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Very, very lacking tutorial... by MsObscure Very, very lacking tutorial... by MsObscure
So yeah... I don't really like the idea of making tutorials, cause they always end up so lacking, but I've been asked by some folks, so I made a... thing. There's just TONS of stuff I feel I should get in to in far more detail, but to keep it on one page some serious amputation is needed! Anyway, FUNDAMENTALS, FUNDAMENTALS, FUNDAMENTALS. You can't learn the fun things before learning the boring things!

Also, pardon my bad English. I'm sure there's some words in there that could have been different...
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SaskaTheWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks is really help me much !! :D :hug:
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Yay, goody! :D
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OtakuDanny Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I'll have to keep that in mind! :D
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Glad you found something helpful in there :)
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OtakuDanny Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed I do! :D
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PhlegmaticShadow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Artist
This was a very helpful tutorial indeed! I wish it had a couple more steps, especially around the eyes, but I love it all the same! I also attempted to use it in order to draw my own TMNT OCs and wanted to share with you what I created, though I followed the tutorial - at least I thought I did - step-by-step, not one of mine had the same position/posture as each other or even this tutorial, is that strange?
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
I'm glad you found it useful :) And that you didn't just copy the poses in it shows that you are using it the right way: as a guide, not a flat-out reference. Remember to check out some of the books on the bottom of the tut if you are interested in learning more :)
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ramidole Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my god, Christmas has come early!
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
:santa:
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Iname4597 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Thanks!!! and it is great !! :D
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Glad you found something useful in there :)
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Iname4597 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
yeah it is helpful
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Sleepingseeker Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is great!
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Not that great... but thanks :XD:
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GwenIala Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, it's heart-warming to see that you use the exact same process as I do. :) The only difference is that you keep the shape of the head more spherical.
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Yay! Learning to think in 3 dimensions while drawing is the most useful skill out there. The teacher in me always gets a tiny tad annoyed when ever I see "Draw a turtle" tutorial (or any tutorial, for that matter) that focuses on flat shapes/lines, they basically teach you to copy a head from one angle :/ I'm not saying that this tutorial is genius, it isn't! But I just wanted to get a point across...
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unluckyduckie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for taking the time to make this.
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Didn't take to long, I always find tutorials of this kind to be rather bad and lacking, this one's no exception... :XD:
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Karai493 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Cool! I want more "Step by step" art!
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Perhaps one more... but it will be pretty lacking too :P
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dondena Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's all good knowledge and cute turtles you drew!
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Well, glad you can enjoy in one way or another ;)
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Pandemonium07 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
...*steals and runs away* THIS. :heart: This is very useful, thanks!
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Nuuuh, it's super-lacking! :XD: You probably draw analytically already, so it depends how much this would help, heh...

(If you get the chance, get your greasy paws on that Michael Hampton book, it's pretty awesome!)
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Pandemonium07 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WRONG :nuu: It's nice to see how others approach drawing the turtles, becaauuuse I feel like every time I draw a head, its like...floating above their neck :XD: Idk, I'm lazy with their anatomy; I really need to nail it down haha
That book actually sounds kind of perfect for my classes and personal work, so I'm definitely going to look for it~
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ClotiPheebs Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! I might give it a try but I suck at circles and lines and following instruction lol i just look and draw >_<
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Remember, you are only supposed to draw the guide lines very loosely, I kind of exaggerated it a bit in those step-by-steps. The other two poses shows better how I use this technique (and even those are more "refined" then my usual routine). The blue sketch is just very loose and quick, but it's essential for me when I draw, makes everything 10 times easier! When you get used to drawing more analytically, it becomes a very useful habit :) But if you don't have much fundamental knowledge, I'd rather advice you to pic up some books by the first three authors I mentioned (some are available online) and give them a try. It's always hard and feels boring in the beginning, but when some basic skills are acquired it suddenly becomes fun!
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ClotiPheebs Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Was looking at this again as I've been sketching randomly lol but I wanted to ask you what do you use to draw? I see most people use Sai more often then pencil
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Well, if you take a look at the first drawings I posted here, they are done with good old fashioned paper, coloring pencils, markers and water colors ;) But I'll admit that after getting SAI, I've kind of gotten addicted... >_> It's very easy to learn compared to Photoshop and MUCH cheaper! (tho less features, but you can have Gimp that's free and similar to Photoshop on the side). In addition it's very light-weight, so it works great without lag on less powerful computers. 

However, to be able to work intuitively and easily with SAI, you also need a tablet. I first started with a rather cheap Genius MousePen, but it was pretty crappy, really... Wacom's are the best, but they are a little pricey. (I now have a Wacom Intuos 5 Medium, which I absolutely love!) But there's starting to come some good cheaper brands like Monoprice and Huion (or something like that). Medium is the perfect size, no matter brand! Small is just that... too small. And Large is huge, will take up a lot of desk-space and be rather cumbersome.
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ClotiPheebs Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen your older works loved the colored pencil effect ^_^ My hubby has been offering to get me Sai so that's another reason I was asking lol just not sure its worth it though all my favorite artists (you included lol) I see are using it and love it or are addicted to it haha
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
If you ask me, it's definitively worth it! It's great value for your money :D It's probably going to be a bit confusing to begin with, but look up some tutorials here and on Youtube and you'll get in to it pretty fast and never look back! But remember to get an okay tablet, it's alpha and omega! 
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ClotiPheebs Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha yea my pos tablet wouldn't do its slow as it is. I plan on getting a new tablet anyways so this will give me a good reason why ^_^ I love sketching but my scanner ruins the sketches and my camera is just ugh
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Good scans/photo's are a ever lasting problem with traditional media >< So if you're going to draw stuff only to show it online anyway, then digital is the way to go!
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DaydreamChi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Ooooh! This will help me when I try to draw turtles. Want me to post my first try? >.<
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Sure thing! Remember to look in to some of those books I mentioned too if you are interested in learning more, some are available online.
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DaydreamChi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
You mean the comic books?
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
No, no, the drawing books mentioned at the bottom of the tutorial.
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DaydreamChi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Oopsy Sweating a little... 
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MsMarvelDuckie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I'd also suggest "Draw Comics with Dick Giordano" to help with the action poses, modeling, etc.
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Haven't heard of that one, I'll give it a look!
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MsMarvelDuckie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
For anyone into drawing comic-art and superheroes, that is one of the go-to books! And I'd like to add "Writing for Comics With Peter David" for those into the writing aspect. My personal fave for comic-writing. And he's a great writer himself....
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
It certainly looks interesting! Another book I haven't read my self on subject is "How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way" by Stan Lee, think I'm just gonna give in a buy that thing soon... 
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MsMarvelDuckie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Ooh, yes- DO!! I don't have that one myself, but it's one I've been wanting for a while, too. I LOVE Stan, and even entered into a competition last year for a chance to co-write a web-comic with him. Too bad I didn't win....
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I bet the competition on that one was pretty fierce! :XD:
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MsMarvelDuckie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Yup, it was, indeed. But it was a great experience, and so much fun to try to create a good story outline based on what they wanted.
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