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Anonymous vs Non-Anonymous Asks

Hi everyone! Just want to update you all on a new thing I’m going to do on my blog.

First of all, thank you all for the anonymous questions because I’m always glad to give advice/tips about topics regarding art. Unfortunately I want to reduce the number of ask posts on my blog since this is my art blog, partially acting as a portfolio for my work. So what I’m going to do is compile anonymous asks I receive into one post every 2 weeks. But I will still answer non-anonymous asks privately and therefore more quickly as opposed to on anonymous.

I apologize if this makes people more weary of sending non-anonymous asks, but I keep to my word that your messages will be kept private! Or, you may choose to email me at tangmelon@gmail.com for any inquiries. Thanks again and I hope you understand~

Anonymous asked: i hope this isn't a silly question, but how do you get started with color? right now, I have around the simple coloring skills of a child---using one color for everything, or using a second color for shading that is starkly childish anyway. I'm reading Betty Edward's Color to try and get a hang of it, but I'm still very confused. Do you have any advice or resources that can help me learn how to color my drawings?

Not silly at all, thanks for asking!

Honestly the best way to understand color is to just keep practicing with them. But of course jumping in without knowing a thing can be a little scary. What I would do is practice using limited palettes (2 or 3 colors only). These palettes could include complementary colors (colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel) or analogous colors (colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel). Then try colors with different temperatures (warm vs cool) or different contrasts. Just take it step by step.

Another tip is to do color studies. Find a piece that interests you and copy it, but make sure as you do it you think “why did the artist decide to use THIS color in particular?” and soon you’ll find patterns.

This is the most bs’d version I’m writing in this ask, so I highly recommend getting a copy of James Gurney’s Color and Light because he definitely explains color soo much better ^_^; Hope this helps!

tangmelon:

UPDATED JULY 21st 2014 - new examples!

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Email me at tangmelon@gmail.com with requests titled as “Commission Request”. Basic guidelines include that I reply to you first before you send payment and payment must be paid first before I start on your commission.

Also as a reminder for interest: since these are traditionally drawn/painted pieces, each original drawing is available for purchase! Prices will be negotiable upon request c:
Thank you!

tinyspiritsunite:

Maybe pies aren’t Anitoo’s thing…

(art by Ena Kim)

Anonymous asked: what pens do you use for sketching? :o

I haven’t sketched with pen in a while, I use col-erase color pencils for those. But the pens I regularly would use are the black faber-castell 8-pack artist pens/brush pens.

UPDATED JULY 21st 2014 - new examples!

☆ Ink ($20 USD) + per additional character ($15 USD)
☆ Watercolor ($25 USD) + per additional character ($20 USD)

Email me at tangmelon@gmail.com with requests titled as “Commission Request”. Basic guidelines include that I reply to you first before you send payment and payment must be paid first before I start on your commission.

Also as a reminder for interest: since these are traditionally drawn/painted pieces, each original drawing is available for purchase! Prices will be negotiable upon request c:
Thank you!

Anonymous asked: hi ena! when you were preparing for your portfolio, did you attend a portfolio building class? or just several different types of workshops and classes, etc.

Nope, aside from reaching out to a few peers/professors for some advice and going to open figure drawing sessions, it was all independent. 

Anonymous asked: Do you have a Deviant Art? What's your opinion on DevArt?

I do, but it’s been inactive for YEARS and I haven’t touched it since. I don’t use it at all anymore.

I think dA is a good site to get your artwork out there but the community can be pretty shitty if your work ends up around… particular audiences (most of the art theft I’ve seen committed were on dA). I would be cautious but overall I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages in terms of reception. I know a handful of artists who use dA as their main art outlet and do really well.

sewbro / smellestine let me use her white marker today so I drew these

my favorite sailor scout, sailor uranus!