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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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(moved) (link) Oekaki by yumeji, total drawing time 6 : 38 : 20

yumeji 2005/8/8 - 17:17:24
What, -another- angel? >.>;;
phil 2005/8/8 - 17:57:35
omg im gona have to stare at this for a while the
detail on the hands and the hair is that blood? the texture and the colurs simply wow! just seen the reflection to geez!
truthofheart 2005/8/8 - 21:23:51
holy crap! thats just.... i cant..... holy crap... *stands in aw*
mitsu 2005/8/9 - 0:59:40
Woah, I am totally gonna run off with those hands and MARRY THEM! Because they haff captured mine <3. Yesss... ¬.¬
Anywho, do I need to tell you how wonderful this is? Well I am doing it anyway: it's super-duper-extra-chocolate-and-cherries wonderful! When words fail to describe the awesomeness, I make new words, and I shall be writing an entire dictionary for you, Yumeji. ;o; I love the pose and the ground and the subtle reflection of ze face. :3
zestroy 2005/8/9 - 4:50:31
omfg. I seriously love the har... and the defiant look XD and those hands... gawd I wish i can draw hands like those O.O" *hugs*
you even made the reflection of him... *dies*
neko_lee 2005/8/9 - 5:16:48
fantastically wonderful & detailed~!
I love the reddish glow on the wings that contrast with the bluish chill of the floor. Seems to reflect the fiery temper vs the chillingly clear mind of the fallen angel
spoonalshmee 2005/8/9 - 9:13:13
oh my god! i didn't like this for the first second. not until i started looking at all the reflections. they are superb! i think i am in love with all of them. the blue reflected onto the fingers, face, and shoulder is absolutely gorgeous, and the light spots on the floor are lovely!!
snoopywar 2005/8/9 - 10:7:45
Is there anything I can say to describe how wonderful this is....?
Humm... Nope, not in my vocabulary. I'm so very limited. x.X;
ryan2006 2005/8/9 - 14:27:33
OMG!!!!!!!!! Such detail! I freakin love it! If only I could make soemthing 1/4 as good as that!
surreal 2005/8/9 - 15:2:8
Don't you hate it when you're at a loss of words?
ienjoydrawing 2005/8/9 - 15:23:35
I agree with what Surreal said, although I will say that the lighting/reflections and overall composition are incredible.

As for everything else, I guess that I really am at a loss for words. ('o')b
mitsu 2005/8/10 - 18:34:13
Ah, I knew there was something I forgot to say! Why don't you save the animation? ;o; I'd love to see how you work. And no excuses about it being "embarassing"; Gord knows my anims are terrible enough. :p Pleeeease! Next picture? :)
naty 2005/8/10 - 23:35:21
This is just amazing on so many levels! Go you! :O! That hair is spectacular as are those hand the wings, so much detail!! ~ x3x; jebus i love his lips and face and veins..
yumeji 2005/8/11 - 11:27:50
Uber thankies for all the wicked comments.
[Sadly enough it took me 6 years to learn how to pronounce "uber" correctly] XD

Mitsu: Ah, it's somewhat a trademark of mine to add mystery to the pictures, but I can try to save the animation on the next piece I do. : )
tarren 2005/8/11 - 18:54:0
I will come back and comment when I find a word good enough to describe this!


(moved) (link) Oekaki by bleau, total drawing time 5 : 30 : 46

bleau 2005/8/8 - 2:3:50
Sorry for two pictures in a row in this room, but I like this one a lot more then the other one. If it's too much of me, move the other one to polished.

She's a grass person and she's growin grass on the little man that came down from the mountains. And he's floating. He can float. He's right next to her.
I think I did better with making the shading on the person match the shading in the background. And make the lightsource better.
C&C please! <333
zestroy 2005/8/8 - 7:22:3
ahh~~~ little mud people~ XD
*dang I think i sound a little racist... but...*
little mud man~~ she looks a little like a puppeteer rather than planting seeds though =X
snoopywar 2005/8/8 - 10:20:48
Is she blushing? Thats adorable! x3
I really like the background, very.... Sweet aroma-y. If that made sense. @___@;
lorelai 2005/8/8 - 11:27:16
By putting two pictures together (which is perfectly legal!) you're making it a bit easier to crit, hahaha - first thing is, I notice there is a certain body posture you like to draw, and that is "rear and shoulder facing front" posture :) It's gorgeously done (shiny bumcheeks!!!) but in this face the posture doesn't work so well. She seems to be concentrating on anything but the cute little mud man :)
There's a lot more foreground/background depth in this picture, but I still think it could be emphasized even more (the grass on her and the grass on the ground still seems to be the same tone) and the mountains in the distance are pretty bright/contrast-y for such faraway things. Great work!
mitsu 2005/8/9 - 1:4:58
Tight! Looootsa style here, oh yes. Very storybook with a twist. And don't you just love that pen tool? Looks great, but if I could change one thing, I'd give her left arm a touch more volume. ^o^
neko_lee 2005/8/9 - 5:21:46
Looks like a scene from a fairy tale~ so peaceful and tranquil~
yumeji 2005/8/9 - 5:41:36
I love your fairy-tale settings, it's certainly a change from all the anime and realism we see in the oekaki boards.

Lore seemed to have covered the basics on what I would have critiqued, so thus I'm left to say, "looking forward to your next addition." : )
mika-kun 2005/8/13 - 5:49:49
Your art is a breath of fresh air, completely original and amazing to look at, it's weird, surreal and I love it, I certainly hope to see many more of them....:D
carrath 2005/8/20 - 15:33:4
The textures are very nice, I love the little mud man! xD

(2364) (link) Oekaki by blumeaniandglove, total drawing time 4 : 4 : 24

blumeaniandglove 2005/8/8 - 0:45:36
Dear Diary,
I'm begining to think that i'm not like other girls.

pure 2005/8/8 - 0:48:14
Hah! Thats awesome. I love this. Especially the hair and comment. Great creativity o.o Its so different i love it.
zestroy 2005/8/8 - 0:56:4
i would say this is one of the more interesting concepts one I had seen around here =o

snoopywar 2005/8/8 - 10:18:7
lol. When I saw this, and read your comment Blu.
All I could do was laugh. xD
I like her dress. And her lips. Lovely. =)
lorelai 2005/8/8 - 12:0:33
Yeeek! Creepy!! XD It's like that movie Return to Oz....Wizard of Oz on MORE drugs... >_>
shadrad 2005/8/8 - 14:7:57
Your creativity astounds me! lol! The dress is fantastic! And those lips... o.O...

The caption is hilarious... :D
syzygy 2005/8/8 - 18:36:4
Wait.. Ive seen this before somewhere. But where... OH! I think it was in the back of one of the Fruits Basket books.. *shrugs* Nicely done.
blumeaniandglove 2005/8/8 - 23:16:15
syzygy, you're my hero! I know that i've seen that add before, but i couldn't (for the life of me) think of where!
Thats where i got the concept. I'm a cheater, i know it.
tim_kai 2005/8/9 - 15:25:19
The AD was for "Bizenghast".

It was created by one of the "Rising Stars of Manga" winners. There have been ads for it in a lot of recent Manga from tokyopop
blumeaniandglove 2005/8/9 - 22:30:45
Yup. Anyway, i borrowed the concept, but no refrences. it's why i didn't say anything.
blumeaniandglove 2005/8/11 - 23:18:45
(anymore about the picture though? I really do need some crits...it seems that i've hit a rut. I don't seem to get any better...)

(2363) (link) Oekaki by mintyfreshchu, total drawing time 2 : 9 : 44

mintyfreshchu 2005/8/8 - 0:22:43
Now this one was a fun one. I especially liked doing the background, because it was something new to me. I've always done simple backgrounds. Hm, yeah. This is one of the few pictures that my brother said was good. wel.. yup!^_^ C&C welcome! ^^ I hope this qualifies for the Polished Room.
blumeaniandglove 2005/8/8 - 1:47:56
It certainly does!

Great job. A few things that i see is that both his head and his shoulders are too narrow. And with shading, go bold, and do a scale of colors.
I like the background too. It looks like dancing stick-men.

Great picture. keep it up!
lorelai 2005/8/8 - 12:1:11
Nice work! I like how you put in a background, though I find this one slightly distracting...maybe if there were more variance in the shading of the cute boy. :B

(moved) (link) Oekaki by bleau, total drawing time 9 : 19 : 30

bleau 2005/8/6 - 22:51:50
Finally, this is done. Just realized I had access to the Gallery. I find that incredible. So I thought I'd just stick this in there >.>
He's a tunnel dweller guy, and he's hanging purple lighting in the tunnel.
C&C pleeeeeease
caym 2005/8/6 - 22:57:13
Whoaaa ! Sorry it's late and I don't have much vocabulary left, but I had to comment on this. The texture is amazing, so soft, and the details are so precise, so clean. Just whoa.
senobdec 2005/8/7 - 2:45:0
Incredible. Agree with Caym, the texture is incredible. The tunnel itself seems to lack the depth of the tunnel dweller....
snoopywar 2005/8/7 - 10:11:29
Wow.... Is that a jellyfish in the lamp...? Er.. As a lamp? ^^;
This is gorgeous. I love that tunnel.
And green skin.... =)
mitsu 2005/8/7 - 11:26:38
:O Neato!! The lighting effects and shading are really beautiful, though I agree with senobdec that the tunnel seems to lack depth (maybe it should be darker?). That jellyfish lantern is the coolest idea ever; where can I buy one? :D I loooooove the skin texture!!!
lorelai 2005/8/7 - 11:57:24
You find it amazing that you have gallery access? If this picture is any indication, I don't! :] Awesome work, your pictures are so incredibly imaginative!
lorelai 2005/8/7 - 11:58:56
Ah yes, a crit - and i had to really think about it cuz it's a great picture - if this is a sub-terranean tunnel, and he's hanging up lights, it would have been great to really make the lighting selective from obvious sources. There is a little bit of that already, but as other people have said, the tunnel seems a bit flatter than its inhabitant, and it is pretty bright in there even without the purple lights (which resemble more of a purple mist to me) :)
yumeji 2005/8/7 - 12:32:20
The detail is just eye-candy. I especialy love the colour combinations used here.

The only critique I had was pretty much stated numerously by the other members. Mainly, to add depth is to increase the amount of shading. Don't be afraid to make parts of the jellyfish darker than the rest, or even smaller to increase the perspective of depth.

mika-kun 2005/8/13 - 5:54:23
I think I've fallen in love with a four armed woman....and she's green! man that takes some beating.....:D
carrath 2005/8/20 - 15:31:37
I love the detail in the colouring, especially on the skin. The jellyfish lamp is such a creative idea, I want one.

(moved) (link) Oekaki by mitsu, total drawing time 19 : 31 : 22

mitsu 2005/8/6 - 17:7:5
( [link] )

Still not sure that I'm absolutely satisfied, but I am sick of looking at this. :p I started with the intention of making something really nice to post in the Gallery; I can't tell if I succeeded or not after staring at it so long.
yumeji 2005/8/6 - 17:27:44
So I watched the uber quick animation, and dear lord, why did you erase the facial tattoos? X__X
They were quite pretty, it reminded me of Mardis Gras or peacocks.

Love the colour, atmosphere & lighting here. I must learn from such abstract use of colours. ^^
snoopywar 2005/8/6 - 17:28:2
Wow... She's beautiful....
lorelai 2005/8/6 - 19:50:27
Oooh that is some tough perspective you tackled - and tackled well!!! :) So glad to see you post in the Gallery - FINALLY! XD <3333
kaiomi 2005/8/6 - 22:56:48
What?! Mitsu has finally submitted something into the Gallery? ^^ She’s beautiful. This could seriously pass for a painting.
caym 2005/8/6 - 23:7:45
I'm thinking of creating a Mitsu fanclub, and I'll be the president. After watching the animation, I can't stop admiring your natural talent for beautiful colors, mysterious atmosphere and perfect lighting (and cool subjects, and composition, and texture, and - add infinity of talents)
heavenlystrike 2005/8/6 - 23:46:59
this is stunning beautiful...It has such a feeling too it,it's amazing.my favorite from you! I'm speechless...rain of gold...aww.
senobdec 2005/8/7 - 0:52:59
Dang..... I kinda liked the facial tattoos too. Amazing job.
lorelai 2005/8/8 - 11:28:53
I think the picture is wonderful, I love the touch of Van Gogh in the texturing. :) your animations are always so wonderful to watch!
neko_lee 2005/8/9 - 5:38:33
She's sooo beautiful! Her longings are all written on her face and body pose as she is being showered on~
Awesome work! <-- That's an understatement =)
naty 2005/8/13 - 0:35:58
Yet another masterpiece <O! U manifested that text down to a T! amazing o.o;;
mika-kun 2005/8/13 - 6:8:49
*Pokes Mitsu with the self-doubters stick*
MITSU!!!!! .......you're awesome!, your work is awesome! .........period!

mika-kun 2005/8/13 - 6:10:5
....oh, and I love how you've done the textures....:)
carrath 2005/8/20 - 15:27:57
The colours are beautiful together. This is wonderful :O

(2362) (link) Oekaki by pure, total drawing time 1 : 40 : 18

pure 2005/8/5 - 22:17:44
Ow....hand cramp.. >< This is scene from my manga "Paper airplanes"

Commets and crits welcome (Crits mostly for coloring flaws ^^;;)
phil 2005/8/5 - 22:39:26
i really like the water so shiney and clear and the man from above is cool dont think i could do that wiv such a good effect! the textures are spot on the stone the wood even the mud:D
snoopywar 2005/8/6 - 10:35:13
Wow. Cool perspective from above! x3
I like the ewater too. :D
ienjoydrawing 2005/8/6 - 15:45:54
Ah, nice! You don't see that many overhead (is that what it's called? -__-) perspective pictures most of the time.

I don't really think I could help you with coloring as it's not exactly one of my strong points, so I guess the only things I can tell you is to keep praciticng. :]
lorelai 2005/8/8 - 12:1:28
Wow, very ambitious and very nicely executed :)

(2361) (link) Oekaki by pure, total drawing time 0 : 56 : 31

pure 2005/8/4 - 19:54:10
Mew... >_>..

Kitty in a bowl looking to catch a quick snack :)
pure 2005/8/4 - 20:0:23
oh nooo I missed the time limit by 4 minutes D: and Ive been working on and off on this for a few days. Grr.

(2360) (link) Oekaki by mintyfreshchu, total drawing time 1 : 21 : 16

mintyfreshchu 2005/8/4 - 8:39:56
This one took me a loong time. I had my friend sit in a chair for... 1/3 of the time, just for the outline and such. The parts that took the longest to do were the eye color and the eyebrows. I couldn't get the right shade, but after playing with the colors for a bit, *poof* the colors appeared under my nose. XP. haha. I decided to do the eyebrow hair by hair. Hm, I've never examined an eyebrow for so long. Well. enjoy...? c&c welcome
yumeji 2005/8/4 - 9:3:31
Deja-vu! XD

I must say, the eyebrow does look fantastic. She must have gorgeously groomed eyebrows, your friend.

As for critiques, mainly I see unsteadiness with the outlines [which naturally decreases over time, with lots of practice]. I did notice that you darkened the caruncula lacrimalis to the point where it's not visible anymore.


Another observation is the skin. There seems to be more focus on the eye than the skin texture, tone, depth, etc. Always try to focus on each aspect of the picture equally to create a balance outcome. That way the viewer doesn't feel as though it's incomplete [unless intended].

Hope that helps. : )

lorelai 2005/8/4 - 14:48:53
Great work on the eyebrow, wow!! I would suggest that if you were intending to just concentrate on the eye though, to make your canvas smaller - it kind of shows that the surrounding skin didn't get as much work as the eye. :)

(moved) (link) Oekaki by yumeji, total drawing time 3 : 58 : 35

yumeji 2005/8/4 - 8:20:8
OMG--She posted in the right board this time. XD
I have to admit, the Gallery certainly provides a chance for other users to get into the Hall of Fame [rather than the same old users].

As usual, no references used.

snoopywar 2005/8/4 - 9:57:27
Wow... This looks really like a painting or something of that sort.
Her face is so much like a doll! She's beautiful! <:D
I love her necklace too. Such detail...
I like her huge head of hair! x3
The sky's really awesome too!! The colors!! x__X
She's wearing some interesting stuff. lol.
lorelai 2005/8/4 - 11:28:48
h-h-h-h-holy crap @_@ awesome!
mitsu 2005/8/4 - 12:30:38
Holy heck on a popsicle stick!! God, that's so beautiful!!! The textures, oh, the textures! ;_; The hair, cloth, clouds... it's all beyond amazing. Quit makin' us feel inadequate. :p Painfully awesome. :D
shadrad 2005/8/4 - 18:20:24
*jaw drops* I-I think I'm gonna hafta start worshiping you. No doubt about it! The hair! The clothes! The face! OMG, you are so awesome.
candylover90 2005/8/4 - 20:11:29
Amazing! The colors are so soft, the textures are almost lifelike. This picture really reminds me of Mona Lisa/ Gothic Lolita mix for some reason.
heavenlystrike 2005/8/4 - 22:8:44
but..but...*drops dead* This is...woah, this should go in hall of fame i think ... but now i'm all confused about the rooms o_O the hair is amazing... why do you have to be so darn good. x3
senobdec 2005/8/5 - 0:12:13
Amazing hair and the details are just astonishing...
phil 2005/8/5 - 18:18:55
WOW is all i can say her features are so perfect the eyes the nose the skin and the hair ohh save the animation next time so we can learn from u!
and onlt 3 hours ^_^
mako 2005/8/5 - 23:38:21
wauw :> tooooo awesome! lovin the gradients in the sky.. and how smooth the whole picture is!
z1ggy 2005/8/6 - 3:15:54
She is SO ADORABLE! *squeals* And very sophisticated at the same time XD I love the painterly feel :3
demo-demo 2005/8/6 - 21:53:23
this reminds me of a line of dolls that are very popular among EGLs. very beautiful, and you're definately someone i look up to.
kaiomi 2005/8/6 - 22:53:27
The eyes *nosebleed* I never thought it was possible to be able to make an oekaki that looked like it was real. The ownage is too powerful! *dies*
caym 2005/8/6 - 23:3:13
The face and hair don't *look* soft, they *feel* soft. I'm not worthy to comment on this masterpiece !
zestroy 2005/8/7 - 2:55:5
reminds me of the doll my friend had =O
The overall feel that is O.O
spoonalshmee 2005/8/7 - 21:54:16
surreal 2005/8/8 - 13:42:47
Holy @#!%.

You = god.
neko_lee 2005/8/9 - 4:52:27
Wah! She looks so innocent & beautiful! Love the sky, the necklace and her dress! The texture makes it looks velvety~
naty 2005/8/13 - 0:37:8
;---; SO SO SO beautiful... it hurts so x3.. more please :D!
mika-kun 2005/8/13 - 6:14:53
Holy bejesus, that's whats known in the trade as 'Bleedin' awesome' ...and then some...
carrath 2005/8/20 - 15:25:23
So delicate and doll-like. I love her face very much.
p_b 2005/8/21 - 18:51:38
this picture is awsome O_O
amazingly eyecatching. The velvety texture on her dress looks like i could actualy reach out and feel it
her hair too is done amazingly
i'm totaly in awe of this one
andyothello 2006/1/7 - 20:47:33
It's very beautiful, and, I love the texture of the dress and the background colours, wow. The depth and weight in the hair is really believable.

I could have sworn, though, that it looked awfully similar to this---> [link]
elolinon 2006/8/18 - 10:8:10
Holy bananas! THE HAIR! *faints* This is truly wonderful :D
lorelai 2007/5/7 - 23:6:34
Reference definitely needs to be cited in the future.

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