Friday, May 26, 2017

Colored Pencil Drawing (With Steps)

Here is one traditional drawing of mine. Yep, it is Lena Headey again...
Also I took some photos of the process.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Futuristic City

Some digital painting for my project once again. It's rather a sketch though, some idea gathering...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Drawing Jean Grey (X-Men) (Video)

Here comes the promised video. It's documenting my drawing of Famke Janssen (here as Jean Grey from X-Men). I treated it like a traditional (coloured) pencil portrait drawing on on the iPad Pro because I don't have good enough equipment to record an actual traditional drawing (though I sometimes do anyway but it doesn't look good). Video includes a tiny review on the iPad Pro and the app Procreate and a lot of talk, for instance about social media. Also talking about my personal project!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Final Character Outfit Designs


Some more Hilda and Yngvild character designs, or rather the design of their clothes. Top image shows the final versions. Still have a lot of work to do on this project but as you can see it is finally and actually going somewhere!
Below are some sketches, I have quite some, to see more check out my artstation!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Illustrating My Personal Project

Did this painting in Photoshop for my personal project. I wrote a little story part to it on Instagram:

It already became dark but they were still able to see the wide land spreading a whole lot of nothing beyond the huge ship they were standing on. Hilda sat down, tired from walking. "I miss my bike. Commander, there is really nothing here. No sign of civilization." "I have two eyes, I can see that. Well, we need to spend the night somewhere sheltered. Let's find a way into this wreck!"

Their hands were dirty and hurt from digging their way to one of the panorama windows. It was partly broken so they could get into the dusty dark inside. Yngvild went first, took a look around. "I can't see a thing anyway, but I guess it's safe, nobody and nothing here... I guess..." Hilda climbed in. She remembered that she still had her communicator, wich main function wasn't working since that incident but she could still turn it on. So she did and the display casted a weak light. "Better than nothing, ya?" she said. Yngvild was staring at something "what the hell...?!"

What did they find?

In my next YouTube video (it's uploading right now, so there will really be one!) I am gonna talk about different things and also about my personal project. Stay tuned, it'll be up soon and of course I will post it here too when the time comes.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lena Headey Expression Studies (1/3)

When I was recovering from this terrible virus I caught somewhere, I started a Lena-drawing-raid. Don't ask me why, but I just didn't want to stop. Lena Headey and Cersei Lannister raid. Well, until I stopped. This is part 1 of the studies I made of her face. They all took between one and two hours each.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Light Armor Designs (Final)

Uploaded the sketches and unused process drawings to my Artstation. Now I am taking a little break from the armores and continue with something else. A portrait for fun and then go on with something for my project wich is not armor design. Hopefully I can announce concrete plans on this project soon...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hemlock Grove Fanart

You may or may not have seen this on my Instagram account already. Yes, it's a pen on paper drawing this time. I used a Tombow callygraphy pen, Tombow ATB and copic markers. Olivia Godfrey is by far my favorite character in the show, also but not only because I think Famke Janssen is awesome.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Project illustration

Some character illustration that I did for my project. At that time I was sick and spent some days in bed so I drew this on the iPad Pro in bed when the fever was gone. But now I am fully back!
On top is Yngvild, below that comes Hilda, then Bjolan, and the bottom character is one that I drew before but I have no idea who he is...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sketchbook insight

Recent drawings I did traditionally. Was in the mood for that.

Character doodle

 I think I messed this one up a bit, I liked it better in it's previous stage...

Lena Headey.

One more Lena but with fineliner and almost nothing but outlines.

A charlotte Wessels drawing that I want to finish but I can't make up my mind about how exactly I am going to finish it...

And a try to see what I can do within ten minutes (with reference). Here is a video of it too in real time:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Environment Art

For real, it's not a portrait this time. Did some environment painting in photoshop for my project. It's still taking shape, I'll let you know when I have concrete plans. This one was still more for my own inspiration. Like, learning by doing. Learning about my own story/project and it's look and feel by trying out different things.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Happy Lena

Ooooh, it's been a while. As so often I forgot posting. Not good, not good. I should follow some sort of schedule or to-do-list for each day because there is always something I forget.

This one actually is, or was, a traditional drawing in my sketchbook but....

...but I messed it up when shading with markers. Yep, shit happens. So I took it into photoshop, re-drew the lines and did some rough shading there.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Gillian Anderson Portrait Painting

Wasn't doing nothing, just forgot to upload stuff again! Well this one I didn't forget as you can see. I started watching The Fall. Somehow I missed that it is on Netflix. I was a bad fangirl. So this is Stella Gibson, main character of that show. This actually didn't take me very long, just one and a half hour.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Alissa White-Gluz Digital Painting (Tutorial)

Hello everyone!
I forgot to post this. Took about 3 hours and personally it's one I am very satisfied with. The georgeous and most appreciated Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy).
I should have documented the steps again like last time or record a video. Gotta do that more often, I'll try to remember things. Anyway I try with words...

The Reference

I picked it because of the expression and the motion there is to this picture. Because it is a screenshot from a music video, I don't really like most of the photo studio shots, especially for reference and always prefer more natural moment-shots.
In the beginning I rather thought of making it a greyscale painting. For less distraction anyway, I turned the reference greyscale as well. But in general that's always a helpful method and makes drawing from the reference easier because there are no colors that distract you or can be misread as values.

The Sketch

This too started with a linedrawing. The canvas was not white, but a midtone grey. But I left the details aside. On a seperate layer I mainly outlined the darks and the lights and got everything in proportion. For example though I didn't draw in every hair strain, the shadow of the lashes, the writing on her arm or every single tooth. But I outlined where they'd be, outlined the mouth itself as far as I could see what's going on (sine the reference is very contrasty and too dark to see anything in some regions). Same with the eyes, I drew in the black shape I saw with the eyebrows above.

Tipp: Don't merge anything with the background layer until the end. You may want to shange the background later without messing with the drawing/painting itself.

This is somewhat how my outlines looked like (reconstructed sample)

Painting In Blacks

I'm not gonna lie, the drawing looked a bit confusing and messy with all the lines where I couldn't actually make out any details. But this got much better with the first step of painting in the values. I painted in all the blacks first, on a seperate layer. Like everything that was clearly too dark for any details. Like the eyes, the big shadow under her chin, the sleeves, the stripes on the shirt of course, the shadows on her left hand fingers, the shadow on the right side of her face and the ones coming from her hair as well as the hair itself in most regions, except where I drew in some bigger hair strains. Merged the two layers.

Reconstructed sample

Painting In Values

In Greyscales, new layer. First I started with the background (on the background layer) and lit up the one side behind her to start with. That made me realise that the light on her hand would be pretty much the same tone as the light behind her. So that's what I did next. I continued with that tone on areas where I thought would be just as light as that, for example on the other hand and parts of the shirt. In the face I was much more cautious. There I built up the lights and shadows slowly. Also the hair had to be much darker, the midgrey I used as a background was by far too light. There were also some other parts in shadow that had to be darker, especially on the right side of the face, the palm of the left hand and the right arm.
The chest area and the left side of her face had to be lighter, but that is what I built up carefully, wich means I didn't go in with the lightest tone in my palette. Here I didn't like the background being dark on one side anymore, it split up the image into two parts, especially because I was planning on turning it into a vertical portrait format. So I lit up the whole background into that almost white tone. Merged the two layers.

Tipp: Spare the lightest tone (let's say it's white) until the very end and use another light tone instead (like a very light grey). You wouldn't want to veruse it. Instead use it to highlight focal points. Like reflection in the eyes for example.

Adding Details

So far I didn't zoom in at all. I was mostly painting on a 25% canvas view. And that didn't change. No, I never zoomed to 100% on this one. But at this point I zoomed to 50% when adding some details to the teeth, the piercing and the eyelashes shadows. Then I added the writing on her arm, some of those thin hairs.
Again, that happened on an extra layer.

This is zoomed to the full size

Changing The Orientation

Got rid of the reference and rotated the canvas to 90 degrees. On the same layer as the details I painted in the rest of her head and overpainted the hair partly to make it match. Also extended the lower half of the painting a bit by guessing her shirt (really I didn't put much into that) and just making a dirty mess out of the blacks, using her hair for that too. I also extended the white background to the top and bottom of the image and then decided it had to be more narrow and overpainted the almost-white with the grey a bit. When I was okay with the whole image I merged all the layers.


Somehow I got into the mood to have it colored and thought I'd try something new. I tried with different photos that I liked the colors of and put them on an extra layer above that I set to "color" mode. To keep myself limited and in context (since there are a lot of photos on my drive and even more out there on the internet) I used only photos of Alissa or Arch Enemy concerts (nice colors in there!). I ended up with using this one:

Yes, I had to scale it up a lot. Then I added the cutout filter with some random setting (but I think it was with high level number and high edge simplicity). On the color layer I color picked and corrected the coloring to my needs a bit so her skin isn't blue an and also took out some tones that I thought were out of place. Merged the layers.


Decided it is not quite there yet and I blamed it on too much white (or almost-white). So I color picked the lightest skin tone in the image and filled a new layer with it completely, set it to multiply, merged. Then I created just another layer again, where I painted in a few lighter spots on the face and hands that got lost in the multiply layer (I didn't even have to choose a new color, I just kept the one from color picking).
Then finally the highlighting step. I always do like this:

  1. Open the color wheel or whatever you use
  2. Slide or wheel to the complementary color (or somewhere near it) of what your lightest color up to this point was. Slide that color to almost white and on its highest satuation.
  3. Pick a few spots to highlight. Usually I'd go for whatever are the lightest parts in the reference and/or to put something more into focus.

The picture I used as a reference was very overlit so basically half of the image is the highlight area. Don't go with that, ever.
I used my highlights on the eyes, between the shadows of the eyelashes, on the piercing and on a few spots on the teeth.

Tipp: Choose no more than 3 areas to highlight and let them be small spots.

The rest was just me having fun with making the pic look even dirtier. Added more color splatters and painterly strokes.

The End, I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial! If you have any more questions or suggestions for another tutorial, let me know in the coments or where ever you prefer.