Remember the WIP I was working on way back in this post? Well after rage quitting and then moping around for 3 months because of a variety of reasons including saving over the original PSD with a lossy .JPG file, I finally found the time to finish it.
This is a gift along with this fic for the artist of the original lines. In the next post I’ll link the tutorial and the couple of animations I did with this guy.
What it says on the tin. I accidentally saved a .PNG file over my working .PSD file, and now I’ve effectively got to paint over this, or start anew. Ah well, I will persevere for my art! Or you know, for someone else’s art. Namely that someone else is the ever fabulous infiniteviking who graciously let me slap some colours onto her already stunning lineart. I’m kind of down about losing all the work I’d done on this, but eh, what can you do? C’est la vie n’est-ce pas?
This is going to be part of an ADVENT CALENDAR EVENT I’m hosting, where every day of March for the first 11 days (or possibly the first 30 days if I can manage) I’m going to upload/gift a fandom related thing to someone (and in some cases, just straight up mail some lucky SOBs some tangible goods). Fandoms are going to be Tron and Transformers almost exclusively. The above image is part of one person’s gift, and I’m hoping I can pretty it up (and re-relearn photoshop in the precess since idekwtf I’m doing at this point) in order to make it an acceptable present … since, y’know, I didn’t even do half the work.
See, Blog? I didn’t leave you again. We’re still here, and we’re gonna be okay. You can trust me for just a little while longer, Blog. I’m not going anywhere, and I’m going to keep talking to you in this vaguely creepy fashion for a while yet, so you don’t need to worry. Everything’s going to be okay for a little bit longer. Relax and just watch this nice .gif I made for you. Shhh, just relax, shhhh.
So I really like making animations apparently. I hope you guys don’t mind them too much, either. Ovbiously there’s considerable colour loss when things are shrunk down into .gifs, but overall, these are kind of neat, right? … Right guys?
Oh. Looks like it’s just you and me, Blog.
You’re all alone. With me.
In other news, pretty sure this makes me sound like a Blog predator or something. Hide yo’ tumblrs and dreamwidths. (Speaking of, I’ve ported my LJ over to DW, so you’re free to follow me there if you’ve got an account. Never fear though! I’ll still be hanging around LJ, and the updates will keep coming, but if you were part of the mass LJ exodus too, let’s be buddies and commiserate together. Also, anyone wanna be tumblr pals? Got me one (or three) of those.)
Oh hi, Blog, I didn’t see you there. What’s that? You’ve been here all along? Well, I’m really sorry about tha–… and you’ve been standing there outside my window this entire time? Gee, Blog, I don’t know what to tell you. On one hand that’s just hella creepy, and you’ll never make any friends that way, but on the other hand I do sort of blame myself. I mean, I did tell you I’d let you into my heart that one time… roughly 4 months ago. I just can’t believe you’ve been waiting patiently out there this whole time. Man, lucky for you the weather’s been so mild this year, huh? What? No! I’m most certainly not making light of your situation! I’m just, well.
You know I actually am truly touched you waited me. Aw, don’t make that face. C’mere you, let’s hug it out.
And tell you what, kid, I’ll make a post right now, just for you. How’s that? It’ll have a picture and everything. And who knows, if you keep up that marginally upsetting borderline stalker good behaviour, maybe I’ll even have a post waiting for you tomorrow.
Now on to the less psychotic stuff that doesn’t imply I talk to all my needy street urchin friends this way good stuff.
Oh look. It’s my first finished picture of the year! I’d say this calls for a congratulatory nap, until you realise that I started this picture back in 2010. And oh look, I was promisingly my everlasting devotion to my Blog back then too. (It’s an annual thing, Blog understands, and Blog accepts me for who I am. Flighty airhead and all). Anyway, I can’t take all the credit for the image since the lines were done by my pal, Mouse. This further compounds how sad it is that it took me two years to finish, since I didn’t even do half the work.
Here are her lines, by the way:
Yeah, it was inherently adorable. I had nothing to do with that.
Hey, so I made my first animation ever and am pretty proud even though it’s a little rusty around the edges:
Since it’s a .GIF file the colours aren’t so hot but I don’t care because LOOK MOVING PICTURES! I did that all by myself!
I also made a tutorial under the cut.
You should think about checking it out. I worked hard on it, and who knows, maybe I’ve done something right and you might even learn a thing… or one.
That’s a really nerdy (geeky?) title but don’t mind me, its 3 AM and I’m really set on making this post since I finally finished colouring this picture.
There’s probably a few things I could afford to fix on this, but for now I am most definitely calling it done. Again, if you wanted to see the progress shots you can find them in previous posts here and here. I’m thinking of doing either a walk-through or a tutorial on how I painted this guy, anyone interested? Oh, and before someone feels inclined to give me more credit than I’m due, I should mention that I didn’t do the lines; Misterknife did [Warning, link is so very NSFW.]
I’m updating my blog and it is 2 in the morning. Surprise, surprise.
It’s now the next day and I’ve forgotten to publish my last night late night post. Surprise. Surprise.
In any case, now that I’m done that one tegaki adventure, I’m free to finish the other things I owe other people. This includes my colouring job on gimpy Shark Man here.
You might remember him from an earlier post, but I just wanted to update where I am on this guy. I also wanted to show the difference between my spot colours and my more finalized version(s).
I still need to add a second level of shadow to the skin, and I’m planning to add the volume to the scar tissue on another layer, so that’s why they still look kind of flat. I also need to do some skin highlights, but will probably keep that simple since I’m working with a low light environment.
The shadows are just one colour right now by the way, so I wonder if this is cell shading? Is it? I had wanted to do cell shading originally, but I’m not entirely sure if I got it right. Man, if I were a real artist I bet I would know these fancy definitions.
I gotta say too, that I tackled the skin first, not just because it helped me get a better idea of the light source, but also because looking up references on how to paint bruises/cuts/scar tissue got me some pretty terrifying nightmare fuel pictures. Edit: That might explain my actual nightmares last night. But I digress. The amount of inflation pornography that cropped up was surprising too.
And while I don’t have the greatest working knowledge of male any words anatomy and decided to MAKE IT UP AS I WENT, I really like how this turned out. There’s still a few shading inconsistencies I need to iron out, but this’s the first time I’ve tried rendering “realistic-ish” muscle mass and the final product isn’t half bad looking imho. I think a lot of the ease to which this happened is thanks to Mado’s ability to put lines in all the right places though. It’s worth noting too, that this character is supposed to have very smooth, almost dolphin-like skin, so that explains why my shadings so smooth looking.
Anyway, the way I see it, I can either now go do some homework or try to finish the skin for this guy. Guess which one I’m choosing? [winky-face-emote here]
PS: I’ve started an art reference tumblr. More on that later.
Wowee, it is another year and gosh – for better or worse – it sure was an interesting one. I owe a lot of people a lot of things art/fic wise, but I’m taking a break from that to-do list to post a little update on one of the things I’m working on. I’ll soon put up a post about what’s new with me this shiny new year and will work at including all the pictures I meant to post last year but didn’t.
Anyway, on a much more visually interesting note, here are my spot tests for some lines I’m colouring for my pal Mado. She’s another WAY AWESOME artist I know, who has a great grasp of humor and knows how to build really unique OCs. Here’s my WIP of her bloke wearing only some base colours, hypothetical shadowing and a sprinkle of bruises. Also, man alive, but I sure do need to brush up on my grasp of anatomy. >.>
This is the first stage of most of my colour jobs and the sort of rough work I’d show a hypothetical client to get feedback on composition, colour choice, etc. It’s always good to know before you get too far into an image whether you’ve botched up something, and this saves a lot of time and stress for everyone. It also proves you’re working on whatever you’ve said you would and sets people more at ease.
With Mado’s permission, I’ll post the finished image.
Starting off the new year with fabulous collaborations with fabulous people, is pretty damn fabulous. I love you guys.
Mado mentioned that Seven here needed a more aquatic skin texture, so here’s the change:
It’s barely noticeable unless you put the textureless version beside the new textured version; then you see what an improvement you get. The moral of the story is: talk to your clients / buddies all the damn time about everything. It makes you make better stuff.
More pictures under the cut.
When I told you that I wanted to “Focus on work [and my social life],” I was being honest. But our time apart has taught me many valuable lessons. I’ve also come to realise I’ve missed being with you so much. Really. I’m sorry about all those things I [may or may not have] said. I [probably] didn’t mean them. Please, Blog, please take me back. I think I’m finally ready to take our relationship to the next step like you had originally wanted. I may be a working, studying, immensely talented and super hot young person* but that doesn’t mean I’ll have to push you away this time. I can make this work. Honest.
Blog, baby, I don’t know how else to say this… but I think I love you.
On a different note.