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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Digital Art 3.9: Rakhunbam!


Rakhunbam!
Medium: Digital
Time: Couple days each
Date: May-June 2020

Starting out with my most recent digital art~ I did a trio of drawings of Rak Khun and Bam from Tower of God.

Anyways - funny story I started with Khun (the middle one) and it was never really meant to be a final drawing. I was just playing around with some of the pose reference models on my drawing program (Clip Studio Paint) and my little practice ended up starting to look really cool so it became a Khun because he's great. This one only took me like a couple hours. Oh and then I was looking at some of the resources I downloaded and one of them was the watercolor texture used in the background which I really liked. However, I really liked it for the Khun drawing because the drawing itself wasn't that great, but I wasn't able to replicate the same style as well for Bam and Rak so those too kinda looked better without the watercolor effect. Anyways:

Let's see what do I have for my Khun drawing......

Flat color Khun!

Shaded Khun 
(starting to realize this is gonna be a really long post 😂)
Oh with light houses! (the geometric things in the background) except since this was a practice it wasn't really planned out well. There is really no meaning in Khun's positioning except I thought it looked cool and dramatic at the time. Well maybe he's like reaching out for Bam who he views as his light... kinda idk. Anyways but because of the positioning there really wasn't a good way to incorporate the lighthouses and have them make sense with the shading. So I just sorta put them vaguely up and hoped it didn't clash too too bad. I honestly almost redid the Khun drawing but I still kinda like it as like it's own thing. It was never meant to be a good drawing... but it's Khun so he's amazing anyways.

Final! 
With watercolor effect. I still think it looks really cool on it's own. It just looks a little.... interesting next to the other two 😂

Alright! So after Khun I did Bam.... and Bam... I spent way to much time on. I was taking my time, making seperately colored shapes for each part of him. Even each finger was on it's own layer.... it was a bit excessive. 

Full Speedpaint Video!:

Oh! for him I actually exported pretty distinctive progress steps because I had a very clear idea of how I wanted to draw him even if it ended up being kind of ridiculous. 

Block colors! 
(At this point I'm just hoping the the best with his hair... it looks like it might potentially not be awful)


Blocked in Shading!

Transparent shading!
Because that's how I tend to do that thing... Again - hair doesn't look awful yet but still makes me nervous... Fluffy hair is goals.

Final Shaded Version!
Omg by some miracle I actually made fluffy hair and I was so proud. The hand was the worst - I wanted it to look realistic but not too realistic - whatever the best blend is... but it was awful - eventually I just gave up. Thank goodness I only needed to draw one hand 😂. And at one point I realized he was much much too pale so he got a spray tan 😂. But the overall picture is missing the extreme highlight and extreme shadowing of the Khun picture. But still really happy with this one... mainly the hair.

Bam with watercolor effect - to match with the other pictures in this series

And Bam with goofy background!
Loosely based off of the ideas from Tower of God of looking at/chasing after light/stars and the idea of waves/wavecontroller/water. 🤷

Oh! and one funny story about the background - by complete accident I made this beautiful galaxy drawing:
Which is the same as the galaxy in the sky just a bit distorted and faded and with some stars overlayed on it. Anyways I liked it so much I added it to my redbubble and had a lot of fun playing around with different galaxy designed things 😂

Alright and then lastly we have Rak! Rak was actually the easiest to draw. Instead of painstakingly drawing out the blocks of color and then nonsensically blurring the edges because they were too harsh as I did with Bam I just blocked in the colors with a soft brush and did a more painty style. After taking so long on Bam my goal for Rak was just to do something quick and easy. I really enjoyed this one and tried not to get stuck up on minor issues too much.

Full Speedpaint Video:

Oh! I also really liked using the song 'Hunting High and Low' by Stratovarius for the background music. I thought it fit so perfect since Rak is always out to hunt strong things.


Ummmm do I have any Rak progress shots....

Answer: No not really - anyways!
Majestic Rak!

And majestic Rak with watercolor background.... which gets rid of all of the details 😂

Okay I think I rambled enough for now... anyways - 3 drawings... the intention was to make them cohesive... kinda failed a bit on that end but still pretty happy with how everything turned out! I actually ordered some prints of these to hang up somewhere I liked them so much so there's that 😂

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sidenote 2: - Back to blogging


Recent Digital Art!!!:




Though I haven't been updating this blog much in the last couple years that didn't mean I stopped drawing and crafting! Within that time I've grown a lot as a digital artist (though I still have a very very long way to go) and also my friends and I started cosplaying! So I plan on updating this blog with some stories and pictures and even patterns of past and current projects from now on!

The grid above is literally the most recent digital art files I had in my repository XD - I became a big fan of the Tower of God webtoon last winter and have been following the anime hence all of the fanart.

Some patterns to look forward to: Chibi Rak Plush & All Might onesie

Other projects that I've been working on:

I have an instagram! Joined instagram about a year ago after I started going to cons every once in a while. It's been a lot of fun so far but I do miss rambling about all of my little mishaps like I do on here. Can't wait to reminisce on some of the stories behind the art and things I've made within the past year or two.

I have a youtube channel! kind of - nowadays I mainly just post speedpaints of my digitial art but I plan on making some tutorial videos and maybe some other interesting things in the future.

I also have a redbubble store for funsies. I figured I have a bunch of old digital art lying around and I wanted to design some fun merch with it. I don't really expect to sell anything but it's been a lot of fun so far.... all the like two days that I've had it 😂

I also am a grad student! I'm currently working on a couple passion projects related to digital art on the side of my research. Will elaborate further at a later date 😉 - for clarification though I'm in electrical engineering so when I mean research I mean like coding projects not fancy art projects 😂

Anyways I'll stop rambling for now~ Oh boy now I just need to decide where to begin~

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Baking Art 1: Dragon Cake Fail


Dragon Cake
Material: Cake XD
Time: A day
Date: March 2018

I MADE A DRAGON CAKE (kinda)!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Full story below the timelapse video:


Sooooo where to even begin...

I have a list of life goals - not a physical list - just a list of things that I really want to do. Most of them are pretty crazy but none of them are particularly impossible. All most of them take is for me to turnaround and say "why haven't I done that yet?" and if there's no good reason then to grit down and DO IT! SO I MADE A DRAGON CAKE.

I remember I think it was back in high school that I came across this beautiful white dragon wedding cake from the butter end bakery and was absolutely in love. That was when I said: someday I'm going to make a dragon cake as beautiful as that and thus the life goal was born.

I've had a cake decorating kit for a long time but the problem is....... I've just never been that excited about decorating cakes/cookies/etc. My goal was always to make something delicious and to spend most of my time baking so after making a cake for example even if I'd planned on decorating I'd typically just.... not because I never really saw very much worth in spending a bunch of time decorating something when frosting was my least favorite part of cake anyways..... But at the same time I love seeing beautifully decorated cakes/cookies and now that I have a bit more time and a bit more space I think I'm going to dive into decorating a bit more especially since my dragon cake was a bit of a fail so I definitely need to improve!

Anyways... even though I had no special event to make a cake for I finally just went for it! and I'm glad I did because now I know both that 1) I can do it and 2) I still have a little ways to go until I can make a cake I'd be proud enough of to serve to a party.

Anyways I talk a lot about the many failures of my dragon cake in the video but the main things were that it started falling apart and also I wasn't happy with how the scales/face/actual dragon details looked. But overall I'm super happy that I did this and proud of what I've created with extremely little planning and extremely little prior cake decorating experience!

And now - of course - pictures!

My original design:

More pics of the cake:



Sunday, March 4, 2018

Digital Art 2: Sheep Castle

Sheep Castle
Medium: Digital
Time: A Month
Date: January 2018

So here's the second digital art picture I did right after the previous sheepdog one! [Which as you may notice they have pretty similar subject matter XD ]

Full timelapse video below and more details underneath!:



So - wow - this work really was something. Summary: I wanted to force myself to draw pretty much all of things I was afraid of drawing digitally: grass, rocks, rocks, more grass, and more rocks.

This drawing took literally forever but I was determined to finish it. Once I finished the castle I started getting super excited because it was finally looking decent but before that it was a bit of a drag to force myself to keep working on it. But hey - I did it! I finished it and I love it. I mean I wish it had a little bit more of a magical/stylistic element to it but overall I'm super proud of it... but I also don't plan on doing another digital picture like this any time soon - they're exhausting.

In general I relied on the techniques I knew from painting and tried to translate them to digital mainly because I have actually painted grass before and it came out okay; and rocks and they came out okay... but I feel like digital really leaves you with no wiggle room! Real materials naturally already have a bit of organic detail to them and I never realized how much I used that as a crutch. Digital painting is HARD. And I didn't even end up doing anything realistic.

So basically I still have a long way to go but I'm really proud of both the final product and the fact that I stuck with it and finished.

I was particularly happy with how the castle and the clouds turned out. The grass I didn't like very much but at the same time I didn't really mind it. The sheep and sheepdog were cute but I probably could've made them a little more realistic but that's okay. And that cliff in the front... let's just not even mention that.... as well as the wall - though I'm relatively happy with how it ended up turning out I think I discovered how not to digitally paint a wall rather than how to.

Anyways the video is kinda long so I rambled enough in that already ;)

My next post will likely be about the crazy thing I baked today so look forward to that ;)

Thanks!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Digital Art 1: Sheepdog


Sheepdog
Medium: Digital
Time: A couple hours
Date: January 2018

And.... after a long hiatus I'm back with a whole bunch of new (and some old) art! starting off with this cute and quick sheepdog! And even more exciting is that I now have the ability to make time lapses and videos of my art!:
[full story below the video]



Soooooo :) - wow where do I even begin? I've always wanted to be able to make digital art. For years I've wanted a drawing pad and I've tried to play around with digital drawing tools on my phone and kindle but I always thought I wasn't a good enough of an artist to fully utilize fancy digital drawing software/hardware... until more recently when I stopped caring so much and just wanted to have fun drawing what I love and just going for it! A couple years ago now I got my Surface Pro which has allowed me to draw right on my computer and it's literally the best thing ever! I love it! 

Over the last couple years I slowly became acquainted with the different drawing software and now screen recording/video making software. I'll shortly be posting some of the other digital drawings I have made over the last couple years that slipped through the cracks.

Now I'm absolutely in love with making art both digitally and with real materials and I have plenty of projects planned so hopefully I'll be posting often ;)

Anyways about that sheepdog!

I'm not sure where exactly the idea for this picture came from but the best way that I can explain it is: you know how everyone has a bit of a fantasy 'escape'? Like when people joke that they'll just leave everything behind and live on a tropical island somewhere or in a shack on a mountain? Me: I've always wanted to be a shepherd in Wales.

So in a sense this is my dreamscape: castle, hills, dragons (cause they're real in Wales), sheep, and to top it all off a cute fluffy sheepdog. :) and really this picture is as simple as that :)

I talk more in the video about how I wanted to challenge myself with this picture because I still view myself as being really bad at drawing line-art cartoony pictures and I don't really have a developed artistic style. But I was really proud of how this picture came out! especially since I drew it super quickly because it was my first time using the screen recording software and it was making me a tad nervous so I was rushing like mad.

I wanted to try to draw something soft and cute and it was the dead of winter when I did this so it became a pastel(ish) snow scene. I absolutely love how it turned out! (except it makes me a bit nervous because I'm still not confident that I'll be able to keep creating and growing as an artist but at the same time every drawing I do I keep surprising myself and I'm starting to think that as long as I'm drawing something I like and just having fun then maybe my pictures will keep turning out okay :) )

Well that's it for now! I had a ton of fun making this picture and the time lapse and I can't wait to do more!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Crafting 1: Dragon-Scale Phone Case



Dragon-Skin Phone Case over Otter Box
Time: 1 day
Materials: Duct Tape, Paint, Crafting Knife (razor/X-acto)
Success Level: Eh?

See directions and tips below.

Hello! So this post is a bit of a crafting failure (or pseudo-failure [see below for why]). As a rule I don't typically do crafting projects; it's just not my area of expertise. However, my Otterbox case has been looking quite decrepit as of late (the softer plastic part was peeling) so I've long been planning to cover it up with duct tape. However I couldn't just have a boring silver finish; I wanted a dragon-scale case. I wish I would've taken more pictures to show the process but it's super inconvenient to take pictures of the thing you normally take pictures with...

Anyways this was a really simple project following the following steps:
1: cut rows of scales into duct tape with a crafting knife
2: lay scales AS NEATLY AS POSSIBLE (one of my failures) on phone case covering entire case
3: brush over scales with colored paint
4: brush upwards over scales with black paint to accentuate the scales

Ways I failed:
1: I cut really sloppy scales of all sorts of different sizes
2: I laid out my scales really messily and didn't really bother to cut out the other openings in the case
2a) I had little wrinkly bits of folded scales
2b) I had some scales almost completely overlapped
2c) I didn't bother to make smooth duct tape edges on my case
3: I used glass paint that is heat-set. Of course I knew better than to but my plastic phone case in the oven, but turns out the paint didn't take to the duct tape, so now it's all peeling off. I think acrylic paint is supposed to stick to duct tape perhaps, but don't quote me on that.
4: I cut the duct tape such that the grain was horizontal though I wanted my scales to have a vertical grain. I kind of achieved this by brushing both the colored and black paint vertically

Other Tips:
1: Find paint that sticks to duct tape
2: If you can find a paint that's supposed to stick to duct tape (probably acrylic ?) also try to find one that's transparent so you maintain the shine of the tape into the scales
3: Cut the duct tape scales with a vertical grain
4: Take the time to cut the scales as neatly and same size as possible
5: Take the time to lay the scales down neatly - try to avoid wrinkles and bunches
6: brush on the black paint stroking upwards so that the paint accumulates in the crevices of the duct tape scale design and accentuates the scales. This also helps to hide any rough edges on the cuts.

Conclusion:
I'm really glad I went for it and created my dragon scale phone cover even though I messed up a bit along the way. Overall I think this design has a lot of potential especially in the hands of a crafty person who can cut and place neat scales. I'm not sure how long mine will last since the glass paint I used is flaking off. If all the paint comes off I may try to redo it with my acrylics; or I may decide to redo the whole project; or I may decide to do something else with my peeling case. [Note I plan on getting a new phone within the year which is why I totally don't mind doing whatever with my current phone case]. This design was a ton of fun and even though I wished it would've come out a little better I'm still pretty content with the results! (At least until all the paint falls off)...



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Side Note 1: New Watercolor Palette!

My Old Palette:

My New Palette(s):

My palette has increased!!! My old palette was a hodgepodge of mixed and polluted colors, most of which I only had the scarcest remains of. Starting from the middle right and going around counter clockwise the colors are approximately: Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Violet, either Burnt or Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Payne's Gray, some mix of Indigo and Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, and 3 different yellows all of which I believe were polluted versions of Gamboge. The center was a mix of Viridian, Hooker's Green, and Gamboge. Basically the whole thing was a mess and I didn't have enough space for my colors, and some colors I didn't even know what they were. Also out of all of those colors the only ones I had more supply of were Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Violet, Payne's Gray, and Gamboge.

Then, a couple of months ago my beautiful amazing mother bought me Hooker's Green, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Lamp Black! I don't remember the last time I painted with an actual blue color besides Indigo, and don't get me wrong I love the dark richness of Indigo but I've been yearning for a nice pure blue color. I was also down to the dregs of my burnt sienna, so it was nice to breath a sigh of relief having some backup. Unfortunately though I didn't have any room on my palette and I also decided I didn't want to mix the new colors with the old since most of the old colors had become quite polluted.

Then just a couple days ago I went to a different art store that had an amazing supply of watercolors so I quickly snatched up all of the necessities I was almost out of!!! (Viridian, Indigo, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Umber). I also bought two nice clean palettes so I could have plenty of space for my colors and I was able to separate them approximately into cool and warm colors. My total supply of water color paints can be seen below.

The Paints:

I feel so spoiled now! I used to have 10ish weird polluted/mixed colors and now I have 13 beautiful hues including a 'real' color blue and 3 lovely shades of green (my favorite color).


In clockwise order I have: Cool - Dioxazine Violet, Lamp Black, Payne's Gray, Indigo, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian, Hooker's Green Dark, and Hooker's Green Light; Warm - Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Gamboge Yellow, Yellow Ochre.

Plus plenty of mixing space (now that the center isn't an 11th color well) and room for more colors ;)

I'm still going to use up the paint on my old palette, but I'm super excited about all of my new colors and space. The only thing I forgot was that it would've been nice to have a covered palette so that the paint chips don't come off, so I'm actually going to try to design a 3D printed palette cover for my new palettes, and I also have plants for a palette/paint carrier to hold the palettes level and to keep all of my paint in the same spot, so stay tuned!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Painting 7: Group Event Canvas Painting

 A Day in the Field
11 in. x 14 in.
Craft Acrylics on Canvas Board
February 2017
1.5 hrs

So this will probably be my shortest post yet since this painting literally took me under two hours and had zero planning/preparation. I created this during a women in engineering canvas painting event. All of the materials were supplied so I used cheap craft paint and cheap, soft brushes. 

There are a couple big projects I've been thinking about and tossing around in my head so I was considering doing a prototype of one of those to sort of lay things would while I had a limited supply of paint and 1.5 hrs to be as creative as I possible could.

Instead I decided to paint something - anything - whatever vision appeared in my head - and just go for it. I wanted to paint non-stop as hard as I could for an hour and a half (since I'm normally a really slow painter) without worrying about the details, without using any references, just purely going off of what was in my head an experimenting with which techniques would work best for the equipment at my disposal.

I had this vision. This is something that I've wanted to paint but not exactly in this form. I wanted to paint something for my dad, or at least something that feels like him. I have this vision of a grand majestic watercolor of fields and trees and pheasants flying overhead and my dog (a beautiful majestic [crazy] German Shorthaired Pointer) poised angled slightly toward the camera, coat gleaming in the sun, foot pointed, muscles rippling - a hunting dog's paradise more or less. This is not that picture. This was a slightly warped picture that popped into my head with a much more simplistic layout, almost whimsical dog meets bird subject. I wanted everything to be strokey and simple but still give off the impression of what the picture was.

Overall I'm really happy with it. I have a couple (one main) issues with it and I was hesitant to event titles this 'Painting 7' since I wouldn't truly consider this a complete actual painting, but I was proud that I displayed what I wanted to displayed, I had a bunch of fun making it, and it mostly matches the vision in my mind.

This was the first time I painted completely without reference (besides for one quick glance at a pheasant to check their coloring and another quick glance at my dog to make sure I had his spots in relatively the right place) [the previous fanart landscape was another picture I did mostly without reference except for the horses]. My goal was to just paint and to see if I could actually put my mind on canvas. I have this notion that I am not a talented enough artist to do that, but at the same time I've never really trusted myself to try, so I wanted to just go for it.

Obviously this is not a very detailed piece. Between the time constraint and the brushes constraint and the materials constraint my main goal was to give it the feeling of a field even though I have big chunky blocks of grass but I still think you can really feel the texture, etc.

[apparently I lied about this being a short post; I can make a novel out of anything]

I was really proud of these birds. Just a couple quick strokes and Voila! I was so unbelievably proud of the bird on the far right (though I wish his shadows and highlights were reversed so they made more sense.) But this was literally 2 seconds work and honestly it's probably one of the best parts of the picture.

Here's my little pheasant. Wish he had a little more shadow variation but I was mainly focusing on color. He is a bit flat though...

This is both my favorite and least favorite part of this piece. Of course it's my puppy and I love him, and overall I think the impression of the dog is decent (though it begs for detail and muscle definition and nice deep shadows) but the rough halo around the dog from later darker additions of grass is what bothers me the most. I wish he had a nice clean outline so event if he wasn't super detailed, he'd still stand out as I wanted him to. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I like his ear though (and event his face shape in general - though the pointing leg could do with much improvement and definition).




Overall this was really great and I definitely want to be a big more free with my painting. The last two paintings were some of my fastest and probably most fun to paint because I did them so much more free form than usual. I'm finally learning not to rely of references so much and to explore life and expression a little more. 

Hopefully this was a good warm-up and I can finish a real new acrylic painting soon ;)
[or maybe I'll just go back and hide in my watercolors; acrylic is scary]

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Fan Art 2: Queen's Thief - Sea of Olives

Sea of Olives
Based off of The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Medium: Watercolor
Time: A week
Size: 11x15 in.
Date: January 2017

Other Fan Art for the same series: Costis & Aris

So this is my landscape fan art for the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner! I was super excited to do this because I have had a couple scenes that I've been wanting to paint for a long time but alas life so I could never find the time. Then Mrs. Turner announced an ARC contest for her new book so I decided I was just going to go for it!!! This is my first watercolor painting in over 4 years, and there are definitely a lot of things I would have done differently (SUGAR D: ) [which if you'd like to hear more about you can see in the progress section below ;) ] but overall it was really fun and I am relatively happy with it! (Especially since I didn't really have a reference for most of it and mostly just made things up as I went - this was especially fun with the horses cause I never knew which color I'd make them until it happened.)

Summary:
This is a scene from The Thief. This is one of... three (I think) scenes that I've always wanted to paint from the Queen's Thief series. Basically I pictured the Magus, Pol, Sophos, Ambiades, and of course Gen on horseback looking out over the Sea of Olives which is a huge expanse of olive trees planted ages ago for the gods. I ended up doing this painting in a rush, plus I'm super out of practice with watercolors (my first love <3 ), so as I result there is a lot I would have done differently or planned out better but overall I'm super happy that I finished it and that it looks approximately and especially that my horses are up to my roommates standard which is a huge accomplishment since she's the horse master. Anyways I can't describe how much I love this book series and how happy they make me so I was glad I finally got this out there :D

Note: Like I mentioned I did this in a bit of a rush which was both good and bad. The good was that it was a bunch of fun and I got to do things more spontaneously; the bad was that I didn't get a chance to plan things out super well or to make things super accurate to the series. But overall it was a bunch of fun, I regained some (a very very very small amount) of skills with my beloved watercolors, and this was probably the most original [ironic since it's a fan art ;) ], picture I've ever made (since most of my other paintings were from basically a single photo reference and this one was almost purely made up with various references, none of which were represented in entirety or anything close to it).

Work in progress:



These were some of my sketches for the layout of the picture. I wanted them all to be on horses going through the Sea of Olives, but I also wanted to have the effect of the rows upon rows of olive trees rolling over hills and fading off into the distance. I couldn't figure out a good way to have them both among the olive trees and also able to see far into the distance, so eventually I decided to put them up on a bit of a cliff or rocky area with one olive tree in the foreground and giving them the vantage point of seeing all of the trees in the distance.


Here's the original lightly sponged background rows of olive trees. Of course I couldn't keep it simple and probably redid them and roughed them up at least eight times. I also have a nice wash for the sky (which also ended up getting redone by accident). I believe I was using an indigo for the sky and some sort of Frankenstein green color that was in my palette that I think once contained Viridian Hue. Note I also put liquid frisket in approximate locations for the Magus, Ambiades, and Sophos (though I really should have taken the time to draw them out better because this messed me up a lot later on).

Here I added in the second level of olive trees. I also drew in Gen's horse and an approximation of Gen leaning over half terrified, half too tired/sore/weary to care ;) . [Which my roommate pointed out was much too far back on the horse so I had to shift time around a bit later - oh plus the horse vertical front foot was a bit to far forward so I had to shift that back about a millimeter as well ;) ]

I added some more detailing in the background and had the interesting idea of adding a bunch of cool indigo shadows in for the grove [spontaneously deciding the sun was somewhere over on the left ;) ]

SUGAR - this was horrible. I couldn't decide what I wanted to do for the path that they were on and decided that I was going to put a bunch of different flecks of colors on a mostly brown to dark indigo path. Then I thought putting a salt texture might be cool since it's a watercolor technique I never really used to use at all (simply because it makes a mess plus it makes you wait a long time). Unfortunately for some reason I do not have salt in my dorm room, but I do have sugar... so I thought why not? what's the worst it can do? It was horrible - worse than I ever could have imagined. The sugar dissolved in with the paint and dried in a hard sticky mess - I about thought I had ruined my picture but thankfully I was able to sponge and scrub most of it away though of course it had the effect of practically destroying all of that paper - thank goodness it was just were the ground was though so it was just going to be sorts of brownish and non-distinct anyways. [Also note that in addition to sugar I also picked some salt off of some peanut butter pretzels and add them to the monstrosity ;) ]

Here is my fixed path which I gave a dried sponge texture. I also tried to make the foreground olive bearable and failed.

I made the foreground olive slightly more bearable. I was absolutely in love with the trunk though! Yes! I painted Magus, Ambiades, and Sophos (and theirs horses minus the tails). I really wanted Sophos shirt to be bright and rich (since Ambiades should look dull in comparison) but it bothers me a bit... Also note that I had a lot of fun making up horse colors. The furthest eventually became something of a bay. I really wanted the second horse to have lavender highlights in the sun so it became a brownish color. And I wanted to use my yellow ochre on Sophos' horse - so that's how it became a light chestnut-ish.

I started on Pol's horse. Oh! and I also did the rocks! I was really happy with the couple of rocks on the bottom but I was making up the ones on the right as I went so they ended up a bit blurry. I was going to go back in and mess with them a bit but didn't have time.

Pol's horse was totally looking orange and purple for a bit but I ended up pulling it off! And for the last horse I decided to do a nice pure burnt sienna!

I added some more details on the horse, adding muscle tone, etc. And......

Voilà! [Though hopefully I can get a better picture in the daylight] - I was rather proud of Gen's braid and I thought the color on his horse came out great!


Aftermath:

We have a limited supply of paper towels in my dorm room so my arm naturally became my blotting paper... Good thing this wasn't acrylic ;)

My palette! It is wonderfully speckly and artsy! I need to get a better palette but this one actually worked out pretty well~

Well that's all!!! I had a bunch of fun with this and it was nice to paint again!

Have a good day and be blessed in your endeavors!!! ;)