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Our Princess Is In Another Castle by StyrbjornA
Our Princess Is In Another Castle
Soo, what should have turned out to be a portrait in oil, failed and ended up becoming something completely else. All is end that ends well, I guess o.O
Girl portrait by StyrbjornA
Girl portrait
This portrait took me way to long to finish, but in the end I got quite satisfied with the result.

A big thank you to little-girl-stock for the reference picture:

Medium: Charcoal on A4 paper
Time taken: probably around 20 hours >.<
Portrait of a man - charcoal and pencil practice by StyrbjornA
Portrait of a man - charcoal and pencil practice
This was a huge challenge, since I usually try to get away with quite light shading. To achieve a wider range of tone, I had to use charcoal for the first time ever in a drawing. It was a very satisfyting experience, and I will surely use coal a lot in the future for realistic portraits. 

Tools: pencil (2B and 7B), charcoal, fingers for smudging.
Time taken: between 10 and 15 hours
Reference: by Ahrum-Stock
Portrait of a boy by StyrbjornA
Portrait of a boy
This was ordered by my boss, after I had delivered the portrait I made of him. It's always nice with a returning customer :)
One of the things I like the most about deviantART is its community. My experience has been that people are kind when they comment, and quick to show appreciation when they find something useful. 

This is one of the reasons I am, for the time being, going to shift my deviantART activities towards requests, rather than randomly drawing stuff. This makes it easier for me to decide what to draw (you make the decisions for me ^^), and it makes it easier for you to get the resources that you need. 

This is how it will work
  1. To make a request about a tutorial you send me a message detailing what you want to learn.
  2. I will read your message, and tell you if I accept your request or not.
  3. If I accept your request, it will be added to my tutorial request queue.
  4. Once I have finished the requested tutorial, I will submit it to deviantART. I will link your username from the tutorial, stating that you have requested it. 
Rules and guidelines
  1. To make a request, you need to be watching me. This will make sure that you see when your tutorial is finished, and it helps me get more watchers :D
  2. Try to be as precise as possible when making your request. It's easier to create a tutorial on how to get good at drawing hair, than one on how to get better at drawing in general. 
  3. Please be polite, even if I do not accept your request.
What can you ask for?

There is no harm in asking for anything, really, but to make it easier for you to get an idea about what you can expect, please refer to this list:
  • Human anatomy. Male or female, any ages. Hands, hair, facial features and so on
  • Character poses (please state if there is something in particular you want to learn - like foreshortening, fighting poses etc.)
  • Drawing- and painting techniques
  • Perspective and technical solutions (like how to work with a grid and such)
  • Stylized characters. That is, how to deviate from "correct" anatomy to achieve different effects when designing characters (manga, chibi etc.)
  • Photoshop and other software (as long as I own the products ^^)
Please note that while I can give advice on how to draw and paint traditionally, my current setup at home does not really favor bringing out stuff like oil paint and such. I do use pencils quite frequently, but other than that I prefer to work digitally.


Once (or if) I get my first request, I will put a tutorial request queue on my page and start working. I hope that you will find this useful!

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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the 'Watch'.
Destiny3000 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What an incredible gallery you have!
TTX-NomBot Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool looking gallery. 
I like how you draw foreshortened poses.
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
 Thank you a lot for watching my works!
Lomionther Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work.... But can you tell me please, if you have the time, how can i practise in anatomy and body sketching? Check my sketches if possible.
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! I looked at your sketches, and I found them very creative. One of the hardest things thing with drawing characters, once you know basic anatomy, is to make them interesting and original, and I think you have that part covered :)

As for how to improve anatomy and poses, the best way to do that is to draw, draw and draw some more, using any references you can find. If you spend a lot of time drawing people, you will build a intuitive understanding of how to create your own poses.

You also need to differentiate between technique and knowledge. Try to draw a perfect circle, and you'll know what I mean. Likely it won't be flawless (at least mine are not), even though you know exactly how it should look. Drawing people is of course even trickier, since it's hard to know what the "perfect result" should look like (knowledge of anatomy plays an important part when you assess that).

I am far from confident when creating poses from scratch, without having anything to look at, so my goal right now is to practice at least some every day. We'll see how that works :) 
Lomionther Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much for spending time on writting this :D. I really appreciate your advice. So you tell me to practice more and more with real life and other sketches refferences?
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Real life studies are the best to understand anatomy, while looking at other peoples sketches can give you ideas about how you can use different techinques to bring real life subject onto a paper. Lineart for example is quite an abstract concept, which is not a realistic depiction in any way. Still, we can create interesting pieces of arts using lines only, and I find it very helpful to look at how others work to learn what works and what doesn't. 
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Lomionther Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My goal is to reach a near pro level in sketching, but still i am a newbie . Need some serious advice
Kaikulee23 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you have awesome eyes bleed from your greatness
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