I got really into looking at hanfu-inspired modern fashion this week... which led me back to drawing these wuxia characters again from Martial Spirit!

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Suen Hong Sun and Li Fung

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I accidentally scanned the watercoloured version in BITMAP mode, and it... maybe looks better than the final versions...??

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My only regret is not having good enough calligraphy skills to put some text on the righthand side. There's also a timelapse video here!

Today's music post: Big Marvel's cover of Africa by Toto. His videos always make me laugh because they're ridiculous but his face is so deadpan. This video also has a bonus chicken in it, on top of the usual rubber chicken. He is actually very talented (vocals and instruments), so check his other videos out too

I wanted to draw a holiday picture for Love Love Hill, so I drew a CHOW CHOW because 2018 is year of the dog! I follow chows online and everytime I see their photos come up on my feed, my heart swells up to 2x its original size. I've seen a lot of chows wear bibs too, and it is just TOO PERFECT!

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Here is the final version! I haven't tried this salt-in-watercolour trick since elementary school, ha!

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Here are some good chows to follow:

Today's music post: Monkey Bath by Floex

Today I'm feeling a little bit sad because I perhaps had the ability to change a situation, but now it's too late. Whatever was there, is now lost. I know that beating myself up over it isn't going to help in the long run, but hopefully the self-reflection can help prevent losses from happening in the future.

Not ready for to actually draw the aforementioned comic, so here are some scenes for now!

Jake really likes to go to the aquarium, so he dragged Austin to go too. Austin's favourite past time is camping/hiking (always loving nature).

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WIP photos. The aquarium one is loosely inspired by my trip to Osaka Aquarium, specifically the "central" main stage pacific ocean tank with the whale shark! Originally both colours were going to share the same colour scheme, but it diverged at some point. I outlined the aquarium one with a fineliner because it felt too low contrast, but then I immediately regretted that decision.

I probably could have done more work to define shapes and increase contrast, but as soon as I rip the painter's tape off, it's over!

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Inaccurate colour scans.

I was listening to this 80s remix of Ariane Grande's "Into You" on repeat... too catchy! I don't even know what the original sounds like!

These are not particularly exciting drawings, but I wanted to practice mixing skin tones with my travel watercolour palette. One thing that I noticed was that my brush is very powerful at soaking up water/pigment, while the metal palette is super hydrophobic. What this means for me is that it makes it very hard to do light washes because any/all colour pigment/water gets sucked up from the palette, into my brush. Anything liquid on the palette just globs into droplets because of surface tension. I might have to use a plastic palette to mix skin tone in the future, or pour water directly into the metal palette.

It's Austin and Jake again, this time in logger sports uniform in the locker room. This picture would make more sense after you read Motivation, Concentration oneshot comic. The theme was more or less, "passing the baton" to the next generation.

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Materials

  • Col-erase 20066 scarlet red
  • Canson XL mixed media paper (7"x 10")
  • Various from Pentel watercolour and SHINHAN SWC Premium Professional Artist Grade

Insider details

  • I find ballcap bills to be extremely hard to draw, so I took photo reference of myself for these paintings
  • The captain hat's mascot is a reindeer, inspired by a reindeer plush I got from Tokyu Hands in Tokyo ~2012.
  • Their sense of organization is different
  • Jake is overall not really into wearing hats, but will wear it for tradition's sake, during public competition only (it gives him hat hair)

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The skintone here is a mix of red and ochre yellow from the pentel set. I put a bit more brown/blue in Austin's tone, and a bit more red undertone for Jake's.

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My scanner freaked out when I scanned the pictures. I was applying pressure on the scan bed to flatten out the ripples. When I didn't apply pressure to the scan bed, it scanned as normal.

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I've been doing moderate amounts of brainstorming about these two characters, Jake and Austin, for the past month or so. I'm contemplating during a longer form comic about them.

Paintings below are inspired by the comics found in FujoSports (autumn hiking, younger in age), and then Expired Seafood: Tied Up (winter hiking, older in age).

I did a quick thumbnail for the autumn hiking scene, while the winter one was pretty much a random sketch.

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Materials:

  • Col-erase 20066 scarlet red, 20053 Terra Cotta
  • Mitsubishi Fine Prussian Blue (hard 2453)
  • Canson XL mixed media paper (7"x 10")
  • Various from Pentel watercolour and SHINHAN SWC Premium Professional Artist Grade

After sketching I painter-taped both sheets onto the smooth side of a masonite board. The paper I'm using is NOT thick or great for watercolours, but I more or less just consider these to be studies, and I'm not even using high end watercolours either.

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My original intent was to re-outline the pictures, but I decided to keep it blobby instead! Final version are below and/or in the gallery~

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