Weekend Sketches

Sketches from this weekend.

I was away from home but took a my sketchbook with me and managed to be extremely self indulgent when it came to drawing!

It was really nice to be able to give a bit of love to my own characters for once – I’ve actually been falling in love with my own art style recently; because I feel like I have been putting a lot of hard work into drawing lately and pushing my drawing in the direction I’d like to take it.

I know what I need to work on as well, which is always something worth knowing.

It feel really good to finally feel settled in what I am doing when it comes to artwork.

So here we have;

  • Amnion Bust – Amnion is a character I adopted aaaaaages ago from Boltbunny on Furaffinity. I don’t even have the original images of him anymore (sadface) and I’ve only recently remembered about him. He was a lot of fun to draw
  • Demitri – I’ve been thinking up an Alternative Universe for some of my characters which is set in the mental hospital PillsBrooke Hospital and all the characters there are seen through the eyes of Devon (Who is pictured next) and Demitri is the GP there, but seeing as Devon hates him, she sees him more of a vintage Dr/Sawbones.
  • Devon – All Glamfur’d and everything. I’ll write another post in a little bit about Glamfur~
  • I Zombie – I don’t remember when I last drew I Zombie; probably last time I saw Circus of Horrors. I was wondering how I could get him into the same AU mentioned above, what I could do to change him and honestly, the answer is nothing!! Story wise, I think he’s Devons psychologist and cause she thinks he is amazing, she sees him the way he has always been to me.
  • Jenn – Here she is with her old Jenntula look. Honestly, I just wanted to draw her hair that way again.

 

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Llama?

Llama

 

This character came about purely due to DeviantArt’s llama badge thing it has going on!
I left a forum post, asking people to trade llamas, and one of my friends on dA, left an amusing comment about giving me a ‘slime covered llama.’ If you’re not aware, they’re into tentacles and that sort of thing; they’re an awesome person and I found it rather humorous, so I replied saying that I should make a character based upon the comment left.

So, they gave be a bit more description to go upon.

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And thus, Ika, was born!

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Hello everyone

So, here we go, the start of sharing my anthro artwork with the ‘wider world’ as mentioned/promised in my previous post.

Also, a quick shout out to the person who commented on that post. Your worlds meant a lot to me and I’ve been thinking about them a lot. Sorry I can’t thank you in person, because I have no idea who you are from the name that was left! It’s got me scratching my head – but thank you regardless.

So, on with the pictures.

I’ve been doing a few ‘Redraws’ lately – where I take one of my older pictures and draw them again; using the same character – there have been some modifications to designs where some of the characters have changed over the years though.

They have been a lot of fun to do; because I was once told ‘You’ll never improve as an artist if all you do is copy other people.’ At the time I took the words to heart, because I was rather new on the anthro art scene and the person who told me was really popular at the time; I don’t think they understood the word influence! All I have really done with my anthro art since I started was copy poses from magazines and use “fashion” blogs/boards/pictures as inspiration for outfits.

So, here we are~

 

Hopefully, you can tell the original from the redraw!!

 

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Looks like Photovember fizzled out for me; but I lasted longer than I thought I would.

It wasn’t for lack of enjoyment of taking photographs again, but more for the fact that it seemed so.. pointless. The aim was to introduce people to the world that I live in, but all I discovered that was I don’t stray much further than a 2 mile radius from my house. I go to toddler groups (where I wouldn’t take the camera anyway) and the local park; which, as wonderful as it is, I don’t think would make for great viewing for a whole month.

The other thing I realised was that I put more time and effort into drawing than anything else. It’s something that I rarely even think about posting up on here; unless I’ve not posted for several days/months and I really feel like I should post something. Anything!

Maybe I should change that, make the blog a hub for my characters and drawings as much as my deviantart account is?

I’ll schedule some stuff up and see how we get along.

I think there is some sort of ‘fear’ about opening myself up with my usual sort of art. It’s safe over on devArt, because I’ve been there so long and it’s what I know and the people I am friends with over there know me through my anthro/furry art. Here, it’s like opening up to the world; combining my ‘lives’ all together, but I think it’s time for me to do so.

Especially after realising that photography isn’t in me like it used to be – I draw this sort of thing very day, (more or less) and have done since 2003; so I really shouldn’t feel so concerned with opening up a bit more about it now. Who knows, putting it on my website might open up a few more doors for me.

It’s Great to Create – Review

Title: It’s great to createimg_0557
Author
: Jon Burgerman
Published by
: Chronicle Books
Publication date: 1 Aug. 2017
Genre: Art & Creativity
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Source: Amazon

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I think the first thing I am going to say about this book is my concern for those who are using older black and white ereaders – this is a visual book and I don’t know how well it would translate to the more basic technological offerings. You’d also miss out on getting a cut out of your own alien space-ship!

That being said, I think the best format for any visual books is in paperback/hardback/physical form as there is something a lot more enjoyable about getting your own pen marks all over a book that is teaching you how to create with pens – which is encouraged in the sleeves of the book. To hold it’s also wonderful quality, so you’re really getting your monies worth when you buy a physical copy.

To sum up this book in a single word. Fun. It is packed full of ideas and games to play while you create your own doodles. It’s not a guidebook per-say, it’s a book that shows you that art doesn’t have to be high brow paintings and overloaded meanings. It eases the reader into believing that they can draw (Which I highly believe that anyone can) and embrace creativity into their lives in such simple and fun ways. Honestly, anyone can do the ‘tasks’ in this book – which is actually a great selling point. This book is for everyone; almost. I think with adult supervision most children will enjoy the tasks too, though you might want to gloss over the nudles (nude doodles)

My favourite part of the book though is the manner in which Jon Burgerman talks – this book just oozes personality and it feels like there is this quirky cheerleader behind you reminding you to keep it all fun and care-free.
There are a couple of ideas that are a bit far fetched and could land the artist in trouble though; like doing a large painting outside somewhere – I’d be a bit cautious of being arrested for criminal damage if you’re caught doodling without permission!

It’s not all fun and games though – at the back of the book there is a very handy section called “Resources.” Telling you all about the different sorts of materials and mediums that the author recommends, from paper to pens to paint and brushes. It’s written in the wonderfully casual way that you’d expect from Jon Burgerman at this point, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable.

Needless to say, I am looking forward to trying out a few of the challenges in the book and sharing them with you when I am done.