Made for Kyle to celebrate Valentine's Day. I inked my sketch with pen, scanned the lineart, and colored everything in Photoshop. Coloring took a lot longer than it should have, probably around 10 hours total. I know, I'm pathetic. I'm working on it! I will be a sexy Photoshop goddess by 2008. Okay, I take that back. But I'll definitely be better than I am now. I've already worked my way through several online Photoshop tutorials, and am slowly learning the program's capabilities and functions.
Kyle and I (that's us in the picture, hehe) are colored pretty flatly, but that's the way I wanted it. What really kicked my butt and sucked up a ton of my time was creating the background. I made 6 separate backgrounds, but none of them really complimented my drawing. I initially envisioned a starry night sky as a backdrop, but I couldn't make something that set the right mood. I tried a variety of other things (a sun setting, random sparklies, a soft blue sky, I could go on and on). I finally tried my hand at a forest scene of sorts...and at last I was able to paint something that tied everything together.
I've always had trouble with drawing backgrounds for my paper sketches, so it's no wonder, really, that I was having trouble making a digital one. I really want to work on better execution of backgrounds, but I just don't know where or how to start. Maybe that's why I keep putting it off. It always amazes me when I see all the pieces out there with great backgrounds. Some are so detailed that they can stand alone as landscapes, and others are pretty much empty with just a splash of color, but these backgrounds always lend just enough to the work to make it complete.
At any rate, enough of my yapping/whining. I want to wish everyone a happy Valentine's Day, and send you all my best. XOXO. Don't eat too much chocolate!