Bizarre Ballads Entry (May 2020)
This is my first ever piece of art that I did for a collaboration project, which was set up by the GO!GO! Collabs Discord Server. In this collab, titled "Bizarre Ballads," myself and many other artists recreated our favorite album covers using characters from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. I based my entry off of the "Going Blank Again" album cover by Ride, and I decided to recreate the album cover using the character Josuke Higashikata, the protagonist of the series' 8th part. I used the paintbrush and pencil tools for both the character and the background, and did all of this without any outlines due to the nature of the original album.
This piece actually went through three iterations, with the second iteration including a bunch of details and changes that I forgot to add the first time. The third and final iteration that you see here came as a result of a sudden idea. Initially, the objects covering the eyes were supposed to be soap bubbles, as Josuke's ability in part 8 involved the use of soap bubbles with star shaped marks on them. I then remembered a moment in the manga that involved the fusion of lemons and oranges (I am not kidding, this is an actual thing that happens) and decided to use that to cover the eyes.
Working on this gave me a slight interest in doing art, as I was proud of the final product, although I didn't fully embrace my art drive until the next collab.
Araki Anew Entry (August 2020)
This collaboration, also managed by the GO!GO! Server, is what officially gave me my art drive. In this collaboration, everyone who signed up was allowed to recreate up to three official sketches by Hirohiko Araki, the creator of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The objective was to "complete" these sketches and draw the characters and poses in our styles. This was long before I figured out what I wanted my style to be like, and I was more focused on creating finished poses.
I used Photoshop for everything. When outlining the poses, I traced the sketch. All of the other details, on the other hand, simply used the sketch as a reference. I picked out the color scheme for Johnny (first picture) because I wanted to make my own color scheme for that drawing, and I doubt anyone has ever tried giving him a cherry color scheme before. I also included the fire inside his eyes since it is utilized in the part that Johnny is from in the manga (It is commonly referred to as "Dark Determination").
For the drawing of Josuke (second picture), I chose the background and setting because the original sketch gave me a free-fall feeling, and I wanted to bring that idea to life. The split colors on the eyes were included since they are a part of his character design, and the color scheme is from an official drawing of the character. I was also given a suggestion to add highlights around the character to emphasize that he is in the sky.
As mentioned previously, working on this collab gave me the motivation to continue doing digital art, and helped me fully embrace my art drive.
Fandom A-Go! Go! Entry (October 2020)
This is my most recent collab work, and is another collab by members of the GO!GO! Server. The idea was artists mixed two series together in some form. This included drawing non-Jojo characters in the Jojo art style, drawing Jojo characters in non-Jojo art styles, or what I did and just mix them together into one idea. I decided to turn three of the protagonists from Stardust Crusaders (Left to right: Kakyoin, Jotaro, Polnareff) into Kamen Riders based on both their Stand Abilities and the tarot theme of that part of Jojo.
I used Photoshop for everything, from the sketching process to the final coloring and shading. I made individual files for every character before putting each of them in this singular portrait. I also grabbed the Jojo and Kamen Rider logos off of Google images, and the Fandom A-Go! Go! picture was made by the owners of the GO!GO! Server.
Jotaro and Kakyoin's colors are mainly based off of their Stand's colors in the current anime, while Polnareff's colors are based off of his Stand's color scheme from the 90s OVA series.
This drawing caused me to change directions with my art once it was finished. By the time I was making this, I had begun using the Mixer Brush Tool for my line art, as it helped make my line art look more jagged and pointy. After some struggles with making the line art look great on this drawing, I decided it was best that I just use the pencil tool for everything and just stylize the line art on my own.
SBR A-Go! Go! Entry (December 2020)
The big collaboration piece that this was a part of still has yet to be finished, however I am still proud enough of how this turned out to include it here.