A lot of people think I use watercolor, but I’m way too lazy for that. So, I just made a straight-up full blown tutorial for this Ask because it’s so complicated. Here are links to purchasing materials:
Method is based off Peter Han’s CGMW/CDA/ACCD course, Visual Communication.
Other Tutorials: http://www.fictograph.com/tagged/tutorial
Sorry for asking! But is that aph hungary you were drawing there?
No, this is my original character, Willow and her servant, Rivek, in his bird form.
By the way, I’m open to other tutorial suggestions, too. Please just leave questions in my Ask. I will get back to you after I return from Finland.
Katniss Everdeen in her wedding dress from Catching Fire! Which comes out TODAY!
Going to be in Finnland/Iceland this week, so see you all on the flip side!
The sun rose over Rivek’s shoulder. He sighed, “I need to leave for work.”
Willow twirled his tags between her fingers and muttered, “You’re going to fly away and put a knife in someone, aren’t you?”
"Wouldn’t dream of it." He whispered. “I’m smarter than that - it’ll be an arrow.”
For Rivek's birthday (I have an hour left…), I decided to do my first, original, entirely digital, painting. From sketch to value to color, it’s probably also my best with a full, lit, setting. Looks like my classes have paid off. Twenty-five years and one Cintiq later, I’m no longer afraid of Photoshop. :)
Nine years ago, I picked November 21st as my main character's birthday. Since then, I've used it as a floating holiday to re-invest some time into my original characters and ideas.
I’m in love with the burnout wedding concept, so I drew this doomed couple: a penniless healer-princess and her shapeshifting convict bodyguard. Because relationships aren’t about who’s the most attractive who’s the most practical, but who’s going to be there when you need them.
Stay tuned for more later tonight. :)
This is the portfolio that I put together to give out at CTNExpo this year. It features a lot of my background and concept work (and process), with some illustration at the end. Unfortunately, I’m sorely lacking in digital art, but wish me luck!
I really like the shapes formed by old dresses.
by Grace Fong.
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Grace u got featured!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also way to go on that perspective hot damn
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFffffffffffff. thankyou ;.; I worked really hard on this piece and the set that goes with it.
I want to do more perspectivey stuff in the future. I just need the energy for it. It’s hard now I’m working again. I think my ideal workday would be 5-6 hours. It’d make me way more actually productive. :|
Sorian Aljannsen is fit and broad-shouldered with regal features defining his ghostly face. He is deft with most melee weapons, particularly the sword and ax. He values dedication and religion, eagerly promoting hard workers out of lower classes. However, in his constant search of moral, intellectual, and physical perfection, he has been known to justify means with their ends.
Although a prince, Sorian favors solitude, and he lacks many social graces. As a magic-less middle child, he never received the as much attention as his brothers. The neglect worsens when his father loses a crucial swathe of farmland to a foreign king, and his eldest brother marries a seemingly perfect woman.
Overwhelmed by desire to out-do his family members, he seeks the hand of the princess who now possesses part of their country. His plans are thwarted by a convict. Refusing to accept failure (and personally insulted by his rival’s criminal history), he declares war.
As war mounts, he turns to mechanical engineering to combat his opponents’ magical tactics, which he views as unfair. To even the playing field, he dives into genetics and emerges with a deadly weapon: the ability to give and take away magic. However, he uncovers a secret about himself which he must accept before he is consumed by his sadistic nature.
Actor References: Tobias Menzies, Paul Bettany, Anders Danielsen Lie
Music References: Iron
Other Original Characters:
I see you travel a lot, and I wanna ask if it's business-wise, or for your enjoyment? (I know that you have to travel for cons.) Just curious I guess. Also, is there a place that you always wanted to visit, but haven't yet?
It depends. I live in the US and only sell at US cons. When I travel domestically, it’s about half for business and half for friends/family, and I try to combine trips to save money. I’m lucky - I know amazing people who’ve put me up in each location (thanks, college!).
My favorite/frequent US haunts include: Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston. There isn’t much on my US To-Do List anymore other than: The Grand Canyon, Alaska, Portland, Yosemite, and Vermont/Maine.
Outside the US, it’s for fun. I put aside money from each paycheck just for travel. The world is amazing - I’ve met a lot of international folks online that make me want to travel even more. I want to do a “30-by-30,” so I made a list earlier this year:
PLACES I’VE BEEN TO:
- United States (Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, San Antonio, Boulder, Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Orlando)
- Scotland (Glasgow, Edinburgh), England (London)
- France (Paris, Lyon)
- China (Hong Kong)
- Canada (Toronto)
- Norway (Oslo, Bergen), Sweden (Stockholm), Denmark (Copenhagen)
PLACES I’M GOING TO BY 2015:
- Finland (Helsinki, Rovaniemi)
- Iceland (Reykjavik)
- South Korea (Seoul)
- US (Hawaii)
- Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, Toyko)
- Canada (Toronto)
PLACES I’D LOVE TO VISIT:
- Australia (Sydney), New Zealand (Wellington)
- Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket), Malaysai (Kuala Lumpur), Phillippines
- India (Delhi, Mumbai)
- Israel (Jerusalem), Egypt (Cairo), South Africa (Johannesburg)
- Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Seville), Italy (Florence, Venice, Rome), Greece (Athens, Mikanos), Turkey (Istanbul)
- Germany (Berlin), Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest), Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg)
- Galapagos Islands, Peru (Incan Ruins), Argentina (Buenos Aires), Antartica, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
- China (Beijing, Shanghai), Taiwan (Taipei)
I think traveling is a great way to become independent, learn about other cultures, and acquire huge artistic inspiration - much more effective than surfing the web or sitting in a classroom… I’ve also learned incredible patience because everything logistic that can go wrong totally will. :|
((I was caught once in the Boulder flood and once in London when they foiled a terrorist plot. Missing a flight isn’t so bad after you’ve gone through that.))
Bohren Tabirian is tall, muscular and classically good-looking. Although magic-less, he is an aggressive swordsman. His brute strength and optimistic nature lend well to his career choice, but his slow wit and desire to appear masculine give him a fiery temper. He is loyal to a fault and will blindly defend his comrades and their ideals.
The son of a decorated general, Bohren longs to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a knight of the realm. However, he has never been good at school and worries the military academy will not accept him. When his father takes in an illiterate orphan, he seizes the opportunity to teach someone stupider than him to read. This new-found motivation cements them both seats in the academy and lifelong friendship.
In school, he adopts the masculine behavior of his peers and engages in stupid activities, but he is still quick to defend his friends, often with fisticuffs. His good looks draw a number of women, but he can’t find anything as deep as the friendship with his adopted brother.
Right before graduation, his friend’s treacherous secret is revealed, and Bohren is caught between two sides - both of which he wants to believe are right. However, he has come so close to achieving his childhood dream, he parts ways with his best friend to become a knight.
As Bohren travels in the Prince’s guard and fights against his best friends, he learns that nobility isn’t perfect. Forced to question his authorities, he begins questioning himself, including his sexuality. Bohren learns that being macho doesn’t make you a man, and being a knight doesn’t make you a hero.
Actor References: Charlie Hunnam, Heath Ledger
Music References: Some Nights.
Other Original Characters:
Better late that never! I was hanging out at Comikaze all day today.
Willowren Solan (“Will”) is the female lead in my story.
Girlish and wide-hipped, with wavy, brown hair, she is generally considered cute but not stunning. A natural healer, she can amplify growth in any living tissue she touches. Her petite size keeps her out of combat roles, but she learns to use her power destructively: as a cancer-mage.
Her powers come from light magic: internally produced energy. Her everyday power level is considered exceptional, only matched by dark mages using blood sacrifice.
She is a nominal princess, but her country is in massive debt from her father’s war expenditures. When he dies, she is bombarded with depression and volunteers to marry a foreign prince to ease her brother’s royal burden.
This turns out to be more difficult than she predicted. She receives endless taunts about her simple clothes and country manners (and boy’s name), leading to frequent bouts of jealous anger. She retreats into academia where she finds unlikely friends who respect her purely for her intellect. This rigorous academic training can make her come off as a prude or know-it-all.
Unfortunately, her father’s war isn’t nearly over. After a string of failed marriages, new friends, and family deaths, Willow learns she can only fix things by taking them into her own hands and that real friendships (and romance) are surprising, imperfect, and hard-won - not something traded in politics. As she regains confidence in herself, others follow, and she goes from ridiculed, ragged princess to respected, healer queen.
Actress References: Zoey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis
Music References: Royals … most hipster chick music.
Other Original Characters:
Earlier this year, I planned on doing a comic featuring my characters in a fairy tale AU of The Green Knight. This was a pencil test to see if the solid, flat designs could still translate to a rendered pencil style.
First character profile for OC Month!
Rivek Ailinar is one of the main characters in my story (and arguably the one I like best).
He is a bird-speaker and peregrine falcon shapeshifter, so his animal form influences his human one. Slant-eyed, broken-nosed, and sharp-faced, he isn’t conventionally handsome. His average height and slight build make him terrible in melee combat, but his superior speed and eyesight make him deadly with a knife or bow.
However, his powers come from dark magic: powerful magic that requires sacrifice (often bloody) to use. Most people consider him cursed or diseased, so he treats them with the same amount of disdain in return. His acerbic wit and street-wise charisma wins him as many enemies as friends.
Rivek is a self-serving survivalist from the beginning. His parents split after his mother finds out his sister carries dark magic. She re-marries and makes Rivek a servant to his new step-brother. When his new family perishes in a fire caused by his latent powers, he steals the his identity of his deceased master and enrolls in a military academy for noble children. Intelligent but angry, he has trouble doing homework and obeying orders.
Despite his snark, he finds friends who see something in him. So when his identity theft is revealed and he’s sentenced to death, one saves him by buying him as her slave.
Now a branded ex-con, he struggles to acclimate to his new role in palace after palace among people who dislike him. He sneaks out nightly and discovers his father and sister are now key figures in Alisian society: a culture that follows an ancient religion where dark-mages were priests. However, as magic has evolved, they have been excommunicated and forced to survive by running illegal industries. Rivek takes up the family trade of ‘hunting’ - assassination, that is.
Meanwhile, war breaks out over maintaining magic in royal bloodlines, and his friends are caught in the middle. Rivek uses his connection to the Alisian community - and what he’s learned about himself - to lead a cavalry of outcasts and reform the monarchies, even at personal high cost to himself.
As Rivek travels, he learns that if he treats others with respect, and people will see past their prejudices and his flaws. He accepts that the dark powers he has make him who he is, but sometimes he should put others before himself.
Actor References: Gaspard Ulliel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Music References: Seven Devils.
((There you have it, folks. Rivek is a rags-to-riches, scoundrel-Jesus figure. Thinking about changing his last name, though. Hell, gonna change most characters’ last names, probably.))
Other Original Characters:
For the past ten years, I’ve used October 20 (my birthday) through November 21 (my OC’s birthday) to only make original work and refresh my artistic drive. Since I’ve missed October already, I’m going to try to post original work twice a day: one miscellaneous sketch and one actual profile - so people who’ve been asking about my OCs can actually learn what they’re like. :D
Five years ago, my college friends bought me a leather-bound sketchbook for my birthday, and for the past five years. I’ve been too intimidated to use it. This year, I finally felt confident enough to start. And as I always do, I opened up with Rivek and Willow. Although they’ve changed names, personalities, and appearances, I’ve had these characters for seventeen years now. Wow. My OCs are older than some of my followers.
can you please tell me the story of your OCs? i have little tidbits from tags but i'm a little confused and i really want to understand because THEY'RE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL AND I WANT TO GET TO KNOW THEM (i checked the faq but couldn't find anythingD:)
All my OC stuff can be found in the Original tag. It’s not super coherent, but basically, I have four projects going:
- Genomancer - a fantasy epic that mixes magic with bioengineering. Has changed names from Mondigan and Wrath and Pardon (so you can search those tags, too). (indefinite progress)
- Prince - a series of gender-bent fairy tales. (in progress)
- Bonewalkers - a story about minor death gods in America, formerly an RP mixed with an AU from Genomancer. (brainstorming)
- The Indigo Thief - a short comic fairy tale AU featuring my Genomancer OCs. (indefinite hiatus)
- The Bow and the Rose - an undetermined steampunk AU featuring my Genomancer OCs. (indefinite hiatus)
To be honest, I’m not that creative, I put a lot of time into one universe and spin the character archetypes to a new world.
That said, I treat November/NaNoWriMo as my personal ‘Genomancer Month’ (no commissions or fanart!), so I’m going to try to post profiles about each of the characters so you can actually learn about more than what they look like. :D