As I mentioned before, I had drew pencil sketches during November for the Huevember, but it was delayed due to the IAP. This time, being bored, I decided to finish one of my pencil sketches for a belated Huevember entry.
This time the subject is TFA Blurr, and initially I planned to draw a more Art Deco-like BG for his sketch. While I abandoned the idea due to convenience, I nevertheless drew some wing like patterns in the BG. I inked the character with a 0.1 pen, a 0.5 pen and a brush pen. As for the background pattern, I decided to ink it with the black marker for convenience. Again, due to the hand fatigue, some lines are quite shaky, and flaws are expected.
Afterwards, I began to colour the sketch. Now in previous sketch, I rarely used the blue and sky blue markers, as they are more green than other “blue” markers, like Cobalt Blue. But ever since some of the experiment, I began to see some value in these markers. They seem to provide more variation in the blue tone.
I ink the colour with the light blue, then with azure blue, sky blue and blue for the colour, with cobalt blue for the deepest blue. Afterwards I coloured the BG with light blue. Overall it looks fine, even if more improvement would be needed.
Now I finished it, time for me to have lunch and rest my hand.
So around days ago, I got the fourth tumblr request, this time with TFP Ratchet making a grin. Now I joined in the Transformers fandom since last year thanks to one of the most well known series, Trasformers Prime, but it is until now when I began to draw any proper TFP fanart at all, reference sketches notwithstanding.
Third tumblr art RQ this time is TFA Longarm going a cat smile. To make things simple, I decide to just draw him enjoying snacks. I had completed the chores, and drew some simple composition to avoid hand overuse.
So yesterday, I had received three RQs of a tumblr meme, and the second one involve TFA Ratchet and Arcee have different expressions, C4 (mischievous looking) and A4 (surprise) respectively. For some reason, I felt particularly ambitious despite of my hand fatigue, so I decide to add gestures in addition of the expressions. When I look at the RQ, I was reminded of “Party Ambulance Ratchet” and being inspired, I thought of the idea of young Ratchet inviting an equally young Arcee to dance.
Now the idea requires more reference than I usually do. For one, the character design (particularly Ratchet in his younger, Cybertronian mode). I had to look at several screenshots from “Thrill of the Hunt” and “Transwarped” for reference, and even then there are not much full body shots of him, making it tricky to draw his legs accurately.
Another thing to consider is the poses. I plan to have Ratchet bend over and offer an arm for Arcee, with her standing by looking surprised. Since I rarely did some life drawing and pose ref sketching, I had to do the pose several times and drew some reference sketch to get the pose right. Even then I had to exaggerate some parts to make the pose more expressive.
And here is the trickiest part: to mix both the character design and the pose together, to look expressive without looking too off-model. Now I noticed some fan artists drew things on model in risk of a static image, and some artists forgo on-model drawing to create a more expressive drawing. Since I’m neither good in either of these things, I could only draw some sketches to balance both aspects. For better inspiration, I looked at some Ratchet sketches drawn by a TF fan artist, tiggs-a doodle, who is very good in bending model to make the characters more expressive.
Finally, I drew some sketches to consolidate the expressions and pose required for the sketch, as if I am rehearsing for a play. After I was ready, I proceed to finish the pencil sketch.
Finishing the pencil sketch took me around an hour. I start off with Ratchet’s pose, first with the shape, then I fixed the head shape and the expressions. Once I finished Ratchet’s sketch, pose and design, I proceed to Arcee’s one.
Initially I plan to have her standing on two legs, but the pose seem a bit boring and not able to convey her surprise fully. Once I noticed that, I redrew her pose, this time with her lifting a leg, both to show surprise and to correspond with Ratchet’s pose.
As I finished the pencil sketch, I proceed to ink them, one at a time. As usual, 0.1 pen, a brush epn and a 0.5 pen, before colouring the optics in blue for good measure.
Finally, I tried to scan the artwork, but for some reason the upper part seem blurry. After trying several times, I cut the artwork out from the sketchbook and use a magazine for base. It worked well.
Since I had done my job, I may draw the third RQ tomorrow to let my hand rest. Now that I look at it, I thought maybe I could draw some corresponding sketches of TFA Ratchet and Arcee dancing, but that means I have to research for more dancing poses, and I guess I will postpone it until the end of 2016 / Graduation Thesis.
So I reblogged an art meme in my tumblr, and to my surprise, I received a request of TFA Blitzwing in A1. It only request the expressions, but I decide to take the challenge, and draw the gestures along with the expressions. I drew some doodle sketch to get the expression and gesture right.
The first time I drew the pencil sketch, I realized Blitzwing is facing directly at the audience, and thus, seem more intimidating. After comparing the sketch with the brainstorming sketch, I decide to redraw the face, making him turn downwards to make the smile more inviting and friendly.
Seeing how my right hand is fatigue from overuse, I try to take care not putting too much strength in gripping. I start off with the 0.1 pen, the brush pen to draw the thickest outline, then the 0.5 pen to bridge the gap. That way I don’t have to draw the lines entirely with three pens, putting less workload to my hands.
Later, I shade the black parts, and finally I draw some black parts with the French Grey marker pen to add in the shading, and the red marker for the optics and mouth. The final request can be found here.
After weeks of delay due to IAP and hand injury, I finally finished the TFA OP piece for the belated Huevember entry, while cooking pear water. Needless to say, I am not perfect in both of these. I confess, I do not know much of what exact colours are suitable for each parts, and as a result, some parts look lackluster (see the icons in the circles)
Still, I finally finished it, and I’ll remind myself, “Finished, not Perfect”
Back to the progress, I drew the pencil sketch in November, when I want to make another Art Nouveau piece featuring TFA characters, starring TFA OP (who is one of my favourite characters in the TFA series, BTW). All the details relate to the character at one point: his former friends above (Sentinel Prime and Elita One), the planets he inhabited and called home (Cybertron and Earth), and the icons circling around him (Space Bridge, Allspark, Elite Guard insignia, etc). Some of the icons are improvised, like the spider from Archa Seven, and the axe. His pose is made to mirror Rodimus’s for convenience, and originally I plan to have him holding his axe, but later I cancelled the idea due to the problems in composition.
Remembering the lesson from Blitzwing’s one, I use the ruler for the frames to make it look more consistent. One day, I finished both the frames and the character, and yesterday, I proceed to finish the rest of the details.
Today, I proceed to colour the details, before proceeding to the character and the planets. I colour the minor characters above in full colour, but the main character with some lighting one by one. Honestly I still have no clear idea how to colour the character in markers to look both appealing and believable in lighting, and the limitation of traditional art forbade me to do some correction to improve the piece. Honestly, colouring the piece is like venturing in the swamp of unknown, expecting every thing that could go wrong.
I noticed that the markers, combined with the paper, would make the colours blur out the lines in result. This is the opposite of what I wanted, and I will consider the fact in the future colouring. Meanwhile, I resort to find research of the environment and the planets. While the planets look fine, drawing icons with markers proved problematic, as the colours tend to blur out in tiny spaces. It is still outside my comfort zone.
Finally, I decided the BG colour would be azure blue, so to look blue without clashing with the MC’s blue parts. Afterwards, I coloured the haol with deeper blue colours, and add some shading within the frames. It…..look okay, at least. But I shall rest in peace knowing that the sketch is finished, and I have the BW version to make a better one in Photoshop later.
Oh, and I just realized that my scanner tend to blurr out in the right upper corenr for some reason. Eh, whatever. I’ll just upload a more HD version sooner.
I was listening to the ending theme of Ernest and Celestine when I thought of a scenario where TFA BB is sharing umbrella with someone. Originally I thought of him sharing umbrella with Blitzwing, but I thought, it would make much more sense for him to share his umbrella with his friends and peers, namely Bulkhead and Sari.
I drew the outlines, then improvised the shading and the rain, along with the blue optics. It’s not perfect, but then again, a doodle.
So I drew some TFA sketches for the Huevember, but due to the animation project, I couldn’t properly drew them. Even now I shoudl be finishing the rest of backgrounds for the IAP, but due to the flu I had since yesterday, I decide to spend my time finishing the sketch of TFA SP.
Now TFA Sentinel Prime is one character made to be unlikable, being a foil to TFA Optimus Prime and all, but there are some parts which I find fascinating, including his trauma, and how it relates to his (negative) character development. I did comtemplate of drawing him as he sees himself: a knight in shining armour defending Cybertron against Decepticons and traitors, instead of a paranoid xenophobia loser.
I had drew the sketch in November, and inked them in another day. At that time my hands were suffering fatigue from overusing, and even then it haven’t fully recovered. Before today, I had only drew the first inking with a 0.1 pen.
I based the halo on Cybertron, both for looking appealing and adding symbolism to SP’s character.
While I had completed the first inking before, I did not colour it until now. While my IAP is mostly completed, there are some backgrounds I need to complete, and since I am currently sick from flu, I decide to use my time completing sketches. Since the SP one is simpler in composition, I chose to complete the sketch.
Learning from the previous experiences, I drew some parts in Marker pen, and other places with the 0.5 pen.
Afterwards, I coloured the piece. Since my hands are still shaky from fatigue and I haven’t used coloured markers for a long time, I guessed that my skills would be rusty. I drew the colours according to the references provided by Allspark Almanac.
Now I have another sketch to complete, and perhaps I will find time to complete them within this month, along with the IAP and the GT proposal.