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Lisa Wynn Concept Art by SciPhiFox Lisa Wynn Concept Art by SciPhiFox
This is concept art of a character I've created for the a Victorian Steam Punk comic that I'm writing. Her name is Lisa Wynn. She's a Private in the military ranks of the main character, Commander Elijah Tenax. She's a weasel. This is my first visualization of her, so her look might change a bit in the future, but this is her look for now. I think I need to work on doing feminine features better. This is the first time I've created a weasel character, so I'm not sure how well I did it. I might need to work on drawing weasels better also.

I decided to do a test of a possible style that I might use for my comic. I think I like it. The simple hard shadows and highlights came out pretty cool. There is a good chance that I'll use a style like this.

Overall, I think it came out pretty good since my University classes have made my skills become a little rusty. I hope others will like it too. Feel free to comment and leave your opinion or advice, or whatever else you want to say. :D I'm very interested to know what people think.

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I am going to be taking finals soon, and then I'll be on winter break, and to celebrate my time off (and perhaps remove some of the rust in my skills), I'd like to offer a free request art to anyone on my Watchers list who's interested. One reason I'm limiting it to people on my watcher's list is that I'd like to do it for someone that likes my art rather than someone looking for free art. I'll pretty much do what ever you want, within reason , and that doesn't include stuff that I wouldn't normally do (subject to my approval). I'm only going to be doing one for now, so if more than one person wants it, then I'll make a list and do some kind of selection process (maybe random). If you're interested, then please read the terms and conditions section in my commissions journal because the request would be done under the same terms and conditions. If you accept the terms and conditions, then go ahead and send me a note letting me now that your interested. If more than one person wants it, then I'll choose someone on Dec 13 or 14th, and then we'll proceed from there. If no one is interested, well then... I guess I'll go on doing my own stuff.
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This is gonna be my most poorly thought out critique, let's start with the bad, I don't know the details or back story, all I know is character name. Time for the good, It's 100% original, you got your own little comic thing going on, which is cool, the letter in their hand is very well done and detailed, most people just put little squiggly lines on it, your paper actually looks legit, vision is okay, technique is decent, impact is poor though, don't hate me for that, at least i'm not a jealous prick kind of critic, I like how you didn't forget the tail, surprisingly a lot of people forget to add tails.
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LupineWolf13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
" we are out of coffee, signed, :iconyooyayplz:"
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SciPhiFox Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, good one, lol. :)
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LupineWolf13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why thank you, considering I probably signed it, I should run, cuz commander Tenax sounds...scary. Sounds like If he found that out it be like Asylum Awaits.
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bandbabe2009 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Photographer
There is just one spelling error for the speaking bubble. So far the most steam punk that I see is mostly brown, I was thinking that she'd be a detective; not like the Sherlock Holmes. Idk if it would hurt to add more detail to her hair, or maybe more shadow into it. If it's too difficult then you don't have to put in the shadow. The pants underneath, to me, look not the same width. The one on the left looks thinner than the one on the right. Unless that lighter shade of blue is also going to be on the left side of the pants. Nvm that the light that's hitting her on the back. Maybe a little contrast on the color of her skin would be ok. I can clearly see the lighting coming from the right and that it shows contrast in her clothes but not so much her skin. The ears and facial expression are detailed enough. Adding her feet and more of the area wouldn't be so bad, but I am sure that will come out in later drawings of her. That's all I can think of.
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SciPhiFox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was thinking about something when I realized that you mentioned that you thought she looked like a detective. Although, she isn't a detective, that is actually quite good that you got that idea from her because it actually very much resembles one of her roles in the story, which is something that I don't quite want to reveal yet. Suffice to say that she may be a private in the military, but there are many more layers to her than that. I'm glad to see that you got that idea from her. I'm surprised that anyone could catch on to that at all, actually. Quite perceptive of you. :D
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bandbabe2009 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Photographer
Ok, it was just in my perspective on how she dressed. Oh so leave me in suspense for future pictures of her I see then. Otherwise my opinion has still not changed for her. You do say she is a private, she may not seem one, but I am sure that the story will prove and show that the outfit you gave her and what will hold for her. Thank you.
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SciPhiFox Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The main reason I gave her that outfit was because I had to give her a clothes that would be believable as a military uniform, and at the same time I wanted the clothes to not violate too many Victorian sensibilities regarding female attire. Victorian sensibilities regarding female attire was pretty hilarious. Even seeing a woman's legs was considered showing too much. Apparently, part of the reason tables had table skirts was because men found legs to be so arousing (probably because of the taboo) that they didn't want a man's leg coming into contact with the table legs. So I tried to give her attire that wouldn't seem too revealing according to Victorian standards.

On another note, I may end up raising her rank to something else, depending on what fits best for the story.
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bandbabe2009 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Photographer
Ah ok. The outfit isn't bad. It is a believable military uniform it just needs a fair few details added that's all. But if it's done correcty by the Victorian sensibilities regarding female attire. So if it's suppose to be hilarious then add a few hints of hilarity in it. True that would be considered too much about the legs. How about lowering it down so that the ankles are showing. It's not as bad as the legs showing, but it could lighten it up yah? OH. . .I can see that then. It wasn't too revealing.

Ok hurrah for what'll match with the story, you are in charge of that.
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SciPhiFox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't want her attire to be funny. I just thought the Victorian sensibilities were hilariously conservative in comparison to today's standards.

I didn't want the overcoat to be so low that it seems like a dress. I wanted it to believable as a functional military uniform. So I used her pants to try and cover up her legs up to her ankles. Although, a woman wearing pants (and allowing them to be visible) probably wouldn't have been considered very acceptable in Victorian times, but I'm taking some liberties with it because I want this character to be female, and this was the best compromise I could think of.
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SciPhiFox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that's true. Although, I wouldn't call it a spelling error. More like messed up grammar. I think I originally didn't have the word "urgent" in mind, so when I added it, I forgot to make it say "an urgent". In truth, I don't even like the dialogue I chose for the speech bubble. I don't think it quite matches her facial expression or body language, but I wanted to do a speech bubble, and I didn't want to think it about it too much.

It is quite true that almost no steam punk elements have been incorporated into this picture. The story is set in a Victorian Steam Punk universe, but the steam punk elements aren't always going to be visible. I don't want to lay on the steam punk aspect too heavily. I want it to feel more Victorian than Steam Punk, but there will be times in the story where the Steam Punk elements make their presence well known. Also, some elements may end up being neither Victorian nor Steam Punk because I don't want to limit myself by a genre. Plus, I was being lazy. Steam punk elements take a lot of time to draw, and I don't have much experience with them yet. This was just a concept drawing for this character, but characters tend to look so much nicer when they are in a setting, so I set her up with a very simple and sparse background. It is actually a technique that I've noticed to be quite common in comics. Often the background isn't of great importance, so a simple or abstract background will be employed to lessen the work load and bring focus on the character. I was trying to practice this technique since I have the bad habit of over complicating things. So, I guess I was trying to be efficient, but I admit that I probably need more practice with implementing this technique.

As to the level of detail, I was very careful about the level of detail that I used. I tend to get carried away and too caught up in the details. Plus, I didn't have a lot of time to work on it because my classes were killing most of my free time, so I decided to use this as a opportunity to test out a possible style that would be viable for a comic rather than detailed concept art.

The left leg is indeed thinner than the leg on the right, and that is due to perspective since it is further away. Unfortunately, since there wasn't enough room for her feet, the effect isn't as effective as it would normally be and can be a bit confusing to the eyes. In retrospect, since I did the later part of this digitally, I could have simply extended the canvas and drew in her feet afterwards, but that thought hadn't occurred to me at the time.

The reason the light is only creating contrast on the fur on her hand, but not on her back is because the light is not hitting her back. What you see on the edge of her clothes are highlights. Unless her fur in in direct light, her fur doesn't present a smooth enough surface to reflect light in such a way as her clothes do. Although, I do admit that some parts of her fur look smooth enough to have highlights such as her ear, foot, and neck, but I guess I was trying to use the highlights sparingly because I was trying to keep in mind that I need to make the style easily repeatable for many more frames in the future in a manner that would not take too much time to do. I might have to be a little less frugal with the highlights in the future, though.

Thank you so much for your criticism and your comments. It has given me plenty to think about. For some reason, people rarely seem to leave comments, so I greatly appreciate it when you do. Thank you. :)
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bandbabe2009 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Photographer
Well it isn't bad to have the dialogue bubble. Not it doesn't match her stance, but you will have it later on in the drawings that you'll have. Well that's cool that you'll show the steam punk and Victorian aspects of it. Oh hurrah for laziness. So will you show more of that technique? Was this drawing over complicating things? Ah, I don't read much Comics, but I do read manga and they do have more detail in the background. Well I am sure over the holiday, yah? Well I hope that more of the comic will come out. Oh the leg then are suppose to be different widths yah? Ok about the lighting contrast. Well you can add the changes later on for future drawings of her. Will you have to use the highlight sparingly? Oh, so you want to reference that frame for future ones? Oh you are welcome, I was thinking of putting it as a critique but I didn't want to fill out the other stuff. Oh and your welcome. Your pictures are different than the other pictures that I put as faves.
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SciPhiFox Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, this drawing wasn't overcomplicating things. I tried to keep it simple for three main reasons. Firstly, I didn't have much time while my classes were in session. Secondly, I was still trying to work some of the rust out of my drawing, so I was hesitant to do anything too complicated. Thirdly, I need to keep it simple so that I can repeatedly draw many images of a similar quality for when I do the actual comic.

Comics and Mangas are pretty similar from what I've seen. I believe I've seen manga artists use similar shortcuts at times, but it might not be as common. Not sure. Not all comic artists use it, and when they do, they only do it with some frames.

The main reason I was saying I'll need to use highlights and shadows sparingly is because I need to be able to create each comic page quickly, which means that I need to decide when there is enough detail, so I don't get too carried away. I might have stopped too early with this one, though. I need more practice with doing this style of highlights and shadows, so I can better figure out what looks best without investing too much time into each picture.
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bandbabe2009 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Photographer
Ok, well that's good you kept it simple. It doesn't look bad for the time you had with it. Well now you shouldn't be too rusty for your drawings. So you are going to reference it for future drawings then.

oh? Hmmm I might have to read comics now to see the resemblance between the two then.

Oh so most of the pages will have to be done quickly; like you won't have months to complete a book but it has to be done in a matter of days then. If you work on them too long you'll just focus on it and nothing else will get done yah? So more rustiness that needs work on. Shouldn't be too hard should it? You still have time before the next quarter begins yah? Ah, seeing what will look great in the amount of time that you have yah?
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SciPhiFox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I doubt I'll be able to complete the book in days. I'm still writing the story, but I'm expecting it to come out to between 50-100 comic pages. At the moment, it takes me between 1-3 days to complete a single picture. Each comic page will probably have around 3-6 frames (each one being a separate picture), but each frame will have varying levels of detail, which means that some frames can be produced more quickly. I want to be able to produce a single comic page (3-6 frames) in 1 or 2 days. I'm not sure if I'm good enough or fast enough to do this yet, but that's my goal at the moment, which is why I'm trying to become more efficient. At that rate, I should be able to completely draw the comic book with somewhere between 50-200 days of decent work. Although, before I can do that, I need to finish writing and editing the story. It is a rather ambitious project for my first comic book/graphic novel, but I think I can do it if I stick to it. Although, it might take a while to do it.
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Sinaherib Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
She looks nice! Love her outfit and the expression
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SciPhiFox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :) I liked how the expression came out, too. I actually spent a bit of time trying to figure out what kind of military uniform would be most appropriate for a female during the Victorian era (which isn't so easy since there I don't think there were many, or any women in the military in Victorian Europe). This seemed like the best option since it is the main uniform type that I could find that satisfied the most Victorian era sensibilities regarding female attire.
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