Has anyone ever heard of a manga/anime called Magic Knight Rayearth? It’s one of my favorite manga of all time and both the story and art have heavily influenced me through out the years. Last weekend I got into a mood where I really wanted to draw something based on that style of art, and so I decided I’d draw a series of Forest characters that way.
I looked through a bunch of official artwork for Rayearth to get inspiration and one of the pictures immediately made me think of my cousin Alyssa, so I just went with it. So here she is, anime style!
1) PENCIL, INK, MARKER: I originally wanted to have this be completely traditional, but didn’t plan it out properly… therefore once I was about to start coloring, I realized I didn’t have light enough markers or enough shades of purple (I only have one, a dark vivid purple). I colored it the best I could anyway, but quickly realized I would need to put it through Photoshop because I didn’t have light purple for the background, and wouldn’t be able to properly color the light energy orb or fairies’ glow eithert. Still, the skin at least came out GREAT.
2) PHOTOSHOP: Once I got rid of the white paper background, I added the new background and did tons of color correction work to FINALLY achieve the colors I’d wanted the entire time. Markers are amazing, and I did a lot of blending, sometimes 5+ layers to achieve the colors above, but without LIGHTER shades getting it to be what I needed it to be was impossible.
The color correction came out amazing, so I moved onto cleaning things up, darkening lines, and adding the glow of the light energy and fairies’ glow. I’m really happy with the final product!
CHECK OUT THIS DRAWING ON DEVIANTART: http://silverwatermist.deviantart.com/art/Alyssa-Light-Element-460924507
For those curious about the markers used, the skin and fairies were done with Copics (I HIGHLY recommend Copics for skin. The blending is phenomenal) and the rest is Prismacolor, including the line work which is done with Prisma fineliners.
I’m hoping to do more like this because it was a ton of fun, it would be awesome to have a series like this. Let me know what you think!