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Gift for JCRG by cowbunny91 Gift for JCRG by cowbunny91
My art's really gone to hell lately.
I find myself looking through my old gallery lately, noticing my coloring and my inking's gotten worse over time. I feel like I've been going in reverse developmentally. That being said, I've felt like nothing I'm drawing lately is good enough to upload here or at my sketch blog.

Anyway, 702 pageviews ago, ~JCRG caught a screenshot of me hitting 10k, so I drew him this. It's his fursona (scalesona?) in 'Berserker' mode. Hope y'all like it more than I do.

JCRG is ~JCRG
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Bl4ckW0lf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Well, better scaly than I could do.
That aside, I think it's quite good, I even like the colors and the shading.
I dunno why, but it does look tranquilizing.
I think it's the soft shadows and the muted colors.
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funeral-chan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
More shading; More contrast;
The line art is still good I like this even though you don't
but I still hope you regain your skill.
keep working hard when ever you can
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cherry-vanilla-soda Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
it's full o' smex
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
:giggle: Thanks!
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Falzika Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
*ruffles ur hair* u lil dork! It looks great! Dun be sao low on yourself. your art work is wonderful and I wish i had even a tenth of your talent (then sum of the things i attempted might actually be worth a d@mn). Anyhow, I hearts teh scaley-bish-ness. keep it up X3
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waiting4wings Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I think your art looks fine, especially the shading.

We all go through times when we get really discouraged and stuff (at least, I do...^^;) Just don't get discouraged and keep drawing and you'll do great. And, doing some of the stuff that :devthedmv: suggested would help too for making you feel better! :D As for exercises like the ones she (or he...?) suggested, try Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - I own the new and the old one and both are helpful in getting your brain in "gear." :P
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AzraelleWormser Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally just love your style, whether you think you're regressing or not. Heck, back in high school I used to be able to do perfect human faces. Now, I couldn't draw a human face to save my life. But we progress in different ways. My sense of color has improved ever since I started coloring my comic strips.

And no matter what, you're sense of clothing and wrinkles will always leave me speechless. I know it sounds wierd, but I have wrinkle envy.
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TheDMW Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
To be completely honest, while I haven't seen any kind of regression your art over the past few months has stayed mostly the same. I've also been doing a tail-load of critiques for people so I'm a little over-sensitized. But I think I can make some recomendations on things to try that might give you a little satisfaction with your art again.

Your shading is almost always at about the same light level and with the light source comming from the upper right or left corner so try some more dramatic contrast and maybe lit from directly in front, behind, above, or below (they're tough angles). Also, you can try using a color instead of shades of grey to shade and a different one to highlight with and it makes a big difference. Finally, I don't really see you doing those reflective highlights inside the shadows along the edges- you can play around with those.

Pose wise you've done a lot of great and a lot of really different things but there is still more to try out. The really extreme, warped, fish-eye type perspectives are always great for a refresher. Putting a character in water or space or... doing cool gymnastic stuff... can give you a lot more options in poseing and the way the clothes and hair move which could be cool. I know you don't really do quad but it might help get you going again to give it a try if that appeals to you.

So far as subject goes there is definitely a lot of stuff you can work with if you want. I'd personally say try some realism with a watercolor tool or something. Or surrealism for that matter. Also, a lot of people have been inventing their own species lately. That could totally be something you would enjoy. Still lives and landscapes really help clear my mind.

One final thing I can think of is study some classic art teaching excercises (cheasy but fun). Let's see, you can fill a canvas with black then just erase spots into it to make the black your lineart, try two-point perspective (with characters, not just buildings and whatnot), draw an entire picture upside down without turning the canvas, do a whole pic without using black white or grey, stuff like that.

I hope you'll keep trying, rather than giving up on your art. You have your own style which is more than a good 90% of the artists out there can really claim. You've got a lot going for you. Besides which, the temperature and the wheather is changing which can end up mysteriously turning your life around a little. :hug:

DMW*dark*
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waiting4wings Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
These are great suggestions for all of us to try!
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
All excellent suggestions, W!

"Gymnastics," eh? I think I know where you're going with that. Sure, I'll give a few cartwheels a try. ;) That and the highlighting-in-shadows technique ... that always comes out looking really cool.

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll be up to my eyeballs in test doodles now. :lol:

:glomp: :heart:
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TheDMW Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
Actually, I wasn't even thinking of that. I had an image of some critter flying around on the parallel bars and rings and such but I couldn't quite think of a better way to describe it. Not having the luxury of drawing art privately anymore has kind of cleaned my mind up a bit. Such a tragedy.

DMW*dark*
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Xizua Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007   Traditional Artist
You deserver every peice of fucking credit that we say to you because this absolutely amazing!!!! It's so. . . good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Thank you, Jasmine :heart:
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Xizua Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007   Traditional Artist
You're welcome, darling! :D :heart: :hump: :glomp:
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inathompson Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
omg this is awsome!! u dont give yourself enough credit!!^^.lol
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
I guess not. Thank you! :hug:
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inathompson Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
welcome^^.lol
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KenJKitsune Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
I feel for ya. I'm going through an art slump myself. It's so frustrating, but I know you can do it. Besides, I think that this is really good, that I do! Very nice indeed :D
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JCRG Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot CB-chan.
It's my first prize.
It's so awesome ^.=.^
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
You're welcome! I'm glad you like it. :D
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ShikkaTL Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm I tink it looks cool, yo're one of my fav artists, I tink your coloring is better^^
that's a cool pic!*faves*
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Gothic-Goldylocks Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
I know how ya feel. That period I went through around Christmas was the same thing. It really is a sucky feeling.
As I said, you are one of the most talented people I know. Your art is good, and I know that it will take you to great places one day. ^^

As much as I lurv the fuzzy, cuddly characters I am also very much a reptile fan. The muscles are cool lookin', and the colors quite neat as well. Its that kind of cell-shaded style that makes it look so cool.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
TT___TT you musn't say such things!! Cowbun, you're one of my top favorite artists on all of deviantart! Your line art skills continue to get better and better in leaps and bounds by each submission! Your perspective and anatomy skills never cease to amaze me, each one practically flawless, and always so full of energy and strength. I've always been envious of the vigor that your work carries. The colors and shades you chose are always smart and well developed, never using overly saturated colors, like I and many others, have a tendency to do. Cowbun, you have to have confidence in your art, and know that my comments aren't meant for flat-out flattery, but I really mean it. Your stuff is so developed and professional with each one you do. As far as improvement, it may appear to you that your art is declining, but give that some time, and then look back and see how much better your recent stuff is. Its the subtle nuances that really make the difference in your stuff. You continue to challenge yourself with incredible poses and angles, and yet you manage to do them so flawlessly. Just keep uploading stuff, and drawing stuff, no matter what, and know you have a ton of people to support you here!
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Thank you so much fyuvix! :glomp: :heart: >< Really, it means a lot to me knowing I've got awesome fans like you out there to give me posts like these when I'm feeling down!
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Creejak Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
I think your colouring has improved, hun; it shows in this picture, eh! The shading is more detailed, the anatomy is very good and well-developed yet still simplistic and elegant, and the line-art is, for the most part, very smooth.

His expression is amusing; looking all superior and confident. Very well conveyed, eh!
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
You really think so? I figured it was getting a little less detailed. I need to brush up on my dodging and burning. ;)

Thank you! :hug:
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chibikenshin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
I really like the colouring of this, cel-shading mixed with soft. The only suggest I have is the horn on the right; with the way the scalp is going back under the head, it looks like the end of the horn isn't going to meet his head...unless of course, they curve towards the head. ^^;;;
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
:giggle: Funny, I noticed that error a few seconds after finishing coloring it, go figure. Thank you for pointing that out and the compliments. :)
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chibikenshin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Yeah, don't you hate hindsight being 20/20? xD And you're very welcome. Doing reptile anthros have always been difficult for me
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cowbunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Definitely, and it happens every time! ><

They aren't my strong point either. In every attempt I made at his face apart from this one he turned out looking different ;)
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chibikenshin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Those darn snouts are so hard! xD
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