Monday, February 16, 2009

A little peek into how I work, digitally.

I recently completed this piece (the characters are from an anime called Code Geass, for those who are curious), and along the way I tried to make sure to save various degrees of progress.

Onto the first WIP (work-in-progress):

I prefer to start with linework drawn on cardstock, over most other papers (bristol board is ok, better for doing markerwork I think). I like the way that cardstock holds the pencil lines, nice and smooth - its also good for markers. The linework doesn't always have to be perfect, since I'm painting over it anyway. I can't draw very well on a tablet, but I can color just fine. Huh

For this piece, I didn't want to show all of Suzaku's face. I felt like it was more mysterious & less obvious not to - anyone who has watched the series knows who he is without seeing his face.

This image shows the base colors I put in. I almost always work from dark to light, and prefer to work on a purple-toned image.

I focus on painting the sky/background, and then characters' skin. I'll probably start on the clothes or hair next, once I am happy with them.

Here I start on the clothing - it is not something I like to paint without reference at ALL - but I tried my best! Can't improve if you don't try, right?

Unfortunately as I ramped up to finish the image, I forgot to take any more WIPs! Sigh! I did however shrink her head down a lot... it was waaay too big.

Here is an animation of the progress:

I hope that this was useful on some level... if you have any questions or helpful tips to share, please leave a comment~


Hectic Capiznon Blogger said...

I like drawing and sketching but Im not that good enough. I really like your artworks here. I hope I can be good as you. Awesome...

Amarettogirl said...

I'm a visual arts teacher and I will be sure to link this post on their (my students) blogs for them to see - so helpful and generous of you! Your're very talented and the work speaks for itself! However, I would like to know what digital program you're using (or did you mention it somewhere and I missed it?)great work.

Shelly Rodriguez said...

Aww, thank you! I am flattered. :)

I use/prefer Photoshop. I like Painter, but i've found it can be really buggy.