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The Life of redswift (5/6) by ManFox
The Life of redswift (5/6)
Picture 5 out of 6 of a commission series for  Redswift

Almost done! One more picture remains of which I'm not quite sure yet how to tackle it, but I'll think of something in time. Here we have Redswift relaxing on a cold winter day in her cozy home, reading a book about... claws? The mystery!

Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS5; Wacom Bamboo Pen&Touch
Time: Eons

Art Ⓒ me
Character Ⓒ Redswift
Sir Bumblebee inspired by Invader Zim's Death Bee
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The Life of Redswift (4/6) by ManFox
The Life of Redswift (4/6)
Picture 4 out of 6 of a commission series for  Redswift

I'm feeling like the quality degrades with each successive picture here... I'm not quite sure how or why.
Also, I never knew how much little detail there was with military uniforms. You have those shoulder clasps, where the symbols tell people what you did, and the color of the tiny ribbons tell them your rank, and then that thing on the hat, and the little emblems on the collar, apparently also some additional emblems that aren't always there... I would be bad at military-ing.


Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS5; Wacom Bamboo Pen&Touch
Time: Way too long


Art Ⓒ me
Character Ⓒ Redswift
Sir Bumblebee inspired by Invader Zim's Death Bee
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I've drawn more in the past two months than I have in the half year before that. I've finished more of my commissions in 3 months than I have in all of last year.

Granted, we're only talking about a tiny handful of pictures, but knowing this makes me feel a bit better. Slowly, but steadily, I find myself getting back into a more or less steady art groove. I've made it my goal to draw at least for one hour every day from now on. Sketch, do lineart, work on commissions, just anything art-related, one hour a day at least. It's not much. It's not nearly anywhere as much as I hope to some day, but I've overloaded myself on this once, I don't plan to do it again until I know I can handle it.

So yeah, that's a thing. I feel like a retarded child proud of itself for not fucking something up to apocalyptic proportions for once. That's cool.


So what's next?

I've just slightly restructured my gallery (Meaning I added 2 folders and renamed one), went through some old artwork to check over where I improved, what needed work and such, next on I'll try to finish #4/6 of Redswift's commissions, and on the side I'll try to sketcharooni, get some art time pumped up. I've still got a LOT of work to take care of before I can finally draw for myself again without feeling guilty, but slowly and steadily, the pile gets smaller. All that's left now are 2 1/2 Redswift Commissions and some single parts of an SL skin. That's way less than the intimidating tower of work that kicked me out of it 2 years ago.

I know I won't be doing commissions for a while after this. Requests, maybe. Some free sketches or such, things that go fast and don't make me feel pressured. That's gonna be a good way for me to get some additional practice in, too. But mostly, there's so many ideas that have piled up in my notebook over the months, things I want to draw, techniques I want to try out. I want to try and build up a bit of a portfolio for myself, with concept sketches, full-on digital paintings, maybe some design things in there as well. I've got a character that I'm just burning to give a proper shape, I want to draw some pictures of my shark and maybe see if I can pick that comic idea back up that hasn't really been gone.

I've got a fun little challenge figured out that I want to try once I'm done with my main workload, something to help me work quickly and stay focussed on a picture. I'm not going to tell you much more about it since, y'know... the way I know myself this might still take a few months until then, but I'm looking forward to it personally.


And that's about it! Enjoy your weekends, everyone.
  • Mood: Pleased
  • Listening to: Red Bricks - Letter at my Door
Sketchy - Mastrel by ManFox
Sketchy - Mastrel
On my quest to regain a somewhat stable drawing groove, I found that it's important I do something that's not full, big, drawn-out pictures with refined lineart and (somewhat) proper backgrounds every once in a while. This is one of them. A quick-ish sketch of a friend's RP character. Mastrel is a psychic rogue kitty who dabbles in alchemy.

Can you tell I like using red for sketches?
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I've drawn more in the past two months than I have in the half year before that. I've finished more of my commissions in 3 months than I have in all of last year.

Granted, we're only talking about a tiny handful of pictures, but knowing this makes me feel a bit better. Slowly, but steadily, I find myself getting back into a more or less steady art groove. I've made it my goal to draw at least for one hour every day from now on. Sketch, do lineart, work on commissions, just anything art-related, one hour a day at least. It's not much. It's not nearly anywhere as much as I hope to some day, but I've overloaded myself on this once, I don't plan to do it again until I know I can handle it.

So yeah, that's a thing. I feel like a retarded child proud of itself for not fucking something up to apocalyptic proportions for once. That's cool.


So what's next?

I've just slightly restructured my gallery (Meaning I added 2 folders and renamed one), went through some old artwork to check over where I improved, what needed work and such, next on I'll try to finish #4/6 of Redswift's commissions, and on the side I'll try to sketcharooni, get some art time pumped up. I've still got a LOT of work to take care of before I can finally draw for myself again without feeling guilty, but slowly and steadily, the pile gets smaller. All that's left now are 2 1/2 Redswift Commissions and some single parts of an SL skin. That's way less than the intimidating tower of work that kicked me out of it 2 years ago.

I know I won't be doing commissions for a while after this. Requests, maybe. Some free sketches or such, things that go fast and don't make me feel pressured. That's gonna be a good way for me to get some additional practice in, too. But mostly, there's so many ideas that have piled up in my notebook over the months, things I want to draw, techniques I want to try out. I want to try and build up a bit of a portfolio for myself, with concept sketches, full-on digital paintings, maybe some design things in there as well. I've got a character that I'm just burning to give a proper shape, I want to draw some pictures of my shark and maybe see if I can pick that comic idea back up that hasn't really been gone.

I've got a fun little challenge figured out that I want to try once I'm done with my main workload, something to help me work quickly and stay focussed on a picture. I'm not going to tell you much more about it since, y'know... the way I know myself this might still take a few months until then, but I'm looking forward to it personally.


And that's about it! Enjoy your weekends, everyone.
  • Mood: Pleased
  • Listening to: Red Bricks - Letter at my Door

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DontHesitateToHate Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014   Digital Artist
thank you for the fav :)
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Adventurous-Turtle Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, it's been another long time since we've spoken. I've been in a rut artistically and mentally lately, but I think I'm ready to come back :)
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ManFox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hey! Yeah, it's been a while. I've been kind of vanishing from the Internet for about a year-ish, sorting out some stuff in my private life. Haven't been doing too good artistically, either, but I'm starting to get back into things, so hopefully we'll both manage to get back on our feet! :3
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Adventurous-Turtle Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I definitely am for that! I'm glad you're sorting stuff out, hopefully you'll stick around for a while :)
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ManFox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I plan to! I'm already working hard to get back into a proper drawing habit, even moreso than before, and already trying my hands at some new topics altogether, like Texturing and soon possibly 3D modeling. :3
Hope you'll be able to get back into a nice groove as well, who knows, we might be able to do a collab sometime!
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ReplayLive Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!
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Adventurous-Turtle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heyyyyy, it's been so long! XD I feel like an arse to never keep up with anyone on here. After all, this was the site where I made some of my longest-lasting friends. Anyway, school has taken over my life and has not allowed me to unclench my fists lol. How about you?
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ManFox Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm doing alright, thanks for asking. Trying to get my groove back so I can finally start drawing again. Not as easy as I'd hoped, but I'll work it out eventually! Glad to hear you're doing alright finally, though!
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Adventurous-Turtle Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD Ahh art, how I've neglected thee! (Well, I've been knitting, so that's kind of art, I guess.) But yeah, I'm doing well now, I wish things were well for 2/2 people haha. It's getting chilly here, but I suppose my North American weather has nothing on yours lol.
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Aurelio-hl2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the last :iconpikafavplz:
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Chrisfraserhd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the watch dude
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ManFox Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very welcome! Awesome artwork you've got there, really dig the painterly style!
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DracoDarkfire Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
happy birthday :party
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DracoDarkfire Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
:party:*
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ManFox Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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