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Ari's WIPs

I work on multiple projects at a time and I really feel that having others see my process might help me stay motivated on doing more than just commissions as I have many personal projects that I just keep pushing on the backburner ^_^;;

So... without further ado, here's my current WIP list:

Personal
1. D&D Group Picture - wanna redraw all the characters ;_;
almost have all characters blocked in with color
2. The Gang - 5 character composition with background for myself
3/5 characters sketched with base color - very rough bg
3. Steampunk Pirate lady - she needs a name too ^_^;;
initial sketch + block colors
4. Zoria gijinka design (SivaHeizoria in my lair)
very rough headshot sketch
5. Sea dragon Character Concept
Final sketch & Flatcolors
6. Drawing my lair
(0/28 gijinka), (0/28 feral), (0/28 dragon)

Client-based
1. Need to update my Trello ^_^;;

Future Projects
1. Frostfire
2. 'Legends of Laranai' Comic
3. Character refs

Pinglist

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Ari's WIPs

I work on multiple projects at a time and I really feel that having others see my process might help me stay motivated on doing more than just commissions as I have many personal projects that I just keep pushing on the backburner ^_^;;

So... without further ado, here's my current WIP list:

Personal
1. D&D Group Picture - wanna redraw all the characters ;_;
almost have all characters blocked in with color
2. The Gang - 5 character composition with background for myself
3/5 characters sketched with base color - very rough bg
3. Steampunk Pirate lady - she needs a name too ^_^;;
initial sketch + block colors
4. Zoria gijinka design (SivaHeizoria in my lair)
very rough headshot sketch
5. Sea dragon Character Concept
Final sketch & Flatcolors
6. Drawing my lair
(0/28 gijinka), (0/28 feral), (0/28 dragon)

Client-based
1. Need to update my Trello ^_^;;

Future Projects
1. Frostfire
2. 'Legends of Laranai' Comic
3. Character refs

Pinglist

@/

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Information about the Artist

Hello! My artist tag is 'Arikin' but feel free to call me Ari! I am a 23 year old recent grad who got tired of the day to day Accounting grind real quick and am now attempting to make it as a Freelance Concept Artist, Novelist, and hopefully soon to be TEFL teacher. I've got a lot of randomness and transition happening right now, but I'm in a good place to be able to take this chance.
Concept Art

Concept art is my passion- because it's all about taking an abstract idea and bringing it to life. I most enjoy character creation as there's so many different ways to make something come to life, and I really love it when either myself or a client leaves with their character, pleased with the end result.

I started getting into concept art about ten years ago when someone challenged me to make a new species based off of two random animals they pulled out of a hat. It was one of the first art contests I entered, and since then I've been hooked.

'Morphing' is one of the many concept options I offer for commissions, and the one that I tend to have the most fun with, as there's really no rules or limits to what I can create. Sure, anatomy has to look right, but when you take a fish, a bird, and a mammal, what is truly accurate? I study skeletons to try and figure out how my creation would move, and if it would be capable of movement with the anatomy I create, and then I go from there. Some morphs are definitely odder than others!

What do I need to improve on?

Backgrounds and natural objects would be my number 1 answer, as they are to this day, still nonexistent in many of my pieces- because I'm not confident in them. I've got one WIP using multiple characters and a background, two of my current faults- so we'll see how much I can improve with just this WIP!

Multiple characters in a composition - I struggle to have characters interact with one another, especially in facial expressions - definitely something I plan on improving in the future!

Anatomy - always something to improve, especially now that I feel more comfortable moving to action poses, versus the standing straight pose that was my go to. Of course, I had gotten decent at that pose, and now I'm finding that perspective is kicking my butt as I struggle to relearn things I should have continued practicing over the years ^_^;;

Expression in my compositions as most of my characters are pretty straight faced. So working on how to differentiate between characters (same-face syndrome) with different lines, different shapes, and, hopefully, different facial expressions that bring across different moods and levels of seriousness.
Information about the Artist

Hello! My artist tag is 'Arikin' but feel free to call me Ari! I am a 23 year old recent grad who got tired of the day to day Accounting grind real quick and am now attempting to make it as a Freelance Concept Artist, Novelist, and hopefully soon to be TEFL teacher. I've got a lot of randomness and transition happening right now, but I'm in a good place to be able to take this chance.
Concept Art

Concept art is my passion- because it's all about taking an abstract idea and bringing it to life. I most enjoy character creation as there's so many different ways to make something come to life, and I really love it when either myself or a client leaves with their character, pleased with the end result.

I started getting into concept art about ten years ago when someone challenged me to make a new species based off of two random animals they pulled out of a hat. It was one of the first art contests I entered, and since then I've been hooked.

'Morphing' is one of the many concept options I offer for commissions, and the one that I tend to have the most fun with, as there's really no rules or limits to what I can create. Sure, anatomy has to look right, but when you take a fish, a bird, and a mammal, what is truly accurate? I study skeletons to try and figure out how my creation would move, and if it would be capable of movement with the anatomy I create, and then I go from there. Some morphs are definitely odder than others!

What do I need to improve on?

Backgrounds and natural objects would be my number 1 answer, as they are to this day, still nonexistent in many of my pieces- because I'm not confident in them. I've got one WIP using multiple characters and a background, two of my current faults- so we'll see how much I can improve with just this WIP!

Multiple characters in a composition - I struggle to have characters interact with one another, especially in facial expressions - definitely something I plan on improving in the future!

Anatomy - always something to improve, especially now that I feel more comfortable moving to action poses, versus the standing straight pose that was my go to. Of course, I had gotten decent at that pose, and now I'm finding that perspective is kicking my butt as I struggle to relearn things I should have continued practicing over the years ^_^;;

Expression in my compositions as most of my characters are pretty straight faced. So working on how to differentiate between characters (same-face syndrome) with different lines, different shapes, and, hopefully, different facial expressions that bring across different moods and levels of seriousness.

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[center][font=Papyrus][b][size=4][size=7][color=#000033]Current Project[/color][/size][/b] [/center] [img]https://i.imgur.com/ASrDUSB.png[/img] Fullbody couple piece for Mesyats and Sinalena - my Winter Solstice pair.
Current Project

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Fullbody couple piece for Mesyats and Sinalena - my Winter Solstice pair.

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[center][font=Papyrus][b][size=4][size=7][color=#000033]Colors Blocked In[/color][/size][/b] [/center] [img]https://i.imgur.com/ViTJkmB.png[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/j0PAL5X.png[/img]
Colors Blocked In

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[center][font=Papyrus][b][size=4][size=7][color=#000033]Initial Sketches[/color][/size][/b] [/center] [img]https://i.imgur.com/ASrDUSB.png[/img] Sketch #3-5 -- depending on if you're looking at Mesyats (right) or Sinalena (left) [img]https://i.imgur.com/GQfVM8q.png[/img] Sketch #1
Initial Sketches

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Sketch #3-5 -- depending on if you're looking at Mesyats (right) or Sinalena (left)

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Sketch #1

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[center][font=Papyrus][b][size=4][size=7][color=#000033]Most Recently Completed[/color][/size][/b] [/center] [img]https://i.imgur.com/ncmxrjJ.png[/img] Finally finished this personal project - for now ^_^;; [img]https://i.imgur.com/GPnJNiU.png[/img] Made an OC for someone whose person vanished [img]https://i.imgur.com/kijoNVY.png[/img] Been playing with dragon expressions for my FP referral freebies [img]https://i.imgur.com/QlaiwkR.png[/img] Shaded Headshot Commission for FR Items
Most Recently Completed
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Finally finished this personal project - for now ^_^;;

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Made an OC for someone whose person vanished

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Been playing with dragon expressions for my FP referral freebies

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Shaded Headshot Commission for FR Items

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11/28/2018: [img]https://i.imgur.com/PGUF5l2.png[/img] Altered the background- using very rough color and shape blocking Played with Aiatshalairi's perspective through transform tools (dire wolf character) [img]https://i.imgur.com/XBVHFJo.png[/img] Extremely rough sketch of character 'Aries' - getting idea of pose and expression on character, no truly solid anatomy or detail [img]https://i.imgur.com/g7diHHP.jpg[/img] Rough sketch page - practicing mouth expressions (on left side of page), attempt at drawing a human #1 (bottom left- super creepy, nothing like ref x_x), 2min doodle of my cat, and then an attempted sketch of both of my parents ^_^;; [b]Overall...[/b] nothing I'm super pleased with today ^_^;; didn't feel up to sketching further on the other client pieces, or cleaning up any of my other personal projects- really it's been a day of lacking motivation but trying to push forwards anyways. Tomorrow I hope to wake up earlier... since I'm still suffering from jet lag, and get a move on with both practicing further as well as finishing the sketches on at least two client projects.
11/28/2018:

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Altered the background- using very rough color and shape blocking
Played with Aiatshalairi's perspective through transform tools (dire wolf character)

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Extremely rough sketch of character 'Aries' - getting idea of pose and expression on character, no truly solid anatomy or detail

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Rough sketch page - practicing mouth expressions (on left side of page), attempt at drawing a human #1 (bottom left- super creepy, nothing like ref x_x), 2min doodle of my cat, and then an attempted sketch of both of my parents ^_^;;

Overall... nothing I'm super pleased with today ^_^;; didn't feel up to sketching further on the other client pieces, or cleaning up any of my other personal projects- really it's been a day of lacking motivation but trying to push forwards anyways.

Tomorrow I hope to wake up earlier... since I'm still suffering from jet lag, and get a move on with both practicing further as well as finishing the sketches on at least two client projects.

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12/1/2018: Been busy helping my sister-in-law tear apart her house, so drawing has been a bit slow ^_^;; Finished a sketch commission today that I feel quite proud of: [img]https://i.imgur.com/MfVtYJ3.png[/img] Also a raptor sketch bc why not? Raptors are lovely! ^_^ [img]https://i.imgur.com/MBJkd3k.png[/img] Also re-opened my Commission Shop- this time with more options than just sketches, although the newer options are solely for USD while sketches and flatcolor are still available for FR currencies. Goals for tomorrow: -Finish Khurua Sketch Reference for dA client -Work on 'Aries' Sketch Reference for FR client I also got roped into getting a new temp job - three days a week which is perfect for me, as I can focus on writing/art on the other four (along with helping my SIL tear apart and put her house back together before my sister has twins!!! Imma be an aunt!!!) Future goals not outlined in above posts: -Finish paintings for my sister & SIL -Redo sketches for D&D group photo (Kraven's fine but Alice, Lara, and Xira def need work- debating Shae as well...)
12/1/2018:

Been busy helping my sister-in-law tear apart her house, so drawing has been a bit slow ^_^;;

Finished a sketch commission today that I feel quite proud of:
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Also a raptor sketch bc why not? Raptors are lovely! ^_^
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Also re-opened my Commission Shop- this time with more options than just sketches, although the newer options are solely for USD while sketches and flatcolor are still available for FR currencies.

Goals for tomorrow:
-Finish Khurua Sketch Reference for dA client
-Work on 'Aries' Sketch Reference for FR client

I also got roped into getting a new temp job - three days a week which is perfect for me, as I can focus on writing/art on the other four (along with helping my SIL tear apart and put her house back together before my sister has twins!!! Imma be an aunt!!!)

Future goals not outlined in above posts:
-Finish paintings for my sister & SIL
-Redo sketches for D&D group photo (Kraven's fine but Alice, Lara, and Xira def need work- debating Shae as well...)

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12/3/2018: Finally had the motivation to buckle down and get some work done! First and foremost, finished my commission information sheet yesterday, linked to my dA [url=https://www.deviantart.com/forevereryn/art/Commission-Information-Open-775127844]here[/url] since it's freaking giant! Second, finished two headshot commissions today, one flatcolor and one shaded: [img]https://i.imgur.com/7bAAaPj.png[/img] [img]https://i.imgur.com/5aqj9nn.png[/img] Third, I've been spending some time on my concept examples (that I've been sadly ignoring ^_^;;) so here's an updated rough sketch of 'Aries' for an FR client. I am waiting for confirmation on this rough sketch design before I can move onto colors- so I'm going to move onto working on Khurua while I wait for people to commission me ^_^;; [img]https://i.imgur.com/ac1CKI5.png[/img]
12/3/2018:

Finally had the motivation to buckle down and get some work done! First and foremost, finished my commission information sheet yesterday, linked to my dA here since it's freaking giant!

Second, finished two headshot commissions today, one flatcolor and one shaded:
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Third, I've been spending some time on my concept examples (that I've been sadly ignoring ^_^;;) so here's an updated rough sketch of 'Aries' for an FR client. I am waiting for confirmation on this rough sketch design before I can move onto colors- so I'm going to move onto working on Khurua while I wait for people to commission me ^_^;;
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12/4/2018: Finished two headshot flatcolor commissions that I cannot post until after they are given to the commissioner's SS- I'm really proud of them, so that's a plus to this not as great day ^_^;; Also really went wild with a personal project... not any of those listed above though x_x so while I'm happy with the current experiment, a part of me wishes I had tried to finish one of my many projects first ^_^;; oh well- the day is done, tomorrow I'll try to work on more of my older projects since I've got no commissions to prioritize. [img]https://i.imgur.com/Itb4bbm.png[/img] Current progress on this project is almost done with flatcolors - not cleaning the lines bc I'm aiming to get rid of them at the end- aka this is an experiment I've been waiting to do for a while- aiming for full realism on this piece, and it's quite far from that at the moment! Gonna take a lot of time and frustration- but I'll get there!
12/4/2018:

Finished two headshot flatcolor commissions that I cannot post until after they are given to the commissioner's SS- I'm really proud of them, so that's a plus to this not as great day ^_^;;

Also really went wild with a personal project... not any of those listed above though x_x so while I'm happy with the current experiment, a part of me wishes I had tried to finish one of my many projects first ^_^;; oh well- the day is done, tomorrow I'll try to work on more of my older projects since I've got no commissions to prioritize.

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Current progress on this project is almost done with flatcolors - not cleaning the lines bc I'm aiming to get rid of them at the end- aka this is an experiment I've been waiting to do for a while- aiming for full realism on this piece, and it's quite far from that at the moment! Gonna take a lot of time and frustration- but I'll get there!

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