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119934 No. 119934
Not pony related, I know. But it's the only thing that I've ever drawn that's also on this computer. And the only one that doesn't look like absolute shit.

So, I recently got a Bamboo tablet. I didn't like it at first, but now that some software issues are worked out, I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

My history of artistry is sparse. For about ten years, I drew, but not often. The above is by far my best. Eventually, I fell out of it. At heart, I'm a writer. But the MLP fanbase has brought out my once-dead desire to draw. So I come to you guys. I can't really decide on what I want to try and sketch tonight. So throw some suggestions at me. Also, while we're at it, what do you think of the Bamboo Splash? Any suggestions asto what programs go good with it? I like the ArtRage one that came with it, but also have MSPaint (which is actually not that bad) and an old Photophop CS that I torrented, like, eight years ago.

Now, just to let you guys know, my skills have atrophied quite a bit. That picture above is way beyond my skills as they stand. So go kinda easy, alright? Also, I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. I may take a while.
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>> No. 119955
>>119934
>Critique:
Her legs seem a bit short. An average person's legs are half their overall height. Her legs are about as long as the distance from her inseam to her chin.

I like the armour design. There's enough detail that it looks interesting, but not so much that it looks overworked.

Her feet and hands are rather small. A hand (from wrist to fingertip) is 2/3rds as long as the forearm (from wrist to elbow). Her hand looks about half as long as her forearm. A foot is as long as the head is tall, or as long as the forearm.

The wings lack bone and muscle structure, and the feathers are disorganized. Actual birds wings have about a dozen or so primaries and secondaries, and the coverlets aren't all individually visible. By comparison, drawing a whole carpet of several hundred feathers actually takes a lot more time and effort. Learning a bit of the real life anatomy makes everything much simpler.

Majnouna has a handy little tutorial on wings, here:
http://majnouna.deviantart.com/gallery/6557#/dd5tid
Actually, everything in Majnouna's tutorial gallery is pretty awesome.

Anyway... hope this helps some.

>what do you think of the Bamboo Splash?
My first tablet was a graphire2, 4x5 inch. Currently, I use an intuos4 medium (plus the optional airbrush stylus). Speaking from experience, a basic tablet like the Bamboo will do everything a tablet needs to do. The extra features on the more expensive ones let you work more quickly and efficiently, but they don't really make anything better.

>Any suggestions asto what programs go good with it?
On the one hand, it's not the tools that matter, it's how you use them. On the other hand, right tools for the right job.

Really, if you're new to a tablet, I wouldn't worry about what program to use just yet. Get used to working with the tablet itself first... simple tools and simple techniques will let you focus on that (Photoshop CS should do you fine). Getting into pattern brushes and blending modes will needlessly complicate everything.

I mainly use Photoshop CS4, and have GIMP on my netbook (along with that ancient, though portable, Graphire2). GIMP can be frustrating to get used to, but it's got all the basic features and it's free. Paint Tool SAI is a really popular program but I've never used it, so I can't speak for it personally.

I talk too much! Good luck, and have fun. :3
>> No. 119986
>>119955
Thank you for the critique.

I agree with you on all points. Hands have always been a stumbling block for me. And this would in fact be the first time I had attempted drawing wings, so naturally they share little relation with reality.

I do like the work I did on the armor overall, but the chain mail underneath (yes, that's actually supposed to be chain mail) really could have been better. But, as with many other things, this was my first time.

Anyways yes, thank you again for your opinions and such. I would have liked to put something up that I did recently, but things are slow in going. I know it takes time to get used to new methods of drawing, but I'm beginning to get frustrated already. And that's something that I bought the table to counteract. It just seems that with the tablet, it restricts my movement too much. I'm used to twisting and turning the paper in my hand to get at different angles and such, and I can't quit do that on the tablet yet.
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