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Group Created! For all those who want to improve

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 7, 2013, 8:27 AM
EDIT: So, guys! For all of you who want to join, here's the group! :iconoyic::heart: The icon is provisional for now... xD If anyone wants to give it a try, tell me 8D Also, for now, just join. I'll add the information about January's assignment tomorrow, or maybe tonight, later :heart:

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... I propose you a project. Lemme explain :meow:

So, this was, at first, something I was going to do by myself. By the end of 2012, I looked at my art and wondered if I was actually improving. I had the sensation that, indeed, I had gotten a bit better... but just a bit. I had neglected real practice, real hard work, never getting out of my comfort area. And that is not good. Ever since I left Comic School and I got into University I have focused on some other things, and I have forgotten about drawing as a living... and it makes me really sad, because I must confess that nothing would make me happier than drawing as a profession, or even better, animation. For now I intend to finish my degree in Translation and Interpretation, but I sometimes feel really confused about my life. Like everyone, I guess.

So. This year I proposed myself I would stick to the rules we had at Comic class, and I would plan a schedule in which every month I'd have to do something to actually improve. I'm writing to you now because maybe some of you feel the way I do and might be interested in joining me in this One-Year-Improvement challenge. If so, I could create a little group to organize it, and we could critique each other's works in order to learn from our mistakes ^^ (and I would be really pleased to share all the knowledge I learned during my years at comic class).

Anyway, this would be the schedule:

:star: January: Creation of a character. A fullbody drawing, and a headshot + personality and extra info.

:star: February: Complete turn-around of the character + sheet of facial expressions.

:star: March: Different dynamic poses + drawing hands practice.

:star: April: Interaction between characters, various people poses.

:star: May: Clothing design. Clothing in motion applied to dynamic poses.

:star: June: Design of the outside and inside of a place (scenario, perspective practice).

:star: July: Drawing of your initial character in that place.

:star: August: Age meme of your character (aging process practice). Extra: animal design.

:star: September: Narrative. Design of a script/storyboard. Extra: turning an object into a human (personification practice).

:star: October: Cleaning the storyboard and turning it into a comic (3 pages maximum).

:star: November: Color and ilumination.

:star: December: Free illustration and final valoration.

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And that's pretty much it! This is what I'd like to be doing this year to actually improve, because I really need it. If anyone wants to join me, let me know and we'll suffer improvement together :iconlazeflirtplz: xD

LoveLoveLove

Shams :blowkiss:


PS. I wanted to change my username to Shams because a lot of people think my name's Eileen (silly past-self me!) but it's already taken by a guy who hasn't even used his account for 10 years. FML!

  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: My sister singing the Benny Hill song xD
  • Reading: The Silmarillion <3
  • Watching: TBBT, How I Met Your Mother
  • Playing: Pou, Cut the Rope
  • Eating: Stuff.
  • Drinking: Healthy water.
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Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think being in a group with you would be awesome, but I feel like it would take away too much from other stuff I am committed to..:(
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's okay! C: We're all very busy!
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PhotonLights Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww I'd love to join but there's no way I'd have the time to keep up :( I'm already doing the 365 days of art challenge which means draw something daily AND I'm working on my big projects not to mention life so yeah :( But this sounds really great I might do it next year :)
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My, the 365 days challenge?? Hardcore! xD
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PhotonLights Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well don't imagine anything big just a sketch a day XD But still doing it everyday takes some willpower XD
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed!! I don't think I'd ever be able to do it. Or maybe I would. I don't even know. It's tempting, yet very compromising xD
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PhotonLights Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly XD I don't know if I can do it either, I hope I can keep it up :)
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TheLadyWellflower Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
I'd love to join this!
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :love:
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LilBeeQueen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This could be the greatest thing to happen to my art life, EVER!!! It will also hopefully help me to quit being so darned lazy when it comes to sketches and practice and the like. But I do have one question: Does the character HAVE to be created in January? Or could the character have been created late 2012?
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww xD I'm glad you're excited about it :meow:
Oh! I answered to your question in the explanation of January's assignment :3
Check it out: [link]
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LilBeeQueen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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xCatFace Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
yay I will try my hardest to do this every month
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:blowkiss:
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ReveilleStudios Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student
I... Need this.
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
then welcome! ;)
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ReveilleStudios Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student
Thank you very much. c:
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Shidus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Creo que si por algo te admiro no es ya por tus dibujos, que tb, sino por tus ideas. Estás llenita jodía jajajaja
Me encanta, claro que me uno! :D Para un dibujo al mes se saca tiempo de donde sea, y así me fuerzo a dibujar, no perder la práctica y dibujar gente... jajajajaa
Lo malo es que no tengo un estilo ni nada :/ así que lo mismo cada mes sale una cosa distinta, me gustaría hacerlo así en plan comic como tu, pero... jajajaja
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me parece genial que te unas, Pavis! :iconsuperheroglompplz::heart:
Bueno, ¿por qué no buscas un estilo este año? Quédate con las cosas que te gusten, cambia las que no... y poco a poco lo irás encontrando ^^
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Shidus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
pues sí... eso intentaré ^^
Para el diseño de enero del personaje, no hay nada especial, que deba saber o sí? jajaja Es por ir dándole vueltas. Puede ser cualquier cosa siempre que sea un hombre o similares no? xD
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pues puede ser cualquier cosa, con tal de que no sea lo típico que uno suela dibujar. Por ejemplo, si una persona dibuja siempre chicas porque le cuesta hacer chicos, es preferible que diseñe un chico. Pero como tú no sueles dibujar humanos, me basta con lo que sea C:
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Shidus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Había pensado un elfo, o no.. algo así, pero en plan con esas pintas jajajaja Porque puede vivir en cualquier época y toodas esas cosas no? libertad total no? jaja
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Acabo de subir la explicación del mes de enero~ y ya leerás que sí, que puede ser de cualquier raza~
Oye, molaría que hicieras un elfo xD Si haces algo de la tierra media avisa, que yo estoy tentada a hacer un hobbit porque me parecen proporciones interesantes, o una mujer enana, porque tienen barba y son feas xD
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Shidus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
JAJAJAJA Sí, sí, acabo de leerlo, siempre me pasa igual... Bueno, salvo que de este grupo espero no desaparecer T__T
Pues era mi idea... Un elfo o no un elfo pero sí en esa estética, un pj de una historia que tengo hace tiempo y que solo vive ahi en mi cabeza jajaja PERO tb hay otro personaje que es todo lo contrario, en plan mundo futurista distópico y tal, con looks de estos raros y colores neon JAJAJA Así que... no sé cuál haré, si me arriesgaré con dos (quien mucho abarca...) o qué al final.
Ais, no sé qué hacer! >.<'
Que por cierto! para hacer más mejor el grupo, podíamos hacer como una sección en la que compartiésemos los trucos que cada uno usa y todo eso, más que nada para que patos como yo no nos enfrentemos a ello así de golpe sin tener ni puta idea jajajajajaa Sueno como una mariquita miedosa pero es lo que hay xDDDDDDDDDD
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bueno, hagas lo que hagas, siempre puedes subir cualquier diseño que se te venga a la cabeza, aunque luego sólo uses uno ^^
Es una buena idea, la verdad, y he estado pensando en cómo hacerlo. Quería ver si podía crear una especie de forum aquí en dA, pero no estoy muy segura de cómo va xD Sea como sea, algo sacaré 8D
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GeorginoschkaVincen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
okay, I saved the group in my bookmark for now :3
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :blowkiss:
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Reogun Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect. Because I was thinking about how to go about with my Olive character. So do you just pick one character to work on for the whole yet, because I think this would be helpful for my webcomic characters too.
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to have you around!! :iconepichighfiveplz::heart:
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StarbuckViper Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
aw yis joining that
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconepichighfiveplz:
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StarbuckViper Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
:iconbrohoofplz:

It's gonna be interesting to see what people come up with :)
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! :la:
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Live-Laugh-Tacos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'm down with trying to design an icon if you need one.
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way, I submitted a provisional icon so it won't look that naked meanwhile; it's not very awesome though xD
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Live-Laugh-Tacos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
Any ideas on what you want it to look like?
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm not sure; something simple and happy, maybe? xD
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Live-Laugh-Tacos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good!! :la: Thanks for contributing C:
I changed it already!
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? :la: That'd be awesome! ^^
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lorellashray Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
wow this sounds fantastic!! I'm actually in Uni right now studying animation, but I keep finding i barely give myself time to do any personal stuff because i have no plan. But this sounds PERFECT!! :D
I'd love to join, if that's ok?
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love it if you joined!! :love: A bit of practice is never bad, isn't it? C:
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lorellashray Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
woot thank you! and nope it's never bad at all :D
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ColdSniper7 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome Idea ^^ I'm totally in XD :w00t:
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!! :la:
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LizzieDoll Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
huh... this is actually an awesome idea ovo

*emilythesmelly clued me in to it, count me in!
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw really?? xD :heart: Yeah, she just told me she was spreading the word~ C: The group's just been created, I just updated this journal with the link ^^
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LizzieDoll Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! <3
Roped a friend in too 8D
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ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay for roping people in! xD
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ceaword Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
I have searched for something like that for ages. Would it be okay if I joined?
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