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  1. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    Well, the folks in the social thread here asked for it. I merely wanted to make new friends and join a social thread, and ended up pulling out a pencil. I'm going to re-draw the lightsaber, but decided to post this one. I was a little rushed in making it, so I'm not entirely satisfied with it.

    The one of the cat has a little story to it. First of all, the cat is called a Galiar, or shadow cat, that's from Marna_Veign's imagining. She took the meanest, toughest animals, combined their traits, and put the result on a Star Wars planet of her creation.

    Anyway, I take no claim to drawing the cat itself. I traced the cat and tree from a coloring book. I altered the ears and eyes a little and colored it. Then, I added the scenery. The sky, beach, and two people.

    Well, here it is. Such as it is. Decided to change how this was origionally posted so each pic is seperate. ;) I'm also putting all of them listed here, even the ones I've got later in the thread.

    The lightsabers I've either drawn or created with plastic canvas:

    lightsaber one and lightsaber two and plastic canvas lightsaber

    Working with color:

    Galiar, the cat and Gyeren Feli and Inyan Masti with the long neck - oops on that andduel one and fixed the duel

    Pencil drawings:

    pathetic wookie attempt and winged Jedi

    Paint drawings:

    Jedi Master Tahsh Hapay and Padawan Shaela Daegar

    Not exactly Star Wars:

    horse and Attitude and Just a Kid and night fog and Wren 1 and an addition to that one, Wren 2

    Finally, a job-inspired one,
    A day in the life of internet support.

    Here's the progression on my project, a drawing of Inyan Masti leaving her homeworld and looking at it for what she thinks is the last time.


    I started working on the hand Once I got that to look good( don't mind the wrist, I know it's swollen here), I added her face, which is a reflection in the viewport. I also practiced creating theplanet and shading that to look realistically. Then, I put it all together.

    It took a few tries to get the wrist right.

    First try with it all together
    [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3
  2. Gobi-1 Manager Emeritus

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    Dec 22, 2002
    star 5
    The drawing with the cat is quite good. The sunset and the reflection of the sun on the water is done very well.
  3. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    star 6
    That's not bad at all. The lightsaber hilt has some nice things going for it. I like the overall layout and design of the hilt itself. The only things I would work on are your lines and values. The hilt leans to the side a little and in a way, detracts from the finished drawing. I recommend using a straight edge to make your lines crisper and cleaner. As for values - you have a nice start. I can see the contrast of lights and darks around the buttons and the part at the top and the "body." You may want to vary your values around the edges to give it a cylindrical look.

    The one of the cat isn't bad either. You have some nice effects and color techniques going on in the sky and water. I won't really comment on the drawing itself since you mentioned you traced it. That's fine for a beginner(I'm sure we were all guilty of that some time or another), but I wouldn't rely on it as you develop your skills.

    Overall, not bad. You have a good start there and all I can recommend at this point is to keep practicing. :)
  4. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    I did take an art class in Jr. High school, about 8th grade, I think. That was some time ago. At the risk of aging myself here, I graduated High School in 1994. There are a few tricks I remember from that class that I couldn't use when I drew the saber. For one, using a piece of paper to rub over the pencil to blend it better. I was actually drawing it waiting for calls at my job.

    At home, I should be able to take the time to do it right. Including using a ruler to get the lines straight. :D

    With the cat, the only claim I really have to that one is the coloring. And thanks for the complements. I think I do rather good with a box of Crayola's. ;)
  5. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Ah, yes...the good old days of junior high art classes. Although they did teach you a neat trick with rubbing the paper over the pencil, there's a more effective way - your finger. I use my finger for a vast majority of my shading and I find it works a heck of a lot better than using a piece of paper. You also have more control.

    It's your choice, though. Whichever works better for you. ;)
  6. DarthZemog Jedi Padawan

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    Jan 11, 2002
    star 4
    Nice work you got there! I really like the lightsaber the best! You really put some cool design elements into it. Keep it up! :)

  7. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    I've actually gotten good controling the paper. Of course, I'm out of practice. Won't take much to get back in practice. :D

    I'll have to see if I can find the BMP I did of another saber design and draw that one too. After my redrawing of this one.
  8. DkSavior02 Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 22, 2004
    star 1
    Hey, I really like what you're doing. I like the saber, I like drawing them myself, so I always enjoy seeing new designs. The tiger looks really cool, overall it's a well planned out scene with a specific forground and backround and things happening in each, which is a good thing if you plan on drawing more landscape type pictures such as that, good work.
  9. hear+soul Jedi Master

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    Nov 5, 2004
    star 6
    That's not bad. It's probabaly on par with my stuff. :p
  10. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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    star 9
    I like the cat pic - not bad!
  11. FalconFan Jedi Master

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    Jul 25, 2004
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    Just a "lurker," but I certainly love looking! I really like the cat drawing: the composition seems to guide the eye around, into the drawing: the cat's gaze draws the viewer's eye to the people on the beach, and then to the figure in the distance--the entire composition is intriguing that way. Nicely done! As I have mentioned before: the advice of all the wonderful artists on this board is worth its weight in gold--heed all of it! And keep up the good work! ;)

    FF
  12. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    Thank you. I will just remind everyone that I take no credit for the cat and tree shapes, as I traced them from a coloring book. Only the colors I used and the whole background are my work.

    I feel I've got to put in that little disclaimer so people don't think I know how to draw animals like that. ;)

    I've added a couple of pathetic attempts I did at drawing people with paint (as in the computer software, not what you put on a brush) to my collection. Figured that would scare you art people away from me. ;) :p jk. hehehe.

    If that doesn't, then nothing will.


    <edit> I've finished up the redrawing of the lightsaber. It will take me just a little time to get it in photobucket. That may redeem my 2 attempts at creating Jedi in the Paint program. :D
  13. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Rocie, I am amazed. Paint is a very hard program to draw anything in and those people look outstanding. The proportions look great and you even added some folds and details in the clothing which just adds to it. Nice job! :)

    And major improvement on the lightsaber. I like how you added to the form of the hilt. You really get the sense that it's rounded now. And you even experimented with shading. It looks great! ;)
  14. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    *personal post 100! Not a big thing, I know, but have you any idea how long I was around 80? Lost interest in things for a long time.*

    I had to take another look at those pics to make sure we are talking about the same ones! The way you put it makes it sound a lot better than I see it as being. It did take a lot of work for those simple-looking pictures, and magnifying them for some of the work. I'm not too happy with the skin colors, but at the time, I couldn't create custom colors and have them look good. Did them on an older computer. I will accept the complement, though, and try not to diminish it. :D

    With the lightsaber, I was able to take some uninterrupted time to really put my heart and skills into it. The first one was just a quick thing at work, and very much interrupted. Without a straight edge as well, so I was doing all the lines (except the blue ones) freehand. And since I posted it, I've cleaned up some smudges I noticed on it.

    I'm glad to hear opinions on my art. It really does help me feel better about it.
  15. DkSavior02 Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 22, 2004
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    Hey Rocie, I like what you've been doing, and for paint those are darned good. I draw all my sabers in paint, so I know how frusterating it can be!
  16. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Apr 13, 2001
    star 6
    Awww, don't put yourself down like that. Seriously, I am amazed. My last attempt at doing something in Paint failed terribly. I can't control the mouse too well. :p

    As for the color thing, yea, I agree with you there. I don't like the limited color scheme in that program. That's why I prefer Photoshop a lot more. ;)

    Anyway, once again, very nice work! And never put yourself down, you just proven you can do it! ;) :)
  17. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    Hey, the way I see it is if I make fun of my work, then I won't mind if other's do. :p

    I actually do know I'm better than I admit. Drawing is just not one of my talents I've developed much, you know? It's been a long time since I've tried to draw anything good like the lightsaber. Perhaps I'll get back with it a bit more now that I've allowed myself to be roped into this. ;)

    I have a strange way of having fun.


    I will just add artwork, Star Wars or not, to my collection as I either draw or find past works. So if anyone wonders what a scrawny horse eating grass in the shade of a tree is doing with Jedi and lightsabers... ;)
  18. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
    star 2
    Well, I just did another one. First real try at a wookie, and it actually doesn't look that bad. To me, at least. Just click the link in the first post to see it. And tell me honest opinions here. Be harsh, if you want. :D If not, I'll accept complements. ;)
  19. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Apr 13, 2001
    star 6
    I like! :D

    You have a good sense of texture with his fur and the bandolier. Must have took you a while to get all those details down.

    Just some suggestions - maybe try to vary some line weights to convey that things are closer or heavier. This is a good substitute for shading as well. And I'm not sure if someone pointed it out to you before, but your proportions are a little off. Now, I know that a Wookiee's proportions are slightly different from humans, but the head appears to be too large for the body and the hands and feet too small. But that's no big deal at the moment. Things like that come with time. ;)

    Overall, nice job! :)
  20. DarthLazious Jedi Youngling

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    Jan 24, 2003
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  21. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    I don't really care what you say about the wookie, because I agree that the head's too big, but Artist Tori loves it. ;) :D (He's too cute)

    Gotta admit it isn't too bad for having never drawn a wookie before, and being out of practice for any bi-ped. I did notice the head was off, but by that time, it was a little too late to fix. Next time, I'll draw the whole thing first, then add the fur. ;)
  22. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Apr 13, 2001
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    Next time, I'll draw the whole thing first, then add the fur.

    That's the way to go. Make sure you have all the basic shapes and proportions correct before moving onto the detailing. That's very important to remember. It can save you a lot of trouble down the road.

    It's also important that you notice your mistakes - which you have been doing. This also helps you improve every time you go to draw. ;)

    Oh, and I'm glad Tori likes it! :D ;)
  23. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    Well, I've been practicing faces. And nearly ruining them by trying to put bodies to them. I really need to work on those proportions. But, I'm trying. I won't post what I doodled last night. The feet are huge, and the arms are tiny, but the saber looks cool. ;)
  24. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Apr 13, 2001
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    Just keep on practicing! When you have something you want to share, don't hesitate! ;) But perhaps, you could share the saber with us. :D

    As for bodies - I'm pretty much still learning there myself. I have a few tips about the proportions, but not many. Not sure if they'll be very helpful, but I can try. :)
  25. Rocie Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 15, 2003
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    I'd like all the suggestions I can get. Thanks.
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