This picture is actually my 2 friends living in Singapore, drawn last year. Very cute, lah!! I was looking to draw a couple together in a cute funny situation involved with gaming, so naturally I turned to them. There were a few ideas I pitted out, such as the door being barricaded shut by the guy, and the girl successfully sawing a hole in the ceiling to break in, but we thought this was the best idea of the lot. Perhaps I’ll go back to those old ideas sometime in the future…
I remember this piece taking quite a while to not only plan, but to draw out and edit. I hardly often draw 2 characters physically interacting so closely with each other, so it was a new challenge for me I needed to undergo. Often in the past when I would attempt a piece like this, the characters would be different sizes to each other, plus appear “distant” (hard to describe, like they were drawn separately and pasted together), I was just simply crap at drawing couples closely together. Actually now I remember this final piece was the 2nd attempt I did – the first one just simply didn’t work out well (the image is below). Very happy I scrapped it and completely started from scratch, I’m extremely happy as to how it finally turned out, especially considering my poor experience drawing couples.
Originally there was no background, cos let’s face it, sometimes backgrounds can be tedious to draw, and potentially ruin an image, especially if you feel like “Aww, do I have to?” But thanks to the use of shadow and lighting effects, it now looks like they are in an actual room and not floating around in space. Actually I really do dig those shading effects, they look fantastic, if I do say so myself 😀 Really gives a true feeling of depth to the otherwise flat 2D characters. Also, if you’re wondering why on earth there is a controller in the speech bubble whilst he’s clearly playing on a PC (probaly Minecraft or Diablo 3), I wanted a universal symbol that represents gaming, like the heart represents love. Just thought I’d point that out, for the pedantic out there.
One thing that bothered me the most about this piece was the guys right arm behind the girl. No matter what I did and how many times I redrew it, it just didn’t look right. It was either too long, too short or at a weird angle, so sadly this was the best I could do. Not so good, but it doesn’t look nearly as bad as before. One final thing I want to add about the couple is that they are wearing socks. Unfortunately I’m not particularly good at drawing feet, especially at an angle, so all my attempts to draw them where futile. After probably the 10th attempt, I gave up in sweaty frustration, and just simply drew socks on them, which only took 1 attempt. What a cheater!! So for those of you who are stating “I’m from Singapore, why you wear socks lah!!” well, that is the reason why.
Below image is the original line drawing, given to my 2 friends 😀 I’m suprised I didn’t wear the paper out or create permanent smudges, judging on the amount of times I rubbed out the arms and feet trying to draw them correctly.
And here we have the first attempt I made at this piece, before scrapping it and starting anew. The right image is basically = FPS MODE OFF [ON]. You can see how bad it was, from the girl being the same size as the guy despite her bent posture, to the lack of emotion and how static they appear to be. So glad I stepped back and redid this one!
Note the coloured tape on my pens – this is so I know which size the pen line is without having to look for and read the number on the side. I based the idea on Special Forces teams who put coloured tape on their guns and magazines to colour code them from each other. Handy that!