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Hi! I just found and joined this comm. This is my only piece of fan… 
29th-Feb-2008 09:04 pm
Kuwa Beauty
Hi! I just found and joined this comm. This is my only piece of fan art at he moment.

Artist: spiralingvortex 
Title: Zuko
Rating: G
Slash/Het/General: General
Warnings: None
Notes: None

Type your cut contents here.

Some of you have probably already seen this, so sorry if this is starting to pop up a lot. I did this with Copic markers.
1st-Mar-2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Have you tried flipping your lineart over and holding it up to the light, or to a mirror, before coloring? You should see your mistakes in proportions and angles if you do so.

The left side Zuko's chin is a bit lopsided - and the hollow that's supposed to be in the middle of his collarbones follows (next time lower the hollow or raise the collarbones a bit)- and you need more definition for the bridge of his nose by shadows, etc. It seems like his neck is too stiff, IMO...maybe draw it smoother from his jaw, or something?

Also, the hair. Highlights should only form one band with hair that is straight. Follow your light source. And...if you could lighten the scar tissue a bit, to a more...pinkish tone, it looks almost like bare muscle at this point.

But I like the way you color. So tedious, but the result is fantastic. The skin is very well done, and the top of the hair...I love it.

If you'd like a redline, just ask. :)
1st-Mar-2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! No, I've never flipped my line art before coloring. Do you know any tips on coloring hair?
2nd-Mar-2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Coloring hair? Oh, since you're working with copics...maybe you should try outlining the highlights first in very light pencil, so you have an idea of where the light areas should be.
3rd-Mar-2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
um, just to add, I'm not sure if you did this or not, but Zuko's scar is made of two different colors. The innermost part which would be darkest, and then the outer part, which is a lighter pinkish/reddish color.

looking at the picture, you put in shading, but whatever isn't shaded seems to be the same color -- just thought I'd point that out :D
3rd-Mar-2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
It's two different colors, I think I put too much of the darkest red around the innermost part. I colored the scar the light pink, then the inner most part a dark red, then mixed shading with all three, which just blended everything. Oh, the downfall of Copics...
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