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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: Complete!)
3.:iconsweetiebelle22:Progress: Sketching...)
  • 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


How-To Compilation by Altguard
How-To Compilation
I drew these two back sometime in October as part of a instructional how-to to build up a figure from a stick figure for a friend. I told him that he should watch instructional videos from artists online who are way, way, WAY better and more skilled/experienced than me, but he insisted that he wanted me to do it, so I caved and obliged xD. The how-to was a page on the human skeleton/limb proportions, a page on the human skull, a page on the basic shapes that can substitute for drawing the real thing (egg for the rib cage, sculpted sphere for the head, etc.), a page on using a stick figure to pose and a few tips on poses, then two pages that served as examples for building a stick figure up to the "final" (not really, just line art) result. These two were the "final" result from the sequential built-from-stick-figure examples I provided. I really don't think I'm qualified to give sound advice on this stuff, but I just couldn't say no to the guy, lol. This is the second drawing (or rather, series of drawings) I've ever done that I've given to someone else - so now I don't have the original. I don't think I took any scans/pictures of the rest of the pages, unfortunately, so to anyone who's curious about the rest of it.......sorry >_<.
[Request] Anastasia/Victoria by Altguard
[Request] Anastasia/Victoria
Welp, this is a request that :iconsweetiebelle22: made (over 3 months ago now, but better late than never) that I've finally sorta-kinda done. As you can see, I tried to do a basic digital drawing in Krita first to try and push myself into going digital, but that, well.... didn't go too well, lol. It took me hours, yet that's about all I was able to accomplish (AND I forgot her hat!) - I felt so frustrated and disappointed that I threw together the traditional pencil line art next to it. My artistic ego gets bruised so easily, it's actually kinda pathetic, LOL.

Anyways, I hope this is the start of my digital journey and future digital works :D.

Character: Anastasia/Victoria (I'm not too sure which name), by :iconsweetiebelle22:

Artwork by me.
Mystic by Altguard
This is just a random brain fart that I actually did back in September, but never uploaded. I did it traditionally with pen + ink/brush, but the black parts came out with horrible streaking all over the place, so I didn't upload it. It eventually dawned upon me that I could just half-assedly go over it digitally since the whole thing is only one shade of black and one shade of white, so I did 8D 
Arika in Action by Altguard
Arika in Action
I'm still alive on this site, I swear >____>;

This one was a request (That was made almost THREE MONTHS AGO /facepalm) by :iconarnef: to draw his/her OC, Arika. Working my way to what you see before you right now was a bit of a journey - I did an initial sketch that I thought was too boring, so I ditched it and didn't try again for almost a month. Then I decided to try again with a different pose, worked my way all the way up to the lineart, then royally screwed up inking the facial features, which just ruined everything for me. So then I tried again the next day and started working on this one. I started with the pose alone and liked how it turned out, so I had to scratch my usual "everything needs a background" itch and put in the background afterwards. I planned to color this, so I scanned it before I colored it just in case I screwed it up since I wanted to try coloring with colored inks for a change of pace instead of using my usual colored pencils...... and boy am I glad I scanned it before that disaster happened >_<. The physical copy is pretty much ruined by my terrible choice (and partially lack of choice) of colors now, but at least I'll always be able to look at this scanned version and pretend that this is the "real" version >___>;

I wanted to do something involving planes at first since Arika's outfit reminds me of a pilot (it's probably the long, droopy "ears" on her hat), but I couldn't come up with a good way to drop a plane or two in there that would compliment her pose, so oh well. Despite that though, I'm actually pleasantly surprised with the outcome of this - I think the pose and sorta-kinda-halfway-done perspective is pretty snazzy :D.

Character by: :iconarnef:
Artwork by me!me!me!
C-P-U by Altguard
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.


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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Kenjisama Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday sir~
Altguard Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Ken-kun :iconohyoublushplz: 
Akainai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, happy birthday :3
Altguard Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Akai~ Inekoitplz 
Chapx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
ty for fav \o/
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 >__>;
Chapx Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
lolll theres no need to rush on commenting back. naps be important yo
BiGeurae Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the llama
Altguard Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime ;)
Iskandaria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Thanks for the lama ! :D
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