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Face Color Shading Practice by Davian714
Face Color Shading Practice
Just a little practice pic done in Sai to show I'm not dead ;)

Been practicing a lot, but mainly with physical media.
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So I've been doing a fair amount of practicing as of late. Most of it is with physical media, and since it's primarily just exercises I probably won't be uploading any of them to DeviantArt, but I did want to share some things I've noticed have been pretty helpful.

I've been trying to focus on figure drawing for now, since I ultimately want to draw characters and while my faces have improved tremendously my bodies still need work (particularly with proportions). The golden standard for this of course is drawing live nude models, and in the past I actually went to figure drawing sessions hosted by a local art shop, and others in the art school of a nearby college. Now though I've discovered a youtube channel that films nude models for the purpose of these drawing exercises, and I've been using that. It's called the Croquis Cafe and it can be found here if you're interested: www.youtube.com/channel/UCAZZ8…

Those exercises were great and all, but there was something missing. I didn't just want to draw figures, I wanted to draw characters. So I started observing moving people and trying to do very quick sketches to capture their feel and motion. It was really tough at first, but I've been getting better and better at it. The site that suggested this exercise also suggested it be done in something more permanent than pencil, so I used a marker. I was surprised how much of a difference it made when I knew I couldn't just erase a line; I had avoided drawing in pen because I hate the idea of ruining an otherwise good picture with one mistake, but I've found it really helps to keep me focused on being fast rather than being perfect, which is what the exercise is all about.

Finally, I've found a way to blend those two exercises (as well as giving me some dramatic lighting/shading practice), and I found it in the most unlikely of places: a music video a friend of mine showed me on New Years. My friend described said video as an "infinite astral pole dancer pole," and that's basically what it is. I found, though, that observing and drawing the various dancers really helped my grasp of the human figure, motion, and unique poses in general (also, the dancers are really impressive and I quite enjoy the music). I'd actually recommend it to anyone who's interested in practicing those concepts. The music video in question can be seen here: 
Figure Shading Practice by Davian714
Figure Shading Practice
A digital drawing I did for practice. Kinda experimenting with shading techniques, mostly just playing around with the various tools of Sai, the freeware drawing program I'm currently using. Still pretty new to digital art, so this was pretty helpful. Used a photograph as reference. 

Also, I figured out how to save images in a decent size in Sai. No more teeny tiny thumbnails for me! =P (Razz)

As always, critiques are welcome.
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Fur shading practice by Davian714
Fur shading practice
Just some basic fur shading practice. Practicing some techniques :iconbaumarius: showed me in livestream.

This was not the first attempt, my others were awful! D= I'm getting better though.
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Tymora the Sorceress Queen by Davian714
Tymora the Sorceress Queen
"You think you can stand against me, mortal?"

Another practice doodle in Sai, practicing coloring/lighting. I also tried out some simple hair techniques. 

As always, constructive criticism is welcome
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So I've been doing a fair amount of practicing as of late. Most of it is with physical media, and since it's primarily just exercises I probably won't be uploading any of them to DeviantArt, but I did want to share some things I've noticed have been pretty helpful.

I've been trying to focus on figure drawing for now, since I ultimately want to draw characters and while my faces have improved tremendously my bodies still need work (particularly with proportions). The golden standard for this of course is drawing live nude models, and in the past I actually went to figure drawing sessions hosted by a local art shop, and others in the art school of a nearby college. Now though I've discovered a youtube channel that films nude models for the purpose of these drawing exercises, and I've been using that. It's called the Croquis Cafe and it can be found here if you're interested: www.youtube.com/channel/UCAZZ8…

Those exercises were great and all, but there was something missing. I didn't just want to draw figures, I wanted to draw characters. So I started observing moving people and trying to do very quick sketches to capture their feel and motion. It was really tough at first, but I've been getting better and better at it. The site that suggested this exercise also suggested it be done in something more permanent than pencil, so I used a marker. I was surprised how much of a difference it made when I knew I couldn't just erase a line; I had avoided drawing in pen because I hate the idea of ruining an otherwise good picture with one mistake, but I've found it really helps to keep me focused on being fast rather than being perfect, which is what the exercise is all about.

Finally, I've found a way to blend those two exercises (as well as giving me some dramatic lighting/shading practice), and I found it in the most unlikely of places: a music video a friend of mine showed me on New Years. My friend described said video as an "infinite astral pole dancer pole," and that's basically what it is. I found, though, that observing and drawing the various dancers really helped my grasp of the human figure, motion, and unique poses in general (also, the dancers are really impressive and I quite enjoy the music). I'd actually recommend it to anyone who's interested in practicing those concepts. The music video in question can be seen here: 

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Davian714

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I've tried my hand at writing, but for now I'm focusing on teaching myself to draw. I'm making progress, should have some pics up here soon.

Can't think of anything more to write so that's that for now.
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Thank for the fave! :) 

Please feel free to check out my Facebook page would be very grateful for a like, I have works in the making on there.

Have a great day!

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