First pass as the lighting effect on the hair and feathers are almost complete!
Still working on the big sisters legs.
After that I'll start up on the highlights for their skin.
Trees still need don't have any highlights yet either.
Am pretty happy with how its coming out so far.
I'm still debating if i should do a censored variant to help provide more value to the Silver and Gold tier patrons. That and it would allow me then to put the design on some merch and such.
It would closer to loin cloth and bits of torn fabric so as not to make 1 version wildly better than the other.
I really need to find me a new quality print shop to get some full size posters made, preferably I'd love to get some wall scrolls created. Any of you have any leads on places that could do walls scrolls affordably? Preferably without having to go through China?
Could be cool too to do double sides posters with 1 side being the uncensored variant.
Would love yo hear your input on them. I do really want to get some products out to my long time patrons who've been so instrumental in keeping me going. Your all the best, even those of you who can't afford to support fiscally. :p
Started up the highlights today!
Mainly on the Middle Sister so far.
Hows it feel so far tho? This is just an initial pass so lots more work ahead. Their skin will feel brighter overall too by the end.
Wanting to make sure I capture that sheen tho that will be crucial in telling them apart later.
Still debating if I should do a censored variant for print purposes.
#CrimsonDames #Harpy #Gothic #Horror #Art
Made several changes to the line art today. Probably imperceptible to all but me unless your directly comparing previous versions of the work thus far.
I beefed up the chin for the Big Sister some, and gave her 2 feather decorations in her hair. Likely having originated from a bitter rival harpy she gutted some time ago. I recall seeing pet birds place paper cut outs they made themselves into what was the equivalent of their hair to stand out more.
I adjusted the anatomy of the Lil Sister, moved her collar bone a tad, pulled back on some of her scars, added her second leg in, and gave her a necklace.
The shadows are nearing completion, tho a lot of the detail in the wings still looks like a black blob. Which will hopefully read a lot better once I get the highlight layers going.
I really love the vampiric witchy look they have going for them at the moment. Will probably need to add a secondary light source to the front so that the under sides of their wings read better, just not sure what color to go with just yet.
Would love to hear what you all think so far!
Inks and Flats are complete and now beginning work on the shadow layer!
I really love this phase as its when the concept really starts to come to life.
I went with more of a raven/crow color scheme to give it a more gothic feel. tho they surprisingly feel very vampire like now. ;D
Yell me what you think so far or if there are any details you think are missing that would make it even better.
Rilly excited to finish this one.
Rilly starting to come together now!
Can't wait to see how this one turns out. Still trying to decide how I want their colors to be. Something like pale white skin with blood red feathers? Or maybe black like a ravens?
What do you think?
Started putting some work into the inks for this pic since it had been so long since penciling it.
I'm digging how its coming out so far.
Will likely work on other stuff too while working on it. :p
I got so much catching up to do tho.
And so much to research concerning investment opportunities.
Oof man 6 months to complete these 3 commissions.
Kills me that it all took so long. Now that their finally complete I'll first be focusing on inking my Harpy pic, I want to revisit my Red Riding Hood: Prisoner looking back at it lately I'm not as fond of the pose as I originally was. Then I'll get to work on the vampire versus pic.
Along the way I'll put work into the sketch queue though I probably wont be holding a contest anytime soon till I make some good progress on my own creations.
Really hoping I'll be able to speed up my production and be more active with updates in the upcoming days.
In other news had a major positive change happen for me, the VA accepted upgrading my disability claim and now consider me 100% disabled which is going to open a lot of new doors for me! Am seriously excited as it will help me to look into things like eventually hiring on other artists to help me speed things up.
Gonna be able to upgrade my aging art equipment, mebe get a vehicle or moved into a new space. Especially want to look into getting some posters made of some of my creations to send to patrons and maybe even look into hiring an artist to help me create a sculpture of one of my Shewolves.
Things are starting to really look up and I can't wait to see how it will positively affect my creations. ^o ^
My progress on my new website build is stalled a bit for the time being till I get some more art assets created and figure out the complex CMS system. If any of you happen to be wizards at that stuff would love to bounce some ideas off of you to see if what I'm wanting to do is even feasible.
First off let me say that I am deeply sorry for my lack of posts lately.
Depression and various maladies have made it very difficult for me to progress with the same level of energy and drive I used to enjoy.
At the beginning of the year I reluctantly took on a commission and while that door was cracked open 2 others managed to squeeze in before it was closed. XD
They have taken me much longer to produce than I had originally hoped and its caused me to drag my feet on them more than is reasonable. To T
I wound up not posting my progress on them nearly as much as I should since in my mind I suspect people get bored quick seeing posts with barely discernible progress being made. Especially when the projects reach stages where only I can really tell how they are each changing one from the last.
The situation has caused me to more seriously start considering why my inking process has been growing as slow as it has been.
So I'm starting to look into trying to find some better methods to speed things up.
What I'm trying at the moment is trying out Clip Studio Paint again to see if some of the different tools they have available could help me out.
I find that the inking tools are much smoother than Photoshop's. The ability to smoothly control line weight is great tho I'm having trouble adapting to drawing longer smooth lines that need to be of a more constant line width.
Some of the tools available are worlds beyond Photoshops while others leave me scratching my head trying to figure out how to get them to behave a bit more like the better aspects of Photoshop.
I'm hoping that once I figure out the nuances of it that it will help to speed matters up quite a bit, as I'll have to dedicate less time into cleaning up my lines as I progress.
Of the 3 projects #1 is complete! Number 2 is about 80% complete, with #3 being about 60% complete.
That the second project is a character sheet is adding more time than expected needing to go back and forth with the client to work out some of the design aspects and iterate on some of the ideas at hand.
It really brings to mind though that I need to start making some of these for my own core characters.
Unfortunately with #2 I'll have to eventually take on a part 2 later in the year for her werewolf form.
I really would rather have to turn that down but its the sort of thing where it really needs to be designed by the same artist, and I can't crush the clients hopes on their own major project like that.
The third has had the least focus so far but its coming along nicely and should pose the least difficulties of the 3 projects.
Then as if all of that weren't enough already I decided to get more serious about learning the app called Webflow.
For those of you not familiar with the troubles of web design. Weebly (the platform my website is created on) is a great app for a beginner level website to cut your teeth on.
That said, once you move on to more intermediate skills and needs it quickly becomes a major obstacle that greatly hinders the progress of much more complex projects.
And whats worse since having been bought out by Squarespace Weebly hasn't been given any significant updates or new features in nearly a decade.
So its high time I get off this app and find a new place to build my dream website experience.
Webflow is also a no code necessary website builder that is about a hundred times more complex than anything Weebly has to offer.
That being said you have about a thousand times more potential to create some pretty amazing builds.
So I started watching their free highly detailed yet mostly easy to grasp classes on how to get started on building a webflow site.
It's been a rather slow process at the moment. With some hurdles I'll have to figure out later and a need for new updates to my art asset packs.
What I envision is something more akin to what patreon does, where a person can pledge monthly support as a patron, which is basically what I have down at the moment on Weebly, but I also want it so that when you log in that your then allowed to pick from new art assets that will give the entire site a whole new feel and hopefully give the patron a better sense of their importance to me and my creations.
I'd also like to get it set up so that you wont have to be clicking around nearly so much to find the exclusive content.
I want to have it all housed on the same page with the exclusive items merely being locked till logged in.
I also want to work in a NSFW blur shield so that peeps can be more comfortable browsing with others around.
I want to duplicate the functionality that Piczel has for their galleries, where in SFW mode you dont see any NSFW elements at all. In blur mode NSFW content is blurred out until clicked on. Then NSFW mode where everything is freely visible.
getting even one of these to run smoothly will be daunting enough let alone together so it will be a rather long term project I have to keep tinkering on.
The tech isn't even all there yet for me to accomplish this since Webflow does not yet have built in membership logic functionality. Though they did say it would be arriving this year so I'm hopeful I'll be able to get things pretty close till the last parts of the foundation are put in place.
I'm hoping to be able to make special options too where people can click on a new cursor and be given new functionality on the sight like hovering over works and be able to gain creator insight to the content and or even insight from the perspective of characters in Crimson Dames.
Imagine Orphan mode where you can see funny quips from her concerning what see thinks of stuff u hover about on.
For the now that I'm working on getting basic website functionality working first. Nav Bars gallery layouts etc.
And lots and lots of research and online classes.
I can't wait to be done with these and back to getting real Crimson Dames content created. For the now though I'm doing my best to get these obligations knocked out as fast as I can manage.
Thank you all so much who've stuck with me in this trying time and I really hope to make it all worth your while. ^_ ^
Phewa man this ones been pretty grueling.
I'm only at the early stages of the colors currently.
The Inks and Flats are largely done and I'm working the shadow layer.
I started the background first so that I can have the colors better inform the main figures.
Had some kidney stone issues among other maladies that messed me up for about a week or so there, but at least the one issue has resolved itself for the now.
I deeply apologize for how long Ive got without any updates. Once these 3 are complete I'll be doing my best to ramp up production on the novella again, I also still need to finish the the last of the Vs project, and the shewolf comic. Phewa.
Really thinking I need to pull away from doing sketches for other people and shift focus back to showing off my own creations.
Finances been rather slim due to these delays and I really wanna get one of these major projects finished and available for consuming soon.