2022: Samael Protagonists

Over the past month, I took some time to draw the three most major characters of Samael: Samanta Liu-Rivera, Niklas Østergaard, and Tien Vo.

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Samanta Liu-Rivera is the titular Samael, a well-known and widely feared assassin who tries to retire from the business, but ends up not being able to.

I’ve drawn her many times over the years and her design hasn’t changed all that much.

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Niklas Østergaard is a guy who should have been a hardboiled detective but is stuck as a police detective. He is also a spy for Samanta and her assassin friends.

This was my second time drawing him – the first time was a sketch that’s since been deleted.

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Tien Vo is a hacker and Sam’s best friend and mission control. She is Vietnamese-Australian and uses a wheelchair (which is why she’s sitting), which I did not draw here.

I’ve drawn Tien a couple of times before, but her previous design was pretty boring. I like this one a lot better.

2022-01-30: Forest River

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I started this back in early 2020. It had a completely different color palette – one with sunset-y colors. After working on it for a few hours, I set it aside with every intention of coming back to it. That did not happen.

Then at the end of January 2022, I went through my art folder, deleting half-finished sketches that I was never going to get around to finishing. Rather than delete this particular painting, I decided to redo it entirely.

So, using the same sketch, I figured out a new palette. Then I decided it would be best if I kept it as a rough speedpainting. I think the reason I didn’t finish the previous version of this painting is because the details were taking too long.

This was done in Clip Studio Paint and took approximately 30 minutes.

2016-09: Fantasy RPG Protagonists

Back in 2016 I started doodling a magic knight. I then drew a mage to accompany her, and then an archer, a rogue/thief, and a cleric. I’ve since lost the images for the rogue and cleric, but I still have the images for the first three – even though I almost lost them as well.

In the Stories I’d like to work on someday blogpost, I mentioned a story called Marina’s Quest. All three of the characters seen below are going to be part of that story.

First up is Lacey, the magic knight/spellsword.

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Second is Marina, the mage. She’s the youngest of the group at around 10 years old.

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Third and last is Ash, your typical archer.

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2008-01-28: Translucent Planet

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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.

2013-03-11: Molten Planet

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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.