View Full Version : Meh. Random-ish Stuff
06-10-2013, 12:04 AM
'Tis my original drawing of Seras Victoria from Hellsing, and thought "Meh. I wonder what people will think. So I took a photo of it, uploaded and then edited it by using the contrast and normalize buttons on gimp. So here they are:
First of all, welcome to the Artist Alley! Always a pleasure to see new members posting here. <:
As for your art, it's looking good! Have you tried digital art before?
06-10-2013, 09:17 AM
Thanks! I'm trying to post 2-3 pictures per day and try to improve. As for the Digital Art: Nah. I use a ball mouse. Can't get a straight line using the line tool cause of it. Can't wait to get a scanner though, cause then the quality will improve a bit.
06-10-2013, 11:15 AM
If you're going the digital route, you should probably invest in a drawing tablet (not that iPad stuff, Wacom tablets were here first). It doesn't need to a big or expensive one, a $70 Wacom Bamboo fun will be more than enough to get you started and will help lots in digital art.
Also: YAY SERAS VICTORIA!
06-10-2013, 02:12 PM
Lol. I'm NOT aiming for digital, I was just trying to use digital to help my lack of scanning. Since I'm taking photographs of the drawings (with my crappy webcam) I lose detail and line definition. Lol so as soon as I have one, digital items will disappear from me XD
And Duh, Seras is the MOST BADASS female Vamp. in all manga. The Halconnen Mrk. II Vladmir? Best weapon EVER XD
06-10-2013, 03:18 PM
Depends on what program you have then, if you have photoshop for example you could mess about with the levels and use 'curve' to remove all the paper feel and strange light colourations c:
and yayaya, Seras <3
06-10-2013, 04:50 PM
lol. I have Gimp. I'll play with the curve tool on there and see what it does. It's been to long since I last used it.
They need to make a sequel to Hellsing. Plain and simple. Like a legend set kind of story, that engraves her name in history like Alucard did.
And here's Natsu for the heck of it.
06-12-2013, 11:26 PM
My character I'm developing
06-16-2013, 12:53 AM
colored attempts. Decided to try giving her unbound hair on one.
Alright! Your recent art, due to the quality of the images, it's hard to see the true colours and whatnot. Your line art is very neat though, kudos on that!
Also one last piece of ehh, advice, I guess. If you're wanting people to comment on your thread, make yourself known in the community! Comment on other peoples threads, post critiques in the Critique Corner, get yourself out there! Build up a network! These things don't just happen. (:
06-16-2013, 12:41 PM
I'm not gonna critique anyone until I think I have something to contribute. It's like a novice critiquing an expert, me being the novice. And ok, I'll try a little harder to be active in the actual forum, though I'm always on. Thanks for kudos! (Can't wait to get a scanner.)
06-16-2013, 06:50 PM
That seems to be a common misconception among beginner artists in every field. It doesn't take an expert to point out flaws in artistic pieces of work. If you feel that something is off and requires critiquing then go ahead, provide your critique. If it's wrong, then supposedly you'd be told that you're wrong. Let your voice be heard! Worry about the danger of being curbstomped later.
Now back on topic. I seem to detect a better image quality. I don't know whether you have been touching up things in GIMP or whether you have taken photos in better lighting conditions, but it shows. Your pictures are much clearer now.
06-16-2013, 06:58 PM
Thing is would you ask a deaf person how music sounds? No, they can't relate well, but they can be given a balloon to feel the percussion and get a sense for the music. Right now, I am the proverbial deaf person. What I need is my balloon which will be time and experience.
Actually, sharpie. Then the same minor tweaks as my previous pics using Gimp, though I'm sure I can do it all in gimp without using sharpie.
06-17-2013, 08:21 AM
Are you a blind person? Probably not. You have experience in the real world, you know what things are supposed to be like. If someone draws a character with proportions way out of wack, then you SHOULD be able to see it.
Being able to see something does not equal being able to replicate it.
EDIT: Also, providing critique is yet another way for you to learn. If what you say is regarded by others to be false/a non-issue, they will tell you, which is just another way of 'correcting' your drawing mindset.
06-17-2013, 09:21 AM
Yes, but people typically draw using the ideal proportions. I know of no one that actually has ideal proportions lol. At 5'9" I stand about 2 heads wide, cause my head's slightly large. my forearm and upper arm are the same lengths, and my lower body is longer than my upper body. Everyone has something that's slightly off, so I don't know people that are "ideally proportioned." Now as for just roughly out of proportion, I can't tell. Way outta whack though, anyone should be able to see that.
I have to actually agree with Lucifer on this topic. We all specialise in different things and we all have different insight to offer. You don't even NEED to be an artist to tell something's wrong because as Luce said, we have eyes, we've used them since birth. We know what a leg looks like and we know what an ass looks like. Point is you're not comfortable with giving critique, which is fine, that's an insecurity on your part. Just dun' be sassin' all over the joint with really dramatic and to be honest, incorrect and warped points of view. We all see things differently, that's what makes each and everyone of us GOOD at critique. Luce was trying to offer some really friendly advice which was met with in my opinion, a hostile response. You're here to learn. Embrace it, don't push it away.
06-18-2013, 12:18 AM
Ah, I'm not good with sounding friendly through writing, I hadn't meant for it to sound hostile. I apologize if this is how you took it, Lucifer, and thank you for pointing that out to me Linz. I just meant to point out my view on critiquing, and realize that yes it is just my opinion. And as for specializing in different things, I agree that everyone does have different things we specialize in, but as of yet, I am unsure of what that is for me. So in the meantime, I feel that by looking through other people's art and reflecting on mine will allow me to find what that is, so until I find it, I don't think I should offer critiques. It's just my view.
06-18-2013, 12:39 AM
Heh, You didn't sound harsh to me.
That being said your opinion is still wrong. (;) ) The "deaf-music" thing isn't an applicable analogy. You have eyes don't yah? You live in a real world and experience things like form and shading and perspective every single day.
I understand if you don't feel confident in your own skills to critique, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to comment on other people's work. If someone says "what do you think about this?" and it sucks, tell them so! (More nicely, of course.)
While in-depth and technical critiques might be out of your league right now, there's no good reason for you to not add your own advice to something. I personally like it when I get a lot of varied advice, novice or no. Don't be afraid of being obvious, we are all painfully obvious at times/
06-18-2013, 12:50 AM
The problem is I'm horribly near sighted. Unless something's in my face, it's a blur. So for me, the deaf-music analogy is fitting, as line, shading, and focus are out the window for me. While color is visible, depth of field is minimal, just enough that I can legally drive. As such, like I previously stated, until I can get my proverbial balloon, I'm not gonna critique. Will I comment if I like something? Yeah. Nevertheless, I will critique if I feel something's wrong, but it won't happen for a while 'cause I'm currently not sure what is wrong, except for things like the head coming out of the crotch or knee coming out of the back. Like a word sitting on the tip of your tongue, I cannot grasp all the elements of artwork as a whole yet.
07-12-2013, 01:35 PM
07-12-2013, 11:42 PM
Hey, I saw you did your first critique on someone's work there...
What made you change your mind?
07-13-2013, 06:41 AM
Nothing, it was just something way out there to me.
Been working on the coloring, still needs some harder shading and a small bit of cropping, but I like how it's progressing
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