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Gerard Way by drowning-in-you Gerard Way by drowning-in-you
(Sorry...had to take a picture...no scanner here.)

Ok, so I saw this picture of Gerard Way and I said to myself, "Self, you must draw Gerard." So I did...or rather, I tried to (I'm not sure who this is, but he doesn't really look like Gerard to me...perhaps a mixture of Mikey and Gerard...)

I must admit, he was even more stubborn than Edward, but I continued to work with him in my hours of solitude at the college. The last 2 days, though, he's become a conversational piece....kind of. I'm at least not invisible anymore. But in the past two days he's been called 'amazing', 'really awesome', 'gorgeous' and a dude on his phone gave me a thumbs up and mouthed 'it's really good'.

And though he thought he was hilarious and hid my pencils, stole my shading tools and tried to throw away my gum eraser, he was a joy to work with. I'll definitely be drawing him again in the near future.

Perhaps I'll try drawing Mikey next though....I dunno....What's y'all think?
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xXMarksofLoveXx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Nose is way too small..but other than that, pretty good.
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drowning-in-you Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I had no idea people still looked at this old drawing of mine! Thank you for the comment! I fully agree. I actually hate this drawing. But this was done back in 2008, so even I have to say that I've improved since then.
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razorinkPunk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   General Artist
You got the eyes right.
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drowning-in-you Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Eyes have always kinda been the easiest for me to draw. But when I drew this, I was still having major difficulties getting other proportions right. Luckily it's been about a year and a half since this drawing, so I've grown A LOT as an artist.
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razorinkPunk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   General Artist
Well done! I converse too, people get over it. If you need a crash course in how to photograph your drawings I can give you one; eventually you'll have something you can't scan because it's too fragile or too big. Or the scanner is dirty.

Sounds like you're being introduced to the joys of studio life... It doesn't get easier, it gets more complicated. Writing death threats on your desk doesn't help either, unfortunately...
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drowning-in-you Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D I think most of my problem with photographing my drawings is that my camera is a really poor quality one...but now I can't even find my connector cord, so I have to use the built in on my computer, which sucks even more. :( :shrug: That's life I suppose.

I think writing death threats should make it easier. Or at least MCR lyrics. I've noticed that drawing fanart to the music of whoever I'm drawing seems to make the process go better. It's rather odd, but whatever. :XD:
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razorinkPunk Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010   General Artist
I think you're right because aside from looking at a person, or photograph of a person, you're being inundated in their point of view as you draw. I don't think you could get as good a result without it, or while listening to other music.

It's not so much about the camera, although you do need to pay attention to what you can or cannot make it do, as it is about the right lighting. You need to do your photography outside, between 8 and 10am or between 2 & 4 pm, although morning is preferable. You also would do well to take your photographs in a northerly direction; the same rules apply here as in an art studio. If possible, you should use a tripod to hold your camera steady. You also want to protect your work, so either take a blanket to lay it on, or an easel to hold it. Help from a friend for carrying things and holding heavier pieces at the right angle is always a bonus!

Nope, death threats didn't work for me. I once left a sign on my desk with the approximate message: The next person to touch my project or steal my soldering iron will lose a hand. I have a blowtorch in my cabinet!

I left for dinner, came back, and Lindsey had burned the tip of my iron all the way to a nub, and I didn't have any replacements. I had to wait until morning to do more work and to buy a new iron, because it was totally fried. I was on a deadline. I was not pleased.

I hope you have better luck. MCR lyrics might be more effective, but I promise that if you're in a studio, no matter what, people steal your stuff. The nice ones give it back and let you borrow their tools when you need them.

If you only like the eyes, document the drawing and then crop it.
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drowning-in-you Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose that makes sense. :D

Thank you so much for the advice. If I ever find my connector cord again, that should be very helpful. ^_^

It's horrible what some people do. Art supplies are expensive!

Oh..um. It was really late when I replied to your message last night (like 2 am) and I was really tired, so I didn't realize that you thought I work in a studio. I don't. The people who commented on my drawing when I was working on it were just people at my college in the commons area. And when I draw certain people, odd things happen to my art supplies. Like, when I draw Gerard my art supplies tend to go missing or end up on the other side of the room inexplicably. Each weird happening is different for each person I draw. It sounds crazy, I'm sure, but it's like the drawings have their own personality.
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razorinkPunk Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010   General Artist
Maybe they do; you never know. You should document the phenomena.

I assumed studio; I only assumed that because of the narrative that went with it. I'm sorry you have to schlepp your stuff around campus-- I hated doing that! Trying to navigate a college environment carrying a backpack, giant clip-board with drawings attached, and tackle box o' supplies drove me nuts. I was grateful to get studio space when my curriculum provided it!

Stealing from people who're on the same deadline you are on is evil, but not as evil as random strangers stealing your supplies! WTF? Who steals random art supplies?!
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drowning-in-you Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: Maybe I should!

That's ok. It does suck to have to carry it around, but I'm used to it. I'd love to have a studio, but I'm not an art major and I live in a small apartment. Oh well. One day I'll have my own house and I'll have a room dedicated strictly to my art/supplies and another for my personal library. ^_^
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