Tuesday, June 10, 2008
New Art 06/10/08
Another piece of art from the story I'm trying to write. I'm too embarrassed to talk about any details until I get it more solidly nailed down, but it's actually starting to happen now after the last time me and Erik Kim talked about it, so maybe soon... I've got to write an overview first so make sure it's all as clear as it is in my head.
I did the original drawing in my shitty Selectrum notepad that I got from the dollar store to fuck around with at work, so if anyone catches me, it's not immediately clear I'm fucking around drawing. Plus I like to tell myself I can make story notes in it (though I find I hate doing that because my writing is so messy, so I wait until I get home and just type everything out).
I liked the drawing, which fleshed out the design I've been fucking around with to a point where I'm happy with it, so I decided to clean it up... only I suck at redrawing sketches for cleaning up, and I hated the cleaned up version. In a rare instance of ingenuity, I decided to photocopy the shitty lined paper drawing, taking the contrast down as far as it could go and then blowing it up, and just cleaned up over the almost invisible photocopy with a mechanical pencil, as I such at cleaning up with ink, and as that's how I learned how to do cleanup in school. So the line work is my actual pencils... which still look shitty, but WAY better than anything I could do with ink.
The background is completely digital, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, considering how long it's been since I've done anything this involved, and considering I took the challenge of painting water, which I've always tried to avoid, as I've always been unsuccessful in the past. I probably should have took the time to paint some more detailed trees in the front to "sell" that it's a tropical island, but I got tired of working on it, so I said fuck it. The sky is lame... I need to work on that.