So I wanted to try drawing someone else’s character for the first time and I chose S.A.M. from Cannon Busters because the show is pretty good even though I’m only a few episodes in. I used someone else’s piece as reference and did my best to draw as I saw how it looked to me to improve my eye as well as get something added to the channel that wasn’t just dull Loomis videos where I draw heads oddly, haha.
The goal was just to get a drawing done and see how well I’d done in regards to the original. But I made the mistake of looking for other references while I was working and lost the original that I had planned on comparing my work to. One sec let me see if I can find it again.
Here it is!
You can see that I made a myriad of mistakes while I was working on it. The face is too v like, not enough cheek fat in the composition. The eyes are the wrong colour. I love that there are gears in her eyes. It’s just a solid nice touch that goes to show how much design work went into her character creation and the creation of the show on the whole.
In fact lets pull in my version and do a comparison so that I may learn from my mistakes.
This is the thumbnail from the youtube video as you can probably already tell.
So right off the bat we’ve got the fore mentioned jawline issues. We’ve got highlights where mine would reflect like they were more off of metallic surfaces rather than hair–if you see how they do theirs they use “z”‘s of light to so differing heights and shapes of hair.
I forgot the highlights on the gold. That wasn’t so obvious to me at the time. I remembered to do the shading of the ears and earrings under the hair. The line work is also much nicer. Leaner I would think.
You’ll see that my hair extends farther back that I only got from showing myself other drawings of her and that includes how her crown lies in her hair. I find cheek fat absolutely the hardest thing to get right at the moment. I’m sure once I get it down my drawings will improve dramatically and they won’t look so anorexic or as though they were created from the eighties and nineties like Shin Chan and the like.
I also got the lighting on the jacket backwards. Why would the large amount of hair reflect light and then shade the jacket? Because in my head that made sense. What I wasn’t expecting was that her hair itself threw shadow behind it.
Then there’s the skin colour, and if I had the image with me I could have just pulled from that and thrown them on top of the job, but learning colour recognition is a huge deal in painting and a super useful skill when you need it when mixing the slight gradients needed for skin tone and what’s in the foreground and background–at least with my accounts with black and white airbrushing.
I would love to be able to do character turn-arounds but I’m honestly freaked out about them for some reason. Artists worry I suppose. At least it’s not artists block, which I don’t seem to suffer too badly from, I just change whatever it is I’m working on into a new subject and move on for the most part. I’m sure that’ll come back to bite me at some point.
For the video I also made the mistake of using my Loomis setup because I don’t know how to set up a second account using Streamlabs OBS which has been by far the easiest way to get going on starting with the software. The older OBS just throws me for a loop.
Oh man, if you watch the video, you’ll see how much trouble I had with the lips. I had to remember that there’s a V in the upper join of the sides of the upper lip and that took me forever to remember.
Am I happy with what I’ve done so far with it? No of course not. I can do so much better, I just have to have patience and unlock the ability within myself to get going at a real pace. If you’re never happy with your work it always pushes you to create new and thoughtful devices and that may as well be the case with most things because liking everything you do and not realising it needs improvements is, I think, vastly greater of an error than thinking the other way.
For a first attempt it is what it is–something to be done with and to look on with an eye to improve.
If you’ve read this far, please let me know what characters or real life people you would like to see and in what style. I haven’t done a sharpie piece in forever and wouldn’t mind trying my hand at it again now that my tremor is manageable once again.
*Had a dinner break and watched some more of the show.
Apparently I can’t type and think clearly when multiple people are chattering in my ear, I wonder why-haha.
Holy crap I got my first youtube comment and it was positive. That made my night. They recommended another youtuber so I subscribed and thanked them for their comment.
I’ve got to fill out another thousand or so words, so I figured I might as well tell you about my day.
As you may have known already I haven’t been sleeping–or that really, I’ve been sleeping oddly, waking up at 1 a.m. and then 3 a.m. each morning, and choosing whether to get up and do stuff then or not. It’s usually a sign on my mania being present so I’ve been given Klonopin and Hydroxizine to alleviate the mania and usually it helps but some days I’m sleeping until 1-6 p.m. and then getting on with my day. It’s not really letting me get a schedule going with this sort of thing, as you’re meant to do which I apologize for immensely.
As it is I’m trying to find new music to listen to, and Jon Bellion is doing it for me as the song JT fits my illness just a little too well. The problem with being a paranoid schizoaffective is that when you believe something silly it’s is absolutely real to you and it’ll last months or years before you’re able to break away from the feeling that the illness brings along with it. It’s so strong still that I had to put the song on.
It’s shit like that that makes life harder than it needs to be because even if you have a rational thought process or come up with something novel because you have this terrible illness you’re considered less than and it just feels like why do it then. Why try to help people when you can sit on a farm vertical farming waiting for the collapse that’s coming.
Not to mention that the Ill Mind of Hopsin V is great if you’re in a grumpy mood. He just flows his mind as a true lyricist would which I have massive respect for.
Just under 800 words left. What else shall we talk about?
Have you ever thought about how to manipulate black holes using white holes to create black hole parabolas which you can “stretch” around an area of space and or a ship if you like, and then do that again to the space outside, and keep repeating it until you get to the point that the ship travels towards the front of the empty space as its forcing movement inside the canister, and you release the outer shell forcing outside movement, all the way to the inner shell and you’ll get near light speed travel as the shells release. The only problem is that you need a clear path to travel so turning is done in stages rather than in one straight shot through the spacescape. It’s just a matter of making enough shells so that you get an acceleration that’s bearable and a deacceleration that doesn’t destroy its landing area or the people inside the ship. You would reinforce the ships hull to take the pressures of the controlled black holes. How do you control a black hole you ask?
With a white hole. Which is just an electron density field as a white hole is something that lets electrons and light out but nothing may pass inside into it. If my tags take off and work, or if I’m ever given the chance to really make something worthwhile like that instead of just twiddling my mental thumbs I already have plans to design ships that may travel in such a manner and they’re gorgeous. The way the light arc lens curves at the front of the ship is utterly beautiful to think about. This is the sort of shit I think about when I can’t sleep. Not just how they might work but actually ways of getting them working the way I think they should so that if anyone in power ever asked me to get things made I would be able to get things sorted in some manner, but I doubt that will ever happen now. Apparently I pissed everyone off and that means you live a life of sickness.
Just over 400 words left. Lets get there.
I’ve had this idea for a light based computer where you bounce a L.I.G.O level laser off of the neutrons or protons off of a suitable atom–say silicon since they have the same number of each and they’re considered your yes or no functions based on their refraction-the only thing you have to worry about is increasing the speed of the spin of the atom while you get it up to “read” speed where the laser can’t increase it’s speed any faster and you’re getting reliable yes/no information based on the refraction rates. These refractional rays are bounced to a crystal array that offers itself as a mathematical operational method. The issue is do we define the crystals 1 array deep or more depending on whether you want it to count for more processes or processing time dependent on build. Then you would “read” the crystals output from above/(some open side) the crystal array and make the lasers hit each other and read the temperature of the crystal or change in lights frequency (if you used more than one light type) and that’s your bit of data as a full mathematical function. It means you can just bounce longer lasers through longer crystals refracting from atom to atom and make functions and read the answer at the end. It may be faster than quantum computing but I have no idea honestly, I’m still learning about that. I just know it would travel at the speed of light and involve very few atoms and that’s pretty damn quick. You would have to account for Feynmens issue of protons going multiple directions but that just means to be consistent you build the buffer system into the “computer” so that it hits where each proton is meant to hit, and if we have to multi slit it to get it to function that can be done inherently within the crystal structure because all we need is some readable data, not all of it. Unless that data somehow alters the outcome of the answer of course. We’re looking for read data, not read all the data at data read cap at the moment. That can come with initial improvements.
Thirty nine words to go.
I wonder what would happen to the man if he realised that reality was a joke played on him, sat down, and began to write his own punchlines to the subculture’s own development. Knowledge.