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Result in thread: It's been a while.
"It's been a while. ", 30th Jun 2014, 7:31 AM #1
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Need some critique on my art-style since it's been a while since I've worked on anything related to my story.

I'm used to traditional mediums such as colored pencils, but I have a tablet.

As of now I tend to do my sketches on paper because it feels more natural to me. Then I do the line art digitally.

Here's the progression of one of the characters over the span of 12 years.

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Result in thread: Post your works in progress
30th Jun 2014, 7:00 AM #2
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Main female character from my story. Keyary.

I have no clue what I'm doing as far as digital coloring is concerned so I'm afraid to finish it. lol.

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29th Jun 2014, 10:45 PM #3
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dougwarner59:47 Ronin: They all killed their selves at the end; even the hero Keanu ...what the f##k!
Thanks for the spoiler (NOT). Not nice on a recent film that some of us haven't seen yet.



In my opinion, he spared you from wasting both time and money. :P Also it's based off of a historical event, not much to spoil.

That's like going to see Titanic and expecting everyone to make it to the end of the movie alive.
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29th Jun 2014, 9:57 PM #4
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dougwarner59:47 Ronin: They all killed their selves at the end; even the hero Keanu ...what the f##k! They could have found a way to let him live. I guess they did this to portray a more realistic ending because this was loosely based on events that were said to happen (which is usually a red flag for me. It usually means I'm about to be disappointed.) I mean they had dragons, magical being and magical creatures, yet they decided to go the realistic route at the very end. Who was this meant for? People who will never watch the movie in the first place? When I see an action movie I don't want to see the words base on real events. In most cases this means it will be less exciting and more realistic. Sure, there has to be some degree of realism in a movie. I call it expected realism. but going beyond it seems to make the movie less enjoyable.


Attempted to watch this yesterday.. Had to stop and walk away about 30 mins in. I've never done that with any movie, but this was just a mockery to the original, and the historical event itself..

My biggest question was .. they had a 175 million dollar budget for this movie.. Where did it go?

The acting was terrible.

The dialog was cringe-worthy.

The camera work was awful.

The plot was as boring as a tree stump, with all the cheesy magical elements that weren't needed. There was no sense of attachment to anything in the movie. I simply did not care what happened to anyone. It was that lackluster.

The only thing good about this movie was the costumes.
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Result in thread: Tell me something about you
29th Jun 2014, 8:46 AM #5
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Don't know if it's good or bad.. But..

Even though my body was broken in multiple cases to the point where I couldn't walk for over a year (Torn spine, fractured hip, and broken feet), I continued to persist with my training/physical rehab just to try to return to my unit. Everyone kept telling me I had one of the most indomitable spirits and will power they've seen and was told I was a beckon of inspiration for many.

That will power and persistence only injured me more, to the point where I became irreversibly broken.

Guess I'm not a quitter (But my body can only do so much.)
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Result in thread: Stories and scripts?
27th Jun 2014, 1:13 AM #6
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Thanks for all the input guys and gals.

Draken Burst is a pretty long story. The first time I wrote it, it ended up being over 4000 pages, and that was just the first "series."

Because it has THAT much content, I think I would get extremely off course if I just started drawing away at it without having a solid written version as my anchor and to keep everything in place.

Guess it's just annoying when taking a long break and coming back with so many changes and new ideas that don't fit anymore.
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Result in thread: Stories and scripts?
"Stories and scripts?", 26th Jun 2014, 7:26 AM #7
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Just wondering how many people base their comics/drawings off of a written story or script they've made.

If you do, how do you go about creating your comic? Do you write out a chapter, then draw it? Or do you create the whole story before working on your comic.

I'm curious because, over the past 12 years.. I've edited my "story" so often that I never really end up liking how my comic is, and starting it over.

The story itself matures and becomes better, however, I never really make any progress as far as the actual comic.

I'm currently re-writing my story for the 4th time in novel format, that way if I never get around to completing the comic, there will be some form of it finished.

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Result in thread: Unrelated Art (Post yours!)
22nd Jun 2014, 10:20 PM #8
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Mara.Self:Haven't drawn anything in probably over a year. Couldn't sleep last night and this happened.



I like to call that creative diarrhea. After doing routine artwork or nothing at all, it just splurges in a ferocious manner. For me it happens after the long winter months give way to spring. Every freakin' year.

Epic dragon btw. :)


Creative diarrhea, eh? Hah. Ended up filling it in with colored pencil.

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22nd Jun 2014, 5:48 PM #9
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Haven't drawn anything in probably over a year. Couldn't sleep last night and this happened.

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Result in thread: The Not Venting Thread!
17th Jul 2013, 6:19 PM #10
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It feels great being able to eat what I want again. But after almost a year of not being able to, I've learned A LOT of self-restraint. /shakesfistatchocolate.
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Result in thread: Hi, Hello, How Are You?
17th Jul 2013, 6:07 PM #11
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Welcome to the show.
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16th Jul 2013, 8:52 PM #12
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Depends on how an individual translates friendship. Do you consider someone you see or speak to every once in a blue moon a friend or an acquaintance?

From moving around consistently, I've found it very easy to make "acquaintances" by becoming very personable. However, most of it, in my experience is superficial and I cannot consider that as friendship.

Calling someone my friend puts them more on a comrade level if anything else. I've got their back, they've got mine. There's a really strong bond there.. and it really hurts when that bond is broken, like you're losing a sibling and it almost leaves a void in you that you keep trying to fill with these "superficial acquaintances." Real friends are hard to find and when you do find them, try your best to keep them. I usually only have one or two "friends" I can rely on at a time.

As for where friendships end.. Well one golden rule I've lived by is " Don't break my trust or toy with my emotions. I'm trusting you with the deepest parts of who I am.."

Anyone who's broken that pretty much gets cut off. I don't have time for that kind of drama. But that's just me. Idk. Maybe I have unreasonable standards when it comes to people. :P I currently don't have anyone in that "friendship" slot.
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16th Jul 2013, 8:42 PM #13
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I watched a college art teacher fail a student for having too much "anime" influence in their projects, even though that person did what was instructed for the project. The teacher, however told her that it wasn't a style of art. I think that's what people are afraid of. Wasn't the first time I've seen a teacher do that either.
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Result in thread: Manga Studio 5 EX release
16th Jul 2013, 6:13 PM #14
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Dante:Looking forward to this I use MS4 EX and I've been waiting to hear from other people is the new MS is going to be worth the money


Same. If there's not a huge difference I probably won't upgrade.
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Result in thread: Jrade & Streak's Wedding
16th Jul 2013, 7:49 AM #15
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That's pretty awesome. I got married on August 13th. :P Was a Friday. Grats guys.
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15th Jul 2013, 11:27 PM #16
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I like this thread. People acquire a certain style based on influence ( aware or not aware that they do..) from a multitude of art styles.

When I was young, I had a knack for realism. But later on I used the "manga/anime" style along with some Western comic style for influences... However, any time I stopped drawing for a prolonged period of time, when I started up again.. I would find that my style would change. That part was a little frustrating because I had to keep reworking my characters around my "new" style at the time.

This was my style for the longest time:




Now it's this:




You can see a remote resemblance still.
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15th Jul 2013, 6:28 PM #17
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TheOneBlueGecko:I am glad everything is ok. And you baby is so cute, congratulations!


Thanks! Was a tough couple of months. :P
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Result in thread: Post your works in progress
15th Jul 2013, 6:26 PM #18
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my second painting!

my first painting 11th doctor


That's beautiful. I don't even watch that show.

Here's a WIP from my comic. I know it's sort of big lol.

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"I'm still alive! Updates to come!", 15th Jul 2013, 4:30 PM #19
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Hey guys, I'm back. Sorry about the long absence and lack of updates. Was pregnant and had a little girl through c-section due to complications.

Her name is Sabine. This is her at 3 days old. Cute, right? I think so too.

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To make matters take even longer I had to have surgery shortly after to have my gallbladder removed. Don't fear! I'm recovering from both surgeries just fine even though my abdomen looks like a battlefield of scars. You'll be seeing updates of Draken Burst (Click here.) soon! Stay tuned.
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Result in thread: And the verdict is in.
15th Feb 2013, 3:31 AM #20
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Magravan:Congrats! Have you decided on a name yet?


Naming her Sabine (Sab-een) after my grandmother.

Full name will be Sabine Elisabeth Self.
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