Fisherperson

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Did this sketch earlier today, I think it was about 2-3 hours at the most? It started out Vale-like – I just really like this hairstyle – but I didn’t want another animal-eared image. So this is either an example of the kind of citizen who lives in Vice’s country, or even his sister.

I spent a lot of today and yesterday changing the layouts for this blog and my main site, which I hadn’t been planning, but it just happened on its own. It started when I wanted to simply change the layout for this blog, because I disliked how with the old layout, when you clicked through the archives it would show only the title of the posts for that month, and not the full post. That made it so there was no way to see the images without individually clicking each post title. Which is ridiculous. So after searching through too many themes I finally found this one I like, and that shows the images when you click on the archived month, so those links aren’t useless anymore.

Though I don’t know if that’s such a good thing, most of that old work is quite frightening haha.

When I was updating my art site, I was surprised how advanced CSS is now! And by that I mean, even just from a couple years ago. I added fading links and a hover attribute to the thumbnails so they get larger when you mouse over them. I remember you used to need a script to do that, now you can just use a few lines of CSS and it’s like magic. Amazing!

Fixing up Vale

This is one I started at the beginning of the month, but I really disliked the colors. I tried to remedy some things today:

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Here’s how it looked before:

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Something about it still dissatisfies me, though – I think when I did the original drawing I didn’t plan it very well so the composition is blah, and even though I tried to fix some things it might not be fixable at this point without just doing a new drawing, which maybe I should do instead.

Or maybe I’ll just crop it, because I did like how the head was turning out:

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When it’s just the head there are some parts about the color I like better in the before version than the after:

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Seawater

I did this supposed-to-be-a-quick-sketch that I spent longer on that I should have. You know how they say to add a figure to add interest to landscape/environment images, but this –

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looks much better to me –

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than this. I even tried moving the hawkman around (he was originally much larger and in the top-half of the image), changed his scale, tilted him, etc. None of it looked as good as just having that open space there.

Lots of sketches

I was pretty productive today!

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This is a very quickly done character concept, I don’t think it was more than 3 hours. It still needs to be refined.

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This was the first thing I colored today. I wanted to sketch and try a more relaxed technique of just starting with color, adding line occasionally on top of the same layer if needed, then the lines would naturally eventually be painted over.

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I felt like attempting some city sketches, this was the first one.

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This was the second one. It’s the only one I used a photo reference for (a photo I took in NYC looking down a deserted alley in Chinatown), and oddly enough I think it’s the weakest one.

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The third one. I had fun with these.

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Did this random drawing before bed.

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A little doodle of Elsium to try painting with a soft brush, which is a method I’m not very familiar with.