Monday, January 7, 2013

Illustration Series - Pokeddex Challenge Week 2

Happy Monday!

This is a follow-up to my Pokeddex Challenge Week 1 post - the continuation of the rest of the types (obviously generations 1, 2, and 5 were my favorites). I need to go back and finish the rest of the challenge - there's two weeks' worth of Pokemon I still want to draw!

As always, thanks for looking and have yourselves a terrific week!



Vigilarius said...

If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you please enlighten me as to your design process? Do you use old-school physical media, all digital, or something in-between?

Kaycie D. said...

I drew each element in pencil (using a red pencil for the under sketch, then using graphite over it), scanned it into Photoshop, took out the red pencil and left the black lines, and then colored each one individually. So a combination of traditional and digital. :)

Vigilarius said...

Thank you for answering my question so quickly! I'm always amazed at how far electronic artistry has come in just the past two decades, although artists who use digital techniques face the rather unique-to-our-times challenge of rapid impermanence. A sketch can last more than a thousand years given the right conditions, but .jpgs will only be around so long as the technology exists to view them. (At least you have your original drawings, though.) :)

By the way, is there any particular type of paper you prefer to use?

Kaycie D. said...

Oh, actually I made a mistake in my response - all these Pokemon drawings were done entirely digitally on a Cintiq in Photoshop. My Elements drawings were sketches to digital. I do try to use a combination of the two depending on what I'm ultimately drawing - sometimes I prefer the ease and precision I can get with digital, but sometimes you just can't beat the feel of pencil on paper. :)

When I'm transferring sketches to digital, I usually just use any old paper (sketchbook, printer paper, etc.) but sometimes I will use something like cardstock or bristol board. And heck, sometimes I will take a paper texture and put it over a digital file to make it look more traditional (which isn't quite as good as the real thing, admittedly).

You have a good point about technology. If we could take files from a floppy disk and put them on a flash drive, I hope as technology progresses that digital art can transcend and be adapted to the new conditions as well. :)

Vigilarius said...

You use a Cintiq? Well, that certainly makes things easier when doing all-digital drawings! As you mentioned, though, nothing quite beats the feel of pencil to paper. A Cintiq-like device that simulates the resistance/texture of a paper drawing pad would make its inventor a proverbial mountain of money. :)

One thing I enjoy about your drawings is that you don't weigh them down with digital effects. Some aspiring artists I've seen seem to be of the belief that, if a PS filter/element/plug-in exists, it might as well see some use.