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02 March 2012 @ 11:49 pm
Project #2 complete - Avatar Jedi Council  
Aah! It's done! Big project that I've been working on for the past few months is one of the APCC fanart prizes for last year's contest; the four Avatars as Jedi masters with a volcanic background. =D

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A really fun concept by the winner, and I had a blast making it. Also did an obscene amount of research since I didn't know much (any) details about Star Wars despite seeing the movies, so that was interesting. Drew the lineart in MyPaint, which is absolutely fantastic, and colored it in GIMP because I love locked layers and selecting stuff. This was also the largest canvas I've ever drawn on, 4200x5400 pixels, and the working file was over 3 Gigs by the time I was done. I love my laptop, it's like the little engine that could. <3

But in addition to that, I also tried a new coloring technique; doing it all in grayscale first. (I also had a different background originally, but later scrapped it because I thought it made the picture too red.)
It was a neat experience; made it really easy to block in all the sections while also helping to figure out the tones for the clothing, since I was basically making it up as I went along. ^^; But going forward from that stage to the actual coloring was problematic because I hate how soft-light coloring looks, especially with a grayscale base because it looks so dull and washed out. Eventually I just selected each section to fill with a similar-toned color. *shrugs* Probably not how it was supposed to go, but it works for me.

In addition, I designed the lightsaber hilts to be specifically Avatar-based for each of the four nations. The original pencil designs were more simple, but I added more designs once I was putting color to it. I ended up redesigning the Water Tribe one almost completely. The Air Nomad one is my favorite of the bunch, but I like the others too. They don't really look like lightsabers anymore though, but I couldn't figure out how to make it look metallic again without sacrificing most of the designs. :/ Ah well.

I used a ton of references for this project; got a big folder full of screenshots and stances for Star Wars Jedi, the Avatar characters, volcanoes, and pinstripe decals, which oddly gave me the most trouble. Seriously. I think my brain has trouble with swirly designs because I sat for hours staring at those things and just could not understand how to replicate it. @_@ Which is why mine is kinda simple, but I guess that made it work out better. Anyway, I totally want to draw more volcanoes now. xD But really, I'm very happy with how this turned out, and I'm totally going to zombie out this weekend to recover. :nods:
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