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.

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Lady acrobat character Bertha

Meet Bertha. She’s the leader of a sky acrobat team of heroines trained entertainers. Her specialty is the hula hoop and she handles one that weighs 20 pounds. Enemies are often thrown off by her surprising flexibility. Sometimes she gets intense cravings for chunky peanut butter and chocolate desserts. Hates climbing trees.skycandylady1

Inspired by a life drawing session with Austin’s SkyCandy.

Magnolia Monsters

I was dumping out prebath water by the magnolia tree when I suddenly found myself face to face with this little guy:

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It’s the leftover of a magnolia flower!

Look at all those textures! I thought it was the cutest little thing and felt inspired to create little magnolia creatures…

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So tempted to write a children’s book now…

Blackberry model

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Digital painting exercise in progress, inspired by a quick sketch of a friend who decided to pose with this Blackberry Q5…

I actually had a previous iteration in which her face was NOT turning out at all. Uh uh, it was unattractive. And I was losing sight of how I originally envisioned it with each adjustment, so finally I just redid it…

Here’s that process. Sorry about the scary floating heads…

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First order of business: Redo the initial base sketch. Figure out lighting and shading. Then add colors. Aaaaand, to be continued…

 

Catventures

6thgradeCats are fuuunnny creatures. I remember going through a cat phase when I was… 10 years old? By cat phase, I mean a time in my life when I drew something over and over again. As proof, here’s an embarrassing doodle from an early era of my life, recently discovered at the bottom of a desk drawer.

I did go through a horse and dog phase too, but the horse and dog that you see to the right are specifically characters from my first digital animation ever. Perhaps I’ll save that for a future post…

Well, I sort of went through a cat phase again this past winter which I spent with Snowball. I drew her tons. I wanted to capture her funny behavior:

 

 

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Well, I thought I’d capture this spirit in my first animation assignment for AnimSquad. So what makes them so funny, especially when they get all excited? You know, like how they suddenly dart out, or get scared and jump up in a smooth arc? Sometimes I even see a flipping movement while watching scramble around a corner, and it always looked so strange to me. Luckily, there are youtube videos of cats jumping around in slow motion. Here’s some sketches of one that was just CONSTANTLY tumbling around:

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Wow, I did NOT realize how much they flipped out!! Literally. It’s like their spine is made of rubber. You know how cats always land on their feet because they rotate half their body some 180 degrees? Well, they pretty much do that at any opportunity they’re airborne, even if it’s just for a split second. Can’t wait til I get a cat assignment to animate!

Painting a chicken

I feel like 90% of my posts have been a lot of unrefined sketchy sketches so far. What can I say? It’s quick and easy work to produce. Hense my go-to method when I need blog material STAT (if you think I made a typo, then it was actually a failed pun). By the way, I resist the temptation to post old artwork  just have something to post when I have nothing to post (does that make sense?). Only current stuff! Wouldn’t want my productivity to slack off. And ruin a progressing record of my development.

But now my blog is starting to look monotonous. So today I present… a colorful chicken painting!! It’s based off of a chicken I sketched on my badge while standing and waiting in super long lines at CTN. Here’s the original sketch:

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Ba GOK! Then I started throwing color over it. Like this:

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Horrible. I was randomly guessing at the values and shades. The more I painted this way, the more ugly it got. Uh uh. Stop now. Start over. This time, first figure out what the local colors are going to be. And while you’re at it, decide on a light source. In fact, just use Peanut as reference:

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Oh my, there’s a little more to chicken face anatomy than waddles and a beak. Figure out contours and do some development:

Designate some local colors, think about shading, and what do we get? A chicken in progress!

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Well, still far from done. However I already feel better about this one than that first attempt. And I assume the more I do, the faster I’ll get. Or at least, better? I hope.

To be continued!!!