(The topic of this post has nothing to do with Fantage, which is actually pretty rare :3)
Yesterday, after seeing this extremely blunt and straightforward comment on my art page yesterday…
… I decided to take a look again at the art I’ve done, and I realized that this person was completely right. Compared to the anime drawings of professionals, mine looked really childish and plastic-like.
So, I decided to play around on GIMP to try and improve this, and that’s when I realized why it’s been so difficult to draw for me. GIMP doesn’t recognize my pen pad as a tablet for some reason, it thinks that I’m using a mouse, so there’s no pressure-sensitive brushes. And drawing anime NEEDS a pressure-sensitive brush, with all the flicky hair and stuff. At least, that’s what I think.
I tried searching up tutorials to fix this problem but none of them worked; GIMP just didn’t recognize my tablet, even if I made a customized brush.
After thinking for a bit, I decided that drawing anime just wasn’t for me. That’s when I remembered I different type of art that I saw on deviantArt: realism! Art that looks like a photograph from a distance, but a painting up close.
I remembered seeing some tutorials, so I decided to give it a try, and this happened (it looks better if you see it from afar, loool)
It’s Mao Asada, from the Sochi Olympics! Click here for the original. I chose her not because she’s the #1 skater I support, but because I really like the color of her dress <3
It’s pretty much completely drawn from airbrush and smudging. My favorite part is the skin, I’ve never been able to draw it so realistically before. I’ve always heard that “skin is more than just one crayon in the box,” and now I know why.
I really didn’t expect it to actually look nice, I started out just kinda scribbling with the airbrush, and I just kept on going xD Oh dear, I still cannot draw hands though :c
Lesson is, if you’re doing a certain type of art because everyone else is doing it, but it just isn’t working out for you, try a different style! You’ll be surprised!
I want to practice this some more, soooo, for the Fantageville Games, 1st place still gets the $5 giftcard, but 2nd place will get a free piece of art of their Fantagian, realism-style! :D If 2nd place doesn’t want it, it will pass down to 3rd place and so on. Nevermind, I probably won’t have time, and I’m still experimenting, so I doubt it would look very good…
Comment your opinion/criticism, and thanks for helping me realize my mistake, Pat, whoever you are!