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Break Room / Re: Official Ecchi chat !
« on: June 26, 2018, 11:01:41 AM »
Just so you guys know, spoilers won’t work here. You will keep getting the you don’t have access message. 
I'm sure everyone will love to endlessly scroll through my posts just to read the next one

Ecchi Manga Drawings / Re: devola's pit
« on: June 26, 2018, 07:01:20 AM »
First off this is a really well done piece and I definitely find it hard to critique.  On this I want to bring up mainly focus and the pose.

Your piece has lots of areas of focus but the true focus should be the action of having the blood/power being sucked out.  The main thing is that the sword is too distracting, it doesn't have to be nearly as desaturated as I reduced it down to but something needs to lead the eye away from it and towards the action.  Another thing that could of done that is maybe the sword ooze magic towards the face or saturate the tattoos as if they were magical.

For the pose, you had a great idea but I think you needed to exaggerate it a bit more.  It seems that the person is enjoying having their blood sucked out but I want to bring up 2 different ways you could exaggerate it a bit more.  First is lustful where the person wants to get more of the pleasure and will pull the vampire.  Although I didn't draw it you could also have the arm on the hip be around the waist as well.  The second pose that I suggested was powerless as if she doesn't have the will to resist, pretty much the body will want use the least amount of effort to stay upright (she is pinned to the wall so she will still be standing in that sense)

Lastly I want to mention that you drew the butt crack connecting with the separation of muscle between the back and glutes.  The crack is about the 2 butt cheeks pressing against each other not so much the muscle itself.

Welcome Center / Re: Hello Again...
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:22:34 AM »
No problem, and I'm in the middle of drawing one ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Ecchi Drawing Workshops / Re: Original Ecchi Cover Art + Banners
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:20:58 AM »
If you want the cupcake to be the focus then I suggest changing the angle of the body so they aren't most of the piece and more towards the top.  Other than that, you can keep the details that you had on the cupcake and saturate it more.

Ecchi Drawing Workshops / Critique Center
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:59:34 AM »
This is pretty much a copy paste from MR but I really think critiques are good so I'll post it here:

I wanted to make this thread to know which people want critiques because I know not everyone does want them, sometimes it might feel like someone is trying to insult your art if you've never had one before.

For those who truly want to improve as fast as they can, then critiques are the best way to do that.  Critiques help because they point out the mistakes you make that you might have not known about and/or how to improve on them.  Even professional artists admit that critiques will sometimes save you years of practice just by pointing out a flaw that they might have.  Just remember, critiques are there to help you and to accept critiques from anyone no matter their level because they might be more knowledgeable about certain topics (although having a higher skill level does allow people to make more precise critiques)

I'm not saying you can't get better without critiques, just that they really speed up the process.  Anyways leave your gallery link or post pictures that you want critiqued below if you are interested.

Also I already know some of the members that do want critiques but I want to leave this open for any newcomers

I know that you have already seen this but I'm am reposting this because I feel like this can help people who might stumble upon this post.

The main thing I want to talk about is the composition.  In your piece you have the protagonist Raven pulling Blackfire but you have Blackfire resisting with only 1 arm.  When you have people resisting they will be doing it with everything they have.  I know you want to make Blackfire seem like she is losing but you can easily show the power strength by not only having Raven be bigger but also casually holding the rope (or magic).  This also allows you to make the next scene go either way Blackfire has a sudden surge of strength and breaks free or Raven wins with sheer power.  I think the best reference is for you to look up tug of wars and you will notices the straight leg is there as an anchor while the bent leg is there to pull away.

Ecchi Drawing Workshops / Re: Original Ecchi Cover Art + Banners
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:39:14 AM »
Okay I have to repost this because the other account got banned but I feel this can help other people who might stumble upon this.  The main thing I want to focus on is the colors and lighting

Step 1:  I changed the entire thing into grayscale because it lets you see the values of the piece.  If you notice I also add a gray background.  That is so when you draw in the highlights then they will pop out unlike having a white back ground
Step 2:  We need to determine a consistent light source.  Your light source is shining straight down on the breasts but the berries are saying that the light is coming from the side.  I went with the berries and laid in the areas of light
Step 3:  Looking at the areas of light we can add the shadows to where the light isn't hitting
Step 4:  Picking your colors
One of the things I noticed is that you don't change your hue (color) while you are shading.  This one gets pretty complicated so I'll explain the basics of color with a normal light source.  The whole reason we see colors is because the color reflects off of what the light is shining on.  The highlights is where the light shines the brightest, because of that we start to rub off the color of the light (bright yellow) and it mixes with the color of the material.  Now when we shade we are losing the color and go towards blues/purples as they are the darkest hues.  If you notice as we darken we not only lower the ↓value↓ but we also increase the →saturation→ to avoid getting muddy colors.  Now as you go into even darker areas the light is no longer hitting the material so we will not only lower the ↓value↓ but also lower the ←saturation← since light is the primary reason we have the saturation.  Also one of the best ways to know which way to change the hue is to look at the color wheel values (I put the grayscale on the right side).  If you have a yellow you want to go through the reds to shade and green would go through the blues.  You do have to be careful with green as the cyan colors start to brighten up

Step 5:  At this point you should have gotten your colors down and you can shade according to steps 2/3.  If you are looking to copy the same soft brush style as I put down then it's mostly using a large soft brush then using alt clicking with a brush to select colors in between to smooth it out.  You could also use the blur tool to remove a lot of the strokes.

Step 6:  This is where I use the dodge and burn tool.
First you have to flatten your layers.  What I do is put everything in 1 folder and Ctrl-J to duplicate, this is so if I make a change that I don't like then I can always go back to the original piece.  I do this on several parts of creating a piece so I'm never afraid of doing drastic changes.  Next I select the layers and Ctrl-E to merge the layers/folders. I usually exclude the lineart layers but sometimes you might want to merge them as well, it's mostly up to your personal preference and if you color your lines

Now this is when I use the dodge tool to brighten up the highlights and the burn tool to lower the values of the shadows.  I like to use about 3-8% on the dodge tool with a big soft brush over the focus and about 10-30% burn tool with a big soft brush over the shadows (especially those near the focus to make them contrast more.

At this point I usually consider the piece complete but I did want to mention some things about composition.  First is that you always need 1 focus so everything else around it has to have less detail or you will distract your viewers.  Another way to have the focus pop out more is to give it contrast with the surrounding areas, you can make contrast with saturation, values and even hues (colors).  And one of the last ways to make your viewers look at your focus is by directing their eyes with objects that point towards the focus.  In your piece the focus is the breasts not so much the cupcake.  If you wanted the cupcake to be the focus then I think changing the angle of the breasts and having them up higher on the piece would be a better alternative.

I put the final piece into grayscale so you can see that we still have 1 focus area

Welcome Center / Re: Finally joined the dark side
« on: June 26, 2018, 02:48:40 AM »
The dark side consumes us all, non-members who might be looking at too otherwise you wouldn't be here

Break Room / Re: Official Ecchi chat !
« on: June 26, 2018, 02:45:16 AM »
I'm back ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Welcome Center / Who is Zzax Cev
« on: June 26, 2018, 02:44:19 AM »
Original post:
Hopefully this account doesn't get autobanned like the last one thinking I'm a bot.  A lot of you probably know me from MR with a different username.

I won't be uploading too much art on here but maybe in a few years I might be.  One of my goals is to draw every genre and that includes others things ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

The name Zzax Cev was actually Zzxcv before it got banned on this site for thinking I was a bot (all I did was add some vowels).  I came up with the name by just mashing 4 fingers on the keyboard.  People who pay attention to the site manga raiders will find that I'm under a different username.  That's because the content I plan to post here is going to be drastically different and I don't want people accidently stumbling upon it (be honest you came here for a reason lol).

I like to do critiques in order to help artists improve their art.  I will almost never post on someone who hasn't said they wanted a critique so don't feel bad if I don't say anything but I do look at everyone's art.

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