A long-overdue present for a friend of mine. He asked me to draw him something months ago and I kept trying to do it in different media, and failing miserably, so eventually I just did it in pencils, something I'm actually good at. (If only because I can make gradient effects without screwing with settings or blur tools.) Though the saturation is a bit strong, I'm proud of how it turned out.
Drawn with cheap colored pencils and edited in Photoshop, slightly.
Also, yeah, he has five tails. Trying to draw all five was a bit confusing and apparently he looks like he has six to some people. And drawing this made me realize how bad I am at making camo patterns.
...And leaf patterns. If anyone has any advice at all on how to actually draw trees, I'd appreciate it. Usually I just scribble something that looks like a puffy green mass with pieces sticking out of it and some gradient to indicate a lightsource. This time I tried making that puffy mass look like it had lumps sticking out of it, but I don't actually know how to draw leaves on trees. I seriously doubt most artists sit there for five hours and painstakingly draw every individual leaf so if there's a technique to it, I'd appreciate knowing it. I can't draw pine trees either. I tried following a tutorial on YouTube, and making similar charcoal strokes to the artist, but my trees never came out looking like his. (Charcoal is frustrating anyway. It's messy, expensive, and it breaks like glass.) I think my problem is that I'm using a medium that generally makes very fine lines and giving the impression of a tree (Or at least, a green lumpy mass with parts sticking out to indicate the impression of leaves) is easier with thicker tools. I've made rather good-looking blobby trees with acrylics but I'm not a "paint" person and pencils are the only thing I can use well. (Paint is too messy and I have bad experiences with it.
, five tails
8 years, 1 month ago
09 May 2011 07:59 CEST
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