justira: (Jafar: sweet zombie jesus)
I'm a day late with my weekly colour, cause this week has been 300% ASSFACE. So, whether I wanted to or not, I sat myself down this afternoon/evening after work in my cube to get that shit done. I drew the pose, I slapped down base colours. Then I coloured for two bloody hours and it just was not happening. I gave up. Since I didn't manage to start and finish that drawing in one day, I can't count it as my doodle. So I decided "fuck this", went home, drew a fresh one, and will just finish Lili some other day. Sigh!

Daily Doodle: Hey so. Sly is HOT. Sly is also a raccoon. OH WELL. Carmelita's not bad either, but she is the WORST SHOT IN THE UNIVERSE I'm not even kidding. Anyway, Sly has this totally super smile in one of the official arts, so I tried to steal it (heh). I wanted a fun action pose, but guys, I just don't have the mojo this week. My apologies for repetitive crapitude. Oh well, I still like Sly.
Time: Too damn long? Call it 30 mins, but I don't actually have a clue

Daily Doodle: Sly Cooper from uh! Sly Cooper! ... and the Thievius Racoonus? )

Weekly Colour: So I don't know why Lili has been giving em so much more trouble than Raz. This is MOST DEFINITELY A WIP Y'ALLS, WATCH OUT! I hate most everything about it right now. But I think it's got something to it, a decent start if I could just find the energy to fix it up. I couldn't today; this week has just beaten me into the ground. I couldn't do it. I hate posting something so unfinished. But that's kind of too bad! I hate her expression -- she's supposed to look meaner and smugger, and you can barely tell that she's supposed to be doing the psychonauts action pose. Her face/head look downright cadaverous. (My icon for this post on DW? Here's to YOUR FACE, Lili!)

But I think if I could just bring a bit of mojo and a lot of love to a session of working on this, it could become something decent.

Time: 2 bleedin' hours

Weekly Colour: Lili from Psychonauts )

Daily Word Count: 407
Daily Doodle: Raz, from one of the best games ever. Don't get me wrong -- I love the Final Fantasy games, but they really are rather like DVDs that you have to pause and press a lot of buttons every few minutes. Psychonauts is amazing and hilarious and boatloads of fun, and Raz is super, super charming. Bonus, for those who care: his voice actor also does Zim from, um. Invader Zim. Except he's charming and funny and toned down but still awesome.

This started out as just a line drawing until I realized that line art and Psychonauts style just don't go together, so I decided to just go whole hog and try for the game's render style. I half assed most everything but the face (which I actually think turned out okay), but I do like how this looks overall. Maybe one day I'll clean it up =)
Time: 2 hours? I wasn't paying attention, it was a bit off-and-on

Daily Doodle: Razputin from Psychonauts )
Daily Doodle: This time, took a black and white photograph and had to make up my own colour scheme.

My initial ref, and I used this as inspiration for the skin tones. The hair and scarf (?) and eye colours are my own. For the whole thing, absolutely no eyedroppering; each colour was mixed from scratch.

I like the combination of colours I came up with, but I think I was less brave with the skin tones this time. More of those greens and oranges should have made it onto her skin.
Time: 1.5ish hours, a little off-and-on

Daily Doodle: Speedpaint of girl )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: Please list the copy that's over at [livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange

Title: Introductions
Characters/Pairings: Balthier/Fran/Vaan
Rating/Warnings/Spoilers: PG, no real warnings, no spoilers
Crit/Feedback: Always welcome!
Notes: Backup gift whipped up for [livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange, for [livejournal.com profile] carbonatedh2o's prompt: Balthier/Fran/Vaan - Balthier and Fran in an established relationship, introduce Vaan to the wonders of... sex or something. If you don't want to do the sex part, though, that's fine.

I had, let us say, not much notice on doing this backup gift, so I had to scramble a little and ended up taking my idea from this piece of Moogle Fluff -- redrew it completely, cleaned it up, coloured it. I feel a little like a superhero. Guys, I did this in like four hours. Because that is how much notice I had. haha. yeah.

Summary: "I think perhaps we can skip certain introductions, Vaan?"


FFXII: Introductions (Balthier/Fran/Vaan) (PG )

Notes )

x-post: [livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange [here], deviantart [lines] [colours], my LJ, my DW.
Daily Doodle: Weekly colour. It's really been a bad week, doodle-wise, and I'm not satisfied with this at all, but it's better than nothing! I like the pose enough that I think sometime I'll clean this up and colour it proper-like.
Time: ~9min sketch, ~10 min colour = ~19 min total

Daily Doodle: Flareon from Pokemon )
Daily Doodle: Happy Birthday, man. You aren't everything I ever wanted in a president, but I'm not sure how much better we can do. Plus you just seem a rockin' kind of guy, totally separate from president or what.

Tried another speedpaint, since I realized it was Obama's birthday and it seemed like a good excuse to try drawing someone who wasn't white. I really should try to draw more different skin tones =\

I used two refs for this one, so I hope you can see that it's not exactly like either of them: [ ref #1 ] [ ref #2 ] **

I think this one is turning out better than the last one. I had a lot of fun with warm oranges here, and threw purple all over the place. Also a lot less eyedropping this time! Most colours here are totally original, just stuff I threw on there. Fun fact: all the "blacks" on there (eyes, eyebrows, hair) are actually really dark greens =D

I didn't even start trying on his hair -- sorry dude, workday's over. Maybe I'll come back to it later. But I really should practice different hair types, too.

As before, this is at 100%, the exact size I worked at.

If nothing else, I hope he's recognizable!

Time: 1h45min, I guess? Off and on between working all day

Daily Doodle:  )

**(By the way, a simple Google search for "obama" for pics turned up pretty appalling amounts of really racist imagery. Christ.)
Daily Doodle: Uh, okay guys. I have a real problem with colouring. I'm really shy and conservative with my colours, and I feel like I can never make my colours all EXCITING like some really awesome artists I've seen. Like you know those folks that slap like NEON GREEN and ORANGE and BLUE all over skin tones and it looks effin FABULOUS?

Yeah those people.

This is one of the reasons I've been doing weekly colours as well -- trying to develop a better colour sense and push myself to be more adventurous.

Well. This morning, I came across this beautiful photograph and I fell in love with the girl's expression and beautiful features and I wasn't really feeling any particular fandom to doodle today so.

I went for it, with the goal of trying to be a little braver with my colours.

... and guys, I am PATHETICALLY PROUD of the result.

It has a host of problems, which include not looking like the girl in the photo even a little, and I just could not get her left (our right) eye to look any kind of decent (can anybody say WALL-EYED), and her face shape is all wrong, and only her face proper/facial features are in any way done, with the rest I didn't even work on but...

I am so proud of how the colours came out. I really tried to experiment and... yeah. Sad as it might be, I am really proud of myself. I think they got a little muddy in place, but by my usual standards this is a LOT better than I thought I could do.

Also sad: this broke all my time limit rules. I guess I'd call it more of a speedpaint ("speed" haha yeah....), as it took 2.5 hours. But for me? Something that looks like this in that amount of time? Yeah.

A note on colour picking. I DID eyedropper the photo, but I NEVER used colours directly from the photograph. I always used those as a place to start, and then went crazy with adjusting them all over the place, since I wanted the picture to be really vibrant. I'm total rubbish at eyeballing colours, so that should be what I work on next time I photo ref. But for now, I'm satisfied with just being able to take the photo colours as a base and then go wild making them my own.

Also, I'm uploading this at the exact size it was when I worked on it, so this is 100%, no bigger no smaller.
Time: 2.5 hours

Daily Doodle: Full colour girl referenced from photo )

gosh I hope I can keep improving
Daily Doodle: GUYS.


I died of cute at least five times while drawing this because of all the duckling and turtle duck references I was looking at. OH MY GAWD XD

That said, uh! A shot at kind of semi-realism (welcome to: Ira has never shaded an animal!) and had a lot of fun and tried going LINELESS zomg. I know the shell is a bit pastede on and the entire turtle duck is 300% pastede onto the "water" but I kind of don't care? I will try to improve in the future, for sure, but I just had too much fun this time to be terribly put out by the parts that suck! =D
Time: like uh maybe 5 mins for the lines and 30 mins for the colours, sad I know

Daily Doodle: Turtle Ducking from Avatar )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFXII:OGC] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Fran doodle coloured (Fran) (G)

Daily Doodle: Zoro! Hey you. You know who you are. It's ZORO. I tried! There are lots of mistakes and god, I really need to learn to budget my time when drawing folks with swords because I keep getting hung up on everything else and then have exactly ZERO MINUTES LEFT to draw the swords. This is becoming a habit. A bad one.
Oh well. I still kind of like it for his expression. I tried to nudge myself closer to Oda's style, especially that skinny arms/tiny wrists/huge hands thing he does. Had fun, in any case!
Time: 30 mins

Daily Doodle: Zoro from One Piece )

Weekly Coloured Doodle: That Fran portrait from a while ago. Didn't draw and colour the same doodle this week. Tried some brush experiments on her again. Don't really feel either pleased or displeased with the result. I think I somehow managed to make it look less like her by colouring it. I AM JUST THAT TALENTED.
Time: 35 mins. Someone slap me, I need to stick to my time limits for real!

Daily Doodle: Fran from FFXII )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIV:OGC] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Rydia doodle in colour (Rydia) (G)

Daily Doodle: Rydia! Okay, so yesterday I was bad and used and extra five minutes. Today, as atonement, I attempt my first coloured doodle, and gave myself a strict no-cleanup admonishment for today. So here we are -- truly minimal cleanup of my lines (this is pretty close to how my doodles look like completely raw), with some quick colours. I admit it, I mostly wanted to play with Rydia's hair. She had like 10 different character designs though. I uh, mixed and matched I guess? I just love her DS sprite's hair!
... I have no idea what's up with her pose, I just wanted some fun sweepy/curvy/movementy lines >.>
PS: tried a different style, kinda cartoony, for more flexibility.
Time: 45 mins total, uh... 20ish for lines and 25ish for colour?

Daily Doodle: Rydia from FFIV, in colour )

IN OTHER NEWS! People! If you have anywhere on your internet persons pictures or vids of people gettin' their groove on, please show me! I have been prodded towards an experiment/project, for which I would greatly appreciate pics/vids of awesome folks dancing like crazy. I don't care what style, gender, or whatever. Gimmeh! Danke =D




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