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Discussion in 'WildStar Fan Creations' started by Bellaby, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Bellaby

    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    Hiya nuggets!
    I made this thread to chronicle a very important part of my life.
    A few years back, I graduated from college with a BFA in animation. I loved drawing, animating, and even 3D modelling. My whole life I had this drive to draw everything that inspired me. Even music, if I heard a song that really spoke to me, I'd just draw in the song's general direction until I got the feel of it down on paper!
    But then, not long after graduating, I was in an accident, and as a result suffered from fairly serious nerve damage, rendering my hands too unsteady to even pick up a pencil, let alone draw.
    Over time, through some mildly invasive surgery, and constant medication, I regained most of my steadiness.
    But after all that time, years where I couldn't express myself, I lost my drive to animate.
    But then, just a few days back, a beloved friend of mine sat me down, and challenged me.
    She said,"Ashe, stop being a dingus and pick up a pencil. I want you to draw me a picture every day for three months, and if you do, I'll give you a surprise."

    So here I am, ready to start!

    Be nice : )

    Day 1:
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    Sorry for quality, just took a picture of it with my phone. I promise Photoshop from this day forth! :inlove:
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    Evion WildStar Haiku Winner 2012

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    Aww, that is really terrible about the accident and the damage to your hand! However, I think it's awesome that you're doing this, and I look forward to cheering you on! :D

    And for your first piece, despite everything, it's looking really solid, and I especially like the face. The shading is good too, works well with that magic light source.
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    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    I certainly do need some help with motivation ^_^
    Also, what should Itry to improve on when I do tomorrow's drawing?
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    Evion WildStar Haiku Winner 2012

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    Hm, I would say it's never a bad idea to practice anatomy. (I need to work on it more myself.) For example, her extended leg looks oddly long, but then forward-facing walking poses are hard. Would looser figure sketches count for a daily drawing?
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    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    Nope, but I'll do them anyways!
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    Evion WildStar Haiku Winner 2012

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    Well, can always work off references at least! But I'd say practice anatomy first and do easier posing if it'll help. Otherwise, just keep drawing, that's the best way to get the rust off! :D
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    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    Yeah I used to attend live model drawing sessions 4 days a week >_<
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    Do I spy Zia from Bastion? If not, she looks VERY familiar.

    Very sorry to hear about that terrible accident. I am proud of you for having the courage to pick up the pencil again, and you should be proud, too. Plenty of people have just given up after situations like this. You didn't.

    Keep up the pace. Shake the rust off, and one of these days, you'll be rising like a phoenix from the ashes.

    Also, have a quote from one of my favourite artists, atryl: "Self pity will just slow you down, burns the energy you can invest into drawing. (or anything useful). Don’t be your own enemy, not being satisfied as an artist is the best thing. You can never be perfect, there is no ‘perfect’ in art, just as a picture is never complete, it just arrives to a point when you show to the public."
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    InnocentCivilian "That" Cupcake

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    Hey Bellaby, I am really happy to see that while your hand may have been damaged, it certainly hasn't put a damper on your spirit!

    Your story really spoke to me because I'm currently also an aspiring animator.

    I'll take your lead and try to be less of a dingus myself when it comes to art. ;)

    Your first drawing's great! Onwards and upwards! :up:
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    JarNod WildStar Haiku Winner 2012 / Lead Guinea Pig

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    I love the nonchalant look that he has. As if his enemies don't bother him... just let him finish the damn book already :p
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    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    It was supposed to be a girl ;^_^
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    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    Thank you all so much for the encouragement!:)
    I hope you guys won't mind a pencil drawing again today, I haven't had PC access!
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    Looks great and much better than anything I could do. I'm looking forward to more of your drawings. :)
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    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    Sorry for another camera phone shot, but it's better than no picture at all! Tomorrow It'll be photoshop for reals!
    Cross my heart and lose my tail,
    If my promise I should fail!
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    Oh wow that's awesome, some people are gonna want to know if it's female or not. :)
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    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    I have noooooo idea :p
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    Really great work Bellaby! Keep it up! So sorry to hear about your hand. However, if those are your recoup drawings, I can only imagine even greater things to come as you work and regain your skills. Already very impressed. Keep it up! I for one wish I could draw even half as good as the drawings you have posted so far. Really dig drawing #2.
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    Ha, awesome! I do hope you get a good scan of this piece eventually, I think it looks great! I love the head especially, rabbit/rodent heads are tricky for me, and the ears are fabulous. :D
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    Bellaby Well-Known Cupcake

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    I wish I had a scanner *pout*
    I'm good with ears of all shapes and sizes, but terrible with human noses!
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