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Author Topic: Devola's Stuff  (Read 4661 times)

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Re: Devola's Stuff
« Reply #180 on: November 11, 2017, 10:47:26 AM »
great work!!

i wish i could draw such amazing body's.
keep up the great work!!

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« Reply #181 on: November 12, 2017, 07:41:53 AM »
Thanks, Eukocar! I appreciate it! I still have a long way to go, but I do feel like I`m making gradual improvements here and there. You can definitely reach this level too, I found that going back to basics and just getting through the fundamentals again and again helped a lot.

I have decided that I am going to be doing a bunch of pinups of random characters to add to my art portfolio as I get ready to take commissions. The theme of these works will be the Monogatari girls!

Since I already did a few, I am going to improve them over the next few days. Here is a WIP of Kanbaru! Current background is just a placeholder.

(WARNING: somewhat ecchi, I have censored the naughty bits)
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(made a small edit, I made her eyes too big and she was looking a bit bug eyed, fix now while I work on the background today)
« Last Edit: November 12, 2017, 02:49:49 PM by devola »

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« Reply #182 on: November 14, 2017, 05:37:22 AM »
So I'm trying out some new techniques for coloring + line art and this little experiment resulted in one of my favorite character designs to date! I'm really happy with how this turned out!

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A little backstory to introduce the character:

Her name is Charlotte Merryweather, she's a pirate witch on a journey to discover who she is. After her mother, the supreme evil witch of the swamp was executed for her crimes, Charlotte is given the last possessions of her mother. She receives a magical hat, and a compass that points only towards her father, an infamous pirate and the only one with answers about her heritage.

Along her journey she is tricked into joining a band of pirates who were only interested in exploiting her powers. Duped into thinking these pirates are a part of her father's group, she ends up traveling with these tricksters but as time passes, both the pirates and Charlotte learn that family is sometimes more than just blood.
This piece is still technically WIP, I actually have a more complex background set that I just haven't gotten around to drawing yet.

I'm also working on a complete character reference sheet for this character at this moment, I'm gonna use this as the standard of quality for commissions I take for character portraits. Time to go back and see how applying this technique will look on some of my older works!

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« Reply #183 on: November 14, 2017, 09:40:54 AM »
This one looks really cool. If you haven’t watched One Piece lately, you are in for a surprise. Either way, her backstory is cool. Is she an original character you made up?

Also, it would be nice if you named the art techniques you use so we learn some new terms. At least for my case. I didn’t go to art school  :blush:

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« Reply #184 on: November 14, 2017, 03:09:21 PM »
Please explain the technic the art looks great but i cant really tell wat has chanced :-\
I love the design :thumbsup:

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« Reply #185 on: November 14, 2017, 08:54:20 PM »
Ah sorry, I probably shouldn't call it a technique. It isn't any kind of like formal art thing just a happy accident I stumbled on. It's rather subtle so I'll try to show it a bit more in my next piece but I can give a quick explanation of what I did right now.

TL;DR at the bottom

Basically, I was using pure blacks on the pen tool previously to do my line art which is perfectly normal for a lot of artwork in this field. The problem I had was I simply wasn't doing my line work clean enough and I wasn't using a good enough variety in line weight to make my pieces look a bit more natural. The pure black itself wasn't helping much either, it works fine for grey scale pictures but on illustrations with soft curves and edges it actually makes it all look rather unnatural. To top it off, you have to be very precise, like near pixel perfect or you'll start getting warbly lines when you start inking.

My solution was to try a different tool, and what I decided to use instead was to use water colors/oil paints for the line art. That why when I render the actual line art I can blend it a bit more with the natural tones on whatever I'm coloring. This is closer to how things look in real life I think, it lets me shade the actual line art itself as well which helps it blend and makes the subject look more a part of the space than detached from it (you can see the opposite happening in the picture of Kanbaru that I did, she pops out TOO much compared to the scene).

It's a rather subtle change and I didn't nail it 100% in the picture I did, but I'm gonna try and refine this more as I figure out more how to properly apply this but the short of it is essentially:

Try using paint brushes and blending your line art more when you move into the inking phase if you want a softer image rather than using pure blacks on the pen tool. Vary your line weight a bit as well.

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« Reply #186 on: November 16, 2017, 12:39:13 PM »
WIP of my next piece in keeping with the magical girls theme I've somehow got going now!

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The inspiration for this one was: Shinto + necromancy and a little bit of dark industrial somehow made it's way into this one. I wanted to do something different in feeling from the last picture I did so I went for something a bit darker. Really had to be conscious not to overload the design this time around, itako/miko outfits can have some crazy detailed designs on them.