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REALISM IS NOT LIKE RIDING A BIKE! IT LIES!!!

...So, I've been kind of working my way toward doing this really spiffy character for a friend in realism and had forgotten all the hell that came with that style of art. I'm so used to sketching and such that I had forgotten all the honest to goodness work that went into it. Like the constant applying and un-applying of graphite, the shading from hell, and the knowledge that once again I am so going in blind because I thought it would be a good idea to use a half a dozen different references and their dogs to try to build an original character from scratch! I knew it would be a challenge going in but... seriously?!?!

I am determined though, I'm going to do something awesome with the Love-Child even if I have to eventually scrap what I'm doing now to make something prettier in my comfort zone.

But first!

I'm going to see if I can't make this little experiment pan out.

The bones of it doesn't look too bad, and while the shading is certainly being a nightmare I'm slowly remembering all the little tricks for working around that handicap. It's just... wow.

I suppose this is what I get for working with traditional mediums rather than just saving my money to get all the equipment and programs needed for digital art. :XD:

Go figure.

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Reborn-Chan
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Felosoraptor Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Photographer
Thanks for the fave on Fairy Goo by Felosoraptor
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Reborn-Chan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome!
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fanastyfinder Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the fave! :iconspazhugplz:
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Reborn-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome!
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Sumi-Sprite Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! 83
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Reborn-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I love your stories! -Shi
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neir-2-you Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
:D Thanks for the fave!! ^v^)b
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Reborn-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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OpenLocks Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
After a long break, I came back to da and realised I'd never answered a forum post you put up... >.< I typed up an answer to realise that the forum was closed and I couldn't post it! So I hope you don't mind this piece of spam, but this is what I was going to say to you ^^;

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Waaah, left this comment so long without a reply... *hits self in head*

By now you've probably figured everything out on your own anyway. I'd generally recommend a HB for most sketches, or if you've got a really good idea of what you want to draw, a 2H creates a lighter line that won't show through in your final work as much (but consequently, is harder to erase or alter than HB by a little). Then I'd recommend using the rest of the B range to work in your tones and shadows.

You'll figure out how you like to do it as you go along ;) I can't think of any particularly good books off the top of my head: most books that are a general drawing course have a blurb at the start about different mediums to work with, and you can learn a lot from them. The only ones I've read that do come to mind atm would be anything by Barrington Barber. I've got several books by this author/artist and they're all worth the time (even though looking at the work they've done can be a touch intimidating/jealousy-inducing :D )

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Eh, useless info, but anyway... *sneaks off again*
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Reborn-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is great!

At this point, I've actually been kind of just guessing with what to use with mixed results. This [link] is my first shot at any kind of realism, and I was using about six different tutorials to get this far. Sadly, the bulk of the tutorials here are very short, and don't give me all the information that I'm looking for. I've put a hold on one of the books you suggested at my library, and I'm going to pick it up today.

:dance: Here's to hoping I can get better soon. -Shi
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