But it was the most exciting 4 days in terms of games for me ever! There's 4-5 games I can't be more excited about...
MGS5: Phantom Pain
Tom Clancy's The Division
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Infamous: Second Son
...maybe except for MGS other 4 games are hitting my soft spot EXACTLY. This is exactly the stuff I wanna play!!!
Take your art to higher lever in 4 simple steps!
For people who are serious about drawing and want to make career in art! And for me to stop getting questions on how to practice, or how do you get better
Are you stuck and don't know how to carry on making great art?
You just want to draw better?
If an answer to any of these questions is 'yes' then you might find this interesting...
Since the only thing I ever acknowledged myself good at is getting better I decided to share a couple of tricks.
I truly believe it works in every single case.
It's true. You can get out now or shut up and listen and get better.
(oh and do I need to mention that you need to draw a lot to get better?
I didn't draw a lot and still got better because I followed the steps listed below. But yeah, may not work without drawing a lot...)
Step 1. Honesty.
Be aware of your own limitations. They're usually bigger than you really think, despite what people say. I won't be talking about false honesty in this article.
Stop lying to yourself, for heaven's sake.
If you are not doing/drawing something, frankly, it's because you can't. Not because you are afraid to do it. It's connected in a way, but it only comes down in being or not being able to draw something.
To get better you need to become really honest with your art.
Like, in my case; I draw something, which is still so much better than most of images out there, but when I comment that I don't like it and it sucks it means that I really really think that it does. I don't care what other people think in such case (I mean I always do, I wouldn't share it if I didn't care, really, but it's not this kind of 'caring'...)
I have my own standards. I browse lots of art, go to galleries and art exhibitions and I see now there's very very few people in the world who know their shit. I wanna be those people, but the stuff I draw most of the time? It's not even half way there.
I'm just being honest with myself, I don't need people telling me 'aww it's alright I wish I could draw like you'. I mean, it's sweet, and I love you guys, it's cool if you wanna draw like that, but I don't, end of story. It's kind of okay, I'm kind of on the right path, but it's not that great.
(this is an honest explanation of my approach, please don't be offended!)
If you are honest with yourself it will help you realize your goals. What you can, and what you cannot do. What you cannot do now, and what you will become able to do, in a month, half a year, 5 years from now, if you apply the following to your workflow.
Step 2. Feedback. The most important one.
This is the ultimate trick.
You know what? 99% of people don't get it.
You wanna be the 1% that do, of course.
I've had a couple of people that I worked with in my life. I drew something and they told me what's wrong with the picture. I usually returned the favor. If you don't have that somebody you can go to for feedback, join a couple of forums!
I did... there's plenty of people willing to help you out when you show them you respect their comments. Be prepared though. I've had a couple of bruises on my heart because somebody stepped on the picture I thought looked ok, set it on fire and flushed in the toilet But I've never let my shit fall apart.
But! The good thing about feedback is, the person you ask doesn't even have to be an artist. My mother is a perfect feedbacker, for instance. Nothing ever works for her, it's amazing. She rips my work to bits and pieces all the time.
But you don't have to ALWAYS listen to the feedback, you need to be able to defend your opinion. It's up to you what's right in your picture.
Okay, wait, if you are a beginner then it'd be better if you listen to every piece of feedback you get and be thankful to heavens for even getting it.
Even if you don't like it, and feel like getting into a fight with them! If you share your pictures with the internet it means that you want them to be looked at! So it's your goddamn business to listen to how people feel about them...
I started from random comments at dA, like 'this hand looks weird', or 'his torso looks like banana'. I never made the same mistake twice, ever. I literally made lists of my weak points to pay attention to!
I don't get this kind of comments anymore, because there's no need for them.
But I still go to others for feedback, I ask people I trust. Often I randomly ask people I'm talking to over Skype to tell me if they think something's off in the picture (but I need to know the person well, some people are less... inquisitive and thorough than others.)
Most of industry pros do that, it's normal.
You won't get ANYWHERE without it. It's normal that you don't see certain mistakes, you need someone with a fresh eye. It's so much faster to have your mistakes pointed out in your face the moment you're done, than let the picture rest until you can see it with fresh eye...
'I just draw stuff however I want and upload it, I don't give a damn what others think, this is my art/style/whatevs'
Wrong. This fella ain't getting nowhere. He's afraid to get feedback, hear some harsh words.
Step 3. Observation.
There are two kinds of 'artists', observers and non-observers.
Non-observers irk me, because it's like, come on, what are you even drawing for. Non-observers doodle for fun on the marigins of their notebooks.
You know how easily you can define what kind of artist I'm looking at?
I'll tell you - very easy. A nanosecond. It's not even funny.
And it has nothing to do with the level of said artist (although this skill comes with time, but many people either have it or not).
There's a couple of elements that most of artist just keep getting wrong. Like hairline. Have you ever noticed how hair grows from your forhead and temples? How the hairline gets closer to the eyebrows? How easy it is to define the age of the character you draw with receding hairline? No? Yes? Are you sure? Go back to step 2, and show your pics to somebody. Also, like elbows (correctly drawn elbows are so hard to come by these days). Like metal. And so on.
I'm not even mentioning hands, because they're on a whole new level of difficulty. But if you're observant enough you should get them right...
That's how when I had a break from drawing - even when it lasted 6 months - I didn't really get worse. I never stop looking at stuff that surrounds me. Not drawing means only loosing fluent brain-to-hand communication, but a couple of days and I'm back on track.
Observation is crucial for concept artists. Concept artist needs to know how things work to be able to create something fresh.
Did I mention that observers are rare.
I believe that everybody can become one though, but first you need to be honest with yourself (step 1) and answer a question: how do I look at things?
(It was also my trick, back in the days, take the hardest thing to draw and keep drawing it until you feel it, and it becomes your favorite. Use it as a mean of expression.)
Step 4. Reference.
Now, when you learned to see things through, not only look at them (kidding, it takes time, so be patient!), you can start using reference.
That's the word.
It's a blessing, somebody who invented reference should get a Nobel prize.
No, wait... since the beginning of the world or the fine art as we know it at least, artist were basically painting what they see. Used reference, ripped off whatever surrounded them.
Rubens, Alphone Mucha, Norman Rockwell, so why can't you? Trust me, if you paint something with 100% understanding of what you see, they will teach about you in (art) schools. Reference is your friend.
If you are too lazy to look for it... it's okay, drawing is always fun.
You won't get anywhere without reference. If laziness is the case, then you need to go back to step 1. and answer the question: how much are you set on artistic career?
Harsh words, but I met many people who've been working ten times as hard as me or you.
But there's an additional step!
Study of the masters.
Of course you can figure out stuff by yourself, but trust me, none of the artist you look up to really do.
Why not look at others' work and check out what looks nice? What works for painting?
Study masters. They knew a lot, that's why they're called masters of fine art.
Of course you cannot really copy somebody and call it your own work. Incorporate what you learn from studies into your own work. Nobody will give a damn where you learned this kind of strokes if the painting looks neat, everybody will just love it. It's all about results.
You won't really make much out of it if you're not observant (step 3), so yeah.
None of these steps is actually drawing, cause I believe progress is all about approach.
Now if you start drawing while applying these steps, you'll get better easily, I tell you. If not, then something went wrong. Maybe you're not really honest with yourself.
Always try to draw new stuff, repetition kills progress by a long shot. It's better to draw new stuff with same principles in mind, than drawing same things over and over again.
It may sound harsh, and all, but that's how it really is, if you want to make great changes to your art. I know it's just not for everybody. As I mentioned before this is only for consideration for people who want to make career in art.
So... Feel like giving it a try now?
I'm looking for something to read (that I haven't already, and I don't have that much time to read stuff anymore - I have about 100 books to read for uni anyway...orz)
Fantasy, sci-fi, urban fantasy, anything not all that realistic~ Just tell me what you find worth reading! Pretty please
I just don't want to wake up and realize I haven't written anything for 2 years or something... : )
I don't know what happened to my previous journal (I wrote it about a month ago), I couldn't see it and then it just disappeared, I'm extremely sorry to all who commented and I didn't reply Sorry!
Me and Anika got ourselves a dealer's table at MCM London Expo in May, so we won't be in the Artist Alley after all! (we had our flight and hotel booked beforehand so when we learned that all tables are booked out we panicked haha)
Sorry for the lack of updates even though I'm far from idle as of late... But I won't be able to share what I do at work for another couple of months/a year maybe until the games are out. But I'm doing some concept art/environment designs in my free time for clients and I'm working on a graphic novel, so stay tuned! I'm excited to share what I learn every day~ I think it's too soon for me to work in game developement, I make so many rookie mistakes, but I'm happy they took me in despite my lack of experience (they pay very well too, so I'll finally have the money to go to Dubai!) This year is going to be nicee~
I'm terrified at a mere thought of the academics year end and finals though... I will probably have to take leave from life in June to pass all the exams (Japanese literature, oh joy!)
Hope you are all well, guys~ I really miss being more active here, but I don't have much time nor motivation to finish my personal work. dA (that is you) is what shaped me as an artist, and I won't ever forget that <3
ps. I've finally seen Wreck-it Ralph! Animation was lovely but I think I liked the soundtrack the most! I have a thing for retro electronic tunes <3 www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIT8FK… www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_O1ty…
Miss you guys
Anyways, very sorry for being dead over here, I've been busy on so many levels, school, giving lectures, conventions, signed a couple contracts this year as a freelance artist, all that is taking away pretty much every little free while i have left... but i like being busy : )
I'm coming down to London for the MCM once again this year (October 26-28th, that's next weekend!) Hope to see you there ^^ My banner didn't fit in my suitcase though :c charms of living in a place from where getting anywhere involves getting on a damn plane.
I'm gonna have some posters (including some 1000+ yrs old manga stuff, for the last time), postcards, keyrings and stuff with me, also will be doing commissions... Please stop by to chat! : )
Here's where we're going to be located!
It's alright if you don't notice me among all the other awesome people that I'm going to be surrounded with, though :I
so yeah like for real lineup of osom :I i don't even T_T
can't wait to meet you guys there
It's been exactly a year since my first day in school in a new country. It felt so neverending while it lasted, and I'd love to say that it's over now, that everything's back to normal but... it's not. Did you ever experienced something that changed you entirely, that nothing could ever go back to the way it was before? Well I have that feeling.
I've been to places I never dreamt I'd visit, but still it was quite to be expected. What I definitely did not expect is to meet all those amazing people. They may not know that, but I learned a lot from them. I learned to take my time with things. I learned a new language. I learned the boundaries of my capabilities. The distance that is between me and my friends taught me to value every single moment spent together. For that I can never be thankful enough.
I could go into details now, share my experiences, but nothing can ever summarize what quite happened. I tried giving a true counting of what I've seen and done. I did not presume to understand all the aspects of that so very different culture and environment. But I got used to it much more easily than I thought (and now I just wait for the moment when I can go back, haha; THE FOOD).
I know I am grateful to have partaken in all this. Even if for a moment. But it's not quite over yet. I still have some places to go to OTL I'm very curious where I'll settle in the end and I'm looking forward to that moment. All that luggage that waits to be unpacked! haha
Anyways, I think all that can be easily noticed through my art somehow... First a huge break, than stuff that was quite a turnaround from what I liked to draw before, and it goes on haha Again, I got to talk to people I really admire as an artist (and I'm honored to be able to call them my friends) and they helped me figure things out. It was a good change. I don't know, maybe I was meant to follow that path sooner or later...
Thanks to all those people who bear with me no matter what and how I draw. It means a lot to me!
Oh, and got a new phone so I can use Instagram! I'm saharaam there too~
Hope things are ok with you guys, and that it was a good summer! : )
I was thinking about giving something back to the community, since I get tremendous support every time I check deviantart and I'm very thankful for that ;^; Just feel like I wasn't giving back to the community even 1/10 as much as I get... I'll be working on a tutorial or two as soon as I get back (just don't know what is the thing you'd like to see the most)...
but in the meantime, the first person who screenshots my 500,000 pvs kiriban and sends it to me in a note will get something from me, probably a simple drawing of choice. And I mean, simple, I'm already sleep deprived haha~
Please enjoy your holidays/summer!!
Hello darlings, just writing to let you know that you might wanna grab the latest IFX issue 85 (August 2012) as it has my feature there... On one hand i still don't think I'm worthy, on the other hand I'm super happy that IFX guys decided they wanted me there... those images are pretty old by now haha~
Won the Lost Kids cover contest
this piece brought me the first prize in =FelipeCagno's The Lost Kids cover contest. Woah really didn't see that coming!! So honored ;_;
Hope you are all ok <3 Fighting!
I'll post commission information soon if anyone is interested, you can read about it at my blog: sinbrows.tumblr.com/post/26198…
I'll go back to rewatching 1st season (for like, 4th time) now, as I think I've memorized the 2x01 well enough.
- Listening to: Kid Cudi
- Watching: Game of Thrones
- Eating: jajamyeong
- Drinking: bubble tea
Edit: here are the answers : ) sometimes I gave it more thought/shortened to make more sense than in comments. Sometimes I changed the questions and cut my blabbery to make a concise FAQ. Sorry for that!
1. What program do you use?
It's been Painttool SAI for everything recently. I used Artrage and Photoshop before.
2. What brushes/brush settings do you use?
3. How long does it take to draw single illustration?
I should be answering this question under every deviation, I know, but I suck at artist's comments and usually it's just hard to tell O.o for paintings it's 8-10hrs for not-so-detailed rendition, and 20+ for fully rendered illustration. For Example:
(probably more, I've been working on that illust on and off. The stick itself took me exactly 1,5hr)
4. What's the size of your foot?
Too big, man. I have bigger feet than people taller than me, lol.
5. Do you paint on one layer, or do you use lots?
Depends. In paintings I use very few or just one layer. It make things easy and colors mix nicely. If I draw comics illustration I often use more layers to apply shadows 'n stuff by layer masks.
6. What tablet do you use?
For works dated 2008-2010 it was Wacom Cintiq 12WX, now it's Wacom Intuos5 M.
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7. How long have you been drawing for?
As of now, it's been four years, since 2008. I picked up sooo late compared to my friends T.T'
8. What were the practices you did to improve so fast? What kind of exercice we should do to improve drawings in general?
50 pushups and a beer every night I like to think that I've always been supposed to be drawing...
I just feel like catching up for all those lost years.
Now that sounded weird.
I've loved watching movies since forever though, I loved movie costumes, action, shots, storytelling, everything. I learned to look at things and see different value than most other people. So I'd say, I had good basics even before I first picked up a pencil... And then I was told by some wise people and great artists that without knowledge you won't go far in this business, and I will keep that in mind forever.
I was very systematic in my art adventures (almost, mathematical...? I've learned everything in exact steps I could name) So, I had to learn anatomy (there were many things that I learned later, but this one was the first) - so I got some books (I got an excellent one from my friend!), and with every drawing I checked carefully if the character I draw has arms and legs on place and attached correctly! Also, mirror became my friend. I still look at my own hands in a way no one else does xD
Then, I learned perspective and acknowledged light&color theory (although it didn't really work for me until something just switched in my head only recently). I look at and take a lot of photos.
This is nothing knew, but it's really good way to improve - look for reference for everything you draw! Bodies, clothes, materials, perspective... it's hard at first, you may not know how to apply it to your drawings, or not notice that the way light reflects in that metal collar has a pattern, but give yourself time! We draw people all the time but often forget that we are people ourselves (thank you, mr. obvious). So go look at yourself in a mirror from time to time! I run to the bathroom every time I have a problem with foreshortening, haha.
I started using reference around 2 years ago, in my manga drawings first, and I can see the difference myself. The clothes I drew stopped to look like paper and the materials I colored started to resemble themselves. Now I can draw hair, shirt, metal gear, wood, polished and not, with my eyes closed...
So, I just put everything I know into every drawing.
9. How have you learnt to paint over the years. Do you read lots of books and watch art videos, or have you learn't most from trial and error? Do you do studies and practices or just personal stuff?
I've never seen any art videos connected to what I draw, actually. I know how I want it to look like, I want it to be recognizable, in both atmosphere and colors. I like painting from real life and work with reference, but I always add something from myself. And that is my practice! As I said, I study movies a lot, especially costumes and shots. I don't really base my work on some other artists work, I take things straight from the reality, and put it on paper/screen, filtered with a vision of my own. When I look at other artists' work, I admire the amount of work and skill and knowledge they needed to draw this and try to put an equal amount into mine... That's why seeing awesome work never demotivates me - it makes me want to strive harder, open new canvas and give my best this time!
10. What books do you recommend to study anatomy?
'Anatomy for the Artist' by Sarah Simblet. Also, recently I got myself 'ImagineFX Presents: Anatomy'. It's really good, especially when you want to learn to draw animals. I often use a book with male poses. If you don't really have the money to spend, I suggest browse the internet for pictures of not very dressed people. I have tons of them on my computer. Very incriminating.
11. What's your favourite part when your drawing? Coloring? Sketching? Shadeing?
Coloring = shading when I draw, haha
I think I have two favorite parts, first sketching and planning out atmosphere and base colors - when I'm excited about how it's going to look like - and then the stage of coloring when it starts to look decent? There is this really long part inbetween when my drawings look so terrible i really want to give it up... -.- So it's easier to name just the one part that I hate xD
12. What's the first thing you draw in a picture?
Everytime it's different! I used to always draw the face first, but now, when the faces are no longer my main focus, I tend to outline other things first. It depends on the concept, for example, when I want to draw half naked guy in a cool crouching pose I start with outlining the pose and general composition! Faces are often the last thing I draw in.
13. How does your drawing process look like?
I sketch an outline on a very small canvas, to capture overall composition, than zoom in to add details. When the sketch is ready, I create one layer underneatch for colors, just to capture the atmosphere, and define how I want it to look like in the end. I often check how it looks on a very small thumbnail/zoomed out. Then I either continue painting on the coloration layer I just made, or create new ones for every significant part of the picture. Add shades. Picture starts to look dimentional. I work with details part by part from now on, moving to the next part after finishing previous one. Clothes, face, hair, additional items, background, often in this order. But I often finish the most important part first, which is different for every picture. In the end I enhance colors, add textures, crop out, usual stuff. Make lots of coffee and kill lots of songs in the process.
14. If you only started drawing 4 years ago, what was your interest? What are you planning for the future too :3 are you in an university or something?
My interest was to put down those pretty bishie faces on paper. I just considered anime a pretty fun and neat way to draw people and wanted to try myself. I had no idea people would like anything I draw and I would end up pursuing it as a career. I plan to ... find a good job in a company and stop being freelance! Publish a graphic novel of my own as well.
Yes, I'm at a university, studying languages!
15. Will we be seeing more finished works of R.E.M in the future?
Yes! And, hopefully, the comics itself.
16. How many languages do you know, and how did you study them?
As an honest answer to this question makes me sound extremely multilingual (I am not), I plead the Fifth!!!
Thank you all for questions I think we've covered most important stuff!
Shoot, if you have anything else to ask though.