TFA OP Washing

Since today is the last day of September, this marked as both the last day of Sketchtember and the deadline of the brainstorming session for the IAP. To mark the end, I thought of drawing two sketches of OP washing, one by himself, and another with the help of his companion. And afterwards, I may draw the thumbnails as material for the first animatic draft since next month, as I should have been.

The idea of drawing OP washing himself has began weeks ago, when I drew a doodle of him washing his face. However, it was until one of the 2016 Inktober prompt, “Wet”, where I started thinking of drawing the idea. I did thought of drawing the idea as an Inktober entry, but since I thought a fanart would not be accepted, I thought of placing the idea into the last Sketchtember entry instead.

Idea Doodle
Idea Doodle
Inktober 2016 Prompt
Inktober 2016 Prompt

Initially it’s just OP washing himself, but then I thought perhaps there are places on his frame where the Autobot cannot reach by himself. This is when the idea of a companion washing OP on his back appeared. I choose Prowl as his companion, due to his role as the SIC to OP’s leader, and how his calm, experienced demeanor does make a great foil for OP’s idealism. The trust between them in Season 3 does fascinate me.

The artworks are drawn with copic pens in different sizes (0.05, 0.1, 0.5). This time I struggled with the pencil drafts, as I am still very unfamilar with the character design in different angles, and because of this,  I resorted to look at the Allspark Almanac for reference. And even then, the proportion and angles may be a bit lopsided. Regarding this, I’ll still remember the mantra, “Finished, Not Perfect”, just in case.

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Pencil Draft

 

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First Inking

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Second Inking

To make the poses more precise, I did took a wet towel and wipe it on the mirror for reference, in terms of poses and the water drop on flat surface. I confessed that I might have put too much loose water drops in the first picture, and how the water seem pretty amateurish in terms of texture. Still, I have done what I have done, and the lines look decent at least. Anyhow,as my hands felt a but tingly from drawing two sketches at once, hope I can finish the thumbnails within today and proceed to Inktober while balancing with schoolwork and GT preparation.

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Final
Final

TFA OP+RC Sketch (CisSwap)

Recently my hands had gone a bit numb and hurt compared to before, all thanks to my habit of overextending my hands through using smartphones and drawing with too much grip strength. According to this, it is best for me to start taking more rest and draw less artworks, particularly one that requires finesse and focus in inking.

However, against my better judgement, I drew an inked sketch. In all fairness, I forfeited the crosshatching shading, and went back to the “clean line art” style. Perhaps for the sake of my hands, if I am to draw inked sketches, no shading from now on.

(And yes, I used some whitener for correction.)

Pencil Draft
Pencil Draft
First Inking
First Inking
Second Inking
Second Inking
Final
Final

TFA Slipstream and Arcee

Seeing how my TFA Copic Marker sketches prove popular, I thought that it would be nice if I could draw more sketches coloured with copic markers. My subject of choice is TFA Slipstream listening intently to Arcee’s storytelling, since I am quite interested in TFA mixed faction pairs, due to their differences in culture as much as size.

After the basic inking, I proceed to fill in the colours with coloured copic markers. That is when I realized the sketch would not look better with colours.

My approach to drawing colours is by following the canon palette of each character. Of course, consider how limited copic markers are when it comes to hue and tone, the colours seem very limiting compared to the original black-and-white sketch.

After some agonizing and mentally give up on the colour sketch, I observed my copic sketches from yesterday, and I noticed that my more popular coloured sketches tends to be more layered and coordinated in colours and lighting. Instead of giving colours in a matter-of-fact way, it’s through picking a unified palette, by picking one or two hues and differing them in tone and saturation.

Perhaps I would need to learn how to coordinated colours by doing some colour sketches in the future, either by digital or traditional means. That is so I could better know how to control colour. Until then, my finished sketches would mostly stick to black-and-white with just one colour added.

Pencil Draft
Fist Inking
Second Inking
Third Inking
Coloured Version

TFA Copic Markers (Red Alert)

Seeing how the Shockwave and the OP sketch look good with colours, I decided to draw one of my favourite TFA Characters using Copic Markers: Red Alert.

Both sketches are drawn primarily with different approach. The first sketch is drawn with more delicate tools, such as a 0.1 copic pen and a brush pen, along with the copic markers. The second sketch is drawn with a Brush pen and coloured copic markers (similar to the copic sketh of TFA OP), and therefore is more looser in style.

Of course, drawing the sketches reminded me why I had spent a long time drawing only monochrome sketches: from what I learn, artists tend to prefer drawing the lighting values rather than colours, and since I don’t have a full grasp of values, I decide to postpone the colour part. The lack of practice shows: when I drew the background, I quickly lost control over the contrast and the colours, resulting in a messy palette with no clear direction. Perhaps I would consider limiting palettes and looking for inspirations to practice my sense of colours in the future

Pencil Draft
First Inking
Second Inking
Final (Coloured)
RA Portrait Sketch

TFA Shockwave in Red

When I browsed my gallery, comparing my artworks a year ago to the present ones, I realized that most of my recent sketches are usually monochrome compared to the colourful artworks I drew a year ago. It may have to do with my tools (eg. Black Copic Pens vs Photoshop with colours), along with my drawing experience (Ever since the kung fu illustration job, I felt more comfortable drawing monochrome than with colours). Seeing that, I decide to remedy that by using coloured copic markers. My first test comes in a sketch of TFA Optimus Prime, where I drew the basic outline with a brush pen and the colours with the marker next. It looks pretty good, and also relaxing, since compared to the previous, tighter ones, the coloured copic markers allows looser brush strokes and style.

TFA OP Sketch
TFA OP Sketch

Seeing this, I decide to draw another TFA Shockwave sketch based on some doodle concept sketches earlier. This time, I add red as part of the palettes aside from black and white, since I want to emphasise Shockwave’s single red optic.

Tools
Tools
Concept Doodle
Concept Doodle

The basic sketch is drawn with typical methods used in previous, tighter sketches: 3 copic pens of 0.05mm, 0.1mm and 0.5 mm size. Then after the sketch, a red copic marker is used for the red parts, while the black copic marker is used for the background. Learning from some artists inking the artworks, I left a white border around Shockwave, so he won’t end up being nuddled with the dark background.

First Inking
First Inking
Seocnd Inking
Seocnd Inking
Third Inking
Third Inking
Final
Final
Final (Close Up)
Final (Close Up)

Of course, the artwork is quite flawed. Some parts are messy, while the clean, bight artworks may not mesh well with the dark background. Also the red part cannot show a glowing effect.

Still, it’s not bad, and I would experiment on more coloured copic markers anytime soon.

 

Laptop Sketch

Throughout the previous Sketchtember entry, I only drew Transformers characters, and I start to feel tired of it. Which is why, I decided to change the topic and draw more non-TF related sketches. One of them is drawing the laptop.

Since I haven’t drawn life drawing for a while, the lines can be a little wonky, particularly the keyboards. Still, I drew an original sketch, and I aim to draw more non-TF related sketches.

TFA Art Nouveau (BA + RC)

I realized I missed an entry yesterday, so I decide to draw a rushed sketch of TFA x Art Nouveau, starring Arcee and Blackarchnia.

Of course, it is rushed, so I did not do enough research in art nouveau patterns, or even determine the lining of both portrait and lining. Anyhow, here’s the sketchtember entry.

Pencil Draft
First Inking
Second Inking
Final (Both)
Final (BA)
Final (RC)

TFA Prowl

Prowl is always one of my favourite TFA Autobot characters throughout my fan experience. Of course, seeing how his kibble and optic design seem less personable to draw compared to other characters, this is the first time I began to properly draw him.

Again, the artwork is drawn with pens of different sizes, and the shading is predetermined by a pencil draft this time. Although honestly, I might have overdone the shading on his face. Anyway, here’s the submission today, as I am preparing for the meeting about the thumbnail tomorrow.

Pencil Draft
Pencil Draft
First Inking
First Inking
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Second Inking
Third Inking (with pencil draft in shading)
Third Inking (with pencil draft in shading)

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TFA Shockwave being cute

Today is mum’s birthday, so I drew a birthday sketch for her. In addition, I also drew a sketch for TFA Shockwave looking “cute”. I knew I made some mistakes, particularly in the design and some shading (partly due to fatigue from sleeping late last night and going outside for 3 hours), but insofar, it’s fine. I’ll draw something original later.

Pencil Draft
First Inking
Second Inking
Black Parts drawn
Third Inking
Final