July 2018 Painting Practice

In July of 2018, I decided I wanted to practice digital painting. I made a rough sketch, inked that sketch, and then decided I’d paint it with a couple of different palettes to see what I could do with it.

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This was way back when I was still trying to figure out how to paint, and what particular style I wanted to use. I’d seen plenty of people paint underneath digital inks and produce great paintings, so I wanted to try that out for myself.

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This was my first attempt. I don’t remember where I got the palette from. I might have picked random colors on my own. I don’t even remember which brushes I used, though since I did this in Clip Studio Paint, I’m going to assume that I used the dense watercolor brush for at least some of it.

I still like this one. The colors are too smooth in some places (the grass), but the colors ended up pretty good overall. Also, I think the yellow sky makes it look ominous.

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This was my second attempt, which is kind of….bleh? I didn’t bother blending colors for this one or even trying to paint anything. Just blocked out the colors and left it like that.

I think the colors here are a bit too natural. Nothing actually sticks out.

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Third attempt. I like this a lot better than the previous one. At this point, I’d decided I wasn’t going to worry about blending, and focused instead on blocking out colors to see if they would work well.

And this one does work well! Even though the colors are still “natural”, they’re a lot bolder than the previous attempt.

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Fourth attempt. If I ignore the first actual painting, this is my favorite. It’s got all the colors I like the most! It’s also the most similar to the kind of digital paintings I do nowadays.

Perhaps…I should repaint this in my current painting style?

Ocean Overlook (2018-09-15)

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Finished 2018-09-15.

This is a painting that was done before I developed my current painting style. It was done entirely in the Dense Watercolor & Oil Paint brushes in Clip Studio Paint, and took about an hour. Also, I did everything (except maybe the sky in the background?) on one layer.

I haven’t done anything like this since. Perhaps I’ll try doing another painting in this style sometime this year.

Mountain Moon (2020-04-25)

A couple of mountains illuminated by the moon. There is a shooting star in the sky.

I had no idea what to call this when I was done with it, and over a year later, I still don’t. “Mountain Moon” is really the best I can come up with.

I saved a couple of progress images for this one. Here is the sketch, done in my sketchbook:

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There was originally an aurora and a person standing at the top of the foreground mountain.

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After deciding on a color palette, I blocked in the colors. I believe there are two layers here – one with the sky, moon, and aurora, and one with the mountains & ground.

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There was no way I could get the person (which I think was supposed to be an astronaut) to look right, so I removed them. I also removed the aurora, because I couldn’t get that to look right, either.

The sky ended up being pretty boring with nothing in it, so I added the shooting star. I considered making it a supernova, but it didn’t look too good in this particular style.

Including the sketch, this took about 1.5 hours in total.