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Brand Loyalty

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        It takes a lot of patience and effort to keep your life on track. Lately I’ve had to readjust some priorities, but the good news is that my art gained more consideration.

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      After visiting Artists Alley at Comic-Con,  I received a lot of support. I really didn’t expect it;  I had professional artists telling me I should be one of them! Vindication; don’t knock it until you receive it, am I right?

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        Anyway I’m supposed to be doing a calendar for next year. I’m pretty stoked.
     Wish me skill, not luck. I’m gonna need it!

Color Blind, part 2

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       Wanna hear something funny? When I dropped in my color for this image, I did it in color! Had to correct that after I realized it. From there I create a clipping mask and began adding my highlights and shadows, each separately. I’m allowing a little bleed over into the hairline because it helps set up the tones I need for the scalp.

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      Next I add the hair and eyebrows. When I feather in the edges of hair I like to use a custom brush that I got from another artist, Genzoman. I don’t always want to make them and a good idea is a good idea, especially if it’s freely given. The eyebrows are a little too dark, so I’ll erase them with a low opacity soft eraser to get them right.

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     When you’re doing eyes,  it’s hard sometimes to not go overboard with detail. I create a more realistic look when I dial it back a little. Also it took awhile to not add little bright dots for highlights the way I did when I drew anime style characters. It’s a good look in that context, but a little soft brush goes a long way.

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     Finally, I began texturing the hair. I didn’t want to go for a flat sheen. Too plain.  So I added some stray strands to give it personality.

      So now I’m almost set! Next time you’ll see the final product, so keep an eye out!