The theme is samurai/geisha. The Challenge always intimidates me a little because of the incredible artists making incredible art each month! But at the same time it’s cool to be able to participate, learn, and practice with them. 🙂
I wrote and illustrated and completed my first book dummy, Sophie and Rinn. I loved this project. I learned a lot from it, and I plan to make more. I will be sending it out to publishers just to see what happens, and to add that the experience of this whole ordeal.
I wrote about this before here, back when I was working on the pencil renderings.
Phew. This was one of those projects that I truly did my best on the entire way, but of course learned from as I progressed, and so want to improve on next time.
Here is a pencil and a finished painting of one of the spreads:
I worked hard on each spread to make each an interesting piece itself, with or without the text. It is a short story written in a picture book format, but I wanted it to be a complete narrative and visual experience that could be enjoyed by really any age of reader.
Anyway, I thought the story was sweet. I love my girl and my mer-boy. I want to make a webcomic for them eventually after I graduate. I am working on writing up more of their story- probably when they are older and with an older audience in mind.
Yes, Edwin my mouse is in the spread. Can you find him?
This is a project I did for my photoshop painting class. I forgot how many textures we had to combine… but the focus was on using a variety of animals and textures for the sake of creativity and practice with realism.
I made a red panda dragon. Sort of. It was actually based on a photo of a baby I used to babysit. I can see the resemblance actually.
This post is special to me. I’ve been struggling for, well, enjoyment in my long journey to digital art. It’s been so difficult that so far, it’s not been really fun. Until now. Granted, it’s still difficult and I have much to learn. I always will. But this! I had a moment here! It somewhat worked, and I surprised myself for the first time. These paintings represent so much to me.
1) They are my first digital paintings I LIKE. That look ok. That I am proud of.
2) They are Rurouni Kenshin related. I didn’t grow up with anime and I don’t know much about most of them, but I know enough to know Kenshin is amazing and one of my favorite characters.
3) I’m starting to like digital art and I want to learn more. Things are coming together.
Enough of my gushing, here you go. Judge for yourself. 🙂 I would love any ideas or suggestions in regards to these paintings, and really about anything related in general.
These were made as a set for a commemorative stamp project for photoshop class.