Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kongou Cel Shade

I'd already uploaded this image but decided to re-tackle it after I talked with some friends and got some ideas - and this time I decided to pay attention know..light direction, volume, etc. Silly unimportant things like that.

More seriously, I'm happier now and when I first tackled it I went into Cel-Shading frenzy, trying this and that without really paying attention to some basic things. Now I think I'm locking in a personal style for this type of coloring. It's still got some creative lighting going on, but hey, I'm an artist - so that's my prerogative (and I'm sticking by that excuse over it being 'a mistake!)

It's been a busy month or so. Lots of things happening that should be fruitful. More posts on this and that soon.


Dwight Williamson II August 28, 2009 at 6:02 AM  
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Dwight Williamson II August 28, 2009 at 6:07 AM  

These are nice improvements Mike! I actually have always liked your stark tonal color studies. Kinda Frank Miller-ish, with color, real asian print influenced.

But this piece seems a lot warmer. I particularly like Kongou's skin tone.

If I had a critique at all it would only be to add one or two layer of highlights and one or more layers for your deep darks.

Anyway, great stuff as usual. Keep it up!

Michael Nathan Winn August 28, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

Thanks Dwight! Yeah another layer of deep darks and a final highlight layer/glow would finish it off. I didn't want to get carried away and wanted to try this look without going tone/shade frenzy again. I've got an idea for another stark-contrast series of pieces though but I like this warm-animated look alot.

LampshadeMan September 15, 2009 at 10:57 AM here's the link

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