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Mary in a jumper by TheRealAlpha2
Mary in a jumper
I have been sitting on this one for a couple of weeks just trying to work out different ways to color it. Mostly because I wasn't sure if I wanted to go full Photoshop or simple cell shade style with it. I want the comic to be in color and be visually sharp, but I also want it to be a simple straight forward production with switching between as few programs as possible and that doesn't bog me down with noodling a page for a week. Right now I'm thinking a bit of a gradient mixed inside of a cell shading style might be the best bet, I just need to figure out the mixture ratio.

Also this is a bit of an attempt to start stretching Mary's wardrobe. She's not a fancy fashion model and she's not the type to try and impress anyone with her clothing choices, but I wanted to mix things up a bit and come up with other things that match her attitude which led me to running across something similar to this short sleeved jumpsuit outfit.
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WIP - hero fighter 3D progress by TheRealAlpha2
WIP - hero fighter 3D progress
I've been practicing my 3D lately. One of the ideas I had was to animate a space shooter sequence, but I needed a good advanced looking fighter to put into it. My original efforts mostly looked like cars with wings so I turned to :iconcrybringer: for ideas that were more aerodynamic and he set me up with the inset image. I've gotten about half way through, but I feel like it's proportions are off. I might try again or continue with what I have and adjust the parts to be more compact later.
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Mary Reactions by TheRealAlpha2
Mary Reactions
Another in a set of FireAlpaca inking tests for Happiness is a Warm Gun (at this point I'm almost certain I'll be using it for the comic). This time out practicing Mary's expressions which generally range from slightly annoyed to really pissed off with a light sprinkle of happy on the right occasion. Her limited range is a bit of a benefit since the challenge is mostly in the fact that I can't rely on her eyebrows due to the thick black hair that hangs low over her eyes (intentionally). That's not to say she wont have range at all it's just her baseline is not to be very excitable. Also, trying to not rely just on color to define light and shadow. Color has become a bit of a crutch, and I think changing the way I ink helped me realize I need to reacquaint myself with the skill.
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HIAWG inking practice by TheRealAlpha2
HIAWG inking practice
More Happiness is a Warm Gun practice! I think I'm getting a lot more comfortable with drawing & inking in FireAlpaca. I still have a ways to go before I'm totally comfortable coloring in it though. The way the selection tool works seems to affect my ability to interpret colors so I always end up making them a little dead... Mary isn't the the most colorful character in the world, but I find myself having to make corrections to keep her from looking like a zombie.
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Inking by TheRealAlpha2
Inking
More practice in FireAlpaca with Mary and Haedyn, a bit of inking and testing out options for coloring and lettering. Still trying to get used to the feeling of drawing everything digitally. It does feel like I could produce art faster with it, but I still need to adapt my style to the program because I'm used to drawing with more angularity. Angular edges are easy with a pencil on paper or when inking with vectors in Illustrator, but FireAlpaca caters more to a brush stroke. Color is equally challenging because of the program's digital painting roots, although it does gradients, manipulating them for the sake of comic coloring takes a little more planning than I'm used to after years of photoshop and the layer blending effect options are limited. I find that lettering is almost as easy as in photoshop, although you have to remember to rasterize before you change the dimensions of the page or the text remains the same size.
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  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: http://goo.gl/Um98G or http://goo.gl/wE46a to see!
  • Reading: I'll get back to you on that...
  • Watching: A lot of Youtube
  • Playing: GTA online, Ratchet & Clank HD, and Deadpool
  • Eating: More than I should...
  • Drinking: Apple juice or water... occasionally a cream soda
I stopped making Resolutions years ago because if I was going to improve something about myself that I could actually follow through on consistently why would I wait until the beginning of the year to do so? I can be very inconsistent mostly because I do what seems right at the time or what ever seems to be the right call when my lizard brain "fight or flee" instincts kick in. Then again what ever the choice I do tend to stick with it unless I can be persuaded with logic and or reason to back down from it (if it's a choice made through logic and reason though, it's unlikely I can be persuaded to change.) So, to hell with resolutions, if you're going to do something just start doing it when you feel you can. Forcing yourself to apply a change at some arbitrary point in time isn't going to make it happen any easier.

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AL-818 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Happy Birthday! :D

 

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TheRealAlpha2 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Much appreciated!
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AL-818 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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jeffreylai Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Filmographer
Thank you for the watch!
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TheRealAlpha2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure thing, love your art!
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Darz213 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EPIC
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TheRealAlpha2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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stalk Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:icongrin--plz::icondevwatchplz:
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TheRealAlpha2 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure thing! Thanks in return for yours!
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FMCuonzo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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