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Ninfia

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casually throws this nonsense at the thread. it was SO hard to do this on my tablet. free hand would have been so much easlier.


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What the heck, everyone's lines are so neat, while mine are just kind of bleh. I have really shaky hands though so I'm really reliant on line tools and such to ensure that my lines don't go all over the place. I've also been suffering from on and off hand strain for most of this year, so.

That being said, I did a bunch of Take Fives with the sole intention of knocking out the one head assignment, but upon a quick reread it seems like the head assignment involves a single character from multiple angles, and I took requests of varied characters. Foiled again... !

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Ninfia, I love your mugshots! Tell me all about your OCs I want to learn everything.

Also! With both digital and traditional, my trick for straight lines is to go fast so that my hand doesn't have time to wobble. Once you get the hang of that, the hard part is getting the line to start and stop where you want it to. But at least it's all muscle memory so if you just draw lines over and over and over again you'll get better.


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*sent skype message with email*

So I drew Kiyoko for nautilus's thing but omg I was not used to not blending. I wasn't sure if airbrush was allowed either (tbh it wouldn't look good on this I think). So here it is. AM I DOING IT RIGHT? I DON'T EVEN KNOW?


And uhh...I did the lines. I can't draw straight lines no matter how fast my strokes are. It's in my DNA. I rely too much on line tools.



This post has terrible colors. I need to draw something brighter like wow


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Alice! your portrait is lovely!

and re: lines: I realized that my stabilization was set to 0 which was PROBABLY by I was having such a hard time, because on my old computer I think I usually had it set to 5. I was also trying to figure out if pulling the lines towards me or pushing them away from me worked better and I now! don't remember! which worked! oops!

in any case

OC information:

Starla: she's a 13 year old girl who is stubborn and brash, and trying really hard to come into herself in a way that she understands. She is so so important. Also! she loves spiders and has been trying to convince her mother to let her get a pet tarantula. Her mother is not too keen on that.

Starla's got one of those.... faces where she always looks pretty mad (and usually she is at the very least unimpressed). she has a hard time opening up to people but when she does she is the schmoopiest goober ever. This is a commision I had done of her and another character of mine, Dale. The two of them very much have a slytherin (Starla) and hufflepuff (Dale) friendship and its amazing.



Levi: He's actually the main character of my novel! he's a piece of shit but I love him. He's a pretty self centered, only child kind of a kid (he's 18 during the book) who takes a lot for granted. Clearly, I shove his face into the dust and make him grow as a character and its a good time for everyone. He means well but as he grows he realizes a lot of things. Levi also has a prosthetic leg (the right one). art is annoying and I've accidentally swapped the side a few times in the last like 5 years I've had him as a character. Anyway, He lost it when he was three and that made him want to become an engineer! He's also very into music and sci-fi (he's a big fan of older stuff, like Shelley and Asimov and Dick). He's pretty into robots and stuff because he always took comfort in the idea that he's sort of a cyborg.

This is another commission I had done, of Levi feat. Dale again.


and I drew this one myself over a year ago:



yaaay

Adel: He is from a completely different story that I'm world building for after I finish Levi's story. so far, Adel's story is called "magic nugget" because I call all my WIP's nuggets.

Anyway! Adel is a cutie who can use magic related to the boarder between life and death. So, he can temporarily bring people/living things over the edge of death either way and shenanigans ensue. Adel himself is a very sensitive kid who is really invested in his family and his friends and struggles with finding direction in his life before he discovers his magical abilities.

I'm not very good at drawing him consistently yet, but here's a drawing from when he was 16, and also a doodle of him with his older sister, Raaka



Nora: my beautiful Daughter whom I love dearly. She and Levi are childhood friends and are platonic soulmates. She's extremely intelligent and loves volleyball and cats. She's also TINY, barely 5'0 and built powerfully. She plays Libero, which is a defensive position and is vice captain of her team.

She and Levi and up having a falling out during the narrative because she can't handle how self centered he is, but is also willing to reconcile with him once he gets over himself.

She takes care of all the local stray cats, but one in particular, whom she named after cats in sailor moon because she is also a fucking nerd ass who LOVES THE SHIT out of sailor moon.

here is some more art of her, with Levi and their other two best friends Hannah and Jason.


and a sketch of her playing volleyball like a CHAMP



also here is something of a height chart for the characters mentioned (sans Adel) and then some!


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I... don't have stabilization I just spend billions of hours practicing straight lines for work and art stuff. What is this fancy stabilization you people are speaking of. For me, pulling lines towards me works better for straight lines and pushing it away works better for curves?

@Alice That portrait looks amazing and your style is the cutest ever and I've always liked your art. I'M ALSO SUPER HONORED TO BE THE SUBJECT OF YOUR PORTRAIT? I think you did a great job with the colors.

@Ninfia You have to talk about Dale now since he's in so much of that art you posted. I really like what I'm hearing about your characters so far. They all seem so well-rounded. Let me go make a billion assignments to force people to share info about their OCs.


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Ninfia

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you're incredible, Kiyo. @___@

also *slams 50 000 pages of notes on characters onto the table as stares u all down* yes.

over hill and Dale:

;D

Okay so! Dale is a 6'5 giant who tries to seem cool and mysterious but is actually a squishy baby inside. Dale's pronouns are actually They/Them, as they are genderfluid/intersex. They're also Panamanian! They were born in the US, but their older sister and parents immigrated. Their younger brother was also born in the US.

In general, Dale is a very practical person who works hard and ends up travelling all over north america (and into south america sometimes too) to keep help out people. They also busk to help keep themself afloat money wise. They've got a lovely singing voice and plays the Ukulele because its easy to carry around. The size difference between the Ukulele and Dale is a little comical.

Dale's never been especially school smart but finds their way through the world on their own terms, considering they had a really hard time during their teen years.

Art:





I may... kind of want Levi and Dale to be the end game ship of my book because i am t r a s h.



also this is Dale's older sister, Ofelia. She knows the pain of being an awkward teenager and then became super hot and is super smug about it. Dale actually grew their hair out because they were so inspired by Offie's long beautiful hair.




I'm always into yelling about my characters.


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Well here's a start...

Straight Lines Are Actually Really Hard (in pen and in x-acto)

I'm liking some of the other updates in this thread. Excited to see more!

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Oooh, Alice, that looks really good! :> When I did the multiple versions of Take 5, I both painted and did cell shading (though I did stretch the palette slightly by using blending modes and what not on all of my pictures). It's actually pretty difficult to pull off without blending, haha.

drandahl, the x-acto version of straight lines looks so cool! :> Do you do any papercrafts, out of curiosity?

... I have a lot of anxieties w/ sharing my art publicly, but I'll make an effort to post more things in this thread.

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I wanna see your stuff, naut, let me seeeeeeee


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@Ninfia: Ooh! Sorry for misgendering! But wow what an awesome character. Busking! I walk by a lot of street performers every day and always wonder what their stories are; I think busking is a really cool occupation. Does Dale speak Spanish? If so, do they perform in Spanish too? *^*

@everyone who did the straight line assignment. I get the feeling that this is one of those assignments where you go into it thinking "Yeah this'll be easy" and then about five lines in you're like "I regret everything." Because that's how it was for me. My lines are pretty straight already but for people who think their lines are too wobbly, it'd be really neat to practice straight lines and then do another one as a before/after comparison kind of thing.

@nautilus: I still get kind of antsy over posting my more personal art (like certain OC art) but I'm generally okay posting things like figure drawings or studies where I don't really put as much of myself into them. Not sure if that's an approach that might work for you but! You could maybe try experimenting with posting a few things you're more comfortable sharing and keeping the rest to yourself for now. You don't need to YOLO and dive straight in. :>


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Ninfia

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it's no problem Kiyo ^u^ it happens. and I think so too, re:busking! Dale can in fact speak Spanish and sometimes sings songs in that, but they mostly sing in English. :D once Dale and Nora become friends, they occasionally both lapse into Spanish and Levi gets vaguely grumpy about it because they talk so fast he can't keep up. Nora herself is Mexican, so. Levi knows a little Spanish through exposure but is not super fluent.

*trembles and backs out because wow I'm just rambling in thread lol.

Also I did very much go "ha this should be easy-- wow no no i was so wrong" with that straight lines assignment omg. my plan for the next thing I'm gonna do is the colour palette one!


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Oooh thanks for the compliments guys!

I'm really impressed with the artistic talent in this thread and am looking forward to seeing more! ouo

@Ninfia, I love your OCs and your coloring is gorgeous like wow. *.* So cheerful!
This makes me want to focus more on my own OCs. Poor things have been neglected for too long.

I've noticed that a lot of assignments include animals, which is something I RAAAARELY draw. I'm not used to four-legged, furry things. ;w; But um this thread is really fun and you guys are great so I'll do my best!

That said I'd like some advice for drawing animals thanks. Lay it on me!

Also @Kiyoko I knew from the start that I was doomed for that line assignment.
And asdfkjfad glad you liked my portrait thing I love your art more


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I guess... I'll post this. I can't get a good shot right this moment since I only have one dim lamp. Maybe I'll take a better one tomorrow. I need a better work space than drawing everything in my lap, though. ;w;

Straight Line Challenge:


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I finally stopped dragging my bottom and tried the Human-Background Interfaces challenge!

I was far too lazy to colour it, and the perspective makes no sense, but I tried.

Yehaw:


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