So once I actually start posting artwork again, the comments stop coming? Come on!
So, not too long ago I realized with a start that it has been, like, months since I've scanned and uploaded pictures from my sketchbook. Jeepers creepers! So here I am, rectifying that situation.
But first, and update on the mermaid. I'm finally starting to really paint this thing, as opposed to haphazardly placing pixels on the screen. As you can see, I reduced and changed the composition quite a bit, since the original was too complex and overwhelming, and my lack of success in trying to paint and unify everything was starting to depress me. So, I did what I needed to do in order to actually create and image I can feel halfway good about. Never be afraid to drastically change a painting that is going nowhere fast.
As an aside, I showed this to my neighbor, and I was more than a little embarrassed when we both saw that the mermaid's face looked more than a little like her. I don't have a crush on her, I swear!
So, the sketches.
-More noodling around with that humanoid frog idea that I had a month or two ago. Taking the frog's bizarre skeleton and turning it into a bipedal, large-craniumed form was a challenge. Looks too Mudokun-like.
-Studies for my animal anatomy class. I have to learn before I can teach.
-CoW 100 doodles. I did the majority of the critters all on the computer, but when my ideator was feeling cramped I would sometimes whip out a pencil and see if it helped. Some of these I scanned and included in my final entry.
-More CoW doodles. I was feeling particularly uninspired that day, and none of these were taken to the final. Also, my version of the cliched evolved penguin. And some caricatures of people on MySpace named Joe.
-And even more. Those thorny-headed scavengers were giving me trouble this day.
-More anatomy studies for my mentoring. I was planning on doing a musculature lecture, but ended up postponing that in favor of a lecture on joints and movement. Musculature will be up next month sometime.
-People from MySpace, random images in my reference folders, and images from some online international photo gallery, the name of which I have forgotten. Thanks to all people who took those photos and who were in those photos. As you can see, these are a mixture between caricatures and straight portraiture. Since I was out of lead for my mechanical pencil, I experimented with a wooden pencil. I'll probably use a mixture of mechanical and wooden pencils for future drawings, since both have their pros and cons.
-A Nissan Pathfinder, some Ukrainian grandmas, and an awkward attempt at some exobiological elephant. All from National Geographic, save the alien elephant. I remember being kind of frustrated with the way the vehicle turned out when I did it, but now that I look at it again I'm pretty happy. There's nothing wrong with it that some more practice won't fix.
-Random critters, another NatGeo face, and the best imagined person I have ever drawn. Ever. The pose of his legs is a little awkward, but his face and upper body have a spontaneous beauty.
-Last Man Standing sketches! I hope I'm not breaking the rules by posting these, but I'm not going with either of these ideas, and I'm struggling to think of how I'll be able to finish at all. In one of my ideas, a nightmare is attempting to descend onto a sleeping child but is blocked by a dreamcatcher. The nightmare is kind of a living stormcloud full of toothy skulls, deep sea fish, arthropod claws, and grasping hands. The other idea is of an infant-like creator deity waving its hand and...creating stuff.
-Really, really bad architecture. Srsly, I need to study that. There's plenty of great buildings for me to draw within walking distance of home. I just need to get out there and draw. The muscle man and sexy girl are from reference.
I still have stuff from another sketchbook to post, and the rest of my life drawings. Later.