I hope you’ve enjoyed the poster series this month. I started this series in April to showcase my improvements I’ve made in each character design and digital coloring while I was in Japan.
My 日本の美術教師, Japanese art teacher, told me that I needed to push myself beyond my comfort zone. My art was good but it would stay stagnant if I don’t get out of my comfort zone. I didn’t know what he meant by that last year. But now I realized what he was telling me.
Now I plan on expanding Xavian this summer. I will be submitting these posters in several galleries (even around the world) this year. Lets make 2015 the breakout year for Xavian.
I am going to show you all a sketch I drew of Nesia back in November of 2014. Very soon I will recreate it on Adobe Illustrator with color. Stay tuned.
Most people do not know this but Boritta is my favorite and hardest character to color and draw. Boritta’s color scheme is the most complicated and the most noticeable between Xavian and Nesia. The way Boritta carries herself as the strong female character and being the leader of the trio are some of the reasons why I love drawing her.
Some of my fans have wanted me to upload the different steps in my work. Today, I will be showing my progress on my recent project for Xavian. In the past I have struggled with adding shadows and highlights but now I am confident in inserting them in my work. This is still a WIP and far from complete but I am loving the results so far. Let me know what you think.
Alright guys I’m showing you the finished line art of Xavian that will eventually be on Cover Art. I’m also going to be showing you my process behind the Line Art for the Cover so without further ado I present the Line Art.
One night I was thinking about how can I come up with a Cover Art that would stand out from any other Cover Art. While this gave me the motivation I needed to create a Cover Art for my story I was trying too hard to make this detailed artwork that I got too frustrated with myself and I gave up for about 4 hours. Right when I was about to call it a night I looked down at the piece of paper where I was struggling to make my cover art four hours earlier I noticed four ovals that were left on the page and then it started to click. I was able to finish this cover piece within two hours.
When I was satisfied with results proceeded to clean up all the smudges, grey areas, the paper texture, and any other incorrect lines. Considering I love to use Photoshop for the coloring of my artwork I’m not as worried if I make a mistake on the lines because I can just erase them later, but I don’t want to get too lazy and have myself work harder for no reason. When I finished cleaning up all the errors, I saved the line art for reference when I start to colorize it on Photoshop. I will be releasing the Color Version of the Cover Art later on next week so you can see the finish result of the line art. I am thinking about doing a Photoshop tutorial about how to clean up rough sketches that are scanned. Let me know what you guys think.