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Stupid scanner messed up the colors really bad. His eyes are supposed to be bright blue, not dull greenish... :P


December 18th, 2008
Pen and ink

Here's my manticore OC Adâr again. This picture is an entry for ~LyrebirdJacki's mythological creature contest. The assignment was to draw an unusual mythical creature (one that isn't drawn very often), and to do this using only traditional tools. Now, ~LyrebirdJacki was willing to let me enter a digital piece, but at the last moment I changed my mind and decided to go traditional after all. I wanted to stay true to the nature of the contest, and besides... Before going all digital, I used to make a lot of art using the pen and ink technique. I was never fantastic at it, but I did really like the technique. So, because I was feeling nostalgic, I decided to break out the old ink flasks after all. Get my hands dirty and all that. ;)
But here's the thing: I haven't really used this particular technique in what... 3 years? So while I was working on this, I spent half my time wrestling with the tops of ink flasks, which after all those years had gotten very stuck. Then, after finally managing to open the darn things, while almost spilling all the ink all over myself, I realized that the ink was quite difficult to control. I had forgotten all about how this stuff sometimes just creeps in areas where you don't want it to go. As if it has a mind of its own, or something. I kept trying to click a non-existent undo-button. Putting in the lines was no less difficult, but at least I could do that bit a lot faster. Inking is a wet technique, which means you need to wait for the stuff to dry before you can add a new layer. And I don't like waiting. Putting in the lines does not require me to wait at all. (Jay!)

Anyway, so I finally finished this picture today and scanned it... And of course the scanner just butchered it. Why do scanners always do that? Looks like my scanner chopped off a portion of this picture, made the linework all blurry, made the whole thing too dark, and let me assure you that the colors of the real thing look a lot brighter than this... In short, while going back to traditional art was a fun little excursion, I'm not about to give up on digital art in the near future. XD

PS. I hope it's ok that I entered one of my existing OC's, rather than just making up a totally new creature for this contest. For more info about Adâr, go here.
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NecroPhilo-Drum Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Izz This Watercolor:: Wow!! That's Super Miss-Uncia !!!!!
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, it is. Thanks. :)
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As much as I smear regular pencil, there's no way I'd ever use ink! :D But you did a great job! I really like the unique structure on the end of his tail, it looks almost like a Final Fantasy type detail.
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! People keep saying that stuff about his tail! :D
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's an awesome design.
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Haru01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Writer
Awesome!
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Haru01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Writer
welcome
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Luluissane Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
It looks like you water colored him. If you did, you did really good.
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's called pen and ink. Some people call it watercoloring, I guess...

Oh wait, I think I just submitted this to the digital art catergory! Dang, I'm so used to putting my work there. XD
I'll go change it now. ;)
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Luluissane Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Hee... not laughing at you, just your action.
It makes no difference what it's called... it's still really good.
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. ;)

And that's true. thanks! :D
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Luluissane Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
You're welcome!
Always here to be blunt about the good work.
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Well, I'm not one to get in the way of that!
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Luluissane Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
^_^ I hugs you for the heck of it.
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thanks. :)
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xSheepi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
I adore ink wash sorts of illustration... although the lack of an undo button really keeps me from getting into it xD. The lines are amazing and I love all the patches where the colour isn't filled in completely or seeps over the outlines; it gives the whole picture a very dreamscape/airy feel, which is of course reinforced by the very floaty looking pose; it just looks amazing.

Nice to see your little manticore is getting some more love, and just as with the last picture of Adâr, that huge tail is just fantastic :)
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I've always been quite partial to watercolors myself, even though I could never get the ink to behave itself properly... And what's even more difficult is the neccesity to keep some areas white, because after a spot is colord, you can't make it lighter or white anymore. Once the ink is on, it's really on for good. :P

Thanks! I'm glad at least someone likes my OC's. XD
Ever notice how fan art gets way more attention than original art. Lol. Oh well, I guess that's not too surprising. :D
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xSheepi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
lol I've only used watercolours a few times before, and I found out that whole "once a spot is inked, there's no going back" all by myself :D. Sometimes mistakes or bleeds can add a character to pieces. On this fir nstance, those bits where it leaks over the outlines actually works really nicely; although it can be equally troublesome; I guess that's why I find digital art so appealing, mistakes are gone with the touch of a button xD

haha yeah I sometimes feel kinda guilty for exploiting the whole fanart=favs thing... eventually I'll find my feet and start producing my own artwork, but for now I'm happy just to practice my painting other peoples characters ^^;
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think everybody likes that aspect of digital art. ;)

I wouldn't feel too guilty about that, if I were you (besides, I'm guilty of the same crime here). We just draw whatever we like and if that happens to be fanart or art for others, then that's just what we'll draw! :3

I really don't think to much about the faves. Or at least, I TRY not to. XD
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ShrubNinja Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd say it's pretty good for something you haven't done in 3 years. :D
Just wondering, why did you choose to do the coloring like that? :P
And I know what you mean about the canner, I feel that way every time I upload something. T_T
Good luck in the contest! :)
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)

Colored like what? You mean by ink? Or... something else? I'm afraid you need to be a wee bit more specific here. :D

Scanners usually aren't very good, except of course for the wonking-big expensive ones we have at college. But obviously I don't have them here at home with me. So...
Sucky scanner it is!

And thanks. The competition is pretty stiff, but we'll see how it'll go. ;)
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ShrubNinja Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe it's just my computer. It looks like the lines weren't filled in all the way. :P
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, that's not your computer. That's really the way it is. There's a good reason for it, and that's due to the nature of the technique. You see, in this technique you apply the colors first and then you add the lines. It's like the opposite of what you might expect, but that's how it works.

Now, since this techniqe is a so-called 'wet' technique, the ink kinda just flows all over the place and the artist tries to contain it. This doesn't always work out though. So in some places the ink may exceed their appointed areas and in other places they might not completely cover it.
This becomes more apparent later on, when you apply the linework. Some places will seem as if they were colored outside of the lines, or as if the lines weren't filled.

Can't really help it. It looks messy, maybe because I'm just not good enough with this stuff. ;)
At any rate, I'm not too upset about it myself... I think it adds a certain charm to it.
'Cause it's not all sparkly and perfect, you know? :)
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ShrubNinja Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I didn't mean it was bad. Just wondered why you used it, and it does have that charm, being so different and all.
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't think you did. ;)
Well, it was basically out of my control. But with this particular technique your aim must not be total control anyway. You'll never get it, so wanting it will just drive you nutty. You just need to accept that some areas will spill over a bit. XD

Thanks! :)
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merely-mango Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
I love the tail and the body. I am a huge fan of your paws too, they are like the Michelangelo hands of the animal world. *w*
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
Really? Why do so many people keep saying that? Lol. Those paws are not bad, but not that good either. XD

Oh well, thanks anyway! :)
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merely-mango Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
They're not bad at all, I really love them. T_T
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Thanks!
I hope I didn't come off sceptical or anything. It's just that I don't really understand why so many people think that my paws are sooooo awesome, when a lot of people out there can do them way better than me. XD

Oh well, I'm glad you like it. :hug:
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merely-mango Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Oh no you didn't, it's fine. :hug: Maybe it's your gesture? Something is very attractive about them.
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh well, thanks! Maybe I should make a paw tutorial sometime. Yeah, like that hasn't been done before. XD

:)
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18music18 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
He is SO cool :D
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
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