Lopa is actually a redesign of an old One Piece OC (Donut Steele) I used to have. I wanted to post a bit of my process to show where my mind is at when I draw things.
- final sketch:
So this is like the cleaned up version of the initial sketch, you might notice that the proportions are a bit off, I spent a long time deliberating over the pose. Recently I've been trying to do more dynamic posing, and I really wanted to emphasize a couple of things as I was redesigning the character. (I'll post like my really old art of the character later for comparison.)
My original goal was to display a couple of things:
-The character's overall "feeling"
-How she might fight.
-Her general character or attitude.
-Mixing in elements of being a bunny like human (One Piece often does this kind of thing with their human characters.)
Of course I had to go through a lot of iterations to get to the point that I liked the picture. (I still have problems with it.)
- side by side:
This is like the first-ish version of the sketch side by side with the latest. You can see how flat the pose was originally, and definitely see the proportion issues. I also spent an inordinate amount of time on the boots because I've always been kin to Rob Liefeld in my inability to draw feet.
I still have problems with them but I'm less likely to destroy my self confidence over them than I was before.
- final version:
Here's the final version in all it's pseudo glory, I wish I could show you my coloring process. But suffice to say I have ALWAYS struggled with feeling good about shading and such.
The colors here are a lot less muddled than other pictures would be, and that's because I've finally started to get a grasp on color theory and how light works on how we perceive color. It's still a very rudimentary grasp, but it's an improvement over old art.
Speaking of OLD ART... I am loathe to show this, but I've also been going through a phase where I go back and sort of "check" my progress in character design. So uh here's like a really old version of the character, you can sort of see where I came from if you really want.
As much as I hate it, I also think it's good to keep my old art cause it really pushes me to continue to improve, also I like showing people who might be like "Well I suck at art" all of my old sucky art and telling them "It's not that you suck at art, it's that you haven't done enough of it to be less sucky at art."
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