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I've been feeling more "limited" by the size of paper I use than usual. When I started drawing I was on 5x9" paper, and eventually that got to be too small for me. Then I moved on to 9x12" paper, and that felt HUGE by comparison........but then that eventually got to be too small for me, too. Then I moved on to 11x14" paper which, again, felt ginormous by comparison. Now 11x14 paper is starting to feel kinda small for anything other than waist-up portraits and I'm looking at my 14x17" paper to step up to next, but there's one catch.........I can't scan anything larger than 11x14". Part of the issue here is that most of my ideas for compositions are somewhat large-scale and so, if I want to actually pull it off, I'd need to draw objects much smaller, which means I wouldn't be able to draw in the little details and textures that I'd like to (I already have this problem with my current compositions, and those are all scaled-down interpretations of what I wanted to do). Besides, at the current rate, I'd probably just feel limited by 14x17" paper in 6-8 months as well anyways. So, after a few more traditional drawings, I might try to push towards doing everything digitally.

I actually have a tablet (Wacom bamboo capture. I bought it when I started drawing like 2 1/2 years ago, actually) but, even after I took the time to get used to using it, it's just outright too small for the size of my monitor (24"), so most everything I do on it comes out squiggly and sketchy. Still though, I'm really considering just going digital to overcome this paper limitation. (Well, ok it's more like my limitation than a paper limitation - other artists do AMAZING large scale work on 11x14" paper - it's just that I'm nowhere near that level yet, so I need a large work space to compensate for my sloppiness and lack of precise control) I feel like things would be much easier for me if I would save up and buy a larger pen tablet, like the Intuos medium, but I'm also looking at the fact that my current tablet is more familiar with dust particles than it is with being used, so I'm afraid that I'd just end up wasting precious money on a tablet that I won't even use. Bah, I don't know - I'm just a bit frustrated right now.

I guess for now I should focus more on simply drawing regularly - with or without a new tablet or digital medium, drawing regularly will yield improvements in my artwork, so I guess I'll just put this whole digital transition in the back of my mind for now.

And, on the subject of drawing regularly, I'll be taking requests if people are interested. That's always a good way to keep me drawing. Feel free to comment if you want stuffz.

Edit: Wow, I actually didn't expect to get people responding like this, haha. I'll make a list here to keep you all updated on my progress:

1.:iconjagoman169: (Progress: Complete!)
2. :iconarnef: (Progress: Thinking of possibilities...)
3.:iconsweetiebelle22:Progress: Pending...)
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: ~Xi-On~ 5th Spell -Changing Times-
  • Reading: Comp TIA A+ Study Guide
  • Watching: To Aru Kagaku no Railgun 2
  • Drinking: Iced Tea

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C-P-U by Altguard
C-P-U
This was done as a gift for a buddy irl. He likes Hyperdimension Neptunia (Particularly, Neptune/Purple Heart), so I drew him a little gift. This actually didn't turnout anything like what I had in mind but, considering how much time I spent on this, I'll be damned if I wasn't going to finish it and upload it, lol. I may not be very fond of the result, but the time and effort I put in makes this worthy of uploading ;). This is the first drawing I've ever done that I've parted ways with (I gave my friend the original copy), so the scan is all I have left of it. It sure feels weird not having the original. I feel like this may be the last colored pencil drawing I do for a good while - it just takes a REALLY long time to get things colored the way I like, plus I feel like I need to plan 4-6 steps ahead to get the colors right, and I've been really short on time lately. I keep saying that I should look into possibly using watercolors and I never really do - I need to actually DO IT, lol.

On another note, I haven't played any of the Hyperdimension Neptunia games, though I've been interested in playing Mk2 and Victory for a while now. I'd get ReBirth, but I don't have a Vita >_< (Oh how I want a Vita...). Add that to the pile of games I want to play but likely never will at the rate I'm going xD.
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Princess Cassima by Altguard
Princess Cassima
Mmk so, this wasn't what I had in mind to draw, but it was a nightmare up until this point, so I'm just going with what I've got. :iconjagoman169: requested that I draw Princess Cassima from King's Quest, and so I delivered (Ok, so the request was made over a MONTH ago, but hey - better late than never >__>). I was working on something colored before, but decided that I didn't like it and abandoned it. Then I started on another one, but later realized that it was eerily similar to another drawing from a different artist that I admire, so I scratched that as well. At that point, it had been roughly a month since the request was made, so I decided to just casually start sketching and see what happens rather than try to make grand plans, and I ended up with this. I actually like the result, so all is well :).

Done with my Mechanical Pencil with HB lead.
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I've been feeling more "limited" by the size of paper I use than usual. When I started drawing I was on 5x9" paper, and eventually that got to be too small for me. Then I moved on to 9x12" paper, and that felt HUGE by comparison........but then that eventually got to be too small for me, too. Then I moved on to 11x14" paper which, again, felt ginormous by comparison. Now 11x14 paper is starting to feel kinda small for anything other than waist-up portraits and I'm looking at my 14x17" paper to step up to next, but there's one catch.........I can't scan anything larger than 11x14". Part of the issue here is that most of my ideas for compositions are somewhat large-scale and so, if I want to actually pull it off, I'd need to draw objects much smaller, which means I wouldn't be able to draw in the little details and textures that I'd like to (I already have this problem with my current compositions, and those are all scaled-down interpretations of what I wanted to do). Besides, at the current rate, I'd probably just feel limited by 14x17" paper in 6-8 months as well anyways. So, after a few more traditional drawings, I might try to push towards doing everything digitally.

I actually have a tablet (Wacom bamboo capture. I bought it when I started drawing like 2 1/2 years ago, actually) but, even after I took the time to get used to using it, it's just outright too small for the size of my monitor (24"), so most everything I do on it comes out squiggly and sketchy. Still though, I'm really considering just going digital to overcome this paper limitation. (Well, ok it's more like my limitation than a paper limitation - other artists do AMAZING large scale work on 11x14" paper - it's just that I'm nowhere near that level yet, so I need a large work space to compensate for my sloppiness and lack of precise control) I feel like things would be much easier for me if I would save up and buy a larger pen tablet, like the Intuos medium, but I'm also looking at the fact that my current tablet is more familiar with dust particles than it is with being used, so I'm afraid that I'd just end up wasting precious money on a tablet that I won't even use. Bah, I don't know - I'm just a bit frustrated right now.

I guess for now I should focus more on simply drawing regularly - with or without a new tablet or digital medium, drawing regularly will yield improvements in my artwork, so I guess I'll just put this whole digital transition in the back of my mind for now.

And, on the subject of drawing regularly, I'll be taking requests if people are interested. That's always a good way to keep me drawing. Feel free to comment if you want stuffz.

Edit: Wow, I actually didn't expect to get people responding like this, haha. I'll make a list here to keep you all updated on my progress:

1.:iconjagoman169: (Progress: Complete!)
2. :iconarnef: (Progress: Thinking of possibilities...)
3.:iconsweetiebelle22:Progress: Pending...)
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: ~Xi-On~ 5th Spell -Changing Times-
  • Reading: Comp TIA A+ Study Guide
  • Watching: To Aru Kagaku no Railgun 2
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
[Trade] Spring Sentiment by Altguard
[Trade] Spring Sentiment
At long last! I actually finished this about a week ago, but I haven't had (and still don't, actually) internet for the past two weeks - I'm just tethering with my phone to use my phone's over-the-data-limit dial-up speeds to upload this, lol. Plus, I couldn't figure out how the fudge I'm supposed to get my scanner working with GNU/Linux Mint-Debian (I switched from Windows to Mint-Debian the day before I lost internet). I ended up just pulling the HDD out of my laptop and installing windows on that JUST to get my scanner working until I figure out this madness on Mint-Debian (Other than that I love Mint-Debian and configuring everything else wasn't so bad.....it's just the blasted scanner that's giving me problems >_<).

Aaaanyways, enough ranting about my computer misadventures - time to rant about the drawing! I wouldn't be me if I didn't hop from one rant to another, right?

Alright, so this was done as an art trade with :iconsemsemm: - we basically just gave each other references for our Mabinogi characters to draw. I hadn't drawn anything for a couple of weeks before I did this and I had serious trouble really coming up with anything and sticking to it - it seemed like I just had zero inspiration and ambition to draw anymore. I tried lots of little sketches, but I just really wasn't into it. After a few days of just not having any sort of luck and getting a bit frustrated about it, I happened to see the boxart for Tales of Xillia 2 (I can't believe I STILL haven't played the first Xillia, and I love love LOVE the tales series) and started remembering why I started drawing to begin with - if I can really get the hang of drawing, then creating my own Visual Novel or JRPG with my own characters, stories and worlds would no longer be a pipe dream. Once I remembered that simple fact and realized that I hadn't played any games, drawn or done anything, err....."fun" for weeks, it was suddenly easy for me to draw, and I pretty much did this drawing without really having to stop and think hard until I got to coloring. I usually think really hard about what I want to draw and how I want it done, but this one just kinda "flowed" on to the page for me. Funny how just catching a glance of the Xillia 2 box art did all of that for me, haha.

On that note, I should really get the first Xillia already........it's really just a matter of "when" I get it, rather than "if"

Thanks for trading with me, Sem! This was exactly the kick in the pants I needed to draw a bit again, and I hope you like it~

Character: :iconsemsemm:
Art: :iconaltguard:
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Traveler - [Olivia Side] by Altguard
Traveler - [Olivia Side]
So yeah, this is Olivia's side of the separate sketches I was working on for Olivia and Taro. Unlike the Taro side, I actually did this one on proper bristol board paper that handles ink much better than the dry media drawing paper I did Taro's side on. I enjoyed both of them quite a bit and it's really refreshing to have drawn something after roughly a month of not even sketching a stick figure, but my god - I need to eventually learn my lesson about using those dots to shade/tone, LOL. It looks cool and all, but the time it takes is just mental. I'll need to look into quicker ways of creating that effect :)

Character: Olivia, by :iconmekasha:
Drawing: Yours truly ;)
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Brian
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I'm Brian, an introverted guy who's discovered a fondness of drawing. Any any time I'm not spending on classwork I generally spend on drawing or playing video games (mostly drawing now, though). I hope to learn and grow as an artist with everyone :)

I̶ ̶a̶l̶s̶o̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶ ̶N̶A̶ ̶M̶a̶b̶i̶n̶o̶g̶i̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶M̶a̶r̶i̶ ̶s̶e̶r̶v̶e̶r̶.̶ ̶M̶y̶ ̶I̶G̶N̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶K̶i̶h̶a̶r̶a̶.̶ I haven't been playing Mabi much anymore - it's more important that I draw with what little free time I have than play Mabi.
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:iconkenjisama:
Kenjisama Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday sir~
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Altguard Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Ken-kun :iconohyoublushplz: 
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Akainai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhatsunemikuplz:
Hey, happy birthday :3
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Altguard Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Akai~ Inekoitplz 
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Chapx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
ty for fav \o/
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Altguard Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yw~ I was typing an actual response, but then I got distracted.....and felt a bit sleepy.....and now here I am, waking up like 7-8 hours after I faved >__>;
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Chapx Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
lolll theres no need to rush on commenting back. naps be important yo
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BiGeurae Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the llama
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Altguard Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime ;)
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Iskandaria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Thanks for the lama ! :D
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