A redraw of a June 2010 portrait of DW5!Cao Ren
. The original ultimately came from a screen shot. This one was inspired by his DW5: XL character select image. (0:10 here
) I made a crappy sketch to get the proportions, then drew a Loomis-style
skull underneath, then the helmet and collar on top. My neck anatomy needs work, but I rather like the simplified style for now.
As fan art, this didn't qualify for the redraw contest, but I enjoyed the inspiration from others' improvement. I'm also hella proud of how much I've learned in the past 2 1/2 years. It helped a lot to switch over to Manga Studio and its fantastic pen handling. I should probably sketch more, but I do push myself with every piece I create, strive to nail fundamental structure as well as I can, and study pro illustrators for inspiration at getting more nuance into my work. I was also into careful penciling back in high school - some of my improvement comes from relearning what I had once done well.
Drawn freehand in Manga Studio.
Time: 5 days for the structure and rough pencils, 5 days for the ink. I wanted to start learning how to draw hair in locks, which required extra time for experimentation.