So…I’ve been trying to focus on developing art skills lately.
As you may have noticed, my somewhat exaggerated, personal-life experience webcomic, An Unexpected Sprout, hasn’t had many updates. As you may recall, I did mention in my first post (Blog of the Writer Who Wasn’t) that I have trouble writing about myself. Well, that includes comic-form.
So, I’ve been working on some different comic ideas that aren’t about me. Hopefully you will see a post about one in the not-too-distant future.
However, while I really am wanting to make this comic thing work, I have a long way to go with art. Bear with me, please!
I need lots and lots of practice. One thing in particular being perspectives.
I found an interesting-looking book at a store the other day on just that. It’s called Perspective Made Easy by Robbie Lee. Now, I’ve only flipped through the book, so I can’t give an accurate review at this point, but I like how it teaches in comic story-style as well as has what looks like a lesson plan for each chapter. I like the classroom-like structure.
ANYWAY, the first thing I’ve done with this book is try to somewhat copy one of the poses of its robot narrator, but with a character of my own. For some reason, I thought of a fairy. Not sure why. Probably just because I like fairies.
This is how is started:…
For an added challenge, I felt like God was leading me to try even the rough sketch on the computer. I wasn’t at all comfortable sketching on the computer, even with my BAMBOO tablet. I usually do rough sketches on real paper and then scan or take a picture of it to ink and colour on the computer after.
But it was just for practice, so I tried.
Because the robot was a more masculine one as far as build goes, that’s how the initial sketch’s structure turned out.
I considered ditching my original thought of drawing a female fairy, but I didn’t want to be lazy.
So on with the plan!
Obviously there was going to need to be some tweaking.
Ah, much better!
I’m used to inking in the lines first, and then starting the colouring, but this time I launched into the colouring early, even adding easy background and foreground stuff with some of Clip Studio’s brushes and one of its background images. I only “inked” (sometimes still with one of the program’s pencil tools) and cleaned up where I thought it was necessary.
Now, without further ado (there was much ado, wasn’t there?), I present to you…
I had a lot of fun finger-paint watercolouring her hair using the laptop’s touch screen instead of the pen and tablet which I used for a lot of the other things. (Though a few of the hair touch-ups were done with the pen)
And yes, I did get lazy with her feet and
didn’t draw purposefully hid them.
Thanks for reading!