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Project Cocoon: The Beginning by Amdhuscias Project Cocoon: The Beginning by Amdhuscias
Here it is!
I'm calling this project as "Project Cocoon"
because I want to see how long will I, or you guys able to break free from the cocoon and improving the artistic skill.
The more you draw, the more you learn!

now, what is this project? O.O?
this is my own personal project for honing my own skill
but i also want to make my friends and watchers happy as well in the progress =D
this is also to show how grateful I am having you guys as friends and watchers, because I am nothing without all of your support :)
so i dedicated this piece and project to all of you :)
I hope this piece can also bring inspiration for some of you
>.>...and i think I'm improving...a bit...Lolol *runs*


anyway
the characters in the picture are
Rain (c):iconjbeansv:
(the lady in the front, she's a water elemental teacher :) )
Luka (c):iconxbrixie:
(She that cute kitsune girl on the left side =D)
Leo(c):icondismalfate:
(He's the one in the middle :))
Syrr(c):iconbondagefox:
(The Demon Fox, He's the man with fox ear on the right side :))
Josiah(c):iconmottenfest:
(the manly man~lol. He's a fiend hunter).


wait for the next wave!
there is still much more room for improvement in this piece,
and i still need to learn how to draw old people and children as well...on to the practice table! ouo/
HAVE A NICE DAY, everyone!



TOOLS: A5 paper, Mech pencil 2B&4B


Project Cocoon
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As usual your work is amazing. You have improved so much since I started watching you and it is kind of incredible; and so I'd like to give you some feedback since you requested it.

VISION: You have goals when drawing this piece, both to improve your skills and to give back to your watchers. It couldn't be clearer here. You took time to look at everyone's characters individually and figure out every detail, in order to practice your art and make a stunning piece.

ORIGINALITY: These types of layouts are fairly common, but who says that's a bad thing? You arranged the characters meaningfully, so that each one could be best displayed, and everything is dynamic and feels like there's movement. Even for the characters who aren't mid-action, it feels like they are about to turn their head toward you or blink; that makes all the difference. As I said, personally I don't think that a layout like this is super original, but the way that you utilized it is fantastic, so I don't think originality plays in too much into the success of this piece. Since you are drawing groups of characters, of course some will probably be like this, and that is fine!

TECHNIQUE: I marvel at how clean and crisp your lines are. Your shading is so detailed and you work through a great range of darks and lights. Skin actually looks like skin, which is difficult to do when shading characters who are drawn semi-realistically. Cloth looks like cloth. Hair is flowing and either looks fluffy or shiny, appropriate the texture it should be based on the hairstyle. Overall everything looks clean, three-dimensional, and seems to have a consistent light-source.

IMPACT: Because it is so clean, and you use a good range of lights and darks, the impact is instant. Each character pops off the page and seems to come to life. Your colored works are beautiful but there is something about gray scale that, when done right, really stands out to me.

ADVICE?: I feel like whatever I say will be nit-picky, but I know you aren't asking for a critique just to be praised ^^; There are not many suggestions I have. I think that the woman in front has fewer dark areas for shading than the other characters and that makes her stand out. I think with the angle of the light hitting her, the shadows in certain parts of her might be slightly darker on the bottom of her shirt and some of her hair that is curled inward, away from the light. I also think her neck is at a slightly odd angle to her right shoulder, but it is not very noticeable. Even to find these small things I had to scrutinize the piece. Overall, I think it is fantastic, and the best advice I can give you is to keep going! Just keep drawing and you will continue to improve naturally just as you have already!
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Naara-Ataku Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist
just amazing, really. I love youre style

wish i could draw like this >w<
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neokamatari Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really love the way you draw, the only thing I have to criticize is the male at the top, sometimes you make guys look familiar, just that. As for the shading and position, they show dynamism and elegance. I like the way you do hair.
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REDkaylafriend Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
wow
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've featured your jewel in my jewelbox [link]
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Amdhuscias Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for the feature!! :)
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making your jewel, so I could feature it with pleasure
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Melimaiel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your pencil work :)
I hope you don`t mind me saying this, but since you always want to improve... I think it would be fun to see more facial variety in your work. I think all your pieces are lovely, but often I think that your characters look kinda similar to each other. They often have the same featurs. What about drawing people of different ages,sizes or physiques?
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Amdhuscias Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, yes,very true! I'm planning to do that as well!
practicing realism portrait at the moment, trying to see face features from different continent and race now. it's so challenging =D
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Radiance-Eternal Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Words honestly cannot describe...:faint:
I LOVE how you depicted Rain! Wonderful job! Love the dynamic pose!
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Amdhuscias Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot, B =D
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