Art trade with the very talented dn_chrono_dear; he has a dA here, but I'm too tired to find it, but will edit/find it after I wake up
Outfit is my design; chrono darling wanted some sort of superheroine/couture outfit which is so totally out of my comfort zone I had to try it!
Since you guys wanted to see steps, here you go! This is where I am at so far. There aren't that many girls in my gallery-- guess what people, I can draw girls! and boobies! and stick figures!
Photoshop CS5 1) Zoomed out/made canvas appear super small and sketched pose idea. Liked it. [time: like 2 secs] 2) Zoomed in big and sketched detailed character. Thought about outfit, erased a lot, erased some more, settled on this one [time: forever] <-insert panic 3) Experimented with some colors, didn't really know what to do, <- insert tearing out hair [time: forever/2] 4) Set down colors; thought they had potential [time: 2 seconds] 5) Added lighting. Adjusted & merged all the layers, including the background [half an hour] Preparing for full detail. (currently where it's at; after I wake up) As you can see, my process involves bursts of... creativity in between very very very long times of continuous failure.
6) I work on detailing/making finished areas from up -> down. Face first, then hair, then upper body/chest 8D had lots of fun with the half-exposed chest since I haven't done one in so long 7) I do the middle/pants, making a new layer each time, trying to keep the lighting in the same areas and comparing (switching the layer on/off) to make sure the "feel" is the same (in the middle, I realize her torso is too long and quickly fix it before I finish) 8) After much indecision on what color to do the bunches of cloth coming down her waist, I finally settled on white (they were originally suppose to be black with white striping) Now they stand out a lot more against her dark pants. 9) Fixing anatomy problems like the leg etc. Body is done now. 10) Fun part! Redid the cute fireflies around her and added glow/light to her outfit 8D
So is it better or worse when someone commissions you and they only have a general idea of what they want? Would you rather them be as detailed and specific as possible? Or do you like more freedom like here where you can work with colors and mess with the outfit?
Hmm, this was a complete challenge and a lot of work XD I think it really depends on the character and if I get inspiration. I think it's usually a lot easier to work from an existing design/base, or at least having a description of the kind of character/feeling that should be present in the work, and having a good range of freedom on top of that would be even better. Then, I can take the leap/chance/risk, and usually, that turns out better.
Well, however you manage it, keep it up cause it is working
Now that I've commissioned a few other artists since you, I keep getting more and more amazed by your skill. This isn't to say that the people I commissioned weren't good. They were excellent and very talented as well. However, the one thing you just mentioned that baffles me, or I found amazing (for a lack of a better word), was that you didn't need references from me. You just sketched my character from the character sheet and information I provided. After that, I assumed every artist could do that, lol. I was sorely mistaken and immediately figured out what a reference was
Anyway, I will continue to watch your career here on dA. I sincerely believe you'll go far with your skills
I think a lot of artists have that capacity (I feel like it's similar to creating an original character, only you have to interpret the writing), but I think many prefer to have references for commissions because it's probably easier and faster xD. I think I've seen some artists offer to design outfits for an additional fee though. Though I'm sorry if you tried to get them to design something for you and they didn't really meet your expectations ):
True. I definitely think it would be easier with references. And well, no, for the most part I've been extremely happy with all my commissions or art trades. I mean, most of the people on here are doing this for free or just for points, which is pretty amazing There was only one person who drew it more towards the reference I'd provided than my description, but maybe I didn't describe my character well enough