Cartoon Character design: Eryth Myrrah

For a long time, I have wanted to create a Victorian character inspired by the work of Lovecraft, and recently I made that dream a reality. I needed to add some diversity to my concept art, and a cartoon styled character felt like a fun way to do it, so I decided on a chibi art style, and thought up some backstory for the character.

This character is called Eryth Myrrah. She is a Lovecraftian-inspired ghost hunter, and she is an angel who studies ghosts, undead, and the final moments before death, in order to avenge a lost loved one. She puts herself in harms way and acts rashly in order to study more effectively, but deep down is haunted by her dangerous studies, however, she hides it with an upbeat and lighthearted exterior. I wanted to create a fallen angel, not in the sense that this character is a demon, but just in the sense that this angel is no longer a good, lawful angel. She has committed crimes, murdered based on vigilante justice, and carried out many grotesque experiments to become a ghost hunter. I wanted to make a cute looking character with a dark Lovecraftian backstory, I just love the idea of an angel conducting dark experiments in attempt learn about ghosts and undead.

I like doodle pages, so I decided to make a doodle page for Eryth with a variety of poses and expressions. ( I haven’t got a scan yet, so this picture will have to do. I will also add colour to this, and bring her to life a bit more). I chose her colour palette so that as a being, she looks light, however her clothes are supposed to reflect that she is fallen, and now experiments with darkness.

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Fantasy Character Design: The Lorithia family

A few months ago, I designed a character called Yumea Lorithia, a noble knight, and posted about her here. Recently, I designed the rest of her family, because originally I had planned to make a family of wood elves as a fantasy project outside of college. Lorithia family signatures.png

This is the Lorithia family. To the bottom right, I have a better detailed sketch of Yumea Lorithia, the youngest child of the family. Above her, is Ielenia, the middle child, and in the middle of the bottom row, is Aelar, the eldest. The lady in the top right is Enna Lorithia, the mother, and at the bottom right is Rolen Lorithia, the father. I decided to flesh out Yumea’s backstory, because she is the first character I have ever originally designed, and I figured it would be easier to improve her if she had some backstory.

The main reason I am making a blog post about this is to show how my art has improved over the past few months. My original drawing of Yumea didn’t have much detail to her face, so I wanted to draw her head, just to work out what she looked like. The drawings look quite messy, but this is intentional, because I wanted to show that these drawings are scans from my sketchbook, that I have taken into Photoshop and painted over with colours that had layers on ‘Multiply’ mode.

I am really happy with how these drawings have turned out. I am very very happy with Yumea, Ielenia, and Enna, but I feel like Aelar and Rolen could have been better. I think it is the eyes that need improving, they just don’t look right to me. This is the first time I have drawn an original male character, so I’m not going to judge myself too harshly.

New graphics tablet (Wacom Intuos) practice run

For my birthday, I got a graphics tablet so that I can work on my art at home. I decided to do a practice run and give it a test, so I drew one of my favourite game characters, Aqua from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. I also decided to try out a new art style that I thought was cute, so I drew her in Chibi style. This was mostly to try out a new style, but also because it felt like cheating to draw the same character, looking exactly the same, and putting her on my blog, so I tested myself and figured a new art style would be a fun challenge.

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If I was to improve anything about this, the biggest bug I have has to be the wobbly lines. I can’t work out how to add any stabiliser to Photoshop, so my lines are incredibly wobbly because of my shaky hands. I do like how the new art style worked out. It is cute, but I am unlikely to put anything else with this art style on my blog, at least until I work on it more, because at the minute it kind of looks like a 5 year old drew it, but it was trying something new so I don’t regret putting it here. Another thing I’d love to improve is the hair colours, because I would like to add more shades to it and make it look nicer.

Fantasy Character: Yumea Lorithia

In my catch up post before the holidays, I referenced the creation of an original character called Yumea. I decided that since so much changed about her, she deserved her own post. 

I started off just making a sketch, which I then scanned and sent to Photoshop. I did some line art and gave her some colours which I liked and thought looked cool. Yumea is a Paladin, so she has lots of heavy armour, and I originally gave her a pretty cold colour pallette. She had silver armour with dark leather fixtures, and blue hair (which in hindsight does not work at all for a wood elf). 

I then decided that this design didn’t look right and that the colours looked iffy. I researched wood elves and figured she needed a warmer and more natural colour pallette, so I changed her colours drastically and made her look way more earthy and warm. These colours work much better and bounce off eachother nicer. I think the more silver look of the armour adds to her royal look, because Yumea is a noble knight.

I still think some work needs to be done on Yumea. I now have my own graphics tablet, so I would really like to redo that line art because my shaky mouse lines don’t look great, so I will be fixing that up soon. 

Catch up time

Over the past few days I have been finishing some unfinished art work and also making some new art for my portfolio.

I spent most of Saturday working on an original character that fits under the fantasy section for my portfolio. The character I created was a wood elf called Yumea, and she is a noble knight. Technically I made this character as a personal project, but I figured since I struggle to make original characters, she deserves a place in my portfolio. So far I have only sketched her on paper, and I don’t have a scan yet so I’m going to do that tomorrow.

I have also finished the cartoon character that I made to show volume in cartoon objects. I pulled the scan into Photoshop and then used the brush tool to just paint it and give it colours. It’s a small task that I had been procrastinating on, but I know it can go into my portfolio so I figured finishing it was worthwhile.

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