While I try to fend off falling into some bad habits of mine, I’ve been working on and off on this new Fall of Cybertron Shockwave picture. Decided to try painting without a lineart this time because I’d hoped it would end up being a faster process. So far, I’m not sure about that.
Geez, this guy’s arms are going to be a nightmare to render. I’m not looking forward to that.
Oh well, we’ll have to see how this goes. I trust you’ll support me in this endeavour, Blog? (PS: You had better.)
Remember when I said I’d done another version of this picture, well, here it is. This isn’t perfect, mind you, but this had been an effort to speed up my illustration process so I decided to leave things a little rough around the edges. I also thought the previous image was maybe a little too sombre, so why not liven things up a little? Not to mention the fact that Canada has entered full on winter mode all up in here and I figured a change of pace was in order. Time to bust out those summer colours!
Let’s see Autumn off with a bang! The kind that sounds like a rivet gun through a window and into a skull.
Don’t have much else to add except this is probably the first illustrative transparent .png I’ve ever done. Looks like I can cross THAT off my bucket list finally. Phew, lucky me.
Oh wow, Blog. Why didn’t you tell me how dusty your fanart section was getting? I would’ve helped you out or something. I mean, that’s what absent minded, missing friends are for, right?
But seriously, I just took a look at your fanart section and I’m kind of embarrassed for you. Has it really been that long since we’ve uploaded something there? And how about those Transformers eh? Never in my life did I think I was going to like anything about the franchise, but backtrack to last January and oops, I think I fell in amour. And I fell hard.
Speaking of amour, or rather her opposite: Spiting Abhorrence, I can’t tell if I actually hate this image or not. It started out as a shoddy little work doodle that digivolved into something I’d planned to use as a 100 x 100 icon… and at some point this started to happen, and I was powerless to stop it. Around that time I made 3 goals for myself because if this was going to grow into a quasi-finished image, then by golly I was going to accomplish something else along the way.
- Finally figure out how to cell shade (because this was going to be a quick image, and that’s quick colouring… right? Right?) [FAILED]
- Actually get an icon out of this image since that was kind of the point [FAILED]
- Learn to use Paint Tool Sai [A+]
Oh well. 1 out of a 3 ain’t bad. Why, if you squint and round up, that’s practically half! In any case, I’ve done a different version of this picture and it’s possible I find it a lot less cranky-inducing. In fact, you could almost say it was passable. And if we’re being really generous here, Blog, you could even be so bold as to say that I actually almost like the other version.
If you’re good, maybe I’ll let you see it.
Rung, honey, baby bolts, you should uh, really see somebody about those head insides of yours that are kind of… falling out your outsides.
And once again we see my attempt to learn coloured cellshading failing horribly. Also, where did that upper torso come from? That wasn’t supposed to be there either…
Please start doing what I want you to.
Hey, uh, Blog… there’s something I’ve been meaning to ask you. Y’see, me and the guys couldn’t help but notice that lately you’ve gotten this … propensity of posting pics of … dudes with mangled faces. And while it’s all fine and good, and totally normal for everyone to have a thing, well…. we’re getting a little worried about you. This is beginning to look a bit like you’ve got a problem…
No, Blog, No. Put down the ax, Blog. Just put it down and step away from the– NO, BLOG, NO.
In other news, I think I really like Transformers now. So here’s a couple awkward sketches of a really sweet, mild mannered robot psychologist who accidentally gets his head blown off, in a really tragic turn of events from a really fabulous comic. I’ve already got a coloured version in the works, but note to self: fix this bloke’s eyes and give the poor guy some shoulders or something. Alas, I guess this is what happens when you sketch in pen, what with that whole no-erase quality it’s got going on. You live and you learn, I guess. TOO BAD I DON’T SEEM TO EVER LEARN.
You know what, Blog? I know you really like that look, but you’ve been wearing that same thing since June 10th and honestly, you’re making me a little uncomfortable. Time to change out of that and put on something new. Or at least something that doesn’t look that gross. Or smell… I mean really, Blog. Have you even put that in the laundry at all… you know what? Forget I asked.
What I’m trying to say here is that I’ve gotten tired of looking at that sad colour-spot-test thing that’s been haunting my most recent post page. Also, I’m embarrassed by how awkward it is, even if it is just a WIP. So to flush out the bad, here’s the much nicer looking sketchy until I have time to actually colour this properly.
I also mentioned in the last post that I was waffling between making Rinzler tall or short. I wasn’t joking about having gotten a more refined sketch of tiny!Rinzler, and while he looks fine (barring a few anatomy issues I’ll have to fix up) he just doesn’t look as striking as tall!Rinzler. Also, with Uprsing’s crazy stretched out insanely awkwardly tall anatomy going on, maybe tall is the right way to go? Even though this picture is dated July 2011, I’m so slow at art, that by now, there’s already been at least 3+ similar themed Tron fanarts floating around. I’ll admit I’ve been a little nervous to continue working on this for fear that someone’ll jump out of a bush and call me a dreaded ‘idea-stealer.’ What I think I need to do here, Blog, is remind myself that ALL ideas have already been done, flip my hair over my shoulder, and just do what I want.
I still might need you to hold my hand though, Blog. You know, for reasons.
PS: that red elbow-y sort of thing that’s going on in the left side there was my sketch for a matching Ram who I’d also put in a suit. These two were supposed to be based off an AU from the 60′s where they were both varying degrees of detectives. Unfortunately that endeavour kind of lost steam, so it’ll just be Rinzler in the end that’ll get completed. Once upon a time, I had a Clu in there too. Oh well, at least I’ve a better chance of finishing this now.
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.
Remember the sketch I did back here?
Well here are the two main colour schemes I’m waffling between. Do I pick creepy, pale and sickly looking? Or creepy and ethically ambiguous? I’m torn between the two, but leaning more towards Pasty there on the right, since Primeverse Starscream is the palest and greyest of all mechs in the series so far.
Ps: gosh I’m on the edge of my seat with this show, and wondering how they’re going to end up balancing Starscream’s badass moments with his overwhelming patheticness.
Anyway, I could sure do with a vote on what colours looks best.
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.
I am dying on my feet tired today and I’m not entirely sure why. Yesterday was super busy and quite an adventure with the dangerous as hell roads, (no, my mistake; when I said “roads,” I really meant ICY CHASMS OF DEATH) the business meetings, the business dinner, the business lunch, the parties and the mint tour, but these usually don’t tire me out this much even in conjunction. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure I went to sleep yesterday, so I have no right be this fatigued. Ah well, it’ll stay a mystery I guess.
Arble Garble, but I have so much stuff I need to get done this weekend and it’s already 1 AM. So instead of doing the smart thing like studying, working or getting me to bed, I’m going to prove I’m not a fibber.
I keep telling people I like photography and have been meaning to post up some of my experiments in the field for, well, years now. So, here goes. Links go to my new photography account on Deviant art.
Take it, and let it light your way back to us.
It was a delicate but beautiful wedding.
A good day to be a Seagull King
Mass Effect OCs and a plant-shark named Watermelon.
Not bad for my second ever paint chat eh? Sure there are many many things wrong with this picture.. but I kind of like it. And you know what? That pastel baby colored dragon back there, ya him, he’s very comfortable in his masculinity. [Could help that VietMan is there, but whatever. ] (Everyone, let’s ignore the fact that she is not wearing an áo dài, but some sort of … weird combination of a qípáo and her original costume. ) So I went back and edited a few very terrible errors out (I hope).
The cut to the full journal entry is very picture heavy so beware.
So last night I had the bright idea of trying a paint chat for the first time with some pretty stellar people. I hadn’t done any digital art since the summer and guess what I learned? Boy do I SUCK. It was so hard getting into the groove again. And I still don’t know what half the buttons on the board do.
Anyway here are a few progression images as I was finishing up my little monstrosity sketcher-thingy-McDoodle. If you squint, you can almost tell I made the picture look a little better than what I started with. I only wish I had taken a screen shot when I was just beginning, because Oh my Goodness, what I had drawn was like the above… but only a thousand times more shoddy.
And this is the final paint chat window. Ya, I know, I have a lot of practice ahead of me. As you can see everything is in Japanese and I have no idea what I am doing at all time.
I did this stuff here: http://www.takamin.com/oekakichat/user/
(If Java doesn’t work in firefox, I’d try IE before doing any major unistalling etc etc)
A couple characters from Axis Powers Hetalia and these are in DR canon… Both look pretty angry.
This is Vietnam in somesort of bizarre ao dai that will probably never exist in real life (thank goodness). There are reasons why people don’t wear these with corset like bodices… and the sheer fabric…. Oh man I really failed. I had started out with the idea of drawing her in an old French court dress. Obviously that didn’t work out.
She has a paddle and is supposed to look unimpressed by the way. Also, she is supposed to have wicked upper (and for that matter, lower) body strength. Her swimmer shoulders are intentional.
I wanted to draw a sad Tibet. So of course; as expected, I drew an angry kid. Whatever. I had a more recent scan of this one, but don’t know where it got off to. Oh well.