Reference: Male stock
One day I log on and I've got 25,000+ pageviews. I was like, "whut?!" and decided to draw something I've been thinking of for some time. Here we have Caius Ballad of Final Fantasy XIII-2
I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. I hand-drew the lineart, photographed it, turned the levels to extreme white and extreme black, cut out the lineart, deleted the white background, and made transparent lineart out of it (a couple tutorials said this was a good way to do it). I then colored underneath it and voila! Not bad at all.
I love the muscle shading. Actually, I love how everything turned out (except his stupid headband - pretend the ends of it are hanging down his back, okay, folks?). I gave him a smirk because that's what Caius is kind of famous for and I love his smirks.
How can I improve the musculature? The shading? The lineart? (I had to trim it with Photshop's lasso tool) The proportions? I absolutely love drawing the human body, it's such a fascinating subject, and, well, practice (and critique) makes perfect.Please keep it in your pants when you comment, folks
Caius: "Surrender now to your heart's desire."
Caius fangirls: OKAY!There needs to be a "traditional/digital mix" category. This DOES NOT fit in either just traditional or just digital. It's both. Please, dA, make a special category for hand-drawn, digitally-colored artwork!
Caius Ballad (c) Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. Artwork by me.