Rei Ayanami glance

I wanted to try working with the more simplistic style again today. For my model I chose Momoko Tsugunaga and while looking for some reference pictures I came upon some where she was cosplaying as Rei Ayanami. Which in turn just turned into Rei Ayanami in the end. I don’t have enough blues in my collection of Copics so I’m a bit bummed that I wasn’t able to do much with her blue hair. Looking at my drawing there are still traces of Momochi which I like. At first I had Rei smiling but decided against it. The end result gives her an expression of noticing the viewer and glancing over.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Airi Sporty Jacket Copic

For today’s drawing/painting I decided to try out some of the inks that I created yesterday. Since I would only be doing the lineart with it and coloring it I went with the lightest ink I have. As for the style I went with LittleThunder‘s style and coloring since it is probably my favorite traditional art style. Today before I had begun today’s drawing I saw her latest art video of her painting one of her drawings. So with that in mind I went with a more simple and flat coloring style only adding some coloring in the skin and hair. I really love the way it came out. Although I have yet to try this coloring style with a background which of course would have a lot of variables that I would have to work with. But that will be for another work and day. I quite like the way the ink interacts with the copic markers.

I really liked the photo I used from Airi‘s instagram. It has a retro 80s-90s look which really fits with this coloring style.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

K’ Copic

For todays’s piece I decided to color K’ with Copics, but this time with a background. I really wanted to make a piece with the raining stage in King of Fighters 99. As I was working on it I decided to have some empty spaces so that the piece would look a bit more interesting. The drawing of K’ was originally done for Inktober 2018 day 10. But I didn’t use the same piece. I transferred the original drawing to a new watercolor paper by using my lightbox. As for the background I wanted to give just painting it a try without any lineart. It worked alright but I think I would be able to have a better color selection using watercolors. Copics are cool but they are really limited by the colors one owns and the ink that one has.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Suiryu Cat’s Claw Copic

I wanted to do another copic piece, but this time I wanted a more manga styled one with a more simplistic coloring scheme. I’ve been drawing a lot of girls lately so I wanted to draw a guy this time. For today’s subject I drew Suiryu again. I just barely had a chance to see the second season of One Punch Man. The animation is not bad, but it truly has degraded compared to the first season. I also noticed that they rushed some scenes quite a bit, but it’s not too bad (specially compared to what they did to To Aru Majutsu no Index III). It was really fun seeing Suiryu get animated, I just hoped to see more of him.

As for this piece, I wanted to have Suiryu actually training after the tournament incident but I still wanted a bit of humor. So for this drawing I used the pose of the Cat’s Claw from the Jackie Chan movie Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow. It’s a powerful but hilarious style. You can see it here.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Sayumi Michishige Copic

Continuing on with traditional work, I next moved on to using Copics. It’s been a couple of months since I last used them. I usually have trouble using darker colors because I’m afraid I will mess up in a way that I can’t reverse but this time I decided to push it woth some darker colors in the skin right from the start. Since I have been working with colors more I know how they will react once I add darker values such as with the hair so I felt a bit more at ease once I started working. I’m still not as fast as I would like to be though. This took me a couple of hours but I feel if I can probably do this in a bout an hour once I have a bit more experience. Looking at the reference photo and my version I could have added a bit more of the red tones on her skin but the overall idea was still portrayed which is good. The lips reacted with the ink since I might have overworked it a bit too much so I wasn’t able to portray a more natural lip color, I’ll have to be more careful next time.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Sayumi Michishige Pokemon Trainer II

This was a second try at using Hiros’ ( siiteiebahiro ) style. I wanted to try painting it with Copics and then give it another try digitally with Corel Painter. I used a picture from Sayu’s Instagram as a reference then modified it to have her holding a Pokeball (it’s the third photo in this post).

Awesome, seems like I can post Instagram posts here directly!

Here is are my attempts:

This is the version done using Copic markers.

I used the fully inked drawing from above and faded it so that I could digitally paint over it. I debated over what to put in the background but decided to keep it simple and practice merging the focal point and the background together at some point in the future.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Riku KHII Bust

Whenever I have time I have been playing through the Kingdom Hearts series before I go ahead and play Kingdom Hearts III. So far I have finished the original, saw the 358/2 days scenes, I started playing Chain of memories but it was quite straining so I went ahead and saw the scenes on youtube. Anyway I finished Kingdom Hearts II about two weeks ago. And I gotta say, the design for Riku in Kingdom Hearts II was definitely the best version so far. I’ve seen his design in Kingdom Hearts III and so far KHII is still the best. Both with the cloak and the his normal clothes.

As a side note, after finishing Kingdom Hearts II I decided to go back to Chain of Memories and slug through it. I really don’t like quitting. I’m almost done with Sora’s section then there should be a short section where I play as Riku.

Here is the finished piece done with my G pen and my Copics:

I made a quick background with Photoshop and Corel Painter:

References used:

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Digital background process:

That should be all for now.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Neo-Geo Land Miss X and Athena

This is the final piece all finally composited together. Making the background sure did take a while. It was all done using Copics. Copics are great but they do have their limitations and require quite a bit of steps in order to have them work the way I want them to. And since covering large areas takes a lot of ink it can be quite an expensive medium. But I wanted to see if I could get a handle on colors and values using nothing but the Copics.

I had to think a good bit about what I wanted the background to be but since I was going for a yanki theme I figured having them in the arcade setting would fit well. I was considering having Athena carrying a bat but decided against that for this one (maybe on another piece sometime in the future). Once I did finish the background I did have to calibrate the colors digitally and also clean up some of the forground objects so that I could place Athena and Miss X behind them. Once I did do that I went ahead and fixed their values so that they fit in with the background and then also added some shadows. 

The final piece:

Reference picture used:

Background process:

Digital process:

Hope you guys like it.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Athena Asamiya 2nd part of the Miss X project

Last time I drew Miss X and during the time after that I went ahead and fixed some of the issues I had such as the really small feet and also added some more colors and played around with the values.

I’ve seen some artwork online of Miss X and Athena together as a team, kind of like if they were yankees. So the project will be something based on that.

For Athena’s design I wanted to draw her in her school uniform that has the long skirt so she looks even more like a yankee. So I used her design from King of Fighters 94. I really love Athena’s design and her fighting style. She is actually one of my mains.

This is the final drawing:

These are the references used:

These are screenshots I took from the game.

And these are from the official artworks:

This is the process:

Now all that is left is the background.

That’s it for now.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Trying out an ANIME X CARTOON style: Sayumi Michishige

While looking through Pixiv and some Mexican memes on “Fresh Anime Memes from a Mexican Otaco” I came across two artist that made art that was rather cartoony and “round” and yet also very anime like. I really like it so I wanted to give it a try.

This was done in 8/10/18:

I believe I did this with my dip pen and a pen named Bimoji Fedepen, the hard tip one (there are various types that also go to a brush type that is pretty cool).

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This is the reference picture I used. This was from Sayu’s photo book “Mille-feuille”.

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I then colored the line art with my Copic markers (process will be shown a bit below). I noticed that I was much too preoccupied with the way the other artist were drawing their eyes from the references (will post them below) I was looking at so she looks a bit angry.

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Noticing that I used, I believe Photoshop to widen her eyes.

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I widened them even more, and noticed that there is quite a bit of flexibility with this style so I really want to try out more things to see what I can come up with.

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These were some of the references I used to try and understand the style.

Artist – Sh1tty:

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When I finished painting this piece and scanning it I had to go ahead and correct the colors that get washed out in the scanning process.

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After that I began trying out different eye shapes.

That should be all for now.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

First attempt at using Stabilo Pens – subject: Michishige Sayumi

I recently bought some new pens when I went to a somewhat local art store. When I was browsing around I came upon some pens that I haven’t seen before named Stabilo pens. After looking at them I noticed that they were almost exactly what I was looking for. In the past Copics used to have multiliners that came in different colors which I would have loved to use as outlines for my artwork, but they got discontinued a good bit ago. Ever since I was trying to find a replacement I could try and use instead but I wasn’t too happy with the limited selection Prismacolor had so I haven’t really used them since I bought them a couple of years ago. But these Stabilo pens seem to have a rather robust color selection  and they also offered different nib sizes (though for now I’m really only interested in the multiliner type). And when I saw their price being really cheap I thought what the heck, so I bought 10 (all of them either skin tones or grays). So since this was going to be my first try using them I decided to give the honor to Michishige Sayumi as the subject. Here’s what it looks like finished (done with my new Stabilo pens and Copics). Process below for those who are interested.

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a piece traditionally so I was a bit worried, but it went rather smoothly and the whole portrait took me only a couple of hours.

On the right are my new pens, these are the colors I have so far.

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And as usual I start outlining using my 2H pencil.

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And that leads me to the finished piece (already shown at the beginning):

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My thoughts on the Stabilo pens? So far I really love them. They leave beautiful marks and are resistant to my Copics too. Not only that but the color selection makes them quite useful for different applications. I’m definitely planning on upgrading my collection. The only downside is that they don’t seem to be refillable, but they’re not expensive so it’s not a big deal. Can’t wait to see what I can create with them.

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In any case, as I was writing this I had recently gotten off my other job and was happy to find a new video with members of Platinum Era Morning Musume, and that led me to another video that happened to give me a rather happy coincidence.

-By the way I use a dual monitor set up, left is my XP-Pen (that doubles as a monitor when not used for art) and my normal monitor on the right.

Anyway as I was watching this video I noticed that Sayu was looking right at them as they performed, I noticed this and found it funny and a coincidence as a certain number was happening. (I know I’m the only one finding pleasure and happiness in this but whatever).

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Those who get it, get it.

Anyway, that’s this update.

Hasta la proxima,

-Nube

 

 

Cima Garahau 80s Shiseido like advertisement

Earlier this year I showed my youngest brother Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory (I also made sure he saw Top Gun first). After seeing it again I was really taken by Cima Garahau, she really is in my opinion the best part and most interesting character of the series (a shame things ended how they did).

One other thing I have really been into are Japanese 80s magazine ads. Over this year I was going crazy accumulating all the references I could acquire. Now my collection is around 1tb of pictures (this is going to be a pain to categorize…). But it is all worth it.

These are the references I used:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/41604180954/in/dateposted-public/

Sayoko Yamaguchi (pictured below):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/42326311871/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/42279220572/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/41424855725/in/dateposted-public/

Sayoko Yamaguchi (pictured below):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/42326322131/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/40520064140/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/27457481247/in/dateposted-public/

Up above are two pictures of Sayoko Yamaguchi who I came upon when finding reference pictures, I really feel that Cima looks a lot like her so of course I used her as part of the painting.

In any case, this piece was done both traditionally and digitally. First the painting of Cima. I wanted to emulate the painting style of the original anime and used my Knicker Poster Color paints to paint her but then used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi for the background. I wanted to loose details as I went further away from the focal point (which is Cima).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/28454114288/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/40520424960/in/dateposted-public/

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After finishing painting and scanning it I have to fix the colors since the scanning process dulls everything.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/41604614534/in/dateposted-public/

Once that is finished I then went ahead and started working on creating the ad. Since the main painting is done, now I had to paint the product. The hard part was coming up with what the ad would be promoting. After looking through Sayoko Yamaguchi’s reference pictures I noticed that she promoted Shiseido a good bit so after looking around a bit I decided to use their perfume line. And I painted it using Copics.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/40520848640/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/40520848500/in/dateposted-public/

Once they were painted I then used my Gel Writer gel pens to write in the text and paint in the artwork. Thinking back I should have modified it more to make it more Gundam like, or at the very least modify it further.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/42327075091/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/42327075241/in/dateposted-public/

After this I positioned them in place and modified them digitally by removing the modified Shiseido logo. I had to make a custom Cima Garahau text so that it would fit with the shiseido text style, and also modified their logo with a Zeon emblem that I also had to create by hand and modify digitally.

These are the original Shiseido text and emblem:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/41605114494/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/42280250212/in/dateposted-public/

These are the ideas I had for the modifications I wanted to make:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/42327558171/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/40521281620/in/dateposted-public/

Then I used this ad as inspiration to finish it all off (after modifying it of course).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/darkcloudxero/41605442824/in/dateposted-public/

And this is the final artwork.

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Hasta la proxima,

– NUBE