I’ll be wandering around ECCC today. First west coast convention for me! No table or nothing, but I’ll be hanging around the artist and dealer rooms the most, buying up some awesome comics and art *___* Maybe next year I’ll see if I can snag a table.
First, start with a shitty sketch in an obscenely bright color, so that not only are you the only person that understands the sketch, but you are also the only person that can bear to look directly at it without hearing the pained sizzle of your previously functional retinas.
This is, obviously, to protect the state secrets you’ve kept encrypted in the sketch itself. You are a patriot after all, and you would kill to keep your homo drawings safe for your country.
Next, lower the opacity of your sketch layer to 30% or below, so that you need to tilt the screen and crane your head at a weird angle to see the sketch. Then make a new layer to ink on. You tell people that this is so you can preserve the spontaneity of your line quality so the drawing doesn’t become stiff.
In actuality, this crucial process ensures that you have no fucking idea what you’re doing at any given time.
Next, make the sketch layer invisible and make a new layer over top of it. Using fillbucket, slap an arbitrary base color down. A midtone is best because it gives you the flexibility to go lighter or darker with the rest of your colors, but if you’re a fucking asshole, you can choose brighter or darker colors just so you can heavily regret your decision later.
Then using as many layers as you require, do some shitty colors. Bitterly reprimand yourself for not making closed shapes in your ink layer so that you have to do all the colors by hand instead of just fillbucketing this entire step.
Try not to use too many colors. I usually max it out at 1) a few neutrals that relate to the base color 2) a bright color that also relates to the base color and 3) one complementary-ish bright color that pops. All other colors are just slight value/saturation variations on these other 3 colors
Finally, disregard all the work you did and overload your smoldering turd with Photoshop filters.
Post the image. Hope no one notices that you have no fucking idea how to draw black people. Cry uncomfortably loudly to yourself over a chocolate cupcake while sitting in a public place.
Now you are an artist.
Welp, no need for me to do any tutorials in the future. This basically sums up my entire process quite nicely.
Sorry I’ve been really quiet! I recently got a job, while not art-related, does pay well and thankfully takes a huge burden off of bills and rent. Only annoying side is that it is a 8-5, M-F job (I miss sleeping in…). I work as a file/mail clerk person at a large medical insurance office. It’s boring, but completely stress-free, as I don’t have to deal with people at all, haha (burned from customer service/retail work). I get to sit at my cubicle (which has this sweet large window, haha I’m easily amused), and just listen to my ipod while I work.
Anywho, so hence the reason for my being kinda scarce. Sorry for the sudden halt on commission progress =A= I’ve got several almost done, it’s just I’ve been so tired when I get home. Tomorrow+this weekend I am going to finish up a bunch, so thanks for being patient!
I just finished watching the first two episodes of Legend of Korra! \o/
My rambling thoughts about the series below the cut. Beware of incoherent thoughts and spoilers!
8 - What is your favourite piece that you have done?: Nebula, because SPACE DRAGON. That and I’m super-proud of those nebula clouds (not that I remember how I did it)
9 - What is your least favourite piece that you have done?: Everything that is buried in the darkest pits of my harddrive, never to see the light of day again. Though if I had to pick something from the past year probably this Archeops, because the anatomy and feathers are TERRIBLE.
Funny how I keep getting this question. Probably the 4th time now?
Things I will not draw:
Weird-WTF-Porn/Gore and other wtf kink related genres.
Discriminatory, hurtful, and hate imagery.
I guess that’s it? There a tons of things that I don’t like drawing, but I will if needed.