More things are sorted out, tiny bit more catching up to do and then I’ll be posting a drawing video of screentoning in photoshop and other things.
This is as far as I got with modeling and using shape keys. I wanted to make something to play with shape keys so I made an almost mask like model. It was fun and much easier than I thought it was going to be. I made these with blender 6.63 and made the eye texture quickly in paint tool sai. The rest is blender. The outline was done in blender and so was all the rendering. Still finding a skin and lighting that I like as well but so far so good. Tomorrow I will be smoothing that egg head and putting in eye lashes.
Tomorrow because it’s HD and took way to long to process I will annotate. But I used a combination of layer lock and clipping mask to make this digital painting. Most of the blending is a combination of painting with a lighter colour or using the smudge tool with a custom brush that I made. Tomorrow I will further update this post with better info but for now, enjoy what you can of this video.
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Here’s the new Vlog of the recent gift art I made. The final view isn’t the finished version but merely the next stage. I will hopefully post that progress when I get some more of it done later on in the week. Lately I’ve been drawing many different artworks all at the same time which is a good thing. The reason being is because it keeps them all fresh and stops me from over focusing and getting frustrated or worse yet, art block. My other gift art which is the one I had planned to post, the videos did not record sadly. I did most of it through livestream.com and because of my internet connection it did not record all of my work. Of course I am pretty annoyed but it’s over with now so hey, what can you do?
Some of you may be wondering why I am posting so many works in the concept stage instead of the more complete stage and there are two reasons for that. One is that it takes often up to 30+hrs. Lately I’ve been learning quicker ways to draw in order to cut the time down. The second reason is that it’s very hard to edit those long videos with windows live media player. It often crashes while editing and even while saving. Though I do have a sneaking suspicion that it’s the laptop that I am currently working from that is causing all these issues. None the less, I will keep trying to bring you more videos and ones where I complete them all the way, no matter how many hours it takes to make it! I haven’t even edited out my mistakes in this Vlog either, it’s all completely raw video that’s been speed up like the rest of them.
If you have a suggestion or request then leave it in a comment below and I’ll do my best to get it done and feature it in my next post ^__^ It doesn’t have to be anime/manga, but I am not comfortable drawing mecha or certain types of furry/anthro art. Ask anyway and I will at least attempt it and give you the artwork at the end, signed and all.
Due to some errors, you’ll have to follow this link to view the video:
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Firstly, sorry for no posts recently. I had a 21st party to both organise and go to. It was a lot of fun, met a lot of people.
So for the next update, I will be posting a Vlog of me speedpainting a gift art, from start to hopefully finish. Some parts may be missing because half was done on live stream and the other was done on camstudio. If you are interested in viewing my livestream then click HERE. I usually post a link via twitter when I go on livestream, so if you would like to get those updates then you can Follow Me on Twitter. My Twitter link and updates are always available on the right side of my blog so if you ever loose the link, you can always catch it here as well take a sneak peek of what’s going on lately 😉
The programs I will be using will be a mix between, opencanvas, easy paint tool sai if it’s not lagging and mostly photoshop elements 7. I don’t have CS even though it’s the one I really want, I simply can’t afford it. But maybe one day or if I get enough art commissions I will spoil myself and buy it. Though that is looking to be very unlikely. Mostly because bills come first >_> Also, as always I will be working from my bamboo fun pen and touch tablet.
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Sorry to say this, but the new video will be delayed. When I was a sentence away from finishing the video tutorial, Windows Live Movie Maker crashed. Three attempts later the same thing. Then it crash while saving so I am going to run repairs on it and anything else that is interfering and see how that goes. Very sorry for the delay but if I had anything better to work with then I would surely use it but this is all I’ve got to use for now.
Hey there everyone! I’m back again with a new video. This time on Concept art, but more specifically character concept art. So first, please view the video, I will add annotations to the video later when youtube lets me so be sure to watch again, then after you watch please read on. Also if you would like to subscribe or add me as a friend on youtube you can find my profile by clicking the page link labeled Youtube or CLICK HERE.
One more thing to keep in mind, this is just my opinion on how I do things etc and please forgive my gramma mistakes.
So the first thing I do is check my settings on my wacom bamboo tablet. The reason being is because sometimes when I update the tablet driver either my settings are reset or there are some bugs with the driver I installed. I set it to almost 100% firm giving me personally the best pen pressure range. It is very close to my intuos settings but not quite as good, though good enough to do the job. For those of you who don’t know, I use to own and Intuos3 but sadly it died, not the manufacturing, it would have lasted years had someone not knocked their drink on my tablet sitting below the table… ahem lets move on.
Once I have my settings at my desired pressure I go straight into painting. In the video you can see that I opened up a sketch that I’ve already drawn. I had planned for the young man’s jewellery to be white but with the pale hair I decided that it would be to hard to see. With the skin, I just started with something soft because I want the character to have a soft look about him, even feminine to a certain extent. As far as the shading goes, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. This is the beauty of concept art. Initially I wanted to do dark and brooding shadow on one side and make him seem like he had two sides to him but as I worked the shadows I realised that it simply didn’t match his personality the more I coloured. This then changed his previous design which landed me at his final look. Just from this colouring alone I was able to finish writing about the characters bio and background storyline.
Next part I want to talk about is the characters eyes. The old version of this character had pale blue eyes but after my many years of figure study and drawing realism and semi-realism I learned that often the best eye colour is one that matches the hair and makes it look more natural or even gentle. I originally had this character with stereotypical ice villain eyes but in the end the more I wrote about the character the more I wanted to steer away from stereotypes and stereotypical designs. This particular character of mine has the longest and most changes that I have ever done to any character that I have ever created to this date! I’ve redesigned him so many times already but now I am genuinely happy with how he looks and that’s something that a lot of people don’t understand about character concept art. It’s all about trial and error and sometimes you have to draw them in the scenes in several designs before you finally come to a character design that you actually like.
Next part I want to share is the black cloak. I made it look wavy like that with the blend or finger tip tool. This particular character is one that dabbles in shadow magic and has a dark aura around him a lot in my story and until now I had not found a particular way that represented that in a style that I liked. Ok so misty can look mysterious but it would block away that pretty face so that’s one reason I ditched that look, the second was most people use that and I want to separate myself a bit from the crowd. The biggest reason was if I were to do it traditionally, it would be a huge mess and once it’s done, it’s done, there’s no turning back. Just another reason why I favour doing my comic’s digitally. Through out all the concept stages of this character this is the first time that the smudge tool has works so successfully on his cloak, but it was through trial and error on previous designs that I was able to get to this final stage and that is something that is really important. A lot of people don’t realise how much work really goes into concept art and how many times you have to draw the same thing over and over before you finally get there so please keep that in mind. I know my video shows it happening instantly but I can garuntee you that this character has been under-construction for a few years now. The main reason a few years was because I kept completing the design instead of sketching or testing out the character by colouring my sketches because I didn’t know how to make concept art properly before. I didn’t know of the trials and errors but I was also
1) Very young
2) I’m a self taught artist
Next part of the video I want to talk about is the headdress or jewellery. I mainly want to talk about colouring it properly and not half-assing it like I did. When I had certain beads shaded and lit with dodge and burn tool, I knew from there alone that I loved how the beads would look if I spend the time necessary on them to make them sparkle. It wouldn’t have taken long to do, because all there is to it is, shade in a crescent moon shape on one side only, then a light dab of light in the unshaded area up top like in the video shown. If you can colour properly quickly, then spend that time on the concept art colouring it right, it makes a world of difference to your decision making as well as making the right decision. After all concept art is basically sketching out your idea and building up that idea till you can find a practical use for it.
And that’s pretty much all I have to say about that. Most people know what they want straight away, do up the line art and colour it in and that’s the end of that but for other artist like me with endless stories or epic plots you just have to slow it down and put a lot of work into something so seemingly simple as clothing, hair colour or eye colour. Often I might draw one eye and colour it in 19 different ways until I find the right one but some may see that as pointless work where as I see it as an opportunity to use it later on other designs. Never throw away you concept art or sketches because every little bit can be used again later or for another project! I do it all the time. I often find myself recycling old designs and turning them into bigger and better ones later on in life so try your best to keep that in mind, no matter how ugly it might look to you now I can garuntee, you will find a purpose for it later.
My last bit of advice which is in the video, concept art is an excellent way to practise colouring and maintaining that skill as well as a useful boredom killer!