For a while, I've been thinking I'd like to organize an artbook or compilation book called "Boys & Cats," with the very simple concept of being a collection of color illustrations of different boys with different cats (drawn by different artists), since, you know, a lot of people like boys and also everyone likes cats. This is sort of my first conceptual image. I liked the idea of doing a samurai-ish character, since it's not someone you'd normally immediately think goes with cats.
I started this picture a couple months ago actually, but since then, I've really gotten into playing Touken Ranbu, so... I might end up drawing more boys and more swords going forward? Except they'll be boys who are also swords.
Anyway I'm quite happy with how the abs turned out on this. I also made my own kimono pattern in Illustrator-- it's a bit unfortunate that it's hard to see with the shadows and warp tool. Other than that, this is a piece that I ended up starting restarting bits on over and over-- for a lot of the kimono shading and the background, I just painted a bunch and then cleared the canvas over and over, so it got quite frustrating... I need to learn to concept faster or to just be less picky, one of the two.
Ah, and since I don't know if anyone would catch it-- the ornament in his hair is based on a shamisen pick. Shamisen are traditionally made with, ah, something that has to do with cats. (Google it
) Maybe that's where the scar came from?
Kind of just want to put it out there and see if anyone's interested in the concept. Let me know what you think about boys and cats.
Clip Studio Paint, touch ups in Photoshop. Ah, this was my first time using it, but I really like using Clip Studio Paint! I think it's a better experience than Photoshop. Also it doesn't choke on 50 layers as easily