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My drawings through the years

Markness

Young God
V.I.P Member
Another way to look at it: in the world of dogs, ”derpy” is one of the best compliments you can give. I am NOT calling you a dog, but are you sure derpy is a negative thing?

And by the way, that January 11th drawing is pretty fantastic.
I don’t understand the context of “the world of dogs.”
 

Rodafina

Hopefully Human
V.I.P Member
I don’t understand the context of “the world of dogs.”
Yeah, I can see why that’s confusing. I guess I mean humans who like dogs. I love dogs and I have friends who love dogs and we will often call each other’s dog a derp when they look really really cute. In my head it’s a compliment. I bring up dogs because that’s the only context in which I’ve heard that word used. But, in that context it is usually used lovingly in my experience.
 

Markness

Young God
V.I.P Member
Yeah, I can see why that’s confusing. I guess I mean humans who like dogs. I love dogs and I have friends who love dogs and we will often call each other’s dog a derp when they look really really cute. In my head it’s a compliment. I bring up dogs because that’s the only context in which I’ve heard that word used. But, in that context it is usually used lovingly in my experience.
When I look up the term “derpy” on Google, it is defined as being foolish or stupid. There’s also a South Park character named Mr. Derp and he’s portrayed as a doofus.
 

Rodafina

Hopefully Human
V.I.P Member
When I look up the term “derpy” on Google, it is defined as being foolish or stupid. There’s also a South Park character named Mr. Derp and he’s portrayed as a doofus.
Oh, I’m sorry. I think I am wrong here. People definitely use it to describe dogs in the loving way, but clearly it has other uses, too.

Sorry for the confusion there, but I still think your art is pretty cool.
 

Markness

Young God
V.I.P Member
Oh, I’m sorry. I think I am wrong here. People definitely use it to describe dogs in the loving way, but clearly it has other uses, too.

Sorry for the confusion there, but I still think your art is pretty cool.
It’s not your fault. Society has a bad habit of using words haphazardly.
 

Markness

Young God
V.I.P Member
Oh, I’m sorry. I think I am wrong here. People definitely use it to describe dogs in the loving way, but clearly it has other uses, too.

Sorry for the confusion there, but I still think your art is pretty cool.
I wish art could be my life instead of the dull and jail-like library job I have.
 

Rodafina

Hopefully Human
V.I.P Member
I wish art could be my life instead of the dull and jail-like library job I have.
If art is truly in your heart, then it can go everywhere with you - even to your dull library job. Although you might not be drawing, you could be studying - studying shadows and shapes and lines and looking around you and thinking about everything how you would draw it.

I always had a hard time looking at people’s faces when we were talking. But, when I started to study their faces artistically, I gained a new social skill. Now, when people think I am having normal eye contact with them, really I am studying the shadows that make a nose stand out, and trying to memorize how to make the shadows on the temples, around the chin, and under the eyes.

I understand your sentiment, but I believe you can make art your life and also bear the burden of this boring job.
 

Au Naturel

Au Naturel
I guess I have to conclude that I am not good at drawing at all. Recently, someone said everything I did looked “derpy” and that has set my already low confidence even further back. They also expressed shock that I find blending daunting.
You're a lot better than me.
 

tree

Blue/Green
Staff member
V.I.P Member
In grade school kids just licked their colored pencils
when they wanted the color to be smooth and dark.

Today is the first I've seen people using petroleum
jelly and baby oil for a similar effect.



Here's a video on various ways to blend colored pencils.
 

Gift2humanity

Well-Known Member
V.I.P Member
I have drawn on and off throughout my life. I tend to be hard on myself due to comparing myself to others and I have trouble holding pencils due to carpal tunnel as well as aspie-motor problems but I’ve been getting some thumbs up from friends so I am getting more confident in what I am doing.

First, my older stuff. This is Impy, a character of my own:
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This is a Lupo the Butcher-like character I created in an art class only doing vertical lines:
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Impy again along with another original character, Grife, in a Ren and Stimpy like pose:
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I forgot what the technique I did for this is called but it resulted in something zany:
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Kittens:
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Meant to be a self-portrait of my younger self, especially before my hairline receded:
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Grife and Impy again, sitting on a couch like Beavis and Butthead:
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Now, for some things more recent.

Nanachi from Made in Abyss. I am working on a newer drawing of the character, though:
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A drawing of X from Mega Man X in progress:
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Keep going, follow your bliss, you enjoy it. This is good.
 

Markness

Young God
V.I.P Member
The person who called my art “derpy” and that it’s obvious I have shaky hands I wish never told me those things. It’s partly why I haven’t drawn anything lately.
 
I guess I have to conclude that I am not good at drawing at all. Recently, someone said everything I did looked “derpy” and that has set my already low confidence even further back. They also expressed shock that I find blending daunting.

I wouldn’t conclude that at all.

May I ask, when you are sketching do you use shapes and forms to design the base of your character? Do you model a body form and add attire to it? Do you define the hair alongside the outlining?

I would like to know your process because though I do like your work and see a lot of improvement made, adaptation and addition of skills in the past year..

I see a lot of things that look similar to my own struggles had before progressing further but yet in your words, only recognize the painful hands after reading the entirety, making me wonder how you sketch and whether you have issue with applied pressure while concentrating or focusing.

To me there are some subtleties that stand out but I’d like to hear from your experience before I explain a bit more

I do appreciate your work, the full Nanachi and Stimpodemon I admire and you do have a decent amount of talent..

I was not keen on most depictions of Impy but the initial artwork of Impy at the thread beginning had me curious what other variations you had created, as I like the aspects of that one.
 

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