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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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(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.

(9685) (link) Oekaki by maemay, total drawing time 1 : 23 : 8

maemay 2007/6/22 - 13:35:32
I've been practicing anatomy. I hope it shows.
eraserhead 2007/6/24 - 3:5:26
Looks pretty much like all the bits are there and in the right places, I think cleaning up your lines a touch and getting bolder with the shading would rocket this to top shelf stuff.

(9684) (link) Oekaki by padalyn, total drawing time 0 : 0 : 24

padalyn 2007/6/20 - 13:0:41
wow...it's been about a million years since i've done any of these..like since 2005. fun to do though! not a self portrait i just kinda went with it :)
eraserhead 2007/6/24 - 3:2:10
Scans up and down page, nope -no reason this should get less comments than anything else.
*searches memory* if I recall correctly this does look a bit like you actually (or as you were a few years back), still even if it doesn't it's still a fine pic.
jakusama 2007/6/25 - 9:55:33
For some reason, I really like the eyes... first of all they're gorgeous.. and second I really like the way you did them. very nice!
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/26 - 20:19:34
Lovely spring time shades; really lights up her face,too.I think the freckles really make it. charming.
chrislagace 2007/6/26 - 23:3:0
i actually like the shirt a whole lot! its shaded nicely

(moved) (link) Oekaki by chrislagace, total drawing time 1 : 27 : 31

chrislagace 2007/6/20 - 12:21:11
kind of a different drawing. c&c welcome (any tips for shading or line art?)
chrislagace 2007/6/20 - 12:25:56
im sorry can this be moved to the drawing room please?
embo 2007/6/21 - 16:56:0
moved! nice skintones. :]

(9681) (link) Oekaki by chrislagace, total drawing time 1 : 12 : 23

chrislagace 2007/6/20 - 0:40:12
uh this is a pretty absurd drawing
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/23 - 4:44:27
pretty interesting; like it.
jakusama 2007/6/25 - 9:56:19
Very random.. but cool. I cant help but wonder what was going through your head when you drew it.. :D its always fun to try and follow an artists train of thought

(9680) (link) Oekaki by weenieburger, total drawing time 0 : 49 : 10

weenieburger 2007/6/19 - 19:54:30
chrislagace 2007/6/20 - 0:40:55
fun with tones. i think the shading is pretty cool
weenieburger 2007/6/20 - 8:50:40
Thanks XD
maemay 2007/6/20 - 10:10:12
I like you style. Very action packed.
jakusama 2007/6/25 - 9:57:7
For some reason I think of Magic Knight Rayearth.. Hikaru. In the animation, anyway. Spiffy bold contrast

(9679) (link) Oekaki by weenieburger, total drawing time 2 : 13 : 41

weenieburger 2007/6/19 - 18:28:40

(9678) (link) Oekaki by z, total drawing time 1 : 13 : 30

z 2007/6/19 - 13:40:52
New style. :/
jakusama 2007/6/25 - 9:57:37
I like the hair.. and the sketchy outlining. It adds character. :D

(9677) (link) Oekaki by jakusama, total drawing time 1 : 31 : 48

jakusama 2007/6/19 - 12:9:47
Yeah. I... dont know.
chrislagace 2007/6/20 - 0:41:36
woh pretty i actually really really like the tree and cloud *_*

(9676) (link) Oekaki by mariemaia, total drawing time 1 : 25 : 33

mariemaia 2007/6/18 - 14:3:50
I would say I'm new here, but then I'd be lying ^u^;. I haven't drawn here for ages! Kyaaa~!! I'm so used to OpenCanvas....forgive the roughness.
embo 2007/6/18 - 20:0:35
wow, those are beautiful eyes!
zestroy 2007/6/19 - 1:32:17
yea you're definately not a new person here XD
your nick is one of the few I can recognise.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/19 - 1:37:23
Yow,ulp,did you say your name was "Rembrandt"?Or Matisse??This is really lovely.The lips are fabulous.Wonderful use of light.
dorothyblueeyes 2007/6/19 - 1:38:18
(Is OpenCanvas a website?or just canvas?)
sabii 2007/6/19 - 1:39:33
lovely lips.
golden 2007/6/19 - 8:59:47
Those eyes are so beautiful :) I envy people who are able to draw blondes, every time I try to the colors always get messed up.
dorothy: opencanvas is a software.
eraserhead 2007/6/24 - 2:55:58
Big 'ol 'I've just had a raspberry popsicle' lips there -love 'em!

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