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#101 Tichondrius

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 02:15 AM

Wow. Your art is superb, and the progression over the years is clear.



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Posted 08 December 2015 - 02:56 PM

Oh, thank you. I'd been having a bad day.

 

New version of the forest.

 

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 04:59 PM

Scrolling left to right I was like, I'd live there...  And then BAM, world's biggest nope hive.



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:58 PM

 

Now I'm not sure I want to explain [graphic design] elements like balance, gestalt, hierarchy, or insert fifteen more things...

 

I'll rescind that for a moment. 

 

If you've taken a gander around the signature subforum, you've probably noticed that people liked to put words in their signatures. Sometimes these words were a character or person's name, other times a nonsensical slogan. (On that second one, "GET OUT OF MY HEAD HANCOCK" with an Iron Man(?) graphic comes to mind.)

 

Whichever the case, signature creators often stuck on their text without much sense of where or why.

 

I made it, so my name obviously goes in the corner.

> Since I used a Cloud Strife graphic, I should put the words 'Cloud Strife' somewhere on here. Hmm... let's rotate the text a random number of degrees and float it over Cloud's shoulder. 

Oh I know, I'll lower the opacity on the text so it looks cool and blends in with the rest of the image.

> whatever man I already have 432948 things to worry about and they all involve filters

 

But with this neat trick, you, too, can figure out how to size and place your text less randomly!

 

Here's something I swiped off the kitchen counter and will henceforth use as an example:

 

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What's this, it's just an insurance pamphlet? 

 

Check the positions of the elements, and you'll see that they line up pretty closely, whether they've been positioned that way or resized to match:

 

 

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Not an accident. You'll notice this trend across street ads, magazines, presentation slides that don't suck, and other commercial graphics. 

 

What about compositions light on text and heavy on images, like those signatures I just spent most of this "guide" railing on? The principles are relatively the same, just maybe not as clearly defined as anchoring text to text. You can choose an edge of the image, an edge of a figure in the image, or any centres of focus as potential anchoring points.

 

And there you have it, one of the ways you can tell whether somebody knows what they're doing or not. This is obviously far from the only compositional element, and each element is only part of a greater ecosystem, but I'll continue next time. Or if ever.


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Posted 31 December 2015 - 08:10 PM

Last drawing for the year! Request was "Our Warcraft characters sharing a drink." I changed my DK's wardrobe beforehand, so that spared me from drawing the same outfit for the fourth time.

 

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And here's a smudgy gif of the process. I took it pretty easy this time, 5-6 hours a day / 3 days. (Pretty easy, if you consider I've done the following: 10 hours every day for a week, 5-9 hours almost every day for 3 weeks, and 20 hours straight.)

 

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Come to think of it, this would've been scandalizing if I interpreted "sharing a drink" as a single deluxe milkshake.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 01:24 AM

Your textures look great. You bring life to the panda's fur and the characters' beards. I also have a sense of what material the characters' armors are made from. Even down to the mugs. It would seem like I could feel the oak (or some other wood) if I brush my finger along the mug.

 

I get a good sense of improvement when I set the piece side by side with cute kitty Rengar. I also like that piece a lot but in here we see much more depth in the fur and it feels sharper.

 

I love the piece and the flavor of it all.

 

Also, do Death Knights get drunk? They're uhhh... dead.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 01:36 AM

You bring life to the panda's fur and the characters' beards.

 

Yeah, the beard's the only part of my character that's alive, alright!

 

Thanks for the feedback. I spent a couple years using texture brushes, now I've put them away again. Been trying to stomp out the laziness.

 

On the topic of laziness, probably the biggest roadblock to improvement I've seen is the fear of producing crap. I get a lot of "yeah... I only spent 10 minutes on this..." from groupmates and friends. Like if they put effort on something for once, they might be revealed as mediocre frauds. Oh no! Honestly--if you're compelled to create, better just do it. Make crap, douse critique with salt. Improvement is largely a numbers game. The magic n being the hours you put into it.


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 12:38 AM

First one of the year. I saw this guy as I was falling asleep, but he was much more vibrant and handsome in my dreams. 

 

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 02:16 AM

Lol I got so mad at this drawing. You know the saying, YOU MAD 'CAUSE YOU BAD? It's actually a good sign because then you know you're practicing something you're weak at. Keep at it until everything hurts, and there you have a good workout! I'm in a near-constant state of tendinitis. 

 

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Completely irrelevant rambling below:

 

For the past year, I've been listening to Revo's symphonic metal album, Roman. Its theme is about a fellow named Laurant who, having died before his birth, contemplates the world that he wasn't able to see. He sends his burial dolls to find for him the story of his life ("roman"). 

 

My favourite story is the Invisible Arm one. It goes like this: there are these two guys called Laurant, one with red hair and one blond. They meet on a battlefield. Blond Laurant gets his arm lopped off by red hair Laurant. Blond Laurant can't fight any more, so he gets discharged from the army. At home, his pain is so terrible that he drinks way too much, can't hold a job, and beats his lover. Blond Laurant's behaviour reaches the point that his lover, having fallen pregnant and fearing for her child's upbringing, leaves him. 

 

Now all alone, blond Laurant decides the only way to reconcile his thoughts is to hunt red hair Laurant. Upon hearing a rumour about red hair's whereabouts, blond Laurant sells his house for a sword and a horse, and goes galloping to a tavern. As he arrives, he can hear raucous laughter. Blond Laurant enters the building to discover red hair lounging around, missing an arm, and drinking himself silly.

 

While blond Laurant is startled, some other guy called Laurencin sprints in. Laurencin stabs red hair Laurant dead, and runs away laughing. Blond Laurant realizes he just got his revenge pulled from under him, and now he has no purpose. He wonders how many soldiers he has driven mad in a similar fashion, and decides that at least his pain is proof of him being alive. Song ends with him pouring a drink.

 

Anyway, most of the songs are tragedies, so I wonder if otherworld Laurant is glad he was never born into that mess. 

 

Utsukushikimono (Beautiful Things) is my favourite song in the album. It's about somebody's dead younger brother. 

 

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 10:56 PM

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I picked "demons" as the theme, because it means I get to draw all the cute monsters I want. These guys like to roam the streets in packs and feed on dead bodies. :)


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 03:47 PM

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Boring pose 2. His name is Mr. V and he lives in a very red mansion.

 

I don't feel good about the space around his legs. :/


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 06:04 PM

Programmer insists on finding a game designer. OK. Man this is simultaneously the easiest and hardest position to fill. So many wannabes and flakes and flaky wannabes. Finding someone either reliable or skillful is rare enough, both is a unicorn. 


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Posted 09 March 2016 - 01:39 AM

This unremarkable drawing got out of control.

 

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lol Kill me

 

My friend say, hey you draw noses too high. Ohhhh, I do! To be honest I haven't used line guides in a long time, and I never used them often to begin with. These days I only do it to check for egregious things like misaligned shoulders. I could have avoided some persistent problems if I had done that more. xD


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:16 AM

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Thanks for commissioning me, I hope you like it

 

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 12:36 AM

It's been a long unannounced hiatus, and I still don't feel too much in a hurry. Have some dragons.

 

 

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I was writing a story about dragons too. It's far from complete, but my attention span only lasts for about a month. (Although, I did spend three months of my absence on a horrid semi-functional RPG.) You could call it a half-hearted attempt at a nanowrimo... I don't think I could ever win that thing, even if drafts are a quantity game.

 

Some statistics on the story:

 

 


Number of words: 20338

Average word length: 4.30 letters

 

Number of commas: 1385

Avg number of commas per sentence: 0.660 (estimate)

 

Avg sentence length: 9.68 words (estimate)

 

I like short sentences. They're comfy and easy to parse. Well, I once read a Blizzard fanfiction finalist where every sentence was a paragraph-long, comma-splicing monstrosity. It was an amazing experience, so I don't necessarily have anything against long sentences, but most things are not that story.

 

 

Word frequency count:
1239 the
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194 was
147 said
71 were

 

[more prepositions and pronouns]

 

> 194 was, 71 were

 

So much for trying, I guess :D. Not to suggest that you shouldn't use state of being verbs, but there's usually a better choice. Nobody gets to read the dragons story anyway, so maybe it's ok.


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 07:41 PM

Here's another one. I removed it from the previous picture because it didn't fit (compositionally, and not a character from the story afaik). At least it kinda gets its own thing.

 

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I'll also admit I've been on and off working on some terrible fanfiction. It's about a character I don't really know, from a series I haven't watched (besides like 3 episodes). I'm not bothered by this tbh, which is probably why it's terrible. Look at some pictures, read some spoilers, read some dialogue lines, ya good


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