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This was originally part of the last prompt response I did, but I chopped it off because it didn't really sit with the tone of the first one. Thought I'd share it any way.

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I've been busy, and I've got a tablet. In order from my earliest to my latest attempts at using it:


Alim Surana:

ME - self portrait ;) :

My first attempt at Neria:

Anders and Neria:

Miranda Cousland - first attempt at shading:

Second attempt at Neria on her own - second attempt at shading:

I really think I'm getting there! I'm really happy with the final Neria image!


Nov. 12th, 2010 02:04 pm
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I fiddled around with my Anders sketch and here it is:

I think it looks a little bit like him. Not a huge amount, but a little bit. Obviously I need a hell of a lot more practice, but I'm slightly encouraged!
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So I've started doing faces - after trying still life for a while and realising that I don't suck anywhere near as much as I thought I did (turns out you just have to draw what you see, who knew??) I thought I'd try a face, just because it's what I'm aiming for and I'd like to know how far I have to go. 

Obviously the first few were absolutely laughable. I think I should keep them, just because it will be interesting to look back on. But they are TRULY awful. The book I'm learning from is all about realism and shading and stuff, which I'm beginning to discover is NOT what I'm about. At least not when it comes to faces. So I tried a bit of a more stylistic approach and only drew the LINES I could see and imagine my absolute surprise when I managed a sketch that looked a lot like the picture I was drawing from (in case you're wondering it was a screenshot of Anders - of course!)

Eyes are still a problem, although I seem to have (with Cave_Fatuam's helpful advice) managed to improve my noses a bit. Eyes are a weird shape. Truly annoying.

I'm going to buy some sketch books when my husband gets back and possibly scan a few of my attempts in. 
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I know, I've probably got about a billion things I SHOULD be doing, but this has really captured me and I'm going to start trying to learn. Drawing is a bit like maths for me - it never "clicked" so I never bothered with it. Nearly all the things I've done in my life I've never had to work hard at so I figure it's time to start challenging myself.

Also, this is something I think I can do with my daughter - she loves mucking about with drawing so I figure the two of us can try to do this together.

Of course, my ulterior motive is to get to the point where I can do art for my fics. I know that's probably a couple of years away, but a girl can dream, can't she? 

The Terror

Nov. 2nd, 2010 06:58 pm
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My husband is going away for two weeks on a business trip. I'm packing shit. No joke. Chances are it's going to be a breeze - the first time he went away after my daughter was born it was actually quite relaxing (he makes a hell of a lot of MESS for one person). But this time I'm going to have to cope with a two month old and a two year old and the tantrums from the latter are making most evenings hellish at best and something akin to armageddon at worst.

Must remember to take a deep, deep breath and relax for the following fourteen days. This. Too. Shall. Pass.


Oct. 29th, 2010 05:27 pm
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I'm kind of loving this journal. I think I posted one entry on my LJ site and I've been thinking about doing more, but the community there didn't really grab me and so I haven't bothered. However, I'm considering transferring my activities here completely. I'm not much for introspective writing - I tend to expend all my typing on chatting and fiction, but sometimes I think I should be writing more like this, so perhaps I'll give it a try.

I also wanted to put down in concrete that I'm DEFINITELY going to spend at least twenty minutes a day in November on NON fanfiction. I think eight months of solid, concentrated output in the fanfiction arena is enough practice. Time for me to start my original work. It never used to be difficult for me, but ten or so years of writers block was only broken by Dragon Age and I don't want to let the creative juices dry up once my two current DA fics are finished (and yes, Fractures is near finished and Shades is probably half way there).  


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