From tomorrow, Kayo and I will go to Bali and stay for a week!
Recently Ive been so tired, when I get home I dont feel like arting. Hopefully I can refresh during this trip.
I gave Kayo a theme 'Russia/Feather' to work on for a small design project, keeping the design practical. This is my take on it.
Done on the Tobu Isesaki and Hanzomon lines.
^This started as a quickie that I wanted to take further. She`s basically a redesign of an old character that only appeared in my sketchbooks. I dont know why I never did full character digi paint of her until now.
Painting this way in a paint program has got to be a biatch. I would guess there would be some sort of function that keeps the pen from going thru the floating holographic monitor thingamajig.
All done in Photoshop
^Heres a video of my progress. If you want to download a bigger version, you can get it here.
1-3 : I first start with a round brush set to shape and other dynamic - pen pressure. Then sketch a rough of the the character on a blank layer above the background layer, flipping the horizontals to keep it balanced. Next I make a layer above and line it up, then merge these two layers.
4 : I add a layer under the line for the base colours then merge them when I feel I've got what I want.
5 : I proceed to paint on this layer, painting over the line work in certain areas. Since I see things differently working with line vs. paint, I sometimes go back and forth between line and paint work during the process.
6-7 : More refining, adding more details on different layers such as the corset texture, hair, shirt frillies(word?) and such.
For the final image(top), I used 2 textures (from cgtextures.com) which I set to color burn, tweaked the opacity, and used a mask to get rid of unwanted areas.
I keep most of the main work on one layer so I can work a little faster, not going back and forth between layers. Keeping things separate is really useful if you want to go back and make changes or if its for a client that may want you to make changes later.
I tried to keep this tutorial mainly about my painting process since many people were asking. Sorry I couldnt get around to doing a sketch process.
DevNote FAQuestion -
On improvement in your work: I think when drawing/painting or whatever else you do, everyday pratice/practicing a whole lot is not enough. More importanly is analyzing your work and utilizing it to find out how you can improve upon where your at. If something doesnt look right, erase, draw it again or get a reference(yourself even) to study from. Tutorials can only take you but so far though they can help you with learning new techniques. Anatomy of folds, the body, etc will have to be learned from life. I find that taking part in life drawing workshops and quick sketches outside have helped greatly. This is just piece of the many layers of things to learn out there and it can be quite overwhelming. Having people to art with makes it much more enjoyable and it can really help improve your work. Try your best not to be negative, fearful, or beat yourself up about a bad drawing or the level your at(I used to be so good at this). Dont let that become your focus or things will most likley start falling apart. Keep focus on what your working on, how you can improve, and have fun.
I dont think Ive ever giving this much advice in a post and it really scares me! haha I hope this has answered most of your questions.
^左のキャラクターは去年の夏の時、描いた。真ん中のは’プールプレイヤーのテーマで友達と一緒に自分のキャラクターを描いた。右のは最初から自分の学習用を作りたかったんだけど、塗れてしまったのに打ち連れることを決まった。もっと実験したほうがいいな。 The first was done last summer. I had forgotten I had done this and wanted to post it. The middle one started as a draw session with my friend Reggie themed around 'Pool Player.' The last one I wanted to do as a tutorial but the initial rough got smeared so I decided to just make something out of it. Kind of a cool experiment, its been years since I used my finger to smear lines.
I finally finished this sketchbook of train sketches. I boughｔ a bigger one for the next.
^１時間半のＰＨＯＴＯＳＨＯＰスケッチ。この絵は参考と想像から描いていた。 Hour and half sketch in PS. Half referenced and half imagination.
今回あまり書いていないので、すみません。仕事は遠いから、家に帰って、あまりにも疲れすぎて、何もやりたくなくなった。引っ越すかな...でも埼玉のアパートのほうが東京よりかなり安いから... Sorry I dont have much to say this update. Since my job is pretty far, when I get home, Im so tired I dont want to do anything. I should probably move... but then again apartments in Saitama are so much cheaper than in Tokyo...
先週末はつらかった。13日僕たちの´プカ’と呼んでいるフェレットが亡くなった。プカは何か硬いものを食べて、消化しなくなった。家内はプカが獣医に連れて行って、手術する予定だったけど、前に亡くなった。僕達のアパートはフェレットにとって安全に足りないと思う。今後悔しながら、反省している。 寂しい Last weekend was rough. Our Ferret Puka passed away on the 13th. It seems he had eaten something hard that made it difficult for him to digest. Kayo had taken him to the hospital on Friday and was scheduled for a an operation but he died right before the operation. I dont think our apartment was as ferret proofed as we thought it was. We regret that we were not as cautious as we should have been. We have a lot to reflect on. We had him cremated on the next day.
＾今日出かけた時、新しいスケッチブックを買いたかったけど、買わなかった。スムーズな紙が入っているスケッチブックを見つけにくいみたい。今の使っているスケッチブックは新宿で買ったから、たぶんそこに行かなきゃ。 While I was out I looked for a new sketchbook but couldn't find what I was looking for. Its difficult to find a hard cover, spiral bound, smooth paper sketchbook in Japan. They always have everything but the smooth paper. The one Im using now I bought in Shinjuku so I guess I'll just have to go back there.
＾背景を描くことがまだ上手じゃないから、課程を保存した。 Still having troubles with painting so I saved my process.
^E3で本当のICOチームの新しい開発ゲームを放送した。グラフィックはすごくレベルアップしたんだけど、前の化け物の顔のほうがかわいい。でもいや、このゲームは確かにいいとおもう。 The ICO team showed the real version of their upcoming game at E3. It received a pretty heavy facelift from before but the monster kinda lost his cuteness. Ah well, this game will definitely be awesome!
最近ゲームをやりすぎかな。WipeoutHDとPixeljunkEdenをやってて、両方のグラフィックと音楽に感動した。でも、一番やりすぎはストリートファイター４のオンライン対戦だ！終われない！ Maybe I've been over gaming these days. Been enjoying WipeoutHD and Pixel Junk Eden which both have some wicked graphics and sic music to go along with the experience. But the one game I've been playing too much is Street Fighter 4! Online never ends!!
^左上のページは電車で描いたんですが、他のページが写真屋で描いた。 The upper left page was drawn on the train but the other pages were sketches of a photoshoot. Kayo is up in ma books!
^色の練習ものです。 Colour studies.
東京でゲーム会社に入社した。家から仕事まで１時半くらいかかる。色んなことを習ったり、楽しいんだけど、ちょっと疲れてきたので、自分の描く量がだんだん下がった。もっと上達したいから、頑張らなきゃ。 Im now working at a small game company in Tokyo. It takes about an hour and a half to get there. Its a nice place to work and Im learning many new things but I've become so tired, I haven't been drawing much. I still want to improve so I'll just have to do my best.
＾昨日職場でこのゲームをやった！面白くて楽しかった。すごく笑った！アメリカ人の観点から、いくつかの日本のゲームが変だっと思うけど、そこが面白い点だっと思う。 Yesterday I played this on the Wii at work! The weirdness mad me laugh but it was really fun. From an American or foreigner's point of view, some Japanese games can be kinda strange but I think that what makes them interesting.