As you may or may not know, I’ve been trying to improve my digital painting this year and my focus tends to be my characters. I managed to capture personality in my comic style, but I can’t help but want to see what other styles might suit me. I opted for something a little less comic this time, aiming for strong brush strokes rather than smooth shading. Not as much personality, unfortunately, but that wasn’t the goal this time around. This time, I was going for “pretty”.
My self-criticism tells me Derek’s neck in the new style is too thick, and maybe his eyes should be slightly closer together. Or maybe it’s just the shading. I have less qualms with MaTisha’s portrait, but that might be because she’s looking at the viewer straight on rather than a slight cock to her head.
Another issue is that they don’t look like the same people as my comic version. Here are the comic equivalents for your comparison.
It might be the shortened noses or exaggerated eyebrows. I don’t have an educated enough view of art to be able to identify what makes the comic look like different people rather than caricatures of the other paintings. If you see where it strays, please chime in.
In other news, the wonderful Melissa Maygrove has put the anthology FULL DARK on sale. You can pick it up for only $0.99 and all the proceeds go to the Gary Sinise Foundation that helps active military, veterans, and first responders. If you haven’t picked your copy, please consider doing so. Not only will you get a great collection of stories (including one from yours truly), but you’ll be supporting a charity as well.
Got any tips on digital painting? Which style do you prefer? Have you picked up a copy of FULL DARK?