Vikki Zhang "Red Box" working progress

I am working on a image which will be my second solo poster and my first art book cover, they are both named Red Box. Yes, the image idea is a boxed content too. I am very satisfied with today’s progress, hopefully I can finish the rest tomorrow. No matter how much similar job I did before, each time I still felt anxious and tight when I begin a new piece of work, especially this separate-layerd watercolor kind. Ok, time to do yoga and some bedtime reading. I realized how important to get up early in morning for me. It sucks when I wake up at 9:00, which makes me feel 3 hours were stolen. I just found a lovely Japanese fairytale writer but sadly I have to postpone the reading plan:-( why? cuz I wish to read paper book format. Thus I have to wait, wait, wait until I get my O1 approved, then go back china, order them online ( yea, absolutely I can’t get them here. One of my reading rule is getting Chinese translation of Japanese Literature other than English version) , and finally I can enjoy my reading.

Here some images from today:

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90年代日本手绘插图上色法Vintage Japanese watercolor tutorial by Vikki

在近乎所有插画师都在画电子作品的今天,我来分享一个古早味的手绘插图制作过程,其实也就是我平时创作接商稿的绘画方式。我还记得2000年初,90后都还在上小学时,《漫友》杂志都还是日本插画师的手绘作品偏多。后来经我自己实验,我发现他们主要用的材料包括:水彩,丙烯,防水墨水,热压或冷压水彩纸。我最先是在新华书店看了台湾漫画家林青慧出的上色教程,但是她的最终效果还不是我最想要的,我可能更偏向山田章博,小畑健,藤原薰,种村有菜,内田善美,波特小姐,清水玲子的一个混合体吧(对,单独拿一个出来我都不喜欢,我只喜欢每个艺术家的某个特质)所以最后就是以下的样子

Step 1: ipad草图

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Step 2: 草图打印下来,去楼下买杯咖啡,准备3-4小时认真地拷贝到Blick热压水彩纸上,因为很多细节草稿都没有,就算有我肯定会变卦。

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Step 3: 在ipad上再做个颜色草图,至少有一个单色版的,心中有数黑白灰关系,要不然很容易画面关系不好,主要是我的弱点

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Step 4: 由浅到深或由深到浅的顺序上色,我一般喜欢先涂肤色。把要涂的地方先铺水,晕染着画,随着水分蒸发,逐渐加上更深一点的颜色。把控好水分可以画出玫瑰花瓣般让人想亲吻的唇,多练习吧。另外,虽然现有覆盖力很好的白色颜料,我主张通过控制水分自然留白,除非你要做特殊效果。

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Step 5:现在时间到了第二天,做一套瑜伽,开始画细节。画面不需要都铺完,画到感兴趣的地方就可以停下深入。其实拷贝时背景都可以暂时不画,因为你会在工作中想法越来越多,最后补也不迟

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Step 6: 扫描,调整画面关系。完成

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细节图:

分享就是这样啦!希望让喜欢手绘的朋友知道你不是孤单一个人:-) 欢迎来我的网站vikkizhang.com或者微博@张文绮vikki_zhang继续交流。

Monday Silkscreen Printing

Just finished this digital design and separations this afternoon, haven't made it into printing process yet. But I am excited that I ended up find a series to develop in silkscreen printing  class--I will print all kinds of fans, with funny characters and stories on that.