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October 20th, 2006
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Motoko Kusanagi, practice sketch.

More experimenting with Illustrator and the tablet, using some custom brush strokes I built. I traced this pic off of reference, as practice and to see whether the strokes could handle her eyes.

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... then I went a little nuts coloring, since I always enjoy that part. The first color pic used the thick-lined original sketch. twoflower suggested the lines might be too thick for a color pic (though the B&W looks great). So, I did another one with very thin lines in the hair. I think it worked, mostly. I also really love the texture in the irises.

Someday I'll learn to make dramatic shadows, but meanwhile, here's a neutral glowy look.

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From:nicci
Date:October 21st, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
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how do you manage your awesome skin tone shading? are you dropping shadows of strokes and fuzzing them out?
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From:jengagne
Date:October 21st, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
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No, just airbrushing... I start with a base midtone, and then I tend to use multiply-brown for shadows instead of black, so it doesn't get muddy... and pull it back up with white or peach.

Sometimes I mask for the nose, but in this example I didn't. I'm recoloring this even as we speak (er, type) and you'll probably see a difference (hopefully in a good way).

So tired. But enjoying the coloring.
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From:nicci
Date:October 21st, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
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i really like the texture added by the other colors. it's kind of glowy! yum!
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From:jengagne
Date:October 21st, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Look at the following entry -- it's even more gratuitously glowy. And I added a serial number to her eye (as she's a cyborg)...
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