Friday, August 29, 2014

Dragonfly Girl

I once wondered if I could draw a fairy that was more reminiscent of a dragonfly than a butterfly. This picture is the answer to that question. 

I finally remembered to use references for a drawing this time around, which really helped. Dragonfly wings are way bigger (proportionally) than I thought they were, and they have awesome stripe thingys on them. Fantastic, no? This picture was sketched in pencil, outlined in pen, and colored in colored pencil. It's about eight inches tall, and I was trying to portray a girl that made you think of a dragonfly. I really love the dragonfly-esque look I ended up with. :D

I think I've put up enough pictures now that you'll have a general idea of my style and what I draw. Also, feedback! I love hearing what all y'all think about my pictures, so please don't be afraid to leave comments. Thanks!

Why Can't Flamingos Be Griffins?

It's funny how many things begin with me sitting, bored, with a notebook of some sort in reach. Let me tell you a story: 

Once upon a time, I got bored and decided to draw a flamingo/griffin thing to stave off my boredom. I ended up with a funny looking thing that looked nothing like a griffin. He was trying so hard to pull off the whole "I'm an awesome looking griffin!" look, but he just couldn't pull it off. And so, the caption "Why can't flamingos be griffins?" was added.
The end.

This sketch took maybe five minutes (at most), but the bird's expression is enough to make me grin every time I see it. Technique wise, I think this piece isn't much good, but it cracks me up, and that makes it worth keeping around. Looking back, I see quite clearly why my dear bird can't be a griffin: A griffin is a lion/eagle mixture. This confused fellow seems to be a flamingo/antelope mixture. Oh well.

My bird is about nine inches tall, and drawn in graphite pencil. I find it funny that the third question I'm supposed to answer, "What were you trying to portray?", is usually answered by me shrugging and saying "I'm not entirely sure. I was really just messing around."

Brandon Sanderson Character Minis

Okay, so one day I was staring blankly at a piece of paper, wondering what to draw, and I ended up sketching Vin, a character from the novel Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (my favorite author). After a moment I thought "What if I drew little, mini, adorable versions of people from a bunch of Brandon's novels!?" And so it began.

I ended up with Vin and Elend from Mistborn: the Final Empire, Vivenna and Siri from Warbreaker, 
Sarene from Elantris, and, of course, Shallan and Kaladin from The Way of Kings. Being the very smart and resourceful person that I am, I rushed through the sketches without even thinking to look in the books for descriptions of any of them.

But, overall, with me drawing from memory, I think that they ended up looking pretty nice. (Except for the hands. Why is it always the hands?!)

This drawing was sketched in pencil, outlined in pen, and colored in with colored pencils. Each character is about two inches tall.

Of course, if you've never read anything by Brandon Sanderson, I insist that you go find the nearest copy of anything penned by him. That man is a mad genius. He has some of the best fantasy books you will find anywhere.

Mythical Creature

What happens when your friend challenges you to draw a cross between a unicorn and a dragon?

...Well, this. I based the "dragon" part of the creature on an Asian dragon, rather than a European one, which made designing the creature a thousand times earlier. This drawing was sketched in pencil, outlined in pen, then colored in with colored pencils. It's around ten inches long. I'm quite happy with how it turned out, especially the fur/feathers/whatever-they-might-be. The blue green colored turned out even better than I imagined it would. :)

Spidey Sketch

Here's your friendly neighborhood Spiderman! What do you think, does he look amazing? Spectacular?

The other day I was bored, and there was a sketchbook, so this was the result. Halfway through I had that awkward moment when you realize that you don't know what Spiderman looks like. Thank goodness for Google!

My Spidey's about four inches tall, done in number two graphite pencil, and I was trying to portray Spiderman. I'd never actually drawn Spidey before, so I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. It's not my best work, but I think it turned out pretty well.

Sidewalk Chalk Sandy

Hello again, my fine friends! Here is an illustration I did of Sanderson man Snoozie, aka Sandman, from William Joyce's book series The Guardians of Childhood. Which I love to death, because they are FANTASTIC. (Seriously, go read them)

This Sandy's...what, three feet across? I did the sketch a week or two ago, and it rained the next day. Let's go with approximately three feet across. The material I used was sidewalk chalk (notice how he's conspicuously drawn in the shade, out of the summer sun). In this sketch, I was trying to portray Sandy, and how incredibly happy he is. Also, how happy his hair makes me. I mean, look at it! It's breathtaking. Anyway, I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. His hair was super fun to draw. It's seriously as fun to draw as look at, if not more.

Also, I highly recommend checking out the work of William Joyce. He's a talented artist and author.

Charizard Pancake

Here's my first post! I normally don't do too much 3D art, but a while back I was making what I have dubbed "abstract art" pancakes, and I made a pancake that looks uncannily like the Pokemon Charizard! It was completely unintentional, but, hey! An amazing pancake is an amazing pancake, right?

Okay, so the size is about 3 inches in diameter; the materials I used were pancake batter, a griddle, a stove, and a spatula; and I was trying to portray... I'm not actually sure. It turned out as a Charizard, but when I was making it, I was just messing around, experimenting with pouring bits of batter onto the griddle at different times. :D

The Charizard illustration came from an article on Pokemon Wiki.