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02 February 2006, 06:36 PM
Hi, I'm ah.heng, 24, from Singapore.
I studied in an arts and design school for 3 years and am now serving the final few months of a compulsory military service. I'll be going to Japan this coming June to study traditional animation, but I'm rather rusty, to use a local saying, "I've returned all that I've learnt to my teachers".

I aspire to be a traditional animator though I dabbie in a bit of web and graphic design once in a while.

I'm starting this thread to keep track of my own anatomy studies as well as my foray into digital painting/sketching. I'll try to attempt all the previous OFDWs as well as any other exercises that catch my eye.

02 February 2006, 07:31 PM

Welcome aboard! :) I look forward to following your progress here. :thumbsup:

Cheers, :)


02 February 2006, 03:06 PM

this was meant as a 15 minute sketch but took quite long to do. i used all 15 minutes doing the face, and when i realised time was up, spent another 10 minutes doing the hair, body, clothes and some touch up. i think the face is a little too round, but otherwise i'm quite happy with it.

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practise for eyes. this was quite fun. all these eyes belong to ayumi :P

02 February 2006, 03:22 PM

Very nice studies! :thumbsup: What you might think about trying next is a set of drawings of noses, and then perhaps eyes, ears, lips, etc. Try going for a realistic vs. a manga style...I think you will push your skills much further that way! :)

Cheers, :)


02 February 2006, 03:28 PM
thanks for the comments :)
yeah, i realise that my style leans very much towards manga too and i'm trying to correct that. hmmmmm. correct isn't really the right term, but yeah, i want to do realistic drawings. i had quite a bit of problem with the lips for the above picture, any pointers?

my lips usually tend to look swollen.

02 February 2006, 03:51 PM
ah.heng, :)

Try blocking in the lips with short, straight lines, vs. trying to draw them with curves outright. I think that if you find the general shape first, this will help.

Cheers, :)


02 February 2006, 05:56 PM
some kind of digital painting attempt in openCanvas 1.1b
not really sure what i was doing, 1st time painting.

ultraman agul in a jacket
done in 5-10 minutes. i think i like this better. this is referenced from the same picture, but with ultraman agul's head on instead.

02 February 2006, 06:09 PM

Check out the last tutorials (and the others if you like) :) at the end of this post:

TUTORIALS - Shading Techniques - by Various Artists (

Stahlberg's tutorial details how to go from grayscale to color in digital painting. I recommend this method to all beginning painters. :)



02 February 2006, 08:55 PM
from a baseball calender.

03 March 2006, 08:36 PM
Keep going, ah.heng! Let's see some more sketches. :)

Cheers, :)


03 March 2006, 08:43 PM
Ah, another bloke from Singapore. :p

Those are really nice eye studies, and the pic of the baseball player's pretty cool, too. :thumbsup:

Oh, and Ayumi Hamasaki is hawt. :love:

ps. Just curious, where are you serving?

03 March 2006, 09:37 PM
If you haven't already, you should totally join the Challenge!

Cheers, :)


03 March 2006, 04:17 PM
yo teck, i'm in 41sar.

definitely less than 15 minutes.
this little boy was standing infront of me for like 10 seconds, so i drew him quick. details were made up from memory.

gestures practise.
break down of an animation from a fight scene. noted only the hits, inbetweens i made up myself.

character design for a short film i'm working on.
pose is drawn from memory, otherwise no referenced used. drew while waiting for a client at coffeebean.

no reference used. screwed up the feet, so i cut it off.

Dreamy Kid
03 March 2006, 10:38 PM
hey aheng...wah nice tokusatsu < japanese super heroes> drawing, i'm a fan of them my self :scream:. looking at your ayumi drawing remind me of my self, i've been trying to draw some stuff from my cosplay magazine ^__^

03 March 2006, 01:46 PM
thanks :)

a little update.

this was really old, but it fit the topic.

for this, i sat around on a saturday night and observed people. but there weren't much intersting poses to capture, so i stopped after half an hour.

i did this last night and some this afternoon.

03 March 2006, 02:14 PM

I like those gestures you just did from life...think if you do a lot more of them, they will
for sure help you with the drawings you do from your imagination.
Go to a place, where people are doing things that you like to see, maybe a karate studio, or some other place where there is action that inspires you, and you'll probably get
into their gestures more....IT'S a great way to learn..action...:thumbsup:
Looking forward to seeing more gesture drawings...:)

03 March 2006, 11:13 AM
thanks for the kind words, glen.
i have a regular drawing session with some friends, i'll suggest that to them he next time.

03 March 2006, 10:55 PM
Nice gestures, lots of dynamic feeling in it. I like the drawing of ayumi most, it got a nice anime feeling and still looks like the reference !

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