I recently decided to purchase a Yiynova MVP22U, an emerging competitor to the Wacom Cintiq. I've never used a Cintiq before, but I'd been feeling limited by my Intuos4, and the Yiynova is less than half the price of a Cintiq. While it doesn't have some of the neat bells a whistles that a Cintiq has, it's color is excellent, and its pressure sensitivity is arguably better than Wacom's, which is what really counts for me.
This is the first piece I've produced on my new tablet. I've been watching a lot of LPs lately, and I got the idea for this while watching Chuggaaconroy's LP of Majora's Mask. Like my other interpretive work, I wanted to introduce elements that bring it into reality a bit more without sacrificing elements of the original design that aren't broken.
This is also the first time I've changed up my process to start with a complete, full detail render in grayscale and then add color after the fact. It seems to be a really common practice, but for some reason I've never done it.
I really like the flexibility it grants, as it lets you focus on the theory behind the color and how it interacts with the light of the scene, whereas in my previous work, I've always worked in color from the get-go, with the exception of Pikachu
, where I started in grayscale, but only because many of the source photos I used to give the fur detail had different color fur (understandably). Very freeing.
I really wanted to capture Link's sense of helplessness and loneliness. I tried to give Tatl a pose that communicates that she's not quite friends with Link yet, as Link's transformation into a Deku Scrub happened very early in the game, where Tatl was in cahoots with the antagonist. I carried over my design for Tatl from this piece.
I need to get better at anatomy...