Last week….I got snowed in!
It brought conflicting emotions. I love the cold and snow. Watching it fall made my day, or week if you look at the fact we had it on the ground for at least 5 days. The negative for this positive? I was unable to go to work because we were closed. It was rightly so, as there would have been a zero shot of getting anywhere in the amount of snow we got, but I still don’t like missing work. I don’t mind a day or two, but an entire work week is pushing it.
Eh, I didn’t whine about it. Instead, I was completely free to delve into my other projects like digital coloring.
I’ve had the coloring bug for a while, but not enough time to dedicate to it. In order to feed the little bugger, I enjoy spending time watching other people color/draw/dodad on Picarto.tv. If you don’t know about Picarto it’s an art stream where you can view people doing their artwork. I like to watch people color, mainly, but I have quite a few artists that I just like to watch from beginning to end of a piece. I’m such a creeper there haha. I need to make an account and stop being the coward and join the crowd. I’d love to ask my favorite artists about why they do this or that. I’d love to improve.
So, with the snow-in, I colored some lineart.
(A disclaimer here: I only colored this and did not draw the lines or create the character.)
I had too much fun with this. I tried a different technique here with my tablet. Instead of using the usual nibs I decided to try using the hard felt nibs. The hard felt nibs provided a buffer on the smooth surface of my tablet that mimicked pencil on paper. I should have changed them a long time ago!
While coloring this, I decided to try to work on my shadows and light. I have a shadow phobia to over come. Hopefully, my transition showed. I tried not to be afraid of marking darker areas. How the undershirt came out made me proud actually. It doesn’t bad.
On my next coloring, I have one in mind already, I’m planning to try applying a texture/pattern to the clothes, work with a different color scheme (I do too many pinky purples ahaha), and try a semi-realistic approach. That’s my goal.
While we’re talking about colors, I’ve been fiddling with my blog colors hehe. I’m still fiddling. I wanted to change it up. So, in the next week it might change again. (^_^)