Cheshire Catting #2

Even though this theme is done and over, I still have more I want to do (like making a 3d model)… I had a lot of fun ideas brewing while working on this guy, so I really should do them justice.

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This design is a hybrid of my favorite one (see previous post) and someone else’s favorite. I would have like to keep more of the deranged mad look from the latter in this version, but then, the character’s pose became more of an intrigue to me, and I started thinking about way the character would move all slinky and disorienting.

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Cheshire Catting #1

Ahh yeah, this month’s theme is Alice in Wonderland! In choosing which character to do, because you can only choose one, the first one I thought of after Alice was the Cheshire Cat. So I did a bit of research on good ol’ google to establish a few requirements. Then I started doodling. These are my second pass doodles. My first pass is on paper as always, and I don’t have a scanner or a camera.

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According to this source, the Cheshire cat may have been inspired by grinning lions. Wouldn’t it be fun to design a mane on this character?? I was getting ready to try that, but I got distracted by another thought. If the cat’s gender isn’t specified, I can design it as a female. The book refers to the cat as an “it.” The only time I found it given a gender is when the Queen of Hearts says “Off with his head.” Darn, I was really hoping it would remain a mystery. But I could just dismiss the Queen’s dialogue as not accurate. If it’s not the narrators words, it’s not necessarily law of the storyland, right? I mean, maybe the Queen probably wasn’t paying attention. She didn’t know the cat.

I wasn’t being very careful and made the cat look like it was growling at first, so after tweaking the shape of the smile, I figured out how to distinguish the difference between drawing growling and grinning. It’s very subtle, but since different muscles around the mouth are engaged for different expressions, just figure out which muscles they are by doing it yourself. Grrrrr!!! and Heeeee!!!

Other characteristics I’ve ascertained about this cat: good-nature looking, long claws, many teeth (and hence respectable), lovely green eyes, and sitting on a horse chestnut tree. Other designs:

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My favorite is this last one.

 

2017 Inktober – First half

 

My 2017 Inktobers for the first half of the month:

Day 1 – Swift:

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Day 2 – Divided:

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Day 3 – Poison:3_poison-72

Day 4 and 5 combined because I missed day 4 – Underwater and Long:4-5_underwater-long-72

Day 6 – Sword:6_sword-72Day 7-14 – FAIL! I didn’t draw anything… ūüė¶ ūüė¶

Day 15 – Mysterious:

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Lady Acrobat Character Lula

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This is Lula. Oldest in her team, youngest at heart. She spent her childhood in the circus, growing up as a trapeze artist. Her preferred method of transportation is swinging.
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skycandylady3_danglingThe glass is always half full to her. While super courageous, or perhaps just very happy go lucky, she is also mischievous and always losing things, much to the annoyance of her friends. Though troublesome at times, her cheery disposition and amazing energy make up for her shortcomings.

 

Inspired by a life drawing session with SkyCandy of Austin.

Lady acrobat character Corinne

skycandylady2_peepingMeet Corinne. She has a weakness for¬†accessories and cute puppies, but hates it when¬†cute puppies are used as accessories. Ironically,¬†she can turn any accessory into a deadly weapon. Elegant, attractive, deadly. Enemies¬†are fooled by¬†her flirty shyness, a coy strategy¬†to combat¬†muscle and brute strength. She’s actually very practical, enjoys¬†exotic culture, and reads¬†science fiction novels.

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Inspired by a life drawing session with SkyCandy of Austin.