One piece of a larger project I did during January.
The entire project was probably one of the most difficult things I have ever done, in terms of art. It's amazing to look at these finished pieces and see how much my skills have evolved in all this time where I haven't been doing such involved painting. ouo
This was done for my boyfriend's birthday (today, March 7!) using all of his favorite pokemon. These were especially difficult because all the pokemon he likes are ugly and mean-looking and hard to draw! D: I like to draw cute furry things and he likes dragons and manly pokemon. OTL but it was a huge learning experience for me. These legendaries were especially torturous because lugia's wings make no sense, and rayquaza is a giant tail. IDK if any of you have ever tried to hand-line tube-y tails in photoshop, but if you haven't then just know: it sucks ass! Rayquaza also had to be fudged a little because I made him way too long xD But I like the effect it has of rayquaza just being GIGANTIC. For lugia I ended up referencing seagull wings, because seagulls have such long flat wings with smooth contours. On the end I gave him some pronounced feathers to stand for the 'fingers' in lugia's design. You have no idea how many attempts went in to shading those feathers.
I drew, lined, and painted everything by hand in photoshop CS6. I got a lot of help on the entire project in terms of composition and photoshop techniques from my good friend
who actually went to school for this stuff and knows it all way better than I ever could.
I streamed most of working on this, and I don't think I would have ever been able to finish such a huge project without the help and support of all my great friends and the aywas community. Thank you all so much!
I will be posting the other big panel in a couple days, I want each piece to get the attention it deserves instead of being lost in people's inboxes.
In the meantime if you would like to see more of this project please visit these posts on my Tumblr!
-- photos of prints
-- images of piece
you can also find some WIP shots and various other artwork if you dig around my tumblr page a little 8D
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