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Barging on ahead. Hopefully this looks sufficiently 1) like Neville, 2) like a Justice card and not King of Swords or something.

11. Justice (values sketch) )
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Wow, long time. I have quite a few past-due journal entries to write/post, but I set myself a deadline for this one and barely made it so here it is, first.

10. Wheel of Fortune (final) )
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This hung around unfinished for longer than necessary. I am just not enthused about drawing horse-men, it seems. Even if they're supposed to be ~*dreamy*~*. (Even though I think centaurs are more interesting if there are more hybridized/animalistic features rather than stacking a bishie guy on top of a bishie horse.)

09. The Hermit (final) )
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Man, I feel like a pandaing pandering furry artist. Thanks a lot, JKR.

09. The Hermit (values sketch) )
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I start my new job tomorrow so I better get this done!

08. Strength (final) )
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Not much to say because I've gone cross-eyed from tweaking this thing's special effects. ENOUGH.

07. The Chariot )
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This card started out uncooperative and fighting me at every step, but now (after making a bunch of changes) I think it's become one of the best so far. I've spent some time studying on art forums and blogs, can you tell?

Now if I could put that knowledge to use on something other than fanart...

06. The Lovers )
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Saw HP7-2 for the second time, and I don't really wanna comment much about it because I've already gotten out my various thoughts and gripes to various peeps (though if you guys want to bring something up, feel free). I do want to mention one thing, though (not really big enough to be a spoiler):

In The Prince's Tale segment, Severus and Lily meet under a giant willow tree. By a river. MY CARD JUST GOT MOER MEANING-ER to myself. <3
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Two sketches at once! These two cards aren't strictly related (or even necessarily neighbors) in the usual tarot deck, but in this deck I feel like they're complementary opposites, so wanted to do them together.

07. The Chariot + 08. Strength (values sketch) )

Using a more concept art (read: painterly) style to develop these because they're more about the feeling of the scene than the lines of the subject... if that makes any sense to you guys. I may keep working in this method for future sketches, but it will most likely depend on the card.
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The last version of this sketch was pretty lazy because I wanted to put it out for some feedback from you guys. Y'all didn't help :P I'm sticking with this Ginny because more and more it really fits my feel for her.

Anyways, I developed the sketch more and I think it is much more suitable a "working sketch" now.

06. The Lovers (values sketch) )
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I had a lot of trouble trying to nail down the sketch for this one. (Seriously you don't want to see the previous attempts.) Turns out that I needed to just zoom in and draw a face, instead of working the overall composition as a whole as is generally good practice. I suppose that's to be expected with an emotional-centric piece...

06. The Lovers (prelim sketch) )

I don't ship it, myself, buuuut I suppose this warrants the "rampant shipping" tag in of itself. :P
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Architecture, more like ARRRRGHitecture. The pain!

05. The Hierophant (final) )

(What the hell kind of a color scheme is this? After a storm, I guess?...)
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PERSPECTIVE: easy to look cool, hard to look right. How's this looking?

05. The Hierophant (values sketch) )

Gotta run now!
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04. The Emperor (final) )

Now I've got a couple of pics to get done for February... :P
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A bit overdue.

03. The Empress (final) )

Wanna go home and play Rock Band...
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04. The Emperor (values sketch) )

I'm finding that my art efficiency is improving tremendously since I started setting aside a temp folder to collect "style guides", or art/pictures that inspire the feel I want for the current piece. Since I consider my painting process to be something like "correcting a series of mistakes until all the most offensive ones are gone," this really helps cut down on the time I spend fumbling around trying to find the "look" I want.
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While you guys pick apart this one, I'll start working on the sketch for The Emperor :)

03. The Empress (values sketch) )

Telling myself that I can get this one done before Thanksgiving, appropriately :> No rush though!
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Well this one took no time at all BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE TO DRAW HANDS.

02. The High Priestess (final) )
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Hey y'all with different monitor settings. ::cough[ profile] boggybcough:: Is this too dark for you, or is it okay? )

Also I'm starting to wonder if this is maybe looking a little not-particularly-Harry Potter-esque. Any issue there?


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