Well, look who actually got something done. No, not me... That'd be silly. For those who don't already know, this is based off of a sketch made by in her character sheet located at this [link] .
My original plan was to get this AND an Art Trade done over the break but I am lazy and lots of stuff happened with friends over the break (nothing bad, just hanging out and enjoying the break) and I lost track of time until I had really.. no time left to use. My bad.
I improvised a lot of the background to fit this picture into a realistic environment yet again because I'm trying to move away from the black backgrounded color splats like I mentioned in my last pic. This was also a small experiment in another way because I ran this picture through some filters (to make it look less dull) and the shine that came out really caught my eye and a couple bud's eyes so I stuck with a filter version.
Anyways, here we have Saff.. the lazy bum is basking in the moonlight with a cocky grin on his face, the bastard. <3
If he's enjoying sitting there as much as I enjoyed working on this pic, no wonder why he's grinning so huuge... xD
SaffronTH - me.. yes me
You can also Critique me into my grave if you wish.
This is just a small playaround with my tablet and some Photoshop filter settings on an unfinished piece of lineart you may recognize. I kinda liked the feel the picture gave off so I said "Why not just throw it up and see what happens."
It's a quick work overall (just about an hour or 2, the lineart I'm counting as separate time) using the tablet for some rough paint and highlighting work.
But it does give Saff a cool setting, I always felt that a dark, ominous background with a bright spot could have some potential with his color scheme.
I was inspired by seeing a few of those "in show" style pics so I thought about trying one myself. Sorry for some sloppiness in the background, I'm still working on making better settings for pictures. ************
Winter has rolled in, and with it, Saff is wandering the snowy hills outside of the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, mostly to get some piece and quiet away from society. It is somewhat clear that he was approached by a being not pictured but that whoever did come doesn't seem to be out looking for a brawl. Being used to fighting and violence Saff's first reaction (or instinct/reflex) was to put his guard up, which he is in the middle of dropping with a questionable look on his face at this exact time.
Fact of the matter is, he hasn't gotten along well with too many others for awhile, he's really only open to a small set of closer friends and really just turns himself off in public. His general distrust is kind of sad since it prevents too much socialization and unless around those previously mentioned friends, he really just sticks to himself. He is cold to the world, hence the name. Provided the chance to maybe talk he will probably walk out and continue to wander the cold for awhile. It'll probably be a lonely Christmas.
--------- Clean shot of the render is located in my scrapbook at this [link] ---------
"They (the doctors) say lie down and rest off all the bangs and bruises.. I say it's time to get back on my feet.. It's like they say 'Get knocked down.. Hop back onto your feet and continue the ass kicking....' They say they know whats best, and probably do, but I have a score to settle with a rusty tin can named Nova. For whatever reason he didn't finish his business back there, and that mistakes gunna cost him big... Still, gotta wonder WHY he wouldn't, either I got lucky or there's more to that armor coated hog... just thinking about this is gunna bug me for awhile."
Halfway finishing what "A Book With Cover Broken" started in budding the rivalry between Saffron and Nova. A real scrap fest until the end, steel plating proved to be the difference maker, all though Big N didn't make it out without a scratch by any means (as I plan to illustrate later.)
Waking up nearly 20 hours later, the headstrong Purple Hedgehog found himself bandaged up pretty heavilly and lying inside a hospital bed, all though the staff made the mistake of leaving his gloves and shoes nearby and handy. With his mind made up almost from the waking moments, he readies himself to prematurely leave, an action that the doctors and other staff try to prevent but will ultimately fail in, even moving with a slight limp and aching all over from the previous night, he is able to get back into the free world and be more ready for a second confrontation with Nova. Better be more ready next time or there could be much more pain coming his way, since pride and perseverance with no plan is no better than stupidity.
The picture itself focused on the central character figure and the overall concept switched up multiple times, from having a random doctor character in it (which didn't pan out so I dropped the idea) to a cityscape outside the windows (a real pain in the ass that I would have not liked to try at this time, so I dropped it too.) So instead I settled on a semi simple hospital windowed wall and a calming yet "firey intense" sunset, which could be the backdrop for some of the Purple hedgehog's anger or firey spirit. It contrasted with the shading to me real nicely as well so it was what I eventually settled on. A final slight tint to help make everything flow and I found the pic to be complete. I would like to think of this as one of the best drawings I've done of Saff if not the best, and it will help pave the way for future, more detailed, character illustrations.
Hope everything is to your liking.
Saffron the Hedgehog @ Art - *allbowdown Sonic the Hedgehog - SEGA
The Tutorial Text (RTF for Word or WordPad preferably) - [link]
From the RTF - My goal here is to create a simple, straightforward way of teaching Photoshop's Pen tool. It is really really easy once you learn the basics and you will probably never need another tutorial again if this one is good enough at explaining it.
Which I hope it will be.
As you can see the preview is also of a sketch I've never had on the net before so I guess that adds a bit to it.
To help make this tutorial better, present any questions/ inadequacies you may have to me via note or MSN (as provided on my homepage and in the text) and if this works I may move onto other quick-ish tutorials on effective coloring e.t.c.