Comfort and Sweaters

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It’s amazing how soft sweaters are directly connected with comfort.
Socks will have to be next on that list, but fluffy sweaters always improve the colder days immediately.
It’s almost a shame that the chilly weather is going away.

Stay warm and comfy, everyone★★

From Red to Black: a lineart demo

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Hello there, everyone!

We’re getting close to another event thus we’ve been busy getting things ready for it (more on that soon!) and, since we’ll be doing manga portraits and it seems people have been curious about our method, we decided to share it with you today.
So let’s begin! (don’t be afraid, we won’t be giving you big walls of text *wink*).

You can click the images to see them bigger!

We chose a random character of ours for this and we begin by making a sketch usually with a coloured lead such as blue or red. We like these two colours a lot since it makes it easier to remove them digitally if we so desire later.

After we’re happy with our sketch, we use a regular B lead to pencil over the red lines and flesh out our drawing completely. We prefer the dark tone of the B lead since it will contrast better with the red and white of the paper. And then, thanks to our image editing software magic, we play with the channels of the image and away with the red and hello black!

This is the perfect method to quickly get your lines done and coloured and with proper care for the black lines, you don’t even need to ink your artwork, saving yourself some time when you’re rushing through deadlines.

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We love the expressiveness of pencil lines a lot!

Hope you guys enjoyed this quick demo and let us know if you would be interested in a detailed walk-through/tutorial involving the digital steps to clean the image of the red lines.  Just let us know in the comments!

See you next time!

Easter Time for an Easter Race

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Ready, Set, Bunnies!

Here’s the first stage -traditional pencil sketch- of the first illustration of a series.
Who will get the Lapin Coronet as the winner of the The Great Easter Race?!

“A Crown fit for a Princess. A Crown fit for me.”

First Contender is Buttercup and her were-rabbits. She loves the taste of victory in everything she gets involved in. And a crown would definitely match her princess-like demeanor.

“Why do you build me up Buttercup, baby just to let me down and mess me around~♪♫”

We love the original song from “The Foundations” but surely you’ll understand that Buttercup is not a bunny to mess around when the race gets hot and her blood runs faster. And of course, always keeping her class ♥ she needs a faster beat.

This is the original song from “The Foundations” :

Portraits and Sunshine

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Yesterday was delivery day. We had brought back commission work from an event we attended a couple of weeks ago (more on that soonish!) and it was a relaxing pleasure to finally have them all ready to go.

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These are the three left to send!

We usually open for portraits at events only and when there’s too many clients to handle, only then do we resort to taking commissions back with us and mailing them later on. Our process is rather simple: we begin by sketching the main shapes work our way to the details.

portrait_egAt events, our drawing hands always end up feeling like they’re going to fall off – speed is key, so it’s therapeutic to take our time with these ones that don’t require super speed.
We packed them portraits and off we went to the post office! And hurray, such a sunny day!

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Gorgeous weather and a gorgeous town!

It’s a blessing to be able to walk in the sun and wear T-shirts in November. We do know we are blessed and to catch a bit of fresh air was very liberating, especially when we two usually stay at the studio for days on end like recluses doing time for some harsh penalty… fortunately we love this job ♥

Now we just need to find out a better postal service method to avoid overcharging our portrait clients… anyone got tips?