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iMy Experiences Making My Own Dakimakuran/a    Readers' selection (2016-02-28)

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01 year agoKosuraKosura
Kazkari (1 year ago) #6987904Are you good at copying?
Just alot of what you said rings true to myself. I can/could copy well.... I think I probably gave up along time before you though. I stopped drawling seriously when I was about 14 most likely, I kept getting asked stupid questions like why are you drawing those cartoons (stuff like Pokemon ect) when everyone else was looking at "sexy" actors/singers/anything that was popular.
I remember all I could do was copy I could never put any soul into anything I did on my own so it always turned out crap..... I just felt I'd never make progress so I gave up aswell as those idiots bothering me.
I think you should continue if you enjoy it though, I hope you can do some of your own work eventually, I'd like to see someone succeed in a way I didn't.


I used to be good at copying but even that is something I fail at now.

People never really bothered me because I was drawing. Most of them found it quite amazing what I could do. Most of my time in school was spent drawing or sleeping, because most of the classes were to simple. I never learned or anything and got trough school flawlessly. But there's the problem as I said, I'm good at everything I start but I don't get better, in most cases I get worse. And the more effort I put into it the worse it gets.

I used to really like drawing but it became so frustrating that whenever I really feel like I want to draw it just changes instantly to frustration just because I can't even think of what to draw :(

I never really cared for actors or anything either. I barely know any, only those that get named over and over again and even then I only know the name, no face or anything like that XD
01 year agoUntramenUntramen
Kazkari (1 year ago) #6987901I've seen Artscow, I've seen some good stuff on there but do they undervalue their items? I tried emailing them but I'm not sure their customer service understood my question. But anyway since the thing I want is abit ehhhh.... Its abit of a risk getting it caught in customs aswell as I think its stupid paying them for their shit service.
Anyway its nice to know how it works from a seller/creators perspective. How long does it take you to draw a full body in detail and what tools do you use? Is it just Photoshop? How do you keep the proportions accurate since you wont be able to see everything at once aswell?

Ok I have no idea what you are asking for undervaluing items. I'm a cheapskate and usually wait for sales and free shipping before I even bother ordering, so to be told that they're undervaluing their items confuses me. I mean cheaper is nicer in general isn't it? And ArtsCow has plenty of sales and free item credits and I've ordered about 5 items from them in the past year. I never had to deal with customer service since I just send in my order and then wait patiently. I don't really know anything about their supposed "shit service" but if you dislike them so much I'll tell you now that there are other alternatives to that site if it really bothers you so much.

And in regards to drawing proportions, it just is something you have to practice and learn to draw properly. Proportions are most important during the sketch and first line art phase, and you can fix it as you go along. And for the tools I use I use Paint Tool SAI. I have tried using Photoshop to illustrate and oh god it's so bad. Please don't use Photoshop as your primary art program, it's more trouble than it's worth.
And I can't quite give you a good estimate for how long it takes to draw a full body. I was hit with inspiration at the time so it took me about 3-4 days (school days, mind you) for me to complete it to the flat colors stage. I did a lot of post editing before submitting my order though




Also I have no idea why people are sharing their art quitting journeys here. I mean what can I even say aside from I wish you guys didn't give up and kept at it but hey, whatever makes you feel more comfortable.
01 year agoKazkariKazkari
Kosura (1 year ago) #6987628ship

Are you good at copying?

Just alot of what you said rings true to myself. I can/could copy well.... I think I probably gave up along time before you though. I stopped drawling seriously when I was about 14 most likely, I kept getting asked stupid questions like why are you drawing those cartoons (stuff like Pokemon ect) when everyone else was looking at "sexy" actors/singers/anything that was popular.

I remember all I could do was copy I could never put any soul into anything I did on my own so it always turned out crap..... I just felt I'd never make progress so I gave up aswell as those idiots bothering me.

I think you should continue if you enjoy it though, I hope you can do some of your own work eventually, I'd like to see someone succeed in a way I didn't.
01 year agoKazkariKazkari
I've seen Artscow, I've seen some good stuff on there but do they undervalue their items? I tried emailing them but I'm not sure their customer service understood my question. But anyway since the thing I want is abit ehhhh.... Its abit of a risk getting it caught in customs aswell as I think its stupid paying them for their shit service.

Anyway its nice to know how it works from a seller/creators perspective. How long does it take you to draw a full body in detail and what tools do you use? Is it just Photoshop? How do you keep the proportions accurate since you wont be able to see everything at once aswell?
11 year agoKosuraKosura
weeaboo means something different to me ...
people blabbering out that little of japanese they know just from watching anime in between english or their native tongue.

That aside. I've thought about it myself because I couldn't find anything from certain characters that I wanted something of as well as something from my own character. I wanted to have a nice wallscroll from my lil Alice but it only took me a few seconds to realize that ... I can't draw for shizzle. I've been drawing for years (16-17 years to be exact) but every time I pick up a pencil it starts out good but the more I draw the worse I get which just demotivates me and makes me feel like crap. After all these years I'm still unable to really draw something out of nothing. I can't just make something up or even if it exists I can't create something from my own (a different pose and what not).

It goes with everything I do. I'm good at everything (figure of speaking) but the more time I put into a specific thing the worse I get at it, idk why it is like that but it is. It gets worse and worse up until the point that it just doesn't move anymore, it freezes, it's as if I just can't anymore.
01 year agoUntramenUntramen
Magitrash (1 year ago) #6962688T-Thank you for sharing this. I'll likely be commissioning someone for art in the future to have one of these made(w their permission of course.)
Good luck! I'm glad that my own custom daki experience is inspiring others to do the same haha.
01 year agoUntramenUntramen
Vat (1 year ago) #6962709Cute drawing of Miki, I don't see much love for her compared to other vocaloids. I actually looked to see if she had any figures and was disappointed lol :/
I would so make my own dakimakura one day once I'm a competent enough artist, none of my favorite characters are popular enough for me to hope someone else does one

The main reason I had to step up my game and draw my own LOL.
I mean when it comes to drawing something you're satisfied with it takes a lot of time to get it to a level you're comfortable with and I wish you luck if you do decide to try drawing one! Poses are hard! Ask a friend to pose like one of your French girls as reference, that's what worked out for me pfft.
01 year agoVatVat
Cute drawing of Miki, I don't see much love for her compared to other vocaloids. I actually looked to see if she had any figures and was disappointed lol :/
I would so make my own dakimakura one day once I'm a competent enough artist, none of my favorite characters are popular enough for me to hope someone else does one
01 year agoMagitrashMagitrash
T-Thank you for sharing this. I'll likely be commissioning someone for art in the future to have one of these made(w their permission of course.)
11 year ago (1 year ago)UntramenUntramen
Rueleer (1 year ago) #6961672Thank you for sharing this~!!!
I've wanted a daki for so long, but it is almost impossible for me to find one I like pre-made since
1. I prefer bishonen and there is a severe lack of bishie dakis and
2. The ones I can find are either super NSFW or not to a style/pose I like.
As long as I make sure not to stuff up on the drawing (no one to blame but myself if I did hahaha), I can display it proudly on my bed then. qwq
It makes for an even better conversation starter than a normal daki! I may end up with 4 daki covers now because of you.

No problem and thank you!
I agree there is a severe lack of good dakimakura designs (unofficial or official) of specific characters if there were any at all of that character. Sometimes you gotta fill in the void yourself haha.

And omg 4 daki covers may be a little overkill. But I actually was going to make another someday despite only having one pillow, so if you do end up making more than one daki, share with me some display options that don't require me to have my bed taken over by body pillows!
01 year agopupina_chanpupina_chan
Untramen (1 year ago) #6961032You could always commission someone OR find a way to scale or vector preexisting art.
I know that Waifu2x does allow you to upscale anime art without losing too much resolution in artifacts and stuff so that might be an option if you want to increase the size of the image. I'm sorry I can't be of much help here!


No, you've helped me enough. Thank you for your suggestion! I hope I could find a way to create my own dakimakura ^o^
01 year ago (1 year ago)RueleerRueleer
Thank you for sharing this~!!!

I've wanted a daki for so long, but it is almost impossible for me to find one I like pre-made since
1. I prefer bishonen and there is a severe lack of bishie dakis and
2. The ones I can find are either super NSFW or not to a style/pose I like.

As long as I make sure not to stuff up on the drawing (no one to blame but myself if I did hahaha), I can display it proudly on my bed then. qwq

It makes for an even better conversation starter than a normal daki! I may end up with 4 daki covers now because of you.
11 year ago (1 year ago)UntramenUntramen
Akira (1 year ago) #6961348Bruh.
But really, negativity aside, the truth is that artists look to improve almost constantly. In some cases this is can be a little uhhh toxic, for a lack of a better word ie ppl thinking they suck and beating the crap out of themselves instead of being a little more gentle and give themselves a break for arting. Well I guess the phrase "oneself is your worst/best critic" fits too.
On topic of this blog, I really like what you did here! Going out of your way to make dakis of the neglected vocaloids is awesome ( ᐛ ) Also Miki deserves more love, she has such a nice design too...

I'm sorry I worded that sort of badly LOL I've actually kind of quit beating myself up over my art and I'm always kind of happy knowing that I'm improving.
I mean like drawing is fun but when you spend money to do something with your art (like the way I spent $40 on this dakimakura alone) of course you're gonna end up being frustrated if it ends up being terrible looking to yourself in the future. I guess the word "hate" is too strong a word, I'd say frustrated probably reflects what I mean better.

And also yes I adore Miki so much she probably has one of the best designs out of all the Vocaloids (I do slightly prefer her V2 design over her V4, but I thought the V4 was prettier to draw). Inversely I also like Kiyoteru who has the most boring design ever. Both have been getting some official merch lately which is nice but it's more like motif merchandise rather than character merch which does kind of make me sad.
11 year agoAkiraAkira
UntramenThe thing is, as an artist, you're always going to inevitably hate your art so having your own printed out on a body pillow is just a high risk type of deal

Bruh.

But really, negativity aside, the truth is that artists look to improve almost constantly. In some cases this is can be a little uhhh toxic, for a lack of a better word ie ppl thinking they suck and beating the crap out of themselves instead of being a little more gentle and give themselves a break for arting. Well I guess the phrase "oneself is your worst/best critic" fits too.

On topic of this blog, I really like what you did here! Going out of your way to make dakis of the neglected vocaloids is awesome ( ᐛ ) Also Miki deserves more love, she has such a nice design too...
01 year agoUntramenUntramen
SHSLdespair_girl (1 year ago) #6961236Ohhh those look great it's awesome that you drew it yourself it makes the daki that much more special! when I improve my art skills I want to make my own hope mine will turn out as half a nice as yours
Thank you!
Oh man good luck on your dakimakura when you get to it! It's really tough to make art look presentable in general, but trust me when you love the characters a ton, then it becomes such a huge motivator to make sure they look as amazing as they can. And I'm sure your final dakimakura will look fantastic as well!
01 year agoUntramenUntramen
hugtower (1 year ago) #6961048Another Miki fan ;w; She looks so gorgeous on your daki!
Ahhhhh thank you and I'm happy you also like Miki! It's not every day I see someone appreciate Vocaloid other than the Crypton Vocaloids + Gumi & Gakupo.
01 year agoSHSLdespair_girlSHSLdespair_girl
Ohhh those look great it's awesome that you drew it yourself it makes the daki that much more special! when I improve my art skills I want to make my own hope mine will turn out as half a nice as yours
01 year agoUntramenUntramen
Tjilp (1 year ago) #6961147One day I will make my own Daki xD
I must say yours looks really cool! Nice that you went through with it and just printed it :3
I'm wondering, what size were your images when you printed them? Since I'm reading from your text that it was an afterthought, did you scale them up or redraw them at that size again?

Ah well if I look at my original image, Miki is 1141x1893px and Kiyoteru is 1021x2245px. When I put it into ArtsCow, it resized the image which I suppose was not a particularly good way of doing it, but it was the first time I was doing any sort of custom printwork so I had no idea what I was doing to be honest. I still like how it turned out, haha.
01 year agoTjilpTjilp
One day I will make my own Daki xD

I must say yours looks really cool! Nice that you went through with it and just printed it :3

I'm wondering, what size were your images when you printed them? Since I'm reading from your text that it was an afterthought, did you scale them up or redraw them at that size again?
01 year agohugtowerhugtower
Another Miki fan ;w; She looks so gorgeous on your daki!

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