Welcome to my art diary! Here, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look into all the art I make for others here on Gaia. Join alongside my figures, The Magical Gaian Crew and me in my creative process, as well as any other fun or notable events occurring during my day!
Updates will be vary, depending on my workload and activity, but I will try to update every Saturday with at least one Gaia artpiece!.
I hope you'll enjoy reading my blog as much as I love to write in it and share my adventures with you!
⚘. ENTRY 3: The Season of Giving.
Hey, everyone! Another entry in the process at 3am.
I realized the previous entry was sort of made in a rush and forgot to include photos of my helpers, The Magical Gaian Crew, so they're back! Here we're scanning one of the samples that we'll be featuring in today's entry!! WHOOHOO!
Without any further delays, let's get right to it!
PART 1: Hiro Akemi Headshot, Shaded Sketch.
Art by BASKET.
UTF was very easy to do, and thankfully I already had a draft already made from back in June. As usual, I forget to take a photo of it before I start on it.
As you probably notice, though, the eyes I had originally were very derpy and way too close! Even a little lopsided. I didn't realize this until after I took this photo. It took me a few tries, but I managed to change it!
Once I fixed them, everything went smoothingly! Shading this was a delight to do. I was almost done at this point.
When I sketched this back in June, I had a different idea on the small backdrop that was much less lackluster. Perhaps it's a good thing I got this done now instead because I picked up a new technique that helps these kinds of sketches stand out!
Sometimes just a simple splash of color in a shape really helps make the artwork stand out! In this case, since UFT is mainly green, I picked that.
FINAL THOUGHTS: UFT's design is ultra fun and unique! I wish this was a colored sample because I would've enjoyed coloring in that beautiful yellow green. I really enjoyed drawing this wonderful character out and bringing her to life! Thank you so much, Hiro! And thank you for the 10k platinum tip T0T
PART 2: luvlee_pretty_gurl Sprite, Inks
Eyyy, luvlee-chan! We ended up becoming good friends through this project. Finally, I get to cover her in my journal!
So I don't have any photos of the sketches (it's probably on my old phone, which got stolen months ago), but when I opened the Gaia Art Diary after a long time ...
She was already inked!
I must've done this back in the summer. I had different intentions of the execution, but like with most samples I've done this month, I've picked up on new styles and techniques
Sadly I forgot to take many photos of this being worked on. These sprites are easy to complete, so I'm so into finishing them that I often forget to take photos.
But now that we're back on this, there's no time like the present to complete this at long last! Fun fact, this was finished five days after her birthday, so it was like a belated birthday present!
FINAL THOUGHTS: I'm so thankful Luvlee-chan and I became good friends through this! She has such nice avatars, and she's so kind and compassionate. Like the previous sample, I wish I could've colored this instead, but it marks my improvement with inks overtime! Thank you for your patience, Luvlee, and thank you for being my friend! heart
PART 3: allets Headshot, Inks.
I ACTUALLY TOOK A PHOTO BEFORE STARTING ON IT. This was one of the many drafted ones I did back in June, and I was looking forward to working on this one. The avatar looks so lovely, especially that face and hair! I'm gonna have fun with this one.
So I go about sketching it in as usual, right?
Everything's going well, I'm in the zone and enjoying myself!
But then I start unconsciously shading it in once I'm done sketching ...
And I go, "alright, I'm done! Whoo!" That is, until I go to my sample list to check her off and noticed that, no wait --- SHE'S SUPPOSED TO BE INKED!
So I had to undo all of that beautiful shading work (including the blush) xDDDDD I mean, hey ... at least it came out alright still, right?
Everything still came out fine in inks. In fact, it came out exceptionally well! I stilll managed to make everything work out in the end.
I did forget to reinstate the blush, but I have it scanned already, so ... it's a little too late now. um.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Wish this was a full-body sample, but allets' avatar was a delight to complete! It was very beautiful and a joy to work on that hair especially! I would love to draw for allets again in the future (if they remember me, that is).
I had a huge bombshell be dropped on me December 2nd, and it's been affecting me in more subtle ways than I initially thought. I've been sleeping a lot more and having surprise periods of lethargy, but I'm learning that the best way of coping with this is to embrace this season of giving, which is why I've been very active in working on samples (even though I said I'd work on this on my own pace). The best way to cope with horrific events is to lose yourself in giving to others and spreading joy, at least in my opinion.
On brighter news though -
We got our first snow! I love snow so much, it really makes winter much more bearable and beautiful instead of things looking dead for 5 months.
I also did a practice run of a potential marker option for my sample project. And man, I knew the sketchbook paper I do my Gaia art in was already really good, but it handles markers super well!
So once I reach 10 samples left, I'll be reopening the thread to accept 12 marker sample slots! I'll probably be calling it "Illustration deluxe" or something.
I also got washi tape!! I've been very interested in using it, as I've seen a lot of fun uses for it, along with having those fancy borders for watercolor or paint illustrations. Plus the patterns are so cute!
So that's it for now! Took me all day to write this entry because I have so much to share! I hope this entry was more fun than the previous one, and hopefully I can get another one out later on this week.
Here's to a wonderful Christmas season!!
ANCA RUBYE · Mon Dec 07, 2020 @ 11:59pm · 1 Comments