Friday, 10 November 2017

WIP #14 Rose Red model sheet


Working on: Model sheet for my original character design of Rose Red

Inspired by: Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'

Completed: Flat colours

Currently: Shading

Thoughts: It's November already ;o_o ... There's always so much to do this time of year ;>.< !!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

WIP #13 Rose Red model sheet


Working on: Model sheet for my original character design of Rose Red

Inspired by: Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'

Completed: Line art of second half-length pose

Currently: Applying flat colours

Thoughts:
Way back when, I had a habit of making certain components of a drawing centred or symmetrical. For example, eyes should be centred on the face or neckties should be centred on the chest. I guess it made sense to me at the time, because I like stuff to be neat and precise.

Since then, I've realised the type of character drawings that appeal to me most aren't symmetrical at all. A character will look far more lively and natural if you stop automatically thinking that some things should always be drawn in line with other things.

Monday, 23 October 2017

WIP #12 Rose Red model sheet


Working on: Model sheet for my original character design of Rose Red

Inspired by: Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'

Completed: Draft of second half-length pose

Currently: Clean up - drawing line art

Thoughts:
When I decided to take my anime art seriously, I was desperate to nail down some revolutionary drawing style that was mine alone. I shouldn't have been so obsessed with originality (I ended up turning out some pretty weird-looking, bug-eyed stuff...).

You begin by admiring different drawing styles and then you adapt and hone your own style overtime by emulating works you like the most. Even when you think you've established your style, your artistic skill doesn't stop growing and you never know what will influence the final look of your next piece.

I've written about this before and I'm writing about it again, because as I'm sketching Rose Red, I'm constantly referencing the artwork of my favourite anime artists. I spent a while testing different face shapes for Rose Red (rounded, angular, long, small?) and then what kind of smile Rose Red should have (wide, small, triangular, curled?).

I find myself thinking about the most recent anime and manga I've watched and read, too (Sword Art Online and Horimiya), so I get the feeling my art's being influenced by them as well. A small part of me's concerned that my portfolio will come across as inconsistent, but I'm happy to go with the flow.