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.
So, I’ve been experimenting with visual storytelling more and more lately. Here’s a couple of comics I did to try out different things. First, this one, where my character meets a friend’s character and they nerd out.
This comic was particularly tricky because sitting poses are super hard for me. Especially in a chair. Especially at any kind of an angle. Ugh. This comic was pretty much nothing but posed models and me fiddling with hand and arm and foot placement. But it came out super cute.
So I decided to try something harder.
This comic has a model in one pose, just from different angles. I wanted to try telling a story without words, so hopefully this comic has that going on, just from the pictures. I also kind of went nuts with foilage brushes, so it looks like I slaved on the backgrounds. I also am trying to get better at using only three values.
So those have been my latest art experiments, still trying to learn things and challenge myself.
I think I missed posting any art last week, so here’s what I’ve been making. I think I’m just going to post each pic as I finish it, so this blog actually sees more action. 😀 It took me days and days to make these, so there’s not as many as usual.
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. 😀