Aqua – Hope is not Lost… “SORA… “

I was seriously rather surprised that it took me this long to finish this drawing. There have been some setbacks on my end due to some complications but it seems like things have been settling down now. So I was finally able to make some advancements these last two days. The bad news is that the next work was pushed back, unless I manage to make a miracle. Cosmos, grant me a miracle! (that’s how Seiya said it right?)

But I will try and make it work, I’ll start with a Christmas themed drawing and move up to a winter one (or maybe two).

Now, a bit on the drawing. I have run out on many of my Copic markers, so I have to buy some refills. But I don’t know when that will be, hopefully soon. Why do I bring that up, well that’s because I had to do this drawing with nothing but color pencils. Except for a few places that I had to do some fixing where some of the color pencil couldn’t color in completely (I used some Copic’s and a white pen). I noticed a couple  of “problems”, like the color pencils don’t completely cover the paper completely unless I paste it on heavily (this only works with my PrismaColors). The problem is that I can’t blend them too well at that point. But if I don’t heavily color it, then I leave white crevices (spots) on the paper. This is why I like to use Copics as a base in the bottom. Hmmm…. I made sure to buy a new type of paper that is really smooth to overcome this problem (I used Bristol paper by the way), and although it seriously does reduce these imperfections, it’s obviously not perfect. One thing to keep note of, is that if the object is big, as in it covers most of the paper (like a face portrait) and it doesn’t have many objects and colors in it like my drawing does, then you should have an easier time blending things and make the imperfections less noticeable. Whatever the case, it does give it the distinctive color pencil look. So although my style has evolved to the two process coloring that I have been developing, I’ll leave this as it is.

This drawing was made in commemoration of Kingdom Hearts 2.5 and the upcoming and long awaited Kingdom Hearts III. Made almost exclusively out of color pencils. Drawing made in inspiration of the Kingdom Hearts 3 teasers.

What do you guys think?

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Slight delay

This week has been quite problematic. I had a major problem with a virus that was going around and got sick because of it. That had me out of commission for the whole week, and to top it all off it’s is now going to be finals week so I have to take some time to study. For that reason I will have to delay this week’s artwork. \

Sorry about that.

But here are some scans of what I have done so far.

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Next project/s 12/03/14

After much thought I figured I had many good artworks that were good enough for the Restoration Project, but I also found a couple of works that had some good potential but are not up to par for me to restore them. Instead I will be redoing them with my new skills, trying to bring out my original ideas and feelings and making them even better.

In any case I have a large collection of drawings that go well over fifty ( I haven’t counted them, but that seems to be about right). Anyway, aside from that I also want to do some Studio Ghibli artwork as well. Focusing on my favorite films. Another thing I want to do is make some winter and Christmas artwork as well, seeing as we are already in December.

But, before I do the winter theme artwork I want to work on a piece to commemorate the release of Kingdom Hearts II.5 release.

Here is  a peek at what I will call the “Re-do Project”.

The first drawing to go under this process is this Aqua painting.

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I had a good idea, but the drawing is very rough. I had never really used watercolor before (at least seriously) during this time, so the results leave a lot to be desired. In any case this is the drawing I will using for the next project.

Here is a peek.

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Till next time.

-XERO

Aqua, Terra, Ventus “The challenges of the outside world” Update III Final

I’m finally done with my Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep drawing. I had it mostly done a couple of days ago actually. But I decided to hold off on it since I was still unsure of a couple of details. I’m glad I did because I feel I actually made it better. So for one, I added some more details with my color pencils and then I also used a new tool this time. I recently bought a black and white carbon pencil set. They work really well, specially the black one. It’s really soft and dark. Also I can spread it out to my preferences to add shadow effects and darken any colors quickly and efficiently. I really recommend it.

Once I had it all in order I darkened a couple of colors and areas using that carbon pencil I was talking about. After that I noticed that I would be able to produce an effect I was thinking about when it came to Ventus and specially Terra. I wanted to show that darkness was present in both, though it engulfed Terra so I added some black aura/shadows/mist around their bodies. But I also wanted Aqua to remain untouched by it but still in the midst of it since they are her friends and also her responsibility. I’ll talk a bit more about what I wanted to convey through this drawing a bit later. One thing I wasn’t really sure about was Ventus’s hair. I just didn’t like the dark outline at all. So I decided to add a bit of white highlights with my white pen. Luckily it came out rather well. So before I explain anything about it, here are the pictures.

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I will add a bit more to this later.

What do you guys think?

-XERO

Sneak peek – Aqua, Terra, Ventus “The challenges of the outside world”

This drawing I was planning on working on quite a while ago, but I never did get around to it. So here it is.

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Since this is only a sneak peek I won’t talk too much about it till I post the finished piece. Aside from this I have some other projects I will be doing in tandem, hopefully I will be ok.

Till next time,

-XERO

How to Draw Challenge – Aqua (After the Battle) (COLOR)

I disappeared once again, and I apologize for it. But I am now close to being finished with my newest project, so I hope you guys look forward to that.

And so the time has finally arrived for me to draw Aqua from Kingdom Hearts. I have been realy looking forward to drawing her for such a long time. After playing Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep she definitely became my favourite out of the three new heroes. Her powers just like her personality were gentle and balanced, creating the strongest and most prominent character in this arc. Her involvement in this story was so great that without her the story might have ended at just that, having Xehanort winning the battle between light and darkness. I can’t wait to see her in Dream Drop Distance and witness what other feats she will accomplish.

As stated in the video I want to hear your comments on which version of the drawing you like more. The light drawing or the dark one?

Hope you enjoy it,

– XERO