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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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(9752) (link) Oekaki by jakusama, total drawing time 1 : 40 : 9

jakusama 2007/10/8 - 2:20:55
"Time passes. Even for me." A little I'm-alive piece. Yay 2am.
sankyu 2007/10/9 - 0:32:51
I especialy like the effect of the sky and the waterfall there

(9751) (link) Oekaki by sankyu, total drawing time 1 : 29 : 4

sankyu 2007/9/28 - 17:17:20
Dont really know how to fix this...
golden 2007/9/29 - 1:53:58
it looks really nice :) although I wish the branches didn't fade out at the bottom but instead had deeper shadows there.
lorelai 2007/9/29 - 19:50:31
i love the soft, encompassing feel of the foliage. gies it a very mystical appearance!
sabii 2007/9/30 - 8:29:33
i like the colours and mood!
dorothyblueeyes 2007/10/4 - 1:45:33
Yeah,very beautiful.: )
jakusama 2007/10/8 - 0:28:58
Its pretty and soft. I really like it.

(9750) (link) Oekaki by dorothyblueeyes, total drawing time 1 : 18 : 33

dorothyblueeyes 2007/9/26 - 1:1:53
"MY EXPERIENCES AT PEACE HEALTH HOSPITAL,EUGENE,OREGON,WITH MEDICARE".--I'm so physically disabled,feet,I can;t hardly walk,and orthopedic doctor,dept,says to me;"You don;t have PAIN!"gives me arch supports,throws me out.

I had to threaten the administration,cause the regular clinic neglected my eye infection so badly,did not send me to eye doctor for months,I was desperate;oozing,puffed up,sick eye.I had to get MACHO,or risk losing my eye.It worked;they got me an eye doctor,cause I threatened them losing their insurance thru neglect.And,yes,I'm never going to get a good foot-doctor,or a private one.Not on Medicare.

Yes,foriegn artists,this is America. I'm 60 yrs. old,on disability, on Medicare.Doctors in America HATE MEDICARE,and most refuse to take it.Only place you get get em to take Medicare,is county hospitals,period.Forget trying to get private doctors to take it. So,all the county and community hospitals are overloaded,cannot care for everyone. You wait HOURS to get into your appointment,and then your doctor has fifteen minutes to whisk you thru the appt.;face it,in America you have to have LOTS OF MONEY TO GET DECENT HEALTH CARE. I know that if I get a catastrophic ailment, or disease,I will die,because the medical system will let me die. Maybe it;s like this in other countries,too(any comments on this?)All I know is,in all my experience,(California doctors all refuse to take Medicare at all,AND Medi-caid insurance.You're stuck with illegal aliens.)if you don;t have a lot of money,or very expensive medical insurance(NOT an HMO)in America,if you get seriously ill,they will let you die. I probably should not expect America to be any different than the rest of the world; old people have to have a lot of money,or you';re in trouble.I guess it's just human nature. Anyone from other countries,I would like to hear your expereinces too. Just curious about your care of the elderly,and disabled. Probably just the same,sigh. Nothing changes. The cartoon was meant to be stark,simple.
sabii 2007/9/26 - 10:49:28
you get the point through quite well! here in latvia it's much worse.. the waiting list is huge, the doctors are grumpy and are only ever going to do something for you if you bribe them. oh and the whole medical system is a mess and is very old fashioned, still stuck in a soviet-type atmosphere.
lorelai 2007/9/26 - 16:55:44
I am also of the opinion that in many countries it is MUCH worse. Bribery, horrible facilities, poverty, corruption and greed.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/10/4 - 2:5:5
Gee,I'm sorry,Sabii. I guess I do have it better.That's for sure.The thing that galls me,is that America TELLS EVERYONE, it's so great here,and since there is this extreme wealth here,the huge amt. of wealth in the US, stays STUCK UPSTAIRS, with the one percent of the population. The mass of Americans are becoming like everyone else in other countries;poor. Like,it does not do much good to live in such a rich country,cause most of us are never going to HAVE ANY of it. Plus,the cost of living is very HIGH. iF you want to survive at all,you have to move to a very poor,undeveloped state(and those are all being exploited,too) that does not have quite such a high cost of living.

Im sorry to bitch,when we have more than other people.I am lucky,I guess.But the "rich get richer,and own evrything"-factor is SO EXTREME, now,in America, there's no middleclass hardly anymore;it's now all the struggling,poor class. We're getting so much more like Latvia,it's not a lie. The Good Old Days of America, Land of Opportunity, are pretty much over. Our govt. is HUGE,powerful,wealthy,and we all have no control over it at all;it's just a dictator ship of sorts. If Latvia is that way,I'm sorry,but it's pretty much the same here.
jakusama 2007/10/8 - 0:33:39
First of all: I love the emotion in the picture. And then second: let's not blame the *doctors* for it, though. They can't help it. I'm very close to a lot of doctors, and I know that its really the government. doctors are sued more and more often for malpractice, even when its not their fault, so the industry is losing perfectly good doctors because the malpractice insurence is so high. therefore, the few remaining doctors times are limited and have to cost more. if people would stop sueing and the government could 1) protect patients more from bad doctors and 2) protect doctors from pointless sue-fests, I think all costs would come down. (I'm not defending your doctor, I don't know him/her personally, but I am defending all doctors that might be lumped into this category.) :)
dorothyblueeyes 2007/10/26 - 2:49:47
I know enough about the AMA and the "medical politics"to know that it is their huge organizations that have a lot to do with it.Yes,the govt.too.People en mass do not have THAT many winning law-suits against doctors and hospitals;it's very hard to win a big suit.I KNOW individual people in the US get stuck in huge,crooked HMOS,who's main business is to take money,and not give it back.Did you know,the medical profession has the very highest income of all the professions?OK,I realize that malpractice insurance is bad against doctors.But doctors are not helping PATIENTS anymore,they only take care of THEMSELVES,and their huge medical conglomerates.THAT is why people are so agreived against doctors;what are THEY doing,about this whole mess?Nothing.Doctors and their huge organizations just look out for themselves,now,and ignore what is happening to their patients.

Include dentists in that,too.I've been sick for months,and finally had to pay an extractionist(old infected root canal) a huge heap of money,and none of my Medicare would have paid for it;I would have died,otherwise.(Oh,and none of the doctors could find out what was wrong,all that time.)NOBODY in the medical or dental profession would have saved me,had I not been able to borrow that huge amt. of money to pay for it.No,emergency rooms do not handle that;they give you pain medication,and send you home.My eyes have been opened,in the last few years;if you get sick,you had BETTER HAVE MONEY.Whether you are in the US or anywhere else;or else you better stay young and healthy.

(9749) (link) Oekaki by dorothyblueeyes, total drawing time 1 : 18 : 10

dorothyblueeyes 2007/9/21 - 18:13:23
FACE:(oh,god,did I throw that line across it/MY FRriend kinocked on my door,it's gone,phoog,eww,well,cannot walk anyhow,anymore;who cares ab ouit a stupid picture.and i;Ve got wretched unending tendonitus,arms,elbows,anyhow,fuck.
char 2007/9/24 - 0:16:6
It looks fantastic, even better when you squint!
eraserhead 2007/9/25 - 12:52:18
I agree with Char, it shows good control of a style that can look disasterous.
As for all that ails you.....keep on fighting, my thoughts are with you.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/9/26 - 1:5:35
Aww,thanks.Nice of you. I think all the artists here are great,really good,and do wonderful work.Probably the best Oekaki board on the Net,and some of the best artists and nicest people. ; )

(9748) (link) Oekaki by whescha, total drawing time 1 : 38 : 18

whescha 2007/9/21 - 2:37:55
Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Harlock!!

*Shot by every other Harlock fan in existence*

He honestly seems to cute sometimes to be a Space Pirate. His cheeks are SO CHUBBY. O_o I wish Kei would pinch them sometime, just to see what he does.
eraserhead 2007/9/25 - 12:53:17
They'd better shoot me too as I have no idea who he is.
lorelai 2007/9/26 - 18:56:56
NICE! alas i don't know who he is either >_>
whescha 2007/10/1 - 23:25:11
It's not very surprising. XD Not too many know who he is, but he is awesome. But thanks! ^_^

(9746) (link) Oekaki by umi-chan, total drawing time 3 : 18 : 1

umi-chan 2007/9/14 - 15:58:32
yea the grass is pretty much made me angry, so i just let it be -_-...
frelont 2007/9/15 - 10:42:11
Fantastic work nonetheless! Perhaps she could cast a little more shadow to give volume to the ground. Or I'm just babbling nonsense. Nice sharp details overall.
eraserhead 2007/9/25 - 12:54:43
I bet no-one will notice the grass, there's plenty of other eye candy to gawp at - and no I don't mean the tree.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/9/26 - 1:6:24
lovely,such a great sky;that's hard to do.
lorelai 2007/9/26 - 18:56:34
love the atmosphere! I'm such a fan of your oekakis ^O^
jakusama 2007/10/8 - 0:34:37
Its really, really pretty. I like the tattoo on her calf... she's pretty. <3 and the shading is exquisite.

(9745) (link) Oekaki by elusive_dreamer, total drawing time 1 : 33 : 23

elusive_dreamer 2007/9/8 - 21:18:44
Bit of a weird drawing, but I'm feeling out of sorts more than ever lately.
lorelai 2007/9/11 - 1:19:55
Nyar? :( Well, I hope you feel cheerful again soon!
embo 2007/10/11 - 21:29:20
i love your stuff. :D

(9743) (link) Oekaki by angie, total drawing time 0 : 52 : 50

angie 2007/9/6 - 17:0:14
Yummy, everyone loves chocolate. And cute anime girls XP
sabii 2007/9/7 - 8:36:49
oh cool :D
sankyu 2007/9/7 - 20:43:4
What the?! Ahhh wheres my mars bar!!!
lorelai 2007/9/8 - 16:2:49
Ahhhh cute!! =D

(completed) (link) Oekaki by dark-angel, total drawing time 2 : 3 : 11

dark-angel 2007/9/2 - 6:28:43
sorry for uploading an unfinished picture, but I realy need help. I've been fighting with this picture to look realistic and the more I try the messier it looks. I could really use some tips on shading and what colors I should use to make it look more alive. Please help!
mika 2007/9/2 - 8:7:41

Tippage - Right click on the colour sliders to get it into H/S/B mode (that's Hue/Saturation/Blend(?)) drop blend down for shadow and up for hi-lights on the colour you have chosen.
Shade and hi-light on another layer, use the airbrush set on around 2-5% opacity and build up, get hard edges by erasing with the soft eraser set to 50% opacity for 1 pixel or 2-20% for above 1 pixel - for the love of god stay away from the hard eraser unless you are blitzing it.
Use blur lots, if you get artifacts make a new layer copy the artifacted layer to it and delete the original (Delete not clear as the artifacts remain on the layer for good)

If it all goes wrong simply delete the layer and start again.

Anything sticking out will catch hi-lights, anything recessed will be shadowed depending on the light source - Imaging the face as a series of shapes and shade/hi-light as such.
The anatomy needs a slight re-think before you continue though.
dark-angel 2007/9/2 - 10:0:10
thank you very much
dark-angel 2007/11/8 - 13:44:59
I tried to draw something else something better over what i had but it came out terrible could you please just delete this.

(9741) (link) Oekaki by insomniel, total drawing time 1 : 31 : 25

insomniel 2007/9/1 - 21:54:9
Ian and Rufus from Gaia Online. My oekaki-fu is weak.
naty 2007/9/7 - 12:35:59
CUTE! I love Rufus x3! *addicted to Gaia*
Nice Ian too ^^.. draw Moira next.. plz :3?

(9740) (link) Oekaki by ri-su, total drawing time 2 : 59 : 34

ri-su 2007/8/29 - 7:58:59
Didnt take THIS long, stopped for about an hour to watch House. i need more texture practise xD;;
baeduxai 2007/8/30 - 13:7:5
I think it's great!
maemay 2007/8/30 - 13:23:33
Her eyes are so big and brown. I like her hair and the pose.
sabii 2007/9/7 - 8:37:10
i love your style!

(9739) (link) Oekaki by lorelai, total drawing time 0 : 18 : 28

lorelai 2007/8/28 - 16:48:0
My patience needs work ^_^;
baeduxai 2007/8/30 - 13:7:59
lol finish this some time ok...?
maemay 2007/8/30 - 13:25:52
I know how you feel. That's why i'm a horrible sketcher The skin looks so good and i love the movement of the hair. Everything on this picture looks really really good. You should finish it.

(9738) (link) Oekaki by maemay, total drawing time 0 : 34 : 28

maemay 2007/8/28 - 16:41:11
I elt like drawing something sine i haven't in a day. That's a long time for me.
lorelai 2007/8/28 - 16:49:33
veryy nice work on the shading and colors!

(9737) (link) Oekaki by azure, total drawing time 1 : 39 : 20

azure 2007/8/25 - 19:51:0
Wheeee. Girly sasuke fanart. Bahahaaha.
z 2007/8/26 - 7:27:26

Oh, and..nice buns. ;D
maemay 2007/8/26 - 8:0:40
OMG!!!! I love it. I love the poose and his underwear.
lorelai 2007/8/26 - 23:50:5
........... D:
happywaterbottle 2007/8/27 - 5:35:17

*note to self: don't come to look at the board at 8:30 am anymore*
azure 2007/8/27 - 16:7:38
Ohohoho. I decided to redo this because I thought the random idea was nifty, but actually made it look somewhat decent this time. Check out the alternate version: [link]
baeduxai 2007/8/30 - 13:8:55
interesting... XD lol but either way the bg looks awesome.
eraserhead 2007/9/25 - 12:56:38
'His underwear!!!' -please god no!
lorelai 2007/9/29 - 19:52:5
i have to say i really do like the alternate version!!! even if it is mildly horrifying =D

(9736) (link) Oekaki by baeduxai, total drawing time 3 : 13 : 22

baeduxai 2007/8/24 - 23:36:1
Brother and Sister troubles...at least for demons. Taro and Hanako from Disgaea 2. Probably something they did while Adell was gone :P I'm sure none of you know what I'm saying here. But I haven't posted for long and even though the line art and shading sucks... still proud of it! First time drawing the two.

Don't worry: I know that the hand's on Hanako look extremely weird. But I just learn to ignore :D

Please Comment!And yes Hanako is supposd to be a stick....

Just incase you still don't know:
Taro: the cow dude
Hanako: the evil girl.

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