Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mononoke Hime Process

Over the weekend while at Evillecon is Indiana, I watched Howl's Moving Castle for the first time. I'm not much of a Ghibli fan although Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away were great. Their other stuff is... confusing and sometimes trippy. Maybe I've outgrown that child like wonderment but I'm definitely not a raving Ghibli fan. You know who you are.

Well, my fave is definitely Princess Mononoke and I've been planning on doing a fanart piece of her. The original idea was to have an entire forestscape with vines and wavy trees. I wanted kodamas to be sitting across the branches everywhere and Mononoke to be hiding in the back of the trees. Cute right? Yeah, not so much when I sketched it out. So I put her on the backburner while I completed some other pieces.

Finally busted out a drawing with her. It's really just a body shot with no wolves, no knife, no forest, but I think it turned out pretty good. Definitely going to be a print at my next convention. Here's the process for the entire thing, which took me maybe 6 hours. That's pretty good considering a lot of other black and white works take me upwards of 15 hours.

I really enjoyed the fur detail. I used to dread details like hair and fur (I still hate doing hair and cheat my way through it) but the fur is actually a really easy and messy process. Just throw in those brush strokes everywhere! Well, at least that's what I did.

I also did a little surgery on her a little while into the process. She received an early breast reduction but her lips were dropped a little and a bit of a chin reshaping. Ah the business of beauty.

Other news:

Since I just got back from Evillecon, you know what that means: Artist Review. I think I'll write it up this weekend. I will say I had a fantastic time and met many wonderful people.

Also submitted one of my entries for the Natsucon badge contest >>> info here. I'm planning on submitting one more but I'll put them up here after the contest is closed.

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