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Today's Oekaki Highlight: A shout out to returning and faithful friends of TACo, who have graced us with some awesome drawings: senobdec, blacklight, solcress, p_b, umi-chan, ri-su, mogily, piffle, and congrats to Hall of Famer sabii!

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(9997) (link) Oekaki by izzi-ink, total drawing time 0 : 40 : 58

izzi-ink 2009/1/29 - 17:28:49
Ugly girl, Babylon.
Birthday tomorrow, don't want to get older >.<

C&C will be adored.
mika 2009/2/1 - 7:47:29
I am a clone
I am not alone
Every fibre of my flesh
and bone
is identical to the other's
Everything i say
is in the same tone
as my test-tube brother's
There is no choice
between us
If you had ever seen us
you'd rejoice
in your uniqueness
and consider every weakness
something special
of your own.
mika 2009/2/1 - 7:48:29
..........oh and hope you had a good birthday...:)
winds-of-fate 2009/2/11 - 12:16:59
Hey, not bad!
You have some great anatomy to start working from.
There are a few main things I notice that throw off the picture, which you may want to practice in more detail.

First of all, her neck is very poorly defined. You can tell where its MEANT to be, but it seems just a little short and it causes the shoulders to become flat.
Look at photographs or yourself in a mirror; Shoulders are gental slopes, not corners.

On a related note, the arms are a bit long, but that's just because the elbows are misplaced or ill-defined.
They always fall almost exactly at the middle of the torso...IF and only IF the arms are hanging straight down, as they are here. You can use the head-to-height system that seems common to gauge it, or just eyeball it.

On the note of the head, its interestingly styled, but you made a mistake that is easy to avoid in the future. Shape out the ENTIRE head, including parts that will be covered by hair, before drawing the hair.

This drawing kinda gives the idea that her head just vanishes, and the hair is directly related to the head...the same way clothes are related to the underlying skin.

Finally, I suggest you look up some proportions are far as the torso goes. Her chest gives the impression of being saggy, and doesn't seem shaped properly even if it was meant to be.

Again, you have a good start for anatomy, it just needs some refining.
Hope this helps.

(9996) (link) Oekaki by jakusama, total drawing time 3 : 43 : 32

jakusama 2009/1/24 - 17:29:7
Haaai! Look, I'm not dead! It's a self-portrait with me and my spirit guide. Yay unicorns!
izzi-ink 2009/1/25 - 9:2:19
I love the background:3

And how the unicorn has a purple-ish hue incorporated in it.
A lot of people just make them white xD
ri-su 2009/1/27 - 3:48:19
ohow, i love the whole ethereal look! The night sky is really beautiful,and reflected in the water- lovley colours all around too <3
mika 2009/2/1 - 7:58:22
You have a unicorn spirit guide?
I'm pretty sure my spirit guide is a Black Forest gateaux as it's the only thing talking to me in the kitchen right now.
winds-of-fate 2009/2/11 - 12:26:20
Spirit guide is a pretty neat philosophical concept.
Its like a conscience, but more interesting by far.

I love the glow everything has. The "floor" reminds me of the "river of stars" in Okami.

(9995) (link) Oekaki by ellinora2, total drawing time 1 : 22 : 28

ellinora2 2009/1/20 - 11:47:55
This is for all my friends <333 I lurve u!! <333 x)
ellinora2 2009/1/20 - 11:49:11
gah sorry its supposed 2 b in the gift room.. x)

(9994) (link) Oekaki by kokiriesper, total drawing time 10 : 8 : 50

kokiriesper 2009/1/18 - 22:0:28
The legendary myspace girl - the pioneer of the high angle camera shot that many myspace girls are so fond of. Many have tried to imitate her prowess at facial expression combined with gratuitous exposure of the crease that mammary glands tend to make. Unfortunately, over time, the typical myspace girl has lost her ability to control specific muscles in her face and most of the time is only able to do a meager pout. They have also lost interest in applying lots of filters in photoshop to make themselves appear to have unnaturally colored skin, and have settled for only contrast adjustment and eyeliner.

Hey everyone, haven't been drawing here in a while. Hope you're all well. About this picture - I fussed a lot with the background and it was a disaster so I just colored it brown and blue mush...critique is welcome...I think the camera arm is a bit off...anyway, thanks for looking. (no references were used)
izzi-ink 2009/1/18 - 23:4:12
I love her hair and her blue skin.
It's really cool that you used orange in contrast, too.

Awesome perspective !
I find that hard:3
snoopywar 2009/1/20 - 12:5:9
That expression is brilliant. Hahaha.
Love it.
blacklight 2009/1/21 - 14:45:1
soo cute. so cool. Rally does make me think of myspace. lol at losing control of facial muscles.
artanis 2009/1/24 - 2:44:45
hahahha myspace. this is perfect, you've even got the i'm-not-really-trying-to-show-off-cleavage-but-i-totally-am thing going on xD; LOOOVE the colors, the orange and blue are fantastic together.
mika 2009/2/1 - 7:50:39
Bleedin' awesome.......oh yes!
winds-of-fate 2009/2/11 - 12:27:17
A clever take on an existing social trend.
Nicely done.
senobdec 2009/2/26 - 17:16:59

(9993) (link) Oekaki by izzi-ink, total drawing time 2 : 38 : 5

izzi-ink 2009/1/18 - 14:51:10
Felt like putting effort into the background this time,
And it took longer than the person itself.

C&C please.
artanis 2009/1/24 - 2:47:27
ooh nice i love the background!! the clouds are really nice, and the beams look very 3-d. you did a great job with the perspective on the netting too :D i don't have any criticism besides i think you would have a really amazing picture if you applied the same amount of detail you've given to the background to the figure as well! :]
mika 2009/2/1 - 8:0:52
The extra effort on the b/g was time well spent as it adds loads to the pic......not that the foreground is lacking or anything.
winds-of-fate 2009/2/11 - 12:22:51
Nicely done.
I only have one criticism.
The background is a nice touch, and the pose works well with it, but the giant gaps in the net (or whatever it is) makes the hand pose a bit unbelievable.

If the spaces are that big, the hand would be better suited to grabbing it than touching it. The very space the hand is at is a hole.

Its a good picture, but I'd add significantly more lines to the net-like area for pose believability.
Though it would be a shame to cover the well done sky.

(9992) (link) Oekaki by izzi-ink, total drawing time 3 : 5 : 59

izzi-ink 2009/1/17 - 11:46:34
Subtract about 3o minutes only.
I had to wash and fold the laundry.

Um, my entry for a contest somewhere else.
C&C please ?
blacklight 2009/1/18 - 8:47:0
very cute! I like all the green.
artanis 2009/1/24 - 2:50:45
yes very cute :D love the shiny hair!! one very nifty trick when you have something in the background that you want us to look at (the girl) and something in the foreground that is less important (her hand), is to blur the thing in the foreground - it will make your picture look like a photo that's focused in on the person, giving it a lot of depth, will draw the viewers' attention to the background, and also just looks neat! :D

(9991) (link) Oekaki by ellinora2, total drawing time 1 : 25 : 23

ellinora2 2009/1/14 - 13:18:5
A Cat eye! <:3 Yez!! feel free to C.c !! x)
mika 2009/1/16 - 13:30:46
I love how you did the fur, the bit above the nose/forehead is...............dare I say...Purrr-fect!
The only crit I have is......do cats have eyebrows?, wouldn't the hairs go with the fur?...........shall grab the next cat I see to find out.
blumeaniandglove 2009/1/18 - 22:15:16
not so much eyebrows as they have whiskers coming out above their eyes. like catfish whiskers, only no fish.

(i'm a cat lady. haha)
ellinora2 2009/1/20 - 11:40:24
eh.. what?? x)

(9990) (link) Oekaki by angie, total drawing time 1 : 58 : 15

angie 2009/1/7 - 18:3:35
I want to rape Light Yagami. Unfortunately I can't draw him. So you get my fave shinigami Ryuk instead XP

Happy New Year!
snoopywar 2009/1/7 - 23:5:42
Very nicely done!
Ryuk's one of my favorites too. :D
jakusama 2009/1/8 - 20:51:58
I love the way you use just black and get so much more texture. The shiny shirt, the slick hair, the metal... it's so amazing how you can do that! I love the contrast of the pink polkadots too.
blumeaniandglove 2009/1/11 - 19:47:19
apples in the human world are.... juicy.

I <3 Ryuk. (sp?)

mika 2009/1/16 - 13:32:17
No idea who the guy is, what I do know is this is one awesome pic, love the b/w!
winds-of-fate 2009/2/11 - 12:28:31
I must say I'm not a huge Death Note fan, but love the character design of the guy. You captured it well.

(9989) (link) Oekaki by blacklight, total drawing time 2 : 20 : 35

blacklight 2008/12/30 - 13:31:58
This is Punky the Poppet. He was your average voodoo doll made but with bones inside. 222 years later, another girl awakened him and he came to life (size!), and ...he's kind of mad at humanity for sticking pins in him all those years. So yeah.
dekutree64 2008/12/30 - 17:22:24
Nifty character design. I like his eyes. But he ought to yank some of those pins out, that one in his knee looks especially uncomfortable to walk around with T_T
jakusama 2009/1/1 - 12:0:42
Whooooa! Massive creeptacular! I have nightmares about this sort of thing. LOVE the design, and the coloring and background are really quite phenomenal. I like the shading for some reason - I'm utterly entranced by that. Beautiful work! (Creepy, but beautiful!)
mika 2009/1/16 - 13:34:2
Creepy is right, pretty darn cool to though.....nice!

(9988) (link) Oekaki by blumeaniandglove, total drawing time 0 : 20 : 54

blumeaniandglove 2008/12/23 - 2:37:33
ha. hope i made the time limit.

This is me, standing in snow that's up to my waist, wondering just how i'm supposed to get to work. True story.

Moscow, Idaho. Don't move there.
blumeaniandglove 2008/12/23 - 2:37:58
also i did this with my laptop touch pad. cause' i'm lazy and don't want to find my mouse X)
snoopywar 2008/12/23 - 8:27:32
You have a cute nose. :U
jakusama 2008/12/27 - 19:53:40
Love the expression. Sorry about the snow - ours just melted, and now there is freezing rain.... Oh boy. love how she, er, you, look a touch chilly, and the hair is gorgeous, Excellent job on the hair. :D
jennybets 2009/1/2 - 15:24:24
awesome pic! I went to college in Moscow and I live 50 miles north of there :)
blumeaniandglove 2009/1/3 - 0:50:47
yeah, i'm attending college.


it's seriously snowing here guys.
mika 2009/1/16 - 13:36:33
Do what I do....just take the day off and drink hot chocolate all day.....hey you could also do some more cool pics while you were off too.
winds-of-fate 2009/2/11 - 12:30:19
You could purchase highly concentrated amounts of sulfuric acid and put it on the snow. So what if it distorts the ecosystem, pollutes the runoff, and may melt your skin?
So does most politics!

(9987) (link) Oekaki by maemay, total drawing time 5 : 38 : 49

maemay 2008/12/22 - 6:11:23
Like my makeshift background.
mika 2008/12/22 - 22:34:32
There's something odd about this pic......but can't put my finger on it -the pose maybe -the anatomy -the shading.........well whatever it is it makes it interesting, and that's good in my book.
jakusama 2008/12/22 - 22:35:8
I'm ridiculously fond of the makeshift background. Actually. And I love the skirt. Something wild and crazy and awesome about the folds, and I totally want the boots. Shading is flawless, and I love the perspective. Very cool.

(9986) (link) Oekaki by dekutree64, total drawing time 6 : 32 : 11

dekutree64 2008/12/21 - 21:20:25
*jumps on the Sailor Moon bandwagon*
frosty_glow and piffle's pictures inspired me to watch through the first season again, and then I just had to do a picture too.
frosty_glow 2008/12/21 - 23:10:22
YAAAAY I love this! well done!!!!!
piffle 2008/12/22 - 12:22:9
oh my gosh i LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! this is what it looks like outside my window hahaha. we got like half a foot of snow and it's freaking everyone out (vancouver is supposed to RAIN, isn't it?!?!)
my favorite part is usagi's hair :D
mika 2008/12/22 - 22:30:2
lol....the one behind the snowbank made me project my coffee half-way across the room......awesome!
jakusama 2008/12/22 - 22:34:21
Omg omg omg! You have NO idea how happy all the sailor moon oekakis are making me. This one just screams fun, and it totally looks like something the girls would do. Massive love, I'm giggling. I love seeing them in all the different styles, too. I really like this one, and it seems to fit their natures perfectly. Love it.
golden 2008/12/23 - 12:53:30
This looks just like a movie still! Wonderfully drawn. Agreeing with jakusama, I'm loving the Sailor Moon pictures around here.

(9985) (link) Oekaki by gleeful1, total drawing time 0 : 31 : 40

gleeful1 2008/12/20 - 2:15:19
i got a tablet for $30 dollars yeahhhhhhh XDDDDD
it's my second day of drawing with it; it feels unnatural to me right now >o<
haha isn't it kind of sad that i spent probably 10 minutes messing around with the box tool? i have NEVER used the special effects in the Tools tab since day one of my oekaki adventures. >>''''''
winter break is HERE. i get one month off, so maybe i'll draw more here <3 is everyone doing okay?? it's only a few more days till the big man squeezes himself through YOUR chimney!
mika 2008/12/22 - 22:18:22
Tablets are great once you get used to them.
Big guy squeezing down my chimbley........probably after nicking my stuff :- must prepare traps!

Love the loose style - she reminds me of Liza Minelli (sp?)
jakusama 2008/12/22 - 22:33:3
love the hair. just. Love it. Wish my hair did that. I love how whimsical the style is. It's quite enchanting. Eyes are killer. <3

(9984) (link) Oekaki by dorothyblueeyes5, total drawing time 2 : 13 : 44

dorothyblueeyes5 2008/12/19 - 23:43:44
voice picture: God this was hell to do! I didn't mostly by my voice, with Dragon NaturallySpeaking software,; you can order the pointer to drag the tools around and paint and draw with it very crudely. But it is really hard to do . I kept doing it over and over, because the whole drawing Vanishing! Was vanishing! It disappeared! I worked on a really good geometric abstract that was very involved, and really looked great, and for some reason suddenly I hit the wrong thing and it vanished completely Bogarde -- oh, God! How frustrating. For some reason, you cannot even race anything or the whole drawing vanishes; so using voice software to draw with is very crude; you can only draw up, down, right left and upper and lower left. So everything is square; oh and I can't use anything except the one pointer the other tools do not work. So, drawing with your voice, with this software is very limiting and it is slow; and you make one mistake, and your whole complicated drawing painting vanishes. Since I have fibromyalgia so bad in my arms and elbows and hands and shoulders I was trying to see if I could substitute voice software to draw and paint with it seemed like a good idea at first. Maybe if the software was a little more approved, it would be very possible. I can tell the pointer to go up and down all over, it clicks it double clicks, and often it clicks on links and he gets me around the Internet and I don't have to use my hands; so it is very helpful but it's slow and it's clumsy and it makes a lot of mistakes; if it doesn't recognize your voice, which happens a lot then the orders don't come through right or they don't come through it all never mind if the mass it's much better to use your hands ha ha and. But I'm writing all this right now with my voice -- look Ma, no hands! Like I say, I bet you could change this software and revamp it to draw and paint with your voice; very weird. I had to read its stories to get used to my voice. But it's very helpful; I don't have to do all that typing anymore, but I can't do now; I can e-mail my friends and leave notes on websites and even do a lot of writing with my voice if I wanted to. You can also correct the spelling as you go along when it makes mistakes -- you can use your voice to press any key on the keyboard. Well I will keep going on; but it is very good software. It takes up a lot of memory I got extra memory for it. It is slow; you can make it go faster, but the speed is still a limited much more limited than your hands. Well anyway I'll stop writing I'm sorry I'm writing too much. Anyhow I'm going to try to be patient and see what I can do to use my voice to do drawing maybe I should do simple stuff at first; it does take PATIENCE. -- something I need to learn. Anyhow, it's nice to be back, cause I love this board and all of you your great artists and nice people too. (I still use my hands to draw in real life, but doing a lot of drawing on software is really too much for me at this time, with my hands, that is. Anyhow, I'll stop talking now ha ha).
gleeful1 2008/12/20 - 2:20:33
WOWOOWOWOW you created this by voice? AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A FEAT! the colored texture sare wicked sweet too <<3333
i'm glad that you have the perserverance to draw even if it means directing everything with your voice. it is really interesting to see how you can verbalize the motions of your hand.
i really read through your looooong post. i hope that you are okay with your health!
mika 2008/12/22 - 22:28:13
Sorry to hear about your condition, I'm amazed at your patience at getting around how frustrating this must have been, 'tis good to know you are still around as your pics were always original (your commentry was always epic as well...;))
jakusama 2008/12/22 - 22:31:51
You're my new hero. You're... ridiculously patient and doggedly persistent with doing what you love in the face of wicked circumstances. That is SO impressive, and you've really inspired me. I think the piece is beautiful, and I'd like to think it was well worth the effort. Love the textures and everything, and I hope your health prospers. Much love.
blacklight 2008/12/30 - 13:33:49
WHOA...This is really neat!
I love the patterns, and it just goes on like, forever. It's amazing, like a map of the airport or mall, but, better. I like it.

(9983) (link) Oekaki by frosty_glow, total drawing time 2 : 17 : 39

frosty_glow 2008/12/18 - 23:23:10
another ariel because I wanted to do somemore practice work
snoopywar 2008/12/18 - 23:51:48
Love how soft and painty this one is.
dorothyblueeyes5 2008/12/19 - 23:54:44
this is a very beautiful painting, and you have a very nice effect of water; being in the ocean. Very nice
gleeful1 2008/12/20 - 2:21:30
haha nice~~~ foamy oceans are the best. it makes the water have more personality.
golden 2008/12/20 - 16:14:56
OMG how wonderful. I love the concept and how you painted her face!
frosty_glow 2008/12/21 - 23:8:55
thank you guys so much!!!
jakusama 2008/12/22 - 22:29:4
This is awesome! Love it! I love the water, I think, the most. It's so uniquely depicted, and yet it seems so perfect for the softness of the picture. So warm... I bet she's toasty. (Unlike me.) Love the eyes, too. She's all like "Peekaboo!"
mika 2008/12/22 - 22:38:20
.....I thought the pic below was cool and was going to comment on it....however this pic kicked it's arse and stole the comment.
Simply put it's awesome, love the style -do more dammit!

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