“Rodimus tells me that she used to be more laid back, but ever since losing her arm to a Decepticon boobytrap she’s nothing but business “ – Hot Shot, Allspark Almanac II
About the TF Femme zine, I planned to draw several entries featuring TFA femmes, and I drew at least 2 sketches last week. Yesterday, I decided to ink the other sketch (TFA Red Alert with her lost hand), seeing that my hands at that time are still fine-ish and not too sore.
Originally I planned to draw the expressions, but I realized I have trouble in perspective, and since the sketch is more about the lost hand, I decided to omit the expressions. I inked the sketch and fixed it in Photoshop.
It took me a while to decide the colours.The smoke is easy: pretty much the combo of yellow (a colour of danger) and pink (colour of energon – lifeblood of Cybertronians). It is the shading of the char that puzzles me. I tried grey, then modified it in level and curves, and soon it became light brown, which does fit the reddish hue.
So around a week ago, I had lost my wacom pen, and adding to the health condition, I had not drew much sketches. That is until 2 days ago, where I bought a replacement wacom pen, and now I proceeded to draw a sketch and coloured with Photoshop, mainly for the submission to the current TF Femme Fanzine.
Months ago, I came across the first TF Femme Zine, and I really enjoyed the content. I was disappointed that I don’t have time to complete an entry for the zine, but luckily, the OP started another fanzine, in which I have enough time to complete at least one entry for it. I had drew some of the composition sketches for brainstorming.
2 days ago, I decide to draw the one with the least dynamic composition, the one where TFA Arcee and Red Alert are standing next to each other ready to fight. In consideration of my hand condition, I proceed to draw a sketch, mainly with a 0.5 pen and a brush pen. Since I still haven’t found a replacement pen yet, my hand can be bit shaky in inking, and the composition are not interesting enough, so I don’t have much high hopes for it.
Things changed when I bought a replacement pen, where I now proceed to colour the sketch through the multiply layer. While my condition could only allow me to draw in simple cel shading , it’s better than I thought.
(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.