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  • Polar 11:47 am on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    IF: Muddy 

    Illustration Friday: Muddy

    This is from an old pencil drawing that I thought fits in with the Illustration Friday theme “Muddy”. I like the drawing a lot and I planned to colour it but I never got around to doing it. Perhaps I’m subconsciously afraid that I would messed it up as colouring is not my strong point.

    Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It’s a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art.

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  • Polar 5:55 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    IF: Focused 

    Illustration Friday: Focused

    This picture was done in 3 layers in photoshop; 1 for needle and thread, 1 for fingers and 1 for the face. I didn’t do a rough sketch. I roughly knew what I wanted and also didn’t want to spend too much time on the picture. So I just coloured in straight. I did the needle first, then the thread, fingers and finally the face. Then I blurred face so there would be some depth to the picture. I also darkened it a little so it won’t steal the spotlight from the needle and thread.

    Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It’s a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art.

     
  • Rixou 12:34 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jomy, mu, soldier blue, terra e, toward the terra   

    Red Cross Terra? 

    red cross

    I have been seeing the above Red Cross poster on my daily commute.

    Being the Toward the Terra fan I am, the first thing that stood out to me was the kid with blue hair and pink/red eyes. A closer look turned up another ringer for Jomy and possibly a Nina too!

    Jomy_Blue_Nina

    Zoom and compare.

    And of course, that they are ranged around a earth- spriritual sanctuary of the Mu race and the titular ‘Terra’ – also helps the case.

    Just my Terra deprived brain playing tricks, or an intentional discreet tribute? I squee a little inside everytime I entertain the possibility of the latter. Seriously, this series deserves more love.

     
  • Polar 12:38 am on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ryu, street fighter   

    Getting Ready For A Fight 

    Ryu: Getting ready for a fight

    Ryu: Getting ready for a fight

    This is a fan art digital painting of Ryu, a character from Street Fighter. Ryu is my favourite character from Street Fighter even though I’m lousy at the game.

    Since it’s a fan art and not my own creation, I tend to view it as a practice piece. When I started drawing this picture, I set out to accomplish a few things:

    • Do everything digitally
    • Get used to using the Wacom tablet
    • Practice and find my own style in colouring
    • Draw my own version of Ryu from memory

    I did everything using Gimp and my Wacom graphire 3 tablet, from sketching to the colouring. I think I’m getting more used to using a tablet even though I still find it easier to draw on paper. When I sketched out Ryu, I decided not to give him any facial features such as eyes, nose and mouth because these are the hardest to draw and I don’t want to spend too much time on them. I’m still not very used to drawing on a tablet and I don’t know whether I’m proficient enough to do such detailed work. So in the end I put his face in shadows.

    I wanted to give Ryu a more interesting pose than just standing there. Since he is from a fighting game, the logical conclusion is to put him in a fighting pose but it felt kind of boring to me. I wanted something that was not commonly used but at the same time, not too hard to draw and had a bit of movement. After playing with a few ideas, I decided to do a pose of Ryu getting ready for a fight. I used his clothes to add a feeling of movement to the picture. Since there were so many versions of Ryu, I used his clothes to identify him. I drew him mostly from memory, only checking to make sure that I had his clothing correct.

    I’m a drawer, not a painter and I don’t really like colouring but in this piece, I tried to do everything in colour, shades and tones, even forgoing the black outline that I am used to. I think the result was not bad. It was only after I finished colouring Ryu, then I chose the background colour. It took me a while to decide. I can’t pick white as Ryu is dressed in white; black is too black and grey is dull. In the end I settled on dark red and I used some grunge brushes to make the background more interesting.

    I started this painting in January and I only just completed it. Even though the painting was only just finished, I could already see some mistakes.

     
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