We are moving on from the pencils today but not too far away, as we're looking at its cousins, the charcoal brushies :D
Krita came with three different charcoal brushes, but really, I think they are only different in sizes. So I will not be returning to more charcoals-only pieces after this one.
For today's piece, I started with the "Charcoal Pencil - Thin" tool, which is set at size 6. This is a good setting to start fine lines with, and so I began with my go-to place: the eyes :D
I did not change the brush for the whole of the piccar, only changed the size of the brush. As you can notice at the end of it, I got lazy and used a different size to shade the forest with, and that's why the dark forest looks different on the boy's left side and on his right... XD;;;
As I have written in the video, I wanted to draw a boy today and since I just caught up with @fromage and @zakludick 's joint story project, THE AUTUMN KEEP, I bring to you, the main hero of the story, GRIFFIN.
Here is the finished piccar:
And if you would like to know more about Griffin and his adventures, here are the links to the chapters! Each chapter is written by alternating author, so you get to experience the dynamic of the two author's styles and relationships, also :D It is a really cool project!!!
Chapter 1 by @zakludick
Chapter 2 by @fromage
Chapter 3 by @zakludick
Chapter 4 by @fromage
Chapter 5 by @zakludick
Chapter 6 by @fromage
Chapter 7 by @zakludick
Chapter 8 by @fromage
Chapter 9 by @zakludick
As for today's tips and tricks,
Yesterday I mentioned about the most basic composition set up, which is to place the focus at the center of a canvas, and today we are using the off-center focal point for this picture. With an off-center composition, you place the focus of the picture away from the center point, which creates a vacuum for the eyes to search connection with. Off-center composition usually works when there are corresponding 'points of interests' on the canvas.
So, for example, in yesterday's piece, the audience is supposed to be, like, drawn only towards the girl's face and expression. But in today's piece, the illustration presents the character, and The Autumn Keep. Now to make things even more interesting, I was drawing (subconsciously) the triangular arrangement, with The Keep as the head of the triangle, and the arms of Griffin as the legs of the triangle. In this particular case, I even drew a diagonal leather strap on Griffin's outfit that emphasized the triangular arrangement for the focal area of the piccar !
You can study a bit more about compositions as you are getting more comfortable with placing characters in an environment :D Be experimental, and have fun, would be my advice !!! :D
Also, please note that I am self-taught as an artist, so a lot of these stuffs that I'm spouting come from my own experience and feelings. They may not be the 'correct' way to art, hahahaha~
- Learning Pencils - Which Pencils to Use When?
- Learning Pencils - The tilted Pencil and an Anime Princess
- Learning Ink Brush - Bristles Flat's warrior queen
- Learning Ink Brush - Rough and stark strokes for the Lady of Dawn
Anyway, that's today's learnings :D I aim to continue to try out Krita's brushes in my journey to get familiar with this software.... Hopefully, by the end of it, I can make a proper illustration using the right brush for the right task, and that we all learned a few things together !
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