Entering as Group 3 for the Kick your own ass contest, article can be seen here: [link]
Original copy: [link]
Please forgive me but I did this before I even knew DA existed, I posted it on this board called MoshiMoshiNeko when I started but now the admin wiped the boards fresh or else I would show that topic. [link]
Some sort of proof... I don't know! Maybe I'm worrying too much.
I really like the winning print for Group 2... Oh well
The drawing on the left is one from new years of 2004, pretty close to the time that I started to draw. I don't think I was half bad for a newbie. I'm glad that I managed to find this contest before it ended even if I don't win anything, without this contest I wouldn't have found this picture. For the longest time I wanted to go in the attic (where I put all my old drawings) and redo literally my first character concept but my mom never allowed me to-- That's okay, I didn't get screwed because I (think) I managed to enter. By the way, her name is Jayde.
Well, comparing the old to the new is like comparing apples to dumptrucks as my English teacher would say. There are SO many things that have changed since 2004... Lets begin with, my newer version is more proportionate until the calves, I wanted to exaggerate the legs because I like long legs. I have a sketch of the current picture it before I 'inked' and colored and the sketch is more proportionate then than it is now. In general the older picture isn't aligned, the shoulders aren't aligned... The head isn't structured as nicely, even the ears look weird in relation to the eyebrows, eyes, and nose. Her head is really big and I made her hair really big in the old one. The stool is slanting, her elbows look weird (attempt to exaggerate), at that time I had trouble getting details down (I believe I still have that issue) and even the earrings are an issue. I made them simpler this time around but at the same time better, I didn't add a cross section in the earrings but I kept them as hoops. Her mouth isn't alined to the nose let alone the rest of the face.
Also, I added colors! The first picture was meant to be colored years ago but when I tried I had issues while using my brother's computer. He had photoshop on it and sometimes I had to wait an hour just for his scanner to finish scanning. One day his scanner stopped working... I never finished because of that and also I was new to coloring and it was hard meaning my lines were not clean to begin with and as a newbie it feels like things like that either makes or breaks your work.
These colors are different from how I did most of the works in my gallery, it's softly blended in (and somewhat bs'ed towards the end.. I got tired, I'm sorry). Other than that, it's not too bad.
Another thing, expression and posture! It's better, she looks way more confident and lets be honest, she looks nicer in general.
Hair - Has more flow to it, I would like to recognize a friend of mine that went under the name 'Buttons' who had literally helped me with my drawing style. If it wasn't for him it would take me a while to learn how to draw my hair with more flow.
Details + Lines = This drawing looks more realistic in a non realistic way, the collar is more aligned and looks correct, the tie looks better, the shoes look better... The thigh high part of the boots look more form fitting along with the material on the arms and pretty much the rest of the body. I managed to emphasize the details here without over doing it unlike my original. I tried to exaggerate things like folds in the old while in the newer one I solved it partly by coloring and partly just by a different drawing technique.
I'm happy, I managed to finish my entry before the contest ended!