Running through April

April has flown by quite fast—Here are some Wips¬†from April and my latest project, Who is your Daddy?!

The early stages–blocking out the characters and figuring the general form:

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Filling out the details on the empty child:

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Details for the Little sister–Pleats, pleats and more pleats!

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Filling the background with the (butter)flies and fireflies/nanomachines:

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Alternative versions:

I wonder what the next month may bring? ūüėČ

A New Challenger Approaches!

Wips from my latest project–Click here for the bigger version!

Recently, the next era of Yugioh was announced¬†with the new main character being Yusaku Fujiki¬†. Duels on Hoverboards in Virtual reality–What’s there not to love?! Anways, this picture focuses on Yusaku’s Vr form and the new Link cards:

So this one was a little different. It started with a pencil sketch:

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While I normally do a rough sketch on paper for most of my projects,  I scanned the sketch in for this one:

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With the base lines and colors out of the way, I had a little fun with special effects and layer blending–Inkscape 0.92 is spoiling me¬†a little bit too much, ūüėČ

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So that is how I got from here

yusaku-sketch

yusaku-burn

to here. Making the picture took about a week, a very short time for me at least these days (most pictures take a couple weeks to a couple months) but the rendering, oh the rendering–it took 13 long hours, smh. Happy it’s done though and I’m excited for¬†Link summoning–I actually might watch the anime, this time. In other news, 6 more days to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Switch! What a time to be alive!

Inkscape 0.92

Recently Inkscape released an updated version–0.92–with couple new key features. Previously Inkscape only had 5 layer blend modes–Normal, Lighten, Darken, Screen and Multiply–which while useful, paled in comparison to Adobe’s Illustrator wide slew of layer blend modes. But with 0.92, that was all changed. Instead of explaining it with words, let’s go through some pictures, shall we?

First, the original 4:

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Multiply
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Screen
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Darken
da-kerms-lighten
Lighten

 

The new and improved selection:

While not every filter will be appropriate¬†in every picture, this increased selection makes an already easy to use,¬†powerful program even more versatile in creating art–did I forget to mention it is also free and has an extensive undo button? (Fyi, Illustrator lacks both of these features) Shade aside, I’m really looking forward to all the new cool ideas I will be able to explore with the improved version of Inkscape–2017 might be an okay year after all.