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Partial solar eclipse  by smccombs Partial solar eclipse :iconsmccombs:smccombs 0 0 Into the woods (Fronthill castle grounds)  by smccombs Into the woods (Fronthill castle grounds) :iconsmccombs:smccombs 4 0 Untitled by smccombs Untitled :iconsmccombs:smccombs 1 0 Untitled by smccombs Untitled :iconsmccombs:smccombs 1 0 Untitled by smccombs Untitled :iconsmccombs:smccombs 1 0 Fronthill castle continued  by smccombs Fronthill castle continued :iconsmccombs:smccombs 2 0 Scenery at Fronthill castle  by smccombs Scenery at Fronthill castle :iconsmccombs:smccombs 2 0 Fronthill castle  by smccombs Fronthill castle :iconsmccombs:smccombs 2 0 My new avatar!   by smccombs My new avatar! :iconsmccombs:smccombs 1 0 Mew Ichigo fan art by smccombs Mew Ichigo fan art :iconsmccombs:smccombs 0 0  Optimism vs pessimism - A day at the park by smccombs Optimism vs pessimism - A day at the park :iconsmccombs:smccombs 0 0 Butterfly girl (completed)  by smccombs Butterfly girl (completed) :iconsmccombs:smccombs 0 0 Butterfly girl (rough sketch-no color yet) by smccombs Butterfly girl (rough sketch-no color yet) :iconsmccombs:smccombs 1 0 The Woods Along the River by smccombs The Woods Along the River :iconsmccombs:smccombs 2 0 Along the River Trail by smccombs Along the River Trail :iconsmccombs:smccombs 0 0 Il Lupo della notte ( the wolf of the night) by smccombs Il Lupo della notte ( the wolf of the night) :iconsmccombs:smccombs 1 0

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I always felt like on my orientation day my book loving nerd flag would fly and I'd find others who were the same.  However, this was not my reality. My college split all of us into groups to play ice breaker games and at one point we had everyone in a circle to play the game. This is how it worked: one person goes in the middle and says a fact about them while the others will move toward them and switch sides if they agree.  Well I was in the center multiple times and during one of those times I said that I like to read books.  No one moved and they all gave me blank stares like I said something wrong. Now a little background on me , I'm more of an introverted person that can be quite awkward at times.  In that moment I wish I had the power of invisibility, because I just wanted to hide.  Eventually, my group leader yelled at them saying "come on you guys are in college! " Finally, some kind soul stepped forward and switched spots with me.
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Shannon McCombs
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I am a freshman college student who is currently studying Neuroscience but I also enjoy drawing and taking photos when inspiration hits me. I also admire those who are professional artists and animators.
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FlaccidPumpkin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I saw that you left a comment on a users fav collection saying that youd appreciate some constructive criticism. If youd like, I could give you some advice to help you out!
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smccombs Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi yeah I'd like that.  Thanks! 
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FlaccidPumpkin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
First thing you need to remember is that its ok if progress is slow. It takes a long time (years usually) to master something and everyone learns at a different pace. So dont get discouraged if your art isnt going where you want it too, you will get better if you keep working towards it

Practice drawing traditionally until you get a better understanding of the basics. Take scrap pieces of paper and scribble different shapes over and over again. Its boring as all hell but it does help a lot. When sketching, keep your lines light and short. Messy sketches are completely ok, it doesnt have to look pretty, its there to help you place things. You can make the drawing look clean and pretty when you outline it
Dont be afraid to use reference photos. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using a real life photo or another drawing as a pose reference, as long as you arent tracing it. Breaking things down into basic shapes (as shown in step one of this tutorial: drawinghub.com/tut/how-to-draw…) helps you plan out the body and place things in the right position. There are tons of free tutorials online when it comes to traditional and digital art, dont be afraid to look some up and ask questions
It wouldnt hurt to read up on the basics of art: anatomy, lighting/shadows, proportions, perspective, composition and colour theory. You dont need to go in depth, but just skim over each and get an understanding of them

If you really want to get into digital art, then I strongly suggest getting a graphics tablet and a decent art program. Firealpaca is a free, easy to use program with a lot of features and theres plenty of tutorials for it. LeslieLu Marie has some good videos, and one that covers all of the basics: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F632Sz…
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smccombs Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your advice!
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