HeartGold Complete

Original: 7th Feb, 2011

And now it is a finished art full of Pokemon!

I don’t have any work in progress shots since the last one, unfortunately! I should have taken one when I filled in all the flat colours, but oh well. You can watch the whole thing get coloured from start to finish since I saved the stream I did on LiveStream!

Oh wait, I actually do have this image of the completed lines:


HeartGold Work In Progress

Original: 6th Feb, 2011

On a whim, and upon thinking that the next generation of Pokemon games are going to be released outside of Japan next month, so there’s ‘not much time to do this’, I decided to jump on the draw-your-pokemon bandwagon. So here are some work in progress shots of what is apparently my HeartGold team:

This is my beautiful thumbnail which I enlarged to fill the whole canvas. So detailed and beautiful it is. My thoughts were something like, “Now that I’ve drawn this, I’ll probably spend five minutes on it, get bored, and quit! Yay!”
But then it reached level 16 and evolved into this:

So it turned out that I actually could draw my pokemon! That’s a first! But yes. Sketches sketches sketches. It’s a bit messy since they all overlap eachother. I also didn’t work out many of the details with that pidgeot and am not sure how I feel about its left (our right) wing…! It seems slightly not in the right position.
But then the drawing reached level 36 and evolved into this:

I’ve done most of the inking now. But I lost steam when I got to the pidgeot and was struggling to draw straight lines and my hand was making plenty of crackly noises from use, so I’ve put it away from now. (And now my hand feels like there’s too much blood rushing into it…! And is itchy! If only I had robotic hands.)

I’ll continue with it tomorrow probably and finish it, but for now I rest.

(I’ve been working on it for about five hours at this point.)

Varkris Speedpaint Thing

Original: 2nd Feb, 2011

This is hardly worth making a blog entry thing about, but I feel like I should increase my internet activity or something. Anyway, this totally makes up for Saturday’s missed colouring session, right??

It’s a varkris from one of my favouritest games ever, Skies of Arcadia. It’s just some random monster you can find around a certain region in that game, but apparently I found it memorable enough to not forget its name. In fact, there are probably numerous monsters I remember the names and locations of. I’d probably one day like to paint scenes incorporating the scenery of the planet in that game since it’s a pretty, pretty sky planet. One day. When I’m better. Yes.

Those feathers are such totally amazing blobs of paint that I splopped onto the digital canvas there. They’re just lighter coloured blobs that I quickly poked onto the body rather than anything very carefully thought out. I’ve been so happy since those many ages ago when I discovered I could hold Alt to temporarily switch to the eyedropper tool in Photoshop. I can just grab a lighter colour with that in the blink of an eye and start blobbing more feathers into slightly darker areas right after releasing Alt. So handy! It helps when I’ve got lots of gradients and different colours everywhere and want to make quick adjustments without having to switch tools via the tools window thing or *whatever*.

I feel as though my art has boggly eye syndrome though. I need to work on fitting eyes into the face without making look like they stand out in a really cut-and-paste way.

But damn. It’s Anatomy Practise Wednesday today. I should stop letting myself be lazy and behind in practise sessions. I should practise every day! Constantly! And in my sleep! So I suppose it’s time to get out the ol’ anatomy book and start drawing muscles and skeletons of animals again. One day I’ll absorb all the information the quadrupedal body has to offer. I need bird anatomy books too though. It’s hard to find good muscle diagrams for bird bodies (rather than just their wings or something) just by doing image searches online and it’s handy to just have some book next to me instead of switching between Photoshop and web browser or needing to rely on my computer at all instead of just drawing in my sketchbook somewhere.

Fancy Gryphon Finished!

Original: 23rd Jan, 2011

The grass there was sort of thrown in as an afterthought. I would have liked to have more of a background, but I wasn’t up to the challenge seeing as I’d also have needed to alter the shading on the gryphon to take into account the light being reflected onto it by the background elements.

But anyway. It was a good hair-drawing experience. I’d have liked it if the wings had turned out better, or if I’d had the energy to experiment with them more, but uh… I was in a hair mood, not a wing mood!

Also though, here is a close-up shot since I put so much care into detail with this piece:

Fancy-Furred, Long-Eared Gryphon

Original: 22nd Jan, 2011

On a whim, I decided to scribble something into Photoshop which I assumed I was going to just leave as a sketch and not bother going anywhere with, but instead of doing that exact thing, I just… continued. And now it’s this:

It’s not finished yet (obviously), but I’m pleased with how it’s turning out. I’ve always had a lot of trouble drawing fur, but I think I’m finally starting to get a feel for it. I could be doing better with the fur, but I’m doing better than I would have expected myself to do (I seem to have been impressing myself quite a bit lately in this way…)

Maybe I could make a fur tutorial of sorts soon… Or something. I don’t know. Either way, all the colour of that gryphon is on a single layer, the green background is on a layer of its own. It’s easier to *just paint* than it is to bugger around with layers, getting them mixed up and so on, since I seem to do that often.

I’m taking a break now due to wrist-stiffness, but uh… will get back to it soon! Ohyes!

Edit 1:13am: And now it looks like this:

The wings have been a pain, especially since I didn’t plan them very well and wasn’t sure how to approach them. I’m not really fond of their appearance currently, but I don’t think I want to spend loads of time trying to adjust them. I might give it a simple background of sorts tomorrow and do some other adjustments perhaps, but uh… it’s time for sleeping now.

Lugia Doodle

Original: 13th Jan, 2011

I managed to get in my hour of anatomy studying today and the result of it can be found in my Photobucket. After that, I just went back to playing Arc Rise Fantasia, but then got sort of annoyed by the need to grind if I want to stand a chance against the next boss, so I returned to my computer for more art. I ended up drawing this:

I was being quick and experimental, so the result is uh… questionable and unrefined and so on…! Maybe at least overall the colours look pretty or something. o_O

I’d like to paint some proper, refined image worth submitting to my gallery, but I’m struggling to have the patience or uh… confidence. It maybe seems silly that after all the many pieces of artwork I’ve created, I’d end up feeling all unconfident about drawing something new worth submitting, but since I don’t really have much in mind that I’m jumping up and down with excitement about painting, I end up feeling stuck worrying about coming up with something that will both meet my standards of quality and hold my interest until it’s finished.

For now, I suppose I’m relatively content getting smaller things done. Hopefully all the practise will lead up to me working on something bigger and more exciting! Maybe.

Sparkledragon Colouring Practise

Original: 8th Jan, 2011

Today is ‘Colour and Light Saturday’, so I sketched something relatively simple that I could colour for practise. I went with the cotton dragon because it’s made up of fun colours and ended up with this goofy-looking thing:

It turned out looking a lot sillier than I’d originally planned, especially with its eyes looking almost like they’re looking in opposite directions, but also because I decided at the end of my colouring of it to make it super sparkleful for a laugh. I took screenshots of it as I progressed since I was thinking of making a tutorial about colouring ‘without’ lines (in reality, it’s more like just painting over and/or under a sketch, then hiding that sketch whenever it seems like it’s in the way or it’s no longer necessary as a guide), but now I’m unsure! I could just make a tutorial out of it, though it seems like such a silly and slightly embarrassing image to use as an example for colouring things and it might be better to make a tutorial out of something that also involves a background since backgrounds have a significant effect on how a creature thing is shaded. But maybe it could be used as a less overwhelming example anyway where the focus is on whatever techniques I use to colour things linelessly rather than all kinds of things like light being reflected from the background and uh… whatever else exists that might be slightly more complex than just colouring a single character. I don’t know. Decisions.

Uh… I actually tried to colour the cottony bits with some level of detail this time and it was an interesting experience, but I certainly have a lot of learning to do when it comes to getting a believable tight, curly hair look. I am learning though, at least!