Person A owns multiple boxes of bandaids with fun prints. Person B pretends to hate them but still requests colors/patterns when they get a small injury (so that it’s at least not that weird bacon shaped one why do you buy these ugh). Person A makes sure to always have Person B’s favorite prints in their bag at all times.
So for your Final Fantasy/Crystal Gems fan art what brushes did you use? I have been trying to do my own Yoshitaka fan art but I don't know what does it justice.
For the lines, something like this:
The lines should look kinda rough and sketchy, since they’re pencil. Also, draw it big and size it down for posting–that hides some of the artificialness of the digital lines.
For the color, something like this:
You want a watercolor effect, which means the most important parts of making that look genuine are
the layer effects and the fuzzy brush shape. Play around with density
and size as you fill it in to do detail… remember that watercolor can
be both really light and blurry or very vivid and Amano uses both to
make all that amazing detail work.
Some other tips:
The most opaque/vivid colors he would use were usually bright red, black, and sometimes dark blue. I often use a brush that’s 90%+ density for those.
He also uses colors in a very specific way. I always had 3+ images open as reference while I colored my style emulations.
You can find really high res images of his work online–great for examining the underlying pencil lines.
Keep in mind the limitations of the watercolor medium–you can’t place a light color directly on top of a dark color. Look closely at the rosettes and other little details against the opaque red in this image. Instead of drawing details on top with a separate layer like you would with digital art, color around the edges and erase things out by hand. If the edge looks kinda wobbly or weird or has spots of white visible–great! It’s more authentic.
If you’re emulating Amano, you’ll probably be thinking “ugh, this looks like crap” right up until you put the finishing touches on. Everything looks MUCH more authentic after you add the vivid red/black and all the stripes and rosettes. Even if the final product isn’t totally style-authentic, it’s probably still gonna be cool as hell. So hang in there if you’re not happy with how the drawing looks!
What is your opinion on the rivals' (+Ayano) design (specially the clothes)? What would you change?
Unpopular opinion, I do like the rival designs… of course, I do think there should be changes. I don’t personally mind the wild hair colors. I think they’re cute and it works for an anime-inspired game.
For all of them, I wish the big ol boobies would just go away. Apparently Kizana will also have a large chest and it’s like… why… this is a stealth horror game, not a dating sim..
I would get rid of the sailor fuku too, because highschoolers don’t wear sailor fukus. But then again, it’s become ~iconic~ to YanSim or whatever. I’d at least get rid of the short skirts, because come on, let’s face it, that’s just the developer trying to jack off. There’s no reason for it but to be lewd and gross.
I think the biggest thing is to give them different skin colors. [insert obligatory comment about colorism in Japan and how milk-pale Japanese people is inaccuate at best]. Not only that, but because they all share the same skin tone (baring Asu, who ~tans~ because the concept of a naturally brown Japanese person confuses the developer), they look the same. If you were to switch the hairstyle around, you wouldn’t tell the difference, because they’re all essential clones of one another. So far, the only way to tell the rivals apart is to look at their boob size (ugh) or their hair/eye color.
But going on with the characters:
Ayano– I’d give her pink or red eyes, and white hair. The color white is associated with death in Japan. I think it would make her design a little less boring and generic. I mean, it’s gotten to the point where any girl with a black ponytail and sailor fuku is mistaken for Ayano.
Osana– I’d give her blue or green eyes. To be quite honest, it’s kinda weird that all the rivals have matching hair and eye colors.
Amai– I think Amai is the rival with the best overall design. The colors go well together and she looks very original. All I would change is give her brown skin.
Kizana– I like the idea of Kizana changing her hairstyle every day. Sounds very Kizana-y. I’d give her very pale skin, a reference to white makeup in traditional Japanese theater. I think her hair should be a more rose-purple.
Oka– Add some visible wrinkles/bags under her eyes to emphasize she’s an oddball who stays up all night. Give her a longer skirt too, considering she’s shy. Other than that, I think Oka is like amai where her design is already pretty good.
Asu– I’d change nothing. She’s a bit plain, but I think it works for her.
For Muja and Mida I’d rather just get rid of them. But since I can’t: give them appropriate clothing. Yeah, yeah it’s a game, but those clothes are just ridiculous. They look like they’re gonna star in a porno.
Osoro– I’d give her a tan and maybe change her eye color, but other than that, I think she looks fine.
“Is anyone sitting here?” You asked the man in the maple bench with his nose stuffed in a book.
“Huh?” The man looked up at you. He was very handsome, You observed. He had voluminous light blonde- it seemed dyed, but nice nonetheless- hair, and by the look of his long legs, tall.. seemed to be in his twenties?
“Oh, yeah- I mean no- sorry, you can.. You can sit here.” The man stuttered with a blush.
“Thanks,” You replied and sat down next to him to read your newest book discovery, ‘Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka.
You took the book out from your bag and flipped to the page you had left off. Sweet, fresh air blew a Sycamore tree seed down to bounce off the slope of your nose, and then fall onto your smooth pages. Your hand lightly brushed the page to remove the helicopter seed, causing your book to shift where it’s cover art was facing.
“Excuse me, but..” You turned to look at the man whose voice spoke to you again.
“I love that book. One of Kafka’s best works,” The man said, referring to the familiar cover art now in his line of sight.
“Oh, yeah, this book is really good so far,” You related, intrigued. “What are you reading now?” You questioned, gesturing to the novel in his left hand. “Into books much?”
“Yeah, I love literature. I’m reading Demian,” The man responded and showed you the book.
“I love Demian!” You exclaimed. “It’s really a piece of art.”
“I think so too! Everything about it, the inner relationship between Demian and Sinclair and how they’re actually..” The man looked up at you.
“I’m Namjoon, by the way. Nice to meet you.” The man introduced himself and stuck his arm out to shake your hand.
I feel like SM should have allowed vampires to have some imperfections - like some scars and tattoos especially tattoos as some have cultural significance and are a part of what defines them or their cultural etc. I also didn't like the fact that regardless of ethnicity, a vampire's skin will be exceptionally pale and I never agreed with that at all. So what are your thoughts about it?
Totally agree. Those “imperfections” are often identifying/defining traits for people. I have a chicken pox scar in the middle of my forehead, I wouldn’t look like “me” without it. Same for the beauty mark under my right eye. These things would be erased in the vampire transformation and that would be almost as weird as losing my eye color.
And WORD on the pale = white thing. That’s from the Guide and it’s so … icky. I try to give SM the benefit of the doubt, but that’s just … ugh. Apparently people have seen parallels to certain parts of the Book of Mormon. There’s a phrase “white and delightsome” I see referenced a lot. But I don’t know enough about the Book of Mormon to speak definitively on this topic so take all that with a grain of salt. I usually see those comparisons on anti-Twilight posts and I don’t know the larger context, but there seems to be this white skin = good theme and that might have been a (subconscious?) influence.
The guide says that the transformation leeches all pigment from the skin, making it literally white (white the color versus “white” = light-skinned), with people who had darker skintones in life retaining just a “slight olive tone”. And that’s… messed up. I’m usually a canon purist, but I stick my fingers in my ears and go LALALALA and ignore that junk because, yuck. I think the movies handled it better. The Breaking Dawn movies didn’t seem to really change the POC vampire’s skintones much at all, and in New Moon you can see that Laurent looks ‘pale’ in the sense of sickly/dead rather than “white,” which is logically how you would think it would work with an undead vampire with no circulation.
Although in some really old vampire myths, it was the opposite. A sure sign that a recently-deceased friend, neighbor or loved one had become a vampire was digging up their grave and seeing them with a ruddy (red) complexion, like their cheeks were flushed. This was attributed to their blood-drinking.
but mostly just forgets to shower and tries to put her hair into a mohawk
in middle school it’s just long but she tries to give herself a mohawk with like.
shes a garbage can
shes trying her best
ripped jeans held together with safety pins she stole off the teachers desk
shes so hardcore
root tells her she likes her shoes one day
they’re converse that are held together by duct tape
shaw’s written shitty poetry all over them
she compares peoples eyes to ice and cigarettes exclusively
and mcr lyrics
shaw says she likes roots hair
root dyed her hair with koolaide and a bit of manic panic
it’s love at first sight
“you’re the only one who Gets It”
“i love the way you stick it to the man and don’t care what anyone else thinks”
“i love your hair it looks better than that one poser from paramore”
“ugh i know shes such prep”
okay so root has like this quasi gothic/emo thing going on
she has her hair dyed like three different colors
but it looks like shit because shes too young to buy/use bleach
so she uses extensions too
the striped ones
even like. the zebra print ones.
she teases it too. of course
she wears either tripp pants or like a floofy black/neon color skirt over jeans/fishnets
tons of candy bracelets
she has glow in the dark braces
with no fingers
she brings her cd player to school every day and listens to it between classes and at lunch
she has like 2 evanescence cds and 3 cds she made herself
blasts it all full volume all the time
“amy lee is so real. she really understands me.”
root writes shitty song lyrics in a notebook that she colored black with a sharpie
she writes exclusively in black and red
for the Aesthetic
she starts the black nail polish in middle school, only it’s also sharpie.
just black sharpie fingernails constantly
and then she starts to use white out too
alternates each nail
or colors them black and tries to make little hearts and skulls in white out
and then you have shaw
the resident garbage can
showers like three days a week, constantly looks likes she rolled out of a dumpster
tries to make her hair into a mohawk every damn day
wakes up an hour early to try every morning
buys like 30 dollars in product a week
eventually her parents cut her off and she switches over to super glue
her poor parents. they’re so tired all the time
ripped dirty jeans that are probably her older cousins at some point
she doodles art all over her jeans during class
its like. skulls whit hearts for eyes
shes not half bad but its sharpie on jeans
and it fades when she washes them so she always hides them in her room to preserve the art
shes practically a biohazard
she wears band shirts from hot topic
but she cuts the sleeves off
she gives herself little tattoos too and tells people they’re real
and again, doesn’t shower to preserve the art
you cant have those sweet tatts fading
root and shaw meet in english class in sixth grade
shaw’s sitting in the back looking very dramatic and angry while listening to mcr
aggressively tapping her feet and mouthing the lyrics and doing a little touch up on her wrist tattoo
its says “i’m not okay”
shaw perks her head up when root enters the root because roots goddamn trip pants are jangling that fucking loud
she added more chains
shaw gives her The Head Nod and roots knees go a little weak
root decides to make the first move
and sits next to shaw
it was destiny
they have the i like you hair/shoes convo
its clearly meant to be
root starts writing root shaw on her nails in white out
shaw draws shitty anime for root
it’s true love
after a few weeks of exchanging weird middle school gifts and sitting next to each other at lunch shaw’s like
“do you wanna hang out after school. we could like. go to the mall.”
and they go to the mall and to hot topic and browse for three hours and flirt terribly and don’t buy anything because their parents aren’t here and they don’t have money
shaw tries to fight a prep the know from school for making fun of root’s hair and they get kicked out
remember those weird rubber bracelets that all had different meanings? they totally exchanged those. gauged their relationship in colored rubber bands
then they walk to the 7/11 and get slurpees and candy
shaw buys to let root know shes serious
shaw’s mom picks them up a little bit later and they go back to shaw’s house and hang out more
“ugh i’m sorry about my mom shes so /embarrassing/”
“i know sam, parents are the worst.”
“she doesn’t understand me. not like you do”
roots gonna cry shes so gay
root holds shaw’s hand and they listen to mcr and good charlotte and blink 182 and talk about how they’re gonna run away together and roots going to be a famous singer and shaw going to play guitar and they’re gonna be in a super badass band
root’s been writing songs and shaw’s gonna do the cover art it’ll be great
shaw plays “black parade” on her shitty acoustic guitar for root and that’s its they’re middle school married
they’re the It couple
they hold hands in the hallway and everything
okay so its the day of the dance thougj
“are you gonna like go the dance?”
“ugh no way. dances are for preps. plus the music would suck.”
“oh cool. do you wanna hang out at my place instead?”
root grins because shes got like 5 cds in her backpack that she wants to show shaw
so they get back to shaw’s place, eat their afternoon snack, do their homework at the dinner table
root helps shaw with math, shaw helps root with history
shaw’s like, i wanna play a song for you
she fucking plays ohio is for lovers by hawthorne heights
complete with growls and screams
shaw’s finishes the song, panting a little bit because being a rock star is hard work
this is just like in her fanfics
“so. um. did you like it?”
and root carefully takes the guitar out of shaw’s hands and sets it on the stand
and tackles shaw’s face with her own face
nearly breaks her nose
eventually they run out of air
and pull back
it’s gay and then they hug and just don’t let go of each other for a while and its very pure and gay