Progress on Max and Jay pic

Since I have a few nice progress shots of this pic, I thought I’d share them and show how this pic got started.

Max: She’s gone. I just can’t get past it.
Jayesh: You have to move on, man.

This is the finished pic. I really had fun with the smoky bar atmosphere, and I looked at a lot of bar and grill interiors on Google. They all seem to have the earth tones and low lighting in common. (Heck, I wouldn’t mind having lunch in some of those places. Some of them were really cute.)

Anyway, since I couldn’t find reference of the exact poses I wanted, I posed some of the 3D models in Clip Studio Paint.

It’s a painstaking process, getting the limbs and hands and heads and everything positioned just right. But it’s sure a lot faster than combing Google for somebody sitting in kind of the right position, then the arm doesn’t come out right and you can’t quite fix it because you can’t see it and just … argh.

Next comes the sketch:

Here’s the initial sketch, tracing over the models, adding clothes and gear, hair, faces, etc. The models are a nice shortcut, but I have to look up how to draw eyes every single time. Eyes, why are you so hard to draw?

I’m also trying to draw with more expressive hands, since human beings talk with their hands as much as they do their faces. I was pretty proud of the way the hands convey each character’s mood, here.

I guess I skipped taking a screencap of the inking stage, but you can see it here. My inking isn’t that great because I’m too impatient. So I went straight into making a value study. I wanted my characters to be sitting under one of those lights above the bar, with a darker background. Then I had to figure out what that kind of lighting does to the human face, so I had to go find reference for that. This took a lot longer than I expected, but it made the final version go much faster.

Some of the value study, I just painted over with a color set on Overlay and let the study show through. Other parts I repainted entirely because the study was messy. Since I am abysmal at drawing mechanical things like cups and bottles, I just grabbed some off Google and painted them into the scene.

This pic took me most of the week, so that’s all I have to show off. See you next week!

Sun conure and villain sketch

I started this week thinking, “I’m going to draw every day!” Then I got to writing a story that totally sucked me in, and wound up using all of my early morning time to write that, instead. On the plus side, it’ll be done in another week or so, if I keep writing as much as I have. More art after that!

Destiny character with a sun conure as a pet.
Sketch of the villain of the second Vid:ilantes book.

Once I finish writing this book, I’ll have more brainspace for drawing, heh. I hope people enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing it!

Pretty landscape and sketches

It’s Friday, which means … time to show off artwork!

I’ve been playing with this landscape on and off for a couple of weeks. I figured it was time to buckle down and finish it.

This was based on a screenshot from Destiny 2.

It’s a pretty area in game, but as you can see, there’s always room for improvement.

And now, for some sketches and things!

Character concept from a not-Destiny sci-fi. Just trying to nail down what the characters look like. The robots still look too Ghost-like, so I’ll be doing more concept sketches here in the next few weeks.

Since I’m redoing some Sonic fanfics as Real People Books, I get to reimagine these characters as humans. And they make awfully cute humans. This pic was just traced over a base and done anime because it’s fast and easy. I’d credit the artist who did the base, but I can’t track them down. It’s all over Pinterest, though.

“We’re waiting for your daughter?”
“Supposedly.”

Concept for the absentee father of the heroine of my last Destiny fanfic. I have this thing for forbidding, grumpy dads who are soft, sweet marshmallows on the inside.

And that’s all the art for this week. I’ve been grinding away at revisions on Guardian’s Wager, the third After Atlantis book, in every spare moment. And in every other spare moment, I’m writing this not-Destiny story that amuses me massively. You should have heard me boring my husband to sleep, explaining about the orbits of Jupiter’s moons and why Callisto makes the perfect hideout.

The last batch of Inktober drawings

Welp, Halloween is tomorrow, and with that, Inktober comes to an end. I think I’m going to go back and color a bunch of these that I liked, but didn’t have time to color.

A ghost lights some candles for her dead Guardian. I drew this for a friend who “killed off” her main character … and then didn’t. She said that I turned the feels against her. *evil laugh*

This pic was an excuse to practice curly hair and contour lines. I’d like to do more with it.

Raptor rancher. I haven’t done a dinosaur in a while and wanted to draw one of those feathery ones.

Imposing … or maybe just annoyed. Trying to combine my shading brushes with hand-drawn crosshatching. Getting closer to a look I like.

Even ghosts need hugs sometimes. This kind of pose is super hard to draw, and I was pleased with the way it came out. Also, wavy hair is tough.

So, unless I get in some arts tomorrow, this probably does it for Inktober. We’re having to get up at 3:30 all week, and it’s really wrecked my mojo.

Pretty colors with Clip Studio Paint

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.

Stay behind me!
Sonic characters as Destiny classes, just because it was funny.
Shadow is the coolest, naturally.
Rex Magtoris, a character from a story

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.

The cat ghost’s cuteness is overwhelming.

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. 😀

Sketches and things

Checking my files, I actually do have some artwork to show, even if it’s just sketches. So here we go!

A super ugly dragon

I’m currently in that stage with the baby where he’s allllllllmost crawling. He scoots around on his belly and finds toys on his own, so I have entire minutes to myself again. Our usual routine is that our morning is spent doing school or chores, and the afternoons are nap or screen time. That’s when I get to draw or whatever. But the baby doesn’t have that routine yet, so I feel like I have zero time to do anything extra.

My life is intensely boring. 😀

On the plus side, a boring life means that I want to write and draw adventurous things, so there’s that.

Certain day jobs become useful when monsters attack. Like … fighting monsters for a living.
30-minute speedpaint

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Living in my head a lot, not doing much else except keeping children alive being a mom.

Monday art dump: characters and landscapes

Here’s a few artworks I’ve done in the past week or so:

Bethany Jennings’s characters
More of Bethany Jennings’s characters
Characters from a Destiny fanfic
Dude with a guitar practice sketch
Working from a landscape tutorial

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.

Art post: group pic

Dragging back to the blog after being dead sick for a week. I only managed one pic the week before last. But it was a group pic, which is like doing four pics all at once.

This was an experiment in cell shading, too. I tend to overwork everything, and cell shading forces me to keep my shadows simple.

Anyway, these are my Destiny fanfic characters, all mine, and I luffs them. 😀