Master Chief-Watercolor & Marker

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!

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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

 

 

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I might be posting more about my costume here in the future, stay tuned!

Thanks for your time.

VIVI-FFIX-Watercolor

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…

Majora’s Mask-Watercolor

Majora’s Mask is one of the most iconic symbols in video game history. Everything about the mask from its color scheme to its multiple horns and oversized eyes leaves a haunting impression on the viewer that is impossible to forget. As an artist, one of my favorite things about drawing or painting Majora’s Mask, something I have done quite a few times, is that you can change a lot of the small details while retaining the fundamental shape of the mask and still end up with a highly recognizable piece of art.

It is one of my favorite projects to experiment with. For semi-beginning artists, I like to suggest they draw Majoras Mask due to its ability to hide errors in your line work. As you will see below, that is exactly what I had to do with this piece. Regardless of my alterations, it is easy to see just from the first lines of the sketch what is being created.

Rough Sketch
Rough Sketch- Working Out Symmetry
Line Work. You can see here where I already messed up the symmetry.
Line Work- First Details
Line Work- You can really see the symmetry issues here.
Now I am adding thick lines to hide my mistake. Still looks like the mask we all know.
Red Watercolor
Yellow Watercolor
Purple and Blue Watercolors
Watercolor Details – I personally feel I rushed some of the details, but still happy overall with the results.
I allowed the watercolor to run off the canvas naturally to give the horns their final look.

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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 Sketch20181031_214443

PART 2: Line Work20181031_214503

PART 3: Line Work Cont.20181031_214518

PART 4: Shading 20181031_214535

PART 5: Green Watercolor20181031_214549

PART 6: Brown Watercolor20181031_214603

PART 7: Yellow Watercolor20181031_214618

Part 8: Finished 20181031_214348

Thanks for your time!