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Darkspeeds COMMISSIONS Status

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Who's your favourite hedgehog from the boys group? 8-) 

150 deviants said Shadow the Hedgehog
149 deviants said Sonic the Hedgehog
96 deviants said "Can't decide! It like all three! >.<"
76 deviants said Silver the Hedgehog

:star: Pencil Types and Photo References (Easy Hands)!

I recently had someone by the name of :iconamalika: to ask the question about the pencils I use. It was a good question and upon answering her question I felt the need to show what I was using and where it was applied! But first let's take a hands on look at how using references from your own photos can really help tighten your illustration - especially for those hard to do poses from any part of the body.

In this case we'll focus on the hands (hands are a pain in the ass to draw right?)

I started out with a quick thumbnail of :iconcooperthehedgehog:'s commission (featuring his friend's character :iconsonniejaye:). I had a solid idea at the time and it only required a couple of thumbnails to solidify my idea - it was a matter of choosing which orientation would best capture the moment between the two characters Art and Cooper.

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Now I'm pretty confident with my figure drawing by now but I still need some extra help with hands. So I took them myself with my brother's Lumix camera. Here are some shots I came up with to match the idea I had based on the thumbnail.

Hands 1 by darkspeedsHands 2 by darkspeeds
Hands 3 by darkspeedsHands 4 by darkspeeds

Great, so I had dome my prep and research, now let's do some sketching...!

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Not bad huh?

So after I've laid out the framework it's time to render it fully, this was how it looked like:

COMMISSION #20 Cooperthehedgehog ($40) by darkspeeds

Not too shabby at all! Now then, let's giveyou guys a little exercise, which of the numbered photos matched the hands on the illustration?

Well I'll make it even easier for you and show how it compares and matches from photo to illustration:

Show of hands by darkspeeds

So what's the lesson here? DON'T BE AFRAID TO USE REFERENCES!!! Encourage yourself to put in that little bit of extra effort on research cuz it'll go a long way in the long run. ;)

Now then back to our earlier inquiry about the type of pencils I use for this commissioned illustration - trust me you don't need any smancy-fancy to create stunning graphite drawings. Just go to your local art store and buy some graphite pencils, any brand you like - they'll do the job, seriously.

If you really want to know what I have been using then it's the standard 'Goldfaber' Faber Castell GRAPHITE PENCILS - the horizontally striped ones that has blue and gold coating on it. Yup you can get it at your local office supplies or newsagent, they're cheap and reliable.

You can get yourself the whole range that comes conveniently in a box - i.e. 5H, 4H, 3H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, and  8B but that's a lot of pencils that you don't really need if you're just starting out. Try out a few of the basic ones first like H and 2B, then when you want to get more technical with your rendering then it is advised to purchase more types of pencils that range outside the H and 2B

On this project I used 3H, H, HB, & 4B. Really that's all you need. Something really soft and something really hard in value.

Also important when it comes to adding arsenal to your graphite drawing tool collection are MECHANICAL PENCILS. God damn they will come in handy for the more pin-point stuff you need to draw for lines. If you want precise and clean strokes, you'll be thankful to have purchase some. And because I can afford some smancy-fancy stuff I paid a little extra to get myself Engineer/Draftsman/Architect quality mechanical pencils - they are much more durable, holds your leads tighter than your cheaper brands and they look sexy. Go on, spoil yourself, it's worth the extra. I bought three sizes - 0.3mm, 0.5mm, and 0.7mm (thinnest, thin, thicker lines).

I decided to grab all of my tools in one hand to show you what it looks like while I was working on Cooper's commission the other day. Why? Because I can.

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Now here's the fun part, now that you know what type of pencils I use on the regular for graphite illustrations, let's take a look at which specific pencils have been used on certain sections of the illustration - I take into account the LINE-ART and RENDERING. Go and have a wander and observe carefully - you may learn something useful!

Pencil shading diagram Darkspeeds by darkspeeds

And that's it! Hope you'll gain something out of this mini behind-the-scenes.

Remember my article on how awesome it is to have three screens? Well here's how it looks like for my next quick project (my client being :iconja-the-shadow-hunter:):

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And once again I'm using the same set of graphite and mechanical pencils like my previous projects.

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Anyways it's adios from me! Now go out there and start drawing! Get the right tools, get inspired and tighten your illustration work! Good luck! *thumbs up*

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Elson Wong
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1992halomaster Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are you still doing commissions?
Thwack-Sandwich Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist
Hello Darkspeeds, I may not be that active here on DA but I do follow your work. ^^

I don't know if you're aware of Liris-san's artwork here on DA, but I thought you might be interested. She has created some incredible classic Sonic-themed art and fan comics.  

Liris-san's DA Account:-
darkspeeds Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there Thwack-sandwich! 

Oh wow! The person your refereed to me is quite the artist! She's got a very elegant touch with her pencil work - colored and gray-scale. Her rendering is really nice - a lot of her fanart is inspired from SEGA IP's that I know of my childhood. ;)

Thanks for the find, and you shouldn't be too shabby about your stuff too, it's looking great! Keep up the wonderful illustration work!
Thwack-Sandwich Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist
Ah interesting. :) She's created some very nostalgic pieces, especially with the use of paint on canvas.

You're very welcome and many thanks for your kind comment! I appreciate it. :thanks:

I've always admired your skill and ambition. I'm sure you'll go far. :)
sonicandvegetafan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Hello have you seen bleach ?
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, haven't yet.
akessel92 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Yo darkspeeds, there is going to be sonic/megaman crossover. :/
faithyblazeycat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey! aussie! :3
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
G'day mate, how's it goin? ;)
faithyblazeycat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no bad mate!
fluffycakeX Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)


1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 10 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!

If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!
1-3 you're bad friend
4-6 you're an okay friend
7-9 you're a good friend
10-& Up you're loved
Ayyyynow Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
  Hey Elson, I've got a question to ask you:  Why do you have 2 Deviantart accounts?
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