Inktober ’18 Day 2 – Tranquil

Started with the building, decided it should be a mill and added the water wheel, realized I have no idea how to draw water or hills, and water should be covering the bottom of the wheel, so… yeah. First pass hills felt super flat so I just roughed them up a bit and gave the building a shadow, seems to have made it better.

I think I need to get better at water (duh) and the consistency of my shadow lines. I didn’t mean for it to get as dark as it did but in some areas I went a little too tight and tried to even it out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Drawing Emmy -Lying down

Okay, so the source for this one is a picture where Emmy was just lying down with her face smushed down. I drew it all in one go, but I took pictures along the way so there’s progress! Biggest lesson here, the nose _really_ is the focal point. That was the biggest deal in positioning her eyes, and those three points where what I referenced for how to place every other feature on her face.

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Initial box in, some fuzzing of edges & nose.
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This is at the state of OMG EVERYTHING I DO MAKES IT WORSE. Blank paper is torturous.
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Okay, nose is getting decent, but at this point I’m _sure_ I’ve messed up the eyes.
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Still unhappy with eyes, but now I’m also unhappy with that right ear…
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Okay, eyes are getting better. Her left eye is starting to get the half open look, and I’m happier with how the fur is overlapping her right eye.
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Move away form the eyes for a little bit, try to outline how the fur contours around eyes leading to ears.
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Big jump in details – I know the middle needs to be darker, but the eyes are the darkest part, so darken those while making the mid-face fur darker than everything else. Fill in some more ear fur since that’s dark too.
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Okay, at this point I’m pretty happy with the eyes, and the nose. Not quite as happy with the ears. They feel too disconnected from the rest but I don’t know how to fix that.
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Clean up around the edges and get a little more layering in her fur to make certain patches stand out a bit more. She looks a little like a teddy bear but that’s good! She did in real life too!

Drawing Emmy – Day 3

Ok, NOW I think I’m done with this drawing.

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Final version. A little more depth, some layering. And more nose. NOSE!
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Day 2.2 – Fill in, depth, more lines for fur direction
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Day 2.1 – Okay I’m a lot happier with this already than I thought I’d be.
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Day 1. At this point I’m convinced it’ll never look good. But I have to try.