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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 8:22 AM
Hey hey!

First of all, I would like to thank the charming :iconliliwrites: for giving me this one month subscription. I feel like I've been wasting it so I'm continuing the feature which I was supposed to do a while ago :D As a continuation of Late New Years Resolution charmed-ravenclaw.deviantart.c… here are some other things I'd like to get better at in 2012!

I attempted to focus on perspective the other day. Didn't go so well but I found some great tutes!
The Basics: Point Perspective by Shattered-Earth… Placing Figures in Perspective by kiolia Five Pt. Perspective Tutorial by awlaux The Perspective Tutorial by sashas Perspective + Composition Pt.1 by fox-orian Perspective + Composition Pt.2 by fox-orian

An extra crease/folds tute!
How to Draw Cloth - The Basics by JaneMere

An excellent Light and shadow tute! And closely related, a lineart one:
The BASICS : Light + Shadow by Shattered-Earth The Lineart Tutorial by sashas

A really useful one for referencing poses!
The BASICS : Using References by Shattered-Earth

2. Specific objects I'd like to get better at drawing:

a) Comic panelling. Also influenced by Marvel
...... by guilloteeeen VoI: Round 2-16 by Endling ShadowLands pg. 23 by VagabondArts Realizes ey Key by soracilipi Through the Dream Book - 01 by Rode-Egel

b) Fire and smoke
:thumb63451762: Fire Tutorial 2.0 by Hawk4 Fire Tutorial by windancer53 Creating smoke in Photoshop by chewymonkey Smoke Effect Tutorial by ClemiKinkajou vector flames tutorial by hellron

c) Water – it always get me :P The way it moves…
Relay by muse33
Tutorial - Splashing water by Aomori Water Tutorial by MinnaSundberg

d) Mythical creatures – such as dragons and griffins. Not many reference pictures of those! The way that feathers and scales wrap around their bodies eludes me!
Scale Tutorial by Droemar Asian dragons tutorial by Majnouna Tutorial - DRAGON FEET by TwilightSaint Dragon Tutorial - New by alecan
Griffin King by wolf-minori Griffin plate by EnigmaticPhantasy

3. Mediums I'd like to try/ get better at:

a) Digital painting with photoshop and illustrator, as well as photomanipulating. Also inspired by Dave McKean. May need a tablet, which I haven't got one… yet…
Negative Space by Flynn-the-cat Ai-file by LimKis Kailee and Roo by TamberElla My soul Your beats by pcmaniac88 turtle by Ramonova Tribute to MichaelO by DayNightHour :thumb239092419: lakeside by LimKis The Hallow Evening by eclipsy

b) Photography. I really need to improve with everything in photography. I mostly rely on lucky shot :S Need to learn the settings and how to use them!
Storms by EvilxElf Shattered Me by oO-Rein-Oo The Portal by Hopie-chan living under water -bw- by adibudojo S by DerPavlo Meraih keinginan by fitrido Big Boys' Toys by VerticalDubai Sunshowers by Sandrita-87 shadow by forgottenx Trickster by mihaiteodorescu Roof Climber by oO-Rein-Oo Curvature by IvanAndreevich
:thumb148650536: Tutorial: Panning Photography by lightronin Understanding Depth of Field by photo-class

c) Drawing with a pen – dithering, cross hatching, etc. I'd like to learn with biros too! Also inspired by Chris Riddell and Brett Helquist
Bird by Kyla-Nichole dead man by DanielGrzeszkiewicz a woman's secret by topazlights Looking for her valentine by Celtilia the leap by reesham

d) Using opaque paints – acrylics and hopefully eventually oil paints. I'd also like to experiment with the palette knife :D
Serenity by sagittariusgallery Breeze by sagittariusgallery :thumb74016008: So This Is What It Feels Like by yantotzkie Marine novembre 2 by Malahicha CITY LIGHTS by ARTBYTERESA

e) Water colour and inks– I think my main fail is never buying the right paper
Fire by Kyla-Nichole Poppy field by Ner-Tamin like wildfire by agnes-cecile the empty mind full of lighters by kawako198 learn to bloom by agnes-cecile Vertigo by supertotallyfresh Ariel - Little mermaid by Maevachan Past Reflections by supertotallyfresh :thumb172303021:

f) Drawing with graphite pencils. Especially the dark areas of shading
Luscious by youngmoons Guinevere - Keira Knightley by akaLilith Jennifer Garner - Boa by KJS-1 Titanic by AndyRidae Roses are Red by Cataclysm-X

g) Writing. I have so many ideas in my head. I'm never motivated enough to write them all for some reason… Inspired by the likes of K.A. Applegate, J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman at the moment
Crossing Genres
Every genre has core elements that make that genre that genre. In order to Cross Genres properly, you need to know each of your genre's distinctive elements and make them Equally Important in the story.
Simple, no? However...
One of the most common mistakes I've seen in every genre of fiction: IGNORANCE.
"Most of the common mistakes come with any writing that isn't so good—bad characters, bad plots, bad writing. The ones which are peculiar to alternate histories (fantasy and sci-fi) are bad research and bad extrapolation."
-- An Interview with Harry Turtledove --
How do you expect to cross genres properly if you don't even know the genres you're working with? Contrary to popular belief, even if you're writing pure Heroic Fantasy, just making it up as you go is NOT good enough!
On writing Heroic Fantasy
"The consequence of making that assumption is, inevita
Character Motivation
Everyone's heard that characters should have goals, something they want and must strive for, overcoming obstacles and antagonists in order to obtain. Because, well, a story is the record of your character's journey toward achieving a goal.
While all of this is true, I think a lot of writers lose sight of an even more important aspect of character. That is, motivation. Sure, you know what your character wants.
That's the gist of motivation. What is the psychology and reasoning behind your character's goal? If your character is driven to make money, is his motivation greed? To pay off a debt? To support his family?
Motivation is your character's emotional connection with the reader. When the reader comes to understand why your character has set out to achieve his goal, they will understand your character in human terms, relate to him, and become invested in what happens to your character throughout the story.
Without a clear motivation, your character's goals don't mean much. So wha

h) Song writing, and ear training with music.

But of course, there are only so many tutorials you can read :) The most important thing is PRACTICE!

  • Listening to: Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Amen
  • Reading: The Last Temptation - Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Charmed
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Nothing
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you for the features! I hope people will find them useful : ) It's sweet of you to help others with your new sub too!
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. Me too. Heh heh, so far I haven't really done anything with it though :S I've given a few people critiques but that's now open to everybody but yeah. Thanks!
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Haha you should spruce up your page with box backgrounds and make some polls! :D
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, right polls! I totally forgot about those!
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