Lele, the Child of the Treants
Sources and Materials
Below are the materials I used in this art.
I want to create a non-human character and attempted on a treant. However, a full monster is not in my wheel house "yet" so I made her as a half monster instead. I like the idea of Wood Nymph from Splinterlands so I plan to add some of those touches as well.
Step 1 Draft
I made a rough draft of the background and my main character.
The main idea is Lele just waking up from sleep while leaning on a big tree. Lele, the Child of Treant, as mentioned would be a kid so there's less curves on her body is a must for her not to look mature.
Step 2 Full Draft
Adding a bit more detail, I did the wood part. It serves only as a guide because trees does not have one distinctive pattern.
The only thing I need to take note is body separation as I'm planning to use the wood part as the clothes and cover a part of her body including her sensitive parts.
Step 3 Ink Base
I divided the ink part in two different steps, the base one and the pattern for the wood part of the treant.
For the base, I did the outline using Dong A My Gel black. This is important because there's an overlapping feature with the hair and I needed to place a more permanent line before doing the rest of the ink process.
Step 4 Ink Wood
The wood part is done using a sequence of round-ish and wavy patterns. It was supposed to be the look for the bark of the trees but it came out vine-like as observed by my sister.
Step 5 Eyes
I did a half-half of red and blue eyes. the red one uses Dong-A fine Tech red while the blue one uses Enice Gel Pen Blue.
Step 6 Skin and Hair
for the skin, I decided to use green colored pencil. I applied force on the shadows and a lighter force for the base. This makes her look non-human and more like the wood Nymph from Splinterlands.
The hair looks like seaweed. a short wavy hair fits her perfectly.
Step 7 Skin Wood
I did a solid dark brown color for the wood part. I did not proceed with adding any shadows because of the limited colors of the colored pencil. I did not do any highlights as well because she's supposed to be under the tree. the ink pattern made the color darker than i anticipated which is also one of the reasons why i decided to go all in on brown.
Step 8 Background Draft and Ink
Lele, the Child of the Treant would be on top of the hills leaning beside a tree. I added different pattern for it to differentiate it from the treant parts.
Step 9 Background Color
A lighter color for the background for it to be differentiated from the treant part.
i added a bluish part on the right side for the sea nad a lighter blue for the sky.
lastly, there's a green color for the grass and a gray shadow for the rocks using my Mongol #2 pencil.
This art honestly did not come out as good as I had hoped. This definitely has a lot of potential but maybe I still lack in other departments as an artist and it did not do as well.
It was quite good during the ink process but when I added the color, that's when sh*t came going down.
I will most likely make an update to this in the future and redo Lele once I got a lot better.
- This post is an entry for Splinterland's art contest.
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