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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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(1800) (link) Oekaki by maggie_sue, total drawing time 1 : 52 : 7

maggie_sue 2004/8/1 - 20:52:10
I went into this with the attitude of just "a 20-minute doodle to let these guys know I'm alive still" then I got a bad case of insomnia, finally went to bed, resumed the next day with the same attitude, same insomnia, finished today. Things have been really crazy lately-the young man with whom I am slowly falling in love lost his father a couple mornings ago to liver cancer. I have been feeling uneasy since the diagnosis from merely 2 months ago or so, and it's been really hard on me and David to get through this. Sent him flowers today *sigh* yeah, so there ya go. As for the pic, linework is iffy, coloring is nothing I've ever tried before, so, bleh. Timer's way off from resuming and such (insomnia mentioned above)
coleslaw 2004/8/2 - 13:51:43
i love the hair, and i'm sorry about your situation.
ienjoydrawing 2004/8/2 - 21:45:18
embo 2004/8/2 - 23:34:45
i really like the variation of the lines and your color scheme is well balanced. the sky is absolutely gorgeous and there's just a great overall mood in this pic. lovely job maggie_sue <333
heavenlystrike 2004/8/3 - 15:27:20
Ahh so dreamy I love it <3 I'm sorry about what's happening to you ._. but this picture amazed me by how beautiful it it the shading is uber pretty(as always) and the starry sky almost made me fell of my chair, just lovely! n_n
mika-kun 2004/8/3 - 18:4:35
That's some cool linework you got there...great pic too..

(1799) (link) Oekaki by ri-su, total drawing time 1 : 39 : 4

ri-su 2004/7/31 - 22:37:56
yaay! its winter!!!.....but i dont get snow, i would love to touch it, though. oh well. Girl In Snow.
sifer 2004/7/31 - 22:53:5
Aww! So adorable! ^_^ The smooth colors and soft painting method really works for this piece and the lineart is quite clean. The only thing that struck me odd was the fact that the eyebrows seem to be missing - not sure if that was your intention. It's beautiful anyhow, so I guess it doesn't matter. :)
rakiru 2004/8/1 - 0:5:42
AAWWW...I just wanna huggle-squish this picture ^^. I love your colouring style o_o. So unique and soft!
ri-su 2004/8/1 - 0:34:34
i dont think i ever draw eyebrows o_o...just a thing i do, i guess. or its coz i forget them every time.
cutie_1 2004/8/1 - 0:46:51
I love this! its so cute and soft! I had to look and c where you were from cuz I was so confused it was winter! i love snow, I hate it when it snows in my summer tho!
heavenlystrike 2004/8/1 - 1:11:22
omg it's the cutest thing ever :3 may i put it in my agenda for winter :D? lol me being at the other end of the world*canada* it's sunny summer outside but i can't wait till winter for tons of snow and tons of ski! anyways hohoho i really like the shading it's so soft and the jackets makes me go wee n_n adorable water color tool, it's just wonderfully cute! keep up the good work hohoho
maggie_sue 2004/8/1 - 2:49:22
*is also on the other side of the world (Texas, ya'll)* it is still very hot and sunny...and a bit grueling for those of us who work outside all day, curse you, pool management. I also cannot wait for winter...although I'm still waiting for school to start up again here, lol. This is very cute, I love the coloring. She looks so cold and flushed, yet so happy to be playing in the snow. Hope you get some this season, it's fun to play in *cough* snowboarding *cough*.
ri-su 2004/8/1 - 2:58:46
i doubt we will get any snow. we never get snow. too hot. its sunny..most of the time. but just really really cold.
kaiomi 2004/8/1 - 3:53:12
me lives in Hawaii >< Now I want to go to Alaska or some other place like that just to see snow. I just love how you colored her clothes. Everything just o-so-soft and filled with fluffyness :)
heavenlystrike 2004/8/1 - 17:24:22
you never saw snow ;_; so sad! come to canadaa n_n we have plenty in janurary! but somehow we all get sick and tired of it at some point and hope it melts T_T hohoho
bbh 2004/8/3 - 15:49:37
It's winter?!?11 aw, anyways, this is so adorable <3
mika-kun 2004/8/3 - 17:46:27
You really should be illustrating children's books...she's too cute by far...excellent!!

(1798) (link) Oekaki by ronin, total drawing time 1 : 0 : 55

ronin 2004/7/31 - 18:14:42
Fear me for i will bring you ruin!
sabaku-no-gaara 2004/8/1 - 2:28:42
what is it??

this is my interpretation....

lionxgorillaxsnakexthe hulk

Looks cool though :)
kaiomi 2004/8/1 - 3:55:34
Neat character. I love it's tongue and how you shaded some parts black. Your sig is nifty too! ^_^ Awesome job
aikara 2004/8/1 - 18:48:24
That tongue is really pretty @_@ I like the texture. And the face is cool looking
mika-kun 2004/8/3 - 17:47:35
Scary! O_o...great to see a new style on the board.

(1797) (link) Oekaki by skee, total drawing time 1 : 10 : 29

skee 2004/7/31 - 14:8:55
I know some people might not think that this pic belongs in teh polished room but i do because it means very much to my family. My sister oringainaly for an art class and it had to be something that ment alot to you and she drew this becasue of her illness. The Road in the eye means the journy ahead and behind. You dont know whats goning to happen up there so u just keep walking to find out. I revised it a lil she dint use that brihgt of colors and ther were no puzzle peices in it but here it is and if it doesnt show up ill just redo it cus righ tnow my computer is being very very stupid!
mika-kun 2004/8/3 - 17:58:39
Your pics have a right to be here as much as anyone else's...and it is special because it means something to you...:)

(1796) (link) Oekaki by kougra_girl, total drawing time 6 : 16 : 3

kougra_girl 2004/7/30 - 10:58:30
take about an hour or 2 off. had to do other stuff ^.^; ref used: [link]

i think this turned out REALLY well! i'm so proud of it ;-; XP realism is so hard....now i'm off to go up north! within an hour or so, and i kinda rushed this last night. but i had to make sure the photographer who took this pic was all right with me drawing this and posting it and stuff. don't ask. C+C welcome.
heavenlystrike 2004/7/30 - 14:25:28
I think its uber nice XD definetly one of your best! she looks like a sheik person! omg it looks amazingly good ! hehe she'S starting to freak the hell outa me o_ lol wonderful XD!
kaira 2004/7/30 - 22:52:53
Ooo, I like ^_^ Perhaps it's because I've always wanted red eyes... I also find the cloak and the make up stuff wonderfully wonderful too ^_^ Awesome job with realism here! ^_^
aikara 2004/7/31 - 8:17:51
Those eyes are beautiful, and so is the hood...shes really beautiful

(1795) (link) Oekaki by sabaku-no-gaara, total drawing time 1 : 35 : 5

sabaku-no-gaara 2004/7/30 - 6:52:4
its a lady coming out of darkness with a glowing thing?? : I dont know. probably half the time making this was making different ideas before coming to this. oh how I have no ideas....hahaha
kougra_girl 2004/7/30 - 11:0:34
=O sweet!! the lighting is very nice on this! and i like how she's coming from the darkness. the light also kinda reminds me of a universe thing O.o either way, this is really neat!
heavenlystrike 2004/7/30 - 14:31:43
Woah I so love the shading on this! you have a natural talent for shading hahah! the light ball is really kewll*stares* waouh wonderful picture hihi!
sakura 2004/8/4 - 12:55:8
That is.. just so cool!

(1793) (link) Oekaki by fid99, total drawing time 2 : 36 : 45

fid99 2004/7/29 - 20:21:10
don't have pretty much to say about it ^^
C&C welcome
cutie_1 2004/7/29 - 20:27:47
greatt job!! Her dress is gorgeous I want to wear it! I like the flowers too. the only crit I might have is that the lower half of the arms r a bit big. well done!
stargazing 2004/7/30 - 4:23:0
cool...wish i was that good at drawing frills man ther're hard....i love the idea of the vines..so cute^-^
coleslaw 2004/7/30 - 8:57:24
i disagree with the part about the forearms being too big. that's one of the reasons that i love your style. :)

awesome dress!!!!! this is so great. :)
heavenlystrike 2004/7/30 - 14:14:46
AWW! So lovely I love the dress! I want it for halloween o_ I just need to kidnap somebody that can sew and I'm okay n_n Ahh how adorable! cute cute CUTE!
aikara 2004/7/31 - 8:18:53
I love the way you do the frills and hair in your picture ^_^
milkshake 2004/7/31 - 12:10:52
*watches animation*......*repeatedly* your work is just great!
mika-kun 2004/8/3 - 17:59:57
I think the forearms are great myself...nice style..:)
luck 2004/8/3 - 21:51:12
I love the dress and the hair... Very pretty, but cute at the same time. Awesome.

(1792) (link) Oekaki by luck, total drawing time 1 : 16 : 23

luck 2004/7/29 - 17:39:59
Been awhile...I always forget how fun oekaki-ing is until I do it again....

So, here's a girl in a bathing suit, sitting by a pool you can't see on a beach, because it's s u m m e r.
rock_n_roller 2004/7/29 - 17:57:42
I luv her hair...its so pretty and the shading is amazing and i am loving that palm tree! aww summer is good! so ios ur drawing! keep up the good work!
kougra_girl 2004/7/30 - 10:59:38
thats really cute! the colors you used were great for this pic, makes it all sunny like XD
heavenlystrike 2004/7/30 - 14:10:54
LUCK IS BACK! I was wondering where you were gone! I'm so glad you are back anf AH she's so lovely! the skin color is very very nice n_n the shading is great as always v_v! the pink eyes are so special and it makes me wanna go to the beach, but sadly theres none near ._.! Ahh me love your art and once again i'm glad you're back!
enshoku 2004/7/31 - 19:14:1
Nice to see you back, ooo I love all the blush marks. I really like the colors because they are so summery. ^_^
kaiomi 2004/8/1 - 3:58:10
I love the shading! And it does remind me a lot of summer as well. Cute hair style ^^

(1791) (link) Oekaki by orange-wishes, total drawing time 0 : 59 : 13

orange-wishes 2004/7/29 - 15:54:58
Oh wow, only a few seconds left until I worked on this for an hour XD; Anyways, new here. Nice to meet you all!
obscure 2004/7/29 - 16:3:31
hey orange-wishes. welcome to the TACo.

i wish you saved the animation to this, i love animations, and i was really interested in seeing how this was made. :] oh well--next time, right?

she's very pretty. it looks as if she is pouting.
cutie_1 2004/7/29 - 17:1:41
welcome! I love this pic ^^
an hour might seem lik a long time now, but look below your drawing, and u will see one I drew that took me 4 hours and 20 minutes. You'd think it woud b better lol. well, nice pic!
heavenlystrike 2004/8/3 - 15:29:59
hello and welcome n_n Your art is Gorgeoouus! *jealous of the hair* omg its just uiber pretty and me love every thing about it o_ you better do more huh? hehe ;) can't wait to see more of you :O

(1790) (link) Oekaki by cutie_1, total drawing time 4 : 19 : 19

cutie_1 2004/7/29 - 5:0:38
I am ready to kill my mouse!!!
anywho..I cant draw hands. I know. I decided to practice instead of hide them all the time. I remmembered to sign my name I am proud!!
My ref is the latest covergirl nail polish ad. (I found it in YM) I sorta changed her, she used to have teeth, but she looked like a horse..so yes! C & C apprietiated!
coleslaw 2004/7/29 - 8:25:15
it looks beautiful!!! the hands aren't that bad, actually. before you draw hands, try drawing the palm. basically square, but with a bump for the thumb. then draw the fingers. that's how i do it, and it's usually pretty easy. :) anyways, the face is wonderful! i LOVE the nose. i don't know why, it's just wonderful :) good job!
kaiomi 2004/7/29 - 13:37:34
Very nice job and well done! I love the shading and highlights of her face...and the hat ^_^
obscure 2004/7/29 - 15:59:13
first thing i thought of when i saw this was gwen stefani, somehow.
orange-wishes 2004/7/29 - 17:12:2
The hat is really stylin'. The face is nicely done. Only thing I have to say is that the finger on the left(or right depending on where you look at it from) hand should be a bit longer. Very nice picture indeed.
rock_n_roller 2004/7/29 - 18:1:14
W-O-W! *_* CHRISTINEY!!! this is sooooooooo unbeleivably good...i luv it...she is soooo pretty! like i am speechless!! her hands are great and her lips are so shiny and pretty! and same with her nails..like oooo and omg u can so draw noses! i suck at hands and noses...omg i luv it so much! good job girl! =D
maggie_sue 2004/7/31 - 2:6:19
The lips are so nice...so shiny and "smirk-y" if that's a word-I'm no English major here. Lovely coloring, again, especially the area around her cheeks, under the cheekbone-very smooth. Only two things. Remember what I said on your last pic about your hand being big enough to cover most of your face-base of the palm to top of your middle finger will actually stretch from your chin to your forehead, try it. That usually helps when deciding on hand proportions and such. My other suggestion, I noticed you used a lot of black with your shading (under the brim of her hat, under her chin on her hair, and for her nostril). As much as you want to use black to darken those areas, it actually tends to flatten the picture out as well as take away from the warm tones used on the skin. As far as skin tones, a deep red or browns and umbers would do the trick, keep getting darker, just stay away from the black. Also, using a complementary color actually acts to neutralize the colored shaded area, slightly taking away from the warmth, not as drastic as black. That usually helps colored realisms keep their, well, realism. Lovely work, definitly like these new oekaki's I'm seeing from you. You're improving with each one, keep it up!

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