So, first thing first. This is my very first submission to any kind of contest, and I'm torn between being proud and being... horrified at what I'm about to do (pressing the submit button), but I either do it now, regardless of the level of my skills, or I'll just chicken out and say to myself that this work is just not worth entering.
Since my skills aren't as good as other's out there, I rely more on the... uh... story behind the idea for this entry. It depicts a "learning curve" through the years of an artist, and the development of the artistic tools in general.
Each piece of art you see in this image was actually colored with different stuff (that I had laying around for many years, but never really used once I was out of school).
So we have:
Ink pen (or something similar) on lineart
Colored pens for the drawing with the smiling sun (and blue pen)
Colored pencils for the half hidden horse (and the pencils and eraser)
Wax crayons for the drawing with the tree and hand (and the crayons)
Watercolors for the underwater landscape (and the brush/watercolor box)
Oil color paint (I think that's the name) for the forest landscape (and paint tools)
(I'm not entirely happy with how the scanner scanned the original image. Twisted the colors a bit, but I can't get anything better than this)
Cell shading (or an attempt of) on the tablet and pen
Digital painting on the wooden table, the yellow memo and the image of the wing on the tablet.
Pixel art on the tablet's menus.
Hisi hasn't touched a real brush and paint in over 15 years, yet she had more skills with it than with a digital tablet.
Hisi has spent way more time wrestling with a program for digital painting (GIMP) than the rest of the image in its entirety.
Hisi was mad enough to do that wing. Pretty wing that took half a day to figure out how to do (and it was a spur of the moment. The initial idea was a lady dancing in the wind, buuuut... there was no inspiration for that)
Hisi is horrible at doing cellshading.
BONUS: Digital doodles on the table's surface. Try to find the unconscious artist's representation and you win a virtual cookie!
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