So two weeks ago, I got a job offer from a company, and starting from last Monday, I will begin my 3-month trial period, 5 days per week. Due to the new schedule (plus me needing to take care of my hand), the art blog will go in a hiatus for a while.
(Due to my carpal tunnel acting up, along with my possible emerging cold / flu thanks to me walking outside under the rain, I guess my “a sketch a day” plan will be postponed for a while. So no drawings for at least a week from now)
So for a sketch, I decide to draw younger versions of TFA Ratchet and Red Alert discussing about medical stuff. I love both characters, and want to see them interact more as medical colleagues.
Previously my hands are fine, but last night I spent at least an hour sketching references of TFA characters, which does stress my hand more than it could take. Due to my hands suffering from fatigue, some of the lines ended up wobbly. Perhaps no sketch until my hand could recover some strength for a while.
So months ago, someone requested a sketch of TFP Ratchet as the boy from The Last Guardian, with Trico. Later, the same person requested another sketch, featuring TFP OP as the Armored Knights from TLG. Due to the animation project at that time, the request was not complied until today, when I remembered the request and decide to finish it once and for all.
Since the request require a crossover between two characters whose designs I’m not familiar with, I basically did some research, particularly on the Armored Knights. I took attention on the armour patterns to make sure it’s the same armour from TLG.
As I said in previous posts, I had lost my blue pencil, so I resorted to 2B pencils, with a softer grip than before, so A.) my hands won’t hurt too much, and B.) the draft won’t stick on the papers too much. Then I drew the lines with a brush pen.
Also, a bonus doodle:
I realized that I enjoyed drawing with brush pen a lot. They are soft, and allows more versatility in line thickness. Which is why I drew 2 more of these sketches after the Sari one.
I also planned to draw a sketch of Pre-war Blitzwing being enraged, and I drew a sketch yesterday. Unfortunately, my physical condition, plus a need to rush the sketch, cause the expression to look tamed by comparison. Perhaps I would draw a more intense version once I could figure out how to draw it better.
Seeing how the TFA Megatron + plasma piece look interesting to me, I decide to explore more of the theme where Cybertronians emit plasma while suffering from intense emotions. This time I picked Sari, mostly because it’s easier to draw, and she was overloading from extra energy in canon.
I lost the blue pencil, so I used the yellow pencil instead. I drew with a 0.4 pen, then a black marker for BG, before moving on for blue markers.
Turns out that A.) drawing blue after drawing black could cause some muddying of blue and B.) drawing blur markers with yellow pencil traces could cause unintended colour mixing. Overall the sketch is…okay. I would see it more of an experiment tho.
Also noted, I had drew more than one sketch within today. I did not expect that, and I think it’s time to A.) take a rest and B.) settle for simple headshots and sketches without any fancy expressions and poses.
Previously, the sketch yesterday had cause some stress on my thumb base, since I haven’t take much breaks or any braces during the process. This time, heeding the experience, I take some breaks and wear the braces throughout the process.
This time I opt for a bigger sketch, with the upper body only to cause less stress in fine tuning. I only planned to draw the sketch today and the inking tomorrow, but since I felt fine enough, I decide to complete the inking today anyway. I started with the 0.4 pen, before moving on with brush pen for thicker lines.
I felt that with much precaution, I could draw a simple sketch each day while healing, so I could provide some distraction while providing more sketches for viewing.
So to make me more in ease with my hand recovery, I thought if drawing a 10 min sketch would help, and so I drew a sketch today. However, I became too ambitious for my own, and what is planned to be a single character sketch became a double character sketch.
From my experience, the character’s parts are too small, and my brush pen require much fine tuning. As a result, there is much stress on my thumb base muscles. Would consider drawing a bigger head shot next time I will draw a sketch.
So two days ago, I completed the presentation for the FYP. Yesterday, I decide to complete a tumblr request featuring TFA Wheeljack. I used blue pencil for lighter sketch, and a brush pen for softer strokes. My right hand was cramped from the constant drawing, so I may not draw much until June. Still, I finished the sketch, and may try to draw more of them soon.
Feeling quite stressed and a bit bored from the beginning post-production of the FYP, I decide to start some exercises, where I would choose some screenshots from the TFA series and redraw them. It is a thing in the fandom, so I decide to give it a try. The screenshot I drew today is a still of Red Alert amputating Hot Shot’s injured legs before she was pulled away by Spittor. I chose the screenshot mainly for the mood and the composition.
Like the Bumblebee painting, I start the sketch by greyscale, then colour through overlay. Compared to the previous paintings, this one is quite tricky, since it included environment as well, and I had to consider the composition and lighting / value of each background to make the picture look better.
As for the characters, it took me several drafts to get the post and the character right. At one point I drew a lineart for convenience, but because the lines did not mesh well with the lighting, I went by the lineless painting style instead.
It took me days to complete the greyscale version of the painting, complete with refinement and adjustment of the value and lighting. I used the oil paint brush for some textured backgrounds (eg. smoke and ground), and the hard brush for the rest of the part
When I began the colours, I realized that greyscale + colour overlays didn’t really equal to good coloured sketch, since colours are more than just values, and also with the interaction among them. Seeing how the colours did not mesh well, I add a purple overlay on the characters. It look much more harmonious in colour and prove to be more atmospheric.
In conclusion, colour is more than just colour overlay + greyscale, and more studies in lighting and colours could help me grasp them better. Also, better stop redrawing and focus on the FYP until graduation.