Kaleido Star, a homage to a series close to my heart. And overcoming some weaknesses. Part II Final?

So last time I showed the roughs for what I was working on. With that done, came putting color. What I’m doing now is seperating the focal point from the background.  This is done so that I can focus on one thing at a time and it makes it easier to draw/paint a background withought worrying of encrouching on the space of the focus (usually the character). It does come with it’s weaknesses though, by not having them together (background and focal point) I can’t merge and control the colors as effectively, at least not at my current level. Once I understand color a bit better I should be ok, we’ll see.

This is the background reference picture, which I got by going through the Legendary Meneauver episode and capturing stills.

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And here is what I painted.

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The colors came out much smoother and vibrant than with any other watercolors I have used so far. But I still have some more learning to do. I didnt want to add too much contrast yet, seeing as I am still learning. Plus I wasn’t sure if things would have changed as I put the background and the characters together.

Next is painting Sora and Layla.

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It doesn’t look bad on it’s own, but I didn’t take into account the lighting that would be required from the background. I had to think in terms of blueish tints as opposed to what I had used here. I could have done it traditionally but decided to wait and do it digitally so that I could take my time and learn as I went along.

And fool (a very important, and funny, character in the series), those who saw the series know why he is there.

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So this is how it looked like when I tried adding it to the background before trying to match the colors of Sora and Layla with the background. (Note that I did add a bit of more shadows by this point thinking that it could help). I was also experimenting with the sparkles around them  (didn’t really go as planned).

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Doesn’t really meld well together, so I went and tried to get them to a closer level.

Made it darker and added some glow around them.

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Kept it going, will now show without glow and with glow.

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By this point it was getting close, but I had to push it a little further and actually change colors to their blue counterparts (if that even makes sense).

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By this point I have two options, go with the darker one or the one with more light. I still haven’t decided which one to use yet. And on top of that I want to make something a little different with the drawing of Sora and Layla by adding a totally different background and maybe even changing the paint on them too.

On top of that, I also changed the position of Laylas arm since it looked a little too still where it was originally.

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I feel like the background is still too dark, maybe adding a light haze like in the reference picture might make it better. I’ll have to try and see if it makes a good difference. I’m still unsure of how it looks, I wonder what other people think.

But for now it is done. I will have to think it over for a little while if I will leave it as is or make some changes.

Hasta la proxima,

-Nube