Thursday, July 28, 2011

Educational Sketching

It may not have come up before, but I really enjoy art projects that require me to do research along the way, usually in the conceptualizing/sketch phase of it. In this case, through rather random inspiration, I decided that I wanted to do something complex of the Hetalia personification of Vietnam.

I was watching a movie with Chinese actress Gong Li in it, and this gave way to wanting to draw Vietnam... somehow. Anyway, since I want this drawing to be mindful of the actual country and its culture, so I looked up photos of the Vietnamese traditional dress called an Ao Dai, as well as what colors mean in that culture so I could choose them well. Green standing for lust really threw me for a loop, but you learn something new every day.

This probably also hasn't come up before, but flowers are not on my list of favorite things to draw, so drawing, inking, and coloring several of them for her dress should be... interesting.

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, I did not know all that. Or how demons are supposed to be afraid of red? How interesting.

    I have a friend who just gets free brush packs off DA for flowers and floral designs, and uses those on the clothing of her characters. It always turns out looking great. She's using Photoshop Elements, I think.