Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The 2010 Tigress

Haven't been showing step-by-steps lately. So yea...

I started off with wanting some anatomy practice, so i looked through my sketch book and hey, let's use this. Not much of an angle or dynamic-ism, but heack i thought if i were to study anatomy i can screw all that.

lalala did this rough when i was artjaming with some nutty friends beginning of this year. Initially i was lazy and thought of just going with this and touching up the features a bit. Then i thought "Hey why not try doing semi-realistic for once. It might be interesting". Turned out to be quite fruitful and fulfilling since i haven't really done this before. Besides i could hand this in for simplified figures...I WISH! i will get killed by SS if i do orzlll

Continuing where i left off, i used the above rough as a base, sketched the supposedly more realistic curves, and changed the pose a bit to make her more menacing than pouty. Did some initial shades for the body. I tried working differently this time by going from dark tone to light, just like acrylics. Turns out i'm pretty bad working this way so i need more practice.

Added in stuff i forgot like the tail and some of the waist length hair. Rendered some more to bring out the basic 3d form of the clothes, hair, etc.

It was pretty done when i reached this stage, all was left was to clean up the rough outline and touch up more places. IMHO i could have stopped here but i felt that the outline was giving the pic less than semi-realistic result. Still very manga-ish which defeats my purpose. So i pushed on.

Somehow when the outlines weren't so obvious it made her look a bit broad. As in really plump and well-covered. Realistically it would be the body most women would have in real life. But i wasn't satisfied at stopping here and soon realized after a while that she did seem plump to me.

So time to put in my own touches and made her slimmer and gave her more ideal, sexy proportions which our lects can't seem to stop emphasizing. I suppose it did add a bit of aesthetics to it after i did so. I decided to stop now cause my main focus was not to spend too much time on this piece. I wanted it as learning material so i considered it done. Took roughly 4-5 hours, done between short breaks of work i have piled up.

What i have gained (slightly):
- how to draw a less manga-ish pretty face.
- a more realistic sexy body.
- insight of the beauty of real tigers (i was fascinated by the stock photo references i have)

What i could have done better:
- spend more time polishing the body and working on the arms. Still not too familiar with doing nicely shaped semi-realistic arms.
- worked on a better background to really bring out the character.