Heinoa! - Dude, it's a journal!
Not even worth its own post, but... Augh. Everything I've been trying to write hasn't been shaking free of my mind, and all this doodling isn't helping it.
Some doodles of Heiderich and Noa I slapped a few coats of airbrush on:EDIT- First Version
I added more, background, fixed eyes etcetera.
I remember now that I haven't always had the privelege of adjusting the angle of an LCD monitor when the colors aren't right, and I see that I painted Alfons way too pale. D: I'll have to go back in and darken him a bit. Maybe add some blush and whatnot.
Also! I now have a digital camera, thanks to generous siblings and gradumatation. I can take pictures of my larger artworks, once I just figure out how to hold the camera steady and not make it blur. <3 (Totally un-fandom related, this is a painting I did today and out of maybe 20 shots, this
was the least blurry I could get it.)
Your original work is so eerie and pretty! The pelvis on the skeleton is great. Lovely. ♥
Interesting of you to point out the pelvis... *blink* I strived for some sort of realism with the bones there.
I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with that work yet; I feel as though there's something missing in it. :/ Then again it's rare of an artist to be self-congratulatory, I guess, so I should just relax and sit with it for a while.
*nods* I'm not an artist, but I hate everything I write until I've had some distance from it. Then I can look at it objectively and accept it, or fix what needs fixing.
The pelvis does have a very "real" quality to it. :)
I can relate very much to that in either medium of art or writing. Particularly with writing, because sometimes I find that when I just let something sit and keep it out of mind for a while, I can go back and be pleasantly surprised at it. Either that or decide I need to take a hacksaw to it. Yes, indeed, all art takes time and patience, which doesn't quite register in my restless novice spirit quite yet. My inner artist tends to want 'perfection, like NOW', and won't settle unless I can start something out satisfactorily and drag it all the way through on the first go. It's aggravating to have that writer voice. I think some classes will clear that out. But I've already gone on about my literary insecurities far too much in previous posts and nobody cares. XD So.... thank you very much for your praise. I hold your comments in high esteem.
Haha, yes. I tend to be less on the patient side as well. Sometimes (especially late at night when I have noooo business to be doing this) I'll get really excited about a piece I've just written and omg!have to post it. Then I see it in the morning and I hate it. Perfection needs to be much more immediate. *nodnod*
Ah, it's always nice to vent literary insecurities. We all have them. ♥
Who's that on your avie? (to wicked_pistil) The pink haired girl..
You mean my icon? With Utena?
I would love to provide some tips, if you want to take them, but in order to do so I need to know which program you're using to color and whether you're coloring with a tablet or a mouse. ^_^;
Coloring with GIMP and a (laptop) mouse.
Alright. Ugh, GIMP. I have to admit I don't know much off the top of my head with that program because I tried it once years ago and couldn't stand it, so I'm not going to be able to be very specific, sadly. But if you can find brush settings somewhere, there's probably a setting for opacity. I tend to draw using non-opaque brushes because it allows for blending so much better. Usually I'll start by completely filling in the area I'm coloring with the darkest shade I think I'm going to use, and then I use the transparent brushes to brush in the lighter areas. That way the colors blend together smoothly, and if you need to go back and make parts darker than the original layer, you can, but it's usually not terribly necessary. It's the same way you would paint with oils- start from the darkest color and work up to the lightest. I hope that makes sense.
That said, as far as specific tips on the drawing up there you've done, I think Noah is looking pretty good. I would try and define her braids a little more, as they seem semitransparent in some areas, and I would also shade more dramatically in her hair. It seems to be pretty much the same color and shade throughout right now. Alfons needs more contrast overall. It's true that the boy has pale skin, but you can make the shadows a bit more dramatic so he's not so washed-out. Especially increase the shadowing under his chin and under his hair.
I hope that's at all helpful to you. ^_^; It's tough because, as I said, I don't know GIMP very well. Also, if you wanted to try out another program just for comparison, I would recommend openCanvas. It's free, and while it doesn't try as much to imitate Photoshop (what with all the filters and paths and things), it seems to be more sensitive to brushing, allowing smoother lines, and it's very easy to work with.
Very very pretty. I love the style and such. ^^