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So this morning, I got it into my head to draw a picture of a pretty centauress standing with her arms wrapped around her. This is not that picture; that picture didn't work out, and this is what grew out of it. This has a lot more action and motion, and it still has a little in common with the original (the shape of the face, for example), but that's about it.

I did this in one "sitting" (actually, I was lying in bed) over about four or five hours this morning. As usual, CorelDRAW and a mouse, entirely, from start to finish (the sunlight is made from lenses!).

My wife has named her Magenta, and I think the name's pretty appropriate :)
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XBriarXRoseX Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
This is very pretty, but if you don't mind, I'm going to give you some advice.

Even when dealing with anime, the basic facial proportions still apply. The eyes should fall at the center of the face so that the spaces above and below the eyes are the same size. The bottom of the nose is halfway between the eyes and the chin, and the mouth is halfway between the nose and the chin.

Also, the upper arm from shoulder to the inside of the elbow should be the same length as the forearm, from the inside of the elbow to the inside of the wrist. The forearm, surprisingly, is also the same size as the person's foot. Go ahead and hold your own foot next to your forearm and you'll see what I mean.

I think that if you were to adjust these features slightly to fit the given guidelines, this would work a lot better. Right now her face just looks a bit...off.

I hope I helped you a bit, instead of seeming like an overly critical nut.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to draw her looking slightly upward, but I think you're right: I think that may have led to facial-proportion-fail, with more chin than forehead in the picture.

As for the arms, I know they're off — way off. I didn't try very hard on the rest of the picture, and it shows. Please don't look at the one visible hand, because it's awful.

I really wanted more to capture the feel of the pose and the colors as I was feeling them when I drew it, a feeling that I got one sunny Saturday morning as I woke up, and I think I captured that. But despite the pretty pretty that resulted, I don't think this piece is really worth trying to salvage; too much is wrong with it to ever really be made right.
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XBriarXRoseX Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Oh! Well in that case, I think you should have moved the chin upward along with the facial features and flattened it out a bit, then elongated the front of the neck. In the future, try looking in a mirror or using a live model. Believe me, when I first started my art classes I didn't think I needed it, but it does help a heck of a lot. Even if you're not going for something so realistic, it will help you a lot with proportions.

By the way, I read all signatures I see.
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flipje007 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
aww, please, finisht it!!!
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh... it *is* finished.
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flipje007 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
i meant, maybe you could make a body for her instead of the torso only?
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was all I really intended to do of her: I wanted to see if I could do a decent mostly-waist-up picture, and I did, and it's done.
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chekm8 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
her left eye is weird... its infront of her hair that continues past it... other than that Great!
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a stylistic thing, very common in anime where a character's hair droops over his or her face, and I actually went to quite some effort to make it look exactly like that. There are some minor problems with this picture, but I'm pleased to say that isn't one of them.
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chekm8 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
thats fine. i guess that its my own opinion
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