You know, it’s surprisingly challenging for me to actually try to improve in my own direction. A lot of my time drawing (writing doesn’t work like this) is spent thinking of this or that artist and how I wish I could do (digital/watercolor/ink/shading/faces) like this artist or that. It’s not until I finally slow down and tell myself that I can proceed how I want to proceed, rather than whom I wish I were most like, that I actually get anywhere.
Thus, this week I’ve had a few digitally colored pieces (relating to Apprentice of Light) that I’ve scrapped midway through because I get so frustrated once I try to move past the flat color phase and onto shading. See, my cell shading usually looks awful, and more often than not I over-shade when trying to do it gradient.
So I started this sketch of Ingrid and Lucienne this evening because I think of all the female characters I’ve written, those two are most compatible — like (revelation), if I were to stick them together in a story, it would be KICK-ASS. Anyway, when I got past flat-coloring Lucienne, I decided to focus in and try to work at shading her until I liked it.
Five hours later…
I’m pretty happy with it. I love that it’s got the big brushy line-art but it’s also nicely shaded. See, one tendency I usually have whilst shading digitally is that “Hm maybe this would work better if I just got rid of the lines altogether *proceeds to destroy entire picture*” So this was a bit of a remedy for that. Lines have always been my strength, so I used them as a crutch in this piece, and it worked. 🙂
Anyways, some other AoL (tee hee…AOL…America OnLine…tee hee…Nineties internet) sketches from this week
see with this one I went “Hm maybe this would work better if I just got rid of the lines altogether”
yeah scary huh. and then this next one i said “I’M GOING TO DO CELL SHADING DAMMIT *hurry hurry hurry*”
and then this one i said “eff this color isn’t working, OH WELL I’LL JUST PUT A FLAT COLOR BEHIND THEM”