Originally, this was from who, along with , I consider my closest peers on my DA watch/friendlist. Despite our unique styles, we all have so much to learn from each other.
I noticed that both and work very differently from myself. They like to work out the darks and the lights in grayscale first, then do a color overlay, whereas I work straight from color. As a result, they're both masters of directional lighting while I tend to have purer colors. I wonder if the trade-off is worth it? As for now, I will work hard to get my lighting down pat so not everything is shiny-shiny-desu @ w@.
- She is phenomenal with selecting subtle shades, making one of her strongest points her long-distance landscaping. She has an iconic painterly style and does online streams. I love her character concepts, all long and slender but not at all unshapely. I think I met her playing zOMG on Gaiaonline... Weird way for artists to meet, huh?
- I met this guy while doing Tokyo Zephyr - Odyssey to 2012. That never did kick off and it just kind of got brushed over. No one was decided for the winner of the cover either. Q ~Q. But he showed me a good time (competing against him) and I most enjoy his sometimes unusual close-ups. Close-ups are often not dynamic because they are close-up but he always manages to make them exciting.
Please show them some favor and check out their pages.
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As for the ten things I can't draw without... I don't think I have ten.
1. Photoshop CS4 and +. I think I have Photoshop CS5.1, but anything CS4 and above will do. I'm not picky since I know things are do-able... if a bit more difficult in some cases. I don't use SAI or Corel or PainterX. Photoshop is the only thing I have, and I won't give it up, even if I can afford other programs in the future.
2. Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. This thing is obsolete. It only has 512 levels of sensitivity... but it's what I have and I will make use of it as I see fit. Sometimes I do get a little annoyed at how insensitive it is, but I'm so used to it, I can't part with it except for an Intuos 3, and that's expensive. I got my first and only DD with this tablet. I also earned quite a bit of money with it, enough to earn back its buying price several times over. It's been useful to me and is a better friend than any dog, and perhaps, most men.
3. Vocaloid, Kajiura Yuki, and AKB48. I need my Vocaloid fix. Mostly, it'll be NicoNico singers or covers of Vocaloid songs, but a few favorites are ARPK2, Me no Nai Watashi, Magnet, Secret - Black Vow, Synchronicity, Tsugumi Uta, Rolling Girl, most things by Supercell... and obligatory covers by Yamai, Yanagi Nagi, Valshe, and Choucho. From AKB48, I usually put River, Beginner, or Kaze wo Fuiteiru on repeat. As for Kajiura Yuki, anything by Kalafina falls into my list, particularly Magia from Madoka Magica. I like dark but exciting songs, usually at around 120-144bpm, to keep my pen going and my battle scenes both surreal and dimly exciting.
4. My boyfriend. I need him to tell me that he loves me. .___. Nyan. Sorry, but you're number 4 on the list. Herpderp.
5. Sweets. I need things to munch on or keep my blood sugar up, or else I can't stand up after I finish drawing.
6. League of Legends. I need to play it to refresh my brain when I hit roadblocks in my work. It helps me get unfocused and reapproach the canvas with a fresh eye... unless if I've been working for 6 hours already, and then it doesn't do anything for me.
7. Google... for references, though I rarely use references for anything. o xo;;; I wonder if that's a sign I'm still too unwilling to take advice? Regardless, I love Google.
KAY. LOOKS LIKE I WILL FILL THE REMAINING SLOTS WITH WHAT I DON'T NEED.
1. Rubber ducks. Nyope.
2. Sunlight. Double nyope.
3. The Pope. ._____. Where would I put the pope?