So, Apple Bloom is a normal girl, Sweetie Belle is a girl with prosthetics, and Scootaloo is a robot?
yep! I wanted to keep them as kinda representative of the main population, so there’s one of each. :D
(also to answer another question I’ve been getting, augmented human = human with robotic parts replacing or adding onto parts of their body. e.g. Celestia’s robo-legs)
What if steamquestria scootaloo had small helicopter propellers? She'd be able to fly a bit, but not as fast nor as gracefully.
…okay but seriously A PROPELLER. YES. That actually works really well, I’m totally doing this, thanks anon! :D
"gas lamp fantasy" is the genre, it’s like steampunk without the punk.
as I understand it, gaslamp still has the alternate history and general industrial aesthetics and everything? I’ve heard it simplified as being mostly a distinction in genre, with steampunk = science fiction and gaslamp/gaslight = science fantasy. :I9
Steamquestria is probably closer to gaslamp than steampunk but I’m still not comfortable really defining it as either! very inspired by them and trying to emulate them in many ways, definitely, but steampunk and gaslamp both have pretty definitive requirements and I don’t think Steamquestria quite falls under either of those, being an AU of a high fantasy world that’s missing most of the aesthetic except for the Victorian-esque fashions (and robots I guess, but they really should be more zeerusty). I know there’s been lots of heavy debate over what does and doesn’t count and what makes something “steam”, but that’s my thoughts on it!
(also I don’t want to be That Person who goes “it has gears and bustles in it, it’s steampunk!” and makes everyone’s heads explode in rage)
askgargle replied to your post: wow I’ve redone this update like three…
((Go figure that the fun easy project is steampunk, arguably the most complex and detailed aesthetic this side of clockpunk))
ha ha yeah @_@ that’s one reason why once it developed past those first couple of drawings I’ve been calling it “steam-inspired fantasy” (with Victorian clothes!) rather than steampunk, because it doesn’t really have a lot of the core elements like the alternate history or industrial aesthetic going on. I’m…I’m not good at real steampunk /hangs head
wow I’ve redone this update like three times and it still won’t come out right
dangit steamquestria you’re supposed to be the one I don’t have to think about >:I
Neighthan is the cutest ever oh my gosh, I was not expecting to like his doll but he is so adorable wow
I don’t see the difference other than the slower lines being thicker.
hmm this one might be easier to see:
these were done using the same exact motion, just one was fast and the other slow. fast lines done in one motion will have a smoother and more precise curve, while a slow motion will produce a less consistent line.
this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful or that you should rush through your drawing, it’s just the difference in the movement used to actually create the line. you want to be able to draw with fluid movements instead of dragging your pen across the paper or tablet, if that makes sense. and ideally your wrist should be more or less stationary; the movement should be coming primarily from your arm. REALLY long strokes should be coming from your shoulder (iirc this is how traditional painters are taught), but unless you have a canvas-sized drawing surface you’ll probably be using mostly your lower arm.
drawing circles show this pretty well:
(actually circles show this a lot better than lines, I should’ve used circles to begin with, dang)
anyway your arm has a much greater radius of motion than your wrist, so you can draw both larger and more smoothly. also has the added bonus of not tiring out as quickly!
though smooth lines have a lot to do with practice over a specific brush (not that it stops me from hoarding them all. all of them. every single last brush pack ever. it’s still not as bad as my font & texture hoarding problems though)
ha ha yeah a lot of it is practice! you want to try to do long, quick movements with most of the motion in your arm, not in your wrist. it takes practice, but it produces much smoother, cleaner strokes than trying to go slowly:
(also I too have a font/texture/brush hoarding problem. I, I don’t even use 90% of these but what if someday I need them)
Do you happen to have a tag for any posts talking about what kind of brushes or techniques you use to get certain looks? I'm getting back into drawing and I love how smooth your lines look.
not a brush-specific tag, but I did make this post a while back and tagged it as tutorial just so I could find it again!
I also recently started playing with Dave’s Inker Set (the Toothless-dressed-as-food were done with those), although the camelhair brush has yet to be ousted from its special place in my heart. (out of other stuff I’ve posted recently, Scootaloo and Sweetie were #2 of kecky’s brushes with the flow set to 100%, and the emofuri Twilight and Pinkie were done with Dave’s camelhair.)