Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Head in the Clouds


Good evening all. Not too much in the way of artworks today but I did at least want to tack up a very speedy Rainbow Dash doodle I colored... I figured it was better than nothing after all, and not to mention I'd hate for people to start thinking I had something against our darling Dash (seeing as how there is a conspicuous absence of her on this blog thus far)!

But yes. I do have a couple days off work rolling around shortly and with any luck, that will mean some more artwork to come then. In the meantime, stay fabulous~!

WD

13 comments:

Pogosama said... Reply to comment

Way to preserve the art style in the clouds but put your own spin on it with coloring. Really digging the delicate palette here; you usually see Rainbow Dash with such a dynamic powerful color scheme in action poses, so it's nice to see her contemplative and slightly less daring then usual, especially because the colors help to represent that. Even then, you still captured Dash's attitude with her pose.

All together, way to put your own spin on things while keeping true to the original. Very high quality stuff, even if it is just a doodle. You certainly know how to make da magicks!

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WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Pogosama

Oh wow, thank you so much for that, dear! While I always appreciate reading your lovely comments of course, that was some really fantastic in-depth feedback on some of the finer nuances of this piece and that is something I truly cherish receiving. It's funny because a lot of the things you mention make sense to me as I read them I suppose, but are not things that I was consciously aware of when drawing/coloring the picture (funny how that works). Anyways, thanks so much again!

@Favo

Haha! Well not quite that quickly I'll admit, though I very much enjoy your mental image all the same. ^.^ It probably took about half an hour altogether I guess, I don't know... give or take.

And that is very flattering really, though I'm surprised you feel I deserve it (with only a meager sampling of mostly-doodled art pieces to show and all). But thank you so very much, I'm so happy you enjoy my work!

@DJB123

Heheh well again, you and I seem to share quite similar tastes in our ponies and such, though of course I like them all well enough. ^_~

And I appreciate the sentiments, though that's kind of a shame in a way. Oh! And insofar as your fanart ventures, I wholeheartedly encourage you to pursue them! Really I would look forward to seeing your pony arts; you can only improve the more you do after all. =)

jodyjm13 said... Reply to comment

Even before I saw your comment on the previous post, I would have guessed that you were at least heavily influenced by animation art, because you obviously place a heavy emphasis on acting and expressions. This "doodle" is no exception; as much as I love seeing drawings of The Dash in action, it's also good to see her take some time to relax and just contemplate; the soft colors and gentle lighting from below really add to the quiet feel of the piece. I predict this will also end up in a Drawfriend in a day or two.

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@jodyjm13

Ooh I really do hope so... it's always such a treat when I come home from work in the evenings and see my art has magically appeared on Equestria Daily, haha. I mean again, as my entire purpose in making art (and especially in the case of fanart) is to share it, it's nice to know people are actually able to see it!

And thank you for that, you know I take that as a great compliment. ^_^ It's odd the way I get the ideas for artwork sometimes... usually I have a specific scene or situation or whatever that I want to try and bring to life, but other times (as with this Rainbow Dash piece) it's more an issue of a mood or atmosphere that I feel and want to try and give a shape to. I knew I needed/wanted to do a Dash fanart and I had already had this color palette and sense of a soft, quiet atmosphere I wanted to try and convey, and somehow they just came together in one picture... anyway though.

Thanks again dearest. ^_^

@DJB123

Well let's see, in answer to your question yes I do use a tablet for drawing on the computer, though I didn't until about a year and a half ago... prior to that I did a lot more traditional medium work that I would scan in, or else I would create digital art with a mouse. The latter is really not something I would recommend (though it is certainly an option) as it is exceptionally tedious and even if you have a wonderfully steady hand it's impossible to duplicate the pressure sensitivity that a tablet stylus grants you. While there are certainly some exorbitantly-priced tablets out there, I bought one of the most inexpensive Wacom Bamboo models (around $50 I believe) out there and it really works just fine for my modest needs at this time...

For art software I highly recommend Paint Tool SAI, a Japanese program that I have used to create all of my pony arts to date. You can try it out for free for two months I believe, and in the event you do decide to buy it I think it only runs around $60 (it depends on the current dollar-yen exchange rate, but is somewhere around there). I actually own a licensed version of Adobe Photoshop but despite its much higher price tag, I prefer SAI the vast majority of the time.

I hope that helps. You shall have to keep me updated on your art endeavors~ ^.^

sparkle said... Reply to comment

This is just incredible. I love all your works. You're the Michelangelo of ponies. Not even kidding.

Pogosama said... Reply to comment

@WhiteDiamonds

You know, I find that, even in music, some stuff just comes out on its own. All you have to do is do what you love and the best in you comes out in your work. Real talent shows when your not trying so hard.

The point is, you're not supposed to notice! Just do your best and have a smile on your face while you're doing it.

But enough philosophizin' for one day. If you're doodling to have a little fun in you're free time, and coming up with stuff like this, then you already knew all that. :P

jodyjm13 said... Reply to comment

Not that it took any special skill in divination, but I called it: #6 in tonight's Drawfriend. ;)

And let me know if you decide to offer commissions; I'd love to see Octavia and Zecora in your style.

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@sparkle

Oh, my, I don't know about that but that is an incredibly generous thing to say, thank you! <=) Since people seem to enjoy it, I promise you I will continue to make more pony art as long as I'm able.

@Pogosama

^_~ *brohoof*

@jodyjm13

Indeed, and it brought me some welcome delight when I saw it there, definitely. ^.^

And oh, I'm quite surprised and flattered once again, must say! Do you know, Pogosama recently asked me if I was willing to do commissions and though I never created this blog with that purpose in mind, it is certainly something I would be happy to do. If you like you can email me at fabulous.gaijin@yahoo.com and we can discuss it... I very much appreciate the interest!

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WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Favo

Oh! Well considering the fact that I very much respect and admire john's work, that is quite a generous compliment. Thank you for the kind sentiments.

Sond said... Reply to comment

Ah~ I wish I'd have thought of a pose this cute and yet essentially Rainbow dash when I made my pony sculpt of her.

Needless to say I'm fairly jeally :P

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Sond

Oh dear no, please don't be jeally! An idea for future reference, maybe?

And actually, I would really love to see your Rainbow Dash sculpt... you don't happen to have any pictures of her up anywhere, do you?