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Storm? by sketchris Storm? by sketchris
Hey look it's a thing that isn't an exercise and actually has a purpose and inspiration whaddya know

I drew this on... A thursday. I can't remember the date EXACTLY, but it was a few weeks ago when we were having a huge storm [which is really nothing] and then it just suddenly stopped and I drew this because I could. Then digitally colored it. Don't know why it took me so long.

Kind of gives you an idea as to how short Yshaiti is compared to Jypsi. [the tallest and shortest of my main characters.]

Jypsi and Yshaiti belong to me.

Jypsi's official skin patterns and color scheme :D
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Your skills are definitely improving. Your facial structures are showing more consistency, and there are also improvements in the use of shape and form.

As for criticism, let's start with the smaller things, as sometimes its the small things that make the biggest impact (funny how that works, isn't it?). Jypsi's chin looks like it could use some more definition in the place where it should show how it connects to the front of the neck. Also, consider how the neck connects with the body and how the muscles of the neck create the connecting rhythm between the two. Even if you can't see the underlying structure underneath the scarf, it always helps to at least sketch in lightly underneath where things like the clavicle line and the sternocleidomastoid muscle are just to remind one of how things will drape over the lower neck and shoulder area. The latter of that you don't even need to leave much in the final drawing to suggest form in the neck, because a little goes a long way and too much would start to make a character look like a bodybuilder. That line works as a way to connect the area behind the ear to the front top center of the chest, helping to keep track of the centerline of your figure.

Now that I've spent more than 150 words on a tiny aspect, let's move on to the calf muscles especially the right calf muscle. The shape here doesn't seem to be doing much to indicate the form of the surrounding area. The thigh shape (which is good on its own) doesn't overlap well with the calf shape, I think, at least not enough. feels like it loses definition because of that. This is where only continual observation, practice and experience will give you the judgement to know how much overlap is enough to suggest the form you want.

Lastly, from a perspective and composition standpoint, considering her body is turned to the left, it seems her left foot should appear closer to the viewer, but her feet are planted on the same horizontal line unless she's sweeping that leg all the way behind her (in which case her left knee should be lower.) Similar issue with the horizontal line that connects the location of her knees. Keep in mind a few basic principles of depth and perspective as you compose and for the most part I think you can lick that issue pretty quickly.

Coloring and shading in line art is a lot harder than it would seem it should be, and I know from personal experience that I still can't quite figure out how to consistently make the combination work. Much of my work still looks better to me in raw line form than after it's "finished", so to speak, and so I commiserate with this challenge. I'm fairly certain it has something to do with the utter blackness of the line compared to the softness of the shading and the background makes it appear as if they're not unified as "one" entity. The black is so naturally at contrast with the lights that perhaps it's just that there needs to be more contrast within the lights and darks of the colors themselves to bring it together. Either that, or tone down the linework to be something other than black. Perhaps a shade of grey or tinted dark grey.

That's all I'll say for now. Good work and like I said, you're improving, so be proud of yourself!

Best of luck.
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Areetala Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yshaiti, you are so cute... but I have to admit, your tongue freaks me out a little.
Great job with them :)
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sketchris Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha that's the idea XD
Thanks!!
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Areetala Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome XD
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TehRedBlur Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YSHAITI.

YOU ARE SO TINY.

I WOULD LIKE TO FEED YOU A SMALL CRACKER.

OR A LARGE CRACKER. YOU LIKE FOOD.
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sketchris Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
YUS
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TehRedBlur Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yshaiti is adorable. DAT TONGUE. OH MY GOG.
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sketchris Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
YA AH KNOW RITE
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xSharonthehedgehogx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
FFFFFFFFFFFFFF THE DETAILING AND STYLEE!!!! GOD! You have improved so much ITS SCARY!!! I love it girl!~ AMAZING JOB!
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sketchris Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
DJFGHJEHGRT THANK YOOOUUUU
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xSharonthehedgehogx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YOU ARE SO WELCOME!!! fffff I WANT DAT SKILLL
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