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Rapunzel’s Pond

Rapunzel's Pond

Hello, it’s been a while. That’s because I was working on this.

This is based on the movie Tangled. There was a part in the movie where Rapunzel was sitting in the river with water lilies, so that’s why I painted the above. I tried making the setting more secluded, but I had trouble. Oh well, I had fun painting her.

The background, though, was not fun. I don’t have much practice with backgrounds, so most of it was just experimentation. But I’m glad I didn’t throw this away. I at least made something, and it isn’t even that bad. (I just wish I knew how to fix it.)

 

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April 6

_ink practice guy face small_coffee swirls smallHi! Look at what I’ve drawn. On the top drawing, I used my black and gray ink pens. I’ve already started inking the bottom sketch. I plan on coloring it digitally sometime. I love the folds in her skirt! Ah!


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Jane and the Ocean Sketch

jane and the ocean sketch

I tried to make this as clean as possible, and I really like how this is looking. I think I’ll trace it on another paper before adding color.

So this is a fanart, I guess. I based the girl off Jane from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which you can watch on youtube. It’s a nice vlog series.


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Flower Girl

flower girl

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.


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Chibi

chibi smallI’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!


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Steampunk Girl Lineart on Paint Tool Sai

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)

_steampunk girl

 

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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Starry is finished!

hahaaa! I did it!

Happy happy happy! I can’t wait to see how my next project will turn out!

Closer look:

I almost can’t believe that I’ve come this far, and I’m excited to see what I create in a year! Sticking with drawing has truly been rewarding. “Believe in your potential.”

It’s weird seeing my first attempt. After throwing that one away, I looked for tutorials. They helped a bunch. I also needed to get used to the tools.

I’ve read some more, so I hope my next drawing shows improvement.