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Hi guys, it's been some time!

I'm already preparing for my new year's resolutions and I'm drawing up a plan for myself to improve my artwork. I know I didn't upload all of my work, but I completed Inktober this year without missing a single day and found out that working according to a schedule fixed in advance works very very well for me. So, I'm going to set assignments for myself. I'm mapping out the aspects of my art that need improving and one of the things I realised is that my pieces come out looking very different each time in terms of style and colours because I work very intuitively (i.e. I never plan in advance what I am going to do). I know we've discussed this before and maybe my work is not as inconsistent as I think, but in any case I want to introduce more consistency. And consistency means... knowing what I'm doing :') So I was wondering, do you guys use a fixed colour palette for your work? I follow a couple of artists who stick to the principle of using the three primary colours to mix colours only, such as in this piece by the amazing Ner-Tamin:

Simple things study by Ner-Tamin

Especially with digital art it is so easy to go wild with colours :crazy: And a lot of times I end up having to repaint a piece in its entirety because the colours are just totally wrong. Knowing what I'm going to do will also enable me to work faster :XD: So, my question is, if you've got a palette (for either digital or traditional art), how did you arrive at it?

And then another thing. I want to consciously start looking for elements in my art that make it recognizably mine and develop those elements/carry them over when I'm working in a different medium. Do you work on developing a distinct drawing style and if so, how do you go about it? What elements do you like about my art? :)

Thanks so much for your help :heart:


When you try to find out where the sudden increase of pageviews is coming from by googling yourself and you discover your work has been reposted 358520850825258 times without permission or links and you just want to travel back in time to tell your 14-year-old self to never ever upload anything on the internet 
Athelstan and Ragnar
Sort of a farewell piece for a show that used to be one of my favourites.

Painted in PS 5 over a pencil sketch. The knotwork snakes were done on paper with black fine liner, then I scanned them and fiddled with the layer settings until this happened.


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teamoth Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav!  :)
Finnguala Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
No problem at all, it is a very good piece!
DitaDiPolvere Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
thanks for the watch!!
Finnguala Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
No probs, I like your character art!
DitaDiPolvere Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
I am a dummy! 
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