Oh, guess what? I updated my website!
Anyway, I uploaded some new art... although none of it was original, they were dolls made in the Sailor Senshi Maker 3.0 by Drachea Rannak on DollDivine. But do please check out my dolls. I put a lot of work and details into them.
Lately I've been working on my Photoshopping skills. I've downloaded tons of tutorials (I'm thoroughly convinced that if they were concrete, real-world creations, my collection of tutorials would in fact weigh well over 2,000 pounds), and I have temporarily stopped working on my WIPs in order to learn more about shading, highlighting, skin tones, text effects, etc. Mostly shading. I know, I know, ten years too late. I suck at shading. So much. XD But I'm getting better!
(ENFP distraction moment: Text emoticons don't translate well with this font. [/ENFPdistraction])
Anyway, I would like to direct your attention to the background I'm using. I basically recycled one of my old backgrounds (I consider it my best one so far), used a filter or two, played around with layer effects, etc., and out came this beauty. (Can you tell how proud I am?) I enjoyed it so much, I went on another background-creation spree, so now I have even MORE backgrounds for future use in my manga and artwork. (I already had, like, 70 on my other computer to begin with. Maybe 50. I don't know, I made half of them in two or three days; it's all a blur.)
In addition, I made my very first tutorial! Yay! I like using Photoshop brushes, but when it comes to screentones and other effect brushes, I'd rather use ones I created. I often have ideas for shapes I don't see other people create, and sometimes I have drawings and shapes I already made that would make for great brushes (the roses in my Valentine Roses picture, for example). But also, I like the kinds of screentones I see in manga, and so I like to try to recreate what I see and put my own spin on them. The tutorial I linked to above was an accidental discovery when I clicked "Make Selection" instead of "Fill Path" while trying to color in a shape. For years, that option had completely escaped my notice until now, sitting right there in plain sight, lol. I was overjoyed, because I always wanted to know how to make those speckly-looking bubble/ halo effects you see all the time in shoujo manga (like Sailor Moon... of course).
Hopefully I'll have more opportunities to update this site with more of my artwork. While I *am* still working on story, characters, etc. in my manga, I have stalled out on the artwork portion while I sharpen my Photoshopping skills. I still don't have a good scanner yet, so I have to rely on the Photoshop pen tool to ink horribly splotchy scans of my artwork, or learning how to draw everything from scratch on the screen. Not that that's altogether a bad thing; I'm enjoying that little toy. But it is a lot more work than I'm used to, and I need lots of practice. Sadly, I had to restart some of them because I changed their sizes (smaller) after scanning them (Why on earth would I do that?? Was it a glitch?), so I have to ink them all over again. I also lost a few layers on some of my pages, and saved a couple in very low quality. Actually, what I *think* I did was delete the wrong files while I was cleaning/ organizing my computer... But without the missing files, I can't exactly confirm that, now can I?
Yes, I know it sounds tragic, but in a weird way, I'm relieved, because it's an opportunity to make improved versions of outdated art. The fact is, if they hadn't been glitched/ deleted/ missing, I would have felt forced to keep them and not improve them in the name of just hurrying up and finishing. I would have just gone on with the rest of my chapters and hoped that nobody hated the sudden change in quality halfway through. Well, maybe nobody would have hated it, but you never know. ;)
So here's to improvement and new experiences. I'll just make "improving my art skills" my New Year's resolution... in September.