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Catfish Kite Festival- Colored Sketch by RoninDude Catfish Kite Festival- Colored Sketch by RoninDude
Here is a personal piece I was sketching out, a while ago. I want to finish it, but for now, I'll just leave this hear. I want to add one more little boy, sparring with the existing one who is holding a wooden play sword. Maybe put a pot on his head and give him a tree branch and a blanket tied to his neck. XD
Also, some of the colors need changed, like the blue poncho on the main character, and some of the skin tones...
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NAFERI Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
Men, you are the fucking boss.. I have been watching over your 20 pages of artworks and i wont lie that i hadnt found a single one that i dislike it. Thank you!
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha cool! I am glad you enjoy my work! :)
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Gii3 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh she has such a cute expression! Lovely!
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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OnIsland Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Since it already looks great I really wanna see the finished one *-* !
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RoninDude Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Me tooo... Gonna be a while till I can get back to it, though.
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OnIsland Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well keep going anyway your art is amazing ^^ !
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RoninDude Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'll do my best! Thanks!
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Brittney-Emory Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
I really love the mood and atmosphere in this one, great work! :D
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Brittney-Emory Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
No prob :D keep up the good work!
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Randommode Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is excellent man! :D Wow I love it! 
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe cool! Thanks dude!
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G4MM43T4 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i love everything about this
i really love the redheaded barmaid and the pikeman looks like a boss
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet! I feel like I put too many small details, but I also really like putting them there. I tried to make it look like each character was involved somehow. Glad you like it!
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G4MM43T4 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i love all the details you put in your big scale drawings
i can't believe it took me so long to see this pic.
i'm missing out on some gems in my inbox
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard that some people aren't getting all my drawings in their inbox. I wonder why that is?
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G4MM43T4 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Blame the algorithm
I have too many things to watch. I need to reduce that.
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I didn't know DA had an algorithm, but I suppose it makes sense. Still, this isn't Facebook. If I watch an artist, i want to see EVERYTHING they post. It's annoying that they use a program to choose for me. I can understand that with Facebook, because people post a million posts a day, so it tries to only share the relevant or popular posts. However, artists only post a couple of art works a day, because it takes forever to finish one! If someone posts a ton of lame work, I am going to unfollow them, I don't need an algorithm to decide for me.

Ok, done ranting, lolz.
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G4MM43T4 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah
I've been sifting through some junk inside groups. I wish dA would enable a watch only fildet in a group so I my inbox wouldn't be bonbarted with MS paint submissions of people favorite pairings. I WANT TO SINK ALL THEIR SHIPS.
Actually YouTube has the worst algorithm. I question every suggested video it sends me. Anyway, I think some users just watch too many and are losing yours in a sea of art in their inbox
Behold the word wall. I am done.
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I suppose it depends on the group. Some groups have higher standards, so they only accept work of a higher quality. Though I feel ya. I tried watching groups when they came up with it, but it's annoying getting spammed. I just randomly check groups, and if I see an artist I like, I go check out their page and give em a watch. But, I am very careful with who I watch, so as to not get over saturated with posts in my inbox. XD
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TerramArmsXIII Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
adorable! reminds of  Notre dame this does, still awesome!
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting, thanks!
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TerramArmsXIII Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
not a problem, festival in the street type thing. 
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tehwatcher Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Kawaii and amazing
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Dnexusk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
I like this as-is, but I'd love to see it with the additions as well. :)
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, glad to hear that! Now I just have to find the time to finish, hehe!
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
I like.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mini Kite Sprite: Free to Use! 
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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KoiCatCreations Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome :) especially for something you still plan on changing a little
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I just feel like there is more to add, but I could be over thinking it. Then I gotta actually clean it up and give it a proper rendering!
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KoiCatCreations Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree that the little boy needs a friend who can play fight with him. Everyone needs a friend, plus your description of him sounds great. He'd be so adorable and quirky, just like any little boy. 

Honestly, I don't know too much about digital art. I really love the look of digital art, because it's so polished. It also seems like you can do a lot with it, as long as your willing to put in the work I guess haha I'm learning a little here and there because I'm trying to give it a shot myself. I cannot imagine how long this must have taken you, or how many layers you had to do.
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The main reason I decided to go digital with my art was because if the freedom it offered. I actually don't use many layers for sketches like these. Basically, I just messily slap down lines, shades and colors on 1-3 layers and then combine it into a png. Once I have the loose sketch, I then fade it to semi transparent and draw clean lines over it, on a new layer. Once I have the clean lines, I add clean flat colors for the characters, and paint the background. after I have the flats down, I slowly refine and shade it until it's finished. Once it's done, the sketch layer ends up being completely covered by the clean work.
The nice thing about digital is that I can add things between layers, and move things around without having to redo it all. if I decide I want to add another character, I can just add them in on a new layer. Same with effects, like atmosphere fog and fire, or rain, or whatever.
Again, the main draw for me is the freedom, since all I care about is getting the idea from my head into visual format.
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KoiCatCreations Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing that draws me into digital art is how fire, magic, fog, and things like that can look. I find that in traditional art if I want something to appear to glow it's nearly impossible. That's why on this particular image of yours I love the blue light. It really looks like it glows!

I love that you don't use a lot of layers, it's really unique :) I was getting the feeling that to do it you had to use a lot of layers, but I guess it might just be one of those things were it's whatever you feel comfortable with. Did you have someone teach you or a class where you learned this? I ask because I've been playing around with it a little on my ipad just to get the feel of it and to me it's really strange. I feel like I have less control of where I'm marking although that might just be because I've never done anything like it before. I've only ever done traditional art. 
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I have never learned anything about art in a class setting, I just dove in, and muscled through it on my own. I can't even imagine the amount of debt people get into with art schools, and for me, I just can't imagine anyone really needing it, unless you just don't have the discipline to just sit down and work it out. There is so much free educational material online. Just youtube alone will teach you anything you could want to know.

I started off by buying a used tablet from a friend of mine, and she also showed me the free art program, opencanvas. I spent most of my time using that one, and it is pretty basic, to say the least. Getting used to the drawing tablet took a little time to get used to, but now it's second nature to me. I started by scanning my pencil drawings in, but eventually, I got to the point where I just did all my sketch work on the computer. I have never used an ipad or any other kind of drawing device where you draw on the screen. I draw on the tablet while looking at my screen, so I never look at my hands when I draw.

As for multiple layers, I think that it's a common mistake for new users to rely too much on layers. they see the freedom of layers, and anytime they want to add something to their drawing, they use a layer. Before long, they have 20 layers for just the sketch of one character, and the number of layers starts to over complicate things and the drawing gets abandoned, due to confusion. What I recommend is to keep one layer for each step of your drawing. Lets say you have drawn the base figure for a character, and you want to see if they would look good in a dress or pants. Well, draw a loose dress on one layer, and a pair of pants on another layer. Decide which looks best on your base drawing and discard the layer you didn't use. Each time you make a decision like this, combine your sketch layer so that you don't have to many layers open. the point is to give you options, not to confuse. Keeping a good balance is the key. Personally, I think during the sketch phase, 1-3 layers is all you need. Of course, once I get into rendering the final product, I have a more complex layer system, and I will commonly use anywhere from 10-20 layers. This is to allow the addition of effects and such. But, I name each layer, like "eye color" "Skin", "Hair", "Tunic" Etc.

I hope that answers your question! :)
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KoiCatCreations Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You answered any question I could possibly have about starting off. Thank you so much, it was so nice of you to take your time to write this for me. I feel like I've learned some new things and I'm a little less intimidated by digital art. I'm slowly working my way up to trying it out. As I said I've done a little bit of sketching on my ipad just to see if digital art would be something I'd enjoy, especially since I haven't had to buy anything extra for it. I've also looked at a couple of free programs to try on my mac. One day I'm just going to have to dive head first into it, no more just sticking my toe in. It's nice to know that it is okay to draw your sketch by hand for a place to start.  

It definitely makes me feel better that you have not have a traditional classroom setting. Personally, I took two art classes back in high school which was a couple of years ago. One of them being AP art, and they weren't really traditional settings. I did what I wanted to and learned a couple of basic things, but predominantly I learned new things from my classmates. I went to a couple of figure drawing sessions outside of AP art and learned more from the people around me there. To me that's the way I think art should be learned; by experiencing it. It's a reason why I've become active in this site again after four years or more being absent. I had hoped to find some people willing to share what they have done in their art, allowing me to learn something new.

Currently I'm in college and not taking any sort of art classes and I don't plan to. I'm here going to school to become a Physical Therapist. I'm working on art when I have time because I have always loved it. I want to learn some new things about it too, I'm kind of all over the place with it. I want to be able to give it all a shot because it's all so different. I have learned new things from people like you who are willing to take the time and share their experiences. So again, thank you so much this had been so helpful and I want you to know how much it's appreciated Love I've taken a screen shot of what you've said so when I fully jump into it I can look back for some guidance.
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, it's no problem at all! Glad to help! And yeah, I have always found that I learn the most when I fully commit to something. It's like we can only truly adapt to new challenges if we commit our mind to the task, willfully.

I appreciate that you thought my message was helpful enough to screencap it, heh, but feel free to stop on by and ask me if you need any help. I had to slog through years and years of exploration before I figured anything out, and I feel like it's totally possible to learn faster now, than when I was starting out. What with youtube and all the helpful art tutorials out there, it's just a lot easier to get the info you need to learn.

Best of luck on your journey!
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hah! What a pleasant image. :D I can easily see the girl and her kite animated with sweet, flowing movements. You mentioned this was part of a story - may I ask about any details with getting spoilers? Sneaky Emote 
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude!

Hehe, you know, I would love to blather on about it, but I feel its still a bit to early to share much about it. Not because I am worried that someone might use it, but because I haven't solidified the plot beyond the basic framework I have in mind. Basically, she will be a skilled character that finds her particular skills useless for a specific challenge, and the story comes from that struggle. Pretty basic story structure, I am afraid, but the fun part comes from the minutiae of how it's told... At least I hope!
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh sweet - that actually sounds like a really cool idea! And way it plays out will just take it beyond. Great start, dude. :thumbsup:
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I suppose a detail I could provide is that she is an illusionist, and her skill set involves putting on shows for people, and entertaining children. Stuff like that magic kite, small fireworks, illusions, etc. She is not at all a battle mage, and combat is far from her area of expertise. Not that combat will be her challenge, but it's a possibility. Whatever it is, it will put what she holds dear at great risk, and force her to grow as a character, or fail and lose everything. Again, pretty standard stuff, I suppose, but it's fun to take basic frameworks like that and see what you can come up with.
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yeah! Clever starting point or not, the body of stories always has to be entertaining. Which sounds like exactly where this is heading.

I would love to see how she gets out of situations using illusions in an unexpected way. Looking forward to the next piece. ;D
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'll do my best!
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LoursPolaire Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
This is so awesome. I love you Ronin. Don't ever stop drawing.
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awe, thanks dude! I will draw as long as I have hands and eyes that work to do so!
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Rallyguy33 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
On of my favs. But you knew that already. :) Great to see it up on DA!
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude! Yeah, I wanted to finish it first, but i am so busy! I am trying to get some time together this week to work on more Patreon exclusive stuff.
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NaiBuff Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay.. now you're overdoing it.
stop it.
this is ridiculous.

how am I supposed to get a job when I graduate from school and you're delivering this quality and clients from all over the world fight over your commission slots...
stop being awesome. like right now. . !

jk, really cool, keep at it (and finish this!! :P)
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Eh... Thanks?
XD

Actually, on that topic... I don't see other artists as competition, because I am not going after the same jobs. I don't really care to work for companies, or to find a studio job, so I am not making my portfolio for that. A fan of comics doesn't have to choose between batman or spiderman, when picking what comic to buy. They can get them both, and more! It's the same for the sort of art I do. I like to cater to art collectors and private commissions for clients. Rarely I get jobs from small companies, but it's pretty few and far between, because they are rarely prepared to pay my rates. that means I am not in the race with other artists, trying to fight over the very few studio jobs that exist.

Anyways, what I mean to say is don't lose heart! The growing amount of artists in the world is not a bad thing, it's a sign that there is room for them! Just focus on being creative and drawing what you are passionate about, and you will find your place. :)
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