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To me PIXIV is a large and formidably talented community. What chance do I have in a sea of brilliant art?! But since P-1 Grand Prix is for Rookies, I thought I’d give it a try anyway. Huge thanks to Tatekane, Yina and Otaku99 for the crit!
If you want to learn more about my thoughts on this, you may skip to the last section for my personal opinion on ecchi walls.
The contest rules announced that we were free to pick our theme from any of the four seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. In the old days, I was known as Orenji-kun because everything I drew would inevitably end up
- a) Orange,
- b) a sunset, or
- c) all of the above.
In the old days I would have picked autumn and produced something blazingly citrus.
However I have since mellowed into a blue supporter- it’s easier on the eyes at 3am. I was inspired by one of Shilin’s artworks, and though I didn’t realize it then, three very old drawings of my own: Witch, my commission for Sachi and Einsehen.
Though since the crayons and paper are there for people to draw while they wait for the food, I think nothing of tearing up the paper and taking my sketch home with me- of course I tried not to drip raspberry cheesecake sauce anywhere near the drawing before rolling it up.
I later drew lineart (!!!) a rare thing for me- I hate lineart, but I will go through the hoohah for important things like contests. My lineart is very simple, hardly any variation in line weight. Honestly my sketches rarely ever show what the finished work will be like. I don’t know why I bother…
One of my favorite texture resources Bittbox recently uploaded a beautiful set called Abstract Blue Crystal- lovely! I combined images to get the textured base, which is darker than what the colors will be like. I like to work from dark to light, but plenty of people do it the other way around. It comes down to personal preference!
At this stage I usually work with 3 layers: textured Base layer at the bottom, Lineart at the very top, and Basecolors in between them. I had the idea of adding in a tiger (deformed) and a peacock- as space filler probably.
There was also an amusing exchange between Yina and myself:
Yina: srsly your wipsTsu: hmmI’ll work on thatYina: i dont see where this is goingTsu: o 3oall my wips are like that
5. More texture
More texture! I will use photographs as texture from time to time- it usually works very well with nature photography. The artificially straight lines of human architecture are a problem however, so I don’t advise using ‘man-made’ photos as texture unless you know what you’re doing.
That said, texture is fun, easy, and cheap. Go play with it! You may like the results! Of course, it will require cleanup- but that’s part of the fun right?
At this stage I usually have 4~5 layers; I like to keep the details layer separate from everything else so TIP! if I need more contrast I duplicate the details layer. Lazy, but it works! I don’t like making lots of layers for every part of the drawing- it takes so much time to organize bajillions of layers, it makes the filesize ridiculously heavy and Photoshop is more likely to crash. DO NOT WANT.
The exceptions for this are small details like hands or the face, which I will do on a separate layer then merge down when I am satisfied.
I am an idiot.
Yina: snow will be added right?Tsu: …….LOLall the symbols of winterYina: it looks tropical to meTsu: and I never thought of snowFAIL LOLYina: …………………………….NO WAY TSU XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDTsu: FAAAAAAAILLLYina: IT IS WINTER BECAUSE OF SNOWWWWWWWWWWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAgod you’re so cute XDDDD*runs to tell taku*
Care to stop for a song, traveler? kekekeke
Regarding ecchi, a long long time ago on AnimePaper, helix-designs formed a group called NEWA- ‘Non-ecchi Wallers Association’. The goal was to make wallpapers that had more effort instead of being (to quote him) ‘just one pic scan of some girl in her panties/bathing suit etc’. I think back then we were just annoyed at seeing boobs and butts all over the AP frontpage- everyday. Every day.
One group however, Ecchi World, interpreted it as ‘anti-ecchi walls’ instead of just being about walls that were not ecchi. War threads sprouted in both group forums.
I don’t think anyone ever took it seriously, it was more for laughs and to wake inactive members into action. Granted, over the years some of us NEWA people mellowed out with seniority and produced an ecchi wall or two. In the long run, everything you do doesn’t have to be this life-or-death, feminism-versus male egotism bastion of justice. A wallpaper is just a wallpaper, after all. Everybody chill!
As for myself, it’s a design element. Since the character’s skin stands out, it leads the eye around. There is symbolism in this wallpaper, but I’m not about to point them out- whether you see them or not, is fine.