dragonmania [Profile] 2013/7/5 - 7:40:15
Heather's character Lucky
Here you go heather, thanks for letting e draw him, i hope i did him justice.
any comments and criticisms are appreciated, as is some advise on drawing backgrounds
heather [Profile] 2013/7/5 - 13:8:29
I absolutely adore him! :D thank you so much for drawing him! <3
As for the crits I actually think you did really well with him however his neck seems a little too.. thin?, Lucky's neck is really bulky, a bit like a horse and his collar fits tightly around his neck not flopping everywhere.
Lucky himself is actually very fit and muscular with only enough fat to pad his bones and paws, I know muscle tone is a very hard thing for even me to pull off, even in my reference I couldn't demonstrate how fit he is but he should have been big and bulky.
I really like the wings though, i'm quite jealous of how you get such detail into it when I can only draw the highlights. and I really like the paw pads too, they look really neat.
One more crit and i'll be out of your hair, Lucky's jaws tend to be very thick and pack a tremendous amount of bite force, what I do is draw out the size of the face first then add the mouth outline once I have drawn the head out.
Again thank you for drawing him, I don't know what advice to give you on backgrounds as i'm not exactly and expert on backgrounds myself.
dragonmania [Profile] 2013/7/5 - 13:29:54
Thanks heather, all of the things you said made perfect sense, i had quite a bit of trouble getting his head right. Glad you're pleased with my drawing of him though, the wings were tons of fun to do and the tail reminds me of my cat Buster's!!!!! i should probably practice drawing felines more in the future.
floodcontrol [Profile] 2013/7/5 - 21:14:40
This video has helped me more than anything else. It may seem sort of unrelated but once you start to harness fractals and shading I think you'll see your backgrounds improve dramatically. (mine certainly did)
A lot of people will say stuff like 'perspective'. Perspective is nice and even invaluable, but at times, I feel its utilization in practical drawing can feel too geared towards 'man-made environments' (aka: cities, and stuff like blocks and boxes). When it comes to organic environments (aka: Nature and landscapes) fractals are everything.
(blah blah, fractals, vanishing points, fractals, blah blah blah... I'll shut up before this response becomes 3 pages long. Watch the video if you have time to spare because it's far more interesting than I make it sound.)
dragonmania [Profile] 2013/7/6 - 11:17:3
Thanks floodcontrol i just watched it and it made tons of sense. It really brought out my inner geek as well so i quite enjoyed watching it, might have to see if i can buy that book he's talking about at the beginning
catgirl [Profile] 2013/7/11 - 13:32:41
Although the build is not on model for the character, it looks very feline. The far front foot (where we see the pawpads) is turned too much toward us for a simple walk, should be much more to the side.
Your feathered wings are really cool.