Categories
Posts

The Next Village – Traditional Watercolor Illustration

I had a daydream about a little bard who wandered from village to village plying his trade so I set it down with traditional watercolors. Enjoy!

Here’s a progress shot I managed to take:

Some small details:

Categories
Posts

Trying Out Different Styles

I finished reading The Frog Princess to my daughter and I made this little illustration inspired by it. But this time, I tried to develop a completely different style than I usually use.

very few months I like to mix up my style and try something new. This helps me get out of any rut I’m in, but it also helps me understand my current (and usual) style and see it from a different perspective. I get to solve the same problem in a different way. Sometimes I bring back the new techniques into my usual style, or sometimes I continue to use the new style for the long-term.

Categories
Posts

Color Pencils in Krita

Krita comes with a set of built-in color pencil brushes. I wanted to see how well I could replicate physical color pencils. The image below is an example of what I did over a few hours:

By comparison, here is a piece I did in actual color pencils on toned pencil.

So, immediately, I can see that the texture of the paper is missing. I tried to add this using some watercolor random textures but didn’t quite get it. Pencil line is also not quite as chunky and textury as I’d like. The lines in the digital version are still too smooth. This may be because I drew with a very thin pen at 350dpi. It was also difficult to get a good fill with the digital brush. The available fill brush gave too smooth a pattern, making it look smudgy rather than textury (is that a term?).

Overall, though, I’m pretty happy. I will try different themes and see how well I develop.

I did modify the standard sketch color pencil so that the tip would be smaller based on pressure because I felt that the default curve left too thick a line. And, I also tried out David Revoy’s Extra Brush Presets for Krita 4

Categories
Posts

The Witch of Orion Waste

This image was inspired by the story The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight by E. Lily Yu in Uncanny Magazine which I read over a year or two ago yet its images are still clear in my mind.

Pencil drawing of a woman flying with a group of crows around her

I love the language and the image of the witch with a bell in her mouth flying over the fields.