get it right--FRUSTRATIONNNN. It was just a 3x3" thumbnail, though. I'm thinking the final will be more toward 3 feet by three feet and will have a male and a female figure. This means difference of height calculations and ten hundred more redraws, but I'm excited. :>

And yeah, I agree that what you're talking about is extremely non-atmospheric. just scribbled in a secondary background idea into the thumbnail when my first idea collapsed on itself. I'm thinking That instead of doing a final piece with that sketch BG as a base, I might want to do something architectural . . . but I'll see. :> Suggestions?

Joosh
11-03-2011, 02:56 PM
Suggestions?

Yeah!
You could draw roman ruins or something like that xD
I was going to say graves but thats p. Cliche, unless its like a tomb like in ICO with all the past horned head boys on Shelve like levels.
Ex:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/KingSigy/ico1.jpg
Pretty amazing... :O

Gedeon
11-03-2011, 06:06 PM
Those eyes........the EYES OAO...........are so beautiful......
m sorry but got a thing for pretty eyes.

Also at the anatomy women thing i think that her thighs are a bit too wide. other then that love all the rest, especially the skeleton!

Sylux
11-03-2011, 06:19 PM
Do you use a blending stick?

Celestial-Fox
11-03-2011, 08:13 PM
○ Josh: THANK YOOOOOU. You are a man of genius. I'll see what I can do. :D :D
○ Ged: Haha, thank you, thank you. :) I agree with you, too. The proportions are very, very stocky and wide on that one (a bad habit of mine).
○ Sylux: I only use blending sticks on hair in final pieces. Why do you ask?

Sylux
11-03-2011, 09:19 PM
Cuz see I was hoping my drawings didn't look awesome like yours because I didn't use a blending stick but now I see otherwise ._.

Celestial-Fox
11-03-2011, 10:07 PM
No, no, no, don't worry! There are actually a lot of factors that play into the smoothness of a drawing. Here are some tips for smooth shading:

Why I don't use blending sticks
I don't like to use blending sticks because quite honestly, I'm terrible at using them. Rather than a smooth blend, I get a really streaky result. It works well for some people, but just not for me, mostly because a lot of my blending is done with the pencil itself. If I need some extra blend (usually when covering large areas) I grab some toilet paper or a Kleenex. Also! NEVER USE YOUR FINGERS TO BLEND. Skin is oily and sweaty, so when you blend with your fingers you trap the graphite on the page, making it hard to blend evenly or erase.

The technique
The way to avoid streaky shading is to control your pencil. Shading works best with a dull pencil, because sharp pencils create unwanted lines. Move your pencil along the page in tiny circular movements instead of directional lines. Build your value up with pressure and layers. It's not the fastest method out there, but it gives a noticeably different kind of smoothness. If you want some more help, head on over to Cataclysm-X's (http://cataclysm-x.deviantart.com/gallery/372509) tutorials. They are a fantastic resource, and she does things similarly to the way I do it. . . . and she is WAYYYYYY better than I am at traditional art.

Choose the right kind of paper
There are a lot of different kinds of paper out there to choose from. For drawing with pencil, you don't need any tooth (texture) on your paper to get the graphite to stay on the page. (For instance, charcoal needs tooth to stay put.) "Drawing" paper tends to do well, but for finished things, I strongly recommend bristol board. It is very thick and very, very, very smooth. It's costly, but yeah. It's the icing on the cake after you've mastered technique.

Sylux
11-03-2011, 10:20 PM
I have a ways before Bristol board @_@
Thanks so much for the tips!
...in your own art thread ^_^

Celestial-Fox
11-04-2011, 12:58 AM
I suggest you buy some to try it out, though. You'll notice a huge difference, even now. :) It's fun to experiment, no matter what stage of drawing you're at. And yeah, no problem. I'm always here to help. <3

Gedeon
11-04-2011, 10:14 AM
Why I don't use blending sticks
I don't like to use blending sticks because quite honestly, I'm terrible at using them. Rather than a smooth blend, I get a really streaky result. It works well for some people, but just not for me, mostly because a lot of my blending is done with the pencil itself. If I need some extra blend (usually when covering large areas) I grab some toilet paper or a Kleenex. Also! NEVER USE YOUR FINGERS TO BLEND. Skin is oily and sweaty, so when you blend with your fingers you trap the graphite on the page, making it hard to blend evenly or erase.

..........o_o......................well crap......................tihs makes a lot f sense.......

Celestial-Fox
11-05-2011, 05:42 PM
Yeah, finger blending should only be used for rough sketches. I keep getting yelled at by my art teacher because of fingerprints on my work. They don't eraaaaaaase! XD

Sylux
11-05-2011, 06:27 PM
Aw yeah my art teacher looks at my sketches and she's like wtf why so many damn fingerprints and I'm all cuz yo I like put a part of myself on the paper also I can tell it's mine cuz nobody fucking smudges their paper with fingerprints like I do

Gedeon
11-06-2011, 06:37 AM
Copyright issues solved!....

....with DNA!!!

Sylux
11-06-2011, 05:20 PM
Oils degrade the paper over time. In a year they'll be disintegrated, what with even being in sketchbooks and whatnot.

Gedeon
11-06-2011, 08:28 PM
Copyright issues solved!....
....disintegrate the paper on which your art is drawn, with finger oil!!!!

Celestial-Fox
11-07-2011, 05:52 PM
♥ p r o j e c t . c o n c e p t s
Some concepts for my character, Arouzh. She is Urophia and Hevhninh's sister. She is the number keeper for her society. Most numerical knowledge for the community can be found in the knots of the quipus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu) in her hair (sort of like a living almanac). There is another number keeper in the village, but he was killed. His head was shaved after death and his quipus were transferred to Arouzh's head.

I'll be starting a final project on this sometime soon.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111107projectconcept.png

Sylux
11-07-2011, 06:16 PM
Whoa! She's beautiful!

Celestial-Fox
11-07-2011, 06:27 PM
Hey, thanks, Sy! A lot of people said she was creepy, haha. But I'm thinking that if I made it, it's nit unlikely that it has some sort of creepy ement to it, no? XD (The original sketch had her holding the other number keeper's head by his hair.)

Sylux
11-07-2011, 08:00 PM
I'm really into exotic beauty, as in quirks about the face that aren't "conventional" beauty. The drawing's right up my alley :P

Celestial-Fox
11-07-2011, 09:32 PM
Yeah, I like unconventional features too, hence my personal and art aesthetic. Though, admittedly, the top-left drawing of the face is nowhere near accurate, and just served as a springboard for the final design and features on the right. :)

Bacon_Barbarian
11-07-2011, 09:36 PM
A lot of people said she was creepy, haha.

The two are not mutually exclusive. :3

Celestial-Fox
11-14-2011, 12:03 AM
○ Bacon: You are my favorite person.

♦ f e h
Trying to plan colors... I'm not even sure if I want to use color on the final version. We'll see.

I'll be doing this traditionally. I'm thinking heavy inks and desaturated colors, if I decide to use them.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111107projectconcept001copy.jpg

p a r t . t wo
Arouzh's sister, Urophia. This is less of a final piece concept and more of an outfit concept. It's suuuuuper rough, but I'd like to see where it takes me. (Lolllll, drawing horses without a reference-- never doing that again.)

Also, I decided not to use colors on Arouzh.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111113projectconcept002.jpg

indescribable
11-14-2011, 12:26 AM
I'll be doing this traditionally. I'm thinking heavy inks and desaturated colors, if I decide to use them.
Traditionally in what medium? Only inks?, or will you being going with something else now that you've opted to forgo colour? It's a bit of a shame about that, as I quite like the scheme. Also, I really like Urophia's design. What are her colours?

Bacon_Barbarian
11-14-2011, 12:35 AM
What exactly is this final project?

Celestial-Fox
11-14-2011, 12:51 AM
○ Bacon: Funny you ask, because I honestly don't know. XD All we have to do is come up with work for ourselves from now until the end of the semester. You can do whatever you want, but it just has to reflect several weeks' worth of work. I submitted my design concept as "three pieces somewhat inspired by Alphonse Mucha with a dark, primitive mood." Vague, I know, haha.
○ Tay: I'm doing monochrome ink and wash for these pieces. I don't really like the colors I picked for Arouzh, mostly because it looks awfully firebender-y, lol. Urophia's design is navy, black, and tan . . . and I think there's a splash of red somewhere. The design keeps changing, but here are the old ones: [1] (http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/090426Urophia001copy-1.jpg) [2] (http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/081007Rawrcopy.jpg) This time around I got rid of any sort of skirt/bustle. Just keeping it clean.

There'll be a third one with their other sister, buuuut its concept is somewhat eluding me. D:

♠ o x i c l e a n
Cleaned up the front view croqui. The sketch is only about four or five inches tall, so there wasn't a lot of room for detail. New things of note from the older designs I've posted on MT in the past are the quipu armbands (people killed in current battle) and the snake vertebrae (people killed in past battles).
Also new is scalp scarification (http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Scarification) via cutting (http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Cutting), woo. You can't really see it here, but I thought it might be worth mentioning. XD

The next update will probably include a finalized design for the back of the character and a more specific layout concept for the piece.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111114Urophiadesign001-1.jpg

Sylux
11-15-2011, 08:07 PM
That one is like my fave @w@

Celestial-Fox
11-17-2011, 12:37 AM
○ Sketty: Thanks. :D I like it a lot, too.

♣ k e n d o t o r e . d a . f i r e n z e
So yeah, the backside of Urophia's design looks like Ezio (http://images.wikia.com/celestial-refresh/images/9/97/Ezio_Auditore_da_Firenze_image.jpg) joined a kendo club, BUT I REGRET NOTHINNNG~

I left it all in grescale except the quipu, because I kinda like the red against grey. And um, yeah, that's about it. Her undercut looks weird because I drew the head kinda crooked. Heck, her undercut just looks weird in general because she's got a slight-but-not-true Chelsea cut. (It's an undercut with long ear fringe... AND A SIDE BUN.)
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111115Urophiadesignfrontcopy.png

jaidurn
11-17-2011, 12:48 AM
Seefy, you come up with the most bizzare designs. @_@ If anything I need to look at more fashon and learn like you. Honestly, I really love how you do clothing. ;-;

Also, dat hair.

Celestial-Fox
11-17-2011, 01:17 AM
Haha, thanks, Jai. I'm thinking that the stripey parts will be like two-tone pliable wood, kinda like a chinese finger trap. (SO STIFF AND UNCOMFORTABLE~ But yeah, it works best with the worldbuilding... perhaps multicolored leathers, though--? Gotta think on that more.)

I could work with you on outfits, though. If you posted some stuff, I could give you suggestions and whatnot. I've done it with Rei a little bit. :) It's fun and really helpful.

And haha, yeah, the hair... Having weird hair myself, I feel obligated to bestow the privilege upon a few of my characters. (Headshot):
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/101229Urophiacopy.jpg

jaidurn
11-17-2011, 01:30 AM
The wicker doesn't sound like he would have to much fun trying to do some Kendo in them.

Aw man, your help would be awesome. I'll start to draw more fashion then!

Also, your hair is pretty cool. It's not often when you see people that bold with their hair. Most of the time it's not even a really good hairstyle, too. Characters with unusual hairstyles stick out, though ;)

Celestial-Fox
11-17-2011, 01:38 AM
Blegh, not wicker; I edited it. Failailailail. But yeah, she kinda walks around really stiffly, haha. And she's not really into kendo. She's kinda like the commander-in-chief of her triumvirate nation. The military and government themselves are extremely dysfunctional under her supervision.

Yep, I'd love to help. If you mentioned the kind of direction to go in, things would be easier, too. ("He's a futuristic doctor, and I don't know what else to include!")

Thanks, too. :> I don't quite mind if people don't like my hair. I think it's interesting when people behind me whisper about it. The only thing that's kinda jarring/bothersome is when people try to touch it without asking. I have to go red instead of yellow, though, next week because we're getting Thanksgiving family photos done. . . . But I'm keeping the blue in JUST BECAUSE I WANT TO. And I'll probably do some brown and blonde, too. MY HAIR IS A CRAFT PROJECT.

jaidurn
11-17-2011, 01:51 AM
Haha She sounds interesting. World building is pretty awesome.

I'd be willing to do that. I'll also make sure to do my end of the studying~

Nice. :O People admiring isn't a bad thing, but yeah it should bug you when people touch it. It's like touching someone's unfinished sculpture. The blue looks really nice, to be honest. I'm glad you're keeping it in. I wouldn't mind seeing the yellow stay along with the red being added, but I can't wait to see how it turns out. The blond and brown will be a nice touch :3

Sparky-J
11-18-2011, 05:22 PM
Seefy, rockin' too hard for words!

Gedeon
11-20-2011, 03:33 PM
Nice head! Is it a guy or a girl? If he is a boy, he has a little too long eye-lashe's, at least i think so :D

Bacon_Barbarian
11-20-2011, 10:49 PM
○ Bacon: Funny you ask, because I honestly don't know. XD All we have to do is come up with work for ourselves from now until the end of the semester. You can do whatever you want, but it just has to reflect several weeks' worth of work. I submitted my design concept as "three pieces somewhat inspired by Alphonse Mucha with a dark, primitive mood." Vague, I know, haha.
That would drive me insane, I hate vague assignments. Good luck Seefy. >:|

Celestial-Fox
11-24-2011, 07:57 PM
○ Bacon: Yeah, it's a little stressful, but I've almost got all my planning done with, which is fantastic. My goal is to have everything worked out by the end of the week. :>
○ Sparky: Thanks! :D
○ Ged: Thank you~ Urophia is biologically female, but assumes a man's role in society. She also cannot marry.
○ Jai: Yeah, it's really to worldbuild. The culture of this particular setting has been falling together quite nicely. And no worries about the fashion studying. It's kinda hard to start studying at first if you don't know how to do it. Fashion is a butt to learn at the beginning, but it gets easier once you start learning how to find what your looking for with references. Also, I didn't bother with making the red dreads. I spent my time this week studying for my anatomy exam and spending time with someone special.

♥ l i f e
Aggh, I have done lots of compositional work, but I've been investing a lot of time with figure drawing with a model. Me and my friend were rallying at the lifedrawing sessions last week. The professor was impressed. :D I was going to do it again this weekend for a few hours, but I'm spending time with family. I've got more to show, but it's 200 miles away at my dorm.

Sorry for the photo; this is 2 feet wide and doesn't fit in a scanner. >.>
20 minutes
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF3005.jpg

GunZet
11-25-2011, 12:03 AM
Awesome, we just got done with the whole models thing a few weeks ago. How was it for ya? Ever done it before?
It sure as hell was weird when an old ass man got naked in the middle of the room, lol.

Cloudy
11-25-2011, 04:18 AM
Awesome Seefy! I really like doing life drawing I want to do it again :3

Sylux
11-25-2011, 10:46 PM
Ah man I jelly! I've never been able to study human form like that, I have to use 3D sculpts :P

Bacon_Barbarian
11-25-2011, 11:37 PM
Charcoal huh? I thought this was done with pens. Very clean, I don't know why you said you were so messy.

Son44
11-26-2011, 05:39 AM
Really nice, seefy. I love how clean it is and the shading. Especially the strong contrast

Celestial-Fox
11-27-2011, 01:15 AM
○ Son: Thanks!
○ Bacon: I used a hard pencil to sketch the figure first, but then I want back with charcoal to shade in black. I think that's the only thing keeping me clean! &#161;^&#161;
○ Sy: My university offers weekend lifedrawing sessions to the public for only five dollars (though I get it for free in my classes during the weekdays). You could probably call up your local art department and see if they do anything similar. It's awesome. :)
○ Cloudy: Thank you! And yeah, it's great fun.
○ Gunz: I've done it before, but never with a man, haha. Maybe one day. XD

♦ l i n e . v s . v a l u e
Still working out the composition of the final project images, but I did get Hevhninh's head worked out--which was a greater ordeal than originally projected.

Anyway, each of these image styles have their strengths. I'll choose one soon to use for the final.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111125Hevhninhphysiognomy001copy.png
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/1111125Hevhninhphysiognomy002copy.png

Sylux
11-27-2011, 01:18 AM
wow man those are some interesting earrings and her hair is beautiful!

Bacon_Barbarian
11-27-2011, 01:31 AM
Looking good Seefy. I forget, are you at a CAD or at "regular" school and "just" taking art?

Celestial-Fox
11-27-2011, 01:38 AM
○ Skets: Thanks. Earrings like that make me cringe because of what it does to people's ears, but to each their own, right? It kinda sucks that my imagination works that way, though. I'm taking a metalsmithing and jewelry class next semester, and all my jewelry designs would be horror to wear. Ah well ;D
○ Bacon: Shank ya~~ I'm just in a regular old college. XD I don't think Alaska has an art school, actually--? Why do you ask? Oh, and fun fact, though: at the Consumer Electronics Show this year I went as a CAD artist. ;D

Bacon_Barbarian
11-27-2011, 01:42 AM
Oh, I don't know. Been thinking about College some myself recently ... >.>

Consumer Electronics Show? Wazzat?

Celestial-Fox
11-27-2011, 02:05 AM
Oh, yeah. College. :/ :/ Eh, I've never considered art to be my career calling or whatever, but I made it a goal to at least try an art class. It's treating me well, so that's why I'm continuing my creative elective in metalsmithing next semester.

And CES (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_Electronics_Show)? Know you no future? XD I SAW A TRANSPARENT DISPLAY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5sFFMahZyQ&feature=related). TRANS. PARENT. /lifechanged (Though, admittedly, I spent a majority of my time at the Venetian suites with the sound systems.)

Ahhh, the day when I will have a television for a window in my house~

♠ f i n a l l y !
This is just a little fraction of the work I've done today. I finally hit a good point in my croquis work where I could finalize Hevhninh's outfit design. (Yaaaaawl, a million heads high.)
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111128Hevhninhcroquis001.png
Process
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF3020.png

Joosh
11-28-2011, 09:14 PM
You are great at details.
I really love those outfit designs.
:D

Bacon_Barbarian
11-28-2011, 09:55 PM
*whistles* Exotic-y. Proportions seem off in the right hand picture, but is also seems intentional ... So ... Yeah. C:

Afrobit
11-28-2011, 10:47 PM
For the value vs line image, go for the line if you want to keep the details more apparent. The value makes it harder to distinguish, but it gives a more raw, emotional feel.

Let's start a fabulous clothing line together. We'll rule the fashion world together. |D

erikamae
11-29-2011, 06:55 AM
dude. Why are your pencil drawings always so immaculate and amazing.
SRSLY.
I really love the motion in Hevh...dfa;sdjfninh. (':

Gedeon
11-29-2011, 04:46 PM
You should design some tribal clothes for Sut's manga OAO Alo love the hevvanih pic........the shading is..........delicious

Cloudy
11-30-2011, 04:08 AM
○ Son: Thanks!
○ Bacon: I used a hard pencil to sketch the figure first, but then I want back with charcoal to shade in black. I think that's the only thing keeping me clean! &#161;^&#161;
○ Sy: My university offers weekend lifedrawing sessions to the public for only five dollars (though I get it for free in my classes during the weekdays). You could probably call up your local art department and see if they do anything similar. It's awesome. :)
○ Cloudy: Thank you! And yeah, it's great fun.
○ Gunz: I've done it before, but never with a man, haha. Maybe one day. XD

♦ l i n e . v s . v a l u e
Still working out the composition of the final project images, but I did get Hevhninh's head worked out--which was a greater ordeal than originally projected.

Anyway, each of these image styles have their strengths. I'll choose one soon to use for the final.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111125Hevhninhphysiognomy001copy.png
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/1111125Hevhninhphysiognomy002copy.png


Shes sooo pretty!

I really love the shaded one!

Son44
11-30-2011, 07:08 AM
I gotta say that those character concepts are really cool. Somehow I get a sort of Art Deco style from the design.

The line vs. tone picture. Hm... I'd have a hard time choosing one over the other xD

Celestial-Fox
11-30-2011, 02:08 PM
○ Son: Thanks, that's what inspired me a little bit. :) I think art deco/nouveau is fun.
○ Cloudy: Ahh, thank you~
○ Gedeon: Rei's manga is amazing. He and I have piddled around with character design together before. It was great fun. <3
○ Erika: asdr;lkjdo LOOK WHO'S TALKING
○ Afro: Yeah, I like the details of the lines, but I like the dark feel of the shading, too. :U DECISIONSSSSS~ And oh, goodness, a clothing line would be amazing. You'd have to promise to model for our lookbook every season, though. ;D
○ Bacon: Haha, thanks. Fashion croquis proportions are hilariously bad; it took a while for me to develop a style in it. But it still bothers me too. >.> I should have made the shoulders and head a little bigger. (Things to keep in mind next timeeee)
○ Josh: :D Thank youuuuu <333

♣ W I P
How to shade hair like a boss:
Step one: Disregard all better judgement
Step two: Cancel all your plans for the next two days.

It's that WIP of Frei I posted a while ago, who is also from the same storyline as Hevhninh, Arouzh, Urophia, and friends. I'm still working on it.
But, UGH, I made the eyes waaaay too small by accident~ I'll try to edit around that to make it less obvious. Unfortunately I can't erase it, though. :<
18x24"

I cannot get the right lighting to photograph this for the life of me. Soooo, uh, yeah, have two photos that are equally bad. >.> I promise to get a better photo once I actually finish it, though. :)
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF3022.png
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/blegh.png

Cloudy
12-01-2011, 12:53 AM
wow look at that detail! drawing and shading all those little bits of grass would have taken forever, loving your new stuff!

Bacon_Barbarian
12-01-2011, 12:55 AM
She looks like she came straight out of 'Nam.

Celestial-Fox
12-01-2011, 01:37 AM
○ Cloudy: Thanks a lot! <33 Shading the grass is difficult! I only have it mostly sketched in.
○ Bacon: LOVE IS BATTLEFIELD. :'D

♥ s c a t t e r b r a i n e d
Had a figure drawing session today, but the model didn't show up.
Twiddled thumbs in studio, because I left every last WIP of my coursework back at the dorm.

Flipped open my laptop > Went to Pixelovely > Started up an hour figure drawing session online

... This is all I came up with that was worth showing. :<
Weeeeh, the bottom one filled up my scanner--I DRAW SO LARGE NAO~
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/DSCF3033.png
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/111130Frei001copy-1.png

Bacon_Barbarian
12-01-2011, 02:34 AM
Don't really have much anything to crit, but the one girl who's standing ... Her head seems a little small. And Pixelovewhatnow?

Celestial-Fox
12-01-2011, 02:59 AM
Yeah, I have a really bad tendency to make heads too small. DX I TRY SO HARD, TOO! Lol.

But yeah, Pixelovely (http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php) is a site with a figure drawing tool that is simply amazing.

Gedeon
12-01-2011, 08:48 PM
They seem kinda squashed to me. Everything else............. gold, also the hand's seem a bit small.

Also a question if i may........Where do you draw during your Pixelovely tests?

Celestial-Fox
12-05-2011, 08:24 PM
Thanks, Ged! (: And uh, I draw in the studio at an empty table or in my room. Wherever, I guess. Why do you ask? :O

No new stuff this time. I'm thinking tomorrow, though. I've got a lot of work to do in the next few days in studio. :>

Gedeon
12-06-2011, 06:40 AM
.....i just noticed.......those were drawn on.........paper........ ._.

Celestial-Fox
01-07-2012, 03:39 PM
○ Ged: I like to do gesture drawings on paper, because I'm not as good with them digitally for some reason. :)

♦ f l a s h
Here's a huge drawing of Urophia. It's almost 2 feet tall, so it won't fit in the scanner. It's done in graphite, so it reflects when you use flash, and it's too dark to not use flash! D: D: D: A lot of the details were lost in the bad photograph, especially the smoothness of the shading. Oh well. Maybe next time I'll get to use the Canon to take a picture of my work. C:

But yeah, this is something I turned in for my Beginning Drawing portfolio. I'm still trying to worldbuild this darn story of mine.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/Urophia.png

jaidurn
01-07-2012, 11:26 PM
Seefy take all of my love. All of it.

I really like how you did your shading. Her face is awesome. You managed to get some really smooth shading in there. The expression is portrayed quite well.

Her pose looks strange, though. Mainly just the arm in front. I think it might just be how her back is, or how thin her shoulder is. I'm not sure. Also, the foot pointing towards us looks strange because of those lines. They don't really show her foot, making it look like a pointed stump.

Oh, I'm glad she has all of her body parts in check. :D

Cloudy
01-08-2012, 12:20 AM
I love the shooooes :D

Sparky-J
01-09-2012, 07:17 AM
Seef, WHY YOU SO GOOD?!?!?!?

Bacon_Barbarian
01-09-2012, 06:17 PM
It's a shame about the quality loss, but it's still a very nice drawing. The foot pointed towards us does seem a tad fat though.

CypressDahlia
01-09-2012, 11:09 PM
Great values. Though I think just a tiny bit more contrast and solid blacks would've made this thing pop. Maybe it's just the camera quality, though

Gedeon
01-12-2012, 07:34 PM
Really good, although i think his hips are a bit too wide....

Cloudy
01-12-2012, 09:12 PM
^ No wai! <333

Celestial-Fox
02-14-2012, 02:17 PM
○ Cype: Thanks! I agree; I didn't use as much contrast as I would have liked.
○ Ged: Ooh, good one! I think the hips are wide, too. Thanks for pointing that out, because I didn't really notice!
○ Jai: Thank you for the crit! And suuuure, I'll take all of your love! ;D
○ Cloudy: Thank you!
○ Bacon: MY ONE WEAKNESS! FEET! XD (Nah, I've got waaay more than one weakness.) Thanks!


♠ V - d a y ~ !
Happy valentine's day. c:

Somehow my scanner made it all grainy and like my skin is as light as his. Oh well. XD

We have shovels and a mirror and a book because of a story he told me one time about us that had all of those objects in it.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/120213ValentinesDay001-1.png

ClockHand
02-14-2012, 03:41 PM
Hiding a body in Valentine's day?

Celestial-Fox
02-14-2012, 04:45 PM
|D

Perhaaaaaps. XD Actually, it has to do with building a giant underground tunnel.

ClockHand
02-14-2012, 05:17 PM
It's remains me to a Chilean movie about love, schizophrenia, drugs, murder and hiding a body. Malta con Huevos (name of the movie, also a alcoholic drink).

butternut
02-14-2012, 10:43 PM
Interesting... It looks so cute! it looks like you used crayons...what'd you draw with??

Mr_Liebe
02-15-2012, 07:51 PM
Wow, like Gunz, you somehow managed to get EVEN better! Wow, awesome work.

Scarletlight
02-22-2012, 11:23 AM
Couldn't make a return to MT without checking in here.

And isn't this the cutest thing!

On a side note, your hair is rad

Gedeon
02-29-2012, 01:00 PM
can i just ask one thing? .....i can? Good ......

why the heck are the shovels green?....other then that a really cute drawing.

Cloudy
03-02-2012, 03:31 AM
can i just ask one thing? .....i can? Good ......

why the heck are the shovels green?....other then that a really cute drawing.

Because some shovels are green...

http://www.dreamstime.com/green-shovels-thumb13766071.jpg
http://www.intercleanhygiene.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/_/h_23.jpg

Gedeon
03-02-2012, 10:22 AM
LIES.....ALL LIES!!!!

Blue_Dragon
03-04-2012, 03:00 AM
Ged, do you have some personal prejudice against green shovels, cause I take high exception to that narrow-mindedness :P

*sorry if I'm spamming your page Seefy! I couldn't resist! You have that carefree effect on peoples :3

Celestial-Fox
05-09-2012, 06:26 AM
○ Clock: That movie actually sounds interesting. XD
○ Saphira: I used colored pencils. It looks like crayon because the scanner made it grainier and enlarged it.
○ Liebe: Aww, thanks.
○ Scarlet: Ahhh, that's an honor! But my hair isn't as rad in real life. ;D
○ Ged: Hahahaha, I'm onto your green-shovel-prejudice! Is it a Serbian thing? XD
○ Blue Dragon: Oh, no problem, haha. It's all in good fun.


♣ o n e
A little draw-every-day-for-30-days project. Blaaah. I decided to break in my Moleskine with this one. One hour, imperfect, but fun practice.

Sorry I haven't been inactive around the forum; I'm pretty busy with school stuff.
I'd stick around for a bit tonight, but I feel nauseated-- out!
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/120322one-1.jpg

Whoops, I forgot to clear off my eraser butts before scanning. /snort

3 D . s t u f f
I made some jewelry. Copper necklace and cuff, copper and silver ring, brass necklace.

Baaaad webcam photos.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/thedonedone.png

Edit: WHY DO I LOOK LIKE L RIGHT HERE?!

Egoslip
05-09-2012, 10:55 AM
Nifty! Jewelry making is... tedious >.< Looks good though! :D

Gedeon
05-09-2012, 12:54 PM
Serbians hate green shovels OAO!!! Anyways i swear that at firt i thought you drew Kida from Atlantis!!! Also the jewelry is great. I like the 1 and 3 but im not sure just what is the 2.... Also ...damn your eyes are pretty!

too many also's ....

Celestial-Fox
05-09-2012, 06:30 PM
○ Ego: Thank you! Working isn't that difficult, but it is time-consuming when you're learning. These are my first pieces. Most of it was done with a narrow peen forge and anvil, rolling mill, soldering torch, jeweler's saw, and drill. (Of course I had pickle, an ultrasonic cleaner, and a buffer, too.) It just takes a lot of supplies and tools to make this kind of stuff. But I definitely am improving and getting faster with working! I'm hoping to pick up a couple commissions in the future, perhaps this winter.
○ Ged: Aw, thanks! The second one is a swallow with feathers. It's kinda hard to see here, because I didn't have a good camera! (Whoops.) And Kida from Atlantis is awesome; I should draw her sometime.


♥ z o o m
A closer view on the bird necklace for Ged, since the other one was hard to see.

This necklace has no clasps.

subsljblaehsioewhiues I WILL NEVER GET OVER HOW BADLY I NEED A CAMERA.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/Untitled-5.jpg

Outcast
05-09-2012, 07:21 PM
Lovely.

JJJorgie
05-09-2012, 09:29 PM
Gorgeous! I've done some jewelry making, too, but nothing as beautiful as those!

Gedeon
05-10-2012, 07:14 PM
I like the Swallow and the feathers look good....but unles you told me they were feathers i wouldn't know what they are. Still pretty though.

JJJorgie
05-10-2012, 10:46 PM
Yeah, I thought they were leaves at first.

Hamachi
05-11-2012, 01:00 AM
Really digging the jewelry designs. Also, really interesting choice of material. Do you have any worries about it turning green after tarnishing and whatnot, or have you taken steps to prevent that already?

Gedeon
05-11-2012, 11:47 AM
Really digging the jewelry designs. Also, really interesting choice of material. Do you have any worries about it turning green after tarnishing and whatnot, or have you taken steps to prevent that already?


GREEEEEEEEEEEN!!!!

Outcast
05-11-2012, 04:06 PM
Yeah, I thought they were leaves at first.

Hmmm I thought they feathers, but that might be do to the bird near them.

Celestial-Fox
11-13-2012, 05:41 PM
○ Ged: I take it your favorite color is green? XD
○ Hamachi: For my copper stuff, I didn't do anything to keep it from tarnishing, since I like the worn look over the polished one. As for the brass, it holds up much better, so it won't turn green.
○ Jorgie: Thank you!
○ Outcast: Yeah, context is a little important. I tried more realistic-looking feathers (so they wouldn't look like leaves), but the technique wore down and weakened the metal to the point where they weren't sturdy anymore.



♣ t e s t s
Portrait of a friend of mine. Two hours. Ended early because I didn't want to handle hair or knit texture.

Then a stab at one of Matt's characters, but I gave up, since I didn't like the direction any of them were going. I couldn't decide on a facial structure, complexion, or coloring style.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/267209_3135978138702_209931170_n.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/533841_3147131297524_1547059038_n.jpg

Demonfyre
11-13-2012, 05:43 PM
Oh god they are beautiful ;_____;

jaidurn
11-13-2012, 08:39 PM
Seefy, you're so good at semi realism. I really like how you bring attention to the eyes on the first one.

Matt
11-14-2012, 10:24 AM
You already know I love these. When I write Naomi's Story, I stare at the top right face for awhile to get a better idea of how my own protagonist looks.

Celestial-Fox
05-08-2014, 08:36 AM
○ Demon: Thanks!
○ Jai: Oh, thank you! The reference photo was overexposed and looked like its own, but I like the style, so I might steal it for future sketches.
○ Matt: I still owe you a much better one! I'm just too visually indecisive. I should just find a photo of someone who reminds me of her and go from there. Do you have any? I've found a handful that remind me of Illy, but none that ring me as Naomi.

♥ b a c k ?
Has it really been since 2012? Well, fear not! I've drawn just about nothing between now and then, so you haven't missed a beat. In the meantime, I have instead shifted my focus on wicked paper-writing, DSLR photography, digital photo editing, and web development. Other than some hasty pencil sketches I've done, here is the sum of my work:

Self-portrait from today (3 hours)
Practiced drawing with a grid and limited color palette. I look really funny without my facial piercings, which I forgot to include.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/1405083.jpg

Speed paint from March 6 (1 hour)
Practiced lighting on dark skin; found preferred method for periorbital shading.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/140306daisy.png

Color study from October-December (too long)
I'm just so over it, haha. It needs more blues to offset those reddish deep mauves I have going on. I like the character, so I'm liable to keep poking at this.
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/1310104.png

indescribable
05-08-2014, 10:17 AM
that portrait is amazing. love the colours, the shading, expression and overall positioning and composition. gives it some great atmosphere. very stoic. was it from a mirror or photograph?

Matt
05-08-2014, 12:16 PM
I remember you doing two grid portraits now, that being one of them, and they're kind of awesome.

For darker skin tones, I think you've got it down, but I have a resource to share and you might like it too. It's a video right here (http://youtu.be/ALIBrFzIQ8s) that talks about using subtler shadows and brighter highlights than on lighter skin, which may work out well for you too. As a bonus, the artist's voice is both passionate and chilled out at the same time, so that's nice.

I love the second picture, because flowers in hair are cute.

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Also, as for Naomi, I basically only reference facial structure and hairstyles from various girls (which is why it's never consistent). I have yet to come up with a consistent design.

Celestial-Fox
05-08-2014, 01:09 PM
○ Tay: Thanks! That was actually what I was going for. It was from a photograph, linked below! I keep going into that bathroom this week for art-related things. A few days ago I went in there at 2 a.m. to sketch. I'm not sure why—maybe it's because it's quiet and I like the wall color? That slate blue was definitely the first thing I dumped on my canvas when I started to work on the portrait.

○ Matt: What I've read is that dark skin reflects hard highlights and mainly experiences value change in the lower ranges. The second one was a 70&#37; grey sketch (I think?) so it was harder to express, but helpful nonetheless to keep in mind. The third one obviously throws that out the window (heh), but there's still a long way to go. That video was helpful, so it should come into play if I ever mess with it again!

I knew you would find this, so I also took a screenshot (http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x96/Celestial-Fox/Screenshot2014-05-08at33645AM.png) of my workspace—same-sized canvases with a small, 1x1-inch grid with 16 dotted subsections in each. I used one layer, save background elements and a secondary lighting layer too. (Not ideal, but I was a doofus and made serious headway on only one layer, so I was forced to keep going that way!)

Egoslip
05-26-2014, 04:39 PM
Maybe it's time for the old-school kids to come back huh Seefy?!?! I've been practicing with a grid here lately too.. except I've delved into traditional medium and don't have much to show for it in the digital world! lol... Looks awesome though.. your recent works!

Tetsu Yawl
06-07-2014, 02:12 PM
Hey CF :D AW man I absolutly lawve that you-portrait you made! I wonder why you don't use it as avatar. I guess it's too dark? Anyway I really like that last pic too, I dunno something ticks me with the mouth and nose, maybe it's the height? I dunno. It's not that bad anyway, I really like it :~D

And the other stuff up there is awesome :D Your friend looks like Toast...