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fanime 2012 request:  samus / malkovich by ultramike82 fanime 2012 request:  samus / malkovich by ultramike82
requested at fanime 2012.
starting to practice coloring the schoolism style, and i still have a LONG way to go...
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Shiranui94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love Samus here! :heart:
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! it's my first time drawing samus, so i'm glad i was able to stay true to the character!
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Shiranui94 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Still a well done job ^^

Samus is and stays the best character in my eyes ^^
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perkelate Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Looks awesome, Mike. I still remember the moment you put up the "Free commissions!" sign at Fanime a few years ago. This is something else entirely.
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, thanks! i'm still drawing for free though, haven't quite made the leap to paid commissions yet. yeah, those were the good ol' days...
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kidokaproject Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I personally think this looks pretty darn good. it would look awesome if you just cleaned it up more xD

I know you're coloring this currently with what seems to be one source of lighting, but don't forget that there will be some backlighting too...

what do you use to color anyway? o.o
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! it was much better in my head, but i don't quite have the skills to put it to (digital) paper yet :-)
it's definitely on the rough side -- one day i'm going to have to do a fully-rendered piece just to see whether i can actually do one, haha. the main thing i need to work on is organizing my tone values better, and starting to develop my color selection. i always forget about the backlighting -- it usually does wonders for the lighting!
i'm trying out the schoolism/bobby chiu method of doing the whole pic in grayscale first, then adding some colorize/overlay magic to get the final colors. i know traditionalists really frown on this method, but unfortunately since i'm a late starter i have to take any shortcut i can to catch up. but while i think i have an idea on how to organize tone/value, i have no idea how to organize colors. if you have any suggestions on where to learn, please let me know!
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kidokaproject Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I'd just say watch the people who have an art style you like and learn from them (kind of like what you told the guy at fanime) observe and replicate what you like and make it your own

The only problem with the grayscale first and adding colors is that I feel like the tone of colors isn't very interesting. The fun is in the mixing of colors to create your lights and shadows in my opinion

just always, think about your lighting source :O most tutorials will tell you to start coloring with a base color, then add your lights and darks. There are many tutorials on DA. Try this place out :) [link]
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's very true -- usually grayscale + color layers comes out with pretty washed out colors.

for me the hardest thing is figuring out which color to pick -- when there's 256^3 combinations, my brain gets stuck :-P (i.e. for a color in shadow, should i make it more/less saturated, or cooler/warmer, or some combination...?) it's going be quite the mountain to climb :-)

thanks for the tutorial link!
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kidokaproject Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
good luck! i think colors are the most fun and open up the excitement in digital rendering :D
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karenluk Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Check this out for ideas: [link]
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the link! i have lots of reading/studying to do, so blogs like these are perfect for me!
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karenluk Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
You're welcome!
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LegendarySwordsman Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for doing my request!

Uwah~ You made me a very happy person seeing this when I got home from school XD I was surprised you finished so soon! That was very fast (and I bet you were also doing other requests too!)

This style is really nice. I really like how Samus' face turned out. And heehee! I couldn't help but giggle at seeing Adam's face hidden by his hat. Drawing him, he can be a very frustrating man to draw XD This is all really nice! Thank you again~
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad it made you happy! yeah, i'm trying out a new coloring technique, but i'm still pretty shaky at it. hopefully it will get better over time, hah!
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ShoujoShowdown Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh totally love samus!
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, although embarrassingly enough i've only played the original metroid...
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ShoujoShowdown Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
psh I have only as well, I was mentioning to more of that 'I love the way you drew her' :)
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, hahah, my mistake. thanks, though! i'm pretty happy with how her face turned out, although my faces are starting to converge on one generic type. didn't see you at fanime this year! (might have been my fault, i was pretty much behind my table the whole time.)
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ShoujoShowdown Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
No no I really enjoy how you did the nose :) I think if you play off really developing a style about one aspect of the face then they will eventually become your own.
Really the one time i went to the Baau table (which is what I assumed you be at)there was just some girl. I kept an eye out for you all Sunday it felt like :P
But I also was running around everywhere and stuck doing a large commission.
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, i was opposite the main baau table, with a small table showing a demo of my game, plus my portfolio. sorry i missed you! haha, yeah, fanime is pretty chaotic, but maybe next time though!
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ShoujoShowdown Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
well hey I am having an art day in SF with some other artist wanna be in on it? :) I dont have a day yet but I will let you know when I do
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ultramike82 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
an art day sounds cool, thanks for letting me know!
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