Why is your site named "Oodles of Doodles"?
Honestly, I just wanted a silly, quirky little name that had the "Ooh" sound in it.
Do you do trades?
Currently, no. Though I may consider it in the near future.
What materials and programs do you use to create your works?
All of my sketches are created with the help of my trusty art arsenal: a 0.5 Faber Castell mechanical pencil, an eraser and a nice, thick sketchpad (the brand doesn't really matter as long as the quality of the paper is good). Because I'm much too lazy to go out and buy a decent scanner, I take photos of my drawings with an old Canon camera. Most of the work is done on Adobe Photoshop CS5
What won't you draw?
Stuff that has no place on a family-friendly website:. But otherwise, I'll draw even the silliest of requests as long as they're Neopets-related.
Why do you only draw Neopets-related art?
Well, there just seem to be more people asking for art of their pets than those who would want anything else. I respond to the call of the majority since those who "want anything else" can easily have their requests fulfilled by those who lurk on the other corners of the Internet.
How do I view your teeny-tiny images?
Simple: just drag your selected image to the address bar and drop it there.
Why is your gallery so...bare?
It takes me quite a while to finish a single piece because I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to my art. This is both a blessing and a curse since the finished product is often worth the effort, but it comes at the expense of so much time.
Can you teach me how to draw?
There are tons of tutorials out there which can do a better job than I, so I can direct you towards them instead. But what I personally can
do for you is critique your artworks via Neomail
should you be interested in my opinion. I'll give you both the positive and negative aspects of your pieces as well as suggestions to help you improve.
How do you achieve the lineless look to your art?
It's quite simple, really: I just create the shapes of the different parts of the piece (hair, eyes, etc.) using the pen tool, creating as many layers as there needs to be for the different elements of the picture. And for the finer, extra details (birthmarks, scars, etc.), pressing CTRL+ALT+G is crucial because this creates a clipping mask that makes it so that the only the layer below the clipped layer will be affected by any edits done to it.
Why don't you outline your art?
Considering the limitations of the pen tool, doing so would be far too time-consuming. Plus, I personally enjoy the effect (and subsequent challenge) of lineless art. I say 'challenge' because the key to well done lineless art is picking colors that are not only vibrant but go perfectly with each other to create a coherent and striking picture.
Who or what has influenced your style?
I'm proud to say that Disney
has made the biggest impact on my personal art style, specifically Milt Kahl and Glen Keane.
If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
tips and tricks
The best designed characters are those with the most distinctive and recognizable silhouettes. A perfect example would be the cast of Team Fortress 2
, with all of the nine main characters having forms that make them distinguishable from each other in the midst of chaotic gameplay.
The shapes that comprise characters give them personalities, as their silhouettes and body will be largely dependent on how they've been, well, shaped. In general, the three basic shapes used are:
The circle is the most serene of the basic shapes, as it has no edges and only curves. A Circular Character is usually one who is compassionate, bubbly and friendly. Think Winnie The Pooh
(The Winnie The Pooh Series), Russel
(Up) and Kirby
(The Kirby Series).
The identical lines are representative of stability. A Square Character is usually one who is tough, dependable, and levelheaded. Think Professor Utonium (The Powerpuff Girls), Kilowog
(The Green Lantern Series) and Pacha
(The Emperor's New Groove).
Most villains tend to be made up of this shape as the sharp edges suggest a sinister nature. A Triangular Character is usually one who is cunning, wicked and imposing in both stature and nature. Think Maleficent
(Sleeping Beauty), Coco LaBouche
(Rugrats In Paris) and Emperor Doviculus
Of course, there will always be exceptions to these standards (such as The Queen of Hearts
from Alice in Wonderland who is a circular character but is foul-tempered and spiteful), but in general characters are designed with these shapes and their connotations in mind.
These keyboard shortcuts will make your Photoshop experiences a much easier one by saving you time and effort.
Selects the Brush option.
Selects the Eraser tool.
Selects the Bucket Fill option.
Selects the Eyedropper tool.
Selects the Pen Tool.
Selects the Text Tool.
Selects the Wand option.
CTRL/CMD + =
CTRL/CMD + -
CTRL/CMD + A
Selects entire image.
CTRL/CMD + C
Copies selected image.
CTRL/CMD + D
Deselects the image.
CTRL/CMD + N
Creates new image.
CTRL/CMD + V
Pastes selected image.
ALT + CTRL/CMD + G
Creates a clipping mask.
ALT + CTRL/CMD + Z
Undoes your previous actions.
SHIFT + CTRL/CMD + U
Desaturates your selected image.
Here are some art-related sites which I believe can truly help one grow into a better artist. Hover over the buttons for more information.
Hulloo there. As has been previously established, my name is Fely
. I'm 22 years old, Filipino-Chinese, and a massive geek. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, with my earliest influences being Sailor Moon
and Dragon Ball Z
, with a dash of Don Bluth and Disney.
Comics, particularly The Adventures of Tintin
Horror Manga, particularly the works of Junji Ito and Shintaro Kago
Dogs, especially the wrinkly ones like English Mastiffs, Bulldogs (both French and English) and Sharpeis
Cheesy foods such as pizza, Cheetos, cheeseburgers and the like
Overly obsessed fans who've absolutely no regard for others (i.e. Hetalia fans who take their love of the series to extreme, shocking levels)
Bad movies (i.e. The Twilight
Bad cartoons (i.e. The current seasons of The Simpsons
and The Fairly Oddparents