Friday, November 30, 2007

Durn It

I was hoping to finish, but I messed up the face something fierce, and it took a long time to fix (if I managed to fix it). Also, I had to screw around with that damn fur some more. And hair. Hair is almost as bad as fur.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fur...



Never try to paint fur.

Still not finished.

Damn fur.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fashion Photographers



Another one of those. I quite like some fashion photography, and it makes me feel vaguely guilty.

Will get back to work soon. Dammit.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

07-11-27 Stages



Just so you know, I went about this picture pretty much completely the wrong way. You can also see (maybe) how I fumbled around trying to get the shading right and fix the mistakes in the original sketch, never entirely succeeding.

All done in Corel Painter Essentials from a photo reference (of course) in about three hours.

Another somewhat interesting factoid: Almost every color in the picture is some shade of red/orange. (Browns and skin tones are pretty much orange with less saturation.) That includes the gray of her dress and the background. Here's a picture with the saturation turned up in Photoshop:

07-11-27



Better. Not perfect, by a long shot, but better than last night anyway.

Monday, November 26, 2007

07-11-26

I did do a picture last night, but it was even worse than those last two. Just boring old practice anyway.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ouch

I hate looking at pictures the next day.

Oh well, onward and maybe upward.

Edit: I couldn't stand it, so I deleted the post. That was just too awful to leave up. Maybe I'll make a fixed and/or completely new version at some point in the near future.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Not Top Secret

I did manage to do some work on stuff which I have been neglecting. I also managed to do this.



Joshua Middleton (yes, again) posted a nice picture on his blog recently, and this is an imitation of a small part of it. I'm not sure why I wanted to try it, except that it (Joshua's) is an excellent picture, and the expression (on the girl in Joshua's picture) is spot on. Having drawn this part of the picture, I don't feel much more enlightened, but it was a nice way to spend some time.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Original Here

By the way. Second row, second from the right. Labeled "X-Babes card art". Tonight I intend to get back to my own "babes," and other stuff. (Or maybe tonight will be a writing night... or a get nothing done night.)

End It Now



Now that I've gotten that out of my system, hopefully I can move on to some more productive use of my time.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Time Wasting



It's fun, but I should be doing other stuff.

Update: Whoops. That looks pretty sucky in the morning light. Needs some serious fixin'.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Adam Hughes' X-Hair



Still another one, unfinished. The center character turned out somehow... country. That's how it looks to me, anyway.

Lots of things to fix, should I decide to go back to it. Lots of things I've fiddled with, too, this time. Some of it I'm even mildly happy with.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Compare

Original Black Canary on this page, last on the bottom row.

Original Psylocke here.

Here, watch me rationalize. Copying a picture is not terribly hard (although it's not always easy, either). All the really difficult bits have been done for you. The excuse for copying is to let the process draw your attention to the details. By trying to reproduce the results of a better (or even just different) artist, you can learn something about how they solve the problems a picture presents. I was startled to realize, for example, how stylized Joshua Middleton's picture was, when the initial impression is one of extreme realism, at least in comparison to other comic artists.

Psylocke, after Joshua Middleton



Another copy, with a few changes, no doubt for the worse.

(I had to look up the character on Wikipedia to make sure I'd spelled her name right. It's been a while since I read X-Men.)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Initialize



Continuing initial sketches...

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Black Canary, After Adam Hughes



Not much to say with this. A study/copy of an Adam Hughes poster, because I desperately wanted to draw something today.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Today's Six



Six 30-second poses from the pose maniacs site. I think these are better than usual. It must be all that accumulated "I wish I was drawing instead of doing what I'm doing right now" or something.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

No Art

As my parents are here for two weeks, and I'm trying to do Nanowrimo again, I probably won't get a lot of art posted for a while. Just in case anyone was wondering what happened.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

...



This picture is getting to be the very definition of overworked, I think. I think I'm trying hard to get a likeness that I haven't captured and in the process things are getting too smooth. I may have also chosen a working resolution that's too high. Possibly the only way to recover is a radical re-simplification, but I'm too timid for that.

Ah well, soldier on for the experience.

Who Knows?



Attempting to bring the eyes more in line with the rest of the face, and darken the darks. Did it get any better? Hard to tell from here...