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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.)

 

 

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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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.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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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.

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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.

Goals:

  1. Finally figure out how to cell shade (because this was going to be a quick image, and that’s quick colouring… right? Right?) [FAILED]
  2. Actually get an icon out of this image since that was kind of the point [FAILED]
  3. 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.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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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…

Dear hands,

Please start doing what I want you to.

Thanks.

Love,
MmeJack

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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Breathing.

Following along with the last post, here are the rest of the gifts I’ve got.

Below the cut you’ll find:

  1. Icons
  2. Step-by-step animations
  3. Colouring tutorial

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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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.

Final image can be found here.

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.

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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.)

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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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.

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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.

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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.]

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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.

PPS: Today’s Pictures for Sad Children comic was AMAZING. So out of the blue, unexpected and synonymous with “awesome.”

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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Actually that title’s more than a little dramatic, but I’m feeling live a Diva, so indulge me.

I was introduced to tegaki sometime last year, and since then have managed to produce exactly two pictures.  One is this guy:

I’m normally pretty self conscious about this kind of thing, but why? Well, since I’ve got no answer that’s any good, I  guess I haven’t got any reason to be. So, indulging in both a little self-love and plenty of badly structured sentences, I present to you my tegaki avatar. That’s a rather accurate depiction of me, insofar as scribbles go, even though my hair’s a lot shorter than that right now. I also don’t have glowing dots circling around the back of my head, and usually lack a manifestation of the visual depiction of what I’m talking about too. I’m talking about plants by the way, if that wasn’t clear. I’m also sounding kind of like a tool but it’s okay; I’m a diva for at least 10 more minutes.

The next picture I can’t even explain but am going to try to do anyway, because one day I may want to know what I was smoking/ disillusioning myself with.

This is currently my first tegaki post, as well as what I hope will be my last. Though once I say this out loud, it means in about 2 months I’ll be selling my soul to the damn place. Curse you, self. You and your masochistic tendencies. Curse. You. Its not been a pleasant time for me. In fact, this person’s picture quite sums up the tegaki experience:

QQ on Tegaki E

While you’re clicking through links though, you should think about checking out some of the amazing artists that use that site. Seriously, there are some great things going on there.

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2 WIPS

Jan. 22nd, 2011 08:20 pm
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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.

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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.

EDIT:

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.

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More pictures under the cut.

Dear Blog,

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.

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