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Snailiens at it again by fermentedmind Snailiens at it again by fermentedmind
These were all scanned from the same page. All at different angles so I isolated them, rotated them out and cleared away the messiness around it to make it semi-presentable.

The original drawing wasn't drawn all in one go. It took a period over days of continuous looking over. It did start off from one drawing though and the subsequent drawings were based off the one. And so on it goes.

The drawing was left beside my bed so that whenever I wake up, or whenever I'm about to sleep, I would glance at it and get impressions of it right before my left brain gets to make a "oh that's a so and so" type of judgement. These impressions are fresh and non-biased and lasts for a brief moment of time. It is from these faint impressions that I pick up and get glimpse(s) of how to draw them in a new way.

If I didn't get any glimpse(s) that day/night, then I would change the angle of the paper or leave it upside down, then go on about my business as per usual.

Now this is usually a bad idea to try this method right before bed time! If you do happen to catch something cool with your eye, then you will be forced to draw it out. If you put it off then you won't really remember them come next morning as these faint impressions work very much like dreams. So elusive and fleeting with a limited window of opportunity to write/draw them all down. So it's a bit of an inconvenience at how these things work. But well worth it afterwards.
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surthur Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
snails deffinitely are so underrated as critters. Thumbs up, they are great ^^
Do you know that video of that rainbowsnails having an orgy ?
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
No, never knew anything about snail orgies. That must be so weird considering snails are hermaphrodites. Should be fun to google up later though. Thanks! =D
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surthur Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
[link] you are welcome P;
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Awesome. I'm a huge fan of Attenborough's stuff. Also, comments are funny. =I
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surthur Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
what, funny comments ? Its all only in your head. on your head. out of your head @ - @
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Yeah, the yewtewb comments. =S
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Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
LOVE these snail guys, awesome!
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Thanks man! They love you too. ;)
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I just love your pencil renderings. Every time I try it ends up being an awful mess.
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Make them as messy as you want! Don't be afraid of bad drawings or mistakes. You can always trace over them better with inks or use memo pad notes on top (they're see-through too).

Find a way to render that you might like to do. Maybe you like to cross hatch? Maybe it's just scribbly lines? Whatever makes you happy, then just repeat the process over and over again.

Really all repetition does is build up your confidence in lines and opens yourself to more self-discoveries.

Well, you know the answer to that already. If you don't, then trust yourself that you do. Its all about trust.

My lines are (semi-)cross contour lines. They give me a sense of form at times. This helps me spatially since I suck at making things 3d on paper. I know I can always go back to refine the cross contours process more by making some still life studies for them, but ah well, too lazy anyways.
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
sweet, thanks for the tips!
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Yer welcome!
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raoxcrew Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
awe som mate :]
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Thanks mate. =D
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joverine Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
top left is my fav! haha maybe cuz he's sleeping and i'm gettin tired...
mmm java
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
I'm twitching now that you've mentioned java. Trying to cut it back down to 1 a day again.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Wow! I'm really kind of fond of the one with the torso and the strange arm shells!
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Thanks. =D
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E-V-IL Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
yes! they're back! these are great mikey.. so much personality in each of them. I would love to see where they live and how they would make things.
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Thanks. I have a feeling that they don't make anything. As for where they live, well, we'll see what comes up later. ;)
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E-V-IL Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
cool!
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