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Basics
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1) First draw a straigth line and draw a smooth top curve, and a bottom curve. The size of the eye depends on how far apart the top and bottom curves are. In this case, this eye has a normal eye size. Then measure about an eye and a half away for the first two curves and draw another two curves identical to it. You can draw horizontal lines to help keep the curves in the same level in height. 2) Next, you want to draw curves about the the top curve to establish a thick line on top. While doing those curves, you can make the circles within to establish the eyes. Try to keep both eyes with the same measurements for better accuracy. For help on keeping the meassurements the same, draw guildlines. 3) Okay, once you have the eyes within the top and bottom curve, you want to establish the light source. Here, the light is shinning from the left. Draw the iris within the eye shines. You can be more detailed with the eye shines and add more for a more feminine look. Depending on what style you want, and the expression, the eye shines help with the expression to you might want to keep that in mind. 4) Now that you have the basic outline of the eye, you can now darken the iris and top curves. While doing this, add the two eye lashes to the top curves. You can add at least three lashes at the bottom curves at the very corners of them. 5) Again, darken the lashes, and since you've got the eye drawn you can finish it up by going over all the lines and making them a little bit more thicker. Place to make the lines thicker would include the lashes, the corners of the bottom curves, and the outline of the circles. Also, add the lines that indicate where shading will take once you color the eyes. In this style, you want to make lines around the iris so you can make the color darker. You can also add a small line under the top curves for light blue shading laer on. 6) The last step is to color the eye. You can do it in cel style as shown at the example on the left, with darkening the places that were indicated in step 5. The basic priciples in drawing eye applies to doing the basic top and bottom curves, the circles, and the eye shines. Once you get that down you can make up your own style of eyes and eye sizes.

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Final Anime Oasis
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Welcome to Final Anime Oasis! Here you
will find a collection of my art that I've done in Anime style. Basically, this page is dedicated to fandom toward Final Fantasy, anime/video games, and most importantly, fandom for N'Sync . I also feature my own manga(comics) here. In addition, I will be selling products like fan comics, figurines, CD Roms, and poster that I will make myself. I hope you enjoy your Jill Melbrooke, a character for my N'Sync manga that I stay and come back often. will work on most of the summer

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Summer is here and that means MORE FREQUENT updates! Plans changed about my manga- I have to work on it some more before I publish it. I have a new project though which would be an exclusive collection of original CGs I will put on a CD ROM. If you're interesting in buying my product, click here.
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My Greatest Memories Limited CD ROM
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After a friend suggested that I make use of my art, and produce a portfolio, I decided to go ahead and try to my hand at producing a CD ROM collection of high quality CGs. Seeing as how it was summer vacation for me (thank GOD!) I might as well make use of my time. I've already made prefabricated plans as to what the CD will contain. This CD ROM will contain the following:
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18 exclusive, never-before-seen, high quality illustrations of my original characters from my manga "Rythmic Emotions(original)" and doujinshi "This I Promise You.(N'Sync fan comic)" Images will be in low compression JPEG formatts, as well as non compressed BMP formats. This means these images can work for PCs and Macs. CD will be in html format for easy viewing - losta cool stuff you wouldn't find on my webpage layout. Works like a program. 8 Wallpapers for 800 x 600 screens and 1024 x 768 screens of some of the illustrations Several pencil sketches Tips on how to CG Possible Manga/Doujinshi pages as well Behind the scenes information about my original characters, and personal insight Previews for my upcoming projects

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These will be limited CDs which will be numbered, and autographed by me. They will be packaged in a jewel CD case, with a color illustration CD jacket. Everything that will be in this CD will never appear on my webpage so if you really want to see the best of my work at this point, this is this CD you might want to consider purchasing. I'm almost positive this will work on both PCs and Macs, but if it comes down to which format the CD will require, it will be PC. Hopefully this does not cause any problems. Just to play it on the safe side, I'd like to know how many people would actually consider buying a CD ROM from me. Please fill in this quick survey so I know what I'm getting into. PLEASE e-mail me if you have any questions about this product: richiesan@hotmail.com
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Updates Log
Like the title implies, this is the Updates page. It is best that you check here regularly because I don't usually post all my many tiny updates on the Major New section on the main page.

6/30/2000
Hello everyone! How's it going. Well, summer's here (and almost over if I might add) and that means this page SHOULD have some new stuff at hand. Right now I'm focusing on my CD ROM, which I hope people will consider purchasing. I have about 45 percent of it done. This is my major project for the summer. I haven't really gotten too much response to it, and it worries me a little so for those who visit, please take the time to check my CD ROM page out and fill out the survey. On to other things. I just realized how long it has been that I didn't do any fanart of any video game character. I will try to pick up the pace on drawing fanart, which of course, will be mainly Final Fantasy. I think it will help motivate me since I will start playing FF8 on my break time from the CD ROM. I can't tell you guys how much I've improved these past few months from the stuff you see now. Every since I sat down and looked at my work, anyalized what I needed to work on, and study the Japanese fanartists styles, I think you guys will like the new stuff I will come out with. Also, I'm thinking about making an online store where I make fandom goodies like SD figurines out of clay, special posters, and CD ROM CG collections. I have to see how things work out first. Depending on how things workout with my first product, I'll have to wait and see if I should do this in the first place. Well, I guess that's that. I also want to thank all those who've visited my page in the past and have supported me during the rough times. This page has been here for quite sometime now and there isn't anything that's going to stop it now. I'll try and satisfy all of you with new and improved stuff soon. For now, please be patient as I have no time to really update this page. When I do, I'll have lotsa cool new stuff. I promise. Just keep visiting till then and thank you so much for the support.^_^ Rhythmic Emotions Gallery - +2 Pics (Though they were made awhile back) My Greatest Memories CD ROM Illustration Collection - News, and thumbnail previews added

Free Talk: Unqiue Style=Success [6/30/2000]

I just had a little time on my hands so I decided to finally get down and do a freetalk. Let's see, what I can talk about. Oh, yeah, I can talk about how people's styles in art can differ and how it's great to see so many new styles. I for one, have tried to create my own style in anime. It's already hard enough as it is to find a unique style in anime because so many styles are similar. Take for instance the popular series Evangelion, and the illustrations done from the remake RPG playstation game Lunar. Both styles are incredibly similar, as in the proportions and color choice. I thought at first it was the same artist, but someone informed me afterward that it wasn't. To my amazement, I was in awe as to how similar both styles were. This comes to my point on how as artists, we have to try and lead our own path in our art and to try to make distinctions in style. I can't say that my style is any different from many artists because I'd be lying. But the main point is to establish something to what you can call your own stuff. Yes, I have to admit my style in art right now is very heavily influenced by the Japanese fanartists out on the net. However, the big influence from their styles to mine are the way they color things. The biggest factor that distinguishes a Japanese fanartist, to a "foreign" (meaning outside Japan) is the way the linework is presented. From looking at various Japanese fanartists I noticed the consistency in how they present the linework. Their linework is much thinner than what I usually see in foreign fanartists that do anime/manga style. When I look at the linework, it seems that the thickness of it usually pencil thin, or even thinner than that. Also, their lines aren't just one solid color. For example, most artists that I've seen only have black lines, or grey sketchy lines. Whereas in the Japanese, they seem to blend in the line's color, with what the line is surrounding. I could have a picture of a pretty girl in a red dress, and if I were to do it the way the Japanese fanartist does it, I would make the lines around the red dress, a dark red color, rather than it being just plain black, or grey. With this brilliant way of coloring the lines, it makes the picture more soft in quality, yet it still contains the form. In many ways, it makes the picture look more realistic since in real life, we don't really have thick black lines all around us. This coralates back to even Reni painters in Europe, like Di'Vinci, where his human figures had nice glowing skin, and soft lines that blending in with what the lines were surrounding. Another distinguishing factor to a Japanese fanartist's style is the coloring itself. The majority of Japanese fanartists I've seen have a firm grasp of neatly coloring his/her work. What I mean by this is how well they know where the light is coming from, and where to shade and highlight. The biggest admiration for their stuff is how they render the clothing. The drappery, and folds are simply stunning when you look at a Japanese fanartist. Their folds look like folds, instead of randomly colored dark areas. I actually have a BIG problem with that. Despite the fact that they all do very high quality work, the major drawback in some of their art forms is how similar many styles are. I do realize it is almost impossible to create your own style in anime/manga, but I must emphasize how beneficial it would be if we all try and experiment with different approaches to our work. In many Japanese fanartists, I see a lot of chibi cute styles (I must say is my favorite style^_^;;). The eyes are usually an eye and half, to two yes are part. The nose is about half an eye down, and the mouths are very close to the nose. The isn't a bad thing, but I'm just pointing out some of the similarities in style. In the end, I believe that those who will make it big in the growing anime/manga industry will be those who have completely unique styles that still define "anime." This has been proven if you take a look at artists like Bengus, who does Capcom's character designs or Yoshitaka Amano's work or even the new character designer for the Final Fantasy series. All three artists have fairly unique styles, and look at where they are now. There are so many anime/manga artists in Japan, and from what I've heard, and even witness, many do not make it to high levels of publicity like Bengus or Amano. I guess I've rambled enough. But before I stop boring your, or even confusing you, I'd just like to say that I'm thankful people are accepting my style. I can only remember one person who wrote in my guestbook that I could not draw, and the only thing I could draw where eyes and something about how I draw very long faces. I laughed when I read that because I realized how this person pointed out the

uniqueness in my artwork. In anime/manga style, there are some rules in proportions, but if you make your own style, you're playing with your own rules. That's what I'm doing. I have to admit that I do draw elongated heads a little more than the usual, but that's how I like it. Or how there really isn't a light source for the way I do my hair. I just add detail and shine to every possible area in the hair. I hope this freetalk was somewhat insightful to those who read, and understood it.^_^;; Remember, these are my opinions, and everyone is entitled to an opinion-- whether it be an educated one, or a "just because" opinion that seems to plague my guestbook. Hopefully, people will realize that before one critizes an artist, they should take into consideration the artist's style. Simply saying an artist can't draw says nothing, because about 80 percent of the time, most people just think an artist is "skilled" if they like the style. Well, I guess that's that. Hopefully, I'll have another freetalk sometime. This was really fun even though it does take awhile to do.

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