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I'm a big nerd who draws big nerd things. Small nerd things, too.

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Thought I'd finally make a post about this since I get asked it fairly frequently, but...  Apologies to everyone who has asked me for art critique or tips n' tricks or any sort of artistic tutorials, but I am simply not the greatest person to look to for that sort of thing.  I feel super lame admitting to it, because folks have assumed I'd be good at this sort of thing, but the truth is I'm not.  

I'm the type of artist who's art kind of... draws itself, as little sense as that makes?  Like, I'll have a rough idea of what I want to do when I draw, but as soon as pen hits paper it just does the work on its own with little input from the Mother Brain.  It's hard to describe but I know some of my art buddies can relate.  Art for me is years and years of practice, trying new techniques, studying hundreds of various styles, and experimenting with different things I pick up from all over and it all becomes a sort of amalgam of everything I've learned and tried over my artistic lifetime.  

Outside of extremely basic general anatomy and light source basics that you can get from any Drawing 101, I cannot explain how I shade, or how I line, or why I choose this line over that or why I choose to draw my hands as I do or eyes that way.  I'm horrible with trying to explain how to shade or why I shade something in a specific way, and I'm even worse with critiquing another person's existing work.  Even in person I'm not great with this, and in those instances I have the chance to actually give an in-person demo and do live red-lining and such and... I still don't come off very well.  

So apologies in advance to those of you who've asked me for advice and critique and "how-to's", but I'm really not the best person to ask because everything I do just really comes naturally from years of experimentation and it's just... automatic?  That sounds stupid, and it's not really what I mean, but it's the best way I can describe it.  It's like asking me to teach you how to ride a bike, I really don't know how to do it other than holding the bike so that you can climb on, then pushing the bike and yelling "NOW PEDAL, AND DON'T FALL DOWN!"

Thanks to everyone who's asked, I'm flattered, and I'm sorry I'm unable to lend a bigger hand! 


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IvyBeth Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Miss you much, lady! :heart: I hope you're doing well. ^__^ :huggle:
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Charpener Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  New member Student General Artist
Wow I was looking through your work and it's so darn expressive! Love your style :heart:
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Shiroso Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously: You're AWESOME

There's nothing else to say xD
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fredvegerano Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SilverionRed Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me for crowding your message box from favourite notices from me :D Keep up the awesome work I really love your drawings!
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sonicgirl313 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student Filmographer
Say when it comes to commissions do you only accept cash or do you accept DA points as well? I'm asking because I'm thinking about placing down a commission.
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LyndseyLittle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
I was going to send you a LaytonXEmmy valentine but I couldn't find one that you hadn't already favorited XD argh!
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JabberwockyChamber17 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist… happy valentines day proffy-love twin
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happyshorty Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I love your art. especially the wolf guys / girls. actually all your characters. So its a llama for you.
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LeonidasDraconic Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You have an amazing art style :D definitely watching ^w^
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