Thursday, November 25, 2010

Morrigan Aensland

Hey folks!

It has been a little while since I last posted. I have been pretty busy (satisfyingly so) and have not had as much time for "art for me," and I am not able to post any of the paid things I have completed just yet. Soon, I reckon.

Anyway, instead of playing video games or watching Battlestar Galactica (can you believe I've never seen it?!), I decided I'd spend my relaxation time drawing something for fun. I chose to draw Morrigan Aensland, popular Capcom character born of the Darkstalkers series, but featured in many of their "...Vs. Capcom" games. I've been wanting to draw her for a while now as I've always felt her design is really very solid. Great color choices, good balance of elements, a lot of personality, and frankly I happen to love sexy characters. But that's just me.

Here's the completed image:



I went with "80s bangs" Morrigan simply because I dig it more and it translates better to my style than the flat-haired Morrigan featured in current iterations of the character.

Sort of a run-of-the-mill "Drew Green" pinup, but I wasn't prepared to put too much thought into this so there you go. I have relied heavily on my "gouache brush" in Photoshop so I decided to try something softer this time around. It made the process generally faster and I think the results are nice enough. Basically, I erased some areas so that the edges were harder than others where the edges are soft and used the blur tool to connect those areas seamlessly, and for the most part it worked.

Here's the sketch:



Any good artist will tell you that you should do a mirror flip of your sketch so that you can truly see some of the mistakes you may have missed. In this case, I didn't just edit some lines here and there. I also revamped the pose quite a bit and overhauled her eyes, which in the original, unedited sketch simply were not exuding the "sex" that you'd come to expect from a character like Morrigan. The change to the eyes was a last-minute thing: I'm realizing more and more that when something doesn't feel right even slightly, I should just scrap it. I almost kept the original eyes but I made the right decision and changed them to satisfy my gut feeling.

Anyway, enough rambling. I realize that it's Thanksgiving (here in the United States), and nothing says "Thanksgiving" like a demonic succubus girl from fighting games. So happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and eat a ton of food in the name of...eating a ton of food!

Best,

~Drew

4 comments:

  1. I'm with you on the "80's bangs". They look goofy on real people, but they do good on illustrated characters.

    the part on this piece I like the most is how you made her with a broad jaw and how it suits her perfectly, rather than the little-girl jaws that everyone else does
    (If that makes sense)

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  2. Thanks so much! I think portraying a character like Morrigan as anything but a woman is a little creepy. There's a time for a smaller jaw, but this is definitely not one of those times, hehe. ;D

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  3. AGH...SO much great work on this site...

    my brain hath melted..

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