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SilverMelee
Timothy J. Hodle
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm a 25-year-old who currently resides in the Phoenix area (until recently, I used to live in central NJ). These days, I spend most of my time partaking in glorious activities like sleeping in, hating myself immensely, and wondering where I went wrong in life. I sometimes make attempts at drawing animal people and such. If I manage to draw something that I find isn't completely terrible, I'll probably even upload it here!

Admittedly, I'm not a very chatty individual, as some of my friends may tell you - I'm a man of few words and am slow to trust others. I hope you don't take it personally.

Nevertheless, anyone is welcome to comment on my drawings. I take my work seriously and am always looking to improve, so if there's anything about my art you really like and would like to see more of, or if you think there's something that you think I could stand to improve on, then feel free to let me know. I may not always like what you have to say and I often won't respond, but rest assured, I will read and listen to all your comments.

I also like playing video games. I've got a bunch of games and consoles, though most of my game time is currently spent on my 360. If you want to add me, my gamertag is the same as username here: SilverMelee.

Commissions - Ask Me by SweetDuke

I'm currently thinking about opening commissions. I don't really have anything set up yet, and I'd like to make at least one or two more sample pictures before laying down some ground rules and setting some prices, but if you really want to commission me, feel free to drop me a note and maybe we can work something out.

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Flat Colors - Bottan by SilverMelee
Flat Colors - Bottan
A.K.A. "I draw other people's characters without their permission."

Another sample - a flat colored image! This time of Neveko's dragon hybrid, Bottan. Always a fun character to draw, though I'm less than impressed with the results here.

If you follow my work, you may have noticed that the past few drawings have been a detailed bust shot, a sketched bust shot, and an inked bust shot respectively. That's because I'm serious about opening commissions, but because it's been quite some time since I've really drawn anything, and since I feared my abilities may have gotten rusty, I wanted to work on a number of sample pics that I can use as part of a price chart. I figured it'd also be a nice chance to draw other people's characters, since I only have two real characters, and they aren't exactly the most diverse duo...

So, I stated my reasons for using other people's characters for the previous sample pics... what's my excuse here? Did Nevie inspire me during troubling times? Was I bad to her and felt the need to at least make some attempt to atone? Did we have some sort of other recent personal connection? NOPE! We actually haven't talked in some time! The only reason I chose Bottan for this sample was because I wanted to try my hand at a human character (or at least, something with a human face), and I always found Nevie's dragon-hybrid a neat character to draw (I even got to implement the character's emblem this time around!). This one... was a bit difficult to work with; I just could not get the hands right and I ultimately settled on this fairly bland pose because I could not figure out what to do with her. Not proud of that. I also had so much trouble with the face; I know I don't draw humans often and I know it's been awhile since I last drew much of anything (let alone a human), but I didn't think I'd have this much difficulty with it. Even after inking, I had to go back and fix up parts of the face several times, and this was the best I could really do with it... perhaps when I open commissions, I should offer to do humans at a reduced cost? I did try to spice things up a little with a somewhat fancy border, that green magical flame (can Bottan do plant magic? I don't remember), and some background elements. I do like how that flame came out... I would've liked to tweak it a little more, but it gets the job done.

Much like the Sharon pic, I'm just... unsatisfied with the results. I don't think I so much as artistically petered out as I didn't entirely know what to do with the pic. Maybe next time I draw Bottan, I'll figure out what to do with her. Maybe you'll have a higher opinion of this drawing than I do, Nevie.

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On a rather... unfortunate note, when I had finished up the flat colors and was ready to save everything, I accidentally wound up saving over the original PSD file when I really wanted to make a separate PNG. What does this mean? The layers were flattened, the overall size was reduced, and any chances of me being able to go back to easily fix this up/shade and detail it were ruined (by the time I saved, any history of the pic in a layered state were long gone). God, I'm so embarrassed to have made such a flub... so, if you wanted me to finish this, Nevie, the only way for me to do that is to redraw everything, and I'm not really willing to do that at the moment... sorry. Still can't believe I messed up like that...

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Bottan is property of :iconneveko:.
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Digital Ink - Danny Paint by SilverMelee
Digital Ink - Danny Paint
A.K.A. "I draw other people's characters without their permission."

Another sketch... actually, no; this is a digitally done inking. This time, I decided to draw Danny-Paint's avatar! Never really tried my hand at a feline character, so I kept things relatively simple. I mean, I never do frontal poses anyway, so it was nice to experiment with that (side note: Danny here was originally supposed to be waving, but I just couldn't get his arm/hand right, so I had to opt for something easier). I was even able to integrate the character's emblem into the shot and have it function as a border for the character's name! I felt so clever when I did that.

So, some of my watchers may be wondering who this Danny person is and why I drew something for him. Well, you see... Danny is a super-friendly individual who discovered and befriended me last year. If you follow my Twitter or talk to me on Skype, "last year" was also when reality began to dawn upon me and I wound up falling into a nasty pit of despair, emptiness, and self-loathing (a hole I still haven't been able to drag myself out of, unfortunately...). So, guess what happened? He often found himself taking the full brunt of my shitty, shitty self to the point that it soon became a common conversation topic between him and I. If any of you read my Twitter, or if you talk to me on Skype... I can assure you that any shittiness of mine which I have exposed you to pales in comparison to what I put poor Danny through. I am convinced that the friendship him and I share is permanently damaged because of it, and that it is entirely my fault. Despite all of this, he still willingly talks to me. I don't know why, but he does, and I am grateful for that.

If you're reading this, Danny, I really am sorry about all of that (hey, me apologizing for being a shitty person also came up a fair deal in our convos, didn't it?). You really did not deserve any of that. You know what you do deserve, however? A drawing! I know just one drawing won't make up for that (and I know this isn't exactly what you were expecting... baby steps, Danny - outside of these recent bust shots, I haven't really drawn anything in some time), but I hope this at least helps things a little. You could argue I don't owe you anything at all, in which case... tough, I made you something anyway. I also made sure to fix up most of the problems present in that sketch I shared with you the other day, but if there's anything I missed, do let me know.

Danny is property of :icondanny-paint:.
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So, serious question: How would you people feel if I opened commissions? I've been seriously contemplating accepting them; nothing too big at the moment, though... just stuff like this or this; bust shots that may have some fancy background elements to them (I'm not quite ready to go back to full body shots just yet). Prices would vary depending on what the client would want, whether it'd be inked, colored, have background elements, etc. And I would provide updates every time I reached a milestone (be it a finished sketch, finished inking, etc.) to make sure the client is getting what they'd want. I'm still pondering over certain details, though.

Obviously, I'll need to make more sample pics before drawing up a proper price chart, but I thought I'd ask early and hear some feedback regarding the matter. I need the money (why no, the job hunt is not going well), and I'm sure my watchers would appreciate it if I updated more often (assuming I get clients). Would anyone really be interested in paying me money to draw things?
Digital Sketch - Doolah by SilverMelee
Digital Sketch - Doolah
A.K.A. "I draw other people's characters without their permission"

A digital sketch! After I finished drawng that Sharon bust shot that had taken so much out of me, I began to feel really inspired and wanted to try my hand at another drawing. While I initially had other art plans today, I chose to set that aside to better focus on this sketch. I'd say this sketch took about... five to seven hours? Granted, one of those hours was spent toying around with a rough background that didn't make it in (it was too rough and refining it would've added another five hours to the workload), but it was a still a fair deal of time.

So, what did I sketch out? A drawing I owe somebody? More of my characters? Nope! I decided to sketch Dizzie-Dog's pirate character Doolah! The main reason is because Diz helped encourage me to finish that Sharon drawing of mine, a drawing that became so burdensome to do that the very idea of drawing in general became something I would eventually dread. A streak of depressed tweets and an absolutely miserable week later, she chirped in to help me - her actual encouragement was that I give drawing a break and instead pursue another form of art, which really caught my interest to the point that I even wound up buying the needed supplies (and I intend to use them, mind you). Having something to look forward to, I pressed on and finished that drawing (much of it was already done at that point and it seemed wasteful to discard it), so now I'm finally free of its clutches! I know a sketch isn't much of a sign of gratitude, but I hope it at least counts for something.

Also, after spending so much time drawing my own characters, I wanted to branch out and try someone else's character again, even if it's someone I've drawn before. And hey, Doolah is super fun to draw! Her body shape also allowed me to try my hand at a different character build (though my rendition is arguably bulkier and burlier than Diz's own drawings). And look! I can still draw hands... sort of... well, they came better than I had anticipated, anyway...

Definitely had fun with this one, even if there's still bunch of flaws (head is a little too small, left hand and mug need a little fixing, belly too round, etc.). If I ever get a chance to work on this further (and I'd really like to), I'll definitely try to fix up a little more. Hope you like it, Diz!

Doolah is property of :icondizzie-dog:.
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Bust Shot - Sharon Medley by SilverMelee
Bust Shot - Sharon Medley
My first digital drawing with my Wacom Intuos tablet!

Can't believe it's been almost a year since I last submitted a colored drawing... another Sharon pic, because I feel like don't pay enough attention to her, and I didn't want to wait another three years to make a colored pic.

You know what else I can't believe? That this was supposed to be a very simple drawing - the original intention was to make a simple bust shot and add some minor elements to make it look like a fancy playing card (and idea I got from, of all things, a laughably bad video game). Unfortunately, I didn't like how that came out, but the bust shot felt empty and bland without any real elements to it, so I decided to add a border and a fancy section for her name... but it still felt empty and bland. Rather than trash the border, I decided to keep adding to it bit by bit and eventually I wound up with... this. It's definitely been a long time since I made an attempt at a "real" background of sorts (during which I remembered just how much I hate drawing trees). When designing the background elements, I wanted to try and show off aspects of Sharon's homeland - she lives the forests, of course, but that forest has more than just mighty pine trees and flowers. It's also inhabited by distinct amber-colored mushroom trees (that idea didn't come about until last year, when I was modifying Sharon's design). They aren't true mushrooms, per se - the caps are actually made of a solid substance that Sharon's people mine and then melt into distinct shapes or coat certain materials with to give them a distinct finish. The mined materials grow back, so they have an endless supply and is a major export in certain parts of Sharon's homeland.

I also kind of went all-out with textures here, during which I realized I don't know how to draw tree bark nor do I know how to give my mushroom caps a semi-crystalline surface. That said, I may have gone overboard in applying textures elsewhere, especially the border which looks like it had a few run-ins with fine sandpaper. I just felt like everything was too flat otherwise... I'm also unhappy with how the mushroom trees came out - they really should have a more amber-like appearance, but I just couldn't make it work. I'm not gonna lie, that background in general was a nightmare to draw... I wound up redrawing that damn thing three times, and I'm not even sure if it was worth it in the end.

Also, it's those maps again, which I drew several years ago! It's almost become a bit of an in-joke at this point, to use them as backgrounds for my characters in some way, hasn't it? Granted, I'm the only one in on it, but I really should take another swing at drawing Melee and Sharon's homelands again, shouldn't I?

Truth be told, I did not enjoy drawing this. It was supposed to be a simple project that would've allowed me to finish it quickly and get me back into the habit of drawing, but it wound up becoming a complicated mess that became less and less fun to draw until I couldn't even enjoy the craft anymore. It took a lot out of me, and ultimately left me feeling highly discouraged to keep going. But I did (albeit very slowly) and you know what? As much as I disliked working on this, I would be lying if I said I wasn't finally happy to finish this damned thing. With this down, I can finally move on to something new. Something fresh. If you've been following me on Twitter, then you might know what I'll likely be looking into next (whether it goes anywhere is another question). Until then, enjoy... I guess.

Sharon is property of :iconsilvermelee:, AKA myself.
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So, serious question: How would you people feel if I opened commissions? I've been seriously contemplating accepting them; nothing too big at the moment, though... just stuff like this or this; bust shots that may have some fancy background elements to them (I'm not quite ready to go back to full body shots just yet). Prices would vary depending on what the client would want, whether it'd be inked, colored, have background elements, etc. And I would provide updates every time I reached a milestone (be it a finished sketch, finished inking, etc.) to make sure the client is getting what they'd want. I'm still pondering over certain details, though.

Obviously, I'll need to make more sample pics before drawing up a proper price chart, but I thought I'd ask early and hear some feedback regarding the matter. I need the money (why no, the job hunt is not going well), and I'm sure my watchers would appreciate it if I updated more often (assuming I get clients). Would anyone really be interested in paying me money to draw things?

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huricane887 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   General Artist
Happy birthday.Hope you have a great one. :D
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Nafyo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 
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Danny-Paint Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch! :hug:
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runde Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
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GameFreak38 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Happy Birthday!
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Neveko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Happy Birthday!
Soon it will be my birthday too. :3
Hope you have a good one, Tim.
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SilverMelee Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thank you, Sarah.

Hopefully, by the time your birthday hits, I'll finally have some lineart to show you.
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Neveko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
:D
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TurboPikachu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
You're welcome! ^w^
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