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Sakura Alexia

Another week has passed and I have to say that I didn't expect myself to be able to be constant in this, but I did and its feels great.
This week wasn't as good as the first as I found myself to be kind of tired, but despite that other complications have taken their toll on me, I don't know how or why but I had an infection and the pain was quite distracting to say the least, in fact I had to take a couple of days off while on other days I did two drawings at once because I couldn't handle it. Fortunately its healing and its good.
Still I made it through despite everything and I look forward to continue this, hopefully with no more complications.

Day 9
Kite Tenjo from Yu-gi-oh Zexal
A pretty recent anime I saw a few years ago. He was one of the main characters and a former number hunter, he was collecting numbers in order to help his father to heal his sick younger brother Hart. In the first sagas he was the main antagonist and he's the only one that didn't lose to Yuma and Astral (the main characters).
Once his brother was cured he became friends with Yuma and his group and assisted them during the Interdimensional War between the Astral World and Barian World. Always during it he succumbs but he's later revived by the Numeron Code.
Nothing to say about this one, fairly easy, even though the hair gave me some troubles.

Inktober 2017 Day 9 - Kite Tenjo by SakuraAlexia

Day 10
Lusamine from Pokemon Sun and Moon
Most of us know her right? The main antagonist of Pokemon Sun and Moon, and we've yet to see what she will do in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
President of the Aether Foundation and mother of Gladion and Lillie. We know how it goes from here no? In the games she uses the power of Cosmog to open Ultra Wormholes in the entire Alola, then later on we find her in Nihilego's world where we all know she merges with in order to battle the player, and once she loses and turns back to normal she falls victim of Nihilego's poison, which leaves her in a comatose state.
It is speculated that before becoming obsessed with Ultra Beasts that she was a very nice woman that sincerely loved her children, and that possibly she tried to open the Ultra Wormholes in an ill attempt to try and get back her husband that disappeared years before in game in one of those.
Lots of theories were made on her motives, and I hope something more will be explained in the games that will be out in a month. I personally love this character, her story is interesting and I really want to see where it will end up to.
Loved to make this, though her hair are hell, I added a touch of color because it would have been way too white otherwise, with her dressed in white and being blonde.

Inktober 2017 Day 10 - Lusamine by SakuraAlexia

Day 11
Hidden Phantom from Mega Man Zero
One of the Four Guardians of Copy X, he is the leader of the Cutting Shadow Squadron, his abilities come from X's stealth capabilities. He's extremely quiet and extremely loyal to Copy X, even willing to die for him after he gets defeated by Zero by making himself explode in an attempt to take Zero with him in the first game.
After he can make and appearance in the third game in a special level. While in the ZX series his spirit appears as a Biometal just like his siblings.
He's also the first boss than when met has to be battled at the begginning of a level and not at the end.

Inktober 2017 Day 11 - Hidden Phantom by SakuraAlexia

Day 12
Gaige from Borderlands 2
Gaige is a Mechromancer. She is the fifth playable class in Borderlands 2. Gaige was a high school student from the planet Eden-5. She originally created Deathtrap (her robot), DT for short, as a science fair project to combat bullying. Her rival, Marcie Holloway, was a contestant in the science fair as well, and used her father's money to buy her way through the competition. Marcie apparently stole Gaige's DT designs and sold them to Eden-5's police force.
On the day of the science fair, Marcie's father bribed the judges, helping win her first place with a defective robot based on Deathtrap's blueprints. Gaige placed third. Marcie then shoved Gaige, causing Deathtrap to identify her as a hostile. Deathtrap attacked with its claws, causing her to explode due to a miscalibration by Gaige. Gaige faced expulsion and arrest for accidentally murdering her rival. She called her father to create a distraction to help her evade arrest, and bought a ticket to Pandora.
Her action skill is indeed calling Deathtrap to her aid on the battlefield. Given her skill trees she can be both the easiest and the hardest character to play as.

Inktober 2017 Day 12 - Gaige by SakuraAlexia

Day 13
Inuyasha from Inuyasha
Main character of the series (you would have never guessed XD), anyway Inuyasha is a half-demon, half human and half dog demon, which gives him superhuman capabilities, and even though he looks 15 he is actually over 200 years old.
In his early years he fell in love with a priestess named Kikyo, who was entrusted to guard the Jewel of Four Souls, which he sought in order to become a full demon, the two fell in love with each other and he gave up trying to get the jewel. But another half demon, Naraku, who also wanted the jewel managed to trick them both into betraying each other. Disguised as Inuyasha, Naraku attacked Kikyo and attempted to steal the jewel from her, wrongly Kikyo attacked the true Inuyasha, with a sacred arrow she pins him to a tree and sends him into an endless sleep, before succimbing to the wound she received.
Years later Kagome finds him and removes the arrow from him, awakening Inuyasha once more, and starts the adventures of the series.
Here I decided to portray him in his demon form as I though he would look cooler like this, hence the re eyes and the markings on the cheeks.

Inktober 2017 Day 13 - Inuyasha by SakuraAlexia

Day 14
Word Paynn from Dragon Booster
Word Paynn is the 50 year old father of Moordryd Paynn and the main antagonist of the series. He has a vast knowledge of the legends of the Dragon-Human War, and it is he who wants another war to start so he can control the world.
Throughout the series, he plans much in the way of stealing the dragon of legend, Beau,  He almost succeeds several times at obtaining him, but is always stopped at the last minute. Word is also the CEO of his own company, Paynn Incorporated, which is a world famous company for manufacturing battle gear. The company is referred to as the largest gear manufacturer on the planet, making Word a millionaire.
I wish that I could show his clawed hand better but I ran out of space, shame on me.

Inktober 2017 Day 14 - Word Paynn by SakuraAlexia

Day 15
Lilith from Borderlands
She is originally from the planet Dionysus and is one of six Sirens, a group of women with unbelievable powers.
Lilith plays a noticeable role as NPC in Borderlands the PreSequel. After the opening of the Vault and the defeat of General Knoxx in the first game, Lilith and Roland traveled to Pandora's moon Elpis on a vacation trip. When they met Jack for the first time, who asked them for help against Colonel Zarpedon through the Vault Hunters, they didn't want to have anything to do with that at first, but they ended up helping when they realized the true danger behind the attacks. So, they cooperated with Jack and the Vault Hunters to recover the Helios station and its main weapon, a giant laser, until they saw how Jack killed three scientists throwing them into space on the suspicion that one of them might be a spy.
They keep helping him still but, with Mad Moxxi's help, at the end they destroyed the laser and almost the entire Helios station to avoid further destruction. Later, Jack found the Vault he was looking for on Elpis and obtained an Eridian relic that granted him some visions of The Warrior's existence, but Lilith, who had been following him, appeared and destroyed the relic, creating a blast of energy that branded Jack's face with a Vault emblem.
Lilith and Roland returned to Pandora as Hyperion began its rise. Lilith's powers grew substantially from absorbing Eridium, the element released after the defeat of the Destroyer. She was one of the founding members of the Crimson Raiders to fight against Hyperion (Jack's company).
At some point in Borderlands 2, when Sanctuary became unshielded, as Hyperion attacked, Lilith doped herself with a large amount of Eridium to strengthen her powers. She was able to move the whole city in the sky with her powers. Sanctuary became the current flying city.
Later, Lilith was told to stay and defend Sanctuary during the assault on Control Core Angel, but defied both Angel's insistence and Roland's orders to stay away. With Angel dead, Roland went to retrieve the Vault Key, but was shot from behind by Jack himself. Lilith attempted to attack him, but was restrained by Jack through some kind of artifact that gave him control over her powers, to replace his dead daughter to charge the Vault key.
She then was taken to the Vault of the Warrior, where she became the catalyst to charge the key against her will, while undergoing torture from Jack. The Vault Hunters found her there, along with Jack, who fought them, but while fighting the key became fully charged, so, even defeated, Jack summoned and controlled the Warrior. Anyway, the warrior was defeated as well and Lilith was fred from his control, and even able to kill Jack herself if the player allowed it.
Lilith's action skill is called Phasewalk (which is the mane of her Siren powers), which lets her turn invisible to enemies, move much faster, and cause a damaging shockwave.
One of my personal favorite characters, love her and her powers.

Inktober 2017 Day 15 - Lilith by SakuraAlexia

As usual I hope you like them and who is your favorite this time?

Sakura Alexia

A week has passed since I started this challenge, I must say I was pretty excited the first days, and I couldn't wait to draw new things, then after the first 4/5 days I have strted feeling the weight of the challenge.
I love drawing yes but there are some of these days where you just don't feel like it, where you say "I have drawn for so many days one after another and I need a pause" kind of thing, the last few days of the week have been more stressful and less exciting than the first ones for sure, without being able to just stop for a day the thing becomes tiring, really tiring, mentally in particular, though despite everything I made it for the entire week, and believe it or not I am determined to go till the end.

Let's see which characters have been selected with the randomizer during this week:

Day 1
Rina Toin from Mermaid Melody.
This is one of the very first animes I watched and liked, childish yes, but I was no more than 10 at the time and I liked these kind of things.
She's one of the main characters of the story, she's the mermaid princess of the North Atlantic ocean and the color assigned to her is green.
Out of the three main protagonists she's the smartest and most mature one of the trio and the less girlish as well (in fact she's never been seen with a short skirt), which made me prefer her compared to the other two, though of the series she used to be and still is my second favorite, after the first mermaid princess of the Indian ocean Sarah.
It is also believed that she is one of the best voices, certainly she is in the italian dub, in fact she has one of the best voice actresses we have. Her own song, Star Jewel, used to be one of my favorites regarding the songs of the anime of course.
Here's she's represented in her idol form instead, due to the fact that her hair are a really dark shade of green they have been all colored black.
This took me an insanely long amount of time, her hair in particular, though I believe that for the first day this is an excellent result.

Inktober 2017 Day 1 - Rina Toin by SakuraAlexia

Day 2
Neige from Mega Man Zero 4.
She's a human reporter and she plays a rather important role in the game's story.
She first appears in the caravan trucks that are trying to reach Area Zero, a human settlement of people who fled Neo Arcadia in fear of being killed by Weil, the main atagonist, when he took power over it.
She is romantically involved with a replirod named Craft, who is working for Weil. At a certain point of the game she gets kidnapped by the same Craft, and then fred by the player itself.
Later she appears again to give the player the coordinates of the Teleporter Base so that he may start the last mission, which is to kill Weil, and finish the game.
Her name in french means Snow.
The drawing is a little bit smaller compared to the first but the result is pleasing nonetheless.

Inktober 2017 Day 2 - Neige by SakuraAlexia

Day 3
Kagura from Inuyasha
Another anime I used to follow during my childhood/teen years.
Kakura is a demon and is one of the creations of the demon Naraku (the main antagonist), she is able to control the wind by using her fan to create tornadoes or reanimate dead bodies, also she can enlarge her feather-like head ornaments to use as transportation.
As one of Naraku's incarnations he holds power over her, and she is bound to service him as betrayal would mean her death. Despite everything she hates Naraku and tries her best to get rid of him by trying to get Inuyasha (the main character) or his brother Sesshomaru kill him so she could be free.
Later in the anime she indeed betrays Naraku, though fearful for her life she escapes, Naraku does indeed find her, suspiciously he hands her her heart that he had in his possession, killing her right after by piercing her chest and poisoning her so she could not recover. Before her final moment she is found by Sesshomaru, who its been hinted she had romantic interests into. At the moment of her death Kagura's body disintegrates and becomes a gust of wind, her last thoughts though are happy as she was finally free, like the wind.
Certailnly one of the most loved characters, and one of the saddests deaths of the anime. Also her name means God-entertainment.
I liked this drawing though I messed up the shape of her face a bit, also the fan was too big and I had to cut a piece of the picture to make it look like it was okay with the rest. Also the eyes looked like she was hypnotized so I colored them red like they are meant to be, and also her lips which looked open but were meant to be closed instead.

Inktober 2017 Day 3 - Kagura by SakuraAlexia

Day 4 
Mercy from Overwatch
Her real name is Angela Ziegler, she comes from Switzerland and she's one of the most brilliant doctors when it comes to medical technology, she also applied said technology to her own body, which has possibly altered her aging process, she's in fact 37 years old but as you can see she looks way younger.
After obtaining her grades she became head of the surgery in a prominent Swiss hospital before pioneering a breakthrough in the field of applied nanobiology that radically improved the treatment of life-threatening illnesses and injuries. This brought her to Overwatch's attention.
Initially she opposed as her parents were taken during the war and she was contrary to military organizations, she still joined Overwatch to be able to save lives on a larger scale, becoming the head of Overwatch's medical research, which lead to the creation of her Valkyrie suit.
When Overwatch dissolved, she dedicated herself to helping those affected by war.
In the game she is the most healing oriented support, she can heal her teammates or boost them with the use of her caduceus staff and even resurrect them, she also has a blaster to defend herself in dire situations. She's for now my main character and easily one of my favorites.
I have kind of messed up in a few places with the ink, which I tried to solve by using my white marker to erase it, not sure if it worked well though. Despite that I am happy because the pose I have chosen wasn't the easiest either, her right arm was a real pain to do, and so was her right wing.

Inktober 2017 Day 4 - Mercy by SakuraAlexia

Day 5
Kitt Raada Wonn from Dragon Booster
Another thing I used to see, and honestly it still is one of my favorites.
She's a 16 years old dragon racer, her Magma class dragon Wyldfyr is one of the fastest dragons there is. Not much is known about her, only that her parents died when she was young and was left on the streets with other racers taking care of her.
During the events of the show she becomes good friends with Artha Penn (the main character) and joins his racing crew, on which she's the only female member, and lives his adventures along with him.
Nothing to really say about this drawing, was rather easy as well, I'm good with it.

Inktober 2017 Day 5 - Kitt Raada Wonn by SakuraAlexia

Day 6
D.Va from Overwatch
Her real name is Hana Song and she is from North Korea. She's a 19 years old former professional gamer that now uses her abilities to pilot a mech to defend her homeland.
Given her popularity she is famous in the entire world.
Since she pilots a mech she's one of the tank heroes of the game, she has boosters, a shield that allows her to absorb hits and can also fire missiles, and her ultimate allows her to self-destruct her mech to cause an explosion. If her mech is destroyed she is equipped with a mini gun so she can continue to fight.
About the drawing I am absolutely not pleased with this, I don't know why but I feel like its the worst of them all, the pose is okay but I feel like her head is too big and her face makes her look too old compared to what she is. Then again I was really tired this day so that might have made things more complicated. 

Inktober 2017 Day 6 - D.Va by SakuraAlexia

Day 7
Android 18 from Dragon Ball
This was the anime of my teen years, and one of pretty much all italian teens of my age, it was transmitted so much.
Anyway she's an android, she's the twin sister of android 17, the 18th creation of Doctor Gero, designed to kill Goku, though she used to be human, and her name was Lazuli.
She first appears in the Cell saga and has been present in the anime ever since, she's also married to Krillin and they have a daughter named Marron.
Not much to say about this drawing, except that I haven't been really precise with her hair, but its okay.

Inktober 2017 Day 7 - Android 18 by SakuraAlexia

Day 8
Rob Lucci from One Piece
My favorite anime of all times, I still read the manga as well.
He's the main antagonist of the Water 7/Enies Lobby saga, my personal favorite saga too, anyway he was the head of CP9 (Cipher Pol number 9), a group of government agents that acts in the shadows, during the saga him and his group try to get their hands on the blueprints of a weapon of destruction named Pluton, to do so they capture Franky, the holder of the bluprints, and Nico Robin, the one that knows the location of the weapon, and take them to Enies Lobby, so then after they can be transfered to Impel Down, a huge underwater prison, so they could face justice for their crimes.
He and his group are stopped by Luffy and his crew, along with their allies and Franky himself, that manages to break free from his chains by himself, they defeat the CP9 before they can take Robin away.
After the saga they are later seen in the Dressrosa saga, and in the Film Gold, where they are revealed to be part of the CP0, their goals are still unknown for now.
Like many characters he has eaten a devil fruit, his is the Neko (cat) Neko no mi model leopard, which allows him to turn into a leopard, its a Zoan type of fruit, which allows the user to turn into an animal, depending from the fruit, this type of fruit enhances physical powers a lot. He's also the strongest member of his group.
Here he is represented in his human and also hybrid form, exactly as it was seen in the last movie. It took a lot since it was kind of big but I managed.

Inktober 2017 Day 8 - Rob Lucci by SakuraAlexia

Well the first week is gone, overall I am okay with the results, except that one day where I did worse but I believe that there are some days where you are just tired and that screws up something. But anyway I look forward to continue and I shall hold on until the end.
Who's your favorite by the way?

Sakura Alexia

Its been a while since I did one of these, but I figured it was time to pick them up again.
October is coming and like every year there is a challenge that artists take during this month, its called the Inktober challenge. I what it consists on? It consist into drawing something with ink every day for each day of the month, which means 31 drawings in total.
In this challenge only traditional medias are used, namely the good and old drawings made on paper.
The special thing about this challenge is, not only being able to draw every single day, but also certain instruments are not to be used, it is called inktober so what it will be used is everything that has ink in it, from a simple pen to true ink, it is possible though to make a drawing with a pencil first and the ink it later on, which is what I will personally do.
Though the use of colors is allowed I will try to keep the pictures in black and white mostly, if I will add color it will be in a small quantity.
This is my equipment:
A pencil, an eraser, a sharpner (a very old one, its from elementary school lol), a small set square (it may be useful, also very old too), my ink pens, a 0.1, a 0.3, and two 0.5, these are the sizes of their tips, I wish I had more but they will do. (also I suck at taking pictures)


And then, not sure if I will end up using them a lot but here's my collections of markers. The first ones are pretty small and their tip is no bigger than my ink pens, the second ones are common ones, and the last ones are more professional, these have two tips, one smaller and pointy while the other one is bigger and more similar to a highlighter (apologies for the last picture, they didn't fit all in the wooden board, and I don't have a desk as many of you know), plus a white marker.




And of course paper, but that is obvious, just regular paper, nothing special.
For the challenge I have used a random generator to pick for me a roster of characters I had picked up previously, these characters are ones coming from videogames (that I played and/or watched) and also from animes that I liked (most of them are ones that I watched when I was younger), I wanted my selection to be big and various and hopefully it is, and for each of the character drawn I will post some informations on him/her so you can get to know them a bit more.
I won't be posting a drawing for each day, but rather I will post all the drawings of an entire week all at once for these four weeks. My hopes for this is to be able to improve and to be able to aquire the ability to draw constantly, and also to become much more precise when I ink, which currently I am not.
I am leaving here some examples of drawings I have done in the past with this style so you can get an idea. I have nothing else to say for now, wish me luck. ^_^ 

Aqua from Kingdom Hearts - ink by SakuraAlexia

Bloody Lucy by SakuraAlexia

Sakura Alexia

Okay, here's a new entry for you, about the fictional creature challenge made a while ago.
As creature, since human-like creatures weren't allowed and I had to change my first idea which was a siren, I chose a dragon, an elemental one, and more specifically the dragon is a vyvern.
Then of course I chose the element, I wrote a number of them, about 7/8 on a piece of paper, broke it to pieces and put them in a box. The chosen element was darkness.
Once done I got a few references and started working on it, but instead of making a drawing on paper like I always did before I also challenged myself to make the drawing entirely with the graphic tablet.
This is the sketch of it:  (I've changed host site so now you should be able to see all the pictures, I apologize for the previous entry that doesn't have most pictures anymore)


Next step was the color, since I had to represent something dark I chose a really dark and greyish purple as main color, a really dark gray for the fur, as pure black can't be shaded, and a slighter brighter and lighter purple for the internal part of the wings.
Coloring wasn't really easy since I had to trace again the sketch with the color instead than filling a part like I do when I have a lineart, I also had to redo the part of the fur on the head and neck several times too, but the ending result was pleasing.
Here it is:


Then I did the shading and lighting, first I started with the darker colors, I usually shade twice, the first time I do bigger portions of color with a lighter tone than the second stage, where I use a darker tone where things have to be more detailed, this also helps give the piece a bit more of tridimensionality.
After that of course there's the lighting done with a lighter tone than the basic one where the color was looking a bit too plain or was without shading. Still I didn't use much light as the dragon had to be dark and too much light would have thrown things off, I used it mostly on the muzzle to make a bit more of detail.
I also switched the background from white to black as I couldn't see well what I was doing while I shaded, especially when I shaded the fur, changing the background color helped me see better what I was doing.
Here's the result:


Next step, and probably the longest and most tedious one, making up the scales and detailing the fur.
Now for the fur it was easy, I just had to choose a lighter grey with a really smal brush and do lines after lines following the direction of the fur itself, but for the scales it was all another story.
For the scales I did use a really small brush too, with a dark, almost black, purple color, all I did was to draw small circles all over the body of the dragon, its not hard to do at all, but it was really, really long. The result paid off eventually though.
Also I lowered the opacity of the layers of details too, the scales have a 40% of opacity while the fur has a 25% instead.
You can see it here: (Here is a little bit lighter as I fixed it later, but I was too lazy to make another screenshot XD)


Finshing touches, the background, the dark flame and the addictional lighting.
I went for a sort of cloudy and stormy background, I used really light colors for the lightnings as I felt they would have contrasted well with the dragon itself, and then I laid down some light all around the dragon itself.
Then I made the flame, this was fun, I used no more than 3 colors mixed together with some help of the burn tool, that makes thing darker, and the dodge too that does lights instead, the effect was really cool and glowy. At the end I added some purple shadows around the muzzle and in a few other places, I didn't do too much though, I could have done a little bit more but that's okay.
Here's the finished result after 44 layers and 8 hours of work divided in more days, nights actually.


Hope you guys liked it, I can't wait for the next challenge to begin. ^_^ 

Sakura Alexia

Hi everyone, as you may have heard there was a challenge here to redraw a certain picture, which is this one:

And today I will be sharing with you guys the way I did it, hopefully it will inspire someone or just make people more curious about art, if not well it's fine anyway. Mind me that I am nowhere near perfect and I am not here to teach anyone, I just feel like sharing my passion a bit more with you guys.
First things first I took my paper, just that print one nothing expensive at all, a very light pencil and with the picture right before my eyes I started redrawing it the best I could, starting from the head, then the sword, because it was covering most of the picture, then the rest of the body with the clothes and in the end the details.
Once I was done drawing it and satisfied with the result I took my ink pens and started inking the picture, here's the not so good result.

As you see it wasn't inked well at all, but still I have a base to work with for the digital part of the process.
The first step to do was the lineart, first, since it was mostly straight lines and I was sure to not have been able to make them well with my hand, I made the lineart of the sword using the pen tool, though I don't find it very easy to use on Photoshop, but for this time I managed, and a few circles.
After that I made the rest with a 5pt hard brush, I use the ones already in Photoshop, nothing fancy. Here's the result: (please ignore all those italian words and stuff)

Then there's the color, so lets open the reference picture on another Photoshop file and with the color piquer get all the colors needed for the color palette.
After that I used, instead of the brush, the wand tool to fill up the character with the colors I picked up previously, this is just the base, lights and shadows are applied after. This is the result:

After this I added a layer of shadow, very quick and very basic, and very new too, I didn't try this style yet but I do like the result, its taking shape pretty nicely isn't it?

Here I added another layer of shadow to make it look less flat and then some light too, it really stands out now no? I also fixed her hair with thin lines to make them look a bit more realistic, here's how it looks:

Last touch was to color the lineart, at first I wanted to follow the colors I put down but it wasn't working so well, the thing was becoming flat once more, so I took the basic colors out once again and started filling the lineart with them. In some areas the effect is pretty nice in others a bit less but the overall result is much better than I expected. (I got lazy with the background feathers yes)
So after quite some hours of work and 43 layers I was happy to say that the work was finished, here it is:
Red (TAZ challenge) by SakuraAlexia

Sakura Alexia

Okay here's the finished version of the fateful cover, the manual colored one.


As you can see I added a pokeball with a ribbon to cover up that nasty blank space at the top
I am not very good at coloring manually, I've never been, but I had fun, I gave it my best, to me it looks nice enough especially the shading as I'm absolutely terrible at shading and I like it a lot, I feel happy and proud of myself as this is way over my usual standards.
And you? what do you think? What do you think its good? What do you think its bad? What could have been better and what could have been worse? And most importantly which character is your favorite?
I'd love to hear your opinions, and don't worry I'll make this digital too, though it'll take quite some time.
See ya next time!

Sakura Alexia

Here's the second part where I inked the drawing and added a couple of things I forgot and fixed others, mostly Robin, where I added her cross, scars and fixed her top, and I added some hair to Trish as well.
No major changes or anything, though in a few spots my hand slipped and I ruined a few little things, I'm sorry for that but its not easy to do things well without a proper desk.
I have intention to add something in the space between Trish, Cade and Brina as I don't like the black space right there when I did everything to cover the space everywhere else, probably will be a Pokeball.
Next time I'll bring you the colored version, manually, not digitally, though I have intention of doing that too.

Lilac cover lineart.png

Sakura Alexia

Hi all, here I bring you one of my latest works.
Since I've been asked plenty of times how I draw my stuff I'm showing you what happens behind the scenes, my ways, my items, and my choices, commenting them right here for you.
Lilac cover sketch.png

This is what will be the cover picture of a folder I have at home dedicated on the project of the Pokemon Region of Lilac, and these here are the characters of its League.
As you can see what I bring you is a pretty big sketch of them all where I haven't erased anything yet, as you see there are round lines that were my guide on where each character had to be placed, the circles used for their heads are still visible too, there are also a few mistakes here and there too. 
In the first row we have, from left to right, the first four Gym Leaders.
In the top left corner we have the Poison type leader Serbis with his long hair and leather jacket, here, mostly for a lack of space I've unfortunately reduced a bit the proportions, resulting his head looking a bit bigger than how it should be, this has always been a problem to me for years but it's not as bad now.
Right on Serbis' right side we have the Fire type leader Cade, here there isn't much to say only that his hair weren't very easy to do, and look a bit like a torch to me, which isn't exactly a bad thing actually.
On the right side and a bit below from Cade there's the Ice type leader Brina, with her I had a bit of a scuffle between the hair and her scarf, which should have been a bit bigger too, my problem here is that I wasn't completely sure if I wanted her hair to stay covered by the scarf or not, as you see I decided to let them out later.
In the top right corner we have the Flying type leader Trish, the angle of her face was a bit tough to work with but since her neck is covered by the hair the problem was pretty much solved quickly, here I removed the two hairpins in her bangs from the original atrwork.
Okay now let's see the remaining four Gym Leaders.
Right below Trish we have the Psychic type leader Alexis, she's the one that changed the most from the original here, her side ponytail was leaning on her shoulder before while now its tied near her ear, I've also added some freckles because why not? 
In the middle of the page we have the Water type leader Sakura, here I didn't have much trouble except for the googles that I had to look up for a reference as I couldn't do them right, no matter how hard I tried.
On the left side below Serbis there's the Dark and Ghost type leader Lavender, no big trouble with her, just a tiny bit to the left side of her bangs but nothing that hard.
The last Gym Leader is located below Alexis, his name is Remus and used Ground types, he's the one I had trouble the most, the different shape of the face was a but hard to deal with but the biggest trouble of the entire work was his hat, it really took me a lot of time and tries to get it right, various lines that were erased are still visible.
Okay now I believe you may have noticed that there are a few canon characters between the OCs, they are Courtney, Volkner, Clair and Zinnia, and they're the Elite 4, there isn't much to say on them as they look pretty much the same as the original ones, their changes are mostly on their clothes, Courtney doesn't have her hoodie anymore, Volkner has a new jacket while Clair and Zinnia both got a new cape, the changes will be shown better with a proper work another time but these are the biggest ones.
And at the end, in the left corner we have the Champion, Robin, she wasn't all that hard, I've made her hair messier and for the first time I've shown her Mega Glove, her hand was tough but hands are tough to do.
I've noticed, a bit too late that I forgot to add more details on Robin, which are the necklace with the cross she wears and a few scars, but I'll make up to it.
I did this in 3 nights working from 10 pm to midnight for around 5/6 hours in total, my allies were a 3H pencil, a very light one, a compass, and the eraser, no more, no less.
Now this is all for this sketch, I will post other stages of the drawing as I progress, but for now I'm done.
Feel free to leave your comments, your impressions, your critiques, anything you wish I'll take it.

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