• Kai Gangi

Gallery Update: Killua Fanart

Created a fanart drawing of Killua (from Hunter x Hunter)! This was done with Clip Studio Paint, and it was my first time using this application. Unfortunately, I didn't know that Clip Studio Paint does not autosave on default, so after spending a few hours on this drawing I had to restart my whole entire drawing. Luckily it turned out pretty well, considering that I've never used this app before.

What went well:

  • The lineart (especially on the hair)

  • I experimented with a new technique of doing lineart. During my first trace for the lineart, I tried to keep an even thickness on all my lines. Thereafter, I made the lines gradually thicker in places where the lines intersected. The G-Pen was also a great tool for this.

  • The eyes

  • I learned a new technique of using the "curve" tool to create the outlines of the eyes. I used various airbrush colors to do the rest of the coloring.Took a bit long, but still pleased with the results.

What didn't go well:

  • The shading

  • The shading was pretty lackluster. There was no evident light source, and I was just putting shadows where it "looked good." I heard that you can use 3-d models in this application in order to show where the shadows would go. Perhaps that may be helpful next time.

  • The background

  • The background certainly wasn't terrible, but it's not what I intended. Moreover, I was planning on drawing lightning bolts behind Killua (since it's his Nen power), but they look more like random, jagged zig-zag lines. Nevertheless, it still looks like an interesting abstract design.

Final Thoughts:

Clip Studio Paint is a great drawing application and I'm starting to fall in love with it. Unfortunately, it's a bit pricey, so I am savoring these 3 months before my free trial expires. All in all, I am quite pleased with the drawing, but it took longer than expected (3 days).

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