ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
Because I'm procrastinating on my SGA Reverse Bang piece, I've decided to do a process post about my last fanart, the one for the Trek Reverse Bang. That painting took me a long time, and quite a lot of work spread out of over three months, and maybe some are interested how I get from the first idea to a finished painting.

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ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Characters/Pairings: James T. Kirk, Spock, Nyota Uhura, Leonard McCoy, T'Pau; the accompanying story is Kirk/Spock
Media used: pencil drawing, acrylic paint
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This was done for the [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang challenge, and [livejournal.com profile] tinocka wrote a story, In Marsh and Desert, for this painting that you all should check out. [personal profile] astridv gave some helpful input on the perspective at the pencil stage, however any remaining problems are my fault. This is the first time I tried to just do a painting based on my pencils, rather than do inked lineart first, so it is somewhat of a deviation from my usual style. I hope it still works. The original painting is A3, and I included some hi-res details in addition to the screen sized picture to give a better impression of how it looks in reality. The thing took forever to paint, so I kind of want to show off the amount of work that went into it. (If anyone wants the whole image in 300dpi I can mail the file, but it's about 4.3mb.) ETA: I've made a process post about this painting.
Preview: preview of Trek Reverse Bang art
the image and two high resolution details are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
I'll take a final look at it tomorrow, well technically today only not at three in the morning under crappy artificial light, to look at it with fresh eyes and maybe make a some final corrections before scanning, but it is done.

I mean, I know some of the shadows are crap because I had no real idea how shadows from these light sources would look if they were real (two fires, daylight from an opening above that is brighter than the fires, reflective surfaces, all kinds of complicated forms...), the metal looks not all that metallic (why are all the metal tutorials I could find for digital painting?), and I think I gave Uhura a slightly too dark skin color -- but whatever. It's the best I can manage.

It took me forever to paint the thing as it is, not least because my time has much more fragmented than usual recently due to all the running too and fro due that comes with the current family stuff.

And my posting date is Monday, so I even have a bit of leeway to manage the scanning should my desktop crap out on me again. (The problems I had once before where the desktop just refuses to boot have started up again a few days ago. And while I carefully wriggled the stupid memory card which was helped before and that helped again, I do not trust its functioning to be reliable, so I can't do the scanning at the last moment. Argh.)

argh

Apr. 8th, 2010 10:33
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
I was attempting to do a grayscale value thumbnail for my Trekreversebang artwork as preliminary to painting it, and couldn't figure out how the shadows would look, not even in so far as to roughly fake it. So now I have resorted to trying to make a rough pseudo-maquette simulating at least the broad masses. Of course I don't model or sculpt, so I do not have any of the materials or skills needed for actual maquette making. Instead I am making a contraption from some old cardboard, toiletpaper rolls and play-do. >.<

Unrelated to this, I still do not have the newest Dresden Files book, because I ordered the UK edition (which was sold about four euro cheaper than the US edition by the German Amazon), and that apparently came out a few days after the US one. But I did just get a notification that it's in the mail, so it will arrive soonish. I hope.
ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
And I submitted my draft with a few hours to spare even. My art idea is going to get a story written. Yay! (Granted my pencils so far still have a bunch of problems, but at least I did not default in shame before the challenge even really started.)
ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
...but at least I've become less stalled on the [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang. I finally have a decent visual idea -- unfortunately also somewhat complicated and I'll likely need to draw it at least on A3, but I like it, so I'll give it a try -- and I think it has good potential to inspire a story. I mean, I just got this image in my mind and no idea what its story could be, but the details would be the author's problem after all. And I think it suggests a narrative and makes you curious. I drew a couple of tiny first thumbnails while I was on the bus, and at least I have a starting point now. Good thing too, with the deadline for the first versions for the authors to pick from looming ever closer. *meep*

Speaking of buses, apparently part of my city's public transport network is on strike. I'm somewhat confused because only some of the buses are not running. From what I gather it is because the part of the combined city network on strike is the one operated by a bus company that technically is a network in one of the neighboring states. But they don't just run lines in the suburbs there, but some of their lines go all through the city. (I guess they connect with their core area somehow, I have no idea.) And it is not that I don't understand their strike (they earn significantly less a month than the bus drivers of all the other networks servicing the city and want the same pay), but normally you never notice which line is operated by which network. At least the bus I use most is unaffected.
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)


[livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang

This is a Star Trek (TOS and Reboot) challenge where the art is created first, and then authors write a story inspired by it.

I didn't make a post to promote this directly after I signed up, because I had seen a couple on my f-list, and I did not want everyone to get annoyed at seeing too many promo posts. But just now I looked at the post where anybody can drop by to leave prompts to give artists ideas and provide inspiration, and there has been only one(!) comment so far (and okay the prompts are optional, but still). Clearly this hasn't gotten enough exposure yet. So you should drop by there even if you don't want to sign up as artist or writer, and just throw a couple of ideas out for things you always wanted to see done in Star Trek fanart.

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