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Announcement: On September 10th 2014, we lost a dear member of our oekaki family. Linda Bower better known as Shamelessaardvark or Tigerchimera is no longer with us. Please take a moment to remember her. If you'd like to do something in her memory please follow the link to an art memorial Zoing has set up to send to her family. She will forever be a part of our family.



 
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(46159) (link) Oekaki by heather, total drawing time 5 : 27 : 37


heather [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 15:26:21
Did not take me this long, left it open while on face book, watching TV and just goofing off.

took 3 days from time to time.

I love the detail in this, very proud.


heather [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 15:34:27
Comment box cut me off... :/

Anyway this is Hayley, in her favorite sun spot, yea yea vampires dont melt in the sun, however Darren believes that it takes away your vampiric touch.

I was going to say Happy Valentines to all of my friends, especially BrownWolfCub who drew Lucky for me.

C&C is welcome.
imagamaker [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 15:54:40
I likey :)
The sky is amazing, and the scales are awesome too. Fun to look at. Nice job!
dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:16:31
I like your dragon in this picture, The scales you drew under the neck look very pretty. I like how you drew the texture on the wings, too, and the pose is very cool.

I have to disagree with Imagamaker about the sky, though. While the colors you chose are very pretty, the way that you used the dodge tool makes it look extremely unnatural and a little sloppy. [link] Here is a reference picture of a sky with some of the same colors as yours. What I would suggest is to use the pen tool or the watercolor tool to try and mimic a real picture of the sky. One of the best ways to learn to draw something is to look at references. The airbrush tool can be useful for blending, but it tends to look somewhat messy if it is the only thing used. The dodge tool can make everything look unnaturally bright and shiny, and while this may seem cool, it can end up looking gaudy. Trust me, your skies will look so much more amazing if you use a small brush and try to paint one from a reference. Another thing I would suggest to do is give your character a little more definition to the eye. It's okay if you want it to glow red, but if you add different shades of red, it will make it glow even more. I also recommend you use the watercolor tool or pen tool to shade everything else, too, and try to use different shades of the color. It looks like you shaded the background with plain black on the grass, which can make it look kinda grungy. It will look so much cleaner if you use different shades of green. Well, I hope this isn't too many critiques for you, good luck!
lemmyloop [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:43:38
I have to agree with Dreya about the sky. I'm really not a big fan of the doge tool. It's an easy tool to misuse.

I also feel the same way about textures, but I think you did a good job with them here! You made good use of the Oekaki textures on the dragon's smaller black scales. It's a really cool effect, and I think you pulled it off. I like the belly scales as well!

As for critiques, I think you might want to look up reference photos of big animals in order to see how their hind legs work when they're sitting. I'm having a bit of a hard time telling what's going on with the dragon's back leg.
heather [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:59:52
Like i said a while back, i'm not very good at backgrounds.

The crits you both gave me are really helpful, im still trying to get used to all of this, so far using a diffrent shade on the same color has proven difficult to me, i just figured if the character stood out then the back ground wouldnt matter as much, but image is everything.

the way i do things its hard to not to mess up. i do take all of these things into consideration im just not able to change the way i execute my drawings or remember the crits while drawing.

I go back and fix cetain things if i feel they dont look right, the eye was one of them, aside from trying to make her look vampiric i wanted to try to incorporate a hellish glare. - mission failed.

Either way i still have improved more than ever, - my old art was god-awful.
lemmyloop [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 19:50:30
Oh, I hope my crits didn't discourage you! Please don't stress too much about making everything perfect! We all progress at our own rates. As long as you're making the try to improve, that's what counts! Just remember that when we give critiques we are only trying to help. I look forward to seeing more of your art, and watching you get better and better! Don't be afraid to try new things, to experiment. Sometimes you won't like how it turns out, but sometimes you'll love the results!
ferris [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 22:2:13
I think that you really did improve. I don't exactly know what you did, but I agree that your art is better now. :)
catgirl [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 2:54:54
Oh, you most definitely have improved! It's been impressive just how fast. Lemmyloop has good advice. And, yeah, the purpose of the critiques is to give advice on how to make your future pictures better (since it's hard to get critique here until after a pic is finished). Anyway, about that back leg, although it's reasonable for the back legs to splay a little, the angle should still be a lot closer to that of the outstretched foreleg than the crossed one. (Good job on that bent forleg, btw, that can be a hard thing to draw.)
dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 9:27:8
I agree, you definitely have improved! I hope my long list of critiques didn't make you feel like you failed - you didn't. I only offered the advice so that you could continue to improve. And everything I said was my opinion. If you like the way you drew something, by all means keep doing it that way! Your art is yours, and no one can change it except for you.
heather [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 10:37:16
Thank you all for the kind words. :D
brownwolfcub [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 14:19:31
Happy valentines to you too! The texture and the nose look great ;3 and the belly scales.
[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 16:57:23
agreed with the others =w= remember though even if you have improved heaps, there's always room to improve more. i dont mean that in a discouraging way.
i really love the shape of the snout and the details on the scales *w* it looks great.




(46158) (link) Oekaki by imagamaker, total drawing time 0 : 51 : 19


imagamaker [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 13:55:56
I'm proud of this one :) I felt ying and yangish.
Her name's Ziera.


dynasty_dragon [Profile] 2013/2/17 - 0:43:3
This is very creative! And I really love all the detail in those wings, the sketchiness of it makes it look really cool I think :)
[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 16:59:17
this is very beautiful.. i love the monochromatic use of black and white. it gives it a simplistic but formal feel.
though, i'm having a little trouble making out the picture.. maybe if the background and shadow were a different colour/tone it would make it easier to see.




(46157) (link) Oekaki by frost_star, total drawing time 1 : 27 : 43


frost_star [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 8:16:58
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imagamaker [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 5:33:23
The shading is real nice :)
dynasty_dragon [Profile] 2013/2/17 - 0:46:9
Aww, this is really sweet but sad :'( A really great job using blues to make the atmosphere cold and sad. I'd really like to know if there was a story behind this picture!!!
frost_star [Profile] 2013/2/17 - 14:53:0
there is a slight story behind these two. A short little thing i write when I'm bored.
[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 17:1:19
this is very lovely. i love the emotion between these two and the shapes of the muzzles.
however, the white wolf character's eye is a little too close to the ear. where you drew the fur should be where the eye is, so in this case the fur would be covering the eye.
[anon]frost_forgot_to_log_in 2013/2/18 - 16:43:5
i was wondering why the eye looked out of place. thank you for telling me




(46156) (link) Oekaki by saphira, total drawing time 2 : 5 : 41


saphira [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 23:30:47
lol cya


lovelylonely [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 23:38:58
dude yes thank
I love our outfits like you wouldn't understand
and those luscious curves mmm-mmmmm.. and your cute little booties aw uwu
yes I approve
saphira [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 23:40:20
yes yes good
both our booties are cute ;)
aaaaaw yeea
[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 17:1:49
this is so cute =w= i agree, the shapes of the bodies are really nice to look at.




(46155) (link) Oekaki by rrel, total drawing time 0 : 50 : 19


rrel [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 17:1:46
A birthday present for my friend Nicky. :3


brownwolfcub [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 18:44:51
URMAHGURD ITS SO CUTE!!
moo492 [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 18:57:36
Awww he's so cute! I love how you drew the face, and the line are is so smooth! It's good to see you drawing on here more. :)
[anon]rrel 2013/2/15 - 21:3:44
Thanks!!! :)
dynasty_dragon [Profile] 2013/2/17 - 0:48:45
Awwwww!! I think your friend will adore this!!! Very cute and I love his little face :3
[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 17:2:28
this is great! i absolutely love the shape of the body, and your anatomy. you have improved so much since last time i saw your artwork.
[anon]rrel 2013/2/19 - 14:20:45
Oh thank you!!!! My day has been greatly improved. :P




(46154) (link) Oekaki by reluctantbrony, total drawing time 2 : 55 : 52


reluctantbrony [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 14:1:42
Because Big Mac is the best princess.


[anon]miles 2013/2/14 - 14:39:38
OH MY GOSH IF ONLY
this is really awesome. i love the lighting and colours.
lovelylonely [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 16:19:39
Love Big Mac and love how you drew him! c:
reluctantbrony [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 7:9:7
Thank you. <3 I love getting comment like that, makes it all feel worthwhile... XD




(46153) (link) Oekaki by catgirl, total drawing time 2 : 47 : 58


catgirl [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 4:57:30
For the Valentine's dragon contest. I think it qualifies (possibly too much gray in the shading). This dragon would like to give you a card.

Whether you're with someone or not, I hope you have a happy day.


dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 6:14:4
Aw, this is so adorably cute! I love the eyes! And such great shading on the white. Ilove the way you made the horns look super shiny, they look like they'd be really smooth to the touch.
saffron_shadow [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 14:57:3
Wow, this is beautiful Catgirl! Your dragon looks so graceful. I love your use of colours! You shaded the dragon really well and the eye is amazing, I can't stop staring at it! It's great seeing your art again and you're definately improving :)
geckodragon [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 18:58:33
WoW! I love this! That eye is so cute! And the gray is fine. Thank you so much for your entry!! =D
catgirl [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 2:41:2
Thanks, guys. :) Also, glad it qualifies. After reading the coditions for the contest, I got this stuck in my head and had to draw it. :)
[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 17:3:11
this is the cutest thing! i love your colouring, it is so soft. and those eyes are so nice. they really capture the attention of the viewer.
catgirl [Profile] 2013/2/17 - 19:48:39
:)




(46152) (link) Oekaki by pumadragon, total drawing time 4 : 14 : 9


pumadragon [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 22:50:34
Valentines day present for my "clutchmate"

This is myself and a friend from an interesting dragon RP game. I'm the blue dragon, and due to some poor decision making on my part during the game, I received a lot of injuries, lost belly plates, got my entire rib cage cracked, and even got one of my eyes clawed out. (which gave me the idea for the eye patch) When I finished the game, my HP status was labeled "at death's door". My friend on the other hand received no injuries, and finished with better stats than I did. What a lucky dragon....

But anyway, C&C is appreciated.


werewolfgirl1343 [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 1:19:53
i have that game and it is very fun but hard to get good stats at the end... i always end up fatally wounded.....
anyways i LOVE this drawing it is AWESOME!!! love the eye patch idea it looks cute
moo492 [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 13:56:26
What game is this? It sounds fun.
Anywho, I love how you drew the clouds and the gradient in the sky is really nice too. :)
ferris [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 17:59:47
Oh, hey. I know what you're talking about. It's one of those 'Choice of Games,' right? It really is a fun game.
pumadragon [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 21:55:57
Yeah, my friend was letting me play the game on his ipod touch, I don't actually have it. I like text-based adventures though, and the options you get are pretty hilarious sometimes.
dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:26:40
This is a really cool picture, I like the poses you drew for the two dragons. I think the eyepatch on the blue dragon is really cute. The shading on these two is very pretty, I love how you made it match the background. I'm a fan of their expressions. Great drawing!
[anon]milels 2013/2/17 - 17:3:51
wow puma this is fantastic! your colours and anatomy is just brilliant. i really love this picture.




(46151) (link) Oekaki by miku8mycupcake, total drawing time 1 : 30 : 51


miku8mycupcake [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 19:41:13
wow okay this did not take me an hour xD I was going back and i was going back and forth to do laundry stuff ha!
Anyways, Happy Valentine's Day! No matter who you are with, make your special friend, family member, boyfriend, fiance, or any loved one feel like they are the most original and important person in your life! :)
- <3 M


dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:24:20
What a pretty picture. I love how you put all the colors in the sky, and the reflection of the sun on the two people is very pretty. It's adorable. I hope you had a good valentine's day too!
[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 17:5:22
ooh this is just lovely... the colours and atmosphere are just so nice. i really love the lighting on the couple.
miku8mycupcake [Profile] 2013/2/22 - 9:18:44
Thank you both for the positive feed back! It was my first experiment with watercolour and it turned out okay I suppose. I need to learn how to make the ocean more realistic. Can someone please help me? :o




(moved) (link) Oekaki by everin, total drawing time 0 : 46 : 40


everin [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 19:37:13
I really have no idea. Haha. Just keep drawing.


[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 17:5:53
this is so awesome :3 i love the detail on the shirt.




(46149) (link) Oekaki by keidarancitygirl, total drawing time 1 : 30 : 22


keidarancitygirl [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 18:12:51
Eowyn, from The Lord of the Rings.
Yes, she's pregnant.


keidarancitygirl [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 18:13:31
oh, and sorry there's no background.




(46148) (link) Oekaki by miku8mycupcake, total drawing time 3 : 54 : 40


miku8mycupcake [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 18:4:45
This is Aria :) She has the power to control time. When she was born, her left eye was blind. One side of her face ages faster than the other. I'm not sure if you can tell, my sketch in my Harry Potter sketch book is a lot more detailed. The lighting is a bit blah, but i will be drawing more of Aria and the others in other anatomic forms! c: C&C please!

Also let me know which of the pure-heart unicorn you like the most and want to see more of! :)


moo492 [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 20:27:41
Oh I really like this one! She's definitely my favorite. I like how you drew her markings, and the front view. Front view horses I find are always hard.
dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:27:50
I love how you give these unicorns their unique-looking horns, it's very cool. I really love the pose you chose for this one, the ears are very pretty and it's nice to see a horse head from the front. I love the shading on the mane and the interesting background. Very nice.
[anon]leopard 2013/2/20 - 22:11:57
cool i really like this




(46147) (link) Oekaki by lady_miragon, total drawing time 2 : 28 : 12


lady_miragon [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 14:45:7
I've decided to name him Akane. Here's a frontal view of his mask. This is my attempt at shading with white. Some areas are feel are good, others... He'll be a good character to practice white shading on.

I have been very negligent and have not drawn here often lately. I will try to do better because you guys are just plain SUPERB and I want to keep getting better at this digital art gig. You guys are awesome!

C&C as always.


dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:29:5
I really like this character's design! That mask is super cool, and I love the markings on the black fur.




(46146) (link) Oekaki by imagamaker, total drawing time 1 : 21 : 10


imagamaker [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 13:22:20
Another dragon/human :)
This is Iczuus, sorta like a water-ice dracaur. Well, not much of a dragon centaur like my other one, Ebony. I think Ebony's fire or something......I must sound confusing.....I'm just sleepy I guess.





(46145) (link) Oekaki by werewolfgirl1343, total drawing time 2 : 6 : 26


werewolfgirl1343 [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 0:27:32
this is my OC hooray i finally have one im proud of!
this took ages...
this is Blaire he is a dragon horse hybrid hythrods)
he has a saddle on because he has an owner. the Hythrods have such a strong bond with their rider they can communicate using telepathy. this means the rider doesnt need a halter to control their animal. Hythrods are commonly called 'light horses" they live in glow forests. ther reason their spots glow is because they feed on glow mushrooms and other critters that live in the forest which glow as well ( they are carnivorousness)
the light horses are the fastest land dragon hybrid that has existed. the spot patterns are unique to each light horse and no two patterns are ever the same.
the necklace around Blaires neck symbolises which herd he came from and determines which power he will posses when he is older there are many powers the light horses can gain.
i will draw these different powers soon :)


werewolfgirl1343 [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 0:32:5
opps i meant *carnivorous* - stupid dictionary
tayuyaxn [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 9:24:11
Reminds me of the ''horses'' from Avatar for some reason...
tayuyaxn [Profile] 2013/2/13 - 9:25:42
So, before it autosended... I think you did a good job with the glow.
werewolfgirl1343 [Profile] 2013/2/14 - 1:17:49
ARGHH why cant i think straight, i actually meant they are OMNIVORES not CARNIVOURS!!!! sorry about that and if it caused any confusion....
^^ thanks, i like the glow effect too, it was fun to do and it was kind of based off the horse creatures from Avatar, but i made some of my own changes to make it my own unique creature




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