Digital watercolor

Well, I’ve begun construction on my third and final giftpic. This one’s for Lutra, whose character is an otter. Which I was amused to find is part of the Latin name for the otter.

Anyway, for a change of scenery, and because all these watercolor blogs I’ve been reading have given me an appetite for it, I loaded up Corel Painter and started messing with the Watercolor brushes.

They look a lot like real watercolor brushes. They look crappier than real watercolor would, because with real watercolor, I could dribble on a bunch of water on those rough places in the sky and make them all soft. I can do that in Painter, but it requires a lot of cheating. And using other brushes besides the Watercolor brushes.

Painter does this neat thing where you paint a few strokes, then the paint actually runs down the canvas a little ways. Makes it feel like you’re using real watercolors. Except your paper doesn’t curl up and create little puddles in the color.

So, anyway, in case you can’t tell, this is the otter character-girl resting on a rock on the edge of a river or a lake. I started shading her, and discovered that when it comes to actually shading a cartoony character, I like my Photoshop brushes better. Fortunately, Photoshop and Painter play well together. But that’s a topic for another night!



This pic just cracks me up. I know there’s lots of things wrong with it, but heck, it was fun.

My sis, the vampire! Sans sparkles.

I’m a bad person

See this sketch?

I traced it.


That makes me a bad person. And artist.

But doggone it, I’m sick at freehanding sucky faces! This one is going to look RIGHT.

Besides, I’m making my sister into a vampire. I want to get that part right, too.

Now … sparkles, or no sparkles?

More dog face

Worked some more on Sasha the border collie.

It’s kind of sketchy and rough still, but I’m happier with it. I got her eyes finally looking right. Ish. Her ball was green in the original photo, so I changed it to reddish to make it stand out against the background.

A closeup of the eyes:

I had to set my drawing and the photo side by side, and work almost pixel by pixel. If this was a real painting, I’d be using a brush with, like, one hair on it. Or even a toothpick. I’ve done details with toothpicks before. Anyway, I got her eyes looking decent and decided to call it a night. I never thought this could be so rewarding, doing a dog that I know in person. 🙂

Dog face

I swiped a picture of my mom’s dog and gave it a whack tonight. Dogs are easier than humans, and yet if you’re trying to capture the face of an individual, you still have to do all the tiny fine measurements.

Anyway, I’m trying to capture her hopeful, bratty expression. Funny how trying to draw a black animal really uses very little black.

Second giftart pic

This is gift art for one of the other people who bought me subscription time on deviantart. (Three different people did! I’m subscribed for 27 months!) So I owe them some art. XD

Anyway, here’s Ruinfox’s echidna character, about halfway shaded.

All my female echidnas look the same. A la Archie comic-style.

Toddler face

Oh gosh, this turned out so laughably bad. I CANNOT do likeness, no matter how I try. This was supposed to be my two year old son, but it looks nothing like him. Maybe I should have used a larger photo of him. Or maybe I should have traced the photo. Pfff.

I need to practice humans more. From PHOTOS.

Just sketching

Happy 2010, everybody! Welcome to blogging and the internet, the real future that nobody predicted.

Here’s Rick and Charr arguing. They seem to do that a lot in my mind’s eye. Rick’s look is slowly developing, helped along mainly by the Champions Online character builder.

Charr looks like he could rip Rick in half, but actually he’s mostly vegetarian. He’s just racist against humans. Hee hee. Which is why Rick is daring to argue back to a face like that. I need to sit and write this someday.

Giftart pic done!

Well, I shaded Izzy’s character up all nice, and started toying with the lighting effects. This was my first attempt.

It’s nice, but eh, it looks too much like another pic I did. And it kind of messed up the lighting I’d already done on the character, which was to have it come from above, and not all sides. After all my beginning gradient was a sphere.

Then I got the idea to have sort of a fountain of light shooting out of her hand.

Ah! Much better already. The actual beam of light is sort of a triple-helix deal, with lots of phoenix-type thingies coming out of the sparks.

Here’s a closeup. Whatever magic she’s using, it seems … ALIVE. Maybe it’s that one … type of fire they summon in the seventh Harry Potter book. I know it wasn’t fel fire, because that’s from World of Warcraft. Infernal Fire? I can’t remember. Anyway, some kind of really hot magical fire like that. I hope she doesn’t mind too much that I drew her character like this. XD