I'm a big reference image user. Even when I don't post them, I always use at least 3 references, often I have 7-20 tabs open with different images. They help give me ideas, or see things from different angles when I draw, so that is indispensable. Today I flickr searched some images from Tokyo alleys. I actually took a lot of similar pictures from my time in Tokyo as well, so that was a big help on thistoo.
|The basic under-structure|
|The beginning color, blocking, etc,|
|Happier. I've resolved some color problems and added detail.|
|Added some neon for a little Blade Runner pizazz.|
I'm really glad I kept going, I'm proud of the final result. The brushes have been so helpful, but also just doing a painting each day is really starting to make me more adventurous and less anal in my style. There's still issues, but I feel like I'm making progress.
As I mentioned above, my arm has been bothering me for the past week. I'm thinking it's a combination of the drawing and my current desk set up. It's very cramped, since I only have one small desk and 2 monitors plus a Cintiq... not allowing me to draw at the healthiest of angles at times. I've ordered a new table though and I'm hoping that the additional space will let me get back to a healthier (and happier!) arm. Fingers crossed!