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Long, long ago, I would keep shifting my art style around and make a big deal about it.  I'd keep having epiphanies about the way I draw and drastically shift the paradigm.  However, for the last few years, it's been rather stable.  Instead of mixing things up, incremental changes found their way into my artwork.  Slowly, I strayed away from what made my drawings so enjoyable: there have been improvements, but I picked up a lot of bad tendencies along the way, and I couldn't figure out exactly what they were beyond a lifelessness.  Tonight, I finally put a finger on it.

Have you ever seen a bad tracing job?  Or, really, any tracing job?  Or any work with multiple artists collaborating on a single work?  No two people draw exactly the same way, and the styles clash.  When Disney hires animators, they actually send the prospective artists back to school to learn the Disney style.  Well, they did, when they were still doing traditional animation, but I digress.  Schooled in a single style, and having it forced upon the animators as a standard, they can draw pretty dang consistently in order to churn out a seamless product.  It's not perfect, as evidenced by the necessity of clean-up artists to unify the piece, but the training helps get everyone on the same page.

My drawings have, over the last few years, experienced a similar problem, even with just myself working on the artwork.  My inking style isn't the same as my penciling style, and the conflicts of style have resulted in what's a pretty awkward-looking outcome that's unpleasant to look at.  I have put a lot of effort, over the last few years, into making my inking clean and polished.  My "pencils" (even in Photoshop) are rough and scratchy.  Unlike the clean-up artists, I haven't been able to find a look that adequately combines the two elements into a single piece: I produced an uncanny valley where clean lines try to contain a frenetic under-drawing, and fail utterly.  The end result is a stiff, ugly drawing.

Looking over my old artwork, I realized that my inks used to be very scratchy as well, and everything was looser.  That was the eureka moment: my inks have gotten tight while my pencils stayed loose.  I guess that you could say that my inkwork snapped when trying to contain the pencils, stretched to the limit as they were, and reacted to the pencils like antimatter.

Having come to this conclusion, I've decided that my inking style has to change.  My artwork may start looking "dirtier", but it'll make the inks more lively: something that's been missing in my art for far too long.  I want to recapture the spark that I had in my older art, and I can't do it as-is.  I'll still try to improve, and I'm not going to forget everything that I've learned over the last few years but, with any luck, I'll have something that's the best of both worlds: past and present.
  • Listening to: 11's Regeneration Music
  • Reading: Pathfinder Core Rulebook
  • Playing: Pathfinder and D&D
  • Eating: Eggs and cheese
  • Drinking: Orange Pekoe Cut Black

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Dan Pertierra
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Dan is an aspiring novelist who's loved books for a long time, but loved drawing for longer. However, being very slow at drawing and moderately faster at writing, his DeviantART account doesn't get as much love or attention as it should or used to. His cats keep him company.

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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Might you let me add your raptor cleric Dusty to the Feathered-Friends group? :love:
Daitou Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You may indulge yourself.
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thank you kindly!
AinenDarkness Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I miss our chats from the msnmessenger days.
Daitou Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I miss a lot of things from those old days... how've you been, madam?
AinenDarkness Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
At times good and at others feeling like I'm doing nothing but floating around. How about yourself, mister? 
Daitou Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good, bad, and ugly.  Same as usual, it seems.
Dungeon-Diver Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Thank you for the watch, man!
TrabiaWasStaged Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the +watch.
mlgScribe Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks again for helping me edit this!
MaKo85 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the dev watch :thumbsup::meow:
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Elphaba-StJames Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I see you now lurking on my account *waves* Hello!
Brian-Easton Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Thanks for the fav!
MajorMoonie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I decided to poke my head in after catching wind of the "Innocent criticism getting blown out of per portion debate" over on MaKo's page. Your reply to her journal was well thought out, if not a little on the wordy side, but I was curious about your account sense you have no DevID icon thing.
I Must say I'm happy I decided to take a look at your gallery, it's really great stuff. Cheers and Happy New Year.
Daitou Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... I'm a wordy b******, and I can't ask "Can you pass the salt?" without giving a mouthful about why I need it, some trivia fact about a random city in Portugal, and- I'm doing it again, aren't I? Sorry about that.

That said, thanks for looking through my gallery, and I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Happy New Year to you as well!

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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow, word gets out fast on DA, lol XD
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yeezil Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet pink bananas Dan! It's yer birthday!

Have a great day! :D :D :D
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