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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!

The Theme Room's subject right now is: The Holidays. Because...aren't you happy they're coming up?

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(9700) (link) Oekaki by dorothyblueeyes, total drawing time 1 : 33 : 24

dorothyblueeyes 2007/7/4 - 4:26:4
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY"--sketch,to celebrate Independence Day,of the United States.Hi,to all the Americans,from this decendent of ancestors who were at the American Revolutionary War(they were in the Swiss Guard,)and related to Pres.John Quincey Adams. (Yeah,I am snobby about my blue-blood.)On the other side of the family,I had ancestors who were in the Civil War.

It does not make me better than anyone else,it just keeps me reminded about the history and the duties of citizens of the U.S. Having family who have been in the U.S. for a long time, gives me perspective about what the United States has become,and the fears that many of us have about it,and it's future. My father's family were "Pennsylvania Dutch," back east,some of the best farmers in the country,and members of my family still are expert gardeners.(Not me,I'm the owner of a Purple thumb.)

So,this is just a little sketch,to wish others Happy $th,and wish you all happy bar-be-quing,and picnicking. During the weekend, I'm going to volunteer to sit in a booth,at the local Oregon state Art and The Vineyard Festival,here, in my county,and help out at our artist's organization. Our weather is in the 80's,and Wed., the 4th, will be in the 90's, nice and hot. Sorry this is not a very good sketch,just a note, almost. Anyhow,have a good time,you all,and anyone in other countries, feel free to celebrate your own national holidays here,just to share them with us all. We in America will save you some corn on the cob!! ( ^ ^ )
jakusama 2007/7/7 - 10:54:16
History is important to remember, and sometimes we forget who we are and where we come from. I'm 50% scottish, 50% everything else, and 100% American and spending my 4th in Paris, France. Being away from home only makes me love it more. Yay! Happy Birthday America! (A little late, I know. )

(9699) (link) Oekaki by blumeaniandglove, total drawing time 1 : 0 : 58

blumeaniandglove 2007/7/3 - 21:37:16
Trust them not. Though they look like you and I, they know nothing of life. They were conceived in chaos, and that is all they realize and can, therefore, cause.
lorelai 2007/7/5 - 12:39:54
Ooooh. nice description, feels almost Neil Gaiman-ey :O i think you just established the basis for a short story...
blumeaniandglove 2007/7/9 - 20:39:58
haha. i don't think i'd have the patience for a short story about something like this. i'm more of a character driven writer. :)

(9698) (link) Oekaki by luck, total drawing time 0 : 54 : 1

luck 2007/7/3 - 7:30:8
Hi! It's been a while since I've been here, not sure if anyone remembers me... This is my first oekaki in ... two years? So, sorry if it's boring and feel free to move if it doesn't belong here.

It's a girl! And stars, which were added in an attempt to make the composition more interesting... Mostly I played with the pixels and did a lot of up close work. The hair kind of wore me out, though XD Crit is welcomed, but don't be TOO harsh, I'm still getting the hang of this. (I also realize it kind of looks like she has a black eye... Never did get the hang of heavy eyeliner, really =D )
kaira 2007/7/4 - 0:55:7
Pretty, pretty~ I am loving the eyeshadow shading. And the subtle stars in the hair go quite nicely with the brighter ones on her skin. ^^
jakusama 2007/7/5 - 10:57:28
Yay! Pretty eye! I love it
embo 2007/7/9 - 13:11:26
i remember you! and this is lovely. beautiful stars & shine. :D
maemay 2007/7/10 - 18:43:4
That's pretty, i like the stars.

(9697) (link) Oekaki by z, total drawing time 1 : 16 : 51

z 2007/7/3 - 0:2:35
"Purple Sky".

Hehe, the background reminds me of Bleau's work (which I love). The girl reminds me of a blood elf. >_>;
jakusama 2007/7/3 - 6:32:25
Awww I really like this... I like the hair. And the background. The background rocks. Nice job!

(9696) (link) Oekaki by dark-angel, total drawing time 4 : 17 : 52

dark-angel 2007/7/1 - 11:42:4
"Tearless" to be without tears
This person is created in the Loveless fasion, but not an actuall character from the show.
C&C welcome
jakusama 2007/7/3 - 6:26:10
I really like thr background, its like shooting stars and all cool-like :)

(9695) (link) Oekaki by mitsu, total drawing time 1 : 31 : 19

mitsu 2007/6/29 - 22:25:31
In the summer I sometimes
padalyn 2007/6/30 - 8:5:18
oh wow this is neat! love the colour choice and subtleties
embo 2007/6/30 - 10:3:44
this is very nice. I thought the white was flower stems at first, but now I see it's your face emerging through a sheet of falling water and color. I always like stripe-oriented shapes.
happywaterbottle 2007/6/30 - 12:41:53
loving the colors and the motion set by the vertical lines.
it's like a waterfall with rainbow water :D
and then comes in the creepy face (that I noticed thanks to embo)
maemay 2007/6/30 - 15:16:14
WoW!!!!!! I love the colours and the face. That's amazing. If i ws rich this would be in my kitchen.
golden 2007/7/1 - 6:14:45
and it really looks like it's melting..! those colors look really good, too.
lorelai 2007/7/1 - 9:35:12
being from hot climates, i'm pretty good with heat, but my very white boyfriend tends to melt. :) Wish it was a process as pretty as this one though! as it is, it's a lot less pretty and a lot more cranky :)
jakusama 2007/7/1 - 13:51:59
Mitsuuu! You never fail to deliver! Wonderful as always.. I love the color scheme! Very very cool.. and slightly unlike your usual style. I like it. :D
eraserhead 2007/7/2 - 12:59:18
lol, I totally missed the face until someone mentioned it, very cool!

(9694) (link) Oekaki by jakusama, total drawing time 5 : 2 : 2

jakusama 2007/6/27 - 12:39:58
HARA CHAKRA: Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification
Elements: Water, Moon, Emotion, Orange


z 2007/6/27 - 15:1:51
That's mine, whoo!
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/28 - 18:25:20
illustrated it very well;uh...if you figured out what mine was,personally,could you draw mine?Not sure how you do that(figure out what chakra you are.)Is that how it works,everyones is different?
jakusama 2007/6/29 - 13:22:3
I don't think I've ever commented on my own 'kaki before...
but in answer to dorothy,
Yes, I plan on doing them all, eventually. And no, one person doesn't generally have one in particular; they have all of them. Sometimes one is stronger than the other ones, but in an ideal balance, all the chakras are in perfect harmony. The link I posted above has the basic information about the different ones and what each power base is. Starting from the lowest - the most primal; self preservation, it works up to the Crown Chakra at the head, which deals with selfless love, spirituality and divine understanding. I find it interesting, anyway. :)
happywaterbottle 2007/6/30 - 12:49:56
I love the colors, its such pretty oranges :)
XD and I love how the circle next to "sexuality" looks like a shocked smiley with the two dots.
can't wait to see your other chakra drawings :)

(9693) (link) Oekaki by dorothyblueeyes, total drawing time 2 : 48 : 41

dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/26 - 21:58:16
"Pain illustrated".
chrislagace 2007/6/26 - 22:56:29
this is real cool. the colors are pretty awesome and the hands look fantastic! now go get some oils and sell paintings for reals!
embo 2007/6/27 - 0:41:45
very emotive. it looks like Munch stole Cezanne's palette in an effort to make a being who didn't look dead or ethereal.
zestroy 2007/6/27 - 4:42:2
I really really love this

jakusama 2007/6/27 - 7:35:57
your style is quite unusual and equally as intruiging... i must say i look forward to each piece of yours and im particularly fond of this one..
golden 2007/6/28 - 10:55:34
I must say you have illustrated it well :) and I very much agree with embo's comment.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/28 - 18:33:56
Thanks for the comments;my color-paint-systems are still pretty screwy,I think.Yeah,I wanted the person to look SICK and full of emotional pain;I realize now,sooner or later our inner selves leak out into our painting style;which probably accounts for the "distortion"of the left hand on the face(besides not having a model.) But,yeah,the pain is distorting the person,too.
mitsu 2007/6/29 - 22:46:31
Super emotive, from the quirky but highly appropriate color choices to the powerful strokes. Don't need to tell you you nailed this one. :>
happywaterbottle 2007/6/30 - 12:45:14
I agree, so much emotion is conveyed in those rough brush strokes. you use colors very well too :D
very impressive drawing! :D
eraserhead 2007/7/2 - 12:57:27
Extremely emotive, pose reminds me of Baroque style paintings, they had lots of women/guys wailing and throwing themselves on the floor.
If you are interested in furthering your figure art Google a guy called Andrew Loomis, famous American figure artist who did loads of tutorial books which are now all available (legally) in PDF format from many art sites (I have them all..:))

(9692) (link) Oekaki by jazzy92105, total drawing time 3 : 8 : 17

jazzy92105 2007/6/26 - 19:54:14
Started drawing a clown, ended with this. Hope you like it!
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/26 - 20:20:26
Great creature!! yow!
chrislagace 2007/6/26 - 21:14:47
looks like airbrush! i would like this on my long boarding helmet!
jazzy92105 2007/6/26 - 21:36:8
yep its mostly airbrush. :) i do alot of airbrush work.
jakusama 2007/6/27 - 7:37:21
wow... depite my initial reaction (feminine repulsion) to such sort of artwork.. im quite fascinated by this one. nice job!
aura 2007/6/27 - 19:9:12
This caught my atention right away. Really good job with this.
happywaterbottle 2007/6/30 - 12:46:42
wow this could almost pass for a 3d rendition. or airbrush work too... great stuff :)
loving the neon signature too. it kind of takes away the attention from the center of the piece, but it's glowing so it's forgiven XD

(9691) (link) Oekaki by dark-angel, total drawing time 1 : 15 : 23

dark-angel 2007/6/26 - 15:51:19
so basicly a crazy person and you can see what she sees.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/26 - 19:47:29
Oh,mygosh. Very good. I wish more people would do stuff like this. Illustrate what people feel INSIDE,in their private worlds.
chrislagace 2007/6/26 - 22:58:48
oo cool tones. i like how shes shaded realistic like and everything else is in solid color. like a person stuck in a video game (the 16 bit kind of course)

(9690) (link) Oekaki by golden, total drawing time 1 : 27 : 28

golden 2007/6/26 - 11:43:10
I haven't flown a kite since forever.
dark-angel 2007/6/26 - 15:3:49
this is so pretty. I love the designs on the kite and the ripples in the clothing are well done. The body shape looks good as well.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/26 - 19:49:1
Lovely;I like the sky,background,shades,and the way she sinks into the grass, very cool. Like the kite is flying.
chrislagace 2007/6/26 - 22:59:53
kites are fun. i like things drawn in motion it gives the picture more life. the folds are done nicely as well
sabii 2007/6/27 - 3:7:22
m. something is pleasing in it
jakusama 2007/6/27 - 7:35:7
i really like your style.. its very peaceful. I want to go fly a kite now..
padalyn 2007/6/30 - 8:10:42
i agree, it's very peaceful, in a darker way. the colours of the prominant figures, kite, girl, compliment the background colours but also stand out from them in a very artistically (is that a word?) attractive way. nice!

(9689) (link) Oekaki by maemay, total drawing time 2 : 3 : 17

maemay 2007/6/25 - 23:16:33
One of my best anime style work yet. Well i think so. Crappy back ground though.
jakusama 2007/6/26 - 7:56:42
Wow! I really like the highlighting and shading in this! Its very nice. And the expression.. very nicely done!
chrislagace 2007/6/26 - 23:1:12
nice solid shading. the clothing is pretty cool and the body looks nice (hands are so hard to draw!)

(9688) (link) Oekaki by dark-angel, total drawing time 0 : 22 : 29

dark-angel 2007/6/25 - 18:15:20
chrislagace 2007/6/26 - 23:6:49
the fine hair lines give this picture a nice touch. the red skin and the black (hair?) background gives it a dark feel like shes developing pictures or something (i make no sense)

(9687) (link) Oekaki by dark-angel, total drawing time 1 : 48 : 15

dark-angel 2007/6/23 - 10:41:47
An earth spirit person lieing on a bed of reeds
eraserhead 2007/6/24 - 3:18:6
I like the 'vectorish' shading, takes me back to when computers only had 16 colours -and good games.
jakusama 2007/6/25 - 9:54:31
Nice bum. :D I like the shading, too! Very spiffy!

(9686) (link) Oekaki by dorothyblueeyes, total drawing time 3 : 11 : 46

dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/23 - 4:41:25
Painting of Nude:Period.(ho-hum,trying to practice,I need a REAL model.shits)
embo 2007/6/23 - 15:32:55
this is very beautiful! nice skintones although it looks like you usd the blur tool a lot? I like the scattered black lines. and yes, live models are priceless.
eraserhead 2007/6/24 - 3:10:37
I always set out to do stuff like this but get stuck at the 'searching the net for references' bit *nudge nudge*
I do realism so can't really give tips on doing painterly stuff, but I do know I like it -lots, reminds me a lot of oils.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/24 - 4:59:48
yeah, I used the airbrush a lot;I found out,people like nudes a lot,in the outside world,who sometimes BUY them. I was amazed. So,I am practicing. yeah, it is too blurry. I was trying too hard,to get the overall picture,the whole effect. I gotta study some classic nudes,in artbooks,cause THAT style is very popular.

Plus,I just am trying to "cut loose" and just THROW THE PAINT DOWN,WHAMMO. Not be so "precise",so I can be less rigid,and really learn more. Like,take more risks. I'm too big on being "safe" and "decorative," and I want to just cut loose,and take more risks. That is not as easy as it sounds.
embo 2007/6/24 - 7:26:15
yeah, in general people pay a lot of money for oil paintings and watercolor renderings. Hey, if you want to see an artist that lays out really loose and fresh nudes, you should check out Malcolm Liepke or Joseph Lorusso (just do a net search, since they are contemp you won't find any books).

I think the best exercises to help you just lay down the light would be to do some work with watercolors since you can't blend with them and they really challenge you to identify the darks and lights. hope this is useful.

keep 'em coming!! ♥
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/26 - 20:15:6
Thanks for the comment,Embo;good idea about the watercolors.

I have a "northern eye",as opposed to the "southern eye" of Italians and southern countries;mean,we Germans and Swiss(cold countries)see black and white more easily,and hard contrasts,(see; Jan Van Eyck,Rembrandt,) whereas if you look at Italian painters, they are expert at subtle and colorful shades,and sensual flesh and shapes.

I finally realized, a lot of these tendencies are from the regions,hereditiy,the races came from. In northern,cold countries,yes,you do tend to see the black & white, sharp contrasts. We do not do color as well as the Italians. However, we do shadows,darks,work with lighting,even stark, detailed reality, (Durer, and his drawing the hare?)very well.

I really do notice that all the northern painters developed this special technique, (like Jan Van Eyck)to deal with light and dark. Not only was it the special light of their weather and country,but it was how they saw it,too.

Therefore,if I try to handle paint like an Italian, very colorful,sensual,lots of different shades of colors,I am really out of my element. I can SEE very dark and light much more easily, say, like Rembrandt, than I can all the middle shades of color.I have always had trouble with them. I do not know if other people notice tendencies of their painting in one direction or another, but I suppose we all have it.

Anyone else notice whether they lean one way or another?You handle color well,but not sharp contrasts of dark and light?Or,just the opposite?Well, we're all different.

I had a friend who was an artist,who was color-blind with the color red. However,he still was a very good artist. (His brother-in-law was so impressed with his painting,he offered to get him into galleries.That is when I discovered HOW artists get into real galleries;"art lawyers" get them in,get them shows,bookings, advertising,ect.. They treat it like a business,and make the artist in to a real product.However,it takes someone with real "contacts" and money to help you into this.And my friend's brother-in-law did this for a career;he made money being an "art-lawyer." Whew!!)
embo 2007/6/27 - 0:46:4
that's incredibly interesting. I never made a connection in spite of seeing so many paintings and doing a year of art history the authors never made this connection either.

but I can definitely see it, especially with Max Beckmann for a northern example. And then there are the quintessential Titian paintings that epitomizes glowing and seductive skin tones. personally I like the harsh better but it is of course crucial to expand out abilities.

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