It's time again to go dig through my Favourites and see what catches my eye...
Just when you think you know a few things, then you see something like this and you want to cry... Certainly, one of the harder parts of being on DA is to constantly come into contact with vastly superior work. This piece by micaelopes is one of those moments. His other watercolour works are also not to be sniffed at, but I really like how he separates the layers in this scene.
I'm not a fan of manga. Well, I am, but I don't really like the scene. There's too much of it, a lot of it looks the same and the fans that surround it can be, shall we say, overbearing - certainly the result of too many 100+ episode show marathons. That said, the art form is quite a different thing. Manga is highly stylised, the result of Japan's centuries old love-affair with minimalist line work combined with great insight into how our brains perceive proportion and movement. It is an easy style to copy, but much harder to understand and manipulate. This is why I like this piece by porigoshi . It captures the essence of the style, but still swings it into a different interpretation. Not surprisingly, porigoshi is a professional Japanese animator, so he is certainly not just copying stuff. I also like the vintage feel of this image and the stark contrasts of the over-scanned artwork with the colours works really well.
Another example of how to use layers of colours to great effect, this time by kittypuss . I also like the fluid movement, in particular the solid-black cat. Note the streaking move in the second frame, the almost time-slowing motion in the second-last frame and then the very present shaking of the head in the last frame. Those are three very different suggestions of motion, pulled off perfectly. This really shows expression has little to do with complexity, but everything with detail.
This artwork by cwbird deserves an up-close look. It combines several mediums - pencil, graphite, pen and ink - but none of them overpower the rest. It is also - obviously - very well drawn. I particularly like how the dark rectangle around her abdomen gives the picture real weight, contrasting nicely with the almost weightless hat.