Robaato's Corner

Apr 15

Blazin’ Axels~
20 min. quickie~

Blazin’ Axels~

20 min. quickie~

I have so many ideas for finished fan art illos but no time to finish them so all I can do is rough scribbly mockups of them, I’m so sad right now.
Dat Command Mission X.
40 Mins.

I have so many ideas for finished fan art illos but no time to finish them so all I can do is rough scribbly mockups of them, I’m so sad right now.

Dat Command Mission X.

40 Mins.

Another one!
Ai is so fun to draw, maybe because she’s very charismatic in her work so it’s really fun to capture her kinda personality. She’s definitely one of my top 5 muses.
Despite the looseness, mainly on the body, this took a little bit over an hour; mainly because when doing pseudo-realism, I tend to spend so much time on the face to capture the likeness. And you still end up being a bit off in the end, but hey as long as the subject/person’s distinguishable… But likeness-capturing is such a fun exercise for the brain.

Another one!

Ai is so fun to draw, maybe because she’s very charismatic in her work so it’s really fun to capture her kinda personality. She’s definitely one of my top 5 muses.

Despite the looseness, mainly on the body, this took a little bit over an hour; mainly because when doing pseudo-realism, I tend to spend so much time on the face to capture the likeness. And you still end up being a bit off in the end, but hey as long as the subject/person’s distinguishable… But likeness-capturing is such a fun exercise for the brain.

yungcreate asked: What is your best tip to give to someone who wants to be better at their art?

Uhhhhm…. never give up & keep at trying to find ways to become better and always keep practicing and drawing?

I dunno, that’s all I’ve got. Because that’s what I live by!

Or you can just keep this on repeat all day, erry’ day: 

Apr 14

jrailafro asked: How many hours do you draw a week?

Too many to keep track of, LOL.

Freestyle breakie of my favorite J-Idol, Ms. Shinozaki~

Freestyle breakie of my favorite J-Idol, Ms. Shinozaki~

I was originally going to find some time to draw new Zero Suit Samus after the Smash Direct, but since Alex posted a really fuggin’ awesome shoe compilation, I was inspired to make my own rocket-powered kicks for her. I don’t mind the official heels btw.

I was originally going to find some time to draw new Zero Suit Samus after the Smash Direct, but since Alex posted a really fuggin’ awesome shoe compilation, I was inspired to make my own rocket-powered kicks for her. I don’t mind the official heels btw.

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Apr 12

Stop, Drop, and ROLL~

Stop, Drop, and ROLL~

I can just imagine the rap lyrics that accompany this pic:
"HYAAHHH hyah HYAHHHHH/SAHH syah SYAHHHH!"

I can just imagine the rap lyrics that accompany this pic:

"HYAAHHH hyah HYAHHHHH/SAHH syah SYAHHHH!"

I don’t draw the Blissettes enough~!

I don’t draw the Blissettes enough~!

This week’s Rat Rage page is up! Enjoy!

This week’s Rat Rage page is up! Enjoy!

Apr 11

chronolog-esq asked: Hey Robaato! I'm a huge fan of your works and have been heavily inspired by you for a while now and finally built up the courage to send you a message! I was wondering if you could possibly give me a few pointers on coloring or send me in the right direction of how to make my colors less flat looking in my lines. I absolutely adore the way you color and never get bored of seeing your new works as a result so I was wondering if you could help me out a bit! PS. SENPAI PLEASE NOTICE ME!

Hahaha, well I’m honored to be one of your senpais, first off. :)

I don’t know your specific issue, as I don’t know how your art looks, but if you have an issue with your colors appearing flat, that probably means you need to understand how form works, first off. 

If you think your colors are flat looking, then that’s probably the reason, because “flatness” is a definition of texture/form. If the world was flat like Columbus toted, then there’d be no gradation of shade when you look at the Earth. The sun would hit it and it’d be a consistent color, like light hitting a plane/side of a cube. 

So before even thinking about color, I approach things in terms of lighting and value first, color always second. Value involves the form. Knowing how something is shaped in 3-dimensional space will improve your coloring HEAPS by knowing how shadows should fall and where they should fall based on the lighting.

Then you take into account proper color theory, mood, contrast, saturation, vibrancy and that all adds up. But that’s something you can tackle and learn about after you get a hold of form. Baby steps, yo.

But form follows function. :)

slvrnightx asked: I didn't even know you had a tumblr! Just wanted to say I really enjoy your art style and love how X-23 looks in it. She's one of my favorite Marvel characters, so it was great to see her.

Thank you! X-23 is one of my faves too. I’m a closet Marvel (and DC, but mainly Batman) fanboy (I grew up with Marvel, what kid into cartoons and comics and art hasn’t? XD), and X-Men is pretty much my favorite IP right above Spidey. 

It’s just these days I don’t hold as much interest in Marvel/DC like I used to because of various reasons, beyond the movies. But I’m definitely a fan at heart. :)

arkhivez asked: Sorry if you get asked this a lot, but: Do you ever face focus/concentration issues while working on art? What do you do/have you done to combat those issues?

I used to have this problem very regularly. 

I love video games, so they were always on my mind. Then sometimes I’d get depressed because hey, I’m an artist and all artists get depressed at times whether they say so or not. Then sometimes, life gets in the way. (Ohhhh, life, how we love you.) Then sometimes I just don’t feel like drawing at all for unknown reasons. But I know I do love to draw and create.

So I made a personal system that keeps me going. Like I said a couple of weeks back, I’m always at my desk working on things, sometimes menial things (yes, even sometimes with Cryamore, my own property. Some tasks are just UGH). Sometimes, it’s just hard, hard work and can sap you just as much as working on something that you loathe working on like Graphic Design or a boring job (I HATE Graphic Design).

So this is what I do: I set aside time to draw something for myself just to enjoy. Usually that’s fanart or a pinup of a sexy gal or something, because that’s just something I enjoy doing. It keeps me motivated and helps me to stay focused on my more important job(s). It also reminds me that I’m not as useless as I think I am when I do quick things like that because working on something for a long time without any kinda direct result can give you some kinda… inverted… tunnel vision. Taking time to do things that help keep you motivated knocks your vision back into place.

And that can be anything. Play a game, watch a movie, read a book- whatever it is that you enjoy and can set a reasonable limit as to how much you involve yourself in it, can be a refreshing thing for your focus and concentration when you get back to the drawing board. :)