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Posted Jan 26, '13 at 6:06am

dragonball05

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Oo, I love the shading in the first one. Only a couple of anatomical things that kind of stick out for me, but it might just be the beginning of this all nighter I'm pulling. The thumb, for one, looks a tad too long for my tastes. The same goes for, judging by the depth given by the shading, what looks like the pinky. It looks about as long as the ring finger, though it looks like there was an end to the pinky, but then the extra space was also shaded in. Last thing, the skin under the the index finger at the knuckle doesn't seem to have enough girth in one area. When the shading begins, it looks like there is too much shaded area to give way to the inside of the hand that the thickness of the knuckle area is too diminished. Maybe I'm overanalyzing a hand, but what I thought. Other than that, like I said, I loved the shading, and the shape of the hand in general was awesome as well.

I agree with Bronze on the Fallen cover that the posterior needs some to it. A little bigger will give that nice curve. Also, I was sad when I saw less shading done for this one. Maybe you were going for a more basic element to give the drawing a feeling of having fallen from clarity, and if so, that's deep man, kudos. If not, I'd say the dress could use some minor shading to give a little bit of depth. Otherwise, nice recreation.

As for the wolf, the link you gave didn't work for me for some reason, so I;ll just base what I have to say on the drawing itself. Nice job with the shape coming out nicely, and I love the eyes. They make my soul howl (man I should go to bed, but nay I say!). The fur is pretty well done for my tastes, too, but it doesn't seem like the fur is fur, if you know what I mean. I can tell that they're individual hairs because of the strokes, but I can't see any direction with them. Very nice wolf head, and I hope to see more animals since they're awesome.

I love what you have hear and can't wait to see more. Oh and I suck at art, so these are just the musings of an outside observer, not much art talent knowledge to base it off of, just what I noticed.

Oh, and one more thing. Do you happen to have your old threads url? I'd love to see your old stuff as well.

 

Posted Jan 26, '13 at 12:27pm

stormwolf722

stormwolf722

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Thankyou very much Dragonball05 :). The link didnt work? hmm here is a second link. [url=http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/005/cache/grey-wolf_565_600x450.jpg]

 

Posted Jan 26, '13 at 12:41pm

dragonball05

dragonball05

1,800 posts

Wolf Head

The picture comparison gives me another comment or two. I now understand some of the non-directional fur. This guy had a bit of beadhead, so it matches more to the picture. Also, well done around the eyes compared to the picture with the lighter fur. I would say that, even though you're only sketching, and not with multiple colors, the more tan color could be done a little lighter than the darker fur, as the contrast between that fur and the really light grey is enough to show there's something different at that darkness level. Unless you don't like the tan, which is fun, too :P

Also, I have been noticing that my tired rants have been containing some improper word choice. Hear instead of here? Gah, I guess sleep is important haha

 

Posted Jan 26, '13 at 12:50pm

stormwolf722

stormwolf722

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I drew this almost 2 years ago. I saw this in a mythical creatures art book. I cannot remember the name of the book or the author of the book, but her first name was Sloan I think. ._. as if that is any help nevermind.
Anyways, this is a Chimera. Its a mythical creature half goat, snake and lion. I dont know much about the creatures powers but I know the goat is supposed to breathe fire and the snake, blind people.

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p577/Stormwolf722/547826_209726985819556_567538896_n.jpg?t=1359221783

 

Posted Jan 26, '13 at 12:54pm

stormwolf722

stormwolf722

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The picture comparison gives me another comment or two. I now understand some of the non-directional fur. This guy had a bit of beadhead, so it matches more to the picture. Also, well done around the eyes compared to the picture with the lighter fur. I would say that, even though you're only sketching, and not with multiple colors, the more tan color could be done a little lighter than the darker fur, as the contrast between that fur and the really light grey is enough to show there's something different at that darkness level. Unless you don't like the tan, which is fun, too :P

Also, I have been noticing that my tired rants have been containing some improper word choice. Hear instead of here? Gah, I guess sleep is important haha


Haha I got kind of lazy. No excuse though. Thanks and I am always up all night on the weekends. Except I'm usually doing something crazy and retarded with my friends. xP
 

Posted Jan 30, '13 at 9:31pm

stormwolf722

stormwolf722

233 posts

Scraggly owl.
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/406785_256988084426779_2090062791_n.jpg

 

Posted Jan 30, '13 at 9:37pm

pickpocket

pickpocket

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The Chimera is very good, but er it isnt always interpreted like that. The way I have seen it is with a female lion head, a snake head for a tail and the fire breathing goat out of the shoulders. Yours is probably better than that... weird thing I described. didnt it have something to do with Hercules?
Nice art all around :)

 

Posted Jan 30, '13 at 10:07pm

Strop

Strop

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I'm not sure how I missed this. You're obviously quite good at drawing.

As somebody who worked mainly in pencil sketches for several years (now I haven't done it for several years since I got a tablet...), if I may offer an advanced tip: when it comes to fur and feather textures, try to lighten your strokes and shading a little (this is not to say that the shade necessarily needs to be lighter in the end, but rather the process of shading itself). If your strokes are too dense and scribbly, the shading comes out all blocky, giving the picture a slightly clumsy look. It may take longer, especially as you'll need to rapidly stroke the pencil in the same direction (not an up and down scribble, as I can see in places), but you'll get much more lifelike results.

And where plumage/fur is light, you may be better off using implied line rather than explicitly drawing an outline where it meets another section (like over the owl's left eye).

Keep at it!

 

Posted Jan 30, '13 at 10:13pm

daleks

daleks

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I have to ask Storm, are you using 1 pencil for each of these drawings or do you have a set of different ones?

 

Posted Jan 31, '13 at 2:57am

dragonball05

dragonball05

1,800 posts

Oo, the chimera is cool. Very well blended in terms of animal mixture. I'd say the snake might not be as well blended, but fur to scales is just very difficult, so that's too big a deal. The shading underneath is nicely done showing that there is indeed a light source somewhere, so that's also good. The basic structures of each animal are also very sound, so nice job there :)

The owl's coat seems a little..thick to me. By thick, I mean the lines are too chunky to smoothly fit together and mesh well. It looks like you were going for a more down feather look, rather than the contour, so if so, it's a younger owl. Not too important, but anatomical proportionality is something to think about, though I don't really think the look is all too different.

The owl has a nice shape, though, and the eyes are quite piercing, which I like. The variance in coat color looks good, showing where the different colors are, and I like the pronunciation of the beak. Makes it stand out, as it should since it's coming further out.

Also, it looks like the owl has a beard, and that makes me smile, so thank you :D

Love both of them and I hope to see more animals!

 
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