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Angela Balzac 2015 by bradlycolin
Angela Balzac 2015
From Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled from Paradise

I watched this movie because I like some Youtuber's piano cover of the main theme, but it turned out to be better than I'd thought! I think it's completely CG, but it's a kind of cell-shade CG that isn't quite as hard to look at as other CG and it keeps the production quality fairly uniform. I also think the themes it explores are increasingly relevant in this day and age.

Anyway, this is just more practice with my "new" coloring process. Not CG. 

Pencil, nib pen, PS CS2 on Lenovo TP Yoga
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Aria Trio 2015 by bradlycolin
Aria Trio 2015
I like to redraw things. I figure I had my paint act together now, so I redrew this mediocre piece from 2012 (again: Aria Trio 2012 R2).

This one is pretty much pose for pose, though, and I think it turned out quite well. 

I think I still need to figure out some things around cleaning up line art, but that's for next time...

Pencil, PS CS2 on Lenovo TP Yoga
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Akemi Homura 2015 by bradlycolin
Akemi Homura 2015
I felt like it'd been a while since I've done any decent digital work.

For a long time I've been struggling with the inconsistent quality of said digital work. It really annoys me that I can get worse results on a 40hr piece than on a 10hr piece. I'd been thinking part of the issue was that I had different processes for doing different flavors of digital coloring (ie something with a cell-shaded quality vs something with a painted quality). Switching from OpenCanvas to CS2 some time ago didn't really help on that front either.

Thus I've been trying to come up with a process such that I can generate pieces of all of these flavors in the same way. Hopefully this will address part of the quality issue as well. This Akemi Homura 2015 is the first decent thing to come out of these experiments; it is pretty much a direct remake of the same from 2011.

I found out about the airbrush tool in PS too. It's really cool.

Pencil, PS CS2, Lenovo TP Yoga.
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Elle Watercolor 2014 by bradlycolin
Elle Watercolor 2014
I did another watercolor before this with all the characters that (could) die, but it wasn't as good. I think I need to use a different watercolor paper in general.

17 x 11, Pencil, "G"-pen, watercolor
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  • Listening to: Sekai wa Koi ni Ociteiru (Ao Haru Ride)
  • Reading: Zero to One (Peter Thiel)
  • Watching: Summer 2014 Anime
So with Nonsense Wars pretty much officially on hiatus, I need a new a venue in which to blog about drawing... or just post stuff that doesn't justify getting its own deviation slot. 

Most of the art in this account is some form of digital, but I am by and far most comfortable in pencil, and everything I do starts out as such.

Lately, along with like watercolor, I've been trying to do moar better finished pencil work, and for once these have started to consistently turn out well:

I've always had a thing for wolves, but it's been kind of an aside, and I still can't do 'em without reference that well. These are all from some reference.

One of the things I've finally been able to get away from - and it's really just within the last year - is hatching in the same pitch in the same direction across an entire drawing. I've shaded that way since 2006 ish, at which point I hadn't been able to make anything else work. Either way getting away from that has really benefited these recent pencil endeavors. 

I say "sketches" in reference to most of this stuff, but some of it is now getting close to what I'd classify as "finished". Even without a lighter pencil (like a 4H or 6H) for backdrawing they've been turning out pretty clean.

Well, that's it for now; we'll see how this goes.

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Lioken7 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if you'll be interested, but I like your art style.

I would like to invite you to join my art book contest that I'm hosting in my group, :iconforever-nintendo: . The contest is "The Game and the Gamer Contest" and will consist of three separate themes: redesign, games playing games and project yourself. Each theme will have a separate deadline, here are the deadlines: October 25thNovember 14th and December 5th. Ultimately, the best entries will be made into an art book. There will be big prizes given to the contest's victor and to the runner ups. Will it be you? Join and submit an entry and we'll find out.
Here's a link to the contest journal: 
The Game and the Gamer: Art Book ContestHello, everybody! I hope you're doing well. Here at :iconForever-Nintendo: we will be hosting a tri-theme contest.
Are you excited? I know I am. :hooray:
Here will be an outline of this journal
1.Purpose and Goal
    a.My Purpose
    b.An Artbook
3. Themes
    a. Redesign
    b. Games playing Games
    c. Project Yourself
4. Dates
    a. The Deadlines
5. Placing and Prizes
    a. judges
    b. criteria
    c. explanation
    d. list of prizes to win
6. Q&A
7. Current Entries
    a. Theme 1
    b. Theme 2
    c. Theme 3
Purpose and Goal
My Purpose
My purpose with this contest is just to have fun and bring together people to enjoy themselves, compete and win prizes. I don't care who wins, I want to see what art you can create for this contest. I will also submit my own entries, however
David-Dennis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're awesome...
Pajunen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:
fallingturtle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mannnnnn..... i really need to learn how to do backgrounds!! you're awesome with it xD
bradlycolin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I actually started drawing way back in elementary school doing the stuff I'd now consider "background"... I only detoured into figures and stuff when anime/manga was big in the States like in the mid to early 2000s (and even that's really long ago now).
fallingturtle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, i'm such a lazy guy who really sleeps and watches movies all the time :/ 
i hope i can get the determination to actually practice drawing! 
anzudrako Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hontounii Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol you deserve more watcher and views for your amaxing art!~ =w=//
shinymudkips Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Your art is awesome! i liek how you color and i like yor style xDDDDD and your akes fanarts are AWESOME!
bradlycolin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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