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Ready for a night out in town by aautio Ready for a night out in town by aautio
Hereís something I drew yesterday. I got inspired by ~tracyjbís amazing gallery that I happened to find just a couple of days ago. Seeing her wonderful pencil drawings made me want to draw something a bit more finished than the sketches Iíve been drawing lately. My problem usually is that I donít plan my drawings beforehand too much - I might sketch the pose roughly first, but once Iím done with face and hair I often lose interest in finishing the piece. This time I wanted to give the idea and the methods a bit more thought.

And yes - itís yet another Beatrice drawing! :) Sheís my only active character at the moment and Iím trying to see if I can establish some kind of personal look for her so that every time I draw her sheíd be recognizable .. Thatís very hard to do usually; my drawings of same characters often look like different persons. I went for a slightly more realistic look this time and tried to avoid exaggerating the eyes too much for instance.

My first idea was to draw her in some fancy business style clothes on her way to another meeting of the primogen accompanied by her ghoul bodyguard but as I was looking for references for fashionable clothes I ran across a photo of a model walking down the catwalk wearing a dress like that, and I decided to draw her in her party outfit instead. As anyone can probably tell from her walk, I also used the pic as a reference when sketching the pose guidelines. So here she is leaving her mansion, ready to head into the Chicago nightlife with her red Bugatti convertible.. :)

Iím quite happy with how this turned out, even though it doesnít fully succeed in creating that personalized character look for Beatrice. She looks a bit different again, a bit too old perhaps.. (and looking at it now I just realized her boobs are way too big as well.. uhhm, I mustíve been looking too closely at the reference photo.. :lol: )

I rendered the shading very lightly to keep the drawing clear for colouring later.. Iíd love to get to it right away, but as Iíve already concluded that Iím just wasting my time (and risking getting tendonitis on my wrist..) with my mouse Iíll let it wait until I get a tablet.

EDIT: Better scan
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kenyan1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
beauiful work!!!!!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the boots :)
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Bkvs Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
:heart:
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plumpener Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007   Photographer
Nice!
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
Cheers! :D
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plumpener Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007   Photographer
:D
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HermyEmma Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is certainly one of your best works. it's clearly evident that you took the time for many of the details within the picture. Personally, I think she looks refined and properly aged instead of looking childish for being 17/24.

I've been playing Vampire since 1996 and I happen to think that even a young vampire will always look slightly more aged because of their power, not because of their true physical age.
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aautio Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
Thank you! :)

Interesting point about the age.. makes sense too. A vampire would most likely appear slightly older. Although Bea had all the merits like Baby Face and Eat Food which made her seem very human.. noticing she was a vampire would be very hard even when she wasn't using Obfuscate.. well, if it wasn't for the Appearance rating of 6 that exeeds human maximum.. ;)

Too bad that campaign was short-lived.. I really liked the character.
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HermyEmma Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes and too bad you don't live close, we could run a game together. ^.^ I haven't had a good Vampire game in a long time.
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aautio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Oh yeah, that'd be cool.. though Finland's a bit far from where you're at, true enough! :D
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HermyEmma Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hehehe, indeed.
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Letenastare Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
I love your art !!!! :clap:
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aautio Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Thanks! :hug:
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
The boobs here really aren't like unrealistically big. I've seen a lot of unrealistic boobies in my time, these are pretty damn good. The textures in this are beautiful! And the detail! So subtle, so rich, but not confusing or overwhelming in the least! I love this picture! I can't believe I hadn't noticed it sooner!
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aautio Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2005
Thanks! True, they're not unnaturally big, only they are perhaps a bit too big for Beatrice. She is a 700-year-old vampire, but her physical age (when she "died") is 24 and her apparent age (since she effectively stopped aging when she was ghouled) is supposed to be 17.. So i think she looks a wee bit more mature here than i intended her to be when i created the character.

I usually have trouble drawing modern clothes, so here the dress as well as the boots were referenced from fashion photos . I tried to make those look stylish and add details like jewelry to show how filthy rich she is.. ;) I rather like the drawing and it might be one of the first i'm going to colour now that i've got a tablet.. when i'll find the time, that is. This is one of those drawings that definitely need a rescan too. Thanks for the comment!
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naylemonstre Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work ^_^ i love the motion of this piccu and the way you drew her legs and hand <3
nice attention to the detail too ^^!
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
Thanks! That hand holding the cigarette was the last thing i drew and the only part with which i remember having some trouble.. had to draw it like 3 times before it turned out ok. I'm glad you like it.
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
Thanks! I've always enjoyed drawing wild flowing hair like that.. The coat is done that way also for practical reasons; I had already drawn the dress when i decided to give her a coat too - so i didn't want to cover it up too much. :)
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vixentheangryfox Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome-ness
I like how you made her hair and coat flow back, she really looks like she's walking towards you :)
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shadowyzman Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work dude!!!! ireally like it.....love the details
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005
Thank you! :) This time i had the patience to work a bit more on the clothing details as i didn't allow myself to work on the face before i had finished her clothing.. :D
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shadowyzman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :) Yeah that sounds like a good way to do it. I guess i should try that too ^_^
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