Part 2 of my process update of Ryuko Matoi, Kill La Kill Fan Art. Very simple process and small number of layers. The line art layer is on top of the Master Mask Layer. All the base colors layers are clip masked over the Master Mask Layer. I locked each base color layers in transparency mode to only paint the particular areas cleanly. The Face is painted with soft round brush with only opacity sensitivty on. I dabbed the brush on the face very softly like airbrushing. Senketsu Eye is treated the same way with soft round brush. I kept everything dark and neutral in value, that way I can pull and push the value and contrast of colors easily at a later step.
Sort of going for my art style version of Ryuko. Slightly more mature in proportion
Ask me questions in the comments below regarding the process. Please share this among your friends if you find this exciting and useful!
love you work and proportions... this kind of poses are still difficult for me. you mentioned that your line art is on top of your master mask layer. this make me think that all your line would be dark or black like around the hands and hair but around the skin and parts of the red hair your line art is has a value resembling the color it is next to. how did you manage that? thanks for the feed back.
I don't understand the masking part. I guess you colored in a grey tone for the whole figure, then set it as a masked layer to keep all the other colors trapped in, in the other layers, right? Then you just colored every flat color in the appropriate place. You have all the layers on top of the lineart too, right? What is the blending mode of the colored layers? And the grey flat one at the bottom? Are there more than one mask layers on here? Thanks for any help.
skillustrateFeatured By OwnerMay 13, 2014Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. The more I adjust myself from being an overly cautious, History-abusing layerwhore, to painting as much as I can on one layer with decisive strokes and minimal erasure, the more I realize that I'm probably being influenced by the wrong artists...
On the one hand: This is digital, not traditional. The tools are available; why not freely (ab)use them?
On the other: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. If you make a mistake, paint over it - don't just 'go back'
skillustrateFeatured By OwnerMay 13, 2014Hobbyist General Artist
It surely wasn't an insult.
I was just saying your process sways me to go in the direction I feel most comfortable with at my current level, instead of trying to force my process to reflect someone else's based on their immaculate results; And that neither route is particularly "better" than the other.
I see complaints towards the use of layers/references/"abusing" and "whoring" certain tools quite often, so I thought I'd offer my general 2 cents on the subject. (Wall of Text Warning )
Yes, the ability to paint entirely on one layer can be an efficient practice, just like many animators sketch entirely in pen to emphasize gesture and not overthink details. It brings a focus on an organic thought process with rapid trial and error, which can also be achieved with digital art given tools like copy+paste and transformations. Sketching and concept work is all about iteration, to experiment with every tool at your disposal--shapes, colors, techniques, and even digital-specific tools like layers and blending modes--deciding on something you like, then refining the piece. Both painting over mistakes AND erasing them are effective experimentation tools.
And if another artist is getting results with a different technique or set of tools, then give it a try for yourself. It's not a simple matter of copying for the sake of copying, it's about thinking WHY they're making certain creative and technical decisions. The same way references are vital to understanding the properties of light, form and anatomy, and give you a solid foundation in developing style. "Abusing" a tool, in my personal interpretation of the term, comes from relying on something without understanding WHY it's effective, and then continuing to use it in the wrong situations. Similar to how many beginners use the same base color on a Multiply layer for all of their shadows, without taking into account their overall lighting setup and color palette.
Even professionals are constantly trying new things and making observations from other artists. If you try a process many times and it's not working out, chances are there's something you aren't seeing or understanding yet. Often times it takes more research, more experiments and approaches to finally get why a process works. In the end, the final result can be achieved any number of ways, and one process may not be preferable for everyone. Through practice and research, you'll gradually observe where your own tendencies succeed or fail, and discover little ways to optimize your process until you're able to draw/paint consistently without doubting your decisions.
skillustrateFeatured By OwnerMay 17, 2014Hobbyist General Artist
So your viewpoint would be that the process itself is an ongoing process within itself --in other words, an organic one-- and that the results are what should be focused on/prioritized? Because this is also the one I came to after a relentless inner tug-o'-war. Though I still waver from time to time. It's easy to get so caught up in the validity of my own process that I end up severely undermining my own results.
How long did you wrestle with yourself before setting on this outlook? I'm also curious to know where you hang out (if not here on DA) to be familiar with the plight highlighted in my initial post, but I'll refrain from asking you outright so as not to seem like some shady interrogator. *cough*
As cool as I find your drawings, I unfortunately start to believe, that your drawings become more and more just about fan-service, boobs and skin than actuall skillful drawing and epicness. It's like you're a former concept artist of the MMO Scarlet Blade, which I loath from the bottom of my heart because of it's poor execution and shitload of asses and tits... I hope you're getting back to how you drew some years ago.
As others have said, this is accurate to the character's appearance in the anime Kill la Kill. There's actually many reasons stated in the show as to why she appears after synchronizing with the clothing she's wearing, and it all has to do with the concept of the "male gaze/lens" and turning it on its head. Without getting too preachy, the entire show is rife with symbolism and deeper meaning if you bother to read into it, though many choose to take it at face value as "fanservice". Even the title, "Kill la Kill" is a Japanese pun meaning "Dressed to Kill". It's extremely fascinating if you take the time to learn what everything means.
Kill LA kill is really a great anime, it may look like fan service but this show actually is a really big surprise with its depth. It actually makes you care about the characters and the whole plot, instead just staring at the glorius body. Its like the show is making fun of all the actual fan service animes by being more than just revealing armoured women.
Wow, I never kill all kill meant "dressed to kill" makes more sense now XD
That's exactly it, they're parodying the magical girl genre with the transformations, and also all of the meaningless fanservice that's been showing up in stuff as of late, but at the same time they're making a rather heartfelt show. As you said, you get attached to these characters, even with the pace being as blistering fast as it was. They do a good job of telling you just what you need to know in order to get an idea of the character and what they're all about. I could go on for so long about all of the symbolism and nods to their other works, bu I don't think anyone is interested in reading a dissertation, haha!
Yep! The way the Japanese sound systems work, "kill" is pronounced "kiru", which can mean "to wear" or "to cut", and it can also be a romaji reading of the English word "kill". Taking that into consideration it could also be "Cut to Kill" or "Dressed to Cut", but I think given what the show is ultimately about, "Dressed to Kill" is the most likely
Didn't know that this was a fan art since I didn't read the description or even know about the anime Kill la Kill. My bad here, however, my opinion about his drawings, which undoubtly are very skillful, hasn't changed.
I do agree with you there, but, maybe this is a new style of drawing he/she wants to do. And to be honest with you, this is not the worst of them. She/he is fantastic at their work and fantasy does include some nude sometimes.