Okay! It definitely takes me a while sometimes to get them right too ^^
I start out with a 100x100 pixel canvas, and draw the icon there. It depends on what I'm drawing, but I try to aim for symmetry! It helps to use the straight line tool, shape tools, and copy and paste.
After drawing, I try to clean up the drawing so that the edges are crisp? Basically you want to reduce any places where the pixels are sort of blurry. After that I reduce the image size to 35x35 px, and look at it shrunken to size to see if there's any other area I want to fix. It's a bit of trial and error ^^
Before I start drawing I also take a look at "[word] icon" on google to see how other artists have simplified the item and what elements I want to use or change. It really helps to do this to make sure your icon is readable and simple!
Hope this helps! Sometimes I skip some steps or don't do them completely so don't feel obligated! After all this is all for fun ^o^
Belated Merry Christmas, JK ! I was your Secret Santa this year !! Sorry for the lateness of my present, a lot of irl things came up unexpectedly but I hope you like the present nonetheless! I trust that your holidays went well and I wish you all the best in the upcoming year <3 You've been a lovely friend over the last few years and I look forward to more! !!
Also gosh can I just say I love Ilandere? So much???!?!?1/1// her design is gorgeous, I had a ball drawing her ! Late Merry Christmas again, I hope you like it !! <3
I choked on my water when I went into recent activity and saw this because !! holy heck Tay this is gorgeous ;A; Thank you so much for blessing my eyes with this (seriously, I'm still clicking in to look at her again as I'm writing this) and for your sweet words. I'm really happy to have you as a friend and a fellow user on the wiki for these years <3 Time really does fly!
I hope your irl things went okay and don't sweat being late! 'Twas well worth it ;u;
more screaming about the art:
the pose!! elegant, graceful, PRETTY
i really really like how you did her hair it looks so wavy and natural!
you remembered the one long sleeve one short sleeve! :0 sometimes even i forget it so that's impressive tbh
her expression,, i'm DIED is it me or did you draw her looking dead inside for the lack of a better description because it's so good. she's so pretty but she also just has that aura of "i will sell your soul to capitalism. thank u, next" and it's (100 emoji)(sad cowboy emoji) absolutely perfect.
DUDE don't choke 1! sobbing emoji i'm so glad you like it tho, you're absolutely welcome, drawing her was such fun and her outfit? chef kiss!! i'm really happy to have you as a friend as well <33 I do hope we can do more stuff together in the upcoming year perhaps? eyes
my irl things went fine uwu thank you for understanding
!!!!! her hair was a lot of fun !! i got really excited thinking about drawing all that hair ! the sleeves, yes i was looking at them and i wondered if they were one short/one long sdkfskdfksdj admittedly i thought you'd just drawn them unevenly at first lol. ALSO YES THE EXPRESSION i tried to make it very uh...blank? doll-like? i think she's the type of person to look very coldly beautiful (i liked the way you described her eyes as vanilla extract sdjfjsdfjfsdjsf) so the dead expression was an uh,,, expression of that?
Hi Rose! It depends on the difficulty of the drawing! I can't do a full color digital drawing for free because that's really time-intensive ^^; I'd do one of those as commissions. I'd be fine doing a pencil sketch for you though! It helps a lot if you have references (if you don't mind my simpler style haha)
I don't really know anyone sorry ^^; Sometimes users will do blog posts for requests (like Zena did this June for pride icons) though, so you can always keep an eye out! If you can write fanfic, there's the possibility of doing an art-fic trade. We do a Secret Santa around December, and that's mostly fic and art.
Do you have any references for what you want Amorette to be wearing and her hairstyle?
hey JK! remember the art swap thing? well i had you so i thought this would be the perfect opportunity to draw Merana in your style! ;u; it was definitely fun and i loved drawing the eyes. also sorry if you don't think this looks like your style, i tried :,)
Oh my god! This is absolutely gorgeous! :D I love how the red lips contrast with xir (cold, dead) porcelain complexion, and you've come the closest so far to giving Cop what I've always wanted xir hair to look like OWO The choker is perfection and the hat <3 And the goggles too! Agh, I just love this a lot :3 Thank you so much for doing this Bel!
Well, this is an awkward proposition to make under any sort of circumstance since I don't really have any cause to ask this, but I think I should ask in any event and just hope that you won't take offense and get what I'm saying.
You adopted Jason Diablo from me back when I was overwhelmed with characters. I was wondering if I could have him back? I know it's a weird question and I don't have much cause to ask, but I was just wondering.
Sure, of course you can have him back~ Truth is, I really don't know how to develop him and I wasn't sure that I'd do him much justice. I was kinda overwhelmed with my work in real life too, and didn't have any time to actually brainstorm for him. Don't worry, I won't take offense and you can have Jason back.
Ah, thank God! I was worried you wouldn't be understanding about it or would even be rude about it. It was irrational to think that because of how nice you are, but I always expect the worse for the most part. ^^ Thank you.