Over these past few weeks, I have found myself drawing a lot! I wasn’t sure whether to make separate posts for all of them or not, because some of this is fan art, and I wouldn’t usually post fan art, however to make it I used some techniques that are new to me. I’m not sure whether I can justify making a separate post per drawing, so instead I am going to time stamp each one, and talk about any new things I used/tried to make them!
4th January – Persona 5 inspired icons!
So, I’m a big fan of Persona 5, and in the new year had a big urge to make some icons for the characters that I have designed inspired by the text icons from Persona 5! I really wanted to experiment with shading, because in my few years of educated art, I have never been taught anything about shading techniques, and Persona 5 has a heavily western style shaded style, so it has inspired me to try something similar and try adding some dark shadows, because as an art style, I love the heavy shadows and messy lines!
To make these, I made the box first, by making the lines and filling them with the right colours. This is where my techniques differ, because for Yumea and Lilith (the bottom two icons), I copied the line art for the faces and hair from my previous art, then filled in what I needed to with black and white, then drew the neck down and filled with black, then added the white shading and voila! However, for Mercy (the top icon), I drew her entirely from scratch in scale to the box. I got up reference of a side profile face in another window, and sketched her face in profile. I then filled things with the necessary block colours, added the white shading and jewellery, and that’s all folks! I am very pleased with how these look, I think my favourite icon is definitely Yumea (bottom right) because she just looks the most appealing.
5th January – Lunafreya
Since it has been the holidays, I felt like slacking off a little and making some fanart for my own enjoyment. One of my favourite games at the moment is Final Fantasy XV, and I wanted to make some art inspired by one of the most impactful chapters of the game. I didn’t expect it to turn out so well, and initially hadn’t intended to post it, but I learned a lot from making this, so why not talk about it!
To make this, I first sketched out the main lines for Lunafreya (the lady with the trident), and Leviathan (as you could probably guess, the dragon creature). I took some time to try and scale their bodies right, which took a lot of re-positioning and re-sketching, and eventually was happy with how it looks! I then made the background by scribbling and blurring the clouds in. Then, I coloured the flat colours in, and then to add tone and depth, I blended in the shadows on the colour layer. This was very scary, because I have previously never done this before, however I think that for a first try it worked out really well! I then set the lines to multiply, and blurred the edges of some of Leviathan’s wings, the trident, and very faintly blurred the shadows on Lunafreya’s left arm, because its the corner of the drawing, and I want to attract the attention as much as possible to Lunafreya. I then added in some white sparkles with the custom freckle brush to represent water droplets made by Leviathan explodes out of the water.
Overall, I am so proud of this! I feel like Leviathan might need some work, because it feels like I need to add more detail to it’s head, and I’m annoyed at myself for forgetting to add the lighting onto Lunafreya, but I’m way too happy with this art to stay mad at myself. Eventually I’ll go back and fix what I don’t like, but currently I love this art! I want to try and use this messy blended colouring style for other art in the future, particularly if I make any environmental art, because it works really well in my opinion!