This woman looks upset about something. That’s something I decided to make her while I was drawing. I made this piece to practice working with proportions, in particular, legs, but my drawings are not complete when I imagine them. Because of this, they are transformed by the act of putting them on paper.
All I’m going to say about this picture is that I’ve been watching Super Sentai recently, and it is very corny.
This piece came out darker than I wanted.
Part of this was me not waiting for the black marker outlining the aura-trendils to dry. I knew that the ink would smear and get into the orange, but I thought taking the brightness out of the orange was worth trying. It came out darker than I wanted, and at any rate, I now realize that I was envisioning a much brighter orange in the space between the lines.
The other reason the picture came out too dark was Alima’s skin. When I was working in colored pencil, I was using a very specific shade of light brown for Alima’s skin; specific enough that it wasn’t shared between to brands, each with a pencil labeled ‘light brown.’ Naturally, the six skin-tone markers that I use didn’t have the right shade, but I went with what I had that was closest. It worked out okay, I guess.
You never got to see that Yomi wears face paint until now. It’s not the kind of face paint that comes through in black and white, much less in the unfinished sketches that I’ve put her in up until now, but it’s always been a part of her gimmick in my head. Something else that I can show in color that I couldn’t in black and white: shading. I used two different fleshtones for Yomi’s skin, and I rather like the effect. I don’t have the markers for shading the blue fabric, but edge shading is something that I rather like.
I managed to get Yomi’s shoulders to look like I wanted them two, but the rest of her arms look weird; too long, even though I want her to have rangy. I also for got to draw her bandages. In addition to working on drawing limbs, I might want to look into learning how to use a model sheet. It’s something to think about, anyway.
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Once again, I had issues with black ink dilution.
I used India ink to fill in the wide spaces on this picture. If you’ve never used India ink, it’s basically particles of black pigment suspended in liquid. This means that it can come off the brush in little grits, like powder was sprinkled on the page.
To prevent this from happening, I dip my brush in water before I load it with ink. Unfortunately, this means that instead of turning into particles, the ink simply dilutes into a gray instead of a solid black. I tried to use the result to represent Alima’s dark skin, but the results were uneven.
Maybe I should have just used markers instead.
The picture is a continuation of this one, this time including some supporting characters. I’ve find that I’ve fallen out practice drawing faces, which is one of the most basic skills that I have. I suppose that I could say that I haven’t had the time to keep up with things, but that isn’t going to be true pretty soon here.
I’m still trying to catch up with my buffer. To help with that, I decided to sit down and draw some faces. I don’t think you’d have any reason to know this, but the universes that these three characters are from are the worlds that have stuck in my head the hardest. It’s strange, but how much time I spend thinking about a universe doesn’t really relate to how much effort I put into externalizing it.
When I sat down to draw these faces, I decided to try something. I combined using ballpoint pen for the hard edges and used pencil to fill in the darker areas. I have to say, I like the effect.