Hello guys! Time for another series from my art journey from the previous year. Now I am scrolling back from my gallery vault that contains the works that I did. This was done like March-April this year. This is where I tried to push and challenge myself a lot. It actually took me almost 2-3 weeks to finish everything here. From planning, execution, and of course taking some breaks it can take a while. And I tried to work on an 11"x14" size paper and fit all 4 different kinds of work that has any blue color in it. I really am into anything having a blue shade in it since that affects my mood and perception in a positive way. Now let's get started!
First I had one of my favorite Fairy Tail characters that was introduced in the last season, Brandish μ. I saw a scene from the anime where she was up-close and there's the blue skies as a background so I took that as a reference. I was only using 12 set of colored pencils here and it was really challenging to blend the hues that fits her clothing, hair, and skin tone. Even if there were difficulties doing it, I still made it. And below is the final result!
I observed that there are some problems with the shading as I went too dark with some of the shadows. Working with a small set of colors as a challenge feels satisfying as you try to finish it. And there were some smudges with the yellows on her skin. Better use a paper underneath your hands, hooman!
In primary school, we were mostly taught about the color theory and color wheel. And we knew that the opposite of blue is orange and they are called as complementary due to the fact that these hues create great contrast when paired together.
With this, I thought of a simple subject, and the fruit (or color) itself was chosen. Sometimes it's great to work on simpler things when it comes to art so that we can learn the basics. For the background I chose a teal-aqua and deep blue stripes which reminds me of a wall pattern. Then the orange was placed like it was floating in space, surrounded with the color that complements it. I tried my best to make the orange to look realistic as possible, though I personally think it can be improved.
Next we have the grumpiest catto in the universe, Her Grumpiness Ateng! The idea here is to make her look like looking at you during nightime with that creepy stare while shrouded in the dark. Her presence seems to attract some stars and fireflies though.
With this I have tried to airbrush the background and the circular lights so that it would be less work for me. I masked out Ateng to not let her get some sky colors. Then I used colored pencils to fill her out. This is my 1st attempt with creating fur and animals so here's another stepping stone for learning. Instead of using her calico color, it was decided to make her look as dark as possible with the hint of mysterious aura within.
After a very challenging weeks of pushing myself to finish this project of mine, I felt satisfied and proud of myself. I was struggling with Ateng and there's the lingering thoughts of not finishing her because of that fur.
You can see that the paper is still taped to the easel and it's colored blue as well. :)
Once I finished everything, I thought of ways on how to display it in my room. I can't find any way how to do that. Instead, I just protected the work with a plastic cover then pasted it on a wall using a special type of sticky clay that will not destroy the paint of the wall.
Even my room's wall is colored blue and it's obvious how much I like this color. Sometimes Ateng gives me creeps especially in the dark!
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this short throwback of mine and the story behind it! Happy Thursday and can't wait for weekends again!
For my recent works, try to navigate through the previous parts here:
Part 4: Spreading Colors Through Spray and Aerosol(Airbrushing)
Part 9: Blue-Themed Throwback!
[#35] October 28, 2021