SHADOW Anniversary☆


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For Shadow's 13th anniversary 6/19/2014 and 6/23/2014. Sorry for late!!

Without crown here: http://jeihanayume.tumblr.com/post/91886950777/late-sorry-shadows-13th-anniversary-picture

For inspirations: http://jeihanayume.tumblr.com/post/92002503152/my-inspirations-list

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Strolling through the Newgrounds as I complete a major project, and I stumbled on this image here.

Let me begin by saying how glad I am that this isn't a furry image of the sonic characters. There is a bit too much of that and it only hurts the image of the characters.

Anyway, I see what you were going for, but it's a little off. The pose in general is not too bad, but it is the crossed leg that bothers me. It looks like Shadow has 3 segments to his leg. Given that particular angle, I can see how it would have been difficult to draw.

Assuming that you just drew the lines and then colored them in, I recommend that you don't do that.

First draw out some roughs of the pose you are going for. Also, instead of drawing everything in a fluid line, break the body up into shapes, and make sure to layer them too.

For this particular image, when it came to the leg, I would first draw a rough shape of the thigh and then the calf ontop. This way you get a better sense of the foreshortening that is happening and you will be able to get a better image.

Once you have your rough lines and shapes drawn, make a new layer and lower the opacity of the rough lines.
Using your rough lines as a guide, draw in the clean lines.

There is a second major issue I see with this image. The chair's perspective is a little wonky.
The arm rests look like they are flat and have no volume.

I suggest you look at some examples of things drawn in perspective. You will get a better understanding of how everything works.

I know that this may be a little stressful to learn, but hang in there. Keep practicing and you will get better.

jeim responds:

Wow!! Thank you muchly for your feedback and advice!! Reading your comment, I completely understand where you are coming from about my perspective and pose. The only problem is, it may not look like it, but I actually DID do a rough sketch plus a stick figure drawing to make sure it was equal to my sketch, I even used layers. Also, I did use shapes to draw the body. The thing is, it was my first time drawing someone sitting in a chair. I made one of Sonic too. It was also my first time drawing someone's legs crossed, and I had trouble with it. It was the best I could do at the time, but hopefully with practicing drawing more stick figure poses, that will help me in drawing poses better.

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