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Messages - devola

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Music / Re: The Manimal's Music
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:44:43 PM »
Man you are living the life I wish I could be living right now. I broke my electric guitar a while back and I haven't gotten back into making music since that happened.. Though I do occasionally like learning a song or two to cover on my acoustic. It's so old at this point I'm surprised it's still working.

Anyway, I get to live vicariously through your music now, so it's a win in the end.  :clapping:

Manga Art Gallery / Re: K-Seki's Studio
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:38:13 PM »
Nice to see you're still around and making great art K-Seki!

Keep it up, I can't wait to see more

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:35:30 PM »
Thanks you guys! I love Yuumei's artwork, her subject choices are always really interesting to me, she's a big inspiration for sure.

I've been watching the recent Kyo Ani show Violet Evergarden and I'm absolutely loving it. The feels are strong with this one and the music is outstanding. Here's a piece of fan art I decided to draw!


Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: May 16, 2018, 02:13:30 AM »

Manimal, dude seriously, thanks for posting all this music. I haven't responded every time you've posted the tunes you've been listening to but I check this thread regularly for stuff you post because they've all been great additions to my music library. I really appreciate you taking the time to post this stuff.

Music is like fuel for my art, I burn through it quickly and constantly need more so I just wanted to pop in and say thanks!

Manga Art Gallery / Re: TEA Gallery
« on: May 16, 2018, 02:10:38 AM »
It's shaping up well! Keep at it man, looking forward to seeing more.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: May 16, 2018, 02:09:23 AM »
Thanks guys!

Not much this time, it's been too hot to really focus much on drawing, so just a few sketches

2 alternate outfits for the character above:

Spring Casual


School uniform design for another character

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: May 12, 2018, 01:11:29 AM »
Thanks guys!

Second pass character design for something I'm working on!


Manga Art Gallery / Re: Walter's Gallery
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:29:07 PM »
I'm personally not a fan of Naruto but I like the picture you made. The symmetry is visually really interesting and the choice of colours used works really well. Great work!

Manga Art Gallery / Re: TEA Gallery
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:27:01 PM »
Interesting work! You could always make a specific post asking for a writer, I'm sure there are PLENTY of people in need of a good artist here. Good luck with your one shot, looking forward to seeing it!

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:25:00 PM »
Thanks guys!
Haha yeah, now that I look at them it's definitely the coat with the furry trim that does it, I dunno why but while I would never wear one of those despite the fact that I really like the way they look.

Well specifically what I did during that time was a lot of experimentation. I think I had OK foundational skills a year ago, but I was playing it too safe following the typical rules for learning how to draw. I did do gesture drawings, studies of particular body parts/anatomy and stuff everyday but progress was slow and I wasn't really getting anywhere. I had to break out of my comfort zone and try things I wouldn't normally do.

The biggest changes happened when I decided to do 2 things. The first is going to sound a bit weird, but I decided on a whim I'd start drawing ecchi/hentai. It was a good way to force myself to learn how gestures work because If you're going to draw something sexy, the pose absolutely can't be "stiff". It also helped a lot with anatomy, you can't hide things underneath clothing anymore.

The second thing that helped was experimentation. I just started paying extra attention to things other artists do to make me go "hey that looks neat". For example, the dark high contrast shading you see in comic books was something I adopted. So whenever I see something that looks neat, I'll try to break it down and understand how it works and see if I can add it to my own work.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend the first strategy to everyone (especially if you aren't old enough) as I think that worked for me personally because of where I was with art at the time, but if you're in a rut and you want to see some improvement I would definitely give the second strategy a shot. Hope this helps!

Current WIP, nearly done but now I need to design a logo and stuff and it's hard, no idea where to even start:

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:01:00 PM »
Thanks guys!

This big picture is turning out to be a real pain in the ass but at least I'm almost done now. Took a quick break to redo one of my old OC's I made last year to gauge how my own taste and skill has changed.

I feel like I've gotten maybe a bit edgier  :hmm:



Full body version:

Collaboration (Art Exchange) / Re: Switch Around Meme
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:04:29 PM »
Sorry! Almost forgot haha, whipped this one up as fast as I could let me know if the sketch needs to be cleaner.

EDIT: uploaded the wrong one!

Collaboration (Art Exchange) / Re: Switch Around Meme
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:45:37 PM »
Oh my bad, I don't know how it broke, it's showing up fine on my screen and I'm pretty sure I didn't use any resizing tags. Re-uploaded it to a different host.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:07:19 AM »
Thanks for the welcome back guys, much appreciated!

Story is still kind of in flux at the moment haha, changes all the time

Still quite busy nowadays but here is a sneak peek WIP!

Collaboration (Art Exchange) / Re: Switch Around Meme
« on: April 23, 2018, 06:45:42 AM »

Here you go! Sorry this took so long, and my apologies if I changed too much, it was a bit difficult for me to apply my line art style to some areas of the sketch.

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