Captain Bronte by Zipps

Captain Bronte


24 June 2016 at 02:59:45 MDT

I've been experimenting with this sorta... crosshatchy style of coloring, so I quickly put together a little portrait of a character of mine to test it out. His name is Bronte Greyfen, and he is a grumpy old man.

Does anybody looking think this coloring style is nice? It feels sort of... lazy? But at the same time I like how it looks and it's fun to put together. I'm always angry that my shading and coloring looks boring and awful so maybe something like this is the way to go?

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    I like this style, and it's a matter of style. This approach looks like physical media. It even looks a bit like poster art, 'tho often your classic posters up through the WWII period would have shading even less detailed like this, or airbrushed. It's paradoxical that in airbrushing those guys were trying to get away from looking as if they had used a physical medium and toward magic reality, and here you're going the opposite way.

    But in any case I like the style, and it is a perfectly valid way of doing things. Especially if you're going for a historical look.

    If you want a REALLY historical look I suggest you do a web search on De Re Metallica by Agricola. It's a mining and geology textbook from the late middle ages (I think) written by Georg Bauer, who Latinized his name to G (something) Agricola- Bauer and Agricola both mean farmer. Anyway, it's full of illustrations, and given the technological limitations of the time they were woodcuts. Not that I really advocate doing a Dark Ages character using woodcut-style illustrations- the pictures are very crude- but I don't know, maybe you'd have fun with it, and the old illustrations are cool anyway.

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      Hey, I'm glad you think it looks alright at least, seeing as how I didn't pay any sort of analytical attention to it. I honestly will probably put some more thought and practice into it, if I want to try and zero in on it as a solid style for fuzzies, especially since the sort of textural digital fur a lot of people do is a little boring for me. Also probably beyond my artistic capabilities...

      I actually just searched that book up and the illustrations are really interesting, I did linograph as a hobby in middle school so I've always been attracted to the woodcut style. Also I'm slightly obsessed with reading very old encyclopedias and things like that, so it's pretty fascinating to me. I'll have to give it a look, thanks for the suggestion and also thanks for the feedback!