Thank you. I think it's a very nice place indeed, although I imagine, that the parrots make a lot of noise all day long. I use Paint Tool SAI for both drawing and coloring. In this case the outlines where made on paper, but I think that the program works very well for drawing. It's not so demanding on the computer as Photoshop or Corel Painter seem to be.
They have two ladies (ok, only one behaves ladylike, the other one talks a lot). :3 sta.sh/22bebiberrdw?edit=1 The one with the pink nose is Molly. She is the oldest and spends a lot of time in my presence. The one with the black nose is Nicki. She's the one talking all the time. Nicki turned up one cold November morning under mom's parked car six or so years ago.
Thank you! THe coloration felt very taxing on the eyes while working on it, but I really like how it came out. Especially the colors in the water as they provided a nice break from pink tones. XD I bet its Rocky's biggest catch ever, although he was aiming for that fly that's flying through the picture.
I remember that I redid the water at least once, but that was towards the end of the coloration. I also tried out a different way of coloring that time (I had a dark blue layer with a low opacity setting). Probably did some changes along the way. As I'm sur you know, when working on a bright, white background, colors tend to look different compared to what they look like once there's less blinding white. So I usually end up fiddling around with colors.
It does indeed. Now I've gotten used to having a background layer with a darker color in the background that I can turn on and off when I feel that the color I'm working on get's too close to the background. It's very useful to spot where you've gotten outside of the outlines as well. Another technique that I'm not using all too often (sadly, it really helps) is doing the background first. xD
It's great. Evening scenes are always fun to watch but difficult to draw. At least for me. Whenever I tried to draw one I could never get the right colors and the lightning that would satisfy me enough.
I don't get along very well with photoshop. Way too many settings that I'm absolutely clueless about. I used to use Corel Painter a lot before as it has a more intuitive interface, but the later versions all suffer from lags and instability. A friend recommended Paint tool SAI and I'm loving it. It does lack some tools though so photoshop helps out with those.
It runs surpricingly smoothly and the interface fits me. t does come with settings just like photoshop, just not so overwhelming. As opposed to photoshop it's for drawing, so that limits the number of settings, but it allows you to export to photoshop with layers and all intact. :3
So many frogs! I actually like this piece. It would have been a bit too cartoony for my taste if it wasn't for the light and colour-scheme for this one. It's a bit busy with all these individual things going on, but it's not too much, you still can look at the picture as a whole. I like that! Oh, and the chameleon. I really like the chameleon.
Thank you for your delightful comment! Ever since I was a child I really loved to study the pictures in the Pettson and Findus-books from the swedish author Sven Nordqvist. They would always have a lot of small details and weird critters going about their everyday life around the main focus of the picture. I'm trying to make something similar with my pictures, so that there will always be something new to discover. I'm happy you like the chameleon. It's one of my favorite details in the picture and I really loved how the sky showed through it so I left it transparent, making it a true master of disguise. ;3
You're welcome ^^ Ah, Pettson and Findus, wonderful books and artwork. I remeber one halloween where I was dressed as one of the weird critters under the floor in one of his drawings xD The idea with the transparent chameleon is great, I really like it ^^
I would love that! Hm, I need to get my paws on those books. I think it's a shame that you hardly ever come across the original illustrations anymore since Pettson and Findus first got animated. Now you find plenty of Pettson and Findus stuff, but it's all in the lesser style.
... I actually don't even know if mine's one or the other, I never knew there was more than one style ... I just, you know, concentrated on the story and the Bugglers (do you also call them bugglers in other languages, or is it just some danish translator or my mom who thought they needed a name?)
Good job, I see your drawing and coloring skills are pretty good as well! I heard evening colors are usually a pain in the ass, but you totally managed to find the right ones here. And I just read you didn't even use Photoshop? O.o
They are. XD I felt color blind more than once while coloring this picture. XD Haha, no. I have a photoshop allergy. I always feels very weird and akward when I try to use it to draw or paint. For many years I've been using Painter Classic (now it's called Corel painter but it has a lot with stability issues). Luckily a friend i troduced me to Paint tool SAI and that works very well for me. I do use photoshop for photoediting, resizing and things. :3
It's too technical xD too many settings and to many strange words that I can't make sence of. I do a lot by trial and error, but sometimes it's hard to see what exactly a setting does and I've had problems setting things up. Both painter and Sai feel more intuitive, although I have no doubt whatsoever, that photoshop has far more funktions and options.
I did in the past, then I stopped for a while (for a few years actually). Still not sure why exactly. It just happened. And lately I got some of my interest back when my friend showed me some of her fresh art and introduced me to this website some time ago.