It’s been a boring day for me but I’m going to give you all an update of Xavian. Who are the main characters in Xavian? There are five main characters, but all of them won’t appear in the first chapter. Here is the character list, let me know what you think:
Here are the base colors for Hathor and the Fox. The hardest part of this poster will be the trees and the snow. I will have to put the snow on each tree branch separately towards the end. There will not be a lot of sun light in this poster compared the other seven posters. I made this piece the cloudiest of them all. So only beams of lights will pierce through the clouds. Let me know what you think.
Here is the 8th poster in the series. It’s called Hathor and the Fox. If you’ve followed the blog from the beginning you’ll notice that I’ve changed Hathor’s design around.
I first modeled her after the Egyptian God Hathor. However I did some research into Korean folktale and decided to change Hathor into a bear instead of a cow. I never really like the cow look on Hathor. It just didn’t look intimidating but a bear is every bit intimidating. Let me know what you think of the drawing.
This weekend was very good in the terms of drawing new posters. I wasn’t planning on drawing this weekend but I guess that all changed. Here is the 7th poster, Thoth and the Tiger.
I got my influence for this poster from the Japanese folktale of Raijin. Raijin is a creature who comes down from the sky in a bolt of lightning, he’s usually depicted as a demon spirit but I made him into a Tiger.
The bird in the lower left-hand corner is Thoth. Thoth is a mix between the Japanese Crane and the Egyptian Ibis. The Crane is usually referred to longevity, and the Ibis is known for its wisdom and knowledge so I just joined those two together to create Thoth.
I decided to do a quick coloring of my recent Xavian coloring. Let me know what you think of this. If you guys really like this I’ll continue to color this. Of course after I finish the last two posters.
The next step of the 6th poster is laying down the flats colors. This gives me the foundation on what the characters and the environment’s colors are before I put the shadows and highlights on. This is probably the most important step in the process.
The colors I chose for Darryl and David are very welcoming, almost playful-like, but still having a realistic touch to it. Since they are hippos I gave them a brighter skin tone than their realistic counterpart. The hardest part was getting the water to highlight the reflection from the Tortoises. I had to experiment with the effects menu on Adobe Illustrator to get the right effect of the water.
Mount Huangshan will probably change before I begin adding in the shadows. It doesn’t look bad, but it looks pretty boring compared to the characters. Which doesn’t bring out the beauty and dept to the mountains. But I’m loving the results so far. Let me know what you think of this piece!
Three straight days of live stream coloring of Boritta and I believe I’m 80 to 85% done with this poster. The hardest part has already been done and all tha’s left is the few touch ups. The hardest of the poster was getting the sunset correct and getting the different shades of colors. Plus coloring the river underneath Boritta and creating a small purple glow. She has the most colors out of the other four poster and the longest rendering process. Which means slower save time. But I enjoy coloring Boritta and it shows. Let me know what you think!
Had a good live stream and got a lot done last night. Here is where I’m at on the Boritta poster. At 9PM today I will be doing another live stream to work on the landscape. I’ll be shading in the vines, branches, leaves, and trunks. Let me know what you think of this piece.
Shockingly enough just putting down the flat/base colors down for Boritta took over 3 hours to do! I enjoyed it though, so I’m not upset about that. The hardest part is yet to come in this piece. And that will be the sun rays beaming through the tall trees, vines, and leaves. So I’ll be looking at multiple pictures to get a good idea of what I need to do and watch out for. The third hardest part will be the little river Boritta is levitating or jumping over. I’ve never colored water and never looked at how water reflection works. But I doubt it’ll be too hard to figure out.