You guys <3 *O*
Thank you very much!
I really want to say that I’ve diligently studied anatomy and attended life drawing classes and drawn people around me in everyday situations but…that would be lying. Not only did I quit doing art in school at GCSE level (age 16) but I’m inherently lazy and have done none of those things despite knowing that they’d be really good for me. It’s not a recent revelation that my art has probably suffered because of this, and sadly I’m approaching those basic necessities from the wrong direction: attempting to break nearly a decade of bad habits rather than building a solid foundation to work from.
In all honesty, I’ve got to where I am through practice and trial and error. Okay, yes, I’ve vaguely looked at RL and read tutorials and I use reference pictures if I get stuck (that, or I’ve posed awkwardly in front of the mirror to see if a pose is, yanno, humanly possible), but for the most part I’ve just got by on what I understand about my own body and not given up if I get frustrated with my failings. Actually, I find sometimes giving myself a break instead of pushing and pushing to get it right is really beneficial. Things tend to sort themselves out in their own time with me. I’m also pretty open to accepting constructive criticism and taking suggestions (even if I have to back off for a while and take a breather, then come back at it objectively).
The thing about my art is that I do it purely for the enjoyment of it. I’m not trying to pay my bills or earn a living with my artwork - I draw because I find it both relaxing and mentally engaging and I like contributing something to my fandoms because I sure as hell can’t write fanfiction for shit. As a result, I haven’t pushed myself as hard or as far as I could probably go. Improvements are slow and steady and I’m pretty happy with that.
Having said all this, if you ever have the opportunity to take some sort of study in anatomy DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS ARTY. Although I’m content with where I am and how I got here, I do regret not sticking with art at school (I had real issues with the art teachers there, and was taking the science and English route anyhow) or at least doing some sort of studying outside of books/online in the earlier stages of my drawing life because, as I said, it means I lack a solid foundation to work from.
Well…that turned into a bit of an essay. Sorry! I hope you get something out of my answer >__>;;
Thank you very much! I’m glad you like it <3
I can understand why they drew her skirt as gravity-defying in the original but considering how many other up-skirt shots there actually were in the show, you’d think that having her knickers showing in this scene would make more sense than the more gratuitous ones, and be slightly less fanservicey to boot because of the humorous element. I dunno, I don’t put much weight behind any comments (theirs, not yours!) about not wanting fanservice shots because evidence shows otherwise.
Thanks, Anon! I’m happy for you to use my artwork if you drop me a message as yourself :D I won’t answer publicly if you don’t want!
*cackles* There would be an abundance of flowing hair and ribbons and mysterious showers of rose petals. So, pretty much business as usual for SM!
I can just imagine the girls following Usagi everywhere with a wind machine and baskets full of sparkly stuff to chuck JUST IN CASE, you know? “GUYS, monster at 3 o’clock! FIND ME A PLUG SOCKET ASAP! Red petals in 3, 2…”