Hi boys and girls, finally your Ai-Chan is back!

Did you miss me? Hehe. I had a long and difficult period (unfortunately it is not over yet), but I’m not giving up! Besides, I never stopped drawing, in fact, I tried to practice as much as possible, always keeping in mind the past classes. Do you remember them? So you are ready for a new one!
Firstly, they assigned me the study of the hands and they gave me a lot of advice, for example: to trace a good contour you have to consider the spaces that it closes, and besides, to get some help in the pose study, you have to sketch a skeleton made of lines and points; to better understand, look at the drawing below.
In the first image, there is only the starting sketch, made as I said before, and below you can see the same drawing, but in the second one I have already started to sketch the figure in another level.

Finally, after different classes on the anatomy and the construction of a sketch, we started to see the line art and the colouring.
You guys couldn’t wait, could you?
Firstly, I prepared a sketch with the help of a reference (having one is very important, both when you are not inspired both to check gradually the possible mistakes), trying to pay attention to the proportions and the anatomy. I wanted to do something fairly detailed to practice and I chose the “magic girl” theme, also called “Majokko”. You all know CardCaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, DoReMi… I personally love this theme, you’d like to see some of my drawings or fan art about them.
About inking there is a very important thing to know: the lines must be thick, both to make easier the colouring phase, both to avoid possible graphic flaws in the prints. Do you want to know a trick to give three-dimensionality to the drawing before starting to use the brush? The line art should not be homogeneous, but it needs thicker and thinner lines to highlight the depth or to outline better the overall figure side; for example, to give the idea of a more shaded section or in the background the thicker line is more appropriate, if the part is highlight, the line art will be thinner. In all this, it’s very important to close the lines, to avoid problems during the colouring (do you remember Paint? How many curses did you have said for forgetting an uncovered pixel? Here).
After the inking we can move to the flats: the solid colours that you need mainly to create the chromatic base of the drawing (a sort of palette without spots! Ha ha). I created a different folder for each colour, this permits to work comfortably on the level, without being afraid to ruining the work on the other colours. At this point (after creating the various folders, renaming the levels and making the sketches of my palette in the corner) I can start to spread colours.
After that, with a particular attention to the folders division (folders always save the life… and the drawing, Aoi-kun always says to me), I started to work on shadows and lights, even in this case I used more levels, to make sure I can play properly with the regulations.
Only at this point, I can think about the background and the last retouches.

I’m very satisfied with the result!
Thank you so much (as always) Aoi-kun for his very useful advices that I will apply also in my future drawings.
Will we see at the next class? Don’t miss it!

Your Ai-chan