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Yes, we're actually drawing together as a team.
If you wonder how, then we can tell you that we share tasks and characters among ourselves.

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We're usually very busy but still we think Art Trades are a great idea.
However please be patient if we need some time for our part! :floating:
Furthermore every picture we do means effort to us.
That's why we do not accept trades for base and typical Microsoft Paint work, sorry! ^^;


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In the following we deal with the criticism which says we did not draw sufficiently “manga-like” anymore.

The thing with the Manga Style... by Dradra-Trici

Let's start at the beginning of it all.
The first time we consciously caught sight of the manga style by watching anime series as small children.
Since we can remember we've always been trying to draw and tell stories.
The way and the style of story telling are – especially in infancy – shaped by what you consume.
On top of our consumption list was Sailor Moon, an anime. One who can look through our collection of childhood drawings will immediately realise that we repeatedly produced many “realistically” drawn pictures. However due to the fact that most series we consumed were in the manga style, in our eyes it was common to tell a story in manga style.
Almost all of our comics were drawn in manga style – apart for a few exceptions which imitated the Totally Spies“- or the „Polly Pocket“ style.

When we started to deliberately produce fanworks, we tried to make a fanart look as true to the style of the series as possible. Some of the products turned out good some bad.
We hit the bottom of imitating the style of existing anime series by imitating the style of the second (and later also third) season of some certain series in which the characters almost assumed chibi shape. (This was about 2007 when we registered on animexx).
Since we were big fans of this series for a very long time, our drawing style looked really... flawed for a long time, too. In fact we had to force ourselves to draw in this chibi-like style.
From time to time we drew pictures of other series after all and it felt like a release.

That's when we realised we had to stop with imitating art styles. Absolutely, otherwise we wouldn't take delight in drawing anymore.
So, we added something... unforced to the imitated style. Something that would naturally come from our pen. This was 2010.
Nevertheless, we weren't stylistically totally free yet – which showed especially by drawing hair. We were “not allowed” to draw hair as we liked to.

Then there was the year 2011. This also was the year when Trici was taught about the topic „drawing humans“ in art class in high school. Two years prior to this there was this topic in Dradra's art class, too, but at this time we were still in the chains of imitating styles of anime series and did quasi deliberately not profit from the art lessons about drawing humans for our own art style.
2011 there's already been the spirit of change with us.
From then on we started to consciously learn from the look of real humans and not of manga drawings.
Bit by bit we've been learning more and more from real humans.

Still there was this forcing power at the back of our minds telling us our drawings have to stay in manga style and cute.

We don't know where exactly this coercion came from... maybe we let ourselves be pigeonholed as “manga drawers” and did not want to break free. Maybe we let ourselves get influenced by the fact that acquaintances of ours completely abruptly gave up on the manga style and utterly changed to the realistic style of art to impress people out of the creative scene (that tend to like only realistic drawings).
Today we don't know for sure anymore.

2013 we broke away from constantly producing fanworks. Since then our own story, our own heart's blood took centre stage.
As a consequence it was clear that there is no someone else's style which we have to orientate ours towards.
We've learnt even more from real humans but still under the constraint our drawings had to stay in manga style and cute.
Especially this “it has to be cute” became a problem. The faces we drew have assumed quite realistic features but the cute big eyes and the too big heads seemed to be unproportional or misplaced. (2014)

Then we tried to eliminate proportional mistakes (the one with the too big heads is really tricky if you have been used to it for a long time!) and...
Well, we don't get that much attention with our own characters yet, particularly not on animexx because everything is categorised by anime series (nearly a chance for own characters there!) and elsewhere on the internet (deviantART, tumblr, google) everything is sorted by tagging (which has its advantages) – and if there's no popular series/character/etc. in the tags, the possibility of a picture being found at all is really low.
Getting seen/detected is the most difficult part if you have your own original story but we'll fight our way through. To us our story is worth this rocky road of getting any attention!
Anyway on animexx we get nearly feedback (aside from a few loyal souls ♥) and on facebook und deviantART there had only been praise for our current art style... until...

Today our only fandom project is our ShikaIno doujinshi (Naruto). The last page had come out in October 2013, that's why we decided to do a new page again. Just for the sake of the Shikamaru x Ino pairing and its fandom.
We expected reactions like joy and happiness about the resumption of the doujinshi and also moaning about the very slow progress (in this case justified moaning!).

Instead, particularly on animexx the new page caused a shitstorm – as it's common to say these days – about the drawing style, which was “insufficiently manga” and “not cute”.
We're actually perplexed that there was only little happy/positive feedback concerning the resumption of the doujinshi (we thank those who did not only lunge at the drawing style!) - in fact there has not been a single comment about the content of the page yet.

Well, apparently we broke away from the coercion to draw typically “manga” and cute. This was a long-term development. People develop. Full stop.
We will not compelled seek some “more manga-like” style. Since that doujinshi is a Naruto doujinshi, we want to bring up that the art style of Naruto is not cute at all either and tends to be a rather realistic manga style. Just to have mentioned this – we don't try to imitate any someone else's style anymore anyway.

In the mentioned doujinshi to us everything is about telling a story about Shikamaru and Ino. Generally we are about depicting characters and telling stories about them.
We have a low opinion of being pigeonholed.

We are no mangaka, we are no realistic drawers. We are just artists that like to create.

Creating characters. Creating stories.

You can try to pigeonhole us, we don't care.
Just like we don't care if we leave this pigeonhole someday.

Our art style is not cute because the story we're working on is not cute at all.

Our art style is more realistic because meanwhile we mostly consume series featuring real actors and therefore we're more and more influenced by the looks of real human beings.
Because the typical manga style abstracts and stylises too much for us to sufficiently depict features we have learnt about real humans.

If we have left the (typical) manga style pigeonhole, then this has happened as a result of development. We for our part like our art style (that is not completely realistic either btw) as it is now and we will not let ourselves be forced to change it or intentionally make it more typically “manga-like” and cuter for one doujinshi.
Accept it or don't accept it.
Tolerate it or don't tolerate it.
We stay true to what we have now – if we autonomously don't develop differently.

Saying this we want to thank all those who remained faithful to us despite fandom quitting, art style changing, etc. ♥
It's nice to know there are certain people – who are supposed to feel addressed now ;33 – that still follow our works and cheer and motivate us with their lovely words!^^
So, thank you very much!

Conclusively, have a nice day to all of you who took time to read this! ;)

Dradra and Trici


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Alexandra & Patricia
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First of all:

:bulletpink: Behind the user Dradra-Trici isn't just one person, but two sisters.

Since we're working on our "projects" (= drawings^^)together we decided to take one account together.

:bulletpink: You can also find us on as Dradra-Trici.…

:bulletpink: You can also find us on YouTube as DradraTrici.…

:bulletpink: We're from Germany, so please excuse clumsy English and mistakes in spelling or language^^'


From 11/27/12:
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Sachi  - Character Design Development by Dradra-Trici
Sachi - Character Design Development
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And again some development-sheet :w00t:
The fact that there are two girls in the background might be a little bit confusing. Usually we present there the old character design of the person in the front.
But why are there two old character designs?
Well, let's explain:
Sachi is a quite new character of ours. In the past we used to have two girls that had many parallels in significant character trades and almost every kind of other potential. So we came to the conclusion that it would be the best to fuse the two of them - and that's how Sachi was created.

Unfortunately the picture looks kind of over-filled now since there are three people being depicted. Hopefully it's okay for the spectator's eye Wink/Razz 
By the way, we're quite content with the Sachi picture on the right :D
We used a photo reference for this drawing.

About the character:
Name: Sachiko Tatsuno (Sachi)
Age (at the beginning): 17
Birthday: 1st June (Gemini)
Height: 157 cm
Weight: 49 kg
Blood type: B
Occupation (at the beginning): Final-year student
Family: Ryuu Tatsuno (brother), Shuichi Tatsuno (brother), Tsuyoshi Tatsuno (father), Fumiko Tatsuno (mother), Kenjiro Tatsuno (grandfather), Emi Tatsuno (grandmother),Takeichi Satoshevich Obata (cousin), Wataru Obata (gradfather), Umeko Obata (grandmother), Nataliya Ilinichna Zastyozhkina (aunt), Ekaterina "Katiya"  Ilinichna Zastyozhkina (cousin), Furou "Putao" Tatsuno (uncle), Miangyang Tatsuno (aunt), Oyou Tatsuno (cousin)

Hopefully you like the picture La la la la 
We would love to hear your opinions! :happybounce: 


Dradra and Trici

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Katiya - Character Design Development by Dradra-Trici
Katiya - Character Design Development
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And we did another one :D (Big Grin) 
This time it's Katiya Wink/Razz 
Katiya is one of our oldest OCs. The left picture is from something like 2005 but we had invented her much earlier.
We said doing these design development pictures we usually pick the "worst" old design drawing and not the oldest. However, this is not exactly Katiya's worst condition either. Actually her design hit the bottom in 2007 but this low point was so low that we cannot even count it as "Katiya design", that's why we chose this drawing here.
Btw, it's really sad but her oldest drawing got lost during some change of house, it's still in our minds somehow but it just isn't there anymore Waaaah! 
Well, on the right you can see how Katiya looks now. That's no surprise, though, since she is drawn quite frequently Meow :3 
We used a photo reference for this drawing.

About the character:
Name: Ekaterina Ilinichna Zastyozhkina (Katiya)
Age (at the beginning): 17/18
Birthday: 3th September (Virgo)
Height: 162 cm
Weight: 57 kg
Blood type: A
Occupation (at the beginning): Final-year student
Family: Takeichi Satoshevich Obata (half-brother), Nataliya Ilinichna Zastyozhkina (mother), Satoshi Obata (her mother's ex-husband), Wataru Obata (non-biological grandfather), Umeko Obata (non-biological grandmother), Irina Ilinichna Milosteva (aunt), Foma Anatolevich Milostev (uncle), Ilya Arturovich Zastyozhkin (grandfather), Ryuu Tatsuno (cousin), Shuichi Tatsuno (cousin), Sachiko "Sachi" Tatsuno (cousin)

Um, due to the fact that Katiya is the "result" of her mother's love affair her family constellation is a bit complicated Sweating a little... 

And Katiya has changed her zodiac sign for the second time now. We're currently considering zodiac signs quite intensively to choose ones that actually match our characters.
Concerning Katiya we ended up picking Virgo because this is the zodiac sign of distant and thoughtful nature with a "lock" on their heart. Speaking of "lock", Katiya's last name comes from the Russian word "застёжка" (zastyozhka) which means "closure" Nod 

Hopefully you like the picture La la la la 
We would love to hear your opinions! :happybounce: 


Dradra and Trici

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Thank you for the llama!
Dradra-Trici Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank YOU for the llama :meow:
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Thank you for the llama! :D
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thanks for the Llama :)!
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No problem! :aww:
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Dradra-Trici Featured By Owner May 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Hey Flirtatious 
What concerns your question please read this - thank you! :) (Smile) 
rosalinahilary Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi, Have you admire is the kaixhilary couple, and we want
One of our group (kaihil-lovely-couple) if it is not too much trouble :)
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