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091009 zangetsu by bara-chan 091009 zangetsu by bara-chan
one of the hand-drawn signs i used at AWA09. the original is about 9" tall.

zangetsu, along with her sister myoujou, were at the top of my display, announcing my name.

drawn on vellum bristol, inked with copic multiliners, colored with prismacolor markers and colored pencils.
background added with photoshop CS3.
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ponylover26 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she's sooo cute :iconblushplz:
Koyukionna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Holy cuteness, batman -- esp. those toes!
Rikkuffie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very curious, which parts of this were colored with marker? I own all of the supplies you named but can never get my prisma markers to have such a flawless effect!
bara-chan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
the background and flower shapes were added in photoshop, but the entire character figure is all marker...i used a little bit of pink colored pencil to add blush, etc. on top afterward

generally, dark colors streak far more noticeably than lighter ones, so when i color darker areas, i try to do a "double" layer of ink...hard to explain D: but as i'm coloring i just spend twice as long laying color down in those spots, if that makes any sense. of course, this does make the color darker, so it might be best to start out slightly lighter and do 2-3 layers of color to get the shade you want. (and be aware of any extra bleeding this will cause on the paper; color just short of the lines and/or put a sheet of scrap paper under your work if necessary, some papers bleed more than others)

don't wait for the ink to dry and then go back over it, that'll just make everything blotchy...stick to coloring small areas at a time. this includes shading, if you're going for a blended look and not cel shaded. fully color and shade one body part at a time, or one chunk of hair, etc.
if you WANT cel shading though, make sure each area of ink is dry before adding shadows :]
Rikkuffie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
wow I didn't expect an elaborate response, but thanks for all the info! I'll definitely keep this all in mind for my next piece. I heard you talk with Brandon a lot.. you should IM me sometime! my s/n is the same as my name on here. I've always been a secret admirer of your work and it'd be cool to chat sometime!
SamuraiNataku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is super fricken cute! XD
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, great expression X3
mistypine01 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent art, Bara-chan. She's very cute and adorable.
Sapphirelullaby Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Very cute and playful. c:
emmychidna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Wow miss Chan, I believe it has been a while. Lovely stuff, as always.
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