Plan For Final Piece – Cowan’s Reflection

Reflect Prior

Looking back over my artwork I have drawn and painted a lot of animals that have fur, such as my dog painting and my Wacom tiger drawing shown below. I feel that using fur in my character completes the area of the brief that talks about ‘Having a half human, half animal’ character.

I have also drawn male characters through out my work for this brief and feel that I should stick to the male figure as it is something I am confident in drawing.

In my character I will include a tail as in my pervious silhouette drawings I have drawn some tails and I think that this will work well with my character. I will also use cat ears but lengthen as it fits the section of the brief that says that the character needs to have ‘prominate ears’

Try It Out

I have chosen to stick with the male figure. I have chosen this sketch of mine to try out my ideas as it is face on and it will be easier to show the texture of the parahuman’s skin.

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I have chosen to have my character physically toned to show that this character is strong.

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Due to my past drawings I have decided that my character will have more of a human face and no animal print texture as I feel this turns my character into an animal in human clothing rather than a mix between a human and an animal. That’s why I have left my drawings face alone. I also need to think about what pose my character will be pulling as that will set the mood of my character and help me chose the correct colours that correlate to that mood.

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Next Steps

For my final design I have decided to stick to the male slash tiger theme as physically the male physic and the tiger print fur works well together and completes parts of the brief. I have found out that I need to think more into the clothing that my character will wear as the ripped jeans don’t fit the brief of ‘sci-fi clothing’ I will also experiment with different poses that help convey the characters personality as in these drawings the character has been portrayed as strong but laid back due to his pose where as I would like my character to have the personality of a leader and a fighter.


Skin Eye Colour Painting

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Description – What Happened?

For this painting of an eye, I drew a sketchy outline of the eye for me to be able to work up over. I downloaded a skin colour palette so my painting would look realistic in colours. I started off with a very light skin colour over the whole area and then gradually started layering up the colour and tones with different opacities to create a more realistic image.

Feelings – What were I thinking and feeling?

During the process of creating this I was frustrated as creating the correct tones and shapes took a lot of time and if a mistake were made it was hard to erase it as the painting was done on one layer.

Evaluation – What was good and bad about the experience?

The effect that can be created during the process of digitally painting was a good experience as it taught me a new way to create colours and tones that can look realistic to the image, what was not so good was the time that needs to be put in to the painting for it to achieve this effect.

Analysis – What sense can you make of the situation?

Overall I like how my painting is turning out this is down to the colours that I have used as they are soft and bright so it is aesthetically pleasing to me and I believe that with more time spent creating it and can create a piece that I am happy with. Practising this process I feel that I have improved in my digital drawing and that I have learnt that changing the opacities and slightly lightening or darkening the colour I am using creates a cleaner tone.

Conclusion – What else could you have done?

To improve this painting I could have spent time blending the shades of colours together so there is a more gradual effect. I feel that I should have managed my time more effectively so I was able to finish the painting.

Action Plan – If it arose again, what would you do?

If I were to redo a task similar to this I would start off with blocking the main colours into the image as doing this really helped me and meant that it was easier to find the different shades and tones that I needed to create this image. I would also make sure not to spend so much time over a small area and focus on the whole image at the start and then when I am happy with that outcome zoom in and start adding the small details.


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