And the third and final version of SunRise! (SunRise version 1, SunRise version 2) I did all three of these versions as completed, stand alone images, to show the different price points that I offer for illustrations and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. It was actually a lot more difficult then I expected it would be, to have to design three different levels of detail and compositions for one image…! I started by drawing and inking the main image of the woman, since that would be the same through all three images, then I went straight to the third, most detailed image and began working in the background. When I was happy with the results of the third image, I began taking it apart to less detailed levels, and putting that into the first and second images… Then I had to balance them all so that they not only showed the different levels of detail, but so they actually worked on their own and didn’t just look unfinished.
So if you’d like to see all three on the same page (so it’s easier to see the difference between them) you should check out the “Illustration” page under my Prices section. With this illustration done, my Prices Page is finally completed (for the most part…) and just in time for the convention in Chicago this weekend! I leave the day after tomorrow so today I’m buckling down and getting all my printing and last minute work done. Yikes, I still have so much to do…!! (“_”; ) ( ;”_”)
Here’s the second version of SunRise. It has a background now and a lot more detailing. In the original sketch she was actually stringing a bow, using her feet to balance it, but I liked the way her hands turned out so much that the bow didn’t seem necessary. That, and it threw the composition way off, no matter how I drew it.
Like I said before when I posted the first version, this is nothing at all like I imaged it would be when I was first sketching it. It’s really interesting how all the little tweaks and changes somehow ended up with this.
Tomorrow I’ll post the final version with all of the full details!
I started a sketch several months ago that never really got very far. I got tired of it quickly and put it aside until a few days ago. I needed to do an illustration that could show the three different “tiers” of price points that I offer, so I went digging around in my computer for old ideas and sketches, and I found the sketch. Except for the general pose of the body, almost everything about this image is completely different then I had originally imaged while sketching. I had to change a lot around to make it work for the three tier process, but I’m glad I did. It was going to be something pretty generic at first, and this is way cooler.
I’ll post the next two tiers tomorrow and the day after (once I’ve tweaked them a bit more), and then I’ll post them up on the Prices page to finish that off =)
It’s already 8 in the morning! So instead of a long explanation of how I got here yesterday, I’ll be brief:
-The flight was 12 hours and not bad at all.
-The train trip from Narita to the hotel was…. LONG, but I was lucky enough to run into two very nice and very funny people heading in the same direction.
-The hotel room is teeny tiny, but comfy.
-My poor friend won’t be here until this afternoon since she missed her connection yesterday…
– I’m still not sure what to do while I wait fer her to get here! But like I said, it’s already 8am, time to head out.
Here’s how I kept myself busy on the flight. My sister is dressing up as a woman transforming into an Alebrije for Halloween (BEST costume idea ever!) and I was super inspired. When I get back I plan on making this into a painting.
My itty bitty hotel room (it’s a lot nicer during the day when you can see the nice view out the window!)
This was actually a little bit of a style experiment too, especially in the expressions and proportions. I try to be expressive in my drawings, but a lot of the time, for some reason, I think I tend to I reign the faces in, or I find myself using the same expressions/faces over and over again!
Just before I did these I had also been browsing Living Lines Library and WOW I can spend hours on there going through sketches and concept artwork from just about any animated movie you can think of. It’s really fascinating seeing the early ideas for movies that we all know so well, and the character work really inspired me to work on stretching my own style a bit more.
I also used three friends of mine as a little inspiration for these =)
Another one out of my sketchbook. I think I did this around the same time that I was doing those large portraits, because I definitely used the same .005 microns that I was using then to get those teeny tiny hair wispies.
The craziest stuff in my sketchbooks always seems to come out of a plane trip. Especially one with a long layover. This one somehow survived a dousing in water AND bubble tea… I’m not very nice to my sketches.
I started the rough sketch before I left when I saw this image on Pinterest (I’m addicted to that site o_o)
I like to watch lots of weird blogs and lists that post images of random… oddness, and one of the ones I watch is the Carnies and Geeks Tumblr. They post some majorly weird stuff sometimes, but it’s always interesting. A while back they posted an image of a woman with a bird’s head costume and it was such a cool concept I had to sketch this out.
It’s super rough and the wings look wonky, but the finished version will have her hair and skin turning into the feathers of a raven. Eventually I want to do a whole series of people turning into their Spirit Animals… I’m thinking wolf, bear and dear. Maybe a seal? Selkies are very cool creatures and I don’t see nearly enough of them around.