It’s strange how I’ve started naming my drawings by date rather than giving them unique names. It’s very Masamune Shirow. It’s almost like I can’t be bothered for some reason. I know I’m going to regret it down the line when I’m trying to look up a particular drawing and have to remember it by date. 😛
But now you can tell when I drew this, which was quite some time ago!
This is my second attempt at learning how to use Easy Painter Tool Sai. Already I’ve started to forcefully familiarize myself with the tools. It’s the only way to learn.
The music seems most suitable…
You will notice from the video that after the initial paint over, I do drag it into Photoshop to apply color and finalize. I had attempted the usual technique of greyscale painting followed by color overlay in Sai, but Sai handles its color blending very differently than Photoshop and is quite limited in that regards. There’s just no way for me to get a good color tone from it. I might as well be mud-wrestling a crocodile. You know that wouldn’t be a pretty sight too.
My inspiration for this to start was the cover art for the latest Apple Volume 4 initially. Afterward, I drew inspiration from Persona 3’s Igis. The whole android idea was persistent throughout, but didn’t stylistically evolve until I started looking at Igis.
Initially, her brows were pretty normal. I decided to angle them until they were almost touching her eyes to create an more artificial look for her. During the coloring process, I also smoothed her face out dramatically, again for that sort of artificial look.
I think more could have been done to make her look even more artificial. I think my coloring techniques still need a lot of work. I know that my anatomy is probably off too, but judging from most anime art that I’ve seen, even ones that are good, the anatomy is typically off anyway.
After I was done though, watching the video again, I have to say that I liked the initial black and white more than the final color for some reason. Something about it looked nice, even though the final image gets my idea across a lot clearer.
I really like the piercing glowing eyes. I did more enhancements after the video was completed, to bring those eyes out even more. Looking at her is somewhat disturbing, I think…
Again, like my previous sketch, I left the background white. What do you suppose is happening here? What sort of feelings are you getting from this drawing?