foolish April poster. I was strapped for time, so I decided just to copy over the last poster, with small fixes to the lineart, and most importantly, I decided not to ink this one. The good think about going inkless is giving our Copic Ciaos a chance to take center stage. I'm definitely going to try inkless again.
Anyway, a cool little thing to do: open this in one tab and the first version in another tab and compare and contrast.
I'd say this lineless version wins it. Although I keep wondering if some solid black lines would be good here and there. The old version had all lines inked, but with heavier inks on the light-distant areas. So maybe the best compromise between techniques is inks in those darkest areas and not even pencils on the lightest areas (notice how I erased out some of the ears, paw, and head).
But there's something...amiss. Laughably so (see the full shot above for the giveaway).
More on that later.
This month's art was colored with help from new tech: after our first run on this poster, I added a few key colors to our team, including those oranges in the binocs and some softer and darker greens for the grass, flag. Really happy with the new recruits, but after completing this one, I realized my blues still aren't quite up to snuff--the doodads' basket and pants were too intense, as was the jump in blues for the kappa's water, so I drafted some new, softer blues I'm really excited about.