FINALLY! After a few weeks of frustration, horrible line work and trying to get used to my new Wacom Bamboo (and digital drawing in general) I've finally completed my first successful set of lines drawn on a computer using a tablet! WOOT is me!
Here's a character I originally created back in 2004. Her name is Rosalynn from Puerto Rico. ....AAAANNND, I've actually got no more details than that. lol. I made only 2 drawings based on her before this and this one is a redo of the 2nd one. I'll be submitting the old one later for comparison and for some shiggles. Let me tell you, it is a MASSIVE improvement over the old drawing. hehehe. As far as the character design itself, not to sound like a ego-maniac or anything but, I think she looks quite stunning. I'm actually quite proud of her design.
I couldn't believe that I made this drawing when I finished.
This one took me a long time because I did a lot of erasing and redrawing to further develop my style. I'm going for a semi-realistic look now instead of the simplified, anime-ish style I had when I was younger. I believe this change is also a representation of myself, of how much I've changed from being a kid to a respectable adult. Being more mature myself I should represent a more mature style. That's my logic, at least. uh... Yeah, I'm weird... I know.
Anyway, I did a lot of studying by dissecting the works of many amazing artists. In the end, I found myself endlessly gawking at the galleries of Stanley Lau Artgerm.deviantart.com, Robert Porter robaato.deviantart.com/, and Caleb Thomas dctb.deviantart.com/. That was the look I 'm going for. I also explained to my wife the look I was going for and she introduced me to one of her favorite manga, Angel Heart by Tsukasa Hojo and I actually fell in love with his style. He also has great fashion taste for his characters. Maybe I should start studying some fashion sites or magazines. Something I've got to work on. So yeah, what you see here is the beginning of "my style" which I will hopefully be improving upon in the future.
Here's the WIP sketch. You will notice the big changes I made to it throughout this process which i think substantially improved it. I think....
I'll be continuing to work on lineart and getting really comfortable with it first before I start painting, but I WILL be painting this one.
P.S. that hand!! I think that's the first time I've drawn a hand in, what I call, a complicated position and come out looking good!! I suck at drawing hands and feet if you couldn't tell...
Here is my progress on this piece so far. Redid a few things on the lines. Gave her hair much more detail. I also decided to have her barefoot instead of her wearing flats. It gives me an opportunity to practice drawing feet at two different angles. I'm actually quite satisfied with the feet. Sure, they could be significantly better, but It's a good start, methinks. I SUCK royally at drawing feet, so I need all the practice I can get.
So here are the flats AAAAAAND... I'm stuck. I've been stuck here all night, damnit! I'm still getting used to the paint and color system in SBP 6. Actually, I'm trying to get used to painting digitally, PERIOD. Colors have never been my forte. I'm trying to get a softer feel by using the airbrush or a soft brush, but I just can't get it so far. I've been trying all kinds of settings, but haven't found anything that I like. I REALLY don't want to do Cel-shading like I used to when I was younger. I just don't think it fits this character or my style anymore. Meh, I'll keep trying when I come back from work later today. I'll have to study what I can and see if I make some sort of break-thru. The sad thing is that a lot of people don't use Sketchbook Pro for painting. I've seen people using SAI or Painter but I want to stick to one program for everything. There are some people who've come up with great stuff using just this program, so it IS possible, I just need to find out how. I'm gonna step away from this for a few hours, clear my head, and come back to it later.
Also... I just noticed that her right ankle looks swollen. Damn it, I'll really have to fix that later, or it'll bug the hell out of me forever.