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FFXII Fran by angrymikko FFXII Fran by angrymikko
I know it's not like me to do fan art but recently I've had videogames on my mind. On top of doing concept art all day I'm actually also teaching it in a school that teaches kids how to do videogames. Who could have guessed I'd ever do something like that?!
Anyway the course I'm teaching is happening this fall and so far I'm really enjoying it. I hope my students learn something. They at least seem very motivated and already show a lot of talent. =) 

Fran is awesome. That's all I gotta say. 

This is 3 inverted sumi-e drawings and one scanned inkblot paper. 
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The-Sillly-Orca Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Student General Artist
I think this is the best Fran frank I've ever seen. A lot of it sadly overemphasizes her traits or sexualizes her obscenely. This captures her graceful warrior qualities and is an awesome use of sumi-e drawings. Good luck with your class!
MagicRat Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
mac-ink101 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im in love with the fluid linework and overall texture and emotion of the artwork, well done!!!
KRG124 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KRG124 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
blizzardblast101 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, i remember playing this in '11.
such nostalgia, Fran was always my favorite.
kubuk13 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist !!!
FemaleSketch Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Fran!! S2 Great job!!!
Unspokensoul Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is truly amazing o,o
omaralaaelsafi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016   General Artist
pika Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Even with your description of how you did it I'm not sure how you did it but it's still freaking amazing. x_x;/

So you're teaching concept art?!? That's  so amazing too! :faint: I feel a lil jelly!! Just a lil!
angrymikko Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Don't it's honestly a bit scary. The classes last almost 4 hours every time but still I feel like I'm putting these students through a meat grinder because there's so much I want them to absorb in a relatively short amount of time. Maybe I will learn to manage the time a bit better during this fall(here's hoping!). 

I think I've posted few wip shots of this technique on my journals for anyone who's interested.

There's not that much to it really. The drawings are just scanned, stacked (in multiply mode with half[-ish] opacity) then I add an "invert" adjustment layer that flips the values of the stack and then I add color with a gradient map. 

Sometimes I have a more specific idea like for the exhibition I'm working on. There's a piece called "I Think You Are Carved Out of Magic" which required "lighter color" blend modes because the sumi-e brush stroke texture can be too rough for some purposes like skin. Anyway the important thing for me is to have a very clear plan how all the jigsaw pieces come together because it's only the last 15minutes of adjustments that I do digitally where I can even see the piece for the first time and if I have stuff I don't like I usually just re-draw everything. I know myself well enough that if I allowed myself to digitally edit the drawing aspect of the scans I wouldn't be able to stop. I would probably ruin the entire chaos aspect of these and that to me personally is the beauty of an ink brush. It comes with a little bit of ugly in it and that makes the viewer build the final bits of detail in their own head. Let's face it everyone's imagination is much better at art than I will ever be (and that's okay!). =) 

Oh lord I slipped into my full ramble mode. Can you see now how I might have time management issues with this attitude?
pika Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it's edited! That's why! :D Because it's still in the traditional category it confused me but it's a mix technique instead. Alright! :love:

That wasn't a ramble, it was a detailed version of 'how to' and 'why' and I love reading them to see inside the artist's mind about the piece of art. :love: :love: :love: And it's okay that you belittle yourself because we both know there's people with worse imagination than yours. ;)

Besides the more in-depth lessons you give, the more people understands the thinking behind everything! One can learn anatomy perfectly, color balances and everything, but what's the use of those when one can't use them more than just those instead of the beauty in them! Do I make any sense? I hope I do. xD In time you'll learn to sort it out into a nutshell, I'm sure of it. :D
angrymikko Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's sort of what I've been thinking too lately.
If at all possible I would like to encourage people to express themselves in art beyond just making pretty pictures.

(And yes I realize how hypocritical saying that sounds in the comments section of a fan art piece. I would argue that it doesn't represent the bulk of my work but I digress.)

I think there are plenty of resources available to learn technical aspects of digital painting. However what I see less than what I would like is art that tells something about the artist behind the painting.
Everybody seems to be competing in the same arena by doing the same thing.

If everyone could stop approaching art as a competition and more like your own personal means to express emotions I truly feel we would all be richer as a community for it.
There will always be someone who draws or paints better than you so focusing on that path along is basically choosing to feel unworthy all of the time.
No one dances like you do when you dance like nobody's watching! :D
pika Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Even with fan art a story can be told about the artist. Like this Fran picture of yours. You say Fran is awesome, which she definitely is! But what you've created here is you showing your appreciation of her. You wanted to show her to others, you put much effort into this piece of art and already that tells a lot. :)

What comes to my art, I prefer telling stories of characters and not about myself. When I was a kid, I expressed how badly I felt through art and that meant my favorite characters from my favorite tv-shows and comics were the ones suffering in the pieces I did. On that note, I also had a self-insert fan character who suffered as well. These days I don't feel like expressing myself that much via art other except "hey I can do this damnit, okay, this is damn tough challenge, I shall tackle it down!" If I do personal art, it's never going to find its way online like has happened already. Just now that I remember that one piece, I got anxious. :'D So, when art is your personal way of getting feelings and ideas out, to me it's quite the reverse, since as I see it, I bring out other people's/characters' feelings out with my ideas instead.

This is how our views differ, hehe. :la: So it's good to have variety even within us artists. :aww:

Doesn't matter which subject it is when one compares themselves to someone else who's better at what they do, there's possibilities to feel "I'm not worthy..." or "Oh, wow, that's what I'm going to aim at." and the last is "what ever, I'm content with my current skills." And when they are satisfied with what they have and what they are, the walls go down and they aren't afraid to be themselves.
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