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Its what you want to know!

Sam’s collection of tutorials and resources

Everyone can improve on something
here is a collection I am building of helpful links for figure drawing, painting, and the basics.

I will updating this post every few months adding more tutorials and resources for artist of all levels.

*Know the basic’s*

Back to the basic’s Know the color wheel and how to use

 

Color theory
Basic theory
Colour lovers
Colour in harmony
Colour mixer
Colour blend
Colour scheme designs

Lighting
Basic lighting
Virtual Lighting Studio
Photoworkshop’s Light Cage

Perspective
Perspective

Pose Reference
Humans
All pose
Pixel lovely
Bodies in motion
Facial Expressions
Quickposes
Life Drawing
VirtualPose

Animals
Pixel Lovely
Mammalian Crania Photographic Archive

Anatomy

Humans
Fineart.sk
Artnatomia – Faces
ArtistAnatomy.com
3D Interactive Anatomy
3D Museum
Gray’s Anatomy Online
Muscle Atlas

Animals
 Illustrations
 Animal Frame
Mammalian Crania Photographic Archive

 

Tutorials
Humans
http://snigom.deviantart.com/gallery/38916

Ears
http://kaoyux.deviantart.com/art/TUTORIAL-EARS-299843090

Hands
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCeCiDKd3XI

Animals
http://creatureartteacher.com/

Horse’s
http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-draw-animals-horses-their-anatomy-and-poses/
http://refomatic.tumblr.com/post/74342060690/paintaloosa-all-right-heres-my-contribution
Fur
http://www.deviantart.com/art/Fur-Tutorial-288870509

Cats
Paws: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Big-Cat-Paw-and-Leg-Tutorial-206292792

Paws: http://tamberella.deviantart.com/art/Big-Cat-Paw-Tutorial-2-206446818

Dogs
Paws http://magnum-k9.deviantart.com/art/Paws-203599422

If you know  basics http://www.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-How-To-Paint-A-Wolf-165698655
Random subjects
A great series of videos http://fengzhudesign.com/tutorials.html
http://www.3dtotal.com/index_tutorial.php
http://www.wysp.ws/
http://www.artyfactory.com/sitebody/art_lessons.html

Tutorials by Sam
http://www.sammacha.com/gallery/tutorials.html

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6 needles to the arm – A bad day

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

 

Wow!

what a horrible exp I had today. Just in case you didn’t know, 3 shots really sucks to get at the same time.

In late Nov, I went to get an updated Tetanus Shot. The Dr. (forgot her name) convinced me instead, to get a Cervarix shot. The shot was the first of a series of three, so I would receive the tetanus shot on the follow up shot the next month and a half. The first was painful and my arm hurt for about a week. (Then again shots always  seem to cause me horrible pain in whichever arm I get it. My body does not like medicine).

Anyways, I tried to get an appointment at several clinic to get my 2nd shot and my tetanus. No luck for at least 1.5-3 months away…

Well, I can’t wait that long considering you have to get the 2nd shot within 2 months. Ridiculous!

So I went to the walk-in. They don’t take appointments and its always busy, great. Went in, signed up on the waiting list… went for a walk for an hour. It started raining of course. When I got back to the clinic I still had to sit another 45 mins, thank god I had my Ipad (I knew it would be a while to wait). I feel like I should have just gone home for an hour and then come back.

Finally I got to see the Dr. This was a much better Dr. then the first time. By that I mean it actually seemed like he cared about his patients. So I told him what I was there for and blah blah blah, meanwhile he also grabbed a flu shot. I have never had a flu shot so he felt this year I should get one as it includes H1N1 vaccine.

So… Cervarix shot, it kinda hurt
flu shot, nothing at all
tetanus shot, wow did that ever hurt, either way I never said anything but wow, I think I remember this shot from 10 years ago! the same horrible feeling.
Sat for about 5 mins, stood for while I got some paper work to go get some blood testing across the street around the corner.

After about 5 mins I was able to walk out the door without a problem, but,  a few steps out the door I started to feel severely ill.
I suddenly felt like I was going to throw up, I felt dizzy and had a headache. i took a few more steps and made it across the street and I felt like I had a fever. Then the scary part, my vision started to get really blurry. It was like your were looking through a windshield that had no wipers in heavy rain. It went from the outside of my vision like a circle going inwards, it was a horrible feeling. When my vision was all messed up my ears plugged up so I could barely hear anything.

At this point, I thought it would be best to turn around and walk to 25 feet back to the clinic. When I turned I felt so dizzy, like I was going to pass out. I had a hard time getting to the clinic, and crossing the street was extremely hard when all you can see are blurry drops of colour everywhere.

Finally I made it back to the counter and asked the lady if I could quickly ask the Dr a question. She told me to sit down and wait 5 minutes while she went to get him.

Sitting in the chair at this point was the hardest, and it was between two people which made it harder. So I finally get into the chair, and I sit. My hearing came back, then slowly my vision, and all I was left with was a horrible headache, a feeling like I have the flu and a very painful left arm. The Dr. comes and I tell him. it’s not a allergic reaction thankfully its just due to the fact that I had three shots all of which make people feel, not very good afterwards.

He even offered to buy me something from the store, juice or something to eat so I would feel better, I refused. the scary part is over. Was it ever a horrible 15 minutes!

Now onto the lab where I can get the blood test done. Thankfully I did not have to wait long and got a spot within 10 minutes. *sigh, but the lady I got, was learning. Of course!  She sits me down and gets some vials out, 3 of them, boy that makes me feel good when I already feel like crap. She moves my arm around (painful) and then gets the needle ready, cleans the… uh elbowpit (?) and sticks the needle in…
and moves it around…
wiggles is…
and jams it in farther in an attempt to find the vein.

Meanwhile I am having a great time watching all this…

Finally she asks for help, the other lady takes it out, gets a new needle and finds the vein much quicker. Though now that area is already hurting quite a bit. Back tot he new person, she fills the 3 vials and does, whatever they do while I hold the cotton ball on the bleeding area. When she comes back I expect to go…

O…

She missed one, she has to do it again.

So this time she goes for the back of the hand, you can see the vein here and you don’t need a lot this time. now this time the needle really hurt when she put it in (at least she found the vein). When she had filled it and went to remove the vial from the tube thing she let go of the needle. OUCH! She let it  fall and kind of hang there in my hand. That really hurt. I don’t even think she noticed and the other Dr. or whatever was like, “don’t do that, please hold the needle.” A little late!

and then she comes back again with another bottle… a really big bottle…
but  found was relieved when she said this is for a urine sample.

YES! PLEASE DO NOT STAB ME AGAIN! THANK  YOU!

Now I’m outside, its cold, I feel sick, its raining harder, and the dizzy feeling comes back…
I don’t even think I can make the 15 min walk to my house. I ended up calling my dad who was home, thank you! So he came to pick me up, so glad i didn’t drive.

About 2 hours later my mom had come as we had arranged to have dinner. We went out, I was not feeling the best but I was at the normal sick feeling of having a shot. We ordered these koreon chicken wraps that we had before. They came a bit different the usual but ok, lets try it. They were very good, however, they now added peanuts to the dish…

My mom is allergic to peanuts… and had eaten one now knowing it was there…

She was ok, as a small amount of a peanut is ok for her, not good but ok. If there was any other nut such as almond or walnut then there would be a serious problem. Thankfully there was not and they waitress too the food back and had it re-made without peanuts. The manager came out and apologized, yes they had changed the dish… but we also didn’t bother with a menu we usually get mostly the same things.

So that was annoying ad my mom had to be careful the rest of the night to make sure nothing happened. so overall not a good day.

Now I go to a store to pic up a few picture frames for some of my artwork. Found one I really liked, went to buy and and … the cashier, well he broke it. Nice.

 

 

So my whole day consisted of…
Getting soaked in he rain
waiting for a very long time
getting 3 shots (Horrible as is)
Feeling horrible
losing my vision and hearing for a while
almost passing out in the street
being a guinea pig for a person poking with a needle
another needle
a forgotten needle
Feeling like I am going to fall over while standing still
getting a dinner where my mom almost had a bad reaction to some peanuts
having the item I wanted to buy (the only one there) broken
and typing this  with one hand

Overall, I would say I have had a bad exp. Not fun at all…

indeed.

And yes, I know I didn’t have to type this, but for some reason I felt that this was actually something I could share, beacause really… I don’t often share my stories, and what sane person gets 3 shots in a day then decides that day to go have a blood test done? I’ll tell you, a person that does not want to wait aka me.

With that in mind I have a few great “Guy stories” that some of my guy friends have convinced me to share. Basically its like… “What not to do when you see a girl” type of story. But these, at least in my opinion, are not you average stories.

 

-Sam

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What I’l be doing in 2014

So 2014 is here and whats new?

I have no idea!  At least not about whats new. I know that this year I am going to be finishing some fan art, actually I hope to finish a lot of it. I have a ton of WIPS that where just ideas I never finished set aside in my “Do it later” pile. That pile is huge….

Thankfully, I’ve already started on this by finishing my blue pansy butterfly and my cute walking renamon. I know,  I know, the blue pansy is not fan art but it at least helps put a notch in my “do it later” pile.

The blue pansy butterfly. A Test using some different drawing paper. It was also good practice in that I have not used my pencil crayons in such a way for a really long time. I’m quite happy with this one.
Renamon. I just thought that this pose was cute, and I really love Renamon. She was such a cool character in Digimon.

 

I am quite happy with the way they both turned out. I think that this paper has worked out well with the rich and vibrant pencil crayons. Great practice for my blending. I will be sure to do this more often. This year I will probably be taking more of a break form Digital art though I am still going to be using it from time to time.

Acrylic painting “Jiggly Jelly”
Acrylic painting, “A Cold Winter Night”

 

Hmm Scenery would be another good thing to work on…

the list goes on and on, anyways.

this year you can expect to see more fan art and more traditional artwork being posted on my site.

Don’t forget you can check otu my gallery here or commission info here anytime., and you can get easy updates via

Deviant Art
Facebook
Twitter
Tumblr
Youtube

Or you can contact me by E-mail: SamanthaLim@Sammacha.com

This outta keep me busy in between my job hunt. Until Next time

~Samantha Lim

 

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New Years Shout outs!

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Here we go again~!

So as usual my shout outs to a few people,  great friends, artists and inspiring people, thank you!

bleistiftkind – Beautiful animal art
qrekords – Super creative dude
PetalRain – Crit Buddy!
mcrmysarg – EVIL!!!
ForthSanity – Keep chasing that star
FlashMagnanimous – We have a lot to catch up on
MunchyCrunchyMan – Good luck!
masamune7905 – Awesome superhero fan art
FF-Boy  – This year hands will be easier!
EST0PPEL – Comic’s!
Halolux  – Dont quit now!
LadySerpent – Strives for the best
InstantNoodleV – Not too far!
MiniryuK – Way too far!
SL – Win it Big!
SL – Take good care of yourself, get better soon
JL – Dinner will be soon…
MG – I owe you a hug -.-
TB – Its been a while
HD – So many stories to share
AO – Sushi!!!!
JH – Luck for this year
ES – Wishing you a fast recovery, see you soon!

 

Look forward to seeing you in the new year,  until then

-Samantha Lim

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Constructive Criticism – Do It Right

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One of the most useful things you can get on your work (any type of work in fact) to help you improve. It’s both positive and negative  analysis and assessment of work given in a friendly way to help one accomplish a goal.

Sadly, I find that so many people take any kind of criticism badly. They take it personally and are often offended by it and for whatever reason they feel that the person giving it meant in a bad way ( when they often don’t). Quite often its just a small comment or something pointed out. Even amongst all the nice things said they focus only on the bad and don’t try to at all use it to help their work.

When you receive such critique be  it a minor one or a major you cannot take it personally. You should not assume that this person is trying to say what you have done is no good, that it means they think they are better then you or that its there to make people look at your flaws.

In my opinion anyone can give critique (“Everyone’s a critic” sound familiar?).  That’s because everyone has an opinion and they are entitled to it! Just because someone cant actually do what they are giving critique on doesn’t mean that they have no knowledge on it. Sometimes another person can see something that you don’t, or maybe they just would change something that you have done.

You also have to remember that

some things are just personal preference, you don’t have to change it because someone else tells you they think it would be better another way.  if you like it leave it, if your done, don’t change it. just take what they said, think about it,  and maybe it will be helpful to you later on.

 

I agree that there are people who will go around and ONLY point out negative things. Often these people are trying to hurt your feelings and should probably be ignored (troll alert!)

My tips for constructive criticism.

Giving

  1. Say something you like about the picture or  something that was well done ( color composition, use of space, anatomy etc.)
  2. When you say something negative try to offer a suggestion or an example of how the person could improve that area.
  3. If you don’t like something in particular try to tell them why. Maybe its too small in proportion or the colors are too bright for where the light touches.
  4. Don’t point out every flaw!  There are always tiny things you can pick at, don’t look for them specifically, look in general for things that stand out to you!
  5. If you don’t like the content don’t talk about it, look at the characters, the color scheme and the composition. we are looking at the overall image. We aren’t going to learn anything if you tell us you don’t like dogs because one bit you as a child.

 

Accepting

  1. Don’t take any of it personally,  the comments are about the picture not you!
  2. Remember that everyone has their own opinions and preferences on what they do and don’t like.
  3. This is to help you improve not bring you down. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone can get better, and nothing is perfect.
  4. Try it. Don’t just disregard what someone has suggested but try it, maybe not now but later. one small tip can really help! you might not realize until you try it for yourself.
  5. Remember that if you never had any criticism (even self critique) you would never be as good as you are now. Its essential for anyone that wants to improve upon their task.

Of course there are many more points to make about constructive criticism, feel free to comment on them 🙂

 

 

Here are a few sites I would recommend if you would like to read more about the value of constructive criticism and how to accept the feedback in a positive way

http://clickitupanotch.com/how-to-critique/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201207/constructive-criticism

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-constructive-criticism.htm

https://www.boundless.com/communications/learning-to-listen-and-helping-others-do-the-same/giving-and-receiving-criticism/giving-effective-criticism-be-positive-specific-objective-and-constructive/

 

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Improve your Figure and gesture drawing

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Hey everyone,

Just thought i would share to you this great place that I found! Its really useful for people of all levels to start and improve on their figure drawings and gestures.

I actually found it ages ago and forgot, then my friend ForthSanity re-introduced me to it.

its got some great tips on anatomy  color and just drawing in general.

I’ve been trying to use it a bit more but really haven’t had a chance to really try it out. I think it could really help anyone improve their art.

Figure drawing is very important. It allows you to improve your observation skills. your proportions and shading will also greatly improve making your image really come to life. By studying the different details of each subject you can learn to distinguish between two of the same subjects more easily. Everything is unique and no 2 things should be the same!

So if your interested in improving your figure drawing skills be it human or animal this site would be a great place to visit.

http://artists.pixelovely.com/

Let’s get sketching!

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What am I working on?

Bird’s and scenery are my main focus right now.
I’ve mainly been sketching birds from photos but I will be doing some from real birds and stuffed specimens. That should be fun and interesting, but, not sure if they will be post worthy.

As for the scenery well I’ve been playing around with my old friend acrylic paint. Until recently I hadn’t touched it for ages but I would really like to pick it up again. As the weather starts getting cold and wet I will probably be able to complete some new pictures for show. The only problem I find with the paintings is that its hard to capture it in a photo and its far to big for a scanner, like you see here.

“Clear Night” … I’ve been waiting for a nice day when I can go out and get a real photo to display on my website.

I would also like to do a few more pieces of fan art this year and I have an incomplete image to add to my 1,2,3 pokemon fan art collection. Now if your not sure what that is, it all stared with this picture.

3,2,1 STACK! The original unforgettable starter Pokemon~!

I’m sure you get the idea 😉

 

 

 

-Samantha Lim

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No Nothing, not even time!

Ugh!

 

This year has been so busy with work! I haven’t had anytime to really do much and I feel like the summer is disappearing . Soon it will be over and I will have done nothing to enjoy it.

*sigh, gotta make money somehow

If only all this work was in the winter time. I hate always having to work longer hours in the summer. In the winter I get time off or short days or something. Something called time when there isn’t much to do.

Lame.

no wonder I haven’t posted any new artwork huh? Hopefully I will have a chance to do some, I kind of miss it 🙁

I also miss spending time with my friends outside of work.

Though I am thankful for the people I work with, because they pretty are my friends 😀

 

But who am I kidding? who ever has time? lol

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1 Year

A year can pass by so fast, in fact it seems like nothing, I haven’t even noticed that its even been a year.

Even so, I suppose its a special thing to celebrate

1 year with someone special

1 year with someone who is always there

1 year with someone who will always care

1 year with someone who is my best friend

1 year since the Avengers

1 year

 

 

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A Fresh Start

Hey everyone,

Today Is my Birthday, and king of a special one at that. I’m 25 today!
Hurray~
I got really something really special and really cool. I would never have thought to buy something like this… I will be sure to keep it in a special place.
a my dad bought me this crystal dragon from last years, 25th anniversary of swarovski and year of the dragon (which is my year) and one of my favorite creatures to draw. I really love it.

Besides that I got to have a really nice dinner with family and I’m going to have all my friends for dinner on the weekend.

 

So anyways for my birthday I would really like to get a fresh start on my blog and my website (Thus the clean slate). I’ve spent a few years learning and playing around with the website, its been a horrible torture of a project but I feel that I have now succeeded.

While it is still in the process of being complete… I am happy with the new layout and most importantly the new gallery.

I am also going to be using my blog more often to post new art, tutorials and other artist tools which I use and recommend.

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