More concept art by Iain McCaig.
(I’m going to see him speak at a design conference in May!)
artist: Jaime Jones set 2
Model poses and the finished paintings of Gil Elvgren
This is awesome.
I made a walkthrough of my process for drawing faceted stones! Judging by the timestamps from the screenshots I took, drawing this one stone took an hour and three minutes, although I know I went and checked tumblr a couple times while I was working, so let’s just call it an hour.
Now MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
- This walkthrough assumes you already know how to use layer masks, the clone stamp, and the lasso tool. There’s also one part where I didn’t label it, but I inverted the selection so I could keep my lines consistent. It’s in the third image.
- Unfortunately I can’t really help with colour choice and the actual colouring of the pinwheel shape that makes up the back facets, but you can kind of see that I tended to colour with lines that cut across the facets and and kept the outer parts of the facets darker. It would probably be best to find a reference to work from!
- This particular cut of stone is called the ‘brilliant’ cut.
- There’s actually a lot of internal reflection business that goes on in a stone, but I elected to ingore all of it since at a distance you can’t really tell anyway.
now GO FORTH AND DAZZLE YOUR FRIENDS WITH YOUR SPARKLE
I also use this same method for painting fur like this
EDIT: I also usually use the 4th nib but accidentally used the 3rd for this
Principles of Problematic Character Design, the First
The tendency of artists to keep female characters close to idealized human proportions, even when male characters’ proportions are dramatically stylized.
Oop! Wrong again feminist!Tumblr. ( I know you always have /some/ sort of complaint, but still.) All these different characters represent a variant body type for women and I even didn’t delve into the villain section. A lot of these girls are comic relief too to boot.
Its not a deficiency in /character design/. Its just safe marketing. The less the female body type is warped the safer it is to put on TV. You won’t get any complaints from women about an insult to the female body and you won’t have a high percentage of males getting bored because of a lack of aesthetic appeal.
I find it funny though, that these girls didn’t even occur to anyone, /because/ they’re out of proportion in places. So, you see my point.
welcome to character design 101, where six instances where it hasn’t happened don’t change the fact that disparate stylization does happen and it doesn’t matter because here we (in spite of the rather broad url) largely talk about video games