I'm excited to see more new stuff from you! It seems you've been drawing so much more lately, and that's a good thing! I'm excited to see what you put out next. Once again, good job on the anatomy and shading. I like the depth of field you used putting the trees out of focus in the background, too.
You know what? I have a challenge for you. I've seen that a lot of your drawings are based off of the same colors as real animals. You should try - maybe not for the next picture you draw, but just sometime - to draw an animal that you're not used to drawing with a completely wacky color scheme. A red and orange polar bear. A black and grey peacock. A rainbow colored zebra. It would be cool to see you experiment with that kinda stuff!!
Thanks! I'm trying my hardest to stay consistent and committed to drawing this time around, hence all the schedules and stuff I'm holding myself to. I hope I can keep up with my new 1-color-picture-a-week goal... how cool would it be to have 52 pictures by the end of the year?! (plus about 300 sketches to base them on ) I've already got my next one planned, and now have tons of sketches to choose from if I run out of ideas.
Honestly, you're actually as much an inspiration to me as anything... trying to inspire you to draw is actually helping inspire me. And you're one of maybe 3 people who even bother to leave thoughtful comments on my stuff.
I'm not sure about unrealistic colors... it feels to me like a good way to make a nice picture look bad (especially if you poorly mix warm & cold colors) Have you ever heard of the term "sparklefox"? Yeah, that's what I'm trying to avoid. It's an idea though, and I'll think about doing something less realistic at some point soon (I am actually fighting to make my art less realistic and more toon-style anyway).
For this picture, I had accidentally created a very realistic fir tree-brush, but had to make it extremely blurry so that it didn't interfere with the cartooney foreground. I learned that toon style + hi-res realistic style don't mix very well.
I think the unrealistic colors will benefit you because it will really stretch your mind and get you out of your comfort zone. Whatever you'd like to do.
For me, I definitely want to majorly commit to drawing but I've found that my mind doesn't like to run on schedules. They're a great thing to use if you like deadlines and precision, but it seems that I make more art when I tell myself that I have all the freedom and time in the world to draw ( which obviously I don't )! It makes me feel less pressured to draw and more inspired to draw.