I made this for my friend as a gift. I used a texture for the sweater. Her hair is probably my favorite part.
I made this yesterday. I finished the lines and filled the base colors the night before, so coloring seemed to fly by. I’m really glad that this actually looks a lot more manga-like than what I’ve drawn before. Woohoo
The signature in the corner is my username on deviantart.com. http://cocolumy.deviantart.com/ (Cricket was taken and I didn’t really want a username like Cricket 439472)I got an account about two weeks ago. I’m hoping to find more drawing buddies. Anyone!
Edit! Now it’s http://livi-art.deviantart.com/ (didn’t like cocolumy…bleh)
Process (Hair) : Light pink for base layer. Dark pink gradient on bottom and light peachy-orange on top with the airbrush then blended with watercolor (density very very low.) I used a darker pink with brush for the shade strands. I just had to experiment a lot to find the right spots for them. ( Don’t forget light source.) I used eraser with a very low density to blend the dark strands. I mostly erased the top of each strand. Lastly, I used a very light pink for highlights. I used the brush with a low min size to make the lines look more like hair. I used the watercolor tool on some of them.
It’s good to experiment with the different tools to see how each one works. I mainly use brush, watercolor,and airbrush.
I’ve been making something everyday. I feel so productive. It’s awesome. Steampunk Girl is taking a long time for some reason.
Hi guys! I’ve got two new paintings.
This took me about two days and AAAHHH! I almost can’t believe I drew this. I’m so thankful for Paint Tool Sai. Once I got used to the tools, things have been a lot easier. When I was sketching this, I had originally planned this to be the redo of Steampunk Girl. Instead, I accidentally made a completely different character. Haha!
I’m still working on the steampunk girl. It’s taking me a while and I’m sorry, but I took a little break to paint this chibi. (I might have rushed a tad too much)
I’m really glad because I’m getting the hang of painting. The watercolor tool made a difference. I used to blur all of my shading, but instead of that, now I only blur a little part of it. (If you look at her legs, I used the brush tool to make a simple shade line. Then, I used the water tool at the bottom, leaving both hard and soft line.)
Until next time!
The past couple days have been rough for me. I was working on a drawing of Sylvia and Jex, but I hated how my lineart looked. Then I hated how I couldn’t get the colors right. I was ready to punch a wall or something. I overacted quite a bit sending myself through mood swings. I’d feel confident, frustrated, sad, deeply distraught, sad again, then suddenly confident. It’s exhausting.
But, after taking a little break, I decided to try drawing a recent sketch into lineart. (I have yet to draw what’s in her hands. And her hair’s cut off a bit…oops)
I have no idea how I was suddenly able to draw something I was pleased with today. The first three quarters of my day were filled with stinky lines, but then wa-bam! decent drawing!
What made a difference, was the size of the brush tool I started using–4. I usually use around 2 with a high “minimum size.” Don’t do that! I think using a low-ish min. size is much better. It makes the lines more attractive with the slightly varying widths. (I’m also learning where to make the lines thicker. Placement of line weight is kinda really important.)
So this is just a nameless steampunk girl that I drew one night. It’s not incredibly steampunk, but that’s because I’m still learning the art of clothes-designing and cute-little-detail drawing.
She’d be an interesting character, though. But I shouldn’t think up another story now! Gotta focus on what I’ve already put on my plate! (Man, I’ve got several stories in mind, and each one alone is gonna take a while (years probably.)
I’m glad I’m not so down anymore. What made me most frustrated was how I kept trying for professional quality. I think every time I thought that, I started working faster and sloppier. I’m pretty sure almost every artist compares themselves to artists with greater talent constantly. I just have to remember that I’ll eventually get to where I want to be, and to take my time getting there.
Before I go, I’d like to share a cool song I just found. From youtube, I don’t own it or anything.
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I’ve got some drawings today!
This is Princess Mononoke, a Studio Ghibli piece. I used a reference pic for this. Reference photos make drawings so much easier, for some reason. Whenever I try drawing something completely new, it’s more of a challenge. It just means I’m still learning.
I love Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s one of my favorites. If you’ve seen the movie, you should read the book. It’s a little quirkier, but it’s awesome. I’ve read it so many times…But every time I reread it, I noticed little details that made the plot more interesting. Anyway, I used a reference pic again, but this time I tried adding a little of my style and tastes (pretty much the eyes and length of hair.) I’m getting more comfortable with inking, by the way!
This is what I’m working on currently. This is Sylvia and Jex. I’m calling this drawing, “Get out of my House”. hehe. I think I need to change Jex’s face a little.
I’m buying Paint Tool Sai very soon, and I’m really excited! So long for now!