More toying with a werewolf

Well, I got the body improved, but now the face is too much like a real wolf and not like a monster. He just looks like a sad-faced dog. I think I could go ahead and start shading it, though, and the lighting I have in mind might make this look pretty good.

They say it’s good to take risks as an artist and have your work keep you half-terrified all the time for fear it won’t work. That’s when you’re learning. I can safely say that this pic is that for me.

But his hand. Blah. I’ll have to unearth my disembodied wooden artist hand mannequin.

Another werewolf pic, hee

I wanted to do some kinds of Valentine’s day pic, and of course my affinity for weird romance reared its head.

I’m currently thrashing out a second story in my husband’s story universe, Spacetime Legacy (we finished the first one! Hooray!) Basically it’s taking all of his characters and doing whatever I want with them, which involves kidnapping the main character and developing all the other ones with him out of the picture.

One of the developments that happens is the main character’s sister falling completely for the cursed/scrambled werewolf character.

The trouble is, he fell for her a long time ago, but he feels that he can’t say anything because, well, he’s a monster. So it’s one of those hopeless relationships that are such fun to read. I’m aware that Rowling did something of the same kind with Lupin, (in Harry Potter) but after book 5, we almost never see Lupin again, and when we do, she’d forgotten what his personality was, so it’s not like him at all.

Anyway. I want to take this sort of thing and write it and see how it turns out. I have an idea that I can give it a good ending, but we shall see how many stories it actually takes.

Art-wise, I used many references for the girl, and I’m not quite satisfied with the werewolf yet. It’s funny to see one with a sad expression, isn’t it?

Galena, mostly done

Well, got it mostly done tonight. I decided to downplay her lips in favor of her eyes, because her eyes are just fantastic. I read somewhere that when you’re putting on makeup, you want to emphasize either your eyes or your lips, but never both. Fashion photos often are overexposed until all you can see are the eyes and lips and just a suggestion of a nose (like an anime person!).

Anyway, she’s still a bit dark, but I like it. If Kelty wants it changed, I’ll gladly lighten it up a bit. 🙂

Galena, skintones construction

Working the skintones on this pic tonight.

I know she looks funny with no eyebrows or lips, but she’ll improve, I promise.

I feel a little bad about this pic, actually. For the initial sketch, I traced over the photo to get all my lines exactly right. The coloring work has all been freehand, though. That’s why this face is free from the mistakes I usually make, like making the eyes too small or too close together.

Actually, tracing a face has showed me a lot of mistakes I commonly make and how to fix them. So at this stage in my art, I feel it’s teaching me rather than being too much of a shortcut. /selfjustification

Anyway, this is supposed to be Galena, a character commissioned by Kelty. Original reference here. I’m working off my black-red-orange palette, detailed here.

Commission work on Thia and Galena

I decided that my portrait work really needs a kick in the pants, so I decided to go through the stock portrait archive on deviantart and pick out faces that are somewhat close to the character description I was given.

So anyway, here’s my take on Galena:

Stock photo reference here. (I thought the lighting was pretty, and so are her eyes.)

Thia, being more of a fun character, I wanted something smiley, or even laughing:

Stock photo reference here. I liked the look on her face, but her shirt-thing can die in a fire. It’s like something off the clearance rack at Ross.

Anyway Kelty, I know these aren’t the references I sent you earlier, because I actually liked these better. 🙂