Under the weather

September 29, 2015

About a week ago I unfortunately caught the flu and ended up being stuck in bed for what feels like forever. Haven’t been able to do much for the whole week and all the books on my TBR list are still waiting for me to dig in, but when my eyes couldn’t stay open for more than a few minutes at a time it felt like an impossible task. But finally I’m getting better and I’ve started reading again and in a few days I hope to post a new review here.

In the meantime I did sketch out the main character in my newest work in progress, a fantasy novel called Shards of Life (name may change) that I’ve been thinking about and plotting for over ten years. Finally I’ve decided to really make it happen.

So I sketched the main character by hand with a pen and paper, and considering I’m a crappy artist I knew I would never be happy with just the hand made drawing.

The drawing ended up looking rather funny and the eyes were set too close, the face was too narrow, the nose was too small and yeah, it didn’t look that good. But I was rather pleased with my attempt after all considering I have never been very good at this whole drawing thing.

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The hand drawn sketch.

But I’m much more confident in my skills in Photoshop, even if I’m even more crappy at drawing digitally, but I do have some skills that would help me improve the drawing. So I took the a photo and brought it into Photoshop and started fixing things. I changes the shape of the face, and corrected the space between the eyes and the jaw and all that.

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Initial corrections in Photoshop.

Eventually I was happy with the way it all turned out and I colored it and decided it was finished. I can’t say I like the way the hair turned out. I had to draw that with my Wacom tablet and it wasn’t so easy for me and it turned out to be more digitally looking than the rest of the drawing, but I decided I didn’t care.

So this is the final drawing of my character Zeléna.

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Final drawing

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