Hey, it's been a week since the end of Fanart February, and I haven't yet given any concluding remarks! I should do this before I forget. I will do things a little differently this year and briefly go over each fanart from the previous month:
Learned a new style of eyelash from drawing Ahiru. Also ended up watching some episodes and learning to appreciate simple but stylized anatomy. Stick limbs are cool, too! I wish I had invested some more time in the sketch phase of this picture to correct its base placement.
Only the large man was fun to draw. The others had too much detail in their costumes for my taste. My experience with this piece has led me to adopt this design philosophy for my future works: details are not bad, but don't rely on them to make a character interesting; that should be left to the silhouette.
(I am not accusing Borderlands of this, but this is simply the conclusion I reached after considering the role of details)
Loved how fast I was able to finish this one in comparison to the previous two. While looking at references, I was reminded that folds in clothing look best when used sparingly and in the correct spots, and also when used to define the shape over which it is draped.
Huge time investment, but well worth it. However, pleased though I am, I do not feel this is the direction I should carry my style in. Loved the soft shading, but I think cel-shading is where I should focus on, at least for now. I may occasionally revisit this technique to see if there is some way I can develop it for my work flow, though.
Oh, also remembered the double-eyelid from this. Don't know when I forgot it.
Most pleased with the Time/Quality ratio on this one. I also tried something I don't usually do: an exaggeration on convex curves. You can see this on Clockface's hands & arms and also parts of Wendy's clothing. I think I will have to consciously put this into practice more - it gives the line work a more organic feel. I wish I drew this with thinner lines, though...
This one I drew with thinner lines! Also of interest was that I almost
drew every finger in this picture! For whatever reason, I tend to have this economizing habit of merging fingers into a finger-blob. This was probably something I picked up when imitating another artist's style. There are lots of things I do without realizing why, and I think identifying when finger-blobs are appropriate is going to be one of the things I need to start practicing.
My First Fanfic
My First Fanfic
by John Su
Sonic the Hedgehog ran very quickly down the hall to where the fire was coming from. While running he ducked into a rolling spin and made a sound like "@@@@@@@!" so he could dodge the fireball lasers.
At the top of the staircase he stood up and shouted at the top of the staircase "Sephiroth!" The man with long hair turned slowly and with a flash of his sword removed Sonic's nipples from his body.
"OUCH that hurts!1" cried Sonic, hurting. "Looks like I will need the power of the CHAOS CRYSTAL for this opponent!" and he raised up a handful of glowing gems.
The light from the jewels summoned all the legendary poke
A total joke, but was very well received! It is also now rank 16 in the list of [Most popular deviations in Fan Fiction ever submitted
]! Also technically not fanart.
Learned nothing from it. Probably won't do it again, either, since the joke is done and I feel no need to draw it out.
And in regards to Fanart February as a whole, I think I will not do it again. At the end of the month, I realized I had been pushing myself to produce as much fanart as I could in a month, and almost every moment at my computer was spent in this endeavor. That was not fun, and the purpose of Fanart February in the first place was to be a time for me to relax and not burn myself out trying to create original content all the time. Now I am burning myself out trying to create copyrighted content. It makes no sense, and also resulted in me not submitting any
fanart outside the month of February.
So in conclusion, not gonna do it next year. I will instead just draw fanart Once In A While Whenever It Feels Appropriate. There is no good reason to do only fanart in February and never anytime else.
How many of you remembered I put "+ More Stuff" in the title of this journal?
Well, guess what, my stalkers - I have participated in another text-only interview here: [link]
And for those of you who are wondering about that word "another," here was the older, firster one: [link]
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