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Draw This Again by RoochArffer Draw This Again by RoochArffer
The before is found deep within my scraps gallery and is from all the way back in July 2008


The new one is from Sept 2012 (of course) for the dA before after contest


I was feeling kinda blegh about my art and from past experience, (I've done two previous before and after memes) I know that reworking an old and terrible drawing is a great way to feel better about your art and visibly see your progress. So yeah, this was a good thing to do and I had a blast drawing it.

OK, now I wanted to explain my thought process as to why I changed so many things. I wanted the new piece to really show how I've grown in my art - not just in technical skill but in style and design etc.

1) switched from traditional to digital media - I still love traditional media and I did the sketch for the new one on pain old paper but in the past year or two I've been doing the majority of my work digitally. It costs less in art supplies and I find it to be a much cleaner process (no eraser marks!) that allows for easy re-sizing and editing that I would be put off of doing traditionally.

2)Pose and expression - I wanted to keep the holding of fire obviously but I found the original to be very... cliche I guess. The expression was also very bland to my eye (since the original drawing I've done a lot of comics and that's definitely influenced how much I value a good expression) I wanted the reworked drawing to convey more of a sense of excitement (after all, if I could summon a fireball of sorts, I would think it was cool). To this end I had her use both hands, tried to raise the shoulders up a bit, and gave her a smile and wide eyes.

3) Clothing design - Once again, finding the original very bland, I wanted to add some detail so I thought about the types of things mages and wizards or whatever generally wear and went with a mildly decorated robe - I tried to keep the shape close to the original so it's still a straight down dress with a tie in the center.
I wanted to keep the color scheme similar as well so we still see the purple and green although in slightly different shades.
For the arm wraps, I thought they looked kinda ungainly so I switched to tattoos of a similar pattern - I also added some magic-y-looking writing to them to try to convey that they were there for a purpose.
As a side note, the hair style got changed because... OK this is kind of silly but I have wavy hair and as a little kid I REALLY wanted straight hair and just could not understand why I couldn't have it if I combed my hair out nicely. Anyways, I think that this envy of straight hair probably showed up in my art (even at a slightly older age). Nowadays I like having wavy hair (usually) and so I thought it'd be kinda fun to have a different hair type included here haha - hairstyle changed with it because wavy/thick hair would look weird tied like that... probably straight hair too haha! Anyways, I kept the hair tie and length of the original.

4) Fire gives off light.
I'm not the best at unusual lighting but I do like attempting it so there we go. It's definitely something I have to work on so hopefully if I do this meme again in 4 more years we'll see some better highlights and shadows haha


OK, if you stuck with me through that you're a real trooper
tl;dr: I wanted this to express all the ways in which my art has evolved and not just the... technical skill aspect?

I just have to say that dA has been a HUGE part of why I've continued drawing and improving in art. This site gives me such motivation and support and I'm very thankful for that!

Thanks for looking =]
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Writer
I'd say you met the goals you set out for.

So you said you'd like to check out shadows/shading and highlights? I think they look good. However, I was also recently informed that the light of one object reflects into the light of another when they are brightly lit. Just info and stuff. C:
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah lighting and reflections blargh
I've also heard that shadows are strongest where they meet light but only sometimes yaaay
I can do strong lighting pretty well from a still life or photo ref but figuring it out from nothing is hard for me, especially while cell shading (which is pretty much what i did here...) I should look up some tutorials and things @_@ =purplekecleon has a pretty good one I saw once... I should take a second look. but that also was a different style of shading blegh
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Writer
It's always darkest just before the dawn. Sun Tzu said that! And I think he knows a little bit more about warfare than you do, pal, because he invented in! And then perfected it so that no man could beat him in the ring of honor. And then he herded two of every animal onto a boat and beat the living crap out of each and every one of them. That's why whenever you have a group of animals together, it's called a Tzu!
Back on topic, I think I understand that. Strongest contrast, though probably not true when the light comes from above en masse from the sun onto the side of a building. Those shadows are always multiple shades of black.

I think that's definitely good stylistic shading they have right there. Tutorials are the bessssst.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't know animals beat the living crap out of each other in zoos
shading is confusing man D:
I must learn mooore

tutorials really are super helpful
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Writer
Yep. I have historical proof. [link]

Learning is the ultimate education. Wait...
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
unless it's a farm
what if it's a farm?
what if what is a farm?
what are we talking about?
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Writer
Um... oh! We were proving that Sun Tzu said that it's always darkest just before the dawn! And that this is the kind of shadow art deserves but not the one it needs. Now don't forget about the thneeds!
I have no idea where I'm going with this right now. - Morgan Freeman

Farms are special places where heavy conservatives come from.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what type of shadow does art need then?

I have heard this.
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Erica-Roy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
You really have improved a great deal and I congratulate you.






*blush* They called me a "real trooper"... hehehe...
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much!

you may also be a storm trooper or any other type of trooper if you like
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