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Commission -KiDra by GaiasAngel

This is my first critique, so I'll try to make it a good one. Firstly, you've inspired me to try photopainting. I like the effect of co...




I know it seems I'm kind of dead here but I've discovered there's another machine I can't live without. A dishwasher. Seems life without a dishwasher is turning out even worse than life without internet. Having only one sink makes hand washing harder.
Koopa Sketch by Digi-fish
Koopa Sketch
UPDATE: I've completely gone over it with my new colouring technique in Manga Studio and I must admit the colours look MUCH better now. Compared to the old one the colours really pop. And I learnt a bit about colour composition while doing it.


As usual, there's a story behind this. This piece wasn't meant to take nearly as long as it did to finish. It was supposed to be the start of a "daily draw" challenge that I thought I'd adopt. But then things kept happening and I was forced to put this off. My life is going in a few different directions right now and I don't know if I'll have time to spend hours on end making really pretty pictures. By the time I get to the colouring stage I'm so sick of the picture that I do a botched job of it (I'm a perfectionist during the rough drawing stages). For this one I used a quick and dirty technique in Manga Studio (but it will also work in Photoshop and I guess Gimp but don't take my word for it) that works, but obviously doesn't produce the same results you'd get if you focused on each individual area and rendered accordingly for light source and texture.

I'm going to have to come up with some better time management strategies (or adopt faster techniques for inking and colouring). Right now I'm adopting better writing habits than drawing habits. I'm trying to develop some written material that might be good enough to publish, but I can't put that stuff up on DA (I'm slowly getting into the swing of it. My first step will be writing a few stories for fun and using Wattpad to share them).

Anyway. The joke here was much funnier when I first thought of it. At the time I was so sick of people equating infringement of copyright with stealing, and people assuming that all pirates were criminals who only wanted content for free, instead of taking the time to consider (or even ask) the reasons why people pirate (there are reasons other than price). For some reason it instantly made me think back to the Super Mario Bros 3 cartoon. King Koopa's daughter Kootie Pie (or Wendy as she's known in the games) wanted America for her birthday. The very first actual line in the episode is "But Kootie Pie, we plundered the whole Mushroom Kingdom to find you the best gift a koopa could steal".

So yeah. That's pretty much how this whole piece got started. And I wanted to see if I could make 90s cartoon King Koopa look badass. And if you're wondering where his tail is, I tried to put it in, but it didn't look right. So I made the throne like Sully's armchair in Monsters Inc. It has a hole in the back for his tail to poke through.
Surphin Coloured by Digi-fish
Surphin Coloured
This is just an experiment piece. I found a new method to colour in Manga Studio 5, and judging by the results, it's working out quite well. You might remember this from the progression picture before - Surphin Progression

My problem was I kept getting distracted by the colours and overwhelmed by colour choices, so I did all the rendering grunt work in black and white (painting in highlights like I usually do, except using white) and set that layer to overlay. After that it's just a matter of choosing flat colours underneath. 


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Hi everyone. I'm a BA in animation studying postgraduate in digital design.

Even though I studied animation, I'm just striving to improve my drawing skills, and I'm more interested in comic making and visual storytelling, simply because you can do it independently and it's a lot faster getting your ideas down.

I'll post whatever tutorials, advice and resources I think will help other deviants improve in the art field as much as I have over the past 3 years.

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I don't like it. This is one thing I'm not going to rush out and buy immediately. At least not until there's a game that I really want to play but can't (I was going to play Wii U Smash Bros anyway).

Seriously. I got an e-mail from Nintendo Direct talking about a "new" 3DS and I'm thinking "I've only had my 3DS XL a few months. You're releasing another 3DS handheld already?". If the new 3DS games will work with the circle pad pro then I'll buy that instead. The only way I'll be rushing out to buy a new 3DS is if it has a gorilla glass top screen. That's all I really want in a handheld. I'm too clumsy with screen protectors and most screen protectors themselves aren't scratch resistant.

What I would have really liked Nintendo to announce was a device that lets you play all your 3DS games on a Wii U (or at least let you connect the 3DS to the Wii U and play through the gamepad and television screens). I'm not much of a mobile gamer anymore, and I prefer to play all my games on the couch. After all, the Wii U gamepad has all the required buttons and analogue sticks that the new 3DS has. It just seems like common sense to add 3DS cartridge compatibility to the Wii U, but what's more likely is that these titles will come out on the virtual console in a few years time.
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Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student General Artist
happy birthday!
Digi-fish Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
Dave-Sledge-Bro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Happy Birthday!Birthday cake  icon 

I remember when you were known as Min-27.
Digi-fish Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Yeah that was a while ago. The time goes so fast.
Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you very much for faving my tutorial masterpost, I hope it helps you !
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I came up with this in the middle of the night. Thought it would be funny in relation to your comic...or something. XD [link]
Digi-fish Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very good. I'm not really into MLP but I am familiar with all the custom ponies people are making.

I was going to put Ben into the comic, but I couldn't fit him in anywhere. I had to cut a lot out.
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
hi there. I wanted to pass by a sort of "Stay Tooned theory" I've had since before I saw your comic:
If Fiddle is the only character siding with [the player] and constantly being tormented by the other toons, wouldn't it make sense that he was once a human that was also dragged into "TV Land"? This is backed up by what happens at the end of the game to the player.
Just an interesting thought.
Digi-fish Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I guess great minds think alike. When I started the script I had that idea too. I thought Fiddle would have a pre-backstory where he once lived in the apartment building and had a relationship with Mrs Findley (about 50 years back). Then all the events that happened to the player happened to him and the rest is history.

The only problem with this backstory was it conflicted with Fiddle's main goal, to get back to his own world. It would seem like less of a happy ending (I'm going for bittersweet here) if Fiddle remained stranded somewhere that wasn't his home. Although, now that I think about it, that could allow for some character development as he's had years adjusting to TV Land (which I guess would now be his home), and he could teach the player character that "home is where the heart is".

But I've had to cut out a lot of substance to keep the comic the length of a standard issue (it's 32 pages)...and that wasn't really the message I was trying to focus on in the story. I'm thinking about doing a written version with more complexity in it (and better character development), but for the comic I've just kept the story as simple as possible.

(Oh and the player character in this comic is called Brad Bates, but you don't find that out until about page 8).
LlemonFlame Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for adding my Elegant Metal Tutorial to your collection, I'm honoured. :)

Best wishes,
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