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Painting over my old anime girl drawing process

Painting over my old anime girl drawing process, girl with guns!

This one sketch and quick color of Anime Girl I did a couple years back. And I thought it is a good time to kind of revive and paint over and see what I could come up with.
There is something about this color sketch even though it's neither finished nor anatomically 100% correct. It has something that I am fond of, could not pin point what it is.

I really have a hard time repainting and reimagining the image as it exist. The process goes really slow, I am struggling to make it look better overall. I could not resist trying to make the face become a little more realistic or render it out. But every time (I did a few versions) I paint over the face, it lost its originality or its identity. Plus, none of them looks as charming. So I decided to leave the face as is for now.

Here are step by step of what I did with it
how to color anime style so happy here yet. Still to be continued.

I wasn't really happy with the result of what I've done to it so far, but there are some elements that I think worth keep working on and spend a few more hours exploring. I might be able to turn this sinking ship around. I'm thinking using the character's proportion and shape from the 2nd panel with the latest version of the scene possibly.

Anyhow, this one went on the wrong direction so I did another one which is more of what I am looking for here draw and color Anime girl step by step.

Drawing Software & Tools I used and recommended:
-Genius MousePen 6x8
-Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet
-Bamboo (Small) Pen Tablet (new from Wacom!) Economy for everyone.
-Gimp (Free Download)
-Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Professional software)
*You can just use pencil, paper, markers on this one...just practice rendering.

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pokepetter said…
I like that one too, so it's nice that you continue on it. Maybe you should go with a cliche sunset outside. you know, epic orange.
Zaphid said…
I would say it doesn't work because the face is turned a bit away and all the changes you made to the body make it turn the opposite direction. Also, the way you render the rest of the picture make it clash with the outlines of the face.
XIA said…
Pokepetter> Thanks bro, Orange is a good idea I will experiment with it a bit more.

Zaphid> You are right, I am trying a bit too hard to put the 2 and 3 together and it didn't go well. So I went back to step 2 and then restart from there again. Just post the latest one on front page. Thx bro!
Hello! Just wanted to say that I got your cityscape tutorial and it was brilliant and has helped me heaps. thanks for sharing your knowledge mate! Your work is really great.
XIA said…
Jade> Thanks you dear. :) I am glad the tutorial are helpful. I hope you keep coming back and enjoy all the FREE new ones as well.
Keep up the great work. See you around. Thanks again for your support and kind words.