Hi, my name is Caroline Nyman also known as Ploopie on the net. I'm a self-taught digital artist from Sweden. I am not a professional in this area, this is just my hobby for now but I hope one day, somehow, somewhere I could work with art. Keep in mind that this is not a tutorial how to draw or paint it's simply just an explanation how I created this artwork.
This painting was created for the "Plans Gone Wrong" contest on DeviantArt.com. I do not have a lot of images saved from the process but I'll show you what I have and try to explain how I work as good as I can.
Paper and pen
Wacom Intous 4
I always start off with trying to imagine the picture in my head.
This always happens in the middle of the night when I have to sleep..
I "day dream" of how the picture could look like, how the characters move, what they say, how they interact with each other, imagine the story behind the picture etc. The more I plan it in my head the better the result will become.
This is what PaintTool Sai looks like and how I organize my work space. I have an area where I paint and an extra space above it to add references and thumbnails. I choose to have it like this so I can always see the references and the thumbnails without them being on top of the painting.
Those highlighted in green are the tools I use the most. Here you can also see what some of them do.
Water tool is my favourite at this moment.
Since this was for a contest I had to use certain stock images of pandas, pies and lamps. Minimum one of each. I was allowed to create it in any medium as long the pie, panda and the lamp were recognizable to the original stock image, I couldn't alter it too much or it would have been disqualified.
I normally use references when drawing, most of the time I use a mirror to see my own face and body. This helps a lot when you want a certain pose or an expression in a character's face. I also photograph a lot of things.