First lesson from Mastering Manga Volume 3, by Mark Crilley.
I was gonna color it but I’m running into an issue with my prismacolor pens. They smudge something awful with the copics, which means I have to ink after coloring and that does NOT work for me. Need new pens now, apparently.
I’m not super thrilled with the thinner hair strand lines. Definitely need to work on that.
This is from Mark Crilley’s Mastering Manga volume 2. The book is mostly about the line art but there’s a colored example I used for reference on this.
I really gotta figure out how to get the colors even. I wonder if I should use a lighter or less saturated color so that I can lay in a few layers and prevent that texture.
This is the same as a drawing I did around a year ago, that I was pretty proud of, but I colored it in this time.the hair didn’t blend as well as I wanted so I tried for more cell-style shading on the face but I think it kinda makes the whole thing less cohesive.
Also, that last chunk was pasted from instagram and shows as a different format here in the text editor. I hope it gets normalized when I publish this.
Here’s the old one.
Here’s the new, colorized one.
I am of course now seeing stuff I missed, like the white spot under the lip, the shading in the ear, and the hair texture. Ah, well. Before I colored it, the line art looked a little better than the original so at least there’s progress.
My sister got me some new Copic markers for Christmas!
So I decided to finally have a go at drawing and coloring something beyond the basic shading I did in Inktober.
I decided on a basic self-portrait.
Not terrible for a first attempt. I rushed through the drawing so I could get to the coloring.
The drawing sucks, but the coloring isn’t terrible. I’m especially pleased with the shading on the hat.
Things I learned: you cannot erase pencil after using these markers. Note to do that going forward next time.
Doing the edges first and then blocking in results in inadvertent rim shading.
Learn how to draw clothes. It is NOT all cake once you get the body drawn.
Also realized I unconsciously avoided hands and feet, so I need to make a point not to Liefeld any more.
Anime eyes. The penciling isn’t bad but the brush pen remains a thorn in my side.
So I was pretty tired when I finally got the chance to sit down and draw some, so I only got in some really basic hand practice. I really want to improve with the brush pen too so I’m gonna try to start inking everything I can to get better with that.
I’m actually pretty okay with this. If I can consistently draw multiple characters and basic settings to this level, I might consider starting a webcomic.
Happy Halloween!#Inktober2017 in the bag!
I think patience with the brush pen is starting to show, as I didn’t completely ruin this one. Also, I think I’m speeding up, as start to finish this took 45 minutes.