Ahhh I've been done and I was quite happy with the results! Yes!
So, I got my partner's gem, Jonquil, to draw. She's a pretty gem and compared to all the other OCs, she was in my comfort zone.
Overall, I really like how bright it looks. Even though the hair did put up some struggle, and to find matching colours on a limited palette. The posture is a bit wonky, and I made her skirt real big now her legs look tiny (but I think they're a bit off, speaking proportionally) and maybe I missed a part of her veil (urg). Still, I'm happy with the shading on her skirt (it's the first I tried doing it like that!).
About the tiny purple ball, it's said Jonquil likes anything small that would fit in her hands, I tried drawing flower petals at first but I couldn't get her hands right, so I changed it into some kind of tiny gem (pearl?) that has some kind of meaning to her. Or maybe it's just the life essence of a bud?
Eh. You can get creative with that.
I tried doing the star-background in a SU style, but it didn't really work out for me so I did it my way instead.
I hope you like it!
Jonquil belongs to CattyD
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The thing that I love the most about this artwork is the color palette. Looks bright, fresh, makes me think of summer. The character desing is really great, she looks like some summer breeze fairy (?). Al someone already pointed out, the sleeves are fantastic, really original. I´d love to have a dress with sleeves like those! I really like that she has a veil, veils aren´t seem really often, but they´re really pretty. And this combines perfectly with the character, it was a good choice,
I also like her face. She has beautiful features and her expression is lovely. Seems like a misture of melancholy and thinking for me, as if she was remembering some happy memories ♥
The choice of purple on the pearl was correct, it´s different enought from the palette to draw the attention of the viewer, but at the same time it merges perfecly with the rest of the color, allowing the viewer to focus also on the rest of the drawing.
However, as much as I love the idea and the desing, I think on the execution there are a few things you should improve.
First of all, anatomy is a bit off. The body looks too long, maybe because the longer skirt contributes to that sensation. Arms look thicker on the upper part, but a bit thinner on the lower.
However I´d say the biggest issue is on the fork-like hands. I think every artist struggles with hands, so don´t worry about that. Looking at references will help you a lot. Whenever I´m lost drawing hands (which is always) I use my own as a reference. Also, one day you can take a empty sheet of paper and try to draw your hand on different poses. This will help you understand better how they work. Once you understand the basics, it´ll be much easier!
The torso is fantastically drawn, it looks perfect. However, the problem is that it doesn´t really fit with the rest of the body. If you follow it´s lines, you may notice like in the part where the ribbon is she looks much thinner, as if anyone "cut" some piece of body. You can easily solve this if paying more attention when you make the sketch Besides that, torso is flawless.
Also, I´d say body lines look too straigh, I´d try to add a subtle curve to make it more natural looking.
The other major problem I see here is the coloring, shadows are barely visible, which makes your drawingk look really flat. I´d reccomend you to add a darker color or add a slight gradient to make the color stand out more. Also, as someone commented, that blurry, airbrush-like shadow in some parts doesn´t make much sense. I´d reccomend you to use a harder-border brush, or maybe something like the pen tool or so. That way they will stand out more and look more real.
From what I´ve seen, your traditional coloring looks much better than this. This happens really often when starting on digital art, so there´s no something you should feel bad for. In fact, that you are that great on traditional coloring has a big advantage: you can apply your coloring knowledge on digital art as well! Until you get more comfortable drawing digitally, I´d reccomend you to try to emulate as much as you can your coloring process digitally to you traditional one.
Finally, the blue on the background it´s too saturated, and makes a contrast too strong with the main drawings. I suggest a more toned down blue for that purpose. Also, that few star glows look a bit strange, they look really big and because of the distribution make some parts of the bg look empty. I´d suggest adding a bigger quantity of sparkles, but smaller in size and better distributed, to avoid that.
So, from what I´ve been seeing, I think you have made some mistakes, but I think the cause is the lack of digital art experience. As I already said, try to think of your digital canvas as a traditional one. You´ll get used to it in some point, and then you will improve a lot. I´m sure you have lots of potential! Just keep practising!
Also, I think you mentioned you use iPad to draw. That´s amazing that you can draw like this with an iPad! I really respect you for that!
However, if after practising you think you want to keep working on digital art, I´d reccomend you that once you´re sure, buy a graphic tablet and get some decent drawing program. It will make a big difference
Either way, thanks again for the comment!
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One of the best things with this piece is the subtlety that you have employed in the shading. Both the hair and the clothes are shaded pretty well. Shading is something that barely gets noticed in good art, although one would miss it if it isn’t there.
One part of the character design that I like is the feathery strap/sleeve-like things on her arms. I don’t think I have seen anything like that anywhere else, so it is a nice and artsy surprise.
I don’t see any problems with the legs. They don’t seem too long, too wide, or too thin, and it is a common mistake for many other artists to make them a bit short. The skirt covers over a lot of them, but thanks to the multi-layered design of the skirt, it doesn’t become too monotonous to the eye.
The colors, predominantly green, yellow, and white, are soft colors that blend quite naturally into each other but stand out enough for it to be enjoyable. The colors of the clothing combined with the flower gives the character a ‘close-to-nature’ feel that I like. The veil isn’t much visible, though – is it the yellow behind the character?
The purple gem is small and its shine looks a bit more like a stain than a shine (coloring it a little brighter might help), but the difference in color makes the eye feel at least a little drawn to it.
The background is also soft, but the fact it is blue makes the eye drawn more to the character, as it should. The background is pleasant without being distracting.
Hope this helped. - and nice pic.
Yes, the veil is the yellow thing (it's actually hair). The purple was quite a nuisance, to be honest, but I quite like purple so I thought, 'Heck, why not make it dark?'
I did the dot first before I coloured everything, so it looked good against the white of the canvas.
The reason I choose this piece was the expression this girl has. It looks she's thinking about something ;w;
Despite of your struggle with the color palette I think you got a nice result. The palette looks pleasant in my eyes. My favorite part of this piece is probably her face. I like the design of her eyes and her expression. I find it in a way elegant and it gives a personality.
I personally think thickness of her legs are fine, you mentioned in the description you found them really tiny looking. I do agree on that you made the skirt too long though this resulted on her legs looking really long.
Judging from your struggles mentioned in your description it sounds like you added the legs after you drew the skirt. If you want to make it easier for you to get the right proportions on characters I suggest drawing the full body in the sketch ''naked'' before adding the clothing. If you happened to have drawn the clothes before you added the legs then my tip is to try to trace the ''naked'' body again on the character on a different layer and then add the legs again with the coloring and lineart. I hope this all made a bit sense
The next thing I'd like to comment on is the shading. Right now there's like barely any shading visible which ends up giving the whole character a rather flat feeling. This could be improved with a higher contrast between the light shade and the dark shade. Right now the shades are almost just as light as the base color. Making them darker would make the shading more visible.
I also noticed you used a slight kind of ''airbrushy'' blending for the shading. When using that you're blurring away the shape of your shading, making your shading look very flat. If you use some kind of blending try to keep the shape of your shade more visible and don't blur it entirely.
If a flat shading was what you were going for then I'd suggest adding a thinner line-art the next time. I have to admit this is a personal preference but I have also noticed that most people who use little shading use thin linearts. Take for example the original drawing of this OC -> GU!Jonquil App. The artist used a thin lineart but also didn't add shading at and yet it looks appealling and clean. I feel like the thick lineart contrast too much with the low amount of shading and creates a kind of harsh effect. The reason I think a thin lineart goes better with flat shading is that it creates a softer and more clean feeling.
Hopefully my comment was useful ;o;
I see a lot of potential in your artworks, especially in your traditional artworks ~
Keep up the good work and keep practicing ^^
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I personally just prefer to fill it with brush and eraser like this person did -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMDOEb…
By the way may I ask if you use a drawing tablet? I'm asking this because your digital art seems to lack the ''pressure'' effect a drawing tablet has.
If not that I recommend investing in one as drawing digitally with mouse is extremely difficult, Of course it's possible to make digital art with mouse but I feel like it's not worth all the trouble it takes and the results will always be less good IMO.
Ps. I'd like to comment on your newest digital drawing~ it certainly improved from your last one, good job
aaaaah and i'm touched you sludged through that wall of information to find out more about her!! ;A;<33
im a little inspired to make a black pearl gem now too hmm
Thank you very much, I really appreciate the work you put into this! ;w; <3
as a side note though, she doesn't have a veil, she just has really dumb two-toned hair orz
sorry for the confusing design, and thank again for doing your best with it pfft ;v; )/
Oh, it no problem, haha, I usually like reading walls of text.
Maybe you should make her a pearl, who just fawns about their master haha and calls Jonquil precious and all.
Oops, the yellow part is hair? Darn, that's really cool- I didn't see that.
aaah that's good, walls of text are all i know /weeps
I did end up making the pearl, though havent decided on her info yet i do have a design for her!
may end up drawing interactions between them and jon soon =v=
yes it is, it's not entirely clear though since the white part doesnt really blend into it well nbd ovo /
Darn, that pearl looks pretty, she looks sarcastic too.
Hmm, sarcastic, but has that sweet personality- but she will threaten those who wish ill will to her mistress, maybe? A murderous pearl ohoho.
It looks really good!