(I had to finish a BG and some digital Storyboards for the IAP today, and my right hand is numb, so I’ll keep the blog post as brief as possible)
So I thought of finishing a TFA Blitzwing piece for the Huevember, this time mainly purple. Seeing how I drew halo for at least three artworks, I decide to change the format and make it a diamond. Also, to show Blitzwing’s multiple personalities at once, I drew three of his faces in the diamond, leaving his helm empty. I plan to make a haunting effect, tho I’m still not sure if I had succeeded.
After inking, I drew the frames black, before colouring the background. For the BG, I experimented in drawing layers of purple, from reddish to blueish. It look pretty nice, and I could use to technique later once I have time and a healthy hand.
Now I do realize that a.) I could do better. and b.) it’s not a good idea to draw a piece when you are busy finishing the IAP and your right hand is numb. I guess I won’t draw much TFA fanart until 25th of November. Until then, cheers.
Also, here’s a bonus TFA Blitzwing sketch, mainly in pink:
I was planning to finish the classroom BG for the IAP, but I am not familiar with the use of perspective or classroom structure. There’s also the meeting, meaning that I won’t be finishing the BG until tomorrow or next Tuesday.
So here you go, a doodle of TFA Bumblebee I drew with Photoshop.
Today I had finished my chores, I was going to finish my part of group project due next Monday, and I should be doing more brainstorming. But instead, I sort of wrecked my right hand by inking a sketch I drew last month. The idea is, obviously, two TFA characters taking a selfie.
So I already had an idea of UM and Arcee taking selfies while in shades since September, and the only reason I haven’t drew it till now is due to my unfamiliarity with Ultra Magnus’s design. In September, I drew headshots of them in shades, and the sketch was drew during the last week of October. When I was wondering what to draw today, I remembered the sketch, and so I began to ink it.
I began inking with the 0.1 pen, before proceeding to 0.5 pen. During the process, I drew Arcee first, before proceeding to Ultra Magnus. While I start to draw UM, I forgot to draw Arcee’s back kibble, which I realized too late once I start to shade the characters.
As I thought that I haven’t drew detailed inked sketches for a long time, I thought maybe it would be nice to use the worn down 0.1 pen for shading. It worked for a short time, in which the worn down nib caused the lines to look uneven and less well later. Not only that, controlling the pen causes stress on my right hand, which is why my hand is pretty numb and a bit hurt now.
And now afterwards, I need to update my IAP blog and finish my part in the group project. Hope I can finish it on time.
Remember how I said the hue yesterday matches Ratchet more than Arcee in the previous post? I decide to draw a companion piece of the Arcee sketch starring TFA Ratchet today.
Since Ratchet and Arcee are like a couple in the TFA series (sort of), I thought of having the Ratchet piece mirroring the Arcee’s one in terms of pose and composition, complete with the halo and sitting sideview. However, regarding to his character arc and personality, Ratchet’s composition is more geometrical and claustophobic, along with adding a cameo of Omega Supreme (for the character relates very much with the medic’s character arc).
Like the Arcee sketch, I drew the pencil draft last night, before inking it today.
Remembering the inking process yesterday, I mainly use the 0.5 pen and the brush pen for outlines, while 0.1 pen is limited to characters that require nuanced lines, like Ratchet himself. Originally the right side are made of pipes, but after looking at the Allspark Almanac for references, I decide to draw both sides with the circuits near Omega Supreme’s spark chamber.
Now when I was colouring and inking, I was listening to the Ra Ra Rasputin song, and I confess it’s a really catchy song. Unfortunately the distraction, along with the lack of references I use during the colouring, resulted in colouring mistakes and smears. I did thought of pasting a piece of paper for correction, but then I drop the idea for being impractical.
Also, I was still struggling to get the right tone for Ratchet’s palette, particularly in the use of red. During the colouring, I noticed that painting a colour on another coloured area can create a different colour, such as French Gray + Walnut = Darker Brown. Knowing this, I experimented on the colours, and thus I completed the sketch.
There are pros and con for this piece. The con is obviously the mistakes I made, but the pro is, at least I discover about the use of mixing in colour markers. Perhaps I will draw more of the TFA sketch once I finished the storyboard and schoolwork.
Today I am planning to lend an LED board for the 3 second animation sequence for the IAP. Due to this, my drawing is quite rushed in lines and colours, and I haven’t ate any breakfast while completing it, so it is not as polished as I wished. The effects does look good, however, and perhaps I would draw a more polished version in the future.
So I thought of mixing TFA Arcee with Art Nouveau, and from the previous sketches, my artworks tend to be geometrical in composition and framing. Knowing this, I thought of drawing a circular framing and design. I made up the patterns for the halo. I drew the pencil draft last night, and when I saw the Huevember prompt, I realized that actual pink prompt is due tomorrow. By logic, I should draw TFA Ratchet first (his red colour fit today’s prompt better than Arcee’s pink one), but since I don’t want to draw another sketch today, I thought of finishing the Arcee one.
I start with the 0.1 pen and 0.5 pen before moving on to brush pen. Due to the complex designs and the fact I want to make sure my hands are not to stressed, I rushed in the lines. Due to this, the lines are quite jagged, especially the foreground.
Still unfamiliar with the pinkish colour of markers, I experiment with some hues. Ultimately, I thought that Rose Glow and Cobalt Violet are ideal colours for Arcee’s colouring. I did add pink later on, but it prove too garish in colouring. Aside from that, I had used three blueish colours for the sword. This would provide visual depth in lighting, which look good.
Afterwards, I colour the background. Again, the rushing of the process result in the inking smearing on the white frames. Also at one point, I realized that the colour I used did not fit the colour scheme better. Since I cannot hide it with other markers, I could only paste a piece of paper and correct it. The colouring still look uneven in the pasted area though.
Lastly, I drew some outline to correct the sketch. While the sketch is flawed in linework, the white frame on pink background does look nice, and reminds me of some Utena background / aesthetic. Maybe I’ll do more experiment with the use once I finished my schoolwork soon.
(So today there are some good news and bad news. Good news: due to the professor’s sickness, today’s Madness and Literature class is cancelled. Bad News: apparently Trump has won the president race, and my tumblr / twitter feed are despairing.)
So regarding today’s Huevember prompt, today is Red, so I thought of a TFA Megatron sketch, but with a rectangular framing and some effect of “energon” pouring down his hands. After I drew a pencil draft for 10 minutes (due to having to adjust the hand structure), I finish the inking with a 0.1 pen and a 0.5 pen, before proceeding to colour the body with markers.
About the markers, I used french grey for the shading of the body, while using Red wood for the darker area of red parts. I was originally planning to leave the torso white, until I saw the lighting of othr areas. Thinking back, I probably put too much grey in the chest area, and it would be better if I left them out, or at least plan the end of the grey area.
Unlike the previous artworks, I colour the hands with black marker. It did save time and effort, along with looking clean in shading.
All in all, the sketch is nice in concept and composition, flawed in execution. I rather forget the sketch and the election and just focus on resting and my life.
Now, I understand that my right hand needs more rest, and that I have a class starting 9am tomorrow, so I need to go to sleep quick. But instead, regarding the Huevember prompt today, I thought of drawing a Huevember entry, starring TFA Rodimus Prime.
Now due to the limited time, I could only conjure a composition type where Rodimus’s head is surrounded by halo inspired by some religion sculptures. It is much simpler than Mucha style of Art Nouveau. Of course, my art skills is still amateurish, and as I said earlier, my time is limited, so the halo could not be done professionally and carefully.
I mainly use 0.1 pen, 0.5 pen and a brush pen for inking. My current brush pen had gone out of ink, so I used the new one to finish the rest.
After finishing inking, I finished the colouring of the background, before proceeding to the character. For the character, I sort of start drawing the colour with lighter tones, before using darker tones for shading. The lighting itself is improvised, and I end up leaving out some edges for lighting purposes.
Anyhow, not perfect, but the metallic lighting does look great. Maybe I could use more of the technique in the future colour artworks.
So during free time, I occasionally watch Justice League intro while imagining a TFA parody of it, and from the daydreaming, I noticed more similarities between Prowl and Batman than I thought.
Now TFA OP is obviously similar to Superman, from the red-and-blue colour scheme and the great physical strength, to his idealistic and heroic personality. But for Prowl, I noticed several things he shared with Batman:
He’s mainly black in colour scheme
He’s a stoic loner
He throws sharp objects as weapons
He fights enemies by hiding in the dark/disguise and attack them by surprise
And most importantly
Being a foil to our red-and-blue hero
Knowing this, I immediately drew a sketch of TFA OP and Prowl being Supes and Bats. Due to the fact I only have 1 hour left before leaving for meeting, the sketch and inking is quite rushed, so my humble apologies about that.
(Also my right hand seem to hurt from overextending. Maybe more rest would help)
This time I used the A4 sketchbook for the first time, whereas the sketches I did before are smaller. Knowing this, I could use 0.38 pen for the outlines, then the brush pen for thick lines and markers for colours.
So the today’s Huevember prompt is still between yellow and orange, no mandarin orange markers for me, and I thought of drawing a human character from the TFA series. The result: flawed in tone, but fine.
This time I drew Sari Sumdac for the entry, in her autumn garb. I drew her enjoying her hot chocolate on the swing. I improvised the design of the spring.
Afterwards, I filled in the colours. I thought of filling in Sari’s skin tone with Salmon, since it is lighter brown. However, I chose Golden Brown for the colour, and as a result, her skin tone is darker than in canon. I later tried out the sketch of her in salmon tone, and sure enough, the colour fit her skin tone better than the darker one.
While I did plan on the black framing in the beginning, I only found out at the end that it is not the best way to conclude the sketch, especially when it enwrapped around the wood, ruining any nuance on the sketch. Oh well, not all sketches are perfect.
On a note, I had to prepare for the final animatic, a test next Monday, a 3 second animation due 25th of November, along with the project proposal, the concept art, and the group projects. I won’t be drawing more Huevember entries or any artworks, and if I could, I could draw simple sketches. Until the end of this semester, I don’t think I would be updating this blog frequently.