Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Pink Ribbon Mermaid" Rough Sketch


I just quickly sketched my "Pink Ribbon Mermaid" that I'd like to do for the Taking Back PSP event mentioned in the entry earlier today.  She's tying a satiny pink ribbon in her hair, but she'll be mostly pink with iridescent scales and pearls.  Right now with no colors and messy lines, she looks as if she's dancing Conga. XD  I want to keep this relatively simple... after the "Dragon Lore" piece.  My head is not ready for a huge mental commitment, but I'm sure by the time I'm inking the lines, it will have its fair share of detail. ^^;  At least, since this is being created as an image to be turned into a tube, I'm not going to be doing anything elaborate to the background.

And here's the quick color test...


A better name for her might be the Cotton Candy Mermaid! XD

12 comments:

  1. its beautiful! and for such a great cause too, what a wonderful thing to be involved with ^^
    hehe and a nice little mental break too from the dragon ;)

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    1. You're right on the mark about the break from the dragon!! ^^ It's such a relief to do something that's not complicated and demanding. (Although if I did something cheesy like this all the time, I'd go insane just as well, I think. ^^; ) I've also been working on some joint scrapkit project with simple objects without backgrounds. It's been nice. :D

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  2. lol i feel you there, a little cheese now and then is good for the soul :P
    oo joint projects sounds interesting! it seems to me youve got alot going on right now, thats fantastic!

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    1. It's been interesting to see who regularly clicks 'like' on mostly cheese on facebook. XD But yes, variety is the spice of life. Cheese is actually good in a wide variety of ways: creamy, crunchy, puffy, sprinkly, chewy... genius! lol

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  3. She is just beautiful! I love the candy colour of her tail. :D

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    1. Thank you, Sasha. I think her fish body will have mother-of-pearl iridescence when I paint her full out. :)

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  4. now how DO you paint a mother of pearl shine? thats what i want to know :P

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    1. I do the iridescence as part of my highlights. For the mother-of-pearl shine, I use teal green, magenta/pink, and pinkish purple. Usually opaque, 'pastel' or 'soft charcoal' tool at low grain, but you can certainly do this with other media as well. Pastel or colored pencil on dried watercolor works just as well, and if you are using opaque paint like oil, use a dry brush application in light layers. But the key is to give the dark versions of these colors gradated into versions with lots of white mixed in as the super shiny high lights. The smaller the contrast, the softer the effect of 'glimmer'. Maybe I could write up a little demonstration with pictures here on the blog sometime...

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  5. ooo a tutorial sounds awesome! id love to see that if you have time to make it! i am hoping to paint a "swedish" mermaid (dedicated to where i now live) sometime in the future and i know it would come in handy!

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    1. OK, when I start working on the color phase of this, I'll make sure to take necessary screen shots so I can compile a mini-tutorial for iridescent scales. ^^

      Oooh, a Swedish mermaid ... tall, blonde, and blue eyed? (Maybe I'm being too stereotypical... ^^; )

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  6. lol shell be something like that :P it was inspired by a documentary i saw about the upper swedish coast line on nat geo the other night. walrus, seals, crazy crabs...i thought all of that would make a great painting along with a olive green sandy blonde mermaid :P lol. *so many ideas so little time*

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    1. Sounds cool! Hope you get to paint her soon. ^^

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