11:42pm

6.4.13

Snake boobs (Colors only)

Original line art by Nehis (link in post)

Only did the coloring here, original line art by Nehis at DeviantArt. You can also visit his Tumblr here. He has a comfort level with his poses and line work that I wish I had. Then again, maybe it’s a total struggle every time like it is for me. Either way, he makes it looks easy. Check out his stuff.

Needed an ego boost tonight. Have to return to the things I need work on, but just not feeling up to snuff lately. Should be back in the swing* tomorrow. Hope so.

By the way, clean lines DO make the coloring easier later — had almost zero hiccups over the course of finishing the coloring here. Now I just have to find a good way to make clean line work, and I’m all set! So yeah. See you in 15 years.

And of course, if you’re Nehis and you want me to pull this down for any reason, give me a shout — I think I’m within the acceptable use rules, but I don’t want to step on any toes.

*This isn’t a new idiom, I just installed a swingset in place of my office chair.

7:41pm

6.3.13

I’m rubbish at copying Masamune Shirow

Like looking in a really crappy, crappy mirror.

Pulled out the actual pen today and casually copied some panels from Ghost in the Shell to wake up my hands after they took a few days off. Which reminds me: THESE ARE COPIES FOR PRACTICE. I lay no claim to Masamune Shirow’s work, nor am I pretending this is an original thought from my brain. COPIES. THEY’RE COPIES. Just wanted to put that out there before the hate mail rolls in.

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yeah. I suck at copying.

The figure on the left is marginally better only because I copied the pose and not the actual line work; I can extrapolate anatomy better than I can reproduce artwork. Anyway, still nothing compared to Masamune Shirow, but better than the others, I think.

The building is just…off. I didn’t plan ahead and the positions of the pillars and roof and…well everything is off.

I’m also pretty sure that guy never says, “figs.” GOD, I SUCK AT COPYING.

A return to my usual, original suckage tomorrow no doubt.

10:22pm

5.30.13

Sketchy Robo is GO

Chunky launch!

Sat down tonight intending to just knock out 30 minutes of anything (I’m tired), then got an idea and spent the next 2 hours messing around with it. And now I have this, which is…not really coherent. The girl was first; finished that in no time. I wish the two styles worked with each other — the underlying robot sketch was intentionally “cutesy” and kinda flat, but still didn’t match the pilot. Oh well.

I like the giant robot 3-point-perspective thing enough to possibly try it again with the intention to do it all one format.

11:44pm

5.29.13

A forest. Ish.

It isn't much, but it's not bad for me.

Thought I could knock out the whole BG tonight and get on with life. No. Did basically finish the trees, though. I’m…not totally unhappy. There will have to be quite a bit more of this till I get comfortable and/or satisfied with the results, but this is within bounds for not having really attempted this before.

Speaking of which, the amount of things I haven’t even tried to draw yet is just daunting. How do you catch up when you’re 15 years behind on practice, anyway?

Oh, that whole “should have made the lines clean in the first pass thing? Yeah. Still biting me in the ass. Notice the white halo on items posed against the darker background areas?

Yeah, me too. =(

11:14pm

5.28.13

Armor girl! Hut to come.

It's really sunny.

Been drawing, but there’s not much worth showing except the completed coloring for the armor girl. One hut coming up and I can move on with life*.

Coloring line art is a little different than just jumping in with color, and I learned a few things. First, finish the line art completely, and never promise to “finish it later”. Second, do all the flats together before any shading.

I’m leaving the remnants of my construction lines in for character**.

*Where “life” in this case is “drawing spaceships beyond my current level of ability.”

**And because of laziness.