Finally! A Nen concept! We have been talking a lot about the nenverse and are currently wrapping up the story for the Chiara comic so I can get to work on the art. Chiara’s character concept needs some work as I will be going for a more simple but sweet design for the characters since I have a lot of ground to cover to complete the stories we have planned for them. I’m still feeling very intimidated and afraid of the whole process so I’ve been learning about streamlining my process, I’ve been doing studies, gesture drawings, life drawing sessions, etc. just to take some of the pressure off. I know it’s our first comic but I feel so much pressure from within to make it perfect. There’s a lot I want to say and express with it. It’ll take years to complete, it needs to be fantastic, I intend for it to be such. I am excited to experience this journey. 💕
I had quit digital art for a long while because I couldn’t get anything right and everything seemed too complicated for me to be able to do, I had no confidence at all, until I found Cyarin’s work and was overwhelmed by how beautiful the colours were and how those colours worked together. And then I decided to get back into art, find other artists, get inspired and as time went on I found Audra’s work and made me fall in love with art even more, because I had never seen such style, so deep in emotion and meaning, such beautiful and unique pieces and Audra’s work introduced me to gouache and watercolor, that I still don’t quite get the hang off, but surely one day will. Then I found Jacquelin’s beautiful witches and mermaids and fell in love with the bright colours and how light her artwork was, how every piece had their own detail. Then I found out about Morgan’s work, such an adorable style and the choices of colour for each piece, how every brush stroke made the piece more and more magical and watching her videos and seeing her get out of her comfort zone with backgrounds was so relatable and so inspiring.
Their work has unique details from them, traces of who they are as human beings and that’s what captivated me the most, how the art also shows a bit of the artist.
I am inspired by these artists everyday, not just with art, but also as a person, because I’ve also learned how to be a better person with these four people and I’m very grateful for that.
Another quick character concept of Chiara. I am thinking of changing her name spelling to “Chyara” mainly because I want her name to be pronounced as CHI-YA-RAH not the Italian pronunciation. So I am going to discuss that with Lopi . Aside from that she is getting pretty close to her final form after months of working on her. I was always sure about this outfit but never 100% on her face and hair. I think we will go with a cool skin tone and hair colour. Since we have so many options with our races being from another planet we have so much more creative liberty. She’s still not completely finished as the Dren race will actually have more hair (like a mane) around their shoulders and necks. So I might add some of that in later. Either way I’m glad we are finally making some progress!
Forest spirit concept #2. I like where it’s at but I feel it looks too much like Haku from “Spirited Away” just goes to show you subconsciously draw what you see. Might change up the horns to keep it different.
Another Chiara concept, I think this is as close as I will get to the character I envision in my head. She won’t be this detailed in the comic cause that’d take forever to draw but this is a more detailed version of her. I still need to check with @callmelopi to get his final say on this design. Ears might change to be more faun-like.
We’ve been making some serious progress on the Nenverse in the past month. We have finally nailed down the visual concepts of all three races on Nen, we have been meticulously designing the history of solar system and races, @callmelopi has been researching all of the physics and tech stuff like space elevators.The technology in our story will be limited but to get a feel of the present day tech we need to find out what they used thousands of years in the past. It’s taking a long time but we think it’ll be worth it. We aren’t just writing a story and designing characters, we are creating entirely different races, histories, wars, species, technology, languages, religions, etc. and it takes a hella long time! I’m glad so many of you are still interested and are asking about the Nenverse it keeps us working hard.
Alas! “Purpose” is finished! This painting has a lot of meaning to me and the title pretty much explains it all. You may be blind to your purpose but your heart will do it’s best to guide you in the right direction. Do what makes your soul happy!
Well there’s your daily dose of cheesiness.
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