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Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Coloring

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Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Color

Edit: This work has been completed.
Follow each step in the  making of this work:  Linework and Coloring.

In my previous post I finished the linework and shading for my new work Yuki Onna. For this post I’m doing the coloring and lighting effects using Adobe Illustrator as usual. This work was a bit special because I wanted it to be very light, almost all white. Because of this I didn’t need to draw in any highlights. So how do you colour a work that’s mostly white? Well I began just as usual by drawing in the basic color.

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Please Make Me Famous on the Internet

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Since I’m selling my prints online promotion is now more important to me than ever. It’s not often I say thank you, but I am truly grateful for every like, fav, retweet or follow. Every one of these tiny actions accumulate over time. But I’m still a very long way from supporting myself, so if you’re a fan please take some time today to help promote me.

Here’s what you do:
  1. Sign up to Society 6 (it’s quick and easy) http://society6.com/
  2. Follow me at http://society6.com/OrigamiCupcake
  3. Promote your favorite designs
  4. Use the Social Media buttons to promote me through Twitter, Facebook etc
  5. Leave a comment to say hi

You can also check out the Social dropdown menu at the top of the screen to see all the different ways to connect to me online.

Thank you & have a great day ♥

Buy Origami Cupcake Prints and More at Society 6

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Buy Origami Cupcake Prints and More at Society 6

I’m happy to announce that Origami Cupcake prints and other merchandise  are now available through my Society 6 online store. When you buy a product from Society6, they will produce it, package it and ship it to you – worldwide. All prints and other merchandise are made using high quality materials and processes.

Gallery Prints for medium, large and x-large sized art prints: 

Gallery quality Giclée prints on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson UltraChrome™ K3 archival inks – the standard by which all other professional level ink technologies are measured. All gallery prints are produced using the Epson Stylus Pro 11880 – the world’s most advanced 64-inch wide printer. Custom trimmed by hand with a 2″ border.

Fine Art Prints  for mini and small sized art prints:

Fine art print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using the latest generation of digital printers. These prints are produced using an advanced dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality with excellent sharpness and uniformity. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1″ border.

Learn more about Society 6 products here.

Art Prints | Framed Art Prints | Stretched Canvases | iPhone Cases | iPhone & iPod Skins | Laptop & iPad Skins | Hoodies | T-shirts

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Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Linework

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Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Linework

Edit: This work has been completed.
Follow each step in the  making of this work:  Linework and Coloring.

While I’ve made other artwork about Japanese ghost stories, it’s a subject that wouldn’t be complete without theYuki Onna. Literally a “Snow Woman”, the Yuki Onna is the very personification of winter. A timeless femme fatale, the Yuki Onna has been re-interpreted into countless contemporary anime and manga.

She is characterized by an otherworldly beauty and serenity, but will nevertheless ruthlessly kill the unsuspecting. The Yuki Onna is sometimes described as the vengeful spirit of a woman who froze to death and now leads men astray in snowstorms. Other times she is described as more actively evil; a vampiric succubus who drains men’s life-force with a kiss or sex. And yet despite this she has a softer side, and her heart is occasionally warmed into sparing one of her victims.

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New Artwork: Geisha Doll

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Katie Badenhorst, Geisha Doll, 2012.

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New artwork in my portfolio and my print shop.

“This work plays with the contrast between naked and clothed, which is also the line between human and animal.
In some ways it is the same distinction that gets made between an artistic nude and a pornographic image,
to separate the human and the sexual object. The cat mask is subtle reference to Japanese slang, with ‘neko’ being the term for the femme in a lesbian relationship.”

This work took about two months to complete working on and off.

Here’s a look at the of making this work:  Linework ColoringShading and Highlights and Extra Details and Final Atmospheric Shading.

Any comments are welcome.

Doll: Final Atmospheric Shading

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Doll: Final Atmospheric Shading

Edit: This work has been completed.
Follow each step in the  making of this work:  Linework ColoringShading and Highlights and Extra Details and Final Atmospheric Shading.

So close and yet so far… If you’ve followed my work in progress using Adobe Illustrator, you’ve already seen me complete the lineworkcoloring, shading and details for this image. But while it sounds like a completed artwork, the reality is lacking.

The problem with the work above is that the shadows and highlights they don’t integrate into the rest of the image. The result is that there’s no difference between the lighting on a shiny piece of metal or on soft fabric, and no difference between hair and human skin.

It’s completely flat.

So how do we go about fixing this? In this case I worked from the lowest layers up: working from the background towards the foreground. By layering gradients with different opacity setting over each other, you can create depth in the same way that color washes add depth to a canvas.

Theses kind of atmospheric light effects are a really subjective thing so there’s not really a right or a wrong way to go about this. You just have to play with the image until you’re satisfied with it.

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Origami Cupcake… Now on Pinterest

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Origami Cupcake... Now on Pinterest

I’ve already hopped onto the microblogging trend with my new Tumblr account, and after the great response I’ve decided to add Pinterest to the mix. It’ll be a lot of the same type of images: art, design and Japan, as well as anything cute or eye-catching. Please check it out!

My Social dropdown menu at the top of the screen is full of links, so there’s a ton of different ways to connect to me online now.  I’d also love to connect to you too, so if you’re on Pinterest (or Tumblr or deviantART) just share your details in the comments below and I’ll make sure to follow you back. Happy microblogging ♥

Doll: Extra Details in Progress

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Edit: This work has been completed.
Follow each step in the  making of this work:  Linework ColoringShading and Highlights and Extra Details and Final Atmospheric Shading.

Just a quick post today. After I finished the shading and highlights I wanted to add some extra detail to the fabric of the kimono. Since these details won’t be drawn in black, they can be done after the rest of the linework is finished. For the design I chose a peacock feather motif with a geometric design on the obi to balance it out. Incidentally Kimono Nagoya is my favorite online resource for kimono inspiration.

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“Picnic on the Grass” Featured as a Daily Deviation

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Yesterday I received a happy surprise when my artwork “Picnic on the Grass” was featured as a Daily Deviantion for the 17th of April, on DeviantArt. DeviantArt is a massive site with a lot of talented artists so I’m really happy to be singled out. But even more gratifying is all the positive feedback I received from people who saw my work.

A massive “Thank you!” is due to everyone who commented, faved or added me to their watch list. Everyday I work in relative isolation, so the unexpected attention and kind words left me smiling and blushing at my computer screen. While it might be a small thing to fave an artwork, getting that positive feedback is a reminder of why I’m doing what I do.
Thank you ^_^

Check out my DeviantArt profile here, and if you have a DeviantArt account of your own just list it in the comments and I’ll add you to my watch list.

Doll: Shading and Highlights in Progress

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Edit: This work has been completed.
Follow each step in the  making of this work:  Linework ColoringShading and Highlights and Extra Details and Final Atmospheric Shading.

You’d be forgiven for forgetting all about this illustration. It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted any updates on this work, and I must confess that it’s actually already finished, I’ve just been too busy to post anything.

But getting back to the work in progress, this is where I left off, after finishing the basic color of the image. But the flat colors look rather terrible without any shadows and highlights. So let’s get started.

Note that if you want more detailed information about the technical process of working with Illustrator check out my series of Tutorials which break it down step by step in more detail.

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