To be fair, I’m not sure if I can legally call this a watercolor painting. I’m no mathematician, but I’m guessing that at least 50% of this image is the Sharpie marker I used for the black vectoring. Regardless, I still like it. I actually liked it more without the color but what’s done is done now. This piece was sort of an experiment for me. You see, though I just posted lots of other artwork in the last few weeks, this piece predates all of my earlier post from this past week. This was my first official work on canvas in over 8 years. I have dabbled intermittently with different types of art in the last decade, but not very often. I knew I was ready to get back into creating new things, and I figured there was no better way to get my inspirational juices going than to sit down and work on my favorite character ever.
The Master Chief!
I know a lot of people say they are fans of a character, but when I tell you I am a superfan… I mean it
I am a SUPERFAN!
I might be posting more about my costume here in the future, stay tuned!
Thanks for your time.
It was the summer of 2000 when a younger, thinner me walked into our local videogame store known as Microplay. I had spent the better part of the spring and my whole summer cutting grass with my stepfather for the amazing wage of $20 a day. That money was burning a hole in my pocket and I was itching to try out a new game. I spoke with the clerk briefly about what games I had been playing. I told him I was bored of those games and wanted to try something different. He smiled and told me to hold on. He ran to the shelf across the store, and came back with a brand new copy of Final Fantasy 9.
I had never played a FF game before and was unsure about it. I suppose he was a decent salesman… I spent the remainder of that year pouring over FF9. I beat the game, bought the guide, beat it again and unlocked just about every possible secret that I could find. I was hooked.
The preteen boy I once was remembers how special this game was at that moment in time. Vivi was especially relatable to a kid at that age, a character that seemed to always be out of place, trying to find purpose and meaning in life. Adult me misses those simpler times.
While working on this peice of art I experienced quite a few different emotions while reminiscing about my youth. Things I had long forgotten seemed to jump up out of the shadows of my mind…
I know how fandoms work. People grow to love certain characters and their worlds, taking offense to anything that is not “canon”. That being said, I confess to you now that this work was not my idea. A good friend of mine came up with the crossover idea of using swords from the Legend of Zelda series in place of the usual katanas Zoro Roronoa uses in One Piece. Again with the full disclosure, when I was approached with this idea my first response was… “What is One Piece?”
Before I began this project, I decided it was proper of me to at least watch the show so I can get to know the subject a bit. After 10 episodes I can say with honesty that I’m not a superfan, but I see the appeal of this character. Regardless of my ability to fully grasp the appeal of the show, I crafted the peice and present it for your viewing pleasure below.
Typically I have a story I like to share about the artwork I create. This piece, however, has no story. I felt the creative itch once again after a long dry spell and this was one of the first ideas I had for a new painting. It took me roughly 4 hours to complete. Below you will find photos I took of the whole process. Please feel free to leave any creative feedback or suggestions for other works in the comments.
PART 1: The Sketch
PART 2: Line Work
PART 3: Line Work Cont.
PART 4: Shading
PART 5: Green Watercolor
PART 6: Brown Watercolor
PART 7: Yellow Watercolor
Part 8: Finished
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