This was done in some bootleg version of Photoshop. It’s not the first piece of space art I created – there were some previous ones that I’ve completely lost – but it is one of my favorites.
To create this, I followed a bunch of tutorials on how to create star fields and planets. There’s very little actual drawing here – the planets were created through various filters, the stars were originally noise, and the star clusters are the result of the clone stamp tool. Also, Photoshop had a lens flair tool back then.
The translucent planet was originally going to be a normal-looking planet, but I was playing around with layer modes and found something that seemed pretty interesting.
This is a weird bit of space art I did in 2013. I was using the techniques that I’d learned years earlier, and it definitely shows – the clone stamped stars, the filters that were used to create the planet, the glow, etc.
I wish I remember how I created the fiery parts of the planet. It must have been some layer mode, but at this moment, I genuinely have no idea what it could possibly be.
I did the sketch for this one on paper, which was pretty rare for me back then. I remember it being one of the first things I ever posted to my Tumblr account.
Back then, the only senshi I actually liked in this image were Venus & Jupiter. In 2021, they’re still the only two I like. Also, this drawing suffers from the same problem I mentioned in the Draw Every Day in June post: too much contrast between the midtones, highlights, & shadows.
Maybe I’ll redraw this sometime. It would be a good way to see how much my skills have evolved over the years.
Back in June 2015, I decided that I was going to draw at least one thing every day. I ended up with a lot of doodles that I ultimately didn’t like, but I did produce a couple of pieces that are pretty nice.
I did this one without any kind of reference – and this isn’t an easy pose! I may have looked at my own hands as a reference for the hand here, but reference photos? I didn’t use any.
I wouldn’t recommend this method of drawing, by the way. References are great and reduce a lot of frustration when you can’t get a pose quite right.
The shadows in this piece are definitely too dark, but I have always been pretty obsessed with that kind of chiaroscuro effect. It was most obvious in my 2014-2015 art.
Sailor Pluto’s Garnet Rod always looked really complicated for me to draw, but surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. It was genuinely not difficult.
I actually did use a reference for this one – from AdorkaStock – and as a result it turned out pretty well! Well…except for the chair/throne thing. That’s definitely too geometrical.
The contrasts here are even higher than in the Sailor Pluto Image, and that’s because I decided to shade with BLACK. It’s super dramatic and I love it. I love this kind of contrast!
This is one of the earliest pieces of digital art that I actually have a date for: February 26, 2006. I think the original image was drawn in paint, and then it was animated in GIMP, but I may have actually done the whole thing in GIMP.
Here is a scaled-up version of the image so you can actually see what’s happening: