On twitter a few days ago I was stirring up hearts and minds with this dumb as heck tweet:
So I did.
The next day I got to work on sketching out my idea.
It took a lot of references….. This project taught me that as long as I’m learning it’s okay to ask for help. In the end we don’t know everything and that is okay! (layer2 is actually 3 references-in-one…I had to merge them together so they could actually fit in the screen cap….)
One major one is closing lines: I’m not sure what about closing lines gives me so much trouble and I don’t even know how important it is to close lines! I watched a digital speed paint once where the artist does their line art and then fills in the shapes to color which is WAY faster than the way I color. I color by using a large sized binary pen and color a little past the lines and then go back and erase the excess. I like this method not only because I’m used to it but also it forces me to focus on the little details in the line art and make sure I don’t miss any spots when coloring.
I’m not super practiced in coloring skin tone but last minute I made the artistic choice to go with the skin tone that most matches the origins of the flowers. So the sunflower has Native American toned skin, the tiger lily and the cherry blossom are both different tones of Asian and Pacific Islander and lastly the dahlia has Central American toned skin. I actually found it very difficult matching skin tones and choosing realistic looking skin colors. Looking at the color picker versus how the color looks in the context of skin are very different things that I still need to work on.
Anyway, some final thoughts: It was really important for me to represent API people since I’m API and I hardly ever talk about it. In my art I personally feel I have an obligation to represent my community and all of my identities including my gender fluid identity not to mention other oppressed minorities.
On a less serious note: I want that ‘trash lord’ shirt so bad….UGH. Honestly, whenever I design outfits and clothes for my art I always want those clothes to exist. I’m lookin’ at all of you fashion designers out there: HIT ME UP I WANNA MAKE SWEET AS HECK CLOTHES. And since we’re talking about my **sarcasm** SWEEEET sense of style, LOOK at those sweet as heck swing dancing shoes. I had a vague idea of the shoes I wanted to draw but when I looked them up…I just–I want those shoes.
Alright, I’m all done. If you’re an artist (OR a fashion designer) and you have any advice leave a comment below and lemme know what’s up with the what’s up.
Later skaters, have a lovely week!