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Color Palette Challenge: Soft Blue Eyes

I have art commission slots available for this type of art! They’re super limited so get one while you can!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome back to Color Challenge! This week is the first one where I focus on using a limited palette rather than an arbitrary number of colors. I’ll pick that concept up in a later time, right now I want to play with colors and make more color sketches and illustrations of my webcomic. I picked Aurora this week since I hadn’t drawn her first design in quite some time. It’ll be quite some time before her second and third designs come into play so I can’t go too deep into spoiler territory for comic readers!

I used SutherlandArt’s Color Palette Challenge this week since it’s an overall pretty but mellow palette collection. I wanted to practice my digital art rendering and I happened to find SeaofDiamonds’ gorgeous modeling and I did my best integrate it to my own art style in Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio 5. I’m happy with the features and tighter brush work from my last painting exercise!

I’ll see you all in a few for tonight’s Twitch Stream!

Materials

  • Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint
  • Wacom Bamboo Create tablet

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3-Color Challenge: Spellcaster Prince

No prints of this piece but I do have commission slots available in this style!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome back to Color Challenge! This is a rather short video since I wanted to practice more chili style illustrations and brush up on my cel-shading technique. This week has been a little more busy than usual so my videos have been a little on the short side so I can keep up with all the content due in each day. This color challenge also marks the end of the strict structure of the series. I’ve found myself struggling to come up with more art with my webcomic; I’m actually running out of characters to draw without heading into spoiler territory, go figure! So I decided to stop adhering so strictly to 1 to 3 colors and focus more on the color choices and palettes. This doesn’t mean I’m abandoning the concept, it just means I’ll be working with more colors in some illustrations. The main ideas of this series are to practice restraint, draw more Nightmare’s Tragedies illustrations and finally have fun!

I’ll see you all in a bit for tonight’s stream! It might running a little late tonight, still have a lot of prep work to do!

Materials

  • Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint
  • Wacom Bamboo Create tablet

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out Ko-fi pageDigital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos or illustrations, let me know in the comments below!

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2-Color Challenge: “Heiress” (Clip Studio Paint)

No prints available, but I do have commission slots available for this type of art!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome back to the bi-weekly Color Challenge! Like I remarked on Tuesday’s Postit’s been a gloomy and rather sunless week at my studio so I decided to move most of my art making to digital with the exception of tonight’s Art StreamI had no idea what to do since I was practicing my watercolors on my sketchbook and I wasn’t quite sure who I would draw this week. I wanted to focus more on the lighting and the effects so after sketching Lambda, Daikonran’s only daughter with the late Aurora. Her story begins in Chapter 2 alongside Lita’s but they’re mentioned in Chapter 1 as Daikonran’s motivations. In a way, she’s their heir and carries both her parents’ legacies. What they are will be revealed later 😉 !

I wanted to push the complementaries as far as I could, using only shades of blue and orange and only adding black, gray and white when needed. I’m honestly really happy with how the colors turned out and how the modeling looks! I’m proud of the way the shadows cooled down the farther they were from the light source and how the spell glows with some texture.

Materials

  • Clip Studio Paint Pro / Manga Studio 5
  • Wacom Bamboo Create

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out Ko-fi pageDigital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos or illustrations, let me know in the comments below!

See you in a few hours for tonight’s stream!

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1-Color Challenge: Dark Castle

I have Art Commissions Slots OPEN in this style! Let me know if you’d like prints of this piece!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome to this month’s first Color Challenge. I apologize for the blog delay, I was working on other illustrations and setting up for tonight’s Traditional Art Stream @ 7:30 or 8pm EST. This week I decided to push my drawing (ie make my afternoon a few degrees more difficult) by working in perspective and start creating the next Chapter’s building designs. In the video I explain why I chose a skewered 2-point perspective for this type of worm’s point-of-view instead of using a 5-point/fish eye.

My main objective in this illustration was to work in tonal values so I had to figure out a way to draw a relatively correct structure without spending too much time on it. What I focused on was creating depth with the central vanishing point and height with the top point. Aside from a undergrad class just on perspective drawing, I’ve also read a lot of books on the subject. My current go-to is “Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics from the ground up” by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer, which covers most environmental drawing. It’s a bit lacking on the perspective on the human figure but overall a good review book.

After drawing everything, I decided to go with ink pens rather than my usual brush pen to keep the lines uniform. I used the brush only to separate Daikonran’s form from the flowers and the structure. I added some cool red to add some values and forms without resorting to more linework (especially since my brush pen had just run out of ink)!

Materials

  • Prismacolor Colerase Pencil in Gray
  • Sakura Pigma Micron in 03 & 05
  • Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
  • Daler Rowney Aquafine Travel set
  • Uniball Signo Pen in white

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out Ko-fi pageDigital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos, let me know in the comments below!

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Color Challenge #4: Wilted Ghosts

Check this illustration out on RedBubble HERE! Note: I marked it as Mature to be on the safe side because bloooood and spoooooky!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome back to the Color Challenge series for April! I continued on with using the main characters of my webcomic and it’s been fun pairing certain characters with color combinations and symbols. This week I wanted to use my deepest red marker for Nokuru Heba, the doomed medium in Tragedy (Chapter) III along with his companion ghost, Mira. I used wilted flowers to address his state by the time the comic starts and simple lines as spears to make an allusion to the betrayals he suffered.

I had a lot of fun with the high contrast in this piece and the textures I did on the flowers and background. Red is a good color to do in 1 color or 3-color challenges for me; I’ll probably do another illustration in a warmer red marker to give another go!

I’m available for Marker Commissions like these and more! I’ll be working out the Twitch stream feeds this afternoon so there might be a stream today! I’ll post a quick update when it’s live!

See you all tomorrow for Comic Update and on April 27 for the next Color Challenge!

Materials

  • Strathmore Drawing Pad
  • Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
  • Sakura Pigma Micron pen in 05
  • Blick Studio Marker in Red
  • Sakura GellyRoll 08 in White
  • Prismacolor Colerase Pencil in Scarlet Red

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out Ko-fi pageDigital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every little bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos, let me know in the comments below!

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Color Challenge #3: Peonies & Willow Tree

Check this illustration out on Redbubble HERE!

Art Process

Hi everyone and welcome to the last Color Challenge of March! I apologize for the tardy post, I’m still recovering from my cold and it affected any motivation I had to draw the last few days. Rather than skip an upload, I buckled down and drew this in the morning and edited all afternoon to make it!

This week I went with a Compound Color scheme, i.e. two analogous colors and one complementary, to make sure I could get a few mixes from overlaying the markers. I just picked the first colors that fit this one condition, it just happened to be pastels! I drew up several thumbnails to work out the composition and transferred it with my Colerase Pencil. I rely a lot on the line work to make the contrasts, so I make sure use waterproof ink, particularly in the blocked in areas. I got tired when I was working with the willow tree so I refocused my energy by lining the peonies and the main figure (Lita).

Overall, I’m happy with this side series and I hope to continue it during April! I am not sorry for the one pun I snuck in, I love puns!

Materials

  • COPIC Markers in Pink (RV11), Pale Blue (B32) & Jade Green (G00)
  • Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
  • Colerase Pencil in Pink
  • Sakura Gellyroll 08 in White
  • Strathmore Drawing Paper (90lb)

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out my Ko-fi page | Digital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every little bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos, let me know in the comments below!

See you all tomorrow for Comic Update day!

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Color Challenge 2: Yellow & Violet Treasure

Check out this artwork on my Redbubble page HERE!

Hello and welcome to the new episode of Color Challenge! This week I used two complementary colors: Yellow & Violet to work in contrasts and build neutral mixes through layering. I changed up the dynamic by adding two other markers with different values of the main colors to make the transitions smoother. I think it’s super-fair! 😉 When it comes to this challenge, it was important to go with opposites with different values

This week’s character is Jivaeri Trellos-Pandora or Jiva for short. Her story, along with a few other characters, doesn’t start until Tragedy IV, so her proper introduction is still a ways off. If anyone’s read the first version of my comic, they’ve known about her for quite a bit. That version made it to the start of Tragedy III before I had to leave the comic for my undergrad classes. By the time I came back to it, I’d taken a lot of classes on literature and I made the decision to rewrite the plot and redraw the pages for the last time.

Sorry about the first 30 or so seconds of the video, my camera was out of focus for a little bit and I fixed it before I started coloring! I have my camera right on top of my drafting desk with a (sort of) flexible stand and I can’t see the recording unless I stop working.

Support the Artist!

If you want to support my work: check out my Digital Commissions | Store & Traditional Commissions Redbubble! Every little bit helps keep me making art & videos for you all! If you have any suggestions for videos, let me know in the comments below!

Materials:

  • COPIC Sketch markers in Lemon Yellow (Y13) & Violet (V09)
  • Crayola SuperTips in Yellow & Lavender
  • Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
  • Pentel DuoPoint Flex Pen
  • Strathmore Drawing paper
  • Sakura Gellyroll 08 Pen in White
  • Prismacolor Colerase Pencil in Canary Yellow

Thank you for reading! I’ll see you tomorrow with the Comic Update!