Bananas! These bananas had no idea they would be immortalized in a still life when I picked them up off the stand at Safeway. To be honest, I had no idea either. 😛 They just looked like they’d be fun to paint so I moved them off my kitchen counter and onto my still life platform and bam! – banana painting.
~90 minutes in Photoshop
I only saved a couple progress steps:
New month, new still life practice! This one was all about soft little plush things!
Honestly, I think this one’s is a little boring – they all had similarly soft textures (the Mantyke ball on right is kind of fuzzy, but the rest were smooth) and all of them were all about the same size, so it was hard to come up with an interesting composition. There’s also no perspective or shiny stuff to have fun with, so as cute as I think this one turned out, my next still life will have to feature some more challenging objects!
Here are some wips, starting with a sketch:
This time, I tried just painting over the sketch.
Most of the time was spent on the detailed rendering (as always) and small accuracy adjustments.
Hope you enjoyed!
Just a quick one for fun, I like how her face turned out here. ~30 mins Photoshop
… that I am such a fragile thing.
(Which is a reference to the SD6 song “Everywhere”, which is awesome yet completely un-Googlable/un-YouTubeable for some reason.)
This one started as a sketch that probably wouldn’t have made it to completion it if weren’t for a soft spot in my heart for these two and their romantic scenes. After all, so much of their story is about the forces that keep them apart and the foolishness of their romance. She’s the girl-from-another-world, literate but useless in a sword fight; he’s betrothed to the world’s best assassin in support of a fragile political alliance between the world’s two most important guilds.
Her face was just wrong – not wrong in general (I think it’s one of my better ones) but wrong for the character. So I repainted it, trying to make her look younger and less sassy (since this would be early in their story) and now it feels right.
Backlit faces, yay! I mean, no. Ugh, so hard. I’m trying to push my understanding of lighting a lot more this year and it’s not easy.
I came back a few days later and repainted the characters. I don’t know what it is with me sometimes, but it’s like I have to do a version I don’t like before I can do a version I do like.
It’s also sort of a spiritual remake of this painting I did back in 2009:
So here’s a drawing of Astrid and Tzipora making funny faces!
Happy new year!
Starting this month off right with a ~30 min greyscale sketch (or is it a painting by this point?) that started off as a face study and became an excuse to paint a furry stole and some retro style hair.
(I named her Susan because I think she looks like a Susan…no other reason 🙂 )
I put this painting down for a while but came back to it today to add some evil wolves and improvements all over.
Airika and Tren happen upon some zerglings. Zerglings love cookies.
~3 hours of sketchy goodness in Photoshop CS6