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22 January 2011 @ 04:02 am
First Drawing of the New Year  

Some of you may have noticed I’ve finally put up banner images on both my site and my LJ. For the record, this is what my site banner looks like. The greyscale is just be temporary until I have time to colour the lines. It’s been ages since I’ve had an LJ though, and already 3 whole years [wow!] since I’ve had my site. Neither have ever had proper banners and it just couldn’t wait any longer.

Anyway, without further ado, I present to you my lines. When I’m done colouring this, I’ll upload a walk through so you can all see how crappy my sketches start out.

Today’s bust of the season features Zoë, a character you may have already seen in the comic. I had fun with the line weights, though I can see a few spots where I should have done better but all in all this isn’t a bad start to the new year. In the last post I talked about how this image is similar to the first picture I drew in 2010. At the same time, it’s still different enough that I don’t feel like I’m regressing. While Coraline certainly has more of a realistic touch, Zoë here has more of an ‘American’-styled lineart feel. Or at least I hope it’s American-ish, because I’m really trying to move away from the anime style I so easily sketch in.

The snowflakes are kind of gaudy looking I know, but I like to think that they make it less appealing to people who want to borrow my lines without crediting. Also, I figure that since I live in Winter Wonderland Canada, it’ll be snow season for at least another 3-5 months. That should give me enough time to draw up a new spring banner. This drawing too didn’t end up at all how I planned. Originally there were no flowers. Originally this was supposed to be a simple, quick and dirty, black haired girl for me to practice inking. It became Zoë when I started getting a little creative with my lines up in the hair. On the bright side, in changing up the character, I’ve decided to add some details to liven up her face in canon. Zoë will now have a piercing – she takes out for work [so no retcon needed hahah] – and handful of beauty marks sprinkled all over. Her chin is expected to be the most square of all my lady SP characters too.

Mirrored from Sleep Pending Blog.

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Flatbear: Dalekflatbear on January 22nd, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
Damn dude, that is GORGEOUS. I love the color palette you're using so far, and now I'm REALLY interested to see where you're going to go with more color.
_wist_: Bouncing dots_wist_ on January 22nd, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Gracis Bro! I dunno how close to this palette I'm going to stick, but the character is a pretty warm type of lady so I'm not looking forward to too many cold colours. On the other hand, the colour scheme is going to need to fit my web banner, and that's got a whole lot of steely blues going on.

Ah well, we'll see what happens!
Flatbearflatbear on January 23rd, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
I think the steely blues can rock with the warm palette, but definitely keep posting the WIPS, because I'm interested as hell to see where it goes.
_wist__wist_ on January 23rd, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Oh you doll~ I'll make a walk through at the end, where you can see how AWFUL everything I draw starts out as.

My biggest issue is whether I want to try cell shading or a more painterly look. I'll admit to not being very good at the former, but don't want to overwork things with the latter you know?
Flatbearflatbear on January 23rd, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)

I know exactly what you mean. I have a terrible habit of getting in a swing with a style, thinking THIS LOOKS AWESOME I SHOULD DO MORE OF IT and then...it looks like a placenta.

Ugh, painting. Less is sometimes more.
_wist__wist_ on January 24th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
Man, and I hate it when it looks great, you feel great, you realise you finally ARE great!

And then you go to sleep.

And then you wake up.

And then you realise you were never great. You ARE placentas.