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Old 06-03-2013, 06:23 PM   #211 
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Wow, your fish is beautiful. Is he really green?
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:35 PM   #212 
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Wow, your fish is beautiful. Is he really green?
Thank you! My best find ever at petsmart :) He's more of a turquoise than green
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:54 PM   #213 
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Welcome back Feng. Glad you're feeling better.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:35 PM   #214 
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Feng,
Your work is admirable!! I am so jealous!! On my page I have a betta drawing I did in pencil,(under the " my drawings!" Photo book) but I was wondering since I'm a HUGE artist, if you could give me some tips? Like how to do the scales, eyes, fins,the Body at different angles - sorry, so many questions..)I'm SUCH a perfectionist, so it takes me FOREVER to do a decent drawing I'm satisfied with. Also, am I the only one who has to do it over like, 20 times before I get the perfect thing? Your work seems so easy and flowing...do you do it in only a few strokes, or how??

I'm so embarrassed about all the questions, but I want to ask someone as great as you are and soak in all I can!
Teach me your ways master

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:39 AM   #215 
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Oh, man... Wow. That's a...heavy compliment. I am hardly a master though. Still learning.

I use a TON of references. For every betta, I go and find multiple pictures. Hunt down all the photos of the fish that have been posted. Search pictures of other fish for anatomical correctness (I'm horrible with proportions, so it won't be perfect, but it is still a hundred times better than what it would be without something to look at) if I'm using other poses.

When I start a drawing, I sketch an outline in pencil first. Figure out the angles and lines. No details at this stage. Here's an example, using the drawing I'm working on now (it is the "No-No's", aka Skyewillow's cats, No-More and No-Less). Ignore the wonky limbs--I took that picture in the first draft to see if Skye would like the poses, before I made the corrections. When I'm lazy, I skip this step. I also don't usually do this for my tribal pieces.

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Next comes the inking. I do the eyes, scales, and basically all the details during this phase. Only one chance to get this part right because I am using pen. If I mess up, I scrap the entire drawing and start over. Most of my drawings take two or three redos because I get really hung up on minor details. I am a perfectionist too.

Colouring is one of my weakness, so it goes however it goes. I spend a lot of time picking the right colour. If you give me a blue fish, I'm going to use multiple shades of blue. I use black and white a lot. I find that everything looks better with shading and highlighting.

After all of that, I still find flaws that irk me. But I don't redo after I complete the colouring. Each drawing takes me about an hour and a half to two hours. I colouring really slowly.

Sometimes, I don't bother with the planning and being careful. Then, you get pieces like this (super messy).



So, um, yeah. That's that. Feel free to ask all the questions you want. I don't mind one bit. I just can't guarantee I have all the answers.

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:53 AM   #216 
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Wow thanks for all the tips! I hardly have a certAin "way" I do it so this gives me some ideas... I hAve been desperate about finding something to draw ,and now I found it!
Thank you feng!
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:08 AM   #217 
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Anytime. Be sure to post more of your art. I like your style and would love to see more of your work. :)
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:25 AM   #218 
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Aww thanks!! Definitely will do!
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:20 PM   #219 
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The No-No's are inked. Just need to add colour now. Drawing cats feels very different from drawing bettas.

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:23 PM   #220 
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YAY! -happy dances- Looking great!
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