Been thinking about Mr. Kiasu. There are probably some words that should go here too about how the Mr. Kiasu comics gave me a cultural claim to a country that I’m largely ignorant of, despite my ancestry.
Okay I had a nice weekend sans-Blaugust posts, and I’m still undecided about whether I’ll be making catchup posts.
In the meantime, I better get back to posting before I lose all motivation! I mentioned last week that I opened an Etsy store. Well one of the fun parts of having an Etsy store is sending out letters. Scribbling a thing on each letter I’ve sent out has been a good little exercise. However I’ve found it pretty nerve-wracking as I haven’t planned the drawings at all.
For first envelope, I decided to utilise the top right area for Zapdos’ head. Then I realised that’s where the stamps needed to go. So I rewrote the address upside down and put the stamps in the new “top right” of the envelope.
Lesson learned. I avoided that mistake with the following envelopes.
For the legendary trio I ried for a cute little design, I don’t think the brush pen was the best choice to convey such small little figures.
I drew this Moltres envelope while waiting for lunch. The biro was much less scary to work with. I don’t normally do shading/hatching like this but I think it worked out okay.
Today’s sketches cover some birdy ideas for designs that could be turned into brooches or pendants, similarly to how I painted the Callie and Marie charms. Most of these were painted with a brush pen without any pencil sketch underneath – considering that I’m pretty pleased with a couple of them.
I’m playing around with a few birds and animals, I should probably pick a design to finalise before moving onto the next animal but if you have a creature that you’d like me to sketch up let me know and I’ll see what I come up with.
I drew this one after some early gameplay footage of Smash Bros for WiiU was seen. In it, people observed Olimar’s Pikmin bringing him items. Someone observed it would be somewhat humorous if the helpful little guys brought dangerous items to Olimar!
I have no idea how I forgot to draw in the bob-omb’s limbs and face. I had them pencilled in but when it came time to ink I just went into “it’s just a bomb” mode I guess.
So I was lazy and I spent most of the day playing Dominion but I did work on what was probably going to be my post on Thursday, but I didn’t get a change to draw any Diplomats in Hats but I do have some old from-life sketches I can use to cheat my way through today’s required post.
Here is my buddy Connell (you may remember him from his series of guest posts that he provided in Blaugust 2011). Although largely a Nintendo Fanboy I managed to capture evidence of him enjoying his new Sony Vita. I sketched him while we were at a house-warming party. I think pizza must have arrived before I was able to finish drawing his left arm.
No progress made on Megas. Might wake up early and work on them while watching the VGC finals.
We rather enjoy watching the tennis whenever it comes on TV! I also like to pull out my sketchbook and see if I can draw the players while they’re playing. It’s a tricky challenge but much like gesture drawing it encourages me to focus on the main movement and lines of the figures in order to capture the essence of the action.
Some of these sketches are rather old but I’m quite pleased with the way they came out. There are a few scribblings here that aren’t based on tennis players – when I was getting frustrated at not getting opportunities to draw things then I’d just doodle other stuff.
This month I’ll be featuring fan art for five different webcomics. The plan was to do inks on Friday and watercolour them on Wednesday, but I might end up using Wednesday for different arts.Anyway, there are a few themes for the characters featured this month. They’re all ladies. Many of them have layered personae or alternate identities.
The most complicated of these is Rita – or Ritas – from Egypt Urnash’s aptly named Decrypting Rita. The story revolves around the reality warping adventures of the various Ritas. Frequently told as multiple stories in one, the comic employs many clever visual tricks to keep the action moving across the four main realities.
I started the thumbnail for this one on Tuesday, when I realised that I wanted to substitute Rita in for one of the five characters I’d be featuring this month. The scribble quickly evolved and suddenly Rita went from being the week 5 post to being the first one of the month.
The thumbnail has been done over a couple of other scribbles – the figures in the middle right and in the top left are part of completely separate ideas. (One of them is a sketch of someone on the bus. The other is just a figure extrapolated from random lines on the page)
Here’s the picture transferred to watercolour paper and inked. I completely winged the fingers because I’d left the hands as mittens in my sketch. Mostly I think I got away with it except for Robot Rita’s right hand.