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aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
This is simply an amazing comic, and the best part is reading from start to finish and seeing the sheer amount of improvement!

I've been wanting to start a comic of my own (have the plot and character designs laid out) but I've been torn between mediums to pick. I was originally going to do it digitally as a way to improve my digital rendering skills, but it just hasn't worked out for me at all (I love working digitally but I'm still so new despite practicing for 2 years, I learn excruciatingly slowly). So I thought maybe it'd be a good chance for me to instead continue working traditionally and use this as an opportunity to improve further specific skills--mostly anatomy and rendering, and composition, and also just help me get better at comics in general (I've done a few oneshots but that's it).

Any advice you can give as far as working on comics traditionally, as opposed to digitally? I'm heavily leaning towards pencil as well (because of you hahaha...your artwork and your entire gallery is incredibly inspiring), but I would love to have an element of color...
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Neapsis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
I finally read all the parts and I want more! You're so good at this, you make me laugh and cry and I love that. The part of hunting pirates with Thorn singing that was particulary hilarious, I must say xD On the other hand, the psychic gym was really sad and made me cry at the flames! This two are my favorite parts so far X3

By the way, I can't help noticing that some of Nessa's expresions remind me Edward Elric a lot (and I love that too), maybe is just because like you said this expressions are pretty standard, but do you know Full Metal Alchemist?

PD: I hope my english would be understandable xD
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Bantirat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
short question,
what helped you to improve your drawing skills during your challenge?
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think what made me improve the most was repetition. I had to draw the characters over and over and over again and not as head facing left but in several different situations, angles and poses. When you draw something enough you will eventually get better at it. For example, I was terrible at drawing humans and I am still learning but I think most of the improvement is thanks to this challenge. I knew I wasn't good at drawing humans and I was hoping that this challenge would help me. So in addition to repetition and challenge I'd say not being afraid of making mistakes is an important factor as well.
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Bantirat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the insight
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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Kyoushu-Ookami Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Did you practice a lot on the designs before you used them in your nuzlocke? I find it a bit hard to draw most pokemon and I'm curious as to how long it took you until you were happy with the design.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do. Whenever I have a new character appear in the comic I like to do some sketching and planning. Sometimes I have a clear image of the design in my mind and I just need to get it out. But sometimes it takes me a lot of sketching and planning to get a result I like. It really depends a lot. As for the designs in this Nuzlocke none of them took me too much time. Except for maybe one. Usually I start with a very basic drawing of the character and then I modify it until I'm happy with it. 
I'd say drawing the Pokemon in the comic is the best practise. Drawing them over and over makes you better at drawing them the way you want.
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Kyoushu-Ookami Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hmm thank you for the insight 83 i've been trying to make my pokemon sketches semi-realistic, but i sometimes have trouble getting the body shape the way i like it. Do you have any tips?
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Using references and doing anatomical studies might be helpful. A lot of Pokemon aren't clearly based on any animals or are some weird mash ups but looking for references on something with close resemblance is okay. Sometimes looking up realistic Pokemon drawings will give you help and ideas.
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