Ex­per­i­ment with line and colour

takes you through his cre­ative process, as he paints a char­ac­ter cheer­fully fall­ing from the sky us­ing line art and sim­ple colour­ing

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Sai Foo paints a char­ac­ter cheer­fully fall­ing from the sky, us­ing line art and sim­ple colour­ing tech­niques.

The paint­ing tech­nique that I used for this piece is pretty straight­for­ward, so I’m go­ing to talk about my ideas and de­ci­sion-making pro­cesses that de­vel­oped while I was draw­ing this piece.

I started this im­age for fun dur­ing my free time. I got in­spired while ran­domly watch­ing anime shows one Satur­day morn­ing. I wanted to con­vey a float­ing or jump­ing char­ac­ter, on a book­mark-sized can­vas. Af­ter try­ing out a va­ri­ety of poses, I ended up with a fe­male stu­dent fig­ure de­scend­ing from the sky. The big­gest headache dur­ing the ini­tial stage was the skirt. I wasn’t keen to go down the road of do­ing what’s widely known as a “fan ser­vice” piece, so I moved the left knee a lit­tle more to the left of shot. My aim was to de­pict a char­ac­ter loaded with ac­ces­sories, so I gath­ered ref­er­ences for a Ja­panese school­girl’s bag, and added it to my vague mem­ory of what other items my school friends car­ried around with them.

In one of my sketches the char­ac­ter is hold­ing on to her um­brella. It looked a lit­tle awk­ward and so I de­cided to sep­a­rate the hand and um­brella. The rea­son for in­clud­ing the um­brella was to have an in­ter­est­ing shadow cast over the char­ac­ter, and to de­pict the ef­fect this had on colours that were now in the shade.

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