Monday, May 20, 2013

Check that off the To Try list!

So while I was working on the Fantasy Axe model I posted about a couple of days ago, I also had a smaller side-project/experiment going and I can officially say that it's completed!

This is my first-ever fan-art.  I rarely draw, by hand or otherwise, but I've had ideas for various fan-illustrations for several years and now that I have a Wacom graphics tablet (a Bamboo Capture, for those of you wondering - works absolutely great, I love it) I thought I'd try my hand at drawing something other than single-pen-stroke Triforces or Sonic the Hedgehog's face always at the same angle.  So I went with Vocaloid virtual-singer Hatsune Miku, since I'm quite familiar with her design and variations of it.  I guess you could say I'm a fan ;)

So, this is my first-ever successful attempt at fan-art of any kind, and I don't want to sound brag-y or excessively proud or anything, but I'm really, really pleased with the result!

I seriously never draw.  I had left that up to my younger brothers while I concentrated on the awesomeness of vertex and polygon manipulation (aka 3D modelling). But I saw my Wacom tablet as a way into that kind of artwork, so the Bamboo Stylus combined with a healthy portion of MyPaint and Linux Mint led to this coming out of my brain and onto the pixel-ey canvas.
This was also an experiment to try and get to know the MyPaint application.  I really love it so far, and I'm also looking into Krita, another open-source digital painting application.  Only problem with Krita so far is that there seems to be a memory leak somewhere and it fills up 4GB of RAM relatively quickly, but its brushes are really interesting.  I'll figure something out eventually.

Anyway, the piece is far from perfect; her proportions are a little off, the perspective is slightly off, my lines aren't the cleanest, the shading is still a little rough, a few too many hair strands in her twin ponytails, the collar and edges of her outfit don't have the usual zig-zag border, and a bunch of other things I could list.  But, all that being said, I'm still very happy with the result :)

I'll also be putting together a time-lapse of the drawing process.  I have roughly 8.5 hours of footage to cut together at high-speed, but it should be up relatively soon.

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