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Another me by Gnome64 Another me by Gnome64
This is an entry for :iconsilentreaper: 's hot mess contest.

this probably took me at least 7-8 hours total. i sketched and inked it on paper ( took me longer than normal, since i'm really working on my anatomy), which is why the lineart is not as crisp as digital art.

i feel as though snakes share my psyche in a few ways: reaction, balance, speed and strength.

i am not all of these, but they are attributes that i've always found to be fascinating. it's fun to react quickly to something, just as it is oddly fun to balance on random things. (sometimes i stand on the bus discretely to practice, and i sometimes walk back and forth on logs/the backs of couches)

i have a pet snake, which is a red tail boa. many boa's live around trees, and i love climbing trees.

have you ever seen a snake raise it's head in the air, to the point where they are supporting over half their body with simple balance and strength? i'm not exaggerating when i say it's an incredible sight.

that kind of strength and balance is a sort of inspiration for me, and that's what this picture represents. the staff/club/glaive is simply there to emphasize stability and balance.


i colored this in gimp, since my sai 30 day trial ended. there is no BG, because i started this 2 days ago, and am uploading it a few hours before the deadline. i think it's good, since i had no initial BG's come to mind as i made this. but perhaps i'll add one some day.
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1gord Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Very cool. There seems to be an inner strength, he reminds me of you. I'm curious, where'd the stick with claws idea come from. (You must have fed spire some very big rats.)
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i made it up as i went along. :P
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flamingpigeon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
I think every artist is always working on anatomy :) And your hard work absolutely shows!! Good job :D
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much. Also, for me, I haven't been practicing the way i should (from life) for most of the time I've spent drawing.
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flamingpigeon Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I'm guilty of the same! I think a lot of people are, especially when we like to draw from comics as our start. :P I've decided that I want to try to go pro, so in the last little while (almost coming to a year now, I think) I've been more strict with myself about practicing from life (by strict I mean actually referencing pictures...I should be doing more drawing from life not photos) but it's hard~! I think it probably gets easier as it goes, so I'm definitely on board with the same goal as you! :D
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
yeah, i still draw mostly from photos, though.
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flamingpigeon Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Me too...it's easier. I wonder if someday I could do it without photos? That would be cool.
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i did this one without a photo, but i did end up looking at myself a bit when adjusting the arms. foreshortening is just plain weird sometimes.
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flamingpigeon Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
That's really impressive!! I think you're doing quite well for yourself. :) I'm noticing that a lot of my friends who are artists (and myself) are able to be self-directed learners because they can look at where their work is, picture where they want it to be, and recognize what they need to work on. I personally find the hard part, though, is sticking to working on what I hate. :P
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
having the vision is most of it, really. when i hate drawing something, i think of a cooler way to draw it. with that said, what do you hate drawing? my least favorite, is when i feel like i *have* to practice anatomy, and completely forget the reason i draw in the first place.

i want to create what's in my mind, so i just daydream for things i want to work on. it also allows me to try even harder to improve. it's not a magical on/off sort of mechanic, but it allows you to be more interested in mundane practicing.
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