The idea I originally had was of Goku returning to Mexico but I decided to to have Bulma tag along this time. In fact, she was the first one to be painted. Well, her car was, then her. The car is from the first chapter of Dragon Ball. Looking online, it seems the car is a Renault 5 Turbo. I’m always amazed at how compact and round Toriyama draws his cars, they look extra cute. The background was painted first which was done very roughly but I wanted the focus on Bulma and Goku so that’s fine.
About 1 or 2 years ago I wanted to make a painting of a Testarossa at night, when I didn’t quite get color theory and how it interacts with each other. So of course that didn’t go very well. But to my surprise, only using the manga panel for reference I managed to paint a good rendition of a car in a night scene with lighting effects and all. Maybe I should give that Testarossa piece another try at some point.
The Renault was apparently meant to be a rally car before it was released as a consumer car so I wanted Bulma to dress like she is travelling across Mexico. I really liked her outfit from chapter 5 (when they first met Oolong). Looking at more panels, there are a couple of details that I could have added but since she is kind of far away it should be fine. As for Goku, I had to think for a while about what he would wear, and I decided to give him a jacket reminicent of Jackie Chan’s jacket from Police Story 4. Looking at Jackies jacket they aren’t really that similar except in the color but I still think it looks good on Goku. As for what Goku is eating, I had him eating some Churros and buñuelos.
Since I had some time yesterday, I decided to try out my new calligraphy brush. The model that will be the first to try it out is Momochi, using a photo from her last photobook as reference. I’m surprised at how accurate the brush the brush can be. I really enjoyed the experience. For this painting I decided to do it freehand which can be pretty dicey but it does speed up the process by quite a lot. And sure enough it did, but I did do one mistake. I put the mouth and nose too low so I made the decision to alter that using Photoshop.
Today I decided to paint using the Corel Painter real watercolors again. This time I decided to use different brush presets and they definitely act differently. But I guess that is to be expected. Looking at the end result, they give off that watercolor and Copic look. I used the inktober day 26 line art of Momochi’s last photobook. I wanted to emulate the coloring style of classic manga.
I really want to draw more of Momochi. Luckily the Country Girls dvd magazine has plenty of references of her interacting with the snow. And I really want to paint her in the red outfit from her last photobook. But before that, I want to make a New Year’s piece, I already have an idea so it’s just a matter of doing it.
That’s number two down. I might just be able to finish the third painting, but we’ll see. While Hina is having fun with her fantasy anime life coming to life, I can totally see Tamura being annoyed at seeing Hina get close to Tomoko and enjoying her passive aggressive tendencies.
Managed to finish this painting, although I wonder how the other ones will fare since today will be rather busy. Just in case though, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Hope you all have a great time. Please be safe during these days.
The second of the Christmas drawings I have inked in the countdown to Christmas. In a lot of ways, Hina’s wishes have been getting granted right before graduation huh? Good thing she decided to show her true self more.
One of the drawings I did in the countdown to Christmas this year. Who knows if I will be able to finish the painting process in time. Has been a while since I last did a Toho drawing, specially of Marisa. Didn’t have much of a plan so I just sketched and this is what came out.
Here is the painted version of this drawing. I’ve been watching Hilda lately and wanted to try out a muted, I would even say pastel colored painting style. I really liked the way it came out. Using only one type of color and multiply to make the shadows really speeds up the process of shading and leave a really uniform and clean look. No wonder people use it. ReZero was great this season, was quite an emotional one. Specially after what had happened last season. Can’t wait till the second part of this season is finally released. In the meantime here is a happy break from all that suffering. They all deserve it.