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My Digital Art - Japanese Samurai 1

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WARNING: This contains a LOT of pictures.

So when I was a seven-year-old kid, the first anime I ever watched was Nobuhiro Watasuki's Rurouni Kenshin (Wandering Samurai). So, I was naturally obsessed by swords, sword fights, and the crazy speed of the moves.

Courtesy of DeviantArt via Google Search. This isn't really how the art is, but I guess it's beautiful

It was from there I really started drawing - making little mangas and such. Now, it's really hard to show others your work on paper without having an ace phone camera -I've lost on that count, so I decided to get myself a cheap rubber-tip stylus (courtesy of my uncle who's also into art) and try out a few colored sketches, the result of which is this:

The Finished πŸ™ˆ Work

Yeah, I guess it's not all that squeaky clean, but it's a sketch from someone who's new at this, so bear with me.

Concept

I went for the traditional Japanese manga style - a slender, average-height character in the traditional garb Kenshin wore as an Imperialist Samurai during the days of the Revolution.

But I also added a surreal finish with the background - an excessive amount of stars, that royal(?) blue sky, and the larger-than-life moon.

So how did I go about it?

The Sketch

I used the Autodesk Sketchbook app because it has the largest array of brushes and tools I've seen on any app.

Courtesy of Google Play via online search

So I made a brief sketch on layer one outlining all the major effects I wanted on the work (including the roof though, so I'm wondering why I got the perspective wrong), and then I set the Opacity at 50%.

I used the Legacy Pencil tool to do this, and then as time went on, I changed some poses, including butting his left hand on his sheathed sword,

Line Art

All the line art was done using the felt tip pen, which was not only well-inked so that my borders could be seen clearly, but also allowed me maximum control of my art. I usually use such pens when drawing traditionally anyway.

When I was done with a little of the line art, I took the liberty of trying out a few of the color schemes on the hair and face of my character. I'll go ahead and say it - I am a disorganized artist - I can start one part, and then jump to another part, depending on what my interests shift to.

Then I decided to check what I'd like his kimono and the outer jacket (or whatever the name is πŸ˜‚) to be colored. I decided on dull green since that was the color old Japanese artists loved.

And voila!

At this point I was impressed with my color choices, even though as you see from the finished work, I changed a few color choices. I guess I remained undecided to the very end. Even now, I'm still changing the colors UwU.

Anyway πŸ˜’, this was what we agreed on after I was done with the color experimentation. And by the, I mean me and the voices in my head. Yeah, a Randy Orton kinda thing.

Shading

When I was sure of my color choices, I got about the hard job of shading a sketch. For the clothes, I went for the 9B pencil. I guess I was eager to work with tools I was familiar with. I took Visual Art for 5 years of High school, so pencils were virtually my only friends as an antisocial geek.

For his shadow in the rooftop, I used the airbrush tool, although I quickly realized that I became carried away and things got really rough πŸ˜…

Yikes, that looked tragic! So I finished off a few edits and erased a few times before I got this.

I eventually reduced the amount of shadow as you can see in the final masterpiece, but I didn't screenshot that part sadly.

Highlights

For the rooftop, I had to carefully line the woodwork using the felt tip pen. Then I used the same tool to draw a few tiles, to give it a more realistic finish. Using the sparkle texture tool, I added yellow-colored stars in the background.

Lastly, I used the airbrush tool to dab a little color on his face, and my effort to add more color to the moon proved abortive - I guess I'm still a lot better off on paper, so I left it that way.

In retrospect, I think I did a pretty good job on that moon anyway.

In conclusion, I hope you're a better artist than I am, but I guess I did a pretty good job here, especially when you do not look at it so close up as you're doing now.

Yes, you!

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Wow, for me you are already talented, I can't even sketch or draw like that, I wish that I can draw like that too. And thanks for sharing the app you use.

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Thank you

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You are really very talented bro, congrats for your wonderful arts .

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It is all anracadabra to me how you did it but what counts is you did it and more I like it. I hope you develop your own style or better stick to your own style because that is what art is about. Not copying others (unless you make a job out of copying famous paintings and switch them) but showing yourself. πŸ‘πŸ€

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I'm sure I will stick to this style and get better at it. Thanks for the honest comment.

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I think you did a great job here and thank you for sharing the steps. He looks wise and ready to strike any moment. Is Autodesk Sketchbook a free app?

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Thanks! Yes it is.

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6 months ago

nice

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6 months ago

Your artwork is great❀ plus the tutorial is detailed enough for us to follow how the artwork was made. I super love kenshin. I also watch the live actions, all of it together with my dad. We watch it everytime we want and it's like a bonding to us that's why this anime has a sentimental value for me❀

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Thanks a bunch RK was introduced to me by my uncle, so it really has a lot of sentimental value. We watch it all the time here.

One of the best anime out there

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6 months ago

Nice digital art....ilove it....always posted ur work....can wait for your next upload......

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6 months ago

Thanks!

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6 months ago

Ayyee you finally showed me your digital arttt. It's good! And the slight shadings really give it a bit enough life. Can't say about the moon though

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Thanks Sensei UwU 🀸 The moon was a bit of a real stretch here, but I guess it's all in the spirit of first times

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6 months ago

I think shadows on the moon made by an airbrush would have justified it more but it's fine as it is now UwU

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6 months ago

Thanks! And thanks for the sponsorship!

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6 months ago

Shh i love your work 😊 would have given more if i could ;;-;; but I'm saving up for something

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Nice picture

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