Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Princess Peach and Toad

Today I painted Princess Peach and Toad.

Peach and Toad


A detail of Peach

Toad is such a happy little weirdo.

Princess Peach and Zelda were favorites of mine growing up. Sure, they weren't exactly knocking it out of the park when it came to being strong independent women, (STOP HANGING OUT WITH KING KOOPA, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, HE'S JUST GOING TO KIDNAP YOU AGAIN!) but I liked them just the same. And as the years went on, game developers made them a little cooler and gave them more to do.

This print is special, because I had to tweak it a little. I'll show you what I mean:

Pencil Sketch

Inked Sketch

For some reason, my brain shut off and I forgot how I had drawn the fire flowers in my Mario and Yoshi painting. When I got that painting out as a reference for the background I saw my mistake, found the new flowers to be all pointy and stupid, and immediately hated them. Of course I had already inked them--that's a crucial part of the creative process: regret. I knew I had to fix them because 1. I want these paintings to look good together and work as a series. 2. They were all pointy and stupid.

This is where it comes in handy to know a little Photoshop.

On a separate piece of paper, I drew and painted new flowers.

I finished the painting, ignoring the flowers
to preserve my sanity.

And then added the corrected flowers later. TA-DA!

Photoshop is a valuable tool. It's not only needed to crop, size, or correct the colors in scans (scans often wash out tones), but it's helpful when problems such as this arise. In the old days I would have burned this sketch and laid face down on the couch for a few hours. Now, I can just take a deep breath, scream silently into my hand, shake it off, and pick the ol' pencil right back up.

High five, Photoshop!


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