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So you seem to have the right idea here with shading. You have a light source, and have a good gradient.

The lineart, however, I notice is two different colors. I don't feel this is a good idea. If you are going for the painted look, avoid lines all together. I feel this piece would have been more solidified with some lineart.

Don't use BLACK as shading. I understand Emolga is black, but if you look at an official illustration, they don't use pure black. They use a dark gray. This allows for more flexibility in teh shading process.

The overall picture looks dark. While this looks out of place on the blank canvas, with a simple background (even if its just a different color with simple shading) this could be remedied. (Like a bright sunny place or a dark place with a really bright, artifical sort of light like an electric pokemon light)

BUT the most impressive thing here is gradient, teh act of mixing up your colors to create your gradual shading. Dude, I cannot do that yet. I am just not there. Gradient is key for the painted look, which seems to be your goal. So you already overcame one obstacle.

Do a bit of anatomy study. If your emolga's paws where on a flat surface, pressure would be on it. The paws would not be strait, they would be bend, or flexed, or something to show the 'leaning' sort of action I'm getting.

Also just work on expressions. Try using things other than the eyes and mouth such as:

Ears
Eyebrows
nose
tail
body language (sitting straight up, hunched over, arched back, etc.)
Arms (for a bored look head resting on arm, angry arms crossed, etc.)
and even fur!

You seem to have the basics, basically. (see what I did there) and that is the single most important thing. Fixing anything now is just a matter of experimentation.
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TE-Lightning Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the help with that. I have been trying to get the painted look for months now but I just cant seem to get the look right.

And the anatomy is something that kills me cause when I draw different emotions they just look wrong. I might just go ahead and do some expression meme's to get more used to different expressions and drawing then.

again thanks for the critique :3
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lyndsey96 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, no problem! Expressions are hard. I usually simplify their expressions, then kinda am able to really over exagerate them. Like use very simple eyes/mouth instead of a very animal like mouth.
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TE-Lightning Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah Ive been trying to do that but for some reason something tells me its wrong so I change it and then it looks even worse. I just dont as much of knowledge of drawing then I think I should by now
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lyndsey96 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
naw. Sometimes you just have to recognize that it aint gonna look perfect and chug on. When it comes to designing characters I always use traditional. It's a lot harder to backtrack that way yet it helps you to solidify a certain characters work. I wasn't going to do something with a character, but after a sketch I decided I liked the look better, and stuck with it. Wooo.
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TE-Lightning Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats what I do with all my characters but I just need a better base than chibi. I just feel like that it looks too puggy if you should say. Which is my anatomy.... I really just need some help with anatomy and whenever I ask for help people just say "you need to learn yourself"
How can I learn when I have no idea where to start
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lyndsey96 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, anatomy is hard to learn with pokemon. Because... pokemon are kinda chibi to begin with! You are adapting a design from a design. Thus, this isn't a very good base. For pokemon, you have to study official artwork, and base it from there. If you want a more origional take, look at the animals the pokemon is based on. Such as chinchilla's (maybe... idk) fly squirrels... possibly sugar gliders...? and go from there. Best place to start with anatomy is too look at the reference while drawing.
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