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Rias As Lillithmon
Well, it is October, and that means some horror themed artwork is incoming. Might as well start off with Rias dressed up as Lillithmon from Digimon. Plus, it worked as an inaugural peice for my new PC, which I named Rias. Red and black color scheme, way more powerful than my previous computer...and my admittedly warped sense of humor was definitely at play there. :D
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As I mentioned around a month ago, I had to get a new computer. Shaiel, my old one, was just getting...well...old. She was actually just fine doing the illustration stuff, but she really wasn't designed for the some of the heavier demands that can put on a computer. She was running on WinXP's Media Edition, and could have upgraded to Vista...but Vista at that point was a horrific, buggy mess (it was 2007, after all) and XP was at least stable, so...yeah. And I never bothered with upgrading to Vista because I liked WinXP. And her hardware could, in no way, handle a modern OS.

Anyhow, basically that means I've been using 10 year-old hardware and software. But a couple of years ago, I got a copy of Poser 10 from Renderosity (I'd participated in a poll and they just gave me a copy because I was still on Poser 5...Talk about lucky!), and P10 is a great upgrade...but waaaaayyy too big a program for Shaiel to really run with the same sort of ease she ran P5 with. Big scenes just kill her RAM. She manages....slowly. Ve. Ry. Slow. Ly. That was pretty much the start of me saying "Well, I'm gonna need a new computer fairly soon."

Lastly, my web browser announced earlier this year that September was the last month they'd be offering support for such an old OS. So...upgrading kinda became mandatory at that point. It was getting important just because HTML5 pages and HD videos were getting really laggy, and that's irritating. I like having something on in the background while I work. Like a documentary, or something. Couldn't do that anymore, and my music selections were getting a little too familiar. When you start the tune in your head before the playlist start it...yeah, you've heard it far too often. And I haven't had a decent TV signal since things went fully digital and I keep forgetting to get an HD antenna, which I should really do something about...

So a new PC was kinda required. And in old LAN tradition, I name my computers (there's more logic to the practice than you'd think). This one is Rias. Mostly because of the red and black color scheme on the case :D. Rias is basically a gaming rig, but you'd be surprised at how that sort of setup mirrors the needs of a hefty design PC. The degree of power she has over Shaiel is kinda staggering...which is another reason to name her "Rias," if you're familiar with Highschool DxD. (It may not be the greatest anime there is, but it is damned funny if your sense of humor is sufficiently warped. And mine is. :devilish: )

But it also meant a crapload of setup and familiarizing myself with the Windows 10 environment, which is quite the leap from XP, let me tell you! :faint: Then setting up my design programs...which required an upgrade there, too. I cannot express the depth of my loathing for Adobe's subscription model, though. I was quite happy with my old version...since I actually own it. I hate renting something I've grown so accustomed to just having. It's a bit like...after having paid off the mortgage for your home, you decide to renovate a room. And the contractor charges you rent on the room instead of just taking X amount of money to do the job and leave you alone. That's what Adobe's subscription on the program is like. Infuriating, no?

While I was at it, I also opted to check out Clip Studio Paint (and lucked out on a sale for the EX version, the one with the most functionality). So I opted to do my most recent bits of art with both programs, largely so I could work out Clip Studios basic functions and figure out how to fit it into my own workflow most efficiently. Of course, I also had to get Photoshop set up to my liking, too. Ten years of little adjustments are not easy to replicate in just a few weeks... So they've taken a lot longer to do than I would really have liked...but it's part of working on that learning curve!

But it's done, and I find I rather like Clip Studio. It's a little tough to navigate through (lack of familiarity), but it's definitely designed with illustrators in mind. It does lack a couple of tools that I've been taking for granted in Photoshop, though, but I think that as I get to know it, I'll find ways to do without. Or I'll end up gritting my teeth and putting up with renting Photoshop in order to finish images I start in Clip Studio. I dunno yet.

So, yeah. That's pretty much it.

Tess' Big Gun Love (Completed)

Okay, and here we have everything nice and finished. I wanted to kinda evoke the idea that Tess was...uh…getting some valuable alone time in her workshop when Jak and Daxter just traipse on in.

So everything is meant to be a bit dimmer than normal, but a lot of that light from the doorway is getting scattered around, plus the Light Eco ammo in that cannon glows, so that added into my lighting equation. Of course, the choice of the dark, metallic colors for the background do a lot to bring Tess into focus, as well.

I opted not to get too detailed on Jak and Daxter in the comic panels, though. Mostly just to make them look as much like their original art as I could. Secondly, I did it to help do a bit more to get the joke to work through their expressions and not muddy that up with too much detail work. Of course, that joke has a few layers to it by this point…

And that pretty much wraps up this one.
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Tess' Big Gun Love (Ink and Base Colors)

Lines are inked, basic colors are in…and the joke I’m going for is probably just a bit obvious at this stage, eh?

No special FX are in this one just yet, since the FX I have in mind are a bit more complicated than they were with Jihl. Not so much in appearance, but in execution. You’ll see what I mean next week. In the same vein, there are some background elements to do in the “comic panels” that are going to wait until I’m doing the SFX.

As you may notice, I added some motion lines around Tess to make her *ahem* activity a bit easier to read in the image. Anyway, you may also notice that the inked version of Daxter in the third panel isn’t quite the same as the sketch. That was due to the fact that as I was inking him, it just wasn’t quite working. I’d messed up his proportions in the sketch (not that it really looked like it in sketch form), so I had to go back and rework that part. I figured it’d be easier to deal with if I kept the changes from panel 2 to panel 3 minimal. Not as cartoony or over-the-top expressive, but just as effective as what I’d originally had in mind, if not more so. Although, for the record, I generally don’t like going back and redoing something like that at this stage, and I do everything I can to avoid it. But sometimes…it really is necessary, so I’ll bite the bullet and do it when that’s the case.

And I kinda think that’s about it for this one.
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Tess' Big Gun Love (Sketch version)

Step 2, the sketch.

This one is a little bit more complicated, especially the addition of the three panels along the bottom. There’s a joke going on there, but I’m gonna keep it a secret until the finished product.

This time around, I actually ended up using five colors. Black for Tess, red for the gun, green for her background, blue for Jak and Daxter in the panels, but the one bit where I used purple was for the final Daxter. The reason for that is that I used more or less the same picture as a reference through those panels, and the changes I needed to make were minor until that last one. That Daxter was a fairly major change that I needed to freehand. See, actual freehand drawing!  Since I was going for something about as cartoony as what ended up in the games, I’m okay with that one not being as “accurate” as I normally go for. That accuracy would’ve destroyed the joke, anyway.

Oh, and I did draw everything. When I finish this up, there’ll be a Tess-only poster version of this in addition to the full image with Jak and Daxter in it.

And that’s pretty much it, really. Most of the overall design choices here are pretty straightforward.
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As I mentioned around a month ago, I had to get a new computer. Shaiel, my old one, was just getting...well...old. She was actually just fine doing the illustration stuff, but she really wasn't designed for the some of the heavier demands that can put on a computer. She was running on WinXP's Media Edition, and could have upgraded to Vista...but Vista at that point was a horrific, buggy mess (it was 2007, after all) and XP was at least stable, so...yeah. And I never bothered with upgrading to Vista because I liked WinXP. And her hardware could, in no way, handle a modern OS.

Anyhow, basically that means I've been using 10 year-old hardware and software. But a couple of years ago, I got a copy of Poser 10 from Renderosity (I'd participated in a poll and they just gave me a copy because I was still on Poser 5...Talk about lucky!), and P10 is a great upgrade...but waaaaayyy too big a program for Shaiel to really run with the same sort of ease she ran P5 with. Big scenes just kill her RAM. She manages....slowly. Ve. Ry. Slow. Ly. That was pretty much the start of me saying "Well, I'm gonna need a new computer fairly soon."

Lastly, my web browser announced earlier this year that September was the last month they'd be offering support for such an old OS. So...upgrading kinda became mandatory at that point. It was getting important just because HTML5 pages and HD videos were getting really laggy, and that's irritating. I like having something on in the background while I work. Like a documentary, or something. Couldn't do that anymore, and my music selections were getting a little too familiar. When you start the tune in your head before the playlist start it...yeah, you've heard it far too often. And I haven't had a decent TV signal since things went fully digital and I keep forgetting to get an HD antenna, which I should really do something about...

So a new PC was kinda required. And in old LAN tradition, I name my computers (there's more logic to the practice than you'd think). This one is Rias. Mostly because of the red and black color scheme on the case :D. Rias is basically a gaming rig, but you'd be surprised at how that sort of setup mirrors the needs of a hefty design PC. The degree of power she has over Shaiel is kinda staggering...which is another reason to name her "Rias," if you're familiar with Highschool DxD. (It may not be the greatest anime there is, but it is damned funny if your sense of humor is sufficiently warped. And mine is. :devilish: )

But it also meant a crapload of setup and familiarizing myself with the Windows 10 environment, which is quite the leap from XP, let me tell you! :faint: Then setting up my design programs...which required an upgrade there, too. I cannot express the depth of my loathing for Adobe's subscription model, though. I was quite happy with my old version...since I actually own it. I hate renting something I've grown so accustomed to just having. It's a bit like...after having paid off the mortgage for your home, you decide to renovate a room. And the contractor charges you rent on the room instead of just taking X amount of money to do the job and leave you alone. That's what Adobe's subscription on the program is like. Infuriating, no?

While I was at it, I also opted to check out Clip Studio Paint (and lucked out on a sale for the EX version, the one with the most functionality). So I opted to do my most recent bits of art with both programs, largely so I could work out Clip Studios basic functions and figure out how to fit it into my own workflow most efficiently. Of course, I also had to get Photoshop set up to my liking, too. Ten years of little adjustments are not easy to replicate in just a few weeks... So they've taken a lot longer to do than I would really have liked...but it's part of working on that learning curve!

But it's done, and I find I rather like Clip Studio. It's a little tough to navigate through (lack of familiarity), but it's definitely designed with illustrators in mind. It does lack a couple of tools that I've been taking for granted in Photoshop, though, but I think that as I get to know it, I'll find ways to do without. Or I'll end up gritting my teeth and putting up with renting Photoshop in order to finish images I start in Clip Studio. I dunno yet.

So, yeah. That's pretty much it.

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I never know what to write for these things. Honestly, I don't. :) I get rather verbose as a result (much to my annoyance). So the bare bones of it are;

1: I'm an illustrator, but I guess you figured that part out already. :)
2: Stylistically, what I do is called Fusion. Primarily it consists of Japanese anime/manga with some Western comic book thrown in for flavor.
3: Given the choice, I draw women. Why? Mostly because I'm male, but women have much more interesting, er...costume choices. Yeah, that's it. Costume choices. :shifty:
4: I have a remarkably earthy sense of humor, which oddly doesn't show up much in my art. So I'll probably offend you at some point. So ye be warned.

Working on several things. There's the comic/manga...conga? Ars Valkyria, so check that gallery folder out. If you like it you can follow me via Patreon (click the link below), or even send me a buck or two to help keep it going.
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