CREDIT for the lineart drawing goes to
. I only colored in the lineart, I did not draw this myself. Please see original lineart here: [link]
Very beautiful picture, no? Killer for a colorist though XD . I hope I did it justice.
This is meant as an entry for the
April 2011 Steampunk Color Contest. Hopefully, if nothing went horribly wrong or I didn't misread some vital rule or something, I count! XD [/lastminuteentry]Comments & Critique Disclaimer
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Color-Me-Club April Contest Entry - "Steampunk Angel" ColoredDate:
9in x 12in (original)Media:
Canson Marker Paper 9x12
COPIC Ciao Markers 144 Set
Adobe Photoshop CS3Subject
Marker colored fantasy picture.
A gray 'steampunk angel' sits amongst tons of gears and clockwork, with plumes of colored smoke arising and black and white patterns of gears.Creation
I printed the lineart on my special marker paper, and it filled most of the page.
This was a VERY complicated piece D= . I finished it within a 24 hour period, almost exactly (although obviously I didn't spend the entire 24 hours coloring; it was on and off). I found out about the contest maybe 4 or 5 days ago, and decided to tackle it in the last day. OMGOMGOMG I'm so last minute my heart was racing OTZ .
A lot of this was coming up with ideas on what colors to use, what vision I had in mind. This was basically a big giant excuse to experiment, since I'm a little new to markers and colors in general, and I learned a lot. I started with the girl, and I had an idea of making her completely gray, and everything else be colored; sort of like an inversion, where the mechanics would be colorful while the living thing was dull. I also got to try out using both warm and gray at the same time; see in her skin, the darkest shadow was C-3 Cool Gray 3, and that blends into W-1 Warm Gray 1, and then I blended that into the white of the paper with my 0 Blender. Tip: The 0 Blender actually does work well as a blender on this type of special marker paper, but is awful for blending on most other types of paper.
I have the Cool Gray and Warm Gray ranges, so it was fun choosing when to use warm or cool tones in her figure, and contrasting the lights and darks.
Next I went toward the other extreme, the plumes of smoke. I wanted to try and make them very colorful, to bring to mind magic brews and such, so I chose really strong bright colors and laid them in heavily. Some went better than others... I like the green/blue plumes most, the purple ones least. I was experimenting trying to make the edges of the purple lightest, instead of darkest like I did with the others, and had mixed results.
I started in on some of the cogs, and this is when everything went to hell and much cursing ensued. Since the plumes were primaries and bright, and the girl was grays, I decided to make the metalwork to be earth tones, browns, and golds as something sort of 'in between'. I went with two main color ranges, which are the reddish/brown metal type and the golden/beige metal, with some small variations throughout, and I tried out probably a dozen different ways of coloring the metal. It was a LOT of work though, too much to do it throughout, and I was starting to feel that the colors weren't coming out great because they were all competing so much. A note to keep in mind; the original colors were WAY WAY stronger. Bright, primary, vivid marker colors. I toned them down in Photoshop, so the original copy looks quite different from this.
The stripped out major gear on the left I decided to try something different, with a black/white design. This was, I admit, partly an economic choice, because of my limited time, but I also liked the idea and didn't want to do the same thing with the gears throughout the whole thing; I felt that would have been boring. My blank marker was really good for a strong black, but for the smaller details or some lines, my hand shook too much, so I got my liner pens to clean those edges up. Unfortunately, my pens' inks aren't as black as my markers'. Tip: Darker colors in markers are more heavily pigmented, especially something like 100 Black, so on marker paper like this, it quickly becomes sticky and streaky from all that pigment pooling on top of the page. Lighter colors are made up of more alcohol, so they don't do this as much.
For the glass on the clockwork, I wanted to make it unique somehow... I thought I'd do something like stained glass, and in the original the blending looks more natural and soft )= . Oh well. Originally I wanted to keep the inside of the 'broken clock' completely untouched, to also make a different effect, but then it seemed not to look so good when everything else was done; I took the black outline theme and spread it into that clock, and I think that helps the bigger cog also feel more integrated into the pic as a whole.
I also didn't like the white space of the plain background, but didn't want a dark color to drown the pic more. I chose E53, E51, E50 to soften those areas up just a bit.
When I was basically done with coloring, there was only 20 minutes left and I was freaking out. Dragged it through my scanner and into Photoshop. I adjusted the Levels (CTRL+L 60 darks, 230 lights) to fix the light/darkness, then cropped the image.
Then I made the biggest change, which is to go to Hue/Saturation (CTRL+U) and lower the Saturation -75, also tweaked Hue -10 or something. The original piece looks like a psychedelic acid trip, not even kidding. Artist Thoughts
I wish I had more time! I always wait last minute too much, and with 10 more minutes in Photoshop I feel like I could have 'tweaked' and played with this much more, cleaned up the little bits better, tried out different things to see what I liked best. Hell, I'll do that anyway and probably reupload this later, but still, I feel like... you know.
But, but, but, I'm proud I finished it in time. I feel like I learned so much from this, and it was really fun in parts, frustrating in others. I really like how the angel in particular turned out, and I'll know better for next time plenty of things.