I wanted to go for a more vibrant look. I noticed that my latest paintings looked quite washed out. My monitor settings seems to have been giving me a false sense of values and colors… I just reset all the monitors so hopefully that will help me out in the coming pieces.
Its sad, but although I worked quite a bit on the background it isn’t visible at all. I think I will reuse it for something else so that it doesn’t go to waste.
It’s been a while since I last played Smash, I grew up with the original 64 version so that’s what I have in mind whenever I think about it. When Terry was announced for the series I wanted to finally give the new ones a try but I rarely play games anymore. But yesterday when I arrived from one of my jobs, my brother excitedly asked if I knew who the next and final Smash character was. I jokingly said Sora since I have always been told by my friends and other brother that it would never happen due to the licenses needed. But I always foolishly believed. I finally got to see the trailer this morning and… it was amazing. I felt goosebumps and it actually brought some tears out. The attention to detail and effort to showcase Sora was amazing. I also loved the tagline, “Sora is finally here!”. I’m so glad there was a huge push by Kingdom Hearts fans to get the attention needed so that this was made possible. Now with Sora and Terry in the game, it might finally be time for me to get a Switch. Plus, it seems the new Switch version will be released soon. Although, I have yet to played Kingdom Hearts III. I should really get on that as well.
Sora and Mario really make an amazing duo. That handshake was so iconic and was a nice homage to when Sora and Mickey did it. To fit with Sora’s personality, I wanted to make a fun and happy piece.
I went for the first time to the West Coast and got to see and experience the ocean for the very first time. I also got to see and walk among the sequoia’s. It was a pretty fun trip. Although because of the hikes and car travelling I didn’t get much time to actually draw much. But I did manage to slip some time so I could draw a couple of pieces. I’ll be uploading them over the coming days.
Happy Goku day. I can’t believe I just found out that May 9th is Goku Day. I didn’t have anything ready or planned, but luckily I had the line art of Goku celebrating that fits the occasion perfectly. Really like a gif of Goku and Krillin fighting during their younger days so I used that setting and colors for my painting.
Since were are past half way through this month, we are closer to Halloween now. I’ve been re-watching “My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected”. I never got to finish it when it came out. So hopefully this time I actually get to finish it. I’m really enjoying it (currently in season 2). In season 1 episode 8, Yui and Yukino both dressed in cosplay. The costumes used are what I used for reference in this drawing.
I think I mentioned this before but I have been quite busy lately with my other job and building my desk PC which took me 4 weeks to complete. Had I had a bit more time to work on it I think I could have completed it in two weeks but such is life. Now I have more workspace since I added about 6 inches on the contour of the desk (minus the front side) so that I could clamp my three monitors thus giving me all of my original (about) 4 x 3 feet to use with all of my supplies that I would use as I work. I actually just made the finishing touches yesterday so I wasn’t really even able to use the desk till today. So far I’m really happy with the way it is all set up and because I made the outside contours on the sides so that I could clamp down my monitors I can now fully see all of the screen on both sides as I work on my XP-Pen which I of course left on the center. I’ll show some pics of it and the setup at some other time.
Way back in, whoa, May 28th (it’s been that long after all huh) I uploaded my painting celebrating Buono! To my surprise on June 8th I actually got a like from Natsuyaki Miyabi! Man it feels nice to know that the person you decided to make a painting of has seen your work. But to also get their approval of it is quite nice. I’m really glad my feelings of appreciation for her work has reached her.
Here is the painting just in case you missed it. And here is a link to the original post.
While I was getting some supplies for my desk PC I stopped by a nearby dollar store and came across some small vials with cork caps. I got a set of two of the 6 packs so that I could store some pre mixed inks and watercolors that I could use when working with linework/outlines. For today I made a set of ink that got lighter and lighter for when I want to use different levels of black to gray inks. I have my diluted ink that is still quite dark in my original container and a set of 5 vials containing the newly created ink. I also made a reference sheet to show me the intesity of the ink within each vial and a date of when they were created just in case one of them runs out and I have to create a new batch which of course might not be the same as the previous one. Since it was running a bit late when I was completely done getting my worspace ready I decided to make a quick drawing. Since it was all about testing the desk I of course decided to go traditional (plus I also got to try out my inks, although I only used my base ink for this drawing). I’ll try to see if I could make a quick drawing every weekday for the rest of the summer on top of whatever new paintings I decide to work on. I already have an idea of the first piece I will be working on (hopefully starting tomorrow).
Here is that Goku drawing I did. Maybe I should have made some lines to express movement but overall I’m quite pleased with the results (was a bit scared that I wouldn’t be able to draw as I liked since I hadn’t done it in about 4 weeks).
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.