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Tears for the River by marydemauro Tears for the River by marydemauro
Frustration about a combination of things led to this pic... bitter arguments with former friends, people taunting and putting down everything that is dear to me (from my country to Disney), loneliness... *frustrated sigh*

Sorry for the background, I know it's gosh awful XD I've recently been to the carribean and got a good look at the beautiful oceans there, so while I knew what colors to use for painting the river, acctually executing the process failed terribly XD

Made with Photoshop
Kestry (c) myself
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snoop-fox Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Guess everyone's been down lately. =/

Feel better love. Everything works itself out.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks, love. <3 I DO feel better since drawing this pic.

(huggles you) You know what they say, a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved!
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VictorianPaperAngel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What's the matter?
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, various things. :/ Like I said, I've been frustrated on account of people seeming to love putting down the things that mean a lot to me, like, as I said, furries, America, the Disney corporation, spiders... Of course everyone's loves get picked on but lately it just seems to be coming from all directions on EVERYTHING and it was just upsetting me... plus I had an argument with someone online, and I really really really really HATE when that happens... And that argument's been on my mind a lot lately.

Thanks for asking. It means a lot :)

But enough of me whining--any suggestions for the picture? :3 Yeah, yeah, I know, the background is shit. XP I shouldn't have used it, but I told myself that if I didn't practice, I'd never get better... ha ha ha *heddesk* And how's the shading? I also remember you once warned me that my figures looked mroe like shapes than actual figures...know what I mean? Am I getting any better at this?
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VictorianPaperAngel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, unfortunately that's just part of life. And, loving something doesn't mean ignoring its flaws or getting angry when someone points them out. You can love something and not think it's perfect. You can also disagree with someone without being hurt by their opinion, even if they speak negatively about something you care about.

The picture. Well, the shading is REALLY minimal and the colors are kind of flat here. Also, the lines are a little rough.

Anatomy, the claws look really long, and I'm not sure why but you have a habit of making the tails flair out and get huge on the end, and I don't know why. It makes the tail kind of look like a club. Also, tears don't pool up under the eyes then roll down the middle. Tears come from tear ducts in the inner corrner.

The water has too many colors in it, and not any of the colors that would be reflected in it. Also, I wouldn't use the smudge tool to smear colors to get water. But, that's just me.

Also, the grass looks kind of rushed through. And the light green lines are much to stark on that bright green field for them to look like anything other than light green lines. And again, the smudge tool doesn't add much to make a grassy texture.

But, these are mainly coloring problems. Working on your photoshop skills will help a lot. The line art isn't that bad and mostly you just need a little more anatomy work.

Good Luck!
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Indeed, it is. XP Doesn't make it any less annoying XD And don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with people having different opinions or tastes then me, but when they aggressively shove it down my throat, it's just really, really aggravating XD

Aaaaaanyway, yeah, the colors. :/ How can I fix that? Of course I'm going for a "cell-style" look, but all the other animation cels I look at, even the flat colored ones, look more three dimensional, how can I fix that? Yeah, the claws are too long... I have a need to draw huge claws, don't ask me why, but don't worry, I'll fix it. :) I've also been working on my tails; wildcat tails are bushy but they're not this long and of course they're bushy all the way, not just at the tip. I'm making model sheets for my wildcat chars and I like to think the tails look a lot better :) Excuse the badness of this one. XP

*facepalm* I shoulda put in reflections... that's what I forgot... Well, as for the rest of the bg, yeah, I seriously need to work on it. :/ For the life of me I can't draw bgs... but I'll try staying away from the smudge tool like you say.

Thanks again for everything! And, again, thanks for asking what was up--it means a lot :)
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VictorianPaperAngel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think my answer to all your questions, to sum up, is draw realistically from life more. Photographs are great and there are so many reference photos on DA here! You have to learn to draw a real lion until you can simplify it and break it down to design an animated/comic style one. As for the light and shadow, try some simple exercises. Experiment with taking circles and making spheres; taking boxes and making cubes etc. Again, the more real-life light/shadow knowledge you have the better your stylized cell shading and so on will be.

Take care!
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
I definitely need to sit down and do more anatomy studies... I mean I never use Disney screenshots for anatomy reference or anything silly like that (color references may be another thing... cough-my-tears-cough...) but I draw from memory too often. I do use photos and whatnot but it's often just in passing--I don't often take the time to look at it in detail. So, yes, I will definitely do more anatomy studies... though I beseech your patience if it seems that I am learning veeeeeery slowly. I swear I'm not ignoring your good advice, that's just the way I am XD

Thanks!
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VictorianPaperAngel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No no! You're fine! Keep practicing and go at your own pace. :)
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks, love ^^ :huggle:
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