This isn’t the first time I’ve done fan-art. But this is the first time I’ve tried to make fan-art look like official art. While it’s not quite to par with official art, I’d say I come fairly close. More pix and video after the jump!
From the get-go I decided that I wanted to draw my own cover as opposed to simply compositing official art into another cover. The problem was that it would be a harder sell, and may not be marketable. Well it’s pretty obvious that the official art is marketable, so I aimed to mimic it as close as I could. To start, I sketched out a layout of what I wanted the cover to look like. But instead of revealing the entire cover right now, here’s the sketch of Noel I made:
After spending about 3 hours, this is the cleaned up line-art:
This is the reference image I used for both line-art and coloring:
I basically had it side by side, and used the color picker to pick highlights, midtones, and shadows, and tried to mimic the shading style as best as I could.
I think that I started off too low resolution. It’s basically 600dpi (I sketched it in 300dpi, and then scaled it up 200%), but I think I should have gone with 1200dpi to get finer and cleaner lines. Well, lesson learned. I’ll probably keep using 600dpi for the rest of the cover, otherwise it would look unusual that everyone is crisper looking than Noel.
I took the time to record a time lapse video of the entire thing. It’s playing a little fast, I know. I’m using a new program, so I’m trying to find an optimal time speed. I recorded this at 1 frame every 2 seconds, with a playback rate of 30 frames per second. This essentially means that every 1 minute of footage equals to 1 hour of actual work.
The video is 6:30 long, so that’s 6.5 hrs of work here. 🙂
The final image result:
I’m pretty happy with it. I particularly like this section right here:
The white part looks particularly accurate to me anyway.
A close up of her face:
Overall, I’m very happy with the result, and look forward to painting up the next character in the next few days.
If you’re on neogaf, do vote for me when I enter my submission!