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I don't know what you mean by A4 and A5, but I use 8 and 1/2 by 11 inch printer paper, and usually have my pictures centered with quite a bit of white space around them (that way I can easily crop the image after scanning, then I can decide how I want it centered)! There's usually at least enough room for a figure to either side plus 2 or 3 inches at top or bottom left over.

*lightbulb over head* I see it now! Thanks for the clarifications!!!

Wow, so you really do draw the nude figure first, then clothe it? Does that help a lot?

I'm not quite sure I'm following the "simpler shapes" in the example with the first three figue stages -- to me, it looks basically the same between 1 and 2, but 2 has had the breasts added?

*is enjoying/benefiting from this thread IMMENSELY, btw*

The Other Art Gallery / Re: Wildfire's very scarce non-EQ art
« on: February 27, 2011, 08:21:51 AM »
Oooooooooooh! O.O

Art and Elfquest / Re: Printer - which to buy?
« on: February 26, 2011, 10:50:52 AM »
I would recommend that you get one with as flat as possible a space for the paper to come out once it's been printed, rather than one that curves the paper a whole bunch as it goes through, just so the pages stay flat. Aside from that... the cheapest one? *sweatdrop* I'm afraid I've never bothered buying a more expensive printer. I don't happen to think, though, that the wuality will go up unless your price goes up a lot. (For example: the ones that are 10, 20, 40 dollars more than the cheapest... are probably the same basic machine.)

Dead Thread Archive / Re: Adding Galleries and Images
« on: February 20, 2011, 11:49:49 AM »
Do you mean "First Green"? *puzzled* If so it's showing up clean as a pin on my screen. No mixed-up pixles.

Chit-Chat / Re: Feather Extensions
« on: February 15, 2011, 08:11:59 AM »
Man, that's so awesome!

Chit-Chat / Re: Feather Extensions
« on: February 11, 2011, 08:28:07 PM »
*turns crayola marker green with jealousy* Ooooooooooooooooohhhhh!

Chit-Chat / Re: Feather Extensions
« on: February 11, 2011, 06:50:49 PM »
What, as in FEATHER feathers? Sweeeeeeeeet! :D

Holts / Re: River Twine Holt
« on: January 26, 2011, 12:22:06 PM »
Yay!! I sent in my application! **(nervousness)**

A bit of a wait is all right! =) Just hope my app doesn't flop. =P

Holts / Re: River Twine Holt
« on: January 26, 2011, 11:29:18 AM »
Yup, that's actually a lot of what's drawing me to RTH in the first place. I used to participate in EQ RPGs a lot, as a teenager (wow, like 10 years ago...???) But eventually had to drop out. I'm pretty active as a fan-ficcer, and becoming active as a fan-artist again (due to this site in LARGE part, having somewhere to show my art!). I don't think I could handle coming up with RPG-posts once a week to ten times a day, but replying to message board posts, e-mails, etc, don't really require that kind of artistic touch. =P

I've been looking over the site since my last post, and I think I'm gonna go for this Holt! :D (Even if I *don't* get Chicory....awww.....!)

Holts / Re: River Twine Holt
« on: January 26, 2011, 10:27:22 AM »
Ooh! Now I've taken an instant liking to this elf. :) Quiet, yet a troublemaker... >:P

You said, you only need to do one piece of at or 500+word story every three months? That seems very little... Is there an upward limit, and *gulp* is there any sort of "quality standard" for the art? *blush*

If you're drawing a pencil drawing and you DON'T plan to color it in, what I use is just plain ol' printer paper. Plain white, multi-purpose I think. Just the cheapest package. Don't reckon I'd be able to manage to put pencil to paper on anything more expensive till I'm a lot better! I'd be waaay too nervous. *laughs* I find that it really doesn't smudge at all, with printer paper and a twist mechanical pencil.

(Of course, my dry pastels are a different matter... *frown*! 'Course it might help if I actually knew how to use 'em! =P)

Art and Elfquest / Re: [Tools of the Trade] - Scanner - which to buy
« on: January 25, 2011, 08:34:05 PM »
What "the scanner ate my colors!!!" means: (at least, when I've said it)

Ownership of a REALLY, REALLY BAD scanner -- it does not properly scan the picture in to begin with, and distorts the colors between paper and computer screen. If you have that problem, it might be because the paper isn't in direct enough contact with the scanner screen, and/or there's light filtering through from behind the paper. If you have that problem, stack about 10 pieces of blank white paper on top of the picture (behind it) to hold the picture itself down and blot out extra weird lighting.

...Of course, I haven't had that problem with any scanner purchased after around 2005.

OR, it could be that the image was saved as a .JPG rather than .BMP on an older computer. JPEGS on the pre-laptop computers I've owned have downgraded with each save, like copying a copy of a copy of a copy. The ones on this computer don't seem to change at all. In that case, I always saved a .BMP until absolutely CERTAIN I was done with all changes, then made a .JPG to upload onto the internet.

My scanner always comes from Wal-Mart, and is the cheapest or second-cheapest scanner-printer available (seems they no longer make just scanners.) This time around, it's the second-cheapest, and I'm happy with it. Color, Greyscale, and B&W settings for scan make it nice and simple for me to use. There's a lot of functions I don't even understand, let alone know the purpose for, but I suppose there *must* be a reason for them... maybe.

Guides & Guidelines / Re: Tracing and Referencing (was: Gallery Rules)
« on: January 25, 2011, 07:27:35 PM »
What about posting some sort of a keywords definitions post?

Here's the thing...

I know there are a LOT of talented (and obviously trained, whether self-taught or in schools) artists on this site. As NOT one of the trained artists, I don't always know what's meant by a given term.

Case in point: Referencing. Eregyrn said a lot of what I was thinking myself, and then some. The thing is, EVERY time I look at a picture, be it photo, original art, or fan art, I study it (if I like it!) and learn from it. IF I spend 6 hours perusing this site, looking at the way people have drawn elves, or whatever, studying lighting, shapes, shading, proportions, etc, is that referencing or learning? What is meant by 'referencing'? I'm begining to get the idea, from pure context, that it means having a picture sitting in front of you while you draw, which I would call "drawing from a model" (even if not a live one.) Is that what referencing means, or does what I said fall under that, too? What would be an example of an art that WASN'T referenced? That could help clarify it, too.

Chit-Chat / Re: HI I'm new!
« on: January 23, 2011, 12:23:13 PM »
Yay! This looks like as good a place as any to introduce myself. :) I first found EQ when my sister picked up a copy of the "Journey to Sorrow's End" novelization at a thrift store. At the time, we thought it was a choose your own adventure, LOL! ('Cause on the back, it's all "The elves are driven fro their homeland -- WHAT NOW?!")

I'm far from an expert artist, but I like my own art. I'll be posting a couple pictures soon, hopefully, and more will be following in bits and spurts as I draw, then scan them. (Mostly B&W, as I don't have near enough patience to color my art in.)

So that's my me-rant. Hi everyone! This looks like a really great site! =D

Dead Thread Archive / Re: Adding Galleries and Images
« on: January 23, 2011, 01:32:42 AM »
Thanks! (If it helps, the option is there on the Art Challenges album, just not in *mine*.)

The Other Art Gallery / Re: Wildfire's very scarce non-EQ art
« on: January 23, 2011, 12:44:05 AM »
Very nice! Let me start out by saying these pictures are really good. :) I can see what you mean about having not drawn much non-EQ art recently. I can still see some EQ influence in these, but not much. It's mostly (of course) in the eyes -- which I think might take a drastic step from EQ to anime if they were *slightly* less tilted up at the edges -- but I'm not really an expert on anime style! (Even though I love it.)

As for whether Maeryn is recognizable -- I'd have to say YES. I'm one of those rude-nick people who greedily scans for art when I first look at a post, *then* read the text. When I saw the images, I was like, "Oh, cool, more of her." That was *without* reading the part where you said its the same girl. (And though the hair is a dead giveaway... it was really the expression.)

Dead Thread Archive / Re: Adding Galleries and Images
« on: January 22, 2011, 10:44:54 PM »
It just says "Edit" and "Mark all as seen"

And thanks! :D

Dead Thread Archive / Re: Adding Galleries and Images
« on: January 22, 2011, 10:23:14 PM »
*sigh* I feel incredibly stupid... I'm SURE I saw an "upload an image" link somewhere on this site. Now that I've got an account, of course, I can't find it. =P Now I've got an empty album! Is this because there's some kind of approval waiting-period for new members/albums, or am I just not finding the right place to upload my actual art? I've got an icon for it, just can't upload anything else.

Oh, and by the way, HI everyone! *waves*

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