Practice: Pinup Girl Recolor

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LOL I was bored. =))))

Eh, I needed to practice anyway. XDD In this one, I was trying a different way of coloring. Instead of my usual fill with flats > new layer for shadow 1 > new layer for shadow 2 > new layer for highlights etc etc, I triedย coloring using masks. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve become a fan of Yuko Shimizu (NOT the one associated with Hello Kitty…), and her coloring method. … … which I cannot seem to make heads or tails of despite her many blog posts about her process. T___T;;; HELP.

In any case, I might try recoloring this again at some point, using a different method… once I figure out what to do haha :p For now I’m kinda proud of the sheen on the hair. You can see it if you kinda squint a bit…

For comparison:

Patterns #1 – Gemini

Gemini

Finally a new drawing on this blog!ย YAY!

Okay, just to get it out of the way first, Iย feel like I need to apologize for the watermark. After what happened, I decided to just follow the example of other artists like Nene Thomas when it comes to watermarks, because at the very least I can make it a little harder for plagiarists to use my stuff. ๐Ÿ˜€ Also no more linking to the hi-res versions, I’m afraid. You CAN, however, view a slightly embiggened version over at my DeviantArt page. ๐Ÿ˜€

ANYWAY, so here we are.

Over the past year, I’ve been fascinated with doodling, particularly the kindย by the likes of Kerby Rosanes and Rob Cham.ย I love the details and the seemingly random explosions of STUFF in their works, and I’ve been trying to emulate that. I still have no idea how they do what they do (srsly guys, HOW?? D:), and right now, patterns is what I’ve got.ย I did, however, find that I enjoy drawing these things. You can just kind of zen out and relax while watching TV or waiting for people or whatever.

Another artist whose work I’ve also been trying to take after is Yuko Shimizu. I adore the heavy, dark inking, and combined with her coloring process, everything just looks fabulous and magical. Again, though, I’m still studying her work, and so far, I’m still pretty much off the mark ahahahahah hah…. T__T

So yeah, still got a lot of learning to do. =)))

For now, in case anyone’s interested, this is what it looks like before coloring:

Gemini Lineart

P.S.

While I’m promising to practice daily, no, I’m not doing the 365 (or rather, 366) day challenge this year. I decided that I want to be able to savor things this time around,ย and not put myself under unnecessary pressure to bang out hasty work on a daily basis. =))) I figured it should get easier as time goes on and who knows maybe I’ll be able to do and actually complete it next year, but like any marathon, I guess I still need to train for that. :p

Random Doodle: Coloring practice

coloring practice process digital painting Sam Nielson occlusion Art Center

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LOL taking a break from the recent barrage of fanart, and taking some time to try to learn stuff, which is one of the reasons why I put up this blog. =))

Anyway, a friend has recently pointed me to an article containing the simplified step-by-step process of how the wonderful Sam Nielson does his coloring. As with all how-tos, recipes, and instruction manuals (hello, assembly-required furniture, I’m looking at you), it looks deceptively simple… but as with most artwork, it’s actually much harder than it looks. XDDD

However, I’m always happy to try to learn new things, and I’ve been pretty excited to try it out, so yeah, I tried to give thisย occlusion thing a spin. To be fair, there IS a difference from the usual way that I color, though I’m not sure if this is necessarily a good thing or a bad thing. It’s kinda hard to tell sometimes, when you’re trying to evaluate your own work. LOL. I do know that I need more details about the whole process, right now. Hmm.

*scratches head* But yeah, way off the mark. I’ll just have to keep practicing and do more research. XDD

In the meantime, good night. ๐Ÿ˜€