Friday, May 28, 2010

More At'rik Peeps.

Haven't had time for much comic art lately, but I managed to scramble together some sketches for a post? XD;; Actually, there's a lot of redesigns for this post so yey~

The current Captain of Team Konaiya, Salayana Maneatro! (aka Yana) And her partner, Genáendi! (his name means 'Plata' in At'rik lol):

Anyway, as I was drawing Yana's partner I realized I hadn't even drawn her new design yet! haha I usually just picture everything in my mind so clearly I forget if I actually drew it sometimes. so here it is:

The lovely Will suggested I think of a relaxed design for Ka'ch as well and I agree, so I was trying to draw him with his neckpiece and his hair down but haha it looked better in my mind I guess, BLAH:

So I was doodling him with a headpiece and outfit type that I often came across on many pictures I was going through for reference, experimenting if it would look good with the other elements of his other outfit, and I think it does:

I inked it for fun, but as usual I had to end up doing something with it. This is probably going to be his first outfit he appears in I think since it looks more as if he just arrived at Konaiya after traveling a long distance. haha I like cartography, I should make up a map of Draxaiya and Limiak...AHH but that's another thing to come later lol:

Here's Vilvendi, or Vivi, Ka'chkka's Partner. (her name means 'Cheat' in At'rik lol) Another one I forgot I never drew because I knew pretty much exactly what she would look like:

So I put them together to practice more graphic-ey stuff, and I rather like it actually, but I hope I will get better eventually:

View the Deviation here!

Also test-driving that new logo you see there I made up for Rebirth...I like minimalism a lot, but it's so hard to pull off correctly! I greatly admire many graphic designers who have this ability because it is really not easy...I am trying to learn! I have a long way to go though. ^__^;;

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New tribal Ka'chkka, process

whoo I am on a roll with these posts! Anyway, I spent all day researching tribal costumes and thinking of how in the world I could design Ka'chkka in a way to make him more ethnic.

This is what he looked like before, a very pretty boy. but this is something I didn't want my characters to look like so I wasn't happy with it completely. However, this IS mainly still how he looks without all his accoutrement:

Okay, so I quickly realized this design would be vastly different. I can't just put a beaded necklace and tunic on someone and call him 'tribal' oh no! So here's the initial sketch (Cyg just happens to be there too) lol:

Here I drew in the legs in the comp and printed it out:

The cleaner pencils after I lightboxed the printout. I almost never do this, but I kinda had to in this case:

The inks! I like inking, but drawing him this way in the comic will be headache-inducing, but I think it's worth it:

Flats! The At'rik still have purple skin, though the more At'rik blood, the darker the skin would be. Ka'ch is one of the only full At'rik left, so this is as dark as it gets:

Aaand some shading to polish it off for online viewing:

Speaking of that, the Deviation is here!

All in all I'm glad I made the effort to do the research in order to make the cultural history of the FT world more diverse. ^__^

Smelly Headshots

lalala...a new post already? hahaaaa yes. I just wanted to show my inking practice that I was doing yesterday:

Hah I didn't mean it, but they look like they just smelled something really bad! XD I colored them for fun, but actually I may just do a headshot like this for each character and use it as their profile page on the site:

Since I didn't want this post to look too barren, here's a preview from Page 4, probably my favorite panel composition-wise:

So as I'm drawing the pages I'm getting so intimidated by just HOW much reference I need to pull this comic off properly. Scary! Also, the characters I thought I didn't have to worry about finalizing their designs appear MUCH sooner than I thought, so I gotta get on that...but designing Ka'chkka's outfit is really challenging, I need to do more research for it. OH MAN I'm lucky that I actually LIKE doing research!!

Though I miss having such easy access to the NYC PictureLibrary...but I'm not gonna be able to get into the city this week to research, so I have to go on the internet for it?!? BLAH that's so counter-productive, it annoys me. I always end up doing time-wasting things like posting on my blog! lol I love going to that library and just being surrounded by so many bountiful images! It's like my crack. O__o;; ANYway, I'm gonna shut up and go get back to work...XD;;

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lots of stuff?

Sooo I just finished the 'thumbnails' but it's more like my method of script writing since towards the end of a session the pages start looking like small boxes with numbered bubbles...but yep, I may be ahead of schedule but that doesn't mean I can slack off! :p

I kinda forgot if I posted these or not?? I don't think I did. I have so many sketches on my computer right now! Anyway, have some sketches and stuff! First off, a really bad oekaki that I don't know why I'm posting lol:

Second, a really bad sketch that isn't really Lyra's correct profile or height at ALL that I don't know why I'm posting again but here it is:

Third, an oekaki from today's warm-ups, it's what I feel very strongly about! it's caption is "In that moment she realized that life is beautiful, but it was too late. Never forget the beauty all around you!" all oekaki I do is done on Skylands:

When did I do this?? I can't even remember but now I'm up to the Blackthorn Gym and everyone except Togetic's fully evolved, but I'm so scared to fight Claire, my team is still not strong enough I think:
Speaking of my Pokémon obsession, OMG GEN 5. OMG. EXCIIIIITED. Helloooo fully animated sprites? HELLZ YEAH. Sad that the 'following pokémon' feture isn't in it though, that was such an enjoyable element of HGSS!!! okay I'm not done geeking out but I'll spare you:

THEY ARE SO RIDICULOUSLY THUGGG HAHA I love it. The Deviation is here if you're into that kinda stuff! lol

Speaking of obsessions, do you remember the sketch of my Okami fanart I've been meaning to do since FOREVER?!? haha I don't expect you to, but lookie I did something with it! This is only still in the very rough stages but I'm so excited because I think this is the only time one of my drawings looked almost exactly like I wanted it to!!! I am excited to make it even more how I pictured this illustration to be:

More and more as the days of Summer are getting harder and harder with all that is going on in my family life I am realizing how much this image represents the struggles we go through. Run headfirst into the gloom and a trail of beauty will follow you, you have to stay positive and be assured that everything will be all right in the end. It is hard to keep this in mind, but I am trying my best, because this world is such a beautiful place to be in, I don't want to waste a second of it!

Oh, and my boyfriend graduated on friday and my brother graduated today! I feel so little. haha Congrats, guys! :D

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Crazy stuff + Designs

I've had a crazy few days, I tell you. Yesterday my Omi broke her OTHER femur (right after the other one had finally healed after 8 months), and now we have to go through the long recover process again I feel so bad for her, especially on Mother's Day! That was only one of the events...don't even want to go in to any others, it's as if my family just can never get a break!, not break. no, bad word. O___o;; (esp. since on the same day I also managed to slam my wrist in a door at work...swelled up, but it wasn't my drawing hand so I was's better now though, but still bruised...) oh dear! ^_^;;

Anyway, have a doodle of a frustrated Lyra:

Aaand finally a character sheet:

View The Deviation!
Regardless of these crazy events that are happening I am managing to get work done. I don't know what's going on in the next few days, but hopefully I can still keep to my schedule. >__>;;

but yes, Happy Mother's Day! Hopefully yours isn't in a hospital, 'cause now both of mine are!'s kind of funny, actually. ya just gotta laugh at these things when they get this ridiculous. I think my freak-out tolerance is a bit too high nowadays. ^__^;;

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cityscape: The El-Rail.

I...think I'm done? rather, it looks finished enough to not work on it anymore. plus it's 5am and I have to be on the train in 4 hrs...yep. So here it is, clickie to see it:

I'm gonna wait to post this other places 'till I've gotten Donato's critique and tweak it a bit more...oh man, that's so depressing, the last critique. I'm gonna miss his class so ridiculously grueling as it was it was also one of my favorites. He really taught me so much more than how to make an image, but gave me the ambition to make a career. I just can't thank him enough. :')