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Calla Lillies

Here’s another piece of traditional art! Today it’s Calla Lillies, which I happen to like quite a bit. Again, River provided the sketch, and I did the inking and coloring.

I’m much happier with how this one turned out, though I can’t put my finger on exactly why. Maybe because there’s more detail?

Detail pic. I stippled the spadices, but it doesn’t really show in the picture, does it? :’)

I’ve been trying to work on some more digital paintings as well, but I’ve run into the same problem River was struggling with–for some reason GIMP thinks I’m trying to use two tools, so it ends up switching between them very quickly and keeps leaving unsightly blobs everywhere. T-T It’s very frustrating. So I may have to stick with traditional art until I can figure out how to get rid of this glitch. Wish me luck!

~Cloud

Cherry Blossom

It’s been quite a while since I did any traditional artwork–all of my inking and coloring recently has been digital, with a pen tablet. So the other day, River sketched a few things out for me and I sat down to try my hand at doing things the old-fashioned way.

This was actually my first time inking something traditionally. It was a little nerve-wracking, honestly, but also weirdly zen at the same time–there’s no Ctrl-Z button if you aren’t happy with a line, so once you’ve put something down, you have to leave it. I tend to redo lines a lot when I’m inking pictures digitally, trying to get everything just right, so I end up spending a lot of time on a single piece. Inking this only took me about 10 minutes, and the entire drawing was finished in a couple of hours. And while I’m not wholly satisfied with how everything turned out, I think trying this taught me a few things.

Here’s a close-up. I think you can see the colors a bit better in this picture.

A few more drawings are in the works, so once I finish I’ll post about them, too. See you then!

~Cloud

What do you guys think about traditional vs. digital art?