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A picture of Angel Island I did (quite a while ago, but still). There's something awesome to floating islands. Something mystic. smile.png

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This was a picture going with a short story. Or maybe the story was going with the picture. I really can't say for sure anymore.

Anyway, I think it's one of my best pictures to the day.

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Thank you!

I remember looking at your art; you draw the characters really well. Pretty cute, too. I like the one you have as an avatar, Tails and the chao. happy.png *goes to look at your art topic here*

Oh, while I'm here anyway... More artwork. *spam*

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Thanks. happy.png Funnily, I often spend a lot more time on the characters than the backgrounds. Characters have more fine details; you don't have to be as accurate with backgrounds. Makes them kind of relaxing to draw.

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Guess I'll update this and see how many pictures I can fit in one post before the board starts complaining. But I don't want to be called off for bumping this topic either. happy.png

 

Okay, here's some seasonally fitting stuff first. Snow picture from last year:
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Tails looks kinda weird, but the snow turned out well I think. huh.png

 


And snow picture from this year. With chao, oviously. ^^

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Some more art from last year...

 

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Team Sonic on the plane. I like Knuckles on this one. (And holy shit I still remember how much work all those damn bolts on the Tornado were...)

 

A kinda fuzzy Sonic with a sparkly Chaos Emerald:

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And some newer stuff.

 

The Triple Threat chilling around a campfire:

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Portrait of Sonic at Seaside Hill

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Knuckles and the moonlit Master Emerald

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And something to maybe fit the upcoming New Year. Sonic on a rocket, with fireworks. cool.png

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Okay, guess that was it for now.

 

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Gosh, that's some freakin' sweet colouring!! With some gorgeous backgrounds!

 

I can only really think of two possible areas you could improve on. The first is the size of the hands. Sonic characters tend to have a large head, feet and hands. Take a look at this, as an example. 

http://imageshack.us/a/img811/2377/shadowst.jpg With his arms folded like that, his hands almost cover his entire body.

 

The second thing is that sometimes the proportions look wrong. I had that some problem once. The best way to solve it, is to use the shapes method to map out were the characters body parts will be. Simple circles for the head and body with lines for the legs and arms would be enough.

Like this.

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Everything else looks glorious.
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Thank you! Constructive feedback like that is very much appreciated! smile.png

 

And you already found my two weak spots. I just find hands really tough to draw correctly. (Maybe I unconsciously make them too small because of that?) I'll take a special look at my characters hands and how big they have to be next time I draw.

 

I've recently started experimenting with lines like that, though more with proper poses in mind than proportions. I want to try drawing more interesting and maybe dynamic poses than I did so far. When I'm doing that anyway I'll try to get more accurate proportions, too. happy.png

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Cover artwork for a story. In the beginning I wanted to draw something really different, but then I got the idea for this concept of a Chaos Emerald turning to dust that becomes the sand in the hourglass. I think I like it. With glowy looking signature, because I can. cool.png

 

Edit: The green looks kinda weird with the blue background of the board... huh.png

 

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Wow speedy! Those are great drawing!

Makes ne want to have a go, I have loads of ideas in my head but I can NEVER get it to look right on paper :(

Any advice?

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Thanks, and sorry for the late reply.

 

Don't know if there is so much useful advice. All I can really say is keep trying. Drawing the characters right only works with practice. For coloring, I find experimenting works pretty well. Just pick a tool and try something, see what happens. The advantage of digital art is that you can use CTRL+Z if something doesn't work. Believe me, I do that often when I try something new.

 

If you want to draw backgrounds, it often helps looking at photos. Say you want to draw water. Hit up Google and search for things like 'water surface', 'waves' or 'reflection' in images. Look through the first page of results and take some time to go through the pictures. It's not about directly copying something, but it often helps just to look closely at how something looks for real. Then you find that for example water drops are really just a white outline, a bit of shadow on one side and a few highlights.

 

When I drew the picture in the first post of this topic, the one with Sonic watching the sunrise behind the mountains, I couldn't get the clouds right. I had the hills, and the mountains, and Sonic, and the lighting. But I wanted clouds, and they always looked off. So I went looking for pictures of sunrises with clouds. It took some time to find a few that actually fit the light situation I had in my picture, but then when I found something similar enough to work as reference and looked at it for a moment, comparing it with what I'd been drawing, I realized that I used the wrong colors. Like I did before when drawing a blue sky with clouds, I used white and greys, then tried adding some orange colors to it. Now it turned out you can't do that when drawing a sunrise where the entire sky is orange. You have to use darker and lighter hues of orange, a bit of brown, and a bit of yellow to do the clouds.

 

So, if you want advice, I guess all I can say is a) practice and dare trying something out, even if it won't always work, and B) don't be afraid to use references. Of course, also tutorials can work, or looking at artwork you like. You don't need to copy anything. Just look closely and try to understand what makes things look the way you want them to look.

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A melting chaos emerald sounds like it'd have some very interesting plot elements down the line... if we assume the Chaos Emeralds are actually containers for some chaotic force that would otherwise permeate throughout the globe... well, we can only assume some hell's going to be raised.

 

Beautiful works, though, Speedy! You've got some wonderful painting skills most certainly. :)

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