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Ephemeral ( without blood)
Without blood. Looks like a nice, if very dark end card)
Ephemeral (blood)
With blood, it gets darker in atmosphere

So this isn’t quite what I had in mind for a new banner for social media, but I think it’s worked out quite well regardless. I’ll still be working on the other version of Phoenix too, since that one is going quite well. Looking at this, I wonder if Ephemeral was the right name.

Here’s the video too. 4.3 + 5.1 = A whopping 9hrs 40 mins spent. And it really does look like I put that time to good use.

Yes, I’m late, but it was worth it for the end result.

TL:DR of my long analysis below the tag. There is also a details shot too. I love this picture, and am going to keep it as my banner. Also this was quite the learning curve.

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Vibrant – WIP

ANOTHER SKetch.pngI’m not too sure where I am going with this, but I like this pose. May need some refinement first. I feel like something vibrant, with lots of coloured dots and bubbles. I’ll think more on this later on.

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Ephemeral – Speedpaint (1/2)


I may have a lot more to say when I finish this, so that will be when I fully discuss my process and such. For now, here is the video:

Lucky, I am posting twice today.

I decided to try and fully record myself doing anything, and settled on doing a better Youtube banner, since my other one is just a piece I did a while back, and I don’t like it now. So that went a bit pear shaped, and I’ve spent only 4 and a half hours on recording this, but I haven’t gotten far with it. Either way, I need to upload on Youtube sometime, so I figured that I will post this now, and the rest on Sunday, since I should have Friday and Saturday to finish this.

Quite some improvement from my first video, eh?

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New banner WIP


Phoenix(again) sketches.png

Phoenix(again)I’ve started some preliminary sketches for a better version of Phoenix. The original piece does not sit right with me, and I want a much better banner that shows true skill. I’m still going through some refinements, but the base sketches are pretty good. You can see which one I’ve picked, but it will still need some refinement, such as a stronger, more dynamic pose, and better hair movement. The foreshortening needs to be fixed, but it is okay for a first attempt.

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I’ll call in finished for now. I wanted to draw the Phoenix, but honestly I just want this picture finished. I may go back to it later. It does look… ~okay~ with its shading, but my computer cannot handle the bigger changes, and has shut down on me twice; so this is all I can do for now. I’m not risking it not saving a third time.Phoenix1.png

So, this is what I will look like drawn, It’s an artist persona, not quite what I look like, but she looks pretty cool. Fire is sort of a cool motif, and there would have been my pet phoenix in it, but oh well. I just wanted to reassure myself that I can improve, it just takes some time. Heck, compare this picture to my original redesign picture,

KickinSakura Artist Persona(I forgot about the headband, whoops)

(And I’ve added a gold band. I dont really think it fits in this picture, and kind of regret it now.)

You can still see a vast amount of improvement, even if it does show I have a long way to go before I stop being a novice. I may make a process gif of how I did it, or perhaps just show my process. I’ve managed to make the picture a little less washed out, but you can only do so much. Plus, the fire isn’t making her skin glow in certain places, which it should be, but then again I wasn’t planning on the fire staying until after I’d shaded it, so it looks odd because the shading doesn’t match. Unfortunately, also because I am using soft light to colour my images, it showed the image as very washed out. Not a good look. I’ve managed something that looks less washed out, but now it just seems over saturated. I’ve kind of hated how the face turned out too, especially with feedback from a friend. It looks alright, or at least, not a total disaster. Its the kind of picture that went mostly right, but is still flawed enough that I just want to redo it again already. I do think it looks better than the original redesign, although that redesign was a piece of concept art and not an illustration.

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Phoenix WIP4

Still trucking along. I asked for some help with the face so it should be better, but I can’t help getting annoyed at the eyes. Oh, well, I’m just going to have to get better, aren’t I?Phoenix2.png

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Phoenix WIP3

Phoenix.pngIt won’t be finished for a little while yet. I will also be slightly busier for the next couple of weeks, so picture updates may slowed. I’ll try to update Instagram instead.

This picture is mostly greyed out because its easier to add colour this way. Plus checking grey scale makes sure that the shading is not washed out, or too extreme. Its a nice way of working. Plus, back when I had access to Photoshop, you could use gradient maps. You still can in Krita, but without instant feedback it takes too long to assess and change the gradient. So I just have to colour the old-fashioned way.

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The Skirt Question.


Which looks better? Pencil skirt or (probably) knee length. I want the pencil, but dynamism is harder.

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Just a quick sketch I made a few weeks ago for YouTube. Forgot to post it here. Pretty nice coloured sketch, so I may do more.Ryhoda

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Phoenix WIP2

Should be finished by the end of the week. Wanted a nice self banner. Probably sporadic sketches for the next couple of weeks. Sorry.Phoenix2.png