Where did you come from?

Beee CrazyIt’s been a while since I posted something that wasn’t a Space Marine picture, so I thought I would share what I have been up too.

It has mostly involved my characters Wars and Beee and their little project.

I’ve mostly been neglecting the two of them but somehow they have just made themselves heard and known again and I have been sketching them up again. Mostly through the help of internet “drawing meme’s.” I’ve had this feeling lately that a lot of my character artwork suffers from ‘same face syndrome’ so using the suggestions from memes has been a welcome change as

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well as a fun challenge. One that I am hoping to keep going with these two characters.

Though I did have a bit of a questioning moment while walking home from baby group today. What’s the point of it all? I’ve had these characters for over ten years now and I’ve not done anything with them other than draw them and have others from them for me. What’s the use in that? I’m not telling a story or making a political statement with them.

Then I came to the highly enlightening conclusion of ‘So what?’ What does it matter that their story will never be told; because I feel I lack the talent for webcomics (in both writing and artistic sense) So what if I never do anything with them other than draw them because it’s what I am currently enjoying doing. If that is only answering asks that I get for them over on their tumblr blog. I think these days there is too much emphasis on trying to make a statement or be special in some way, I think any level of fame would actually do my

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head in and put me off doing something – it would certainly take the enjoyment out of it! Look at that Aliens fanfiction I was doing. I got an amazing, blinding review on it; then couldn’t cope with the pressure of being ‘that good’ at the rest of the fiction, so I never bothered with the second chapter.

I think, as long as I am getting enjoyment out of something, then it’s worth doing. Why overthink things?

I am just happy that my boys have finally decided to come home again and give me another chance. If they only stay a week or so, then so be it. If they stay longer (which I really hope they do) then I’ll be all the happier.

Regardless, I’ll share the sketches and other artworks I get on here (if I remember) and use their tumblr for other details as well, like answering asks, sharing visual things that remind me of them and their

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I think the real test will be next week, as I am away from home. I find a change in location and company always changes the way you’re thinking, be it intentional or not. I have often found that something I was really into at the beginning of the week, or before leaving home, I am less inclined to think about when going back home. Different surroundings and company lead to different thought patterns.

Still, I hope you like what I have had to share today and I look forward to sharing a few more sketches with you all soon.

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“Hey, Wars! Look what I found!? Can you believe I used to wear these pyjamas!?”

 

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Scan 27Hi Gang,

I don’t often put written posts with my daily doodles, but because this one looks a little different I thought I would say something about it. Hope you don’t mind!

I didn’t take that much away from my days at University studying Illustration – mostly because I was pursuing an art direction that I needed to do a drastic U-Turn from, but at the time I couldn’t see it – but there was an exercise in the second year of the course where we had to find interesting characters in scribbles.

When I am feeling particularly blank or uninspired, I fall back on this technique and see when I can find in a simple pencil scribble. I find that it gives me ideas to advance and take onto a further stage of development. Like this one here, I can see some interesting elements that I might try and take a bit further, so be on the look out for that soon.

Much Love
Jenn

 

Rackham?

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Yo ho, me hearties, yo ho!

I rarely feel like it’s worth posting more than once in a day, let alone within an hour of the previous post. But fans! I am excited!
I admit, I have felt a little lost lately when it comes to drawing. I tried a couple of things to help me find my feet again.

But, my goodness I am currently sat on my little sofa right now feeling giddy as the high heavens damned near giggling to myself because I feel so happy.

I was looking through the storage of my DeviantArt account and amongst the scribble doodles and abstract stuff there was a heap of old Star Trek doodles.

I’d somehow forgotten that I used to draw in a style that gave characters big heads and stompy feet.

So, I decided to give the style a try again, but with a different character – one that I am somewhat half-heartedly fangirling over right now. Jack Rackham from the Amazon series Black Sails.

It’ll take me a bit of getting used to this style again, but I actually feel like it’s something that I ‘own.’ I’ve not been inspired by and taken elements of my favourite artists in this one. It’s just something that I stumbled upon during my Masters. I think it’s maybe that connection that made me feel a bit bitter about the style and so I cast it aside, but you know what? I actually really like it and still enjoy it.

I’m going to try and keep this style going for a while, see who else I can sketch up and who/what else works for it.

I just wanted to share my excitement while I am feeling it.

Knight Sketches 3

DSC02342Todays efforts where it comes to drawing knights. It wasn’t really my intention on drawing this guy – but I hope he looks the part all the same. Somewhere along the line I decided to turn my sketch in Jorah Mormont.

Initially, I had a bit of a falling out with season 5 of Game of Thrones. The viewing of it on Now TV with adverts through each episode and having to wait a week for the next instalment really killed the season. Which was a real shame, as I was a pretty big fangirl of the other offerings of the seasons. I was brought season 5 on DVD for my birthday and have recently settled down to watch through it again.

I know some people have issues with what happened in the season with Sansa Stark and Ramsey Bolton and the views that everything happened for shock value, etc. But you know what, re-watching the season, it’s really not all that shocking! Rape is rife in Game of Thrones, and if it took until season 5 to get offended by it then you actually did pretty well. I don’t find Sansa and Ramsey any more shocking than Joffrey and Ros in earlier seasons. More shocking was seeing Shireen Baratheons fate, actually, but there we are. Going back to Sansa and Ramsey, so what if that ‘doesn’t happen in the books.’ It’s been confirmed by Author George R R Martin that both book and TV series have diverged from one another and become separate entities in their own right. They aren’t even going to end the same ways apparently! I think that’s why things say ‘Based on the book’ rather than ‘Faithful adaptation of the book.’

I’ve ranted about book/TV conversions somewhere on my blog before – and I didn’t want this post to turn into that rant over again – but what I am trying to say is that I still actually like Game of Thrones, regardless of if things happen for ‘shock value’ or not. But I was still surprised to see Jorah turning up on my sketchbook. He’s a character that, although I like, I didn’t think I’d ever fan-art.

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Also managed to draw another Space Marine bust today, which was pretty fun. I didn’t really want to draw another grumpy Space Marine, so here is Sergeant Rafen, grinning like a loony!

Enjoy~

Knight Sketches – 2

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Some more sketches for today, I’m really trying to be able to get a bit more packed into my day. Everyone in the house had a good snooze this morning so I actually fit in a few more sketches.

I’ve always enjoyed making up suits of armour on guys and looked to nordic influence for this particular dude.

It’s good fun.

And have a couple of Space Marine sketches.

These guys… they look so strange to me in my particular big head character style. Mostly because of their shoulder pads their heads look a bit more normal sized? Also… same face syndrome hit me here, but there we are… beggars can’t be choosers.

Sorry for the shorter post, although everyone was snoozing earlier I am now sat between a son who is screaming and shaking his toy keys at me and a dog that is cry whining at me because his leg hurts after having a nasty accident that involved him needing stitches.

Knight Sketches

I managed to get a bit of quick sketching done today.

 

It’s been some time since I did any character art, so it felt only right that I try my hand at drawing some armoured dudes again – it’s been even longer since I was rather self indulgent with characters as well.

I’ve always enjoyed some fantasy/historical stuff and designing armour has always been a big hit as well.

I hope you like them and I also hope that I get to draw some more Knight related stuff soon. I actually feel a lot happier today just for having been able to draw these two simple pictures, art really is life.

I might even try scanning them in and maybe throwing some colour on them at some point. As always I’ll have to see what time I can wrangle.