Artwork and Works in Progress of Shinerai from DeviantART.
I’m so close to being done with the shading on this, I can taste it. Om nom nom it’s delicious. Someone on dA recommended I put my hard drive in the freezer and holy crap it worked. I’m working from the original PSD! :D

I’m so close to being done with the shading on this, I can taste it. Om nom nom it’s delicious. Someone on dA recommended I put my hard drive in the freezer and holy crap it worked. I’m working from the original PSD! :D

So my hard drive failed on Saturday which resulted in my weekend being spent fresh installing Windows and trying to get all of my programs loaded up onto a new drive. Unfortunately, the data on the old drive is unrecoverable (though, not for the lack of trying), so the file for the WIP in my recent posts is gone and I will soon be painting over the JPEG I last posted (fun).

While waiting for Windows to install and everything to be all happy, I decided to test the durability of this nice stationery I bought while at Target the other day. It’s some simple colored pieces of cardstock that come with little colored envelopes; the paper was surprisingly resilient while being colored and painted on. It acts really weird with Copic markers at first, causing the first layer to experience streaking (which Copics are known for avoiding) but other than that, it accepts the markers and acrylic paint without turning dark, getting soft, or going wavy.

Thus, have a drawing of my boyfriend’s character name Ryoseth. I don’t know what the heck I was thinking when I drew this dragon’s neck (I was pretty upset all night so…) but I consider this to be my most successful drawing using Copic markers because I have not been particularly good at shading with them in the past.

Here’s another work in progress as I’ve reached the final detailing stage (and completed details on the face and neck). I thought it would be interesting to post my last WIP along side this current one so that it’s possible to flip back and forth to see the progression.

Hopefully, posting pictures of this will motivate me to continue working on it :) While I would normally just continue with what I had, I don’t have anything on my to-do list so I can spend some time to work on actually improving. One of the most challenging things for me in art is to keep my characters’ anatomy consistent. I actually went to great lengths to make sure this anatomy was like to what I had on Shin’s refsheet (I’ll probably be updating that sooner rather than later), which resulted in considerable changes from the previous version of this drawing.
Overall, I’m very pleased with the results of toiling away at comparing this with the ref. I’m also doing something a little different with his wings (maybe?). I’m having a really hard time with his tail, though, so I will be drawing it in later, haha.

Hopefully, posting pictures of this will motivate me to continue working on it :) While I would normally just continue with what I had, I don’t have anything on my to-do list so I can spend some time to work on actually improving. One of the most challenging things for me in art is to keep my characters’ anatomy consistent. I actually went to great lengths to make sure this anatomy was like to what I had on Shin’s refsheet (I’ll probably be updating that sooner rather than later), which resulted in considerable changes from the previous version of this drawing.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the results of toiling away at comparing this with the ref. I’m also doing something a little different with his wings (maybe?). I’m having a really hard time with his tail, though, so I will be drawing it in later, haha.