here have a still. it's easier to color

anonymous asked:

i spent over an hour looking at your blog and art. i'm so in love. do you have any tips on anatomy, poses, and expressions? what have you used for references? keep up the good work!!!

thank you anon ;;w;;!!!!!

im not an expert at these sorts of things…. im still learning myself lol!!! although its really just a matter of trial and error and years worth of practice for anatomy… i posted a tutorial about anatomy and proportions a little bit here. but to elaborate, something that will REALLY help with anatomy is familiarizing yourself with muscles and their form, that way its easier to portion limbs etc. 


this can help with things like shading and cloth folds, trying to imagine them as 3d shapes rather than something flat.

also, its crucial to not focus on one thing while your drawing when youre in the sketching process. its good to step back from your artwork and look at it as a whole to see how things are unified etc. if you concentrate too hard (i.g. the face) you end up tunnel vision-ing yourself and as a result skew your proportions to some degree (although some artists can sketch a face and nail their proportions still lol). i like starting off with basic shapes like squares and cylinders to sketch limbs and the like, and then fill in details as i go. now you can draw all the poses you want lol!!! (there is a bit of perspective play here, but thats another subject all on its own)

as for expressions, i have another tutorial here lol. 

the key things here is details to portray a strong expression. its really hard to portray an expressions strongly without body language, so thats a crucial thing to pay attention to also. kind of like tense shoulders for emotions like anger or sadness, maybe a slump for more intense expressions like grief. make use of things like eyebrows too!!! for angered and sad expressions, furrow the eyebrows more than you usually would. and eyebrows sitting higher to represent surprise or happiness. adding wrinkles really makes it convincing, dont be afraid that the expressions will look ‘ugly’ because of wrinkles NO YOURE DOING IT RIGHT!!! here are a few emotions (there are so many emotions and varying degrees lol)

for references, i like looking at other artists that i follow to see their style and method to go about expressions and proportions lol, and practice multiple times to draw it correctly. in the end, it really boils down to practicing for countless hours and times drawing what people think are naked people lol to really refine drawing anatomy, expressions, and proportions lol… hope that helps!!!

Haven’t posted in a while, and progress has slowed down again in the last couple of weeks due to several reasons, but I still have some new things to show. I have been working on big graphical changes for the game. As you know this game started as small Jam game so a lot of stuff was done in a rush and I was never totally happy with it, so now I’m taking my time on it to get better looking and more polished results.

New Title screen. A lot of people loved the old one, but I always thought I could do better, so I kept the main idea but remade the graphics to improve them as much as much I could. Elzie now looks more closer to her current design rather than her early sketches, and the background is less plain and boring. Better planing also allowed me to use palettes more efficiently, getting more colors in play for both for her dress and the night sky. You can also see the new font here, hopefully more readable than the older one

The river finally stopped being just a scrolling layer and now it has its own animation. Houses and obstacles now have some blue on their palettes and are a little bit smaller, making the scene look less cramped and the free paths easier to see. I want to have more different obstacles, and different themed stages so there is still a lot of work to do here.

Fire placeholders were replaced with their final animation too. How the player will deal with fire is still a mistery though.

And finally a small test for a cute Stage Clear animation.

It’s not too often i overhaul OCs but I’ve been thinking about my neopets story lately and I think I might like to try distancing the story from neopets while still using brightly colored animals so here’s Ewe, formerly known as Ixi! I’m just trying to come up with a design so this might not be final, I’m not sure how anthro i wanna go, its just easier to have them do stuff on two legs haha

also goats have weird eyes im not sure how i feel about it xDD

day 339/365

Watercolor Galaxy Tutorial

A bunch of people were wondering how i do my galaxy drawings, and my friend guns-n-angel-wings asked for some sort of tutorial, so here we go!

choose the part that you want to be the galaxy part, and put in random streaks of color. i just use any color, but if you have a certain color scheme those would work too. this method works for just about any color (even yellow, which can be really difficult!)next, create a sort of analogous look to the color blocks, blending it well. it gives it more dimension. Get the colors as VIBRANT as you can! it’ll be so much better in the long-run. it really pops against the black later. i usually get the color straight from the pan.

i tried my best to kind of, connect the color blocks, in a way. kinda like a map of where i’ll know to put the blacks.

once you blended everything well, or at least kind of, paint in the black. here you’ll have to work fast; it works so much better when the paint is still very wet.

put more black on your brush and paint inwards towards the color. the bigger color block you have, the better. (its much more forgiving if you make mistakes going too far with the black.) you should kind of, flick the paintbrush inwards. if you work wet, its much easier.

soften the hard edges next, blending inwards.

next, get more pure pigment from the pan, dropping it on where the color blocks still shine through. you must work this process very quickly! if done right, the black and the color will bleed together.

keep swirling your brush inwards. trying to do it outwards will make your brush muddy. if you do it inwards, its much quicker and you wont have to clean your brush with every stroke. (this method is especially helpful on pastel colors, and with yellows. its especially hard to preserve the yellows with the blacks.)

once youre done swirling, let it dry COMPLETELY. it may take a while, since the paint is on so thick. but be patient.

once your paint dries, get out your trusty big brush. if you dont have one, an old toothbrush works just as well!

make sure you get it wet before applying the white acrylic paint. if you put white paint on a dry brush, it wont splatter. but make sure its damp, and not dripping wet.

apply the white paint onto the brush, and flick it with your finger towards the paper. the wetter your brush, the bigger the paint splotches will be. the dryer, the smaller.

and, voila! you have beautiful stars on your page. if not dried completely, your white paint will absorb the watercolor pigment, as it is seen in the middle of mine, with the purple. but if that’s what you’re going for, hey; be my guest.

And there we have it! the final product of this tutorial can be seen here.
Happy painting!

Going to work on the 3k+ project, but I need some help

(( Don’t worry! It’s not much! While I’m pretty much SHOVELING my way through all my followers, I’ve been having trouble since I need your references!
Plus, apparently, some blogs I bump into have been inactive for a long while now       v v v

(( Because I am very close to 3k, I want to take the opportunity to be able to promote other blogs ovo”! ))

What I need you to do, is to reblog this little thing so I know you’re somewhat active, and put the tag to the reference of your oc below! o3o

((Or if you don’t have a ref tag and just a page- just tag it/type in
“I have a ref page” ))

Even if you don’t reblog this, I’m still digging through my list of followers, but as much as possible, please still reblog this, so it makes it easier for me to find your references ;w;

I hope this doesn’t sound like advertisement, just thought it would be a nice way to find the blogs who pay attention to what I post, plus your references o3o!

Thank you all so much for sticking around, even if we have less than 20 story related posts ;w;”

- Ebbs

PS. I expect to have this finished after 3.5k qwq //that’s a long while from now. I just expect to be drawing a lot of ponies- several times as well .w.” I need to do this in my spare time too, since I can’t do it everyday ))

artist-of-troy  asked:

Can I ask what your painting process is? Your art is beautiful!!

Thank you! And yeah sure, there isn’t anything that special I think? Most of the time I do the base sketch and then paint on it with black and white (which I color later) or straight away with colours if I have an exact palette in my mind. But if I know the colors are gonna be rather muted anyway, I probably start with b/w so it would be easier to get the light values right. 

I have spoken something about how I paint here and here 

But as I nowadays use the b/w technique more and more, I could add something about it. I have very few examples of the colouring progress from b/w but I found that I actually have surprisingly many steps saved (or more likely I haven’t flattened the picture and all its layers just yet) from one of my latest wips; the picture is still work in progress itself, but I bet you get the idea. 

I use gradient maps/solid color layers and darker/overlay/soft light/lighter layer modes when assigning the colors. 

I never leave the coloring for the otherwise completed picture; I always color it halfway through (because otherwise I feel like I lose the feel of colors mixing with paintery way, but this is a personal preference). It’s quite much just trying stuff and looking if it works.