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United Kingdom
I am a 23 year old digital artist and 3D modeller, and a character artist at a game studio.

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You'll find me around here drawing whatever the heck takes my fancy. :lol:

I use a mixture of programs when I draw (Photoshop CC, Mischief, Manga Studio), and my 3D works are mostly done with Maya and Zbrush. Tablet of choice is a Cintiq 24HD, or the Surface Pro 3 when I am away from my PC.

I love to meet new people and chat, so feel free to leave a comment! Unfortunately, I don't have as much free time to spend on deviantART replying to comments as I used to due to real life stuff. I promise I'm not being mean if I don't reply!

Just a small Friday journal from me about the importance of reference. Even when doing something that isn't realistic, reference is still key in creating images that are striking, but also make logical sense. I have these screenshot examples from when I redesigned Davis Motomiya that I thought might be interesting to share.

The first pass was unreferenced, and I have this nasty tendency to draw hands and heads bigger than they are in real life. This gives off the impression that his is going to topple over.

Left is unreferenced, right is referenced from Loomis anatomy. I can't figure out why the image on the right is so blurry (submitted this with my phone, maybe that's why?), but it's fine if you click on it :)

Image by Gashu-Monsata  Image by Gashu-Monsata

So what can we glean out of this? As previously pointed out, the head and hands are far too large, the hips are way too narrow (when I drew the behind shot, he literally had no butt). The gap between the legs make no sense, and the clothing creases are all over the shot and give no suggestion of form. I used Loomis' anatomy guide to fix him up and give him better proportions.

Again, left is unreferenced and right is with photo reference.

Image by Gashu-MonsataImage by Gashu-Monsata

And here we have another example of my before and after. His face looks rather... odd in that first example. Features aren't placed in the face correctly, nothing flows just quite as it should. It also has no appeal to the character as everything is wrong, and you end up too focused on the bits that don't quite look right. 

The revamped versions might look minor, but I hope it's clear just how much reference can add to even a cartoony style image. There's so much to learn and remember about objects, people, animals... we can't possibly be expected to remember them all off the top of our heads, so have no shame in using reference. Your work will be much more improved for it!

Now, if you've read this far, congrats! Link me to an example of a before and after reference picture you have done! 

Made a new Facebook art page! 

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samanan7 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
What studio do you work for? :) (Smile) 
Alemja Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
PokeLover456 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
Gashu-Monsata Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, thankyou so much! He looks great! I should draw him again! :D
PokeLover456 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
You're very welcome Gashu...! ;w;
Yeah...! Whenever you can of course...! ;w;
nikolai60 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!

I'm so sorry for constantly disappearing Q_Q
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Happy Birthday! :iconballoonplz:
Doctorjock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!!! =D
Robokapu Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations. :clap:
More age, more wisdom.
eagc7 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday to yooooooou!! :)
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