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Dave
Artist | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: USA
Favourite genre of music: ROCK
Favourite style of art: Minimalist
Operating System: Linux (Windows Convert)
MP3 player of choice: N/A
Wallpaper of choice: Textured gray
Skin of choice: CT-Simple
Favourite cartoon character: Pinky (of Pinky & The Brain)
Personal Quote: "Nothing worth doing is easy."
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Though they're actually more of guidline than actual rules...
1- "1+1=2" That is, if I shade something once and then shade over it again, it will be twice as dark.
2- "The first cut is the deepest." The above rule does not apply to the very first line or shade, since compared to nothing, something is everything.
3- "The eraser is your friend." Erasing is not a sign of failure or inability, it's simply another tool. Perhaps if we changed its name from the eraser to the 'unpencil.'
4- "Darker is darker, unless it's deeper." Shading does two things: it denotes darker colors and it indicates a greater depth from the viewer's perspective. Black can look like a color or a hole, depending on how it's applied.
5- "Trust the lines." Look at the lines of anything you draw, one at a time. Ignore the big picture most the time, and just copy the lines: they know what they're doing.
6- "Feel before see." Specifically in regard to portraits, look at a person holistically before you analyze their lines. In the world of portraits, it is just as important to have a drawing feel like the person as look like them. It's like every person is a bell, and when you look at them, you can feel their unique tone. For those with whom you have little or no emotional connection, such as complete strangers, the tone is quieter, but it's there. Learn about your subject, take a moment to talk with them, find out their name. It's much easier to put someone on paper once they're not a stranger anymore.
  • Listening to: The voices in my head.
  • Reading: The words I'm writing, as I write them.
  • Watching: See above.
  • Playing: Hopscotch in my mind.
  • Eating: Breathing.
  • Drinking: A drink they call loneliness.

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Kidarakakash Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well hello there! :wave: Welcome to DA!
Thanks for your comment on my drawing :D I am still kind of considering just redoing the picture but will consider your suggestion first of course :D It's super hard trying to do this one. >.< The reference photo is a 3"x5" full body photo, so doing a close up of their faces without haveing the details to look at is proving quite difficult! >.<
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barid42 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007   Traditional Artist
Personally, I always go for feel. If you know the people, you know what they look like- that is, you know what emotions you get when you see them in person. Try to get that same feeling when you see your drawing.If something's not right, change it, and trust your gut. I may have a relatively feng shui approach versus technicality, but it has its place. Have fun.
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MezhaMaate Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
Hi there! Welcome to DA! :aww:
Hope you'll like here :lol:

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