Saturday, 20 February 2010

Art Post: Winter Girl Sketch

I just drew this one yesterday. My reference is this photo by Eirian-stock on deviantART. The model is Iribel.

It was a quicker one. Sometimes it's nice to just do sketches like this and leave them in pencil. What I liked about the photo was that the model was quiet and pensive, but also somewhat peaceful. It's a simple pose, but the outfit is also different from what I usually draw, so that was nice to sketch out.

I should do more random sketches like this, I think. It's nice to do something quick once in a while, in between all the Green Corner illustrations.

Hope you like it!

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Monday, 15 February 2010

Art Post: Valentine Sunset

This is the final of the 2010 Valentine's Day special for Green Corner, featuring Alshina and Koru. If you look closely, you may notice a special surprise detail :)

I hope you enjoy this spot illustration. It will also be available in prints on RedBubble soon.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Previously:
Valentine Background Progress (Part 2)
Background Progress (Part 1)
Shading
Flat Colour
Vector Line Work
Pencil Sketch

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Art Post: Valentine Background Progress (Part 2)


More progress on the background for the upcoming Green Corner special this time. The changes to the sky, grass, and lake as well as the addition of the trees in the background really helped the mood become more romantic. I am quite happy with the sunset, in particular. You may recognize the trees in the background from my Lady with a Fan illustration as well as Alice and the Garden. I just changed the colour scheme for them.

The final is temporarily up as a TWC incentive and will be shared here soon.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the work in progress for this illustration.

Previously:
Background Progress (Part 1)
Shading
Flat Colour
Vector Line Work
Pencil Sketch

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Monday, 8 February 2010

Art Post: Valentine Background Progress (Part 1)


This was the very beginning of the background being added. It was pretty rough, aside from the cherry tree. I used this photo as reference for the tree, but I obviously simplified it a fair bit. The rest of the background was mostly blocking in basic shapes and colours.

I decided I wanted to have a sunset in the background at this point, but it didn't really come together until the next step. I also fixed the colours for the grass, sky, and lake in the next step to make them more natural. I found it helpful to take a quick look at some photos of sunsets to plan how I would include the sun and how to better use a gradient for the coloured sky. But in this step, the sky wasn't quite working. I had been experimenting with both linear and radial gradients, but I decided it was best to step away for a bit after I got to this point as it's always helpful to look at a real sky when trying to emulate it in an illustration.

I hope you're enjoying the progress posts on this piece. I'm still deciding how to finish up, but I think the next step is very close. You can expect to see the end result soon :)

Previously:
Shading
Flat Colour
Vector Line Work
Pencil Sketch

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Friday, 5 February 2010

Art Post: Valentine Shading

Two progress images this time, but there isn't a huge difference between them so I'm sharing them together.
The bottom image here is the final shading for the figures, aside from some minor changes that I made later. I used a little feathering for some of the shading and shine details on Alshina's dress and Koru's tie.

I started editing Koru's proportions here, to make sure they were correct. I made some minor changes later, but here I was trying to fix his height as I initially made his legs too long. I've worked out his final height to be about 6' 4", while Alshina is 5' 8". He's a little taller than I was originally planning, but I think it will help add some more variety, as most of the characters are pretty tall.

Previously:
Flat Colour
Vector Line Work
Pencil Sketch

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Art Post: Valentine Flat Colour

Further progress on the Valentine's Day special for Green Corner, the flat colour this time. Most of the colour scheme was set at this point for the figures. Shading and shine was added in the next step.

As I mentioned previously, I found that colouring the line work in this step also helped to soften details, particularly the eyes.


Previously:
Vector Line Work
Pencil Sketch

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Monday, 1 February 2010

Art Post: Valentine Line Work

Here's the initial digital line work for the upcoming Valentine's Day special for Green Corner. Alshina and Koru are featured in this one, in human form. I tried a different style for the eyes this time, but it's a little difficult to see how well it works at this stage. I coloured the lines when I did the flat colour, which helps soften things a fair bit, but I may adjust things further as I do the shading. Mostly, I don't want it to look like Koru is wearing eyeliner. But I like the way Alshina's eyes turned out, so it's something I may try again in the future.

Hope you enjoy the sneak peek :)

In case you missed it or would like to compare, the pencil sketch for this was shared earlier, in this post.

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