Been trying to make more art lately, try out new techniques! I’ve also had to rip back my last book and rewrite the last third of it. I took a hard look and it just … had to happen. But the new stuff is coming along, bit by bit. Readers will be so glad I did this to the book. They might actually enjoy it. :-p
My personal challenge to draw more girls continues:
Except I have to sneak cute guys in there sometimes. This is Max and Sorrel. Sorrel was in an accident and has road rash scars on her face and neck. Max thinks she’s beautiful anyway.
This one is very purple. This is Lethia Marr Dasa, a voidmage who can rip the life force out of people. When she first got her powers, she hated them and thought she was evil and broken.
Action scene from a fanfic. I wanted to try out the angled perspective with a hero and a villain, and I like the way it came out. Inching ever closer to being able to make my books into graphic novels.
I spent most of the week working on the cover for my next book, but I’m not ready to show that off yet. So have a pretty gal in armor:
I was trying a new tutorial for shading and I liked the way it turned out. But I wanted it to be shinier, so I’m going to try that with my next attempt. Also, my Discord voted that I need to draw more pretty girls, so I’m working on that.
That’s pretty much all I got to do this week. The baby has decided to not sleep during my morning art time, due to the sun rising earlier. So … less art time means less art. :-p
I kind of swing from writing, to drawing, and back. The last week has been all about writing, so I haven’t done much art. Also the baby doesn’t think she should ever be out of my lap, heh.
Finished up this pic. I wound up compositing in a lot of photos for textures because I didn’t have time to paint everything.
I highly enjoyed Jedi: Fallen Order, so I had to do some fanart for it. It’s a throwback to the original Star Wars movies and does characters and friendship the way Star Wars is supposed to be. I’ll probably play it every year like rewatching a movie. The way I do Portal 2 and Bioshock Infinite. 😀
I’m trying to draw more concept art for my original characters. It really helps to have visuals. I’ve done the heroes, but I haven’t done the villains and supporting cast. Trying to rectify that. Robin is a bounty hunter who sides with whoever can pay the most money, preferably in jewels. She first appears in Guardian’s Awakening, which technically takes place slightly after Islesworn. She’s in Islesworn, too. Heck, she shows up in just about all of them because she’s always harassing the heroes. She’s kind of fun and utterly amoral. 😀
This week was battling against my own fatigue and lack of inspiration to make art. Surprisingly, once I sat down and started poking around, I was able to come up with this and that. So here’s what I made.
A pic from the end of my last fanfic, where Sorrel is pretty messed up.
Giftart for a friend who needed concept art of his steampunk characters. I haven’t done any steampunk before, and it was fun to mess with it.
In Destiny 2, there was this quest where you could travel through time and find your own grave. I had to make a comic about it.
Concept art for a character I’ve been thinking about. He’s basically a Mad Max vigilante with his Ghost worked into an energy shield usually carried by enemy aliens.
This is Ferral/Kymil Elvaris Dasa. I wrote his story last year, before my art skills were up to concepting his look properly. So I decided to do that.
There’s a rule that states that Guardians shouldn’t go looking for information on their past lives. Well, Ferral broke that rule and found out that he was aristocracy to the hilt. This leads to him having to stop being a Guardian and taking a desk job, running the family business as the last living heir. Not the greatest reward, eh?
Anyway, it was fun figuring out what space elf aristocrats might wear. I went with a sort of robe thing with a lot of lacy decorations and clasps and things. Oh, and gold braid, because I love any excuse to use my braid brush.
On our writing group, I asked if somebody had a book that was super light and fluffy because my brain was burned out. A friend offered me his book. I started reading, and it’s basically what’s called a light novel–that is, a manga in novel form without pictures. The characters are all obviously anime characters, with anime powers, and anime tropes. It’s very light and just what I needed.
So the author mentioned that his second book has catgirls. A lot of catgirls.
I said, “What, like a harem anime?”
“No!” he replied. “The catgirls are trying to kill the heroes.”
I said, “Well … that’s not much different from a harem anime …”
For those not in the know, a harem anime is like a love triangle. Except it’s six or eight attractive women vying for the affection of one clueless guy. No idea why this hasn’t caught on in the YA book genre yet.
So I threatened to draw a harem anime poster, but do it as Destiny characters, just for laughs. Everyone dared me to do it. So I did.
I asked people to contribute their characters, and everyone cheerfully did. And now, here they are, all together in a spoof of a Love Hina poster.
Over the past few weeks, I’d been searching for an alternative to Adobe Photoshop. I tried out the demo of Clip Studio Paint, liked it, and bought it on sale. Since then, I’ve done tutorials and realized that this program can do everything. I’ll show off some of my experiments.
This was a speedpaint to try out the clothing brushes in Clip Studio Paint. The gold braid and the ruffle brushes have potential, but I need to really experiment with them.
This comic was me trying out the comic tools in Clip Studio Paint. It does panels, speech bubbles, and layout tools like you wouldn’t believe. It also has 3D posable models to use as reference, which made me insanely excited. I spend hours searching for just the right pose or angle, and now I can just slap down a model and pose it the way I want.
I’ve had to do hours of tutorials to get this far, and I have hours more ahead of me. And let me tell you, I am SUPER excited. 😀
Here’s a few artworks I’ve done in the past week or so:
This is the scattered bits of things I did over the last two weeks. The kids and I have all been sick, and it’s kind of knocked my art drive out the window. Trying to get my groove back, though. I’ve been trying out a new art program, Clip Studio. I think I like it, and it’s only 50 bucks, as opposed to whatever the heck they’re charging for Photoshop these days.