Yesterday, I stumbled on to some promotional videos for Cintiq, which is a series of really nice (aka expensive) tablets. I happen to have a Bamboo, which if by the same company, Wacom. Anyway, the interesting thing is, they decided to have some artists whom I rather like to do live drawings.
Kishida Mel, who designed Atelier Rorona and the original Sora no Woto, among other things.
I rarely watch these kinds of videos, because A: most of the people who are drawing just aren’t that good and B: they usually give out instructions, if any, in Japanese. I’ve been drawing for a while, so I can generally figure out what people are doing, but some of them mess with all kinds of functions on PS which is might as well be hieroglyphics to me (have you ever seen the photoshop instruction manual? It’s monstrous. I can’t figure what most of the stuff does, which is why I don’t use it that often). But, I really like this series of videos. Probably because the artists don’t do the generic approach (see example of the generic approach here).
Also a part of the series is
Redjuice, known for working with Supercell and drawing “world is mine”, among other things.
Kei, known for designing Miku, Luka, Rin, and Len, among other things.
今泉昭彦, whose art I recognize but can’t quite name…
The scary thing? All of these were drawn in around 30 minutes.
These types of videos, when I like them, tend to elicit one of these 3 effects from me.
1) I liked them before, but I like them even more now that I know how they draw. Ex: pixel phantom (note: crap quality, nico’s better).
2) I like the way they draw, but geez, it looked better when it was half finished! Ex: this guy (really, I honestly think it looked better when he showed the lineart).
3) I didn’t like the art style, before or after, but I have to admit that the way they draw is seriously awesome. Ex: this guy (all of THAT, on ONE layer, holy cow. Even my art teacher, who is a professional painter and owned a design firm before deciding that he wanted to relax a bit, said that he wouldn’t want someone like that as competition. Again though, quality is awful).
If you find these to be interesting or helpful, I would also recommend that you check out some of the promo videos from Illustudio, which seems to be a nice, gimmicky, little program.
They’re a bit on the generic side, but it’s still interesting.