euclase

Anonymous asked:

You answered a message a while ago where you said that you found the idea of attraction fascinating and that fanart interests you because it's the "female gaze." I can't remember exactly how you worded it but I've been thinking about that so much lately. Could you maybe expand on that idea a little? I know it's easy to brush fanart off as meaningless and unoriginal but the fact that you put so much work into it tells me you feel differently. Thanks!

euclase answered:

Uh I can try. This might be rambling nonsense yooooo.

I think the idea of attraction and beauty is fascinating (and kind of hugely disturbing), especially as it applies to girls and how girls are marketed to. Girls are taught, pretty much from the time we’re toddlers, that we are not good enough. Not attractive enough. Entire corporations have been built around the idea of making ladies feel bad about themselves.

If you want a man to buy a car, you reassure him that he’s awesome and deserves awesome stuff to go with his awesome manliness. Women are told just the opposite. Whatever we look like, whatever kinds of bodies we have—we must be changed. We’re raised to believe we began life flawed. And, more disturbingly, we’re raised to view ourselves as men view us.

Women are constantly looking at themselves and each other as we imagine men would look at us.

So fan art made by girls, in my opinion, is a very important thing. It’s not conventional, obviously. It’s not generally accepted as legitimate art, or even art at all, partly because it’s copyrighted characters, but partly too because it topples the notion that men get to have a say in what ladies are allowed to look at. It’s a way for girls to reclaim authority over their own gazes. Fan art is how girls say, “I want to look at this and enjoy it for myself, and I want to enjoy it with other girls.”

But it’s more than that. Because plenty of things are marketed to ladies. Playgirl and Viva. Glamour magazine. Talk shows. Obviously there are lots of things marketed to girls that cater to the female gaze.

But fan art, along with fanfiction, is one of the few things where the content, which was originally marketed to the mainstream (by men and for men—and specifically straight, white men), is being reclaimed by women. There’s a power shift that occurs. What once belonged to men has been reinvented by women, celebrated by women, and shared among women.

I think that’s awesome? I’m sure my thoughts have holes in them because I’m replying to this message while eating cereal, and I am not a women’s studies expert like not even close. And I know lots of people say, especially about my stuff, “Well, it’s just copying photos, even for fan art. It’s not original. You’re not really reinventing anything if you’re just drawing a portrait.”

And that really misses the point. Because I spent time with what I thought was attractive, whether aesthetically attractive or emotionally interesting or otherwise, and that was my time. No one else had input. It’s like buying a product without buying the bullshit invalidating message that went with it.

And that’s why fan art is valuable to me? I made myself the sovereign of my own gaze. 

euclase

Anonymous asked:

How are you so patient? I guess I get frustrated too easily or something when I try to art and nothing is working. But seriously if you teach me how to be as patient as you I would be so grateful.

euclase answered:

  1. I have five or six drawings going at any given time so I can switch around if one of them starts to feel toxic.
  2. I draw all the time. I draw so often that no individual drawing is “precious.” If I spill chocolate milk on something, who the fuck cares because I can draw it again. 
  3. I like the process of drawing more than I like the product of drawing. It’s totally okay to want to end up with a pretty picture at the end, but you still have to draw it. Drawing is actually 100% drawing and 0% not drawing. You have to want to draw to draw.
  4. I don’t think of drawings as finished. To me, it’s all one neverending drawing. If I mess up along the way, I can fix it in something else later. It’s okay to have bad drawings. You’re supposed to.
  5. I draw stuff I like. Not stuff I think other people will like.
euclase

spookyhorizons asked:

Hi!! Since you're currently posting progress shots, do you think you could do one or two close-ups of hair in progress? I've been wondering for a while how you tackled doing hair--for me drawing hair is pretty easy semi-realistically but is very difficult photo-realistically, so I think seeing you in action might be helpful. You're incredibly awesome for posting progress shots like this. It definitely helps me, & other young artists I'm sure. You really are an inspiration, in more ways than one.

euclase answered:

Yes. Hi. :)

I start with some base colors, and then I use a very soft brush to work in some gradual shapes. I usually smudge those around some, alternating between airbrush and smudge until I get a nice basecoat. I don’t like to make my basecoat too “pretty” or soft because hair is kind of messy no matter how nice it is, and I’ve always found it looks more natural when it’s sloppier.

Like this:

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And then I use a small, soft brush, and I slowly add in the details.

Like this:

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You can use very fine brushes to add little wisps. And you can even use a rougher brush to add some highlights, and the roughness will help make the hair look even more natural.

But that’s basically it. I know there are a gazillion ways to do hair? Lots of artists use textures or whatever, and it doesn’t have to be this time consuming. You definitely don’t have to draw every strand. But I like doing it this way because I think it looks nice, so this is how I do it.

euclase

timeturnervulpes asked:

I'm trying to find references for a portrait I'm drawing, but I can't find one that matches what I want to draw. Can you upload a side-by-side comparison of one of your portraits with whatever reference(s) you used and an explanation of how to use them so my portrait doesn't look like Frankenstein with impossible lighting?

euclase answered:

Sure! It took me a minute to track them down, but here’s a nice straightforward example:

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^ That portrait was drawn using these references:

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The lighting in the references doesn’t match at all, but I figured out how to draw the final portrait in such a way that it looks comfortable and natural.

My advice to you would be to figure out what kind of lighting you want first. Sometimes it gets tricky. Sometimes you’ll start with an image, and maybe it’s a cool pose, and you REALLY REALLY want to use it. But you can’t find anything to use it with.

So you have to scrap it. And keep hunting until you find stuff that does work together. Or at least almost works together (depending on how much skill you have). Sometimes you end up photographing your own body parts. Or making your dad sit in a chair so he can be Dean Winchester. :P

But pay attention to the lighting, I guess? Lighting is the most important. And pay attention to what your focal point will be. With the Benny portrait, I found a face I really liked, but I didn’t have a body to go with it. So I had to go body hunting. That happens a lot.

And if I don’t care about body hunting, I’ll just fake it. Like here’s another example where I sort of faked the body (and also the top of the head):

^ That portrait was made using this reference, and you can see how I changed things and what I emphasized when I got to drawing:

Sometimes I completely fake the whole body, which is okay, because if I do a good job, hopefully you won’t even notice. Like this:

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I draw fake bodies all the time. It’s terrible. :O

I hope that helps you! It takes a lot of practice—not the drawing part so much, but learning how to tell what looks natural.

euclase

Anonymous asked:

Not sure what kind of game you think you've got going here but it's quite obvious you're manipping these. I'm a professional designer and I know what a manip job looks like and these are a combination of paintover, blendwork of actual photos and tracing. You don't even do it that well because I've seen better cheats. The sad part is you probably have some real skill judging by your pencil work. But I call bullshit and I guarantee plenty of your professional peers would say the same.

euclase answered:

Whatever, Kenny. I’m still not letting you play with my Thundercats.

euclase:

juliedillon:

dicksweredinner:

juliedillon:

return-victorious:

Oh great, now that we’ve shit on euclase, how about attacking some other people?

Like Randis: http://randis.deviantart.com/art/VAMPIRE-The-Turning-135953158

Enayla: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Hajieelkhe-31663218

Chuck Close: http://www.pacegallery.com/artists/80/chuck-close

Juan Francisco Casas: http://www.pacegallery.com/artists/80/chuck-close

I mean, they gotta be cheating, too, right? People aren’t allowed to be that good, especially women who enjoy painting fanart. You’re slacking! You better go send these people nasty, revealing messages too. After all, you are a professional and your opinion weighs heavily on the minds of the masses. 

What’s funny is that the other woman on your list, Enayla (who coincidentally also does work that caters more to a female gaze), was the subject of an absolutely MASSIVE “she must be cheating/she’s not a real artist.etc” campaign several years ago (2006-2007, I think?). Her deviantart was practically shut down for a while by these people. As I recall, I think the issue was that people claimed she used photo textures in backgrounds sometimes? Even if that was true,  hundreds of concept artist dudes do literally the same thing with photo textures, but sloppier, and no one bats an eyelash.  

Yeaaaaah.

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I think people have legit criticisms on ecluses work being heavily traced and manip’d. Nothing wrong with that but don’t try to pass off stuff like tracing an official photo and beefing up the arms slightly as not just tracing official photos with beefier arms.

Yeeeeeeah actually no. I’ve seen enough of Euclase’s early sketches and works in progress over the years to know she paints these on her own. It’s called photorealism. Her work looks that similar to her reference because she actually IS that good. She’s put the practice in and is good at what she does. Good job making an animated gif, though. Maybe go make some gifs for other photorealist painters who are skilled at their craft, too, and tell them “you’re too good at this skill you’ve spent years on, so clearly you’re a cheater.” 

Nice job on the gif. I’ve got ten just like it.

Here are some better ones:

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Here, this one is really good. It looks like all I did was paste a different head on the guy:

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"I don’t have a problem with tracing, and that’s why I put effort into making a gif to demonstrate that any hate Euclase gets is justified. This isn’t petty or unreasonable at all so stop making me out to be the jealous bad guy. All I’m doing is proving that it’s okay for people to cast similar accusations based on my uninformed opinions. Until she shows some real proof, Euclase deserves whatever she gets."

You actually are an asshole, but I’m a bigger asshole, and I’m used to people like you.

euclase

Anonymous asked:

How do you know which color is best for the lights and which one is for the shadows depending on the tones of the skin ? I'm an artist too and i always have a hard time trying to figure out which color i should use. (Btw, your art is AMAZING !!!)

euclase answered:

The best way to tell you is to show you, so here my friend the former General Obi-Wan Kenobi, who will help:

Skin color (and this pretty much goes for any human skin color in almost any ordinary lighting) is

  • lower saturation yellow at its brightest
  • higher saturation orange/red in the middle
  • lower saturation brown/gray at its darkest

That’s really it?

Skin gets pinker and redder where there are more blood vessels closer to the surface (lips, ears, nostrils, eyelids) and grayer and bluer where there are less, like your jaw.

But even if the person has very dark skin, and they’re standing in some blue light, it’s still pretty likely you’re going to find the same pattern of [low sat, high sat, low sat] or [yellow, orange, gray].

If you’re drawing by observation, and you get stuck, it’s a way to check yourself.

I hope this helps. D: