[Art] Landscapes, cityscapes and all in between

As someone who doesn't have much ability in terms of creating or putting together landscapes, animals, or backgrounds in general - that is to say likely anything except humans (whom I can't even draw properly) - I really have to admire artists who are able to produce such beautiful cityscape and landscape artworks. If you've ever seen any of my artworks and wondered by the background has been left utterly white, well you know now.

One of my current favourite talented landscape artists I discovered today while looking at the 'FamilyMart' tag on a site other than Pixiv, but I soon ended up over at Pixiv itself to find out more. I've been intrigued by the convenience store chain ever since I discovered that they have a partnership/collaboration with Vocaloid, and Hatsune Miku appears in commercials, and wears the FamilyMart staff uniform in various figures. The artist I'm talking about today goes by the name of ふぉ~ど (fuo~do?) and the first artwork I saw of his is still my favourite, 天蓋 (Canopy/Dome), and even has a sense of humour embedded in the image if you look closely enough (or at the link in the illustration's description).

His kind of lineless drawing is not yet something I can achieve, but is something I love greatly. There are no clear outlines to the drawing, yet everything is well defined. Everything all looks as though it has been painted on with a digital brush. Of course, that is by no means an unusual style, but it is still a style which he carries off very well. Yet at the same time, the angularity of some of his other cityscapes creates the effect of the image almost appearing like a photograph in its sharpness and solidarity. A great use of shadow and light.

But the thing that stands out with his artworks is regardless of the time of day or the subject matter, his images all have an inherent vibrance which speaks of great colour choices and combinations - an area I'm more than willing to admit I need more work in. No matter how dark the image, it is still broke up by warm patches of colour. There is such intricate detail.

Funny enough, as a predominantly digital artist these days (a far cry from the mostly traditional art I did 3-4 years ago), what I love to try to do most is to emulate the effect of traditional media while on a computer. With a computer you have a greater degree of flexibility and therefor a greater opportunity to try and work with different media as all your resources are usually bundled in the one graphics program, which for some may be Photoshop, others may be Corel Draw, PaintTool SAI or whatever else.

The only problem with this approach is brush settings, and these may or may not work depending on the version of the graphics software you are running. It takes a long time to develop the exact settings in a brush you are looking for and developing the style that works for you. So despite the fact that tutorials on sites such as deviantArt often provide a wonderful resource as to discover what the capabilities of your program may be, I often find them lacking as they don't always assist me in achieving the effect I want and don't quite explore the dimension of the problem I am trying to solve in order to achieve the effect I want. But I could expect no more from a free source. If you were interested though, this is my favourite hair tutorial and my favourite eye tutorial.

My all time favourite form of colouring is still soft CGI, but there is still so much potential in cel shading, it's hard to ignore. And indeed, why should you? A good artist knows all kinds of ways to colour and many different styles of drawing. Some even hop on a computer and are seemingly able to colour just as well with a tablet as with a set of paintbrushes. I don't have this kind of talent or creativity, but hopefully with practice I'll get there someday.

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Well, some things change, but some things don't change.

Sliced up image (my apologies) by ふぉ~ど on Pixiv.