I hope you all spent a nice Christmas!
I did. It was a little different to the years before because there have been some changes in my family. But still, I had a pleasant evening.
Before, I have been terribly busy making presents, present boxes and so on. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of all of the stuff. :( But I managed to do some scans. First, I would like to show you this image (even though it's chronologically the newest):
I drew the sketch when I visited my Granny at the 24th and coloured it today. A while ago my friend Verena got me a marker sketchbook. As I use copic markers very often I thought this might come in handy - in case I want to add a little colour to a sketch.
So this was the first time I used my copics with this sketchbook and they did weeeird things! o.Ó I normally use the official copic paper and there is hardly any blending effect. Those who use copic markers might know that there is a special tool for that purpose, the copic blender. It's a colourless pen you would use to blend colours, but in reality this hardly works. What works quite good is applying alcohol (from a drugstore) with a soft brush and then gently blending the colours with it.
Anyway, on this paper the colours just blended themselves! I guess it's a feature, not a bug :D But at first this caused some smudges, of course. I just didn't expect them react like that...
So afterwards I experimentalized a little:
I will try some more effects in the future. They are smudging like pastell chalks or something. What a range of new possibilities! :D And this makes me brood over the quality of actual copic paper... ~~
I also did some crafting last week, but I have no pictures and I already gave those things away for Christmas :O But here is a little picture I did for my dear Mika's birthday:
We both love Mori Girl style and to travel together. So I drew us with some suitcases. :D I had to hurry, so it's not flawless. I hope she likes it anyway.
And here are some bookmarks I made as Christmas presents for friends. They let me scan them the day after :) Again, I had very little time, so there are a lot of mistakes I'd like to fix. Hrm >_>
This one was done for Lara. We are both fans of the Professor Layton games. I've been wanting to draw some Layton fanart ever since and I thought this would also make a good present for her.
This one was for Nick, who told me he's fond of Phai from Skyward Sword... Nah, I will refrain from any further comments xD
The major problems with all of the bookmarks was that both the foil from the lamination process and the scanner added a grainy texture to the pictures (and seized most of the colours and contrast >_>). And it looked even worse on a re-print. In the end we found a version that's looking okay: the one I featured above.
I just lacked time, otherwise I would have scanned them before the lamination. :(
Anyway... once again I realized how productive I can be in very little time! I just really need to focus on what I do and restrain from procrastination and wasting my time doing stupid things. xD (This applies to studying as well... *coughcough*...