This project has been taking longer than I thought it would but I’m almost done with the really important section of it. After that there’s some more I wish to add to it, but that can take it’s time. What I will say is that it was worth it.
I recently saw this insane edutainment video that was released back in 1989 named “How to Get… Revenge!” with Linda Blair (the lady from “The Exorcist”). It’s crazy. Wonder if anyone was evil enough to follow their suggestions? What made it even more surreal was Linda’s fun attitude throughout the whole video.
Still not much spare time this week, although I finished the hardest parts of my home project. The rest should be a bit more straight forward and hopefully will go much faster. If that does happen I should have more time to draw and paint.
On another note, my brother needed a laptop so I sold him my previous Surface Pro 5. This meant that I could finally upgrade to a newer model. I ended up on the pro 7 with an i7 and 16 gb of ram. A good improvement in all aspects overall. I just got it today and had a few hours at the end of today to try it out. So far so good, here is a quick sketch that I did freehand.
Picture below is of the old version, the one above is the new and edited one as of now.
As a bonus here is an almost finished version before I decided to edite Yusuke’s head because I noticed how huge it was in proportion to his body.
I have currently been quite busy with a home project that has been eating up my time as of late so I don’t have as much time to draw or paint currently. But here is an update regarding another painting that I am redoing. There were quite a few problems with the proportions and certain details that I need to add or modify. Unlike most times, the background has not been done first. That will be a future update and in time I will decide on what I will plan to do regarding Yusuke.
Was planning on having this work with the remake contest on Pixiv but the dates didn’t align. Oh well.
Here is the final piece for this painting. Attached will be the old version. I changed quite a few things and also the posture. I painted based on my current memory. Overall I feel pretty good with the end result. Brute forcing the acquisition of skill takes time, but I’m now finally seeing some of the result of my training. Making colors more vibrant really helps make the painting pop more than just trying to mimic reference photos. I know that’s obvious but I wanted to understand why that is the case.
I used to have a tough time blending colors for the sky but using the blending tool makes that super easy. It’s kind of hilarious it took me this long to figure that out.
I just noticed looking at the old painting and the new one, but I flipped the hand position…
Here is the final part of this painting of Rei Ayanami. I took many rests as I was finishing it up due to various reasons but I’m glad I did because it gave me a chance to see it with new eyes. On top of that, at some point I finally began experimenting with the blending tool. The soft one is the one I eventually chose to use. For harder blending and separation of colors the sergeant tool is is my best tool. But for certain textures such as the skin I need softer blending sometimes.
Overall this was a fun painting to play around with.
Here is the background for another one of my RE:do paintings. Recently I started implementing a new technique into my paintings. I’m surprised it took me this long to do so though. I’ll speak more about that later. Perhaps adding more details to the sand would’ve added something more to the painting, but with the subject as the focal point that may not be necessary.
Having PC issues again. After a couple of months my PC begins going into restarting fits. And once they start, they start becoming more and more frequent. Looking around it seems like it might be hardware issues. Perhaps I’m using more power than my power supply can give or it’s my motherboard. Hopefully my PC lasts long enough to last this year.
On the other hand, here is a background for a piece that I’m working on. I thought I was done with it, but after coming back to it I felt there were plenty of things that I could fix. Sadly the PC issues kept messing with my progress. So I had no choice but to reinstall Windows and also all my programs. As I’m writing this, I still need to install my art programs but it’s getting late so I might have to finish that up tomorrow.
Here is another Re:do painting. This one was originally done in march 2022 I think. I had it ready for a while now. But a couple of days ago, after working on some other paintings I made some more edits that I think work better. I’m glad I didn’t uploaded it sooner.
If you look at the first version you can tell just how much my line art was holding me back. without them I can blend areas that are supposed to be receiving light with lighter colors. One thing I have been noticing is that adding more color to my lighting and shading adds more to my painting and makes it look less dull over all. Although I want to try working with a pallet that’s softer but that works well together. At some point I’ll upload examples of what I’m talking about.
Have you guys been keeping up with Watamote? It’s amazing. I really do hope they give an anime adaptation another try.
Because of my painting style using my ink line art doesn’t work well together. And because I was trying to work around it, I kept getting the hues and values wrong. Well, that and brute forcing my growth by trying to paint as fast as possible. Color theory is tough. Unless I want to paint in flat colors, keeping my line art was doing me a disservice.
Today’s painting is of Bowsette, originally painted back in 2019. This time I wanted to draw Bowsette’s whole body. I remember skipping her feet because it would have been a bit tougher, so painting them this time would showcase a growth in my skills. Having only Bowsette looked a bit lonely though, so I added Mario in this Re:do. But that also felt a bit lonely so I debated on whether to add some of that fire I had in my original painting. Depending on how much fire I added though I would be covering up some of my background so I was a bit apprehensive. Adding it was the right move though.
It’s annoying because now that I have done a couple of more paintings I see more things I can change and do differently. Maybe some other time.