I’m gonna have to work out a simpler shading style, I think. The unshaded version of the Kitchen Fairy is good, but feels unfinished… while the shaded version feels great, but is a bit fussy. I’ve yet to find a happy medium, because I just haven’t done enough work in teaching myself a simpler style of colouring.
Gahhhh ;___; one of my big problems as an artist was the fact that I simultaneously want to draw everything perfect and accurate and realistic… and want to process everything into some kind of stylised form. Which doesn’t work out all that well, because I end up trying to combine realism with cartoonish style and it looks odd.
Mostly, I try to use realistic colouring on stylised forms. I guess it doesn’t look bad, but I don’t know, it probably looks super odd.
And now I want to delve a bit more into making my work look more simplified and cartoony, and it’s just not working because I have zero skill with painting in a simplified style.
I mean, I would have liked to see the Kitchen Fairy cel-shaded (by cel-shaded, I mean something like this http://nashya.deviantart.com/art/Cel-shading-03-Faces-173281456), but god dammit guys, cel shading is HARD. SO SO HARD. Everything has to be perfect edges, and in JUST the right place, with JUST the right curve and angle. If you have an edge that’s slightly off, boom. The whole thing just looks 99% less skilled. Good cel shading has to be so polished and professional, and I’m just not good enough at it to make it look as polished as it needs to be. Soft painting is just so much more forgiving.
I had a go at cel-shading an artwork last year, using vector lines, and holy shit. It took me SO LONG and in the end I still wasn’t 100% happy with it. It was okay, you know? But just okay doesn’t reflect the amount of work I put into it and that frustrated me so much.
So yeah. Idek. I’m at a point of frustration in my lack of variety in styles, and my lack of skill in other styles. Guh. Guuuuhhhh.