Getting Real with Jingsketch

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Detail from Avestine focused on the skin. I’m using Procreate and iPad Pro with Jingsketch brushes and palettes.

My vacation is almost over, so I’m squeezing in as much creative time as I can.

I spent another day with Procreate, iPad Pro, and Jingsketch brushes. I’m moving from comic book to natural on my WIP of Avestine, from Darklaw Saga. Working on the skin today.

None of my characters should look smooth, clean, and otherwise like a Disney hero. In writing Darklaw, I spent a great deal of time figuring out the appearance of violent characters in a world without medicine, baths, or razors.

Avestine should not be attractive in a conventional way. She is scarred, vicious, and middle aged — a leader of armies and killer of men. I hope she appears that way.

I really love the unexpected effects I get from some of the Jingsketch brushes. The palettes give me nice blends of colors, as well. I started with basic blends of his anime smoothness, but have found easy ways to grunge it up. (See my last post for the start of this image.)

I was enamored of Boris and Frazetta oil paintings when I was growing up. Both artists built their fantasy heroes with a palette of many colors. I particularly remember the greens blended into the skin and landscapes. The colors were embedded in the skin tones, not just applied as lighting or reflections, although there were some of those effects, too.

Detail from Frank Frazetta. Always loved the oil color mixes — so much texture felt just from color.
Detail from a Boris Vallejo Tarzan. I love the colors in the skin tones.

Back to my day job on Monday.