Knight of Eyes
(General Shuos Jedao from "The Battle of Candle Arc"
1. I botched the original version (watercolor pencil, I stuck it up at my dA account for the morbidly curious) so used this as a test piece for the trial of Autodesk SketchBook Pro 6. I like the app. It has a few quirks but the UI is reasonably consistent and if there's extra stuff I need done, I'll take it into GIMP.
(I did give MyPaint a swing, but could not figure out how to make it do one specific thing that I will need sometimes. For painting from scratch off a single scan, it looks like it will probably work, and hopefully this summer I will be able to put it through its paces. Eee!)
Anyway, I remain firmly convinced that watercolor pencil is a valid medium that can be made to work well. Unfortunately, in over two decades I have comprehensively failed to figure out how. I keep mine anyway because I still like them, even if I'm thoroughly bad at them.
2. I used maybe half of TylerCreatesWorlds' (dA) Nebulae Tutorial
to figure out how to paint nebulae with airbrush/round soft brush/smudge. For serious, it's not that bad. If I'd realized it was more fun to do it this way, I wouldn't have spent all that time fighting GIMP's filters for that other piece.
3. Someday I should research military uniforms instead of just making stuff up because I am supremely lazy.
4. I do realize that I lack the ability to draw straight lines. :-( I keep hoping that my coordination will improve, but I...just don't know.
5. Crit welcome. I mean it; I know I have a lot to learn.
, I am still working on the Marguerite piece! At this point I have to make hard decisions about just which M1911 reference I want to commit to, and then there is the important matter of her shoes. I expect I will be hitting up Zappos
for virtual shoe-shopping. But I should be able to finalize the pencils tomorrow and scan, and then take it into SketchBook as well.