What do you think of the new Volume 87 cover & the color schemes?
I meant to answer this yesterday when I got back from work, but I was too tired and ended up taking a chill out session with the fam instead. Sorry about that!
But yeah, I’m pretty much where I stand by the color schemes. They’re not too bad nor are they the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I think some of the colors could be tweaked still, but I’m okay with them now. Granted, I’m still rather peeved they keep switching up Perospero’s colors for whatever reason it is and making it more confusing on my end here, but I’ll get used to it in time. As I said, they aren’t bad and fit the overall theme of what Big Mom, the Charlotte family, and entire pirate crew stand for. Plus, I rather like the fact that they can literally throw people off in a first impression by confusion and giving remarks of “Oh wow, look how stupid they look” and then BAM, the Big Mom Pirates just freaking whooped their asses into oblivion, haha! :’D
Regardless, I’m pretty excited to see the rest of them finally have their colors and can’t wait to buy this volume when it comes out! Also am looking forward to hearing the rest of their voices when they come into the anime! c:
Western: Little Mix (#1 loves of my life), Fifth Harmony, Eisley, Seafret, Kodaline, First Aid Kit
8. Favourite solo artists:
K-Pop: don’t really listen to solo artists, although i like ailee and eric nam’s voices
Western: Bishop Briggs, LIGHTS, Vera Blue
9. Song stuck in my head: Missing You (BTOB)
10. Last movie watched: Spirited Away
11. Last show watched: haven’t watched anything in a while, last show i legit watched was Agents of SHIELD, but the last show i kinda watched sort of over my brother’s shoulder was The Defenders (Marvel)
12. When did I create my blog: this one? early August I think. I’ve been on tumblr for 4 years though lol.
13. What do I post: BTOB, BTS, DAY6, Seventeen, Little Mix, some other groups, drawings of said groups
14. Last thing googled: APA PURDUE for my paper lol
16. Do you get asks: haHA NOPE never have probably never will
17. Why did you choose your url: because i like indie music, i like pop music, and so therefore it is always indiepoptime with me
18. Following: 185
19. Followers: 151 (thank you!!!)
20. Favorite colors: lavender, teal, pink
21. Average hours of sleep: probably average around 6-7 hrs but i range from 10 hrs on a good day where i can sleep in to 2-3 on a bad one (yay insomnia!)
22. Lucky number: 12
23. Instruments: used to play piano, also used to play violin (which i gave up on because i never figured out how to hold the bow right LOL)
24. What I am wearing: my chloe bennet fight like a girl t-shirt (profits went to women’s healthcare in haiti! yay!) and a green skirt
25. How many blankets I sleep with: 2, quilt and a flatsheet
26. Dream job: storyboard artist/visual development artist for some kind of animation, writing & publishing novels and short stories on the side! unrealistic, i know, but a girl can hope right?
27. Dream trip: idk, my family does so much traveling that i really just want to stay home lol
28. Favourite food: there’s this Chinese stew that roughly sounds like woogunzhangwang and it’s literally the best thing on earth. it has a lot of weird ingredients in it though, so most people think i’m nuts when i tell them it’s my favorite food XD
29. Nationality: American, although I’m ethnically Taiwanese-Chinese
30. Favourite song right now: I Need Somebody (Day6), Red Lie (BTOB)
ovw is such a frustrating game bc the characters have such great potential. like. lucio and symmetra are absolute perfect foils, but we arent ever gonna get anything that fully explores that. roadhogs character has incredible room for growth, for exploring personal sacrifice for a greater cause, loss of humanity, coping with loss, but hes in canon just a comic relief character. fareeha is incredible like i cant even begin w how she can tie in w so many aspects of the lore. we arent gonna get anything. also winston is a talking ape from space.
Could you please explain the "help me" in the bottom of the groom's shoes and how it's a joke/poking fun at/is an example of toxic heteronomativity?
So I dunno if y’all have seen this, but I’ve worked a lot of weddings in my life and there’s this super funny (/sarcasm/) thing where the groom will write “help me” on the soles of his shoes, so that when the couple kneel down at the altar, everyone will see it and laugh at the fact that this poor man has been trapped into the sanctity of marriage.
Sort of like those cake toppers where the groom is attempting to run away or is being forcibly dragged to the altar with words like game over on it cause he no longer gets to have fun with his life or something because he’s getting married:
Or quite literally, a ball and chain:
Basically the whole “help me” thing? Is a continuation of the idea that there are definite gender norms, and that those genders are in direct conflict with each other, and therefore predispositioned to eventual resentment and hatred.
It’s the snarky sitcom hetero snide comedy where the wife is always nagging the husband who is the put upon joe average who had life and dreams until he got married and had kids, who now wants to just be left alone to read the paper while his wife looks after his home, his kids, his general emotional well being, and is still cast as the shrew for wanting something more from him than his dispassionate resentment that she won’t coddle him like one of the offspring.
Cause haha, it’s so awful spending the rest of your life with the person you are profess to love and adore…imagine that…imagine losing your freedom, your individuality and quite possibly your own autonomy to another person through a societal convention… *everyone not born male and white looks into the camera like they’re on the office*
Also consider, if a woman knelt down at the altar and had “help me” on her shoes? How drastically unfunny that becomes because we know, we know the way marriage is set up to give one partner the advantage over the other…
It’s just icky. It’s an icky not funny joke which I wish would die out.
Stumbled across your art recently, and I totally admire your work! As a complete noob to the digital art scene, I'd just like to ask whether you have any tips on colour picking (like for skin tones, under varied/dramatic lighting and such!). I have a ton of other things I want to ask, but I'll limit myself to one question and then try to google the rest, haha/ Thanks for sharing your art with us! ^^
ahh thank you so much! ♥ welcome to the digial art scene friend, i hope you enjoy your stay and ctrl + z
now onto your question! (if you don’t know what layer and layer modes are and how they generally work you should probably google that before you continue reading)
we all perceive colour differently (thx science) and i trust my intuition a lot when it comes to colour picking because of that, and also because i feel like you can make pretty much every colour combination work within the right context. context is key! but still, remember that all of this is about how i perceive colour, so you might not agree with everything i say.
here’s a quick rundown of terms you’ll see around a lot in reference to colours and shading: the hue, which is the ‘colour’ itself, the saturation aka the intensity, and the brightness [or value] which describes how dark or bright we perceive a colour to be.
rule of thumb: when you shade don’t just add black (or white) to your base colours, that will make your drawings boring and lifeless. use different hues and saturation!
now first things first: which skin colour does the character have?
you’ll mostly be navigating in the red to yellow spectrum for the skin tone. so when i pick the base colours i usually start with the skin and adjust the rest of the colours accordingly. if you’re not sure where to begin it might help if you first determine the values (brightness) of the base colours in grayscale.
and here are a few colour variations—i stuck to the approximate values but played around with a lot of different hues and levels of saturation.
now compare 3 and 5: you’ll notice that 3 is very bright and leans towards orange hues, whereas 5 has a pinkish tint.
on the left i gave 5 the hair colour of 3 and in my opinion the pink hue of the skin doesn’t go well with the orange undertone of the hair. you’ll have to experiment a lot to find out which combinations work for you.
ctrl + u is your biggest friend (or image >> adjustments >> hue/saturation in photoshop, the shortcut works in sai and clip studio paint too). play with the sliders and see what happens. i do that a lot myself, because it’s easier to coordinate the colours like that afterwards instead of trying to manually pick perfectly matching ones right away.
for further adjustments i like to use an extra semi-transparent layer on top of everything with just a single colour to add atmospheric light. this unifies the colours and makes them more harmonious, if that’s what you’re looking for. this is about as far as i’d go if i didn’t want to shade the drawing.
if i do want to shade, especially with high contrasts and dramatic light, i darken the base by just adding an additional black layer, here set to 40% opacity. of course you could add a colour layer like the ones i mentioned previously too.
to create an impression of dramatic light you need a high contrast between light and dark areas (1). if i want additional visual intrest i often add secondary light which falls onto the main shadow areas. here i picked a faint greenish blue to balance out the yellow (2). and since light is at least partially reflected when it hits a surface you should add a faint glow that goes across the shadow/light border. i uses a mid-brown with a very soft brush on a layer set to overlay here (3).
for this shading style i like to use the layer mode colour dodge with lowered opacity + fill settings. for some layer modes opacity and fill do the exact same thing (e.g. for multiply or screen). however for colour dodge there’s a big difference:
a lowered opacity merely alters the transparency of the entire layer. that looks pretty awful sometimes, because the bright orange affects the dark of the hair much more intensely than the already brighter skin. but when you lower the fill percentage you primarily lower the amount of light that falls onto darker colours. so the layer’s opacity setting treats every colour equally whereas the fill setting takes their values into consideration. it might be hard to understand if you don’t try it out yourself, so just play around to get a feel for how it works!
and to summarise, here’s a process gif:
colour is an extremely big topic and i’ve only barely scratched the surface but i hope that still helped you out a little! the fastest way to learn is always to try things yourself, so grab a sketch and experiment. 👍