I was really unhappy with the stiff and awkward sketch of Sailor Moon I did for my Sailor Moon Crystal post, so I decided to give Usagi another try. Naturally, I have produced another drawing that I am unhappy with, only in a different way; it’s much less stiff an awkward than the first one (yaaay!), but the poor girl has a bad case of Chipmunk Face and I can’t seem to fix it.
Okay, one day I will do a sketch of Sailor Moon that is complete unto itself, and I will feel warm and fuzzy inside; today is not that day. But I’m getting closer, err, maybe.
I figured that it was time to make good on my ongoing threat to start blogging the Final Fantasy series from the beginning. I’ve played many of the games, some of them multiple times, but there are several entries I’ve either left unfinished or never even tried. This seems like a good opportunity to raise my FF fandom level from “considerable” to “nuclear,” and that kind of upgrade is always appealing.
However, trying to think of any kind of structure for this beyond “I am playing the games and writing stuff down,” felt pretentious, so I’m just going to do this in the form of sharing my notes as I play. This may change as I get to later FFs that I could probably write entire books about; I will try to restrain myself (but not very hard.)
Continue reading Final Fantasy, Part 1
The clean version of the cover of RAoS, without all that silly cover text.
Just a sketch I did of Riorla the other day that came out pretty well. It was weird, because I started this drawing all wrong– no stick figure or anything– but it didn’t seem to matter in the end. I should probably try starting the “wrong” way more often and see what happens.
Even though I draw her differently pretty much every single time, Riorla has become my go-to character to draw when I feel like doodling but don’t have anything particular in mind. Back in the day, it was Aeka, but my favorite Dryad has replaced her. I’m still working on Riorla’s game, but it’s been hard to find the time to finish it now that I’m back at Japanator. One of these days I need to sit down at the computer and bang out a few more illustrations for the opening cut scene, because that’s the main thing I still have left to do at this point.
Oh, and of course there’s balancing the battles and whatnot, but who needs that? Meh! Details!
Seeing all the great Daughters of The Eyrewood fanart linked on Twitter made me want to do my own version, plus I just got Manga Studio 5 and it seemed like a good way to practice using the program. Everyone seems to be drawing their DOTE lasses with long hair, and for some reason I kept thinking of a girl with short, honey-colored hair.
The problem: I wanted to do a quick color sketch, but “quick” and “learning to use new software” do not go together AT ALL. As simple as this is, it took forever because I couldn’t get used to the pressure sensitivity settings in Manga Studio 5. Maybe I need to adjust my Cintiq’s settings, but the line thickness was all over the place and it wasn’t looking good. Eventually I just used a tool with no pressure sensitivity, which is kind of a shame.
On the whole I’m loving Manga Studio and what it can do, but right now I’m really bad at using it. I’d like to do another piece of this character, only this time a full-body pose and (*crosses fingers*) with pressure sensitivity for better lineart.
I know I really shouldn’t be tagging things as “Sketchblog” when they aren’t really sketches, but meh– tagging them “Finished Colored Character Designblog” would sound stupid, so we’ll all just have to make do.
This gal started out as a doodle in a graph paper notebook that I really liked, and for some reason her design just screamed “pink!” to me, so I colored her in a range of pinks and purples. At first I tried making the boots the same yellow that I used for the trim and some of the accessories and it looked awful– I don’t know what it is about yellow, but it’s a color that doesn’t seem to play well with others. I’m not sure if these are going to be her final colors, but at least this is basically what I had in mind for her palette.
Right now, I think she could be a good friend for Riorla— Strip Search Home Edition has caused me to dust off some of my comic ideas and look at them in a new light, and while I’m not sure if I’m going to end up using Maylee in a comic, she’s still a lot of fun to draw. Her hair’s got a Medusa–thing going on; it looked much more like tentacles in the rough sketch, but I toned that down here…because pink tentacles just look so WRONG. Not that it can’t be done well, I guess? Maybe? Color beguiles me.
From the frequency I post drawings lately, you’d think I wasn’t doing much drawing. Actually it’s quite the opposite, but most of my drawings are perhaps best left alone in my sketchbook…not because they’re bad, but because a lot of what I’m doing is really rough stuff that doesn’t look finished at all. Which is probably how it should be; I think I used to waste way too much time in the past trying to make stuff that looked like a finished piece that I could post on a website and not enough time, you know, drawing.
I keep drawing this girl with twin tails and a simple, polka-dotted dress in my sketchbooks for some reason, so I figured I’d fire up ye olde tablet and try to draw her that way. One of the things I’ve realized lately is that I get upset that stuff doesn’t come out the way I want on the tablet, but I don’t spend that much time just sketching on it. Too often, I go to the tablet to try to produce something finished after doing all the sketches on paper; it’s not really surprising that it’s taking a long time to warm up to the tablet if I never just use it casually.
So here’s a super-simple Sunday sketch blog for you; nothing amazing, but it was fun to draw and I think the doggy is cute. I actually need to use some reference material to practice drawing animals like dogs and horses, but for a quick little effort like this I think he’s fine– you can tell he’s a dog, right? I mean, what else would he be?
Looking at it now I see her legs are a little weird, and that’s an issue with the tablet– I have to zoom in to draw the black lines, and then I have trouble seeing if stuff looks right/ is in proportion. I’m definitely going to be looking out for that going forward.
In anticipation of True Blood Season 6 starting this month, here is my handy-dandy summary of the first five seasons of the show in one convenient .jpeg file. After seeing this image, you will be prepared to jump into Season 6 with both feet. Don’t thank me; enabling your HBO viewing pleasure is all the thanks I will ever need.
This is the best thing I have ever drawn. If you don’t think this is the best thing I have ever drawn, your brain must be broken from all the crack. If you say anything bad about this picture, I will cut you.
I will cut you deep.
Here’s another Sketchblog with multiple sketches, all featuring Muromi-san from this season’s anime feel-good mermaid comedy sensation.
The first is the first image I’ve ever colored in GIMP, so it was a learning experience. Lately I’ve been using Paint.net for my image needs, but Paint.net lacks pressure sensitivity, so it was clear I needed something else for drawing and painting. GIMP supports pressure sensitivity, but I’m finding it a little confusing to use– coloring this lil’ Muromi seemed way harder than it should have been. Plus, while the pressure sensitivity does work, it doesn’t seem to work the way I was hoping it would; this is probably more due to my need to fiddle with the settings than any problems with the software, though. I’m learning as I go.
Hit the jump for two more Muromi drawings, which, while they may technically be better drawings, I deem inferior because they don’t really look like her. Only the super-cartoony one above came out really looking like the character, to me anyway. Continue reading Sketchblog: Muromi-San