It might be a bit of a stretch to call this a part of Plotober, as costume designs are purely aesthetic and will likely change over time, but nevertheless! Today I’m happy to share with you Ruby, Lazuli, Tiria, and Luna’s outfit designs!
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I’ve focused on these the past week or so as I felt I ought to get a better grasp of their outfits before I continue working on the cover. Now that the main four are done, I think I can ink the sketch. ^^ I’m hoping to finish the cover soon, but realistically it probably won’t be done until sometime in November at the earliest.
You may have noticed that Luna and Lazuli are in Western-style garb, while Ruby and Tiria are in Eastern-style. This is mainly due to personal preference; the world of The Third Turning includes areas inspired by different cultures, so there’s a lot of choice available. There’s also Tropical, Tribal, and Northern styles, for example; I just haven’t drawn any characters who wear those styles yet.
Now back to plotting. Today I’m tackling the timeline and some worldbuilding. Wish me luck~
This week for Inktober, I’m drawing larger portraits of the main characters of Rondo of the Rising Sun. So I’ll be sharing each girl’s character profile with you as I finish their portraits. :3 First up, we have the Rondo’s guild leader, Ruby!
I’ve been collecting professional artists’ markers for a while, but I’ve always been a little nervous to use them. Unlike digital art, traditional work – with paints, with pens, with markers – has no “undo” button. Yes, there are techniques to cover and incorporate mistakes; still, it is nerve-wracking for an artist who grew up with the safety net of CTRL+Z. So while I sketched these portraits in June, they remained only sketches while I thought about what to do with them. Leaving them as a sketch was no good, of course, so with a little nudging from Cloud, I finally sat down to ink and paint them last week. And if I messed up horribly, I could always re-do them digitally, after all. . . .
Luckily, I did not mess up horribly, so here they are!
The markers were a mix of Promarkers and ShinHan Touch markers (both alcohol-based) and a single pink Aquamarker (water-based). I found that the Promarkers and Touch markers blended quite nicely, and the Aquamarker layered nicely after the alcohol layer dried thoroughly. My Sakura Gelly Roll pen provided highlights – a real life-saver when you accidentally color over, say, the whites of the eyes, haha!
Time: 22 hours for both
Materials: mechanical pencil, Prismacolor Premier .05 pen, ShinHan Touch markers, Promarkers, Aquamarkers, Sakura Gelly Roll (white)