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So I got tired of writing. I am flighty this way. So I instead decided to work on the picture of the adventuring group I started drawing, um, three visits to Carmen ago? She was still living at her old place anyway...

Whatevs, my inability to draw a picture in under two years is not what's being discussed anyway. Line art finally done and inked and scanned and converted to RGB and everything!

I am sort of finished with the flat colors. Finished, as in only Athena's earring hasn't got any color to it, but you will not notice. Sort of, as in hey, poll the audience time. Some color choices are up for change. Such as, like, all of Athena. Because I have no idea what her color scheme is. And Crunch. Because I just used the same colors I did as the last picture of him. (Except with a shirt this time. Classy.) Carmen can suggest colors for herself, but maybe I shouldn't do that because she will be silly and say her knee patch should be magenta. So maybe everyone but Carmen should suggest colors instead. (Unless you will also say magenta, in which case you are vetoed as well.)

Ignore the gradient background. I didn't want it to be solid and slapped something on just for you guys.

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carmenwoods
May. 31st, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
How about polka dots, then? :D

You can't go wrong with greens, browns, and greys for Carmen. Maybe grey for those Boots of Spiderclimb? Though for a splash of color I think I did always pretend her belt was sky-blue.
elfhawk
May. 31st, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Polka dots are a no-no. Every time.

I'll have to test out dark green for her jacket. (I like the brown shirt too much.) I possibly Homestuck themed the spider boots. Sigh. I will go looking up spiders and finding more exciting colors for them. (Long story short, the spider-themed girl in HS has dark blue for her color of choice.)
elfhawk
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Also, Lee pointed out lack of braid. It's not so much as I forgot it, as I figured I got tired of continually redrawing it trying to get it to look right. So now there is tiny portion of braid to wonder at. (I suppose it wouldn't look as funny if I didn't draw people with my hair- ie. super thick.)

Green jacket work better for you?
carmenwoods
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
I figured that the braid was just hidden, no worries. :)

And I am well pleased with the green jacket. And the boots are great now. (Sorry I didn't get back to you about Athena's boots - I just didn't know the answer. I was going to say, "go with whatever color 'fawn' means to you," but it was a second hellishly busy day at work and I clean forgot.)

The only other nigglings I would make are to say that the belt buckle should be a duller color (not to reflect light, you see), perhaps bronze; and while I don't dislike the color of the pants (it's well within Carmen's earthy color palette), Carmen would probably wear something darker, both to disguise any need to wash them, and to make it easier to hide in shadows.

But I love the whole thing anyway.
carmenwoods
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
And haha, if you were looking for a way to get your thematic red ribbon/string stuff onto Carmen also, it could fit nicely as a tie for the top of the braid, nape of the neck, there.
elfhawk
Jun. 1st, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
I went even better and made it into an actual lengthy string wound about her hair. (Complete with a slip at the end with some hair peaking through.) It may not look *braidy* enough, but it looks like it's got a bit of weight to it to use as a secondary weapon. XD (The way it falls, it looks kinda herringbone braid.)

Made belt buckle a little more rust colored (though still too far into the gold spectrum to be a good orange-y rust).

Darkened the pants up some. I don't want to get the color too close to the shirt or else she'll look like she's in a jumpsuit. =/
carmenwoods
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
There's something wrong with jumpsuits, I take it? >.>
elfhawk
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
Jumpsuits are prison-wear.

Tacky.
carmenwoods
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Haha...




....I wore a purple floral-print jumpsuit in my first- or second-grade school photos.
carmenwoods
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
I did also really like the rusty color of the original jacket. Perhaps that color can come back for the knee patch? Carmen's gotta have her some green somewhere, but the original jacket color is a good one too. You made good choices imo.
pariahsdream
May. 31st, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
For Athena I would suggest shifting her shirt color to something more pinkish rather than the autumny-reddish tone you have. She's not the one to wear fall colors, more spring-like. Same with the ribbon on her corset.

Her eyes should be a touch more blue in tone and so should Tae's. Tae has almost blue-blue eyes. Also, please no orange ties on her shoes? It works well with the periwinkle robe and for the fact you're doing a sun sort of motif but I really don't like the orange lacing on her boots.

So yeah, shift Athena's color scheme to something less autumnal and more springish and her base hair color should be a shade lighter. But otherwise I like everyone. Did Carmen get a haircut? ;)
elfhawk
May. 31st, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
I gave up on figuring out Athena's colors and did totally steal her colors off of an autumn-based color palette. (I thought it (the cheat sheet) was pretty, but I'm a heathers sort of girl, so it's to be expected.) I did remember the pink, thus the red blouse. (The ribbon on her corset is staying red though. Everyone with ribbon-y pieces has them red. It's a theme. (Sort of accidentally, anyway.)) I will scrounge up something suitably springy enough for her clothes. (Hm, change Carmen's pants color, give that color to Athena... Bleh, check it when I get home.)

Tae's shoes were originally a gray-ish sort of color and I liked the way the orange popped with it. And then I changed her boots and forgot about the accents. Now whether to continue the red ribbon thing I've got going, or going with no-nonsense almost-black. (Obviously you should make a character sheet for her. Then we wouldn't have this problem. =D)

Carmen's braid is just laying particularly flat. -_-;;
pariahsdream
May. 31st, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
I would go for the red boot strings, I think that'll go fine with the rest without being orange. I also like the idea of gray boots. (And yes I do see that unsubtle prod to finish up those sketches of the girls I did. ;P)

Hrmm, the only thing I can see to 'fix' Carmen's braid is either to drape it over a shoulder or add part of the first section to the left side of her head to suggest it. If you want to do so.
pariahsdream
May. 31st, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Also, do you want Tae's robes to be more sun colored? I'm working on inking the sketches I already have and I want them to look more 'correct' than they do right now.
elfhawk
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Tae's official garb is probably healer white. Being an intinerant healer makes for dirty work, so likely she would only wear it for functions she couldn't get away with wearing something clean and pretty and her rope sash.

A lighter blue would probably work, but I've kind of already made that the main color for Jadus, so the periwinkle-ish color works.

Hey, also, changed around Athena's colors. Work any better?
pariahsdream
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Considering the robe portion of the refs I was/am doing is the 'formal' gear, I'll probably do white and periwinkle then.

Athena's colors are dead on now. Much more fitting to her character. Word of suggestion for Carmen's jacket- good general area for the green but I'd use a much more desaturated version of it.
elfhawk
Jun. 1st, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
It was over in the bright section, wasn't it? I think the only thing further over is Crunch's gold (for obvious reasons). Any better or should I drag my color bar left more?

Also, any idea how gray Crunch should be? I made him darker, he was looking kinda goth-y.
pariahsdream
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Maybe a touch less saturated (so yes, go a bit more left). Also for Crunch, what color palette is it when you eyedropper his skin tone? Yellows? Oranges? If you got a little more brown/saturated with him, he'll look less dead.
jachyra
Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
Finally got time on my computer.
You've got a good color scheme for Crunch's skin in the 2nd pic. I've always visualized him as grayish brown in color...like mountains.
That shirt works. He's not one to care about his clothes. He cares about functionality in combat. Hell, he fought Odette nude once he learned how much electrified metal hurts.
Love the axe. Maybe make the designs on the blade an unnatural color. It is magic. shrug
jachyra
Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
And his hair is black....or really dark brown
elfhawk
Jun. 3rd, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
The design on his axe I am going to try to make glow. (This may or may not work. I should probably find a Photoshop tutorial to give me something to go by for it.)
jachyra
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
The blade is a keen, mighty cleaving, outsider bane. Whatever color that strikes you as.
carmenwoods
Jun. 4th, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
Oh, I figured out why I like Tae's belt so much - it looks like braids!
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