It’ll be fine

Just hug it all good, it’ll be fine…
I hope you enjoy this page at least as much as Robert enjoys the sudden outburst of affection!

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Also, do you guys remember when I said that I’ve been going back to realistic painting a little bit? I’ve been mostly just doing practice pieces, movie stills and such, but today I didn’t really feel like it and I painted an original piece instead. And guess what, it’s with Ada~ I’m super happy with this one, it’s great to see her slightly more realistic (it’s still heavy stylized but hey, gotta make those huge anime eyes work somehow) and I enjoyed painting this a lot.

What do you guys think? If you feel like buying a print/postcard/notebook and making me happy then just click on the thumbnail, it’ll take you to the shop where you can see the full image. Thanks!

18 comments on “It’ll be fine”

  1. KTrimbach Reply

    I’m sure that Rob highly appreciates the chest hug – and doesn’t at the same time.

    Your realistic painting looks amazing. She looks too young to be Ada – which is what I’m assuming you were going for- but it still looks great!

    P.S. Sorry. What can I say, I’m a perfectionist. Somehow people can’t appreciate that only things that I think are really good are worthwhile pointing out the places where I think they could be even better. So me criticizing something is really praising it. Go figure. ‍♂️

    • NotImportant Reply

      Haha no worries, I’m used to that, my parents are both teachers so whenever I did something they’d always only point out ways to improve it further. Doesn’t work great for self-confidence but surely makes one learn faster ;D

      Ada actually does look very young. Height + round face will do that haha, I’ve got friends who’re thirty and still get asked for id because they look so young. Pus I went for the anime-like look with huge eyes, that doesn’t help either. She doesn’t look EXACTLY how I wanted her but I’ll probably keep experimenting since I had a lot of fun with this one 🙂

      • Klorix Camp dweller Reply

        I’ll just my two cents here.

        Since Ada is only 26, Ithink it’s ok that she looks young. I don’t know how to do it, but I imagine that adding more texture, or grain, to her skin to make it look less smooth could work to make her look a little more mature. Maybe also the tiniest creases? But honestly, I sometimes find it difficult to distinguish people’s actual age in that range around 18 to near 30, at least just by their look.

        However, I have a thought that might help. I think that her eyeys are too far apart. To me they look like they’re almost on the side of the head. Which is of course due to their anime size. But maybe setting them slightly nearer to the nose will reduce that effect. And it seems that it wouldn’t make her nose too slim.

        What I noticed about myself is that, while anime eyes don’t bother me in anime and manga, or western comics and cartoons, I don’t seem to like them too much in anything that is meant to look realistic. I even did not watch Alita Battle Angel because I found her eyes too big. Yes, I know, big eyes look cute and all, but there’s a limit.

        Otherwise it looks great! The fur an hair must have been difficult, the lighting/shading, too. Her nose and lips give her a lovely face.

      • NotImportant Reply

        I had the same feeling with the eyes but my fiance said they were fine. I guess I’ll experiment a little more, maybe there’s a middle ground there. And no, texture and wrinkles will just make her look weird, huge eyes and small face will make a person look youger, those are just proportions of a child, that’s all.

      • KTrimbach Reply

        No on the creases? That was my thought too, but you can’t see them here anyway because of the hat and the position of the eyes. Now that it’s been mentioned I do notice that they’re too far apart. But their size is fine. The eye itself along with the freckles are both very good; the lips and hair are both excellent. And even the hand looks very natural; I know that they are notoriously difficult to get right.

        Maybe you can just label this one “Young Ada”. 😉

  2. Alex Reply

    That’s a nice Ada portrait. Her ears look so soft and fluffy. 🙂 And her hair… how is it even humanly possible to draw this many single lines and also have them change color? How much of that is some lighting algorithm and how much of it is you manually putting gradients into every single strand?

    I only just now realized that the VR controllers change color. Is that based on a real device? I mean, of course the player themselves won’t be able to see it while wearing the headset, but maybe it looks funny to any spectators if you play in the dark. Or it could be a super advanced technology that reads your emotions. That would explain why one of the bulbs is slowly going from green to yellow.

    • NotImportant Reply

      Hahaha I was wondering if anyone would notice the colors, you’re first! There’s no real reason and I don’t think they do that in real life, I just wanted to see if anyone would point it out 😉

      Yeah, the hair was painted strand by strand, no weird magin involved. Its just that you paint it all dark and then add gloss on top. It doesn’t take forever but it’s a bit tiring, I admit xD

      • Alex Reply

        Yeah, I noticed the slight change and I checked whether the sunlight changed or if Ada’s shadow did it, but no such thing, and then I went back a couple more pages and when Ada was playing the colors were completely different and that’s when I knew it was on purpose. But I don’t think I was the first one, I was just the first one to actually care to point it out. 🙂
        Anywa, it’s a funny idea to make glowing VR controllers, simply because the whole point of VR is that you can’t see anything. It’s as if a TV had an unreliable infrared remote control that doesn’t even work through a cup, despite the TV being capable of using W-LAN and Bluetooth… oh wait. XD

        I can imagine how tiring that hair must’ve been. How many hours did it take to draw this much of it? I mean, those must be hundreds of strands. And how much time for the whole thing? And btw, what’s up with the dots around her right ear, i.e. on the very left edge of the picture? Those do look like artifacts.

        • NotImportant Reply

          They glow not for the user but for the camera that watches the movements. The colors probably help with recognition too (hardly anyone has neon walls like that) and they’re different to help the camera recognize separate hands.

          That’s what I think at least. I might be completely wrong lol

          I drew the whole portrait over Sunday so it was probably 8-10 hours total. The white dots are dust, I add it on the comic pages sometimes too 🙂

      • Alex Reply

        Oh, I see. I’m not sure how all of the motion tracking types work, but my Vive uses a truckload of pulsing infrared light for that, but the two base stations emit it and the controllers detect it.

        8-10 hours is a lot of time to do the same thing in, but not a lot of time to create a picture like this. You have quick hands and a lot of patience. 🙂

  3. Dragon Master Reply

    LOL Rob appears to be not quite sure where to put his hands.
    Also great painting.

    • NotImportant Reply

      Lol it was accidental, I haven’t realized it until you guys pointed it out xD
      And thanks!

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