whoops i forgot how to draw

All this time spent in vain, wasted years, wasted gain

All is lost, hope remains and this war’s not over

There’s a light, there’s a sun

Taking all shattered ones to the place we belong.

This song will never not inspire me. But anyway, sorry for the recent semi-absence, I guess? I haven’t had any idea what to draw but someone suggested the fire family so….

Also: This was meant to look kinda similar to my drawing of Kya and her kids. 

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couldn’t decide which one i liked better so y’all can have both

might post a close-up of vax’s armor later ( ᐛ)

It’s Sheith Week Unlimited. I forgot about it, but saw a post a few minutes ago, so I figured I’d churn out Day 1 right quick while I’m bored at work at 3am.

The theme today is Dreamer

(I think I went a little off book bc how do you not angst??)

(Content Warning: Vague mentions of torture and what the Galra did to Shiro. Nightmares.)


Purple. The colour of royalty, the colour of sunsets, of summer flowers and butterflies. Of children’s drawings and fireworks dancing in the sky.

But not here. Here purple is harsh, it’s burning. It’s the colour of bruises and cuts and the light that seares his eyes. It’s magic and it’s darkness and it’s all he can see.

The lights fade in and out, no pattern to the flashing madness in front of him. Time is meaningless, forgotten behind the pain and the screams. He doesn’t even know what they want anymore, he just knows that they’re always there. Wait, watching, calculating. Time is on their side as they work to figure out what makes the Champion, the Leader of Voltron, tick. It seems pointless, fruitless to go on. He would tell them everything they wanted to hear, if only he knew what that was. But there’s nothing. No questions, no hints or speaking. The only sounds are the strangled noises that rip their way out of his own throat.

He pulls at his restraints, thrashes his head against the hard table beneath him, snarls at their hands and shining instruments. Tears force their way from his eyes as his own violent resistance only adds to the marring of his flesh. But he can’t stop. He can’t just sit there and let them do what they want. So he fights. He struggles. For how long, he doesn’t know. Everything bleeds together here, there’s no way of knowing how long he’s been here, how long he may be kept here. So he screams and fights and dreams a hopeless dream that someone, anyone out there may help him.

Then, a light. Not the harsh, stinging purple, but softer. Gentler. Hopeful. A white light that seems to come from everywhere and nowhere washes over him, a sea of calm following it. His heaving chest slows and his screams die out. Finally, a noise not made by him graces his tired, unbelieving ears.

“Shiro?”

His name. The white light grows stronger. The warmth it brings soothes him, washes over his body in a wave, bringing hope to his eyes and a smile to his face.

“Shiro?” the voice says again. He knows that voice. It’s kind, it’s loving. It feels like home.

He finds his body relaxing into the light. The restraints are gone, replaced by warmth and soft hands. The hard sterile table beneath him is gone, only softness remains, and the harsh purple light and the smell of electricity and pain have disappeared. His eyes are finally able to find focus again in the centre of the light…

“Shiro…are you alright?”

“Keith?” Shiro asks, blinking into wakefulness. Concern and the last dregs of sleep marr his voice, “What’s wrong?”

“You were having a nightmare,” Keith says, propped up on one arm to lean over Shiro. A gentle hand is pressed to Shiro’s chest, enough to soothe him and wake him but not enough to hurt. Enough to ground him right here, right now.

Shiro reaches up, placing his prosthetic hand against Keith’s cheek. He smiles as Keith leans into the touch and he watches the metal shine in the light of the slowly rising sun as he tucks an errant hair behind Keith’s ear. “It wasn’t a nightmare,” he says, looking deep into Keith’s concerned eyes.

“But, you were groaning, and thrashing around. I thought…”

Keith trails off, not trying to hide his confusion. “It was about the Galra,” Shiro explains, “but it wasn’t all bad.”

“How could it not be all bad? After what they did to you. Shiro, I–”

Shiro cuts Keith off by pulling him close and rolling both of them onto their sides. They look into each other’s eyes as dust dances in the early morning rays of light. “It couldn’t be a nightmare, Keith, it had to be a dream. You were there.”

‘Cause I’m a little unsteady.

Here’s a speedy vid of me shading it cuz i forgot to record myself actually drawing it

sorry for the sloppier than usual work. i forgot that october 22nd was the start of sheithweek and didn’t check the themes properly so i accidentally mixed the first day’s theme with the last day’s theme whoops. 

this is also the week i find out how to draw shiro.

hopefully.

edit: i hope someone can tell me if the colors look any better? my laptop’s colors are all wrong and when i checked on mobile the colors were horrendously saturated and warm

ALRIGHT SO APPARENTLY LOTS OF PEOPLE WANT TO SEE HOW I DRAW STUFF??? honestly i’ve never made a tutorial in my life i have no idea how helpful this is gonna be but LETS GO

STEP ONE: Sketch (+brush settings)!! (this pic is after i cleaned it up like a lot. I promise my sketches always start out super messy but i forgot to screenshot that WHOOPS)

-i basically always use a pose ref and it’s SUPER OBVIOUS when i dont bc my anatomy gets all wonky. Also costume ref pics!

-i usually draw the body and clothes on separate layers, starting with the body then drawing the clothes over it then cleaning up/erasing bc it helps me figure out folds and stuff better. basically each color is a different layer rn (pink, purple, blue)

STEP TWO: Lineart

-basically i just merge together my sketch layers (highlight the layers you want to put together + right click + merge layers) then rename and lock it (which allows you to recolor your lineart without getting out of the lines)

-i also picked out the colors i want to use (i re-use color palettes a lot bc im a lazy bum) and put them all on a new layer i named “color”

-I usually have about 3 different tones for each color i want to use (ie: main red, slightly darker red for shadows, darkest red for lineart) and depending on what i’m coloring i might have a slightly lighter tone for highlights (like her hair) 

STEP 3: Basic Colors

-omg this picture is so tiny can you even see what is happening IM SORRY

-anyway i create a new layer for each color section (?) im going to be using

-i also like to color some parts of the lineart where two of the same colors meet i guess?? basically like, i colored the line separating jan’s neck and face dark red as well as her nose and mouth, but i leave the lines that separate the black and red black. does that make any sense at all it probably doesn't 

-im so bad at explaining things im sorry

STEP 4: Shadows!

-UMMMMM so a lot of artists at this point are usually like “now pick ur light source!!!” and stuff like that which………i always forget to do…..i just sort of wing it honestly

-i just put flat shadows wherever i think looks alright 

-im just straight up cell shading basically

STEP 5: Add gradient!

-using the same color you used for the shadows, i put down a gradient (at about 30% opacity) going in the direction of the shadows

-i put highlights in the hair by using the lasso tool and selecting the section i want highlighted and adding a gradient of a light color 

-at this point i realized i forgot about jan’s wings (DUMMY) and i added them in using the same process as i’ve been doing

AND THATS ABOUT IT

-so yeah thats the general process i use to draw stuff

-but i don’t always stick to this? it’s just sort of my default technique bc it comes the most naturally to me but like there’s lots of ways to color so dont take this as a required process!!! 

-if anyone is still reading this unintelligable mess: im so proud of u. ur so strong-willed