View Full Version : WIP: coloring "the crush"
08-16-2006, 02:03 PM
hello people, here's a little scan from my sketchbook that i would like to color. hoping to finish this one after work from today on til whenever i'm happy with it (okay, hopefully this weekend;)...). I've never done a WIP on a forum before, but i thought i give it a shot. would be nice to have some of you along for the ride.
for this one, i want to use really warm colors that fit her mood. to start with, here's the pencil sketch and a first block in of the colors.
comments and crits welcome, cheerio!
08-17-2006, 11:52 PM
okay, i used some overlay layer to light up the area over her face and body. then flattened that down.
next i worked some more on the coloring of the figure itself. used a simple hard round brush with other dynamics set to pen pressure....that's about it for tonight :)
hope you like so far.
08-18-2006, 12:19 AM
Looking very cute. The bright pink on the top is a little too distracting but you'll probably play with it later. =)
How cute, indeed. I really like the pic and the color scheme you've got going on. There's only a couple of things that bother me. First, the highlights on her little shirt thingy might be a bit too bold; they give it a sort of plastic effect instead of that of fabric. Also, I feel the shadows beneath the shirt are a little off too; mostly, they're just a little too dark, especially the shadow under the left sleeve. See how it's so dark that it seems to "cut" the arm off? Finally, I see a small problem with her anatomy; she seems to only have one breast. You can see the cleavage of both breasts quite clearly above her shirt, yet the right breast itself is invisible. If you look at the angle of her upper-body and the, well, um, rather large size of her left breast, it is obvious that a portion of her right breast should be quite visibly protruding from behind her clasped hands.
Hope these crits can be of some help to you. Regardless, thanks for sharing your work. It's looking great!
BTW, can I get this chick's phone number?
08-18-2006, 11:21 AM
@RAlphD, i suppose you mean the thought bubble, which i will have to play with later on so that it doesnt distract too much, that is true i suppose.
@Mychael, thanks a lot for taking the time to look at this with a critical eye. i will certainly look at the problems you pointed out in my next few steps.
about her phone number....hmm...i drew this girl in my sketchbook on the opposing side of a wayne rooney portrait/sketch thingie, so her crush is for him, meaning i don't have her number, sorry pal. Rooney might though ;) thanks again dude!
Aw. I'm such a loser- none of the cartoon girls ever dig me. :sad:
08-19-2006, 05:34 PM
okay, i put in some more work and fixed some things along the way that were brought up. think it's time for me to step away from this for a few hours and come back to it with some fresh eyes.
in the meantime, C&C is appreciated, hope u like.
08-19-2006, 08:00 PM
Oh, pretty! I like the improvements. =) Can't see any flaw at the moment. ;)
Hey, jpedro, much improved. Very nice work! Looks nearly finished to me. The only crit I can think of at this time is that you might want to re-shape her right forearm a little. I didn't notice at first, but it's curved like a banana instead of straight as it should be. BTW, the more I look at it, the more I like her posture- the way you've got her positioned is very expressive and playful and works great with the overall vibe of the picture. Keep up the good work!
08-20-2006, 11:43 PM
okay, i worked on this some more today, cool to see some more feedback from you guys, thanks a lot for that!
Mychael, you're spot on about the arm, i noticed that today when i made some more adjustments to the picture. so adjustment 1- the arm, which is better now it think, then i also changed the hue of the BG a little and the belt. i also made a little change to the font, i think the color works better. then i added some blue fluff on the seam of her blouse.
i hope you do like the changes, think it's not too far away from completion now.
08-21-2006, 12:06 AM
I don't know about the color changes. I liked the earlier, more washed out/subdued/natural colors. It's quite bright and purple now. The green of her pants contrasted nicely with the general red hues around it. Made her feel more grounded. The yellow buckle contrasted nicely with the hints of purple in her pants too. The purple and green right now aren't really doing much for each other.
I thought the bendy arm was just a stylistic exaggeration at first. It looks fine fixed too, and I like the new font.
Ok. The font works much better than the original one in my opinion. I think the arm is much improved as well. I think it's cool that the revision to the arm reveals more of her waist- it actually helps define her form in a way that I totally didn't see coming. Very Nice! :thumbsup:. I'm into the blue frilly things on the shirt as well.
The only thing is that I tend to kind of agree with TimonQ about the color changes. I also liked the warm, fuzzy, washed-out look and the way that the colors of the pants, the belt, and the belt buckle seemed very natural/comfortable in a way, especially against the background. It's true that it made her feel more "grounded," and the fact that the earthy green was repeated in her eyes added a lot to the effect for me. Of course, this may very well be a matter of taste, too. I think you've done a great job regardless- hope to see more of your work!
08-26-2006, 03:57 PM
@Michael and TimonQ, thanks for your comments. after a few days break (GC in Leipzig was great fun, especially the games-music concert on the opening night), and then coming back to the picture, i took a few minutes to look at the issues that you guys mentioned about the changes to belt and pants, and then decided to indeed take it back a little closer to the first versions.
before i start fiddling around with this babe more, i think it's probably best if call this piece done now...
thanks again guys!
08-26-2006, 04:20 PM
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