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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Suuper's manga (+digital and 3D)
« on: Today at 10:26:55 AM »
Some "masterpiece" level finished sketches. Two more iterations until lineart. And they're already looking not bad.
Took an hour for just these 4. It's not masterpiece for no reason :P
And once again at this level there's not much difference between these and my normal ones that only take like 3 minutes. I think the bizarre difference is that there is a huge risk that the sketch will fail and come out bad with the normal method, but this improved method has a lot of mistake catching going on, so it's better at guaranteeing the quality.
So I can either:
-keep making lots of quick sketches and hope that some randomly turn out well
-spend time on each sketch and know that it will come out pretty good.

Also the before and after gif since there was quite a difference.


I've done lots of other stuff but I'm saving that for my monthly digest, since I'm still actually trying to be on here less.
I'm starting to find a new level of productivity even higher than my previous one. Like so super high it's a joke. But super exhausting I have to actually put in breaks and rests to not kill myself lol.

Also I'm still not sure what masterpiece is or what level it should be at. Because there has to be some limit somewhere, I think.

My open-canvas v2 workflow is not doing so badly either.

A last round of WIPs everywhere and I might have finally got rid of all my 2017 WIPs, and possibly most of the 2018 as well. Dropping the low quality ones really helps obviously.

Oh here's my take on regimes and projects:
(Content - usable sketches i.e. WIPs, but not like hands or cubes)

Regimes - primary purpose to increase understanding in a field. Does not necessarily produce content (i.e. 1000 hands, 1000 cubes)(can also be copies i.e. 1000 traced photos)
Projects - primary purpose to produce content (but learning is done anyway)(i.e 1000 character sketches, a one-shot manga etc)
Project regime - mixed purpose, still primarily to increase understanding, but also produces (varying quality) content as a byproduct (i.e. 1000 Animal sketches, 1000 thumbnails)

I think I lean towards a mix of regime and project, because after a solid bunch of learning you dont have much to show for it if it's just a page of hands or something, it stops there. but if you can use what you produced in your regime, as WIPs or inspiration, then it's a lot more useful. But not everything can fit into that category.

But I think I'll stop calling stuff like my 200 linearts regime a regime, because it isn't by my own definition. It's a project. I'm not entirely sure it's that either haha.

But it really doesnt matter what you call it :P

The actual definition of regime just means an ordered way of doing things, which is actually everything I do, which isn't helpful lol

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: Today at 12:58:44 AM »
Day 51: my schedule is getting together nicely now.
I still can't limit the quality or duration of my sketch XD

Collaboration (Art Exchange) / Re: MangaRaiders on Aggie io
« on: February 18, 2020, 05:05:09 PM »
@Echo yes you can set up pressure sensitivity. Look on the help page on the website and its one of the first things. you may have to install a plugin or extension, and then it works.
Bear in mind that you also need to tick the checkbox next to density( or size ?) to actually enable it for that brush.

And that was super fun indeed. Would be great to arrange a weekly session but otherwise jumping in randomly is also quite good as well. Did some impromptu colouring of Lego's work which was fun.

In fact would be nice to have a sketch-ink-colour Collab going on where we leave the work for the next person to do. Might try that later!

I think having my own page would sort of just be adding to my already half finished 70 or so GIMP pages haha. I even have sketch pages for different moods lol

MR Pub / Re: MR Hero Coats
« on: February 18, 2020, 04:57:49 PM »
Woah this got old fast!
That's an awesome coat Echo!  The pose alone is dynamic. And super design on the coat. I love the emblem!
Man I gotta do mine super soon. Might draw my own as well since drawing is better than explaining for me as well lol.

Comics and other Gallery / Re: Suuper's non-manga art
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:00:32 PM »
Inked Hands 100/500
This took 2 and a half hours, so it's taken quite a while tbh.
But I did do a cleaning/redraw layer under this, which took probably about half the time.
Mixed results but overall decent enough methinks.
I've been doing 2 rows a day, but with 2 layers it averages to 10 finished a day.
I've not been consistent with this though but I'm getting better.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:16:29 AM »
Yesterday was super productive, I drew for over 7 hours, which is the most I have drawn for almost an entire year. That's 7 hours of active drawing, I spent nearly the whole day actually doing it, but sorting out WIPs and all sort of other non-drawing tasks.

Day 50: 50 day checkpoint.
went through a chaotic week in terms of daily sketch style. I think I'm balancing back towards a sketchy piece, with colour, 100% in my comfort zone. It's purpose is a bit of a mystery, but it certainly generates a nice stream of WIPs, at the very least.
I'm using cel-shading and smudging. A good method for semi decent but quick shading.

Also Aggie collab was really fun. A bit unproductive in terms of my own personal projects, but overall a good session. drawings were done, WIPs made, all that jazz.

I'm back on track with all my projects again. I'm pushing up my writing WIPs (which you will never see here for a very long while), because I think I will reach the point of preparing for a manga and suddenly realize I can't write at all. Basically working with my personality and trying to get different characters personalities coming out in their speech and actions.

Collaboration (Art Exchange) / Re: MangaRaiders on Aggie io
« on: February 17, 2020, 01:09:37 AM »
Aye that was hella fun.
I'm thinking that it's probably not suitable for a proper collab, simply because it's not as powerful as GIMP, and it's a software that noone is used to, like I don't/can't have all my brushes set up on it, kinda thing.
But it's not bad by any means so it's good for chillin' collabs :P

I think if you register on the website the page might last for longer because it's more official,not sure but that's my guess.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: February 17, 2020, 01:04:54 AM »
Got an early start today. Feeling a lot better. Might have just been the gloomy weather making me go all philosophical

Day 49: I'm thinking this is my new daily sketch style. Even more sketchy. Much quicker. Not a final piece at all.

I realized I've got so many methods for idea generation that I could pump out literally new ideas forever. If I generated a huge number of sketches then there's a high chance some would be pretty good and worth finishing properly. I don't want to properly finish sketches that aren't worth doing now.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: February 16, 2020, 04:38:36 PM »
Day 48:

Anime Talk / Re: Favourite Romance Anime?
« on: February 15, 2020, 04:00:19 PM »
There are decent animes coming out each season but I'm hopelessly behind. I keep saying I'd like to pick it up again but I have no free time to fit it in. Maybe it would be good for when I'm having unproductive days. I don't watch anything hardly anymore.

I haven't seen White Album, I'll have to add it to the list.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:24:05 PM »
I can now memorize half a deck in 10 minutes at the moment, and if I tried I might be able to manage a whole deck. Whats worse is I still remember both of the half decks I've memorized so far. It's slightly unnerving but cool. mnemonics are super powerful, because your memories start to interweave and support each other. like you start using chemical element names to remember numbers, that sort of thing.
All I do is simply make a vivid short story with the words that each card represents. It's actually incredibly good story inspiration, although it's always the same 52 words. I'm thinking that I'm suppressing any interesting ideas that pop into my head. some sort of subconscious issue with expressing myself fully. I always think before I speak, I'm that sort of person. So I won't entertain stupid ideas even though they are probably the best sort of interesting. Gotta figure something out. Might use random word generators.

And thanks. art shift is always hovering over me threatening to strike. I sort of like how it turned out but within 30 seconds I knew I was on a strange trip with that one. I was like, okay apparently I am this sort of artist today.
It reminded me of something else but I havent actually seen the anime it reminded me of. ahhh yes Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
One of these days I'm going to suddenly draw in your style haha

I think the 1000 is indeed a good number to proper stretch one's mind to the limit. But if you take 5 or 10 minutes for each one then that's the issue. So if it's 1000, they have to be quick, if its 100 you can take your time. Otherwise you're stuck with it for ages and it becomes uncomfortable in the wrong way.
I have some ideas that I'll be trialing in the idea of 10 100x regimes instead of 1 1000x.
I think my 1000 finished sketches worked well because I was actually producing something useful at the end of it. That's sort of the direction I'm going to try.
So many ideas, so little time.....

oh yeah and when referencing yourself don't forget to try and draw angles that aren't from your own viewpoint. Most of the time the illustrations we draw are looking at another person, not from that persons point of view, so a mirror is invaluable. Or a camera. Gotta take some more hand reference photos of myself.

Never actually studied how medieval armour works. That's one of those top level atelier studies I wish I could do at a point haha.
That's sort of the kind of problem I mean, we're so busy studying other stuff that it's impossible to study everything, even things we might want to study more. Just because they're not AS important as other studies.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:29:02 AM »
well between today and yesterday, I'm going through a strange mood. I'm going to optimistically assume it's a good thing.

Day 47: I literally don't want to do anything that I normally do. Might chase up some other art ideas I've been having or something.

The daily sketch has completely lost its meaning.

I tried to sort my projects and it's a serious pain, I not only have no idea what I want to do, I have no idea how I'm doing it either. Lots of wishful thinking and not much proper planning. At least I've been doing structured art stuff, but that's all it is, art stuff.
Still trying to get rid of my requests.
This feels like a mood I had a while back.

It probably doesn't help that I'm still trying to learn how to memorize a deck of cards. My brain is probably taking downtime to build up more connections :/

break Room / Re: Losing Interest
« on: February 15, 2020, 02:57:34 AM »
First of all, you are not useless!!
And second of all, depression is an illness, not a disability. It's something that can be recovered from.
If you just like being sad, there's nothing wrong with that either, but I dont think many people feel like that so much of the time, so it's a bit hard to relate to. Many enjoy sad music or sad films of course.

Just a thought, do you think being sad is counterproductive to doing stuff?
If yes then basically you have to decide which do you prefer more, being sad, or being productive? If you think to yourself you'd rather be productive, then it's a challenge to try and change how you feel about our own mood. If you would rather be sad, then it'll be a challenge to accept your lower productivity.

But If no then you can try and do both. Like maybe draw sad-themed pictures? Or try different genres of art, like landscapes if you haven't done that before, sort of thing.

As a side point, this can affect everyone:
I really don't want to think of myself as mental and having depression.
When someone is facing depression, this sort of thought can stop them getting help and treatment for a very long time. It's because people view mental illness as different from other illnesses. It's completely the same. If you had the flu, you'd go to the doctors, you wouldn't say "I don't want people to think I've been ill". It's exactly the same with depression. It's not something that can always be beaten with willpower. And both the person facing it and the people around them need to know this.

Members Workshops / Re: SKETCH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!
« on: February 14, 2020, 04:11:14 PM »
awwww cute :)
Shoes are just bulky feet tbh. my shoes got better when I learnt to draw feet more properly.

Day 46: apparently I drew this. not sure what to think at all.

Everything art-wise is undergoing a supreme shift. Stay tuned.
I'm also wondering if 1000 is just too high for a normal regime.
100x 10 different regimes would be much more rounded out compared to a single 1000 regime, although they wouldn't be as effective of course. I wonder what the best number is. Does it depend on the particular regime? does it depend on my skill at that point? probably.

I think one of the reasons artists become stylized is that they simply cannot go down each path to completion. So what they learn is biased towards more specific things. i.e. drawing chibis instead of medieval armour.

I think I've definitely gotta find my style soon.

This month hasn't been so great but I think I'm finding my way again.

Anime Talk / Re: Favourite Romance Anime?
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:05:16 PM »
Toradora was one of my favourites for a long time, but then I remember rewatching it and I couldn't get past the first episode for some reason. It's still a potential favourite.
I don't even remember Bakemonogatari, I kept telling myself I would rewatch it but then all the others came out and confused me.

Does FMA count as romance? or does romance has to be the main theme? I'm useless at this sort of thing.

lemme flick through my AniDB list.
Due to romance being a popular shoujo thing, a bunch of these are shoujo anime/manga:
roughly in favourite order

Kimi ni todoke (top favourite)
Ore Monogatari!! (super close)
Akagami no shirayuki-hime
Inu x Boku SS
Clannad (I'm not crying you're crying)
Plastic Memories (okay I'm crying)
Hachimitsu to Clover
Amagami SS (basically a bunch of mini series)
SAO (does this count?)
Kaichou wa maid-sama
Angel Beats!
Seto no Hanayome
Nagi no Asukara (not really romance but had it in it)
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (super old anime)
Kyoukai no Kanata (does this count?)
Ookami to Koushinryou (sorta)

Not really favourites but also not not-favourites, I can't not mention them (like, I liked them but I think that's more me being weird than the anime was good,maybe. YMMV)
Isshuukan Friends.
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.
Toaru Majutsu no Index
Amnesia (reverse harem, for some reason I liked it)
Busou Renkin
Fullmetal Panic!
Mirai Nikki

Kinda haremy/noone wins
Dog Days
Hayate no Gotoku
Grisaia no Rakuen

okay that's enough for now. and that's just my toplist.

looking through my list I realise that I was more of a hardcore anime watcher than I remember, and certainly more than I am a hardcore artist. If only. I suppose it's easier to sit like a potato and marathon stuff while you're half asleep than to actively brain-engage and spam creativity.

I don't know if I want to get back into anime or not. I like it, but I like drawing more I guess.

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