Finished this a couple of days ago. As Nanowrimo draws to a close, and I need to find every reason to procrastinate, I decided to tap into my other skill and draw instead. How long's the challenge is running again? 5 days? Glory glory!
So here's Ashe. I don't think there needs to be that much introduction as I've said quite a few about him here: <da:thumb id="644847313"> Not much has changed except his last name which is now 'Adams' instead of 'Grey'.
Now then, this picture is probably the first time where I've felt satisfied with the rendering of the face turned out digitally. For a while, I've been trying to find a balance between realism and cartoon look that I can call 'my style', so to speak. With this drawing, I think I've managed to make quite a lot of progress on that front, as well as, topping my earlier charcoal drawing of Antoine de Saint-Exupery: <da:thumb id="492517408"> at least, I feel that way. Sure, I still have a long way to go but I think I've finally nailed 'the style'. It's a far-cry from my anime styles of old while at the same time, it's not too leaning towards realism either. I feel pretty satisfied with my progress so far and I hope I can continue to improve in the future!
Also, I didn't use any reference for this (except my older pictures for motivation). Since I'm doing this painting in conjunction with nanowrimo, I've been seeing his face all the time inside my head and he's probably somebody I must have seen sometime in my life lol. I spent probably way too long of a time just to get the face right but it's worth it to finally see him. I rarely want to use a face reference pic because I just want to try to get what I see in my head to look right but the end results have been a pretty stylized face or even ended up looking pretty different. I can say though, yep, this is indeed Ashe. If my novel ever comes out and you want to see how Ashe looks like, you can look at this picture. I might even include it in the appendix or something. I'll do it for every character, because I enjoy drawing as much, if not more so than writing!
But enough of that! Imma go back to this nanowrimo now. Yay... just 30,000 more words...