Very Berri

Oct. 14th, 2012 10:27 am
wist: (Bouncing dots)

Well, you know the drill by now, Blog. I get one image done, and then I find a whole bunch more on an old external hardrive that are tantalizing work in progresses. What? Don’t look at me like that. You know how I strive — often to counter-intuitive heights — for the feeling of completion and hard drive tidiness.  Besides, how am I expected to resist  something where half the work is already done for me?

I think I did this linework’ two years ago as part of a set. This is my Cheerleading Fairy of Optimism. She was probably supposed to have wings, but it’s very possible I was overdosing on cutesy girly imagery at the time, and just couldn’t bring myself to include them in the final ‘inks’.  I’d forgotten I’d ever drawn hair like that, and it’s kinda nice. Anyway, I’m hoping that putting this little lady up on the Blog will motivate me to A) finish her B) finish the ugly-ass sketch of her partner. By the way, the absurd idea of a ‘Cheerleading Optimist Fairy’ came from a tiny comic I’d done years and years and years ago over here.

Sob, Blog. Why can’t the hard parts be done by other people? Anatomy is so difficult and I don’t wannaaaa. You finish the sketch, Blog, I just want to colour.

Yeah, okay, I’ll stop whining and go get things done. Glad we had this talk. You’re the best.

+1 image to the work in progress category.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Bouncing dots)

I am so partied out this weekend, Blog. But fear not, I didn’t forget my promise to you. I’d NEVER forget my promises to you. Anyway, here are  some closeups of my favourite portions of that commision from the last post. I learned and experimented a lot with not just line weights but also trying to add the feeling of texture to my inks too.

For example, I liked the way I did the hair on Chris’s forearms here, and I’m pretty fond of how I did his head-hair too. Also, I’m kind of liking the little crow’s feet I gave him, and the way his stubble fades off into his skin. (That can’t possibly be the right way to describe that)

Under the cut is the step-by-step and a couple other choice closeups. What’s that? Hey now, Blog, watch yourself. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with being proud of myself and some of the things I’ve done. If anything, you should me proud of me.

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Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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Remember all those WIPs I was posting a while back for that lineart commission I was doing, Blog? Well you lucky little thing, you,  you get the honour of being he first to see the completed piece in all its glory. (Yeah, okay, you got me, Blog, I really just forgot to upload this when I finished it, BUT THAT SHOULDN’T MATTER).

Character and Commission belong to the very fine lady over here.

Originally this was just supposed to be a quick little sketch commission, but like I said, HypotheticalWoman is a very fine lady, and I just couldn’t help myself. I ended up upgrading the sketch into full inks. This meant that she lost out on the sketched background (something I don’t do on my sketch commissions anymore) but then since I’m so taken with her, I slapped on a quick freebie of one anyway. I’m also mailing out a printed version of this to her door — again, something I don’t usually do, but she’s a truly great person and deserves it.

As for the character himself, his name is Chris. As you can see, he’s a centaur, but what I like about this guy is that he’s got more of a stocky workhorse kind of build (and personality). I loved that he wasn’t supposed to be one of those willowy, pretty-boy horsemen, but an honest-to-goodness tough nut that can be driven hard, and works harder. Seriously, this character is a tanner; that’s super baddass (and unique) when you look at what type of ‘person’ he is. Still, Chris isn’t supposed to be exceptionally pretty, and I tried to make his face a little longer and a little more … horse-y. Normally he wears a tunic, and his hair’s in a long braid and a mohawk sort of thing, but since he’s so rugged, I decided to let us catch him taking a little me-time. So here he is with his hair let down and his clothes are drying on a handy tree branch off stage left.

Hey now, don’t look at me like that, Blog.  Even fantasy folk have to do their laundry too.

The next post will a quick step-by-step compilation of this image and also some closeups of this guy since I’m just that proud of this inking job (and also because I have to run off to a party 5 minutes ago).

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Bouncing dots)

You’ve got the power, Blog.
The power to make art. Art and really bad references to good songs.

Actually, the art is pretty bad too. Well okay, slightly above mediocre — but that’s just because I’m being charitable.

Still, I can’t help but have a soft spot for this silly picture; and before you ask, yes. Yes, that is a platypus with broccoli growing on it. Also, yes, I did misspell ‘broccoli.’ What are you gonna do about it? Laugh?  Are you going to laugh at me, Blog? Choose your next move wisely, and don’t think I can’t see that smirk. But remember, Blog, which of the two of us is it that brings home the bacon, snouts, and pork knuckles? That’s what I thought.

Back on track though (or at least as on track as you can be when the subject is a broccoli-Playpus) I did this solely using touchpad and this vague notion of having absolutely no idea what I was doing with myself. I thiiink I was taking random prompts and that’s what’s to blame for this absolutely off the wall mash-up , but then it was done a year or so ago, so I can’t say with absolutely confidence. Not that it matters, ultimately. 

Just like tattoos are suppose to represent where you were at a very specific moment of your life, I like to imagine this was…. oh who am I kidding, this was probably some really bizarre call for a very specific type of help.   I can’t think of any alternative.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Bouncing dots)

It’s finally done! FINALLY!

I present to you: Melonboat McSlices. Even though this didn’t turn out the way I had planned, I still think it’s kind of cute. Also, not bad for my first time using only the pen tool and the gradient tool.

(This picture is way more adorable when it’s squished horizontally, so I’ll leave it formatted the way it is. Click to see the original.)

 

This big guy is a combination between a:

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So a : Shark + Watermelon + Venus Flytrap + Sundew (which is a gorgeous name actually)

Now I can finally move on to other things that pull at my conscious less.  One down, only 999,999,999 left to go! Yeah! We can do this, Blog! If we stick together and believe in the power of love, friendship, and forgoing the sweet embrace of sleep, we’ll be able to get ‘er done!! Onward and tally-ho (etc etc)!

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Bouncing dots)

I kind of feel like a tool with that last WIP sitting at the top of my blog since I’ve been working on this image every single day after posting that last entry. While my computer’s in for repairs I’m forced to use a friend’s, but I can only do so for 20 minute stints at a time. It’s rough ’cause I just want to get this done so I can finally mail it off. On the bright side I’m at the home stretch now, and the current file is sitting pretty much 97% done. Didn’t have that file on hand, so I’m just throwing this one up here. When I was at this stage it was probably around 78 % done.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Bouncing dots)

Continuing the adventure of trying to quickly finish a drawing using only the pen tool and gradients. And what an adventure it is — an adventure in not shoving my hands into a blender! I can’t tell if it’s the fact that I only get to work on this ugly baby of mine toward 1 AM (since I need to borrow a photoshop capable computer — and it is hardly capable at that), or if it’s the unintuitive practice of using only the pen/gradient tool, or the most likely scenario; my sheer fumbly fail-ness that is making this so difficult. But whatever it is, this image — which was supposed to be a speedily done thing — is taking forever.

It certainly doesn’t help that I can’t figure out underwater lighting nor volume. Seriously, a shark should not be this difficult to map planes of light on. Sharks don’t even have that many wobbly, sticky-outy, finangly parts. I dunno what my problem is. (Like always, sleep dep. is an industry standard acceptable answer).

 

Oh, and PS: can you tell it is 5 AM? Because I can. I can just feel my coherency jumping out a window. Anyway, updated my WIP gallery with this guy, whined a bit, and gave you a quick touch base, my dear Blog. Now it’s off to bed with me, so we can have another lovely day full of awkward English, typos, and regrets tomorrow! Goodnight, my dear!

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

2 WIPS

Jan. 22nd, 2011 08:20 pm
wist: (Nyx icon)

I was going to do some homework and then play some Mass Effect – not necessarily in that order – when my Xbox circle went three parts red. I decided to post some WIPs I’m working on and off on, instead.

Focus on the “off” part of that last sentence. Bah, I wish I had the time to work on this one more.

Started this last year, you can see the first WIP I did over here. You’ll notice the quality didn’t improve but the picture got bigger. Anyway, this gentleman is an OC and he’s kind of a backstabbing, neurotic bad guy. What’s missing [aside from the clothes, appropriate proportions, talent and a background] are a peppering of scars to complete his McNasty look. I should probably give him a bloody nose. He tends to get hit a lot – and he deserves it too – but it would knock him down a peg you know. Wipe that stupid smug expression of his ugly face. I mean, look at his stupid loungy pose and his stupid cancer-stick. Don’t you just want to shove him into a wood chipper? I know I do.

On a slightly less insane homicidal aggressive note, here’s a WIP that’s not really a WIP because it has no bearing on anything; the flats aren’t even right. I just liked how symmetrical it looked I guess. To be honest, I’m not really sure why I saved the image at all. But what can you can do?

I’ve made a terrifying, angry beast man surrounded by a beautiful, low opacity bouquet.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Nyx icon)

Some of you may have noticed I’ve finally put up banner images on both my site and my LJ. For the record, this is what my site banner looks like. The greyscale is just be temporary until I have time to colour the lines. It’s been ages since I’ve had an LJ though, and already 3 whole years [wow!] since I’ve had my site. Neither have ever had proper banners and it just couldn’t wait any longer.

Anyway, without further ado, I present to you my lines. When I’m done colouring this, I’ll upload a walk through so you can all see how crappy my sketches start out.

Today’s bust of the season features Zoë, a character you may have already seen in the comic. I had fun with the line weights, though I can see a few spots where I should have done better but all in all this isn’t a bad start to the new year. In the last post I talked about how this image is similar to the first picture I drew in 2010. At the same time, it’s still different enough that I don’t feel like I’m regressing. While Coraline certainly has more of a realistic touch, Zoë here has more of an ‘American’-styled lineart feel. Or at least I hope it’s American-ish, because I’m really trying to move away from the anime style I so easily sketch in.

The snowflakes are kind of gaudy looking I know, but I like to think that they make it less appealing to people who want to borrow my lines without crediting. Also, I figure that since I live in Winter Wonderland Canada, it’ll be snow season for at least another 3-5 months. That should give me enough time to draw up a new spring banner. This drawing too didn’t end up at all how I planned. Originally there were no flowers. Originally this was supposed to be a simple, quick and dirty, black haired girl for me to practice inking. It became Zoë when I started getting a little creative with my lines up in the hair. On the bright side, in changing up the character, I’ve decided to add some details to liven up her face in canon. Zoë will now have a piercing – she takes out for work [so no retcon needed hahah] – and handful of beauty marks sprinkled all over. Her chin is expected to be the most square of all my lady SP characters too.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (monkey puppy)

Posting again, this time it’s old art, but I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things.

An old favorite of mine.  Nyx the little lady who is of Spanish and  French descent and used to be a Janitor before going to trade school and becoming a mechanic.

Plots change, and now she has a more fitting job (sort of) as a sous-chef (sort of).

A picture from way back in my middle school days. Old image is old but I don’t have any depictions of Alice up here yet.

An older commission that I’m still really fond of; if only for the foreground people. I like the details on the clothing. In any case, this picture was the longest I’ve ever spent on a digital piece.

Another picture from my middle school days. It’s Avery and Alice this time.

Mirrored from http://wisterium.xepher.net/comic.

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Uploading some sketches I did with my kiddie markers and crayons.

Here we have a blue cat, Philip the prince of Diamonds and Her Royal Highness The Queen of Diamolubs. (That last word should be subject to change – but isn’t.)
These were done with markers from way back when I was just a youngin’, with more teeth than markers.

And here we have a crayon sketch of a mermaid. I have this urge to do something with crayons now. I miss my crayons.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Default)

Uploading some sketches I did with my kiddie markers and crayons.

Here we have a blue cat, Philip the prince of Diamonds and Her Royal Highness The Queen of Diamolubs. (That last word should be subject to change – but isn’t.)
These were done with markers from way back when I was just a youngin’, with more teeth than markers.

And here we have a crayon sketch of a mermaid. I have this urge to do something with crayons now. I miss my crayons.

Mirrored from http://wisterium.xepher.net/comic.

Copic demo

May. 17th, 2008 02:06 pm
wist: (Default)

Our city’s largest art store was having it’s annual yearly open house. I was doing the demos for the copic markers at their distributor’s table. Aside from helping with sales and whatnot, I pretty much spent my time doing quick silly sketches for the public. It was pretty fun.

click for images

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Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

Copic demo

May. 17th, 2008 02:06 pm
wist: (Default)

Our city’s largest art store was having it’s annual yearly open house. I was doing the demos for the copic markers at their distributor’s table. Aside from helping with sales and whatnot, I pretty much spent my time doing quick silly sketches for the public. It was pretty fun.

click for images

Read the rest of this entry »

Mirrored from http://wisterium.xepher.net/comic.

wist: (Default)

Just uploading more sketches and practices

random doodles with late night pointless dialog

Did this on a greyhound bus at 3 am on my way to Fernie B.C for skiing. The perspective is terrible, but my excuse is the shaky vehicle.

Rather shoddy character study of Etienne, though I do like the little guy in the lower right corner. The larger view doesn’t look so hot, due to resizing. Oh well, I can’t be bothered to change it.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Default)

Just uploading more sketches and practices

random doodles with late night pointless dialog

Did this on a greyhound bus at 3 am on my way to Fernie B.C for skiing. The perspective is terrible, but my excuse is the shaky vehicle.

Rather shoddy character study of Etienne, though I do like the little guy in the lower right corner. The larger view doesn’t look so hot, due to resizing. Oh well, I can’t be bothered to change it.

Mirrored from http://wisterium.xepher.net/comic.

wist: (Default)

sự biến mất

I really like this one guys.
This dragon is disappearing and appears to shift depending on what angle you see it in.

I wanted it to seem like you are just catching a glimpse of something, so the beast’s head is out of the picture and its in the midst evanescing before your eyes.

Here you can see the details of the dragon better. In real life the painting acts a bit like an optical illusion as well. The camera was set to flash and it absolutely murdered the colors here though.

Here is the painting before I added the beast. I really liked the background.

Details of the water’s surface

Details of the coral

This piece is a mixed media : pencil crayons, acrylic and a lino bloc print on canvas board.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Default)

sự biến mất

I really like this one guys.
This dragon is disappearing and appears to shift depending on what angle you see it in.

I wanted it to seem like you are just catching a glimpse of something, so the beast’s head is out of the picture and its in the midst evanescing before your eyes.

Here you can see the details of the dragon better. In real life the painting acts a bit like an optical illusion as well. The camera was set to flash and it absolutely murdered the colors here though.

Here is the painting before I added the beast. I really liked the background.

Details of the water’s surface

Details of the coral

This piece is a mixed media : pencil crayons, acrylic and a lino bloc print on canvas board.

Mirrored from http://wisterium.xepher.net/comic.

wist: (Default)

Touched up an older piece for my little art show.
It’s acrylic on canvas board.

The image really deviated from what I originally had in mind, but the final product isn’t too shabby. I think the fracture of her skull looks somewhat like a crown, which is kind of cool.


Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

wist: (Default)

Touched up an older piece for my little art show.
It’s acrylic on canvas board.

The image really deviated from what I originally had in mind, but the final product isn’t too shabby. I think the fracture of her skull looks somewhat like a crown, which is kind of cool.


Mirrored from http://wisterium.xepher.net/comic.

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