I started on a new 3D face but this one is a more serious attempt and I am having loads of fun with it. I managed to to a snap off the current wip with a toon shade look in metasequoia. I used just the Rendering under File.

Pritti's face ref1 by *DraconianRain

Lashes by *DraconianRain
Second picture, still all in metasequoia is without toon shading. You can see all the spots I need to smooth out and fix. Those lashes were a test. I’ll make them more manly tomorrow. Been going on this face for 2 days now. Mostly happy with the nose. Annoyed with the cheek bones but I am trying at least.

Lashes1 by *DraconianRain

Here I added the eye colour texture and it’s kind of ok.
Face3 by *DraconianRain

this was an eyelash and running make-up test

Face34 by *DraconianRain

this was a lighting test to see if I could get that creepy it’s almost ugly look XD I just need to tweak those cheeks and get the jawline to sit where I want it to and then I can model the rest of the head <3.

Anime Elf Toon 21aq by *DraconianRain

Anime Elf Toon 21a by *DraconianRain
Anime Elf Toon 21 by *DraconianRain
Anime Elf Toon 2 by *DraconianRain

If you’re even just somewhat creeped out then my job is done. Just know this… not female or human 8D I have much to add and change. I can’t for the life of me get the skin colour I want but meh. Learning experience. Also the screencaps with the odd coloured bg was rendered in CelsView.
Ok so I’ve had this posted on DA for a long time. I felt like continuing the talk about it here on my blog. I think here is more appropriate and yes I directly copy pasted from my DA. Anyway, the model is Ashton. A vampire in gender limbo. I never made up my mind on the name or a gender. Sometimes I like him better as a him or a woman or even both. One day I will make up my mind. The make up however wasn’t meant to be make up but rather dark enough for me to judge where to paint in textures, shadows or things like that. I wanted to give him dark rings, light faded shadows on the eye lids and give a sunken look. I also wanted to add a few beauty spots as well but I never got that far. I did get to the hair stage and it’s just… horrific. No better word lol. I really need to practise modelling hair but all in all it was a successful learning experience.
Any of you metasequoia users? I’m a pretty big fan. Used the free one for a pretty long time now. On and off mostly. Also, if I mentioned it or not, super happy to have purchased the full version. It’s amazing and well worth the money.

Tegaki E Tutorial


Wacom Pen Tablet with Pen, Intuos 3 A5

Image via Wikipedia

First off, this is not the absolute way to do this, it’s merely how I do things and if you want to do it my way to. I’m not saying it’s the right way or the best way but you may find some use in the tips I have.

Tools you will need:

So here it is, my short tutorial. Video was almost 50mins long. If I wasn’t having so many internet issues I would have put much more effort into the drawing but even so, my techniques would have remained the same. I am doing to talk this one out in point form because it’s easier and a little quicker to the point. I really don’t want to waffle on and confuse you guys this time 🙂

  1. Test out the colours you plan to use. Put them side by side to see how they will look if you plan to shade with them. The reason for this is to test the contrast of the colours. I generally chose the same colours every single time but even I need a reminder now and then.
  2. Sketch out what you plan to draw in the main colour you will be using, eg A skin tone if you are drawing a face, grey if you are drawing white hair etc. It also helps if you sketch out where you plan to shade or sketch in the main 3D areas you wish to accentuate. I did this with the cheeks and mouth area. Sketching like this makes it easier to paint over later.
  3. If you want a background colour then you should colour it first. If for some reason you change your mind at the last minute but it’s to late to go back, save your sketch with the save button at the bottom, choose either the lowest or no more than 50% opacity and colour over the top of your drawing without lifting your pen from your tablet.
  4. When you are ready to colour, start with the shadows and darkest parts first. Don’t worry if you do it to dark because you can always blend it in later. Use the lowest opacity to shade and slowly build up your shading.
  5. When you feel you are ready, start adding some lighting in the lowest opacity. Again, don’t worry if you do it to light because you can fix it the same way you can fix the shadows. Just finish off you lighting first, then darken it with low opacity. There are two ways to go about darkening and lighting. You can either build it up slowly with many strokes OR you can colour the area without lifting your pen.
  6. Really, you should leave your eyes until you have finished colouring your skin but that is only my opinion which I strongly recommend doing. The main reason I started it was to see how harsh the black was going to look against the skin tone which I then darkened a few times later. When you do get to the eyes, start with the whites of the eyes, the eye colour, eye shadow if you want to put eye shadow, THEN do the lashes LAST! Very important otherwise if you go over your skin or eyeshadows it will overlay the lashes and look silly.
  7. Add your lips in after you colour the skin to give a nice 3D plump shape. Don’t go over board with the light, just a few dots will do and for that extra 3D look, add some light around the top rim of the lips. Brake up the lighting though. Don’t fully follow the shape, just brake up the lighting a bit. You can see what I mean on the finished work in my previous post or when I zoom in in the video.
  8. Now on your tablet pen, it’s either left click or right click that brings up a pop up menu to zoom in or out. Use this as often as you need to. If you want the whole web page to zoom just go into your web browser settings and find the hot keys commands for zoom in and out.
  9. Do the same for hair and clothes, have patience but more importantly have fun and remember to save often! Unless you have a really awful net, just wait till you are done and save/post. Trust me, I saved and saved and on my second last save the net dropped out and I lost the whole picture where as if I had of waited I would have had it all posted and saved.

Enjoy! Hope this has helped at least one person. Next Vlog isn’t going to be all that fancy. It will most likely be something I make on the spot.