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The Sun King

© P. Lokhun 2014. All rights reserved.
My characterised version of King Louis XIV. I’m planning to feature him in one of my comics.
© P. Lokhun 2014. All rights reserved.
Work in progress shots. The final piece looks considerably different to the original sketch.

A stylised, characterised version of King Louis XIV (who was given the name “The Sun King”). He had the longest reign as a monarch in Western Europe (75 years)! Anyway, I had a go at painting him as I want to include him in a comic I am planning. I won’t say too much about it just yet, but its going to be set in historical France. I wanted to give this image a classic feel to it and tried to imitate baroque style paintings (classic painting always inspire me in some way ^_^).

I’ve decided to go ahead and plan out my comics. I’ve had so many ideas in my head for a very long time so I’m going to try my best to bring them out to fruition (I really hope I do u_u).

I Entered the Voltage Character Design Contest Last Year…

…But I didn’t place as a winner so I’ll post up my entry here on my blog :). I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to enter the competition but decided to give it a shot with only one week remaining (I really had to rush my entries, I should’ve learned by now not to leave things till the last minute). Entrants had to follow a given brief and there were two parts to the entry, two character designs and an illustration.

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Voltage contest entry part 1. Character A is a serious, lawyer type.
© Pamela Lokhun 2013. All rights reserved.
Voltage contest entry part 1. Character B is a mischievous, college student type.
© Pamela Lokhun 2013. All rights reserved.
Voltage contest entry, part 2. Random heroine caught in a sudden embrace with the lawyer character.
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Initial sketch drawn on paper and the simplified, edited sketch on Photoshop.

I spent so long on the actual designs I was only left with one day to get the illustration done :(. I would’ve preferred to spend more time on the illustration but never mind. It was a good experience overall :D. Details and winners of the contest can be viewed here.

 

Watercolour Practice

Artwork © Pamela Lokhun 2014
Keanu Reeves (painted with gouache and concentrated watercolours).
Artwork © Pamela Lokhun 2014
Work in progress shots of the painting stages.

I wanted to experiment and compare a watercoloured, “young and happy” portrait to the digital “serious and more mature” version I did previously. I actually completed this one before the digital one (I started this one shortly after I begun the other). Traditional mediums such as watercolours allow little room for mistakes (unlike digital art) so I was cautious about how I applied the colours (I had to be very delicate with it or I’d ruin the whole thing). It has been a very long time since I last touched my watercolours so this was refreshing to work on :).

 

Digital Painting Practice

Artwork © Pamela Lokhun 2014
Painted digitally on Photoshop CS2.
Artwork © Pamela Lokhun 2014
Work in progress stages in the painting process.

A digital painting of Keanu Reeves I did recently. Yep, I actually worked up the nerve to attempt painting a portrait directly on Photoshop. I was going to give up before even getting halfway through but I told myself not to (I think I did pretty good overall :))! I think I’ll try painting more like this in future.