While I try to fend off falling into some bad habits of mine, I’ve been working on and off on this new Fall of Cybertron Shockwave picture. Decided to try painting without a lineart this time because I’d hoped it would end up being a faster process. So far, I’m not sure about that.
Geez, this guy’s arms are going to be a nightmare to render. I’m not looking forward to that.
Oh well, we’ll have to see how this goes. I trust you’ll support me in this endeavour, Blog? (PS: You had better.)
Well, you know the drill by now, Blog. I get one image done, and then I find a whole bunch more on an old external hardrive that are tantalizing work in progresses. What? Don’t look at me like that. You know how I strive — often to counter-intuitive heights — for the feeling of completion and hard drive tidiness. Besides, how am I expected to resist something where half the work is already done for me?
I think I did this linework’ two years ago as part of a set. This is my Cheerleading Fairy of Optimism. She was probably supposed to have wings, but it’s very possible I was overdosing on cutesy girly imagery at the time, and just couldn’t bring myself to include them in the final ‘inks’. I’d forgotten I’d ever drawn hair like that, and it’s kinda nice. Anyway, I’m hoping that putting this little lady up on the Blog will motivate me to A) finish her B) finish the ugly-ass sketch of her partner. By the way, the absurd idea of a ‘Cheerleading Optimist Fairy’ came from a tiny comic I’d done years and years and years ago over here.
Sob, Blog. Why can’t the hard parts be done by other people? Anatomy is so difficult and I don’t wannaaaa. You finish the sketch, Blog, I just want to colour.
Yeah, okay, I’ll stop whining and go get things done. Glad we had this talk. You’re the best.
+1 image to the work in progress category.
You’ve got the power, Blog.
The power to make art. Art and really bad references to good songs.
Actually, the art is pretty bad too. Well okay, slightly above mediocre — but that’s just because I’m being charitable.
Still, I can’t help but have a soft spot for this silly picture; and before you ask, yes. Yes, that is a platypus with broccoli growing on it. Also, yes, I did misspell ‘broccoli.’ What are you gonna do about it? Laugh? Are you going to laugh at me, Blog? Choose your next move wisely, and don’t think I can’t see that smirk. But remember, Blog, which of the two of us is it that brings home the bacon, snouts, and pork knuckles? That’s what I thought.
Back on track though (or at least as on track as you can be when the subject is a broccoli-Playpus) I did this solely using touchpad and this vague notion of having absolutely no idea what I was doing with myself. I thiiink I was taking random prompts and that’s what’s to blame for this absolutely off the wall mash-up , but then it was done a year or so ago, so I can’t say with absolutely confidence. Not that it matters, ultimately.
Just like tattoos are suppose to represent where you were at a very specific moment of your life, I like to imagine this was…. oh who am I kidding, this was probably some really bizarre call for a very specific type of help. I can’t think of any alternative.
Hey, uh, Blog… there’s something I’ve been meaning to ask you. Y’see, me and the guys couldn’t help but notice that lately you’ve gotten this … propensity of posting pics of … dudes with mangled faces. And while it’s all fine and good, and totally normal for everyone to have a thing, well…. we’re getting a little worried about you. This is beginning to look a bit like you’ve got a problem…
No, Blog, No. Put down the ax, Blog. Just put it down and step away from the– NO, BLOG, NO.
In other news, I think I really like Transformers now. So here’s a couple awkward sketches of a really sweet, mild mannered robot psychologist who accidentally gets his head blown off, in a really tragic turn of events from a really fabulous comic. I’ve already got a coloured version in the works, but note to self: fix this bloke’s eyes and give the poor guy some shoulders or something. Alas, I guess this is what happens when you sketch in pen, what with that whole no-erase quality it’s got going on. You live and you learn, I guess. TOO BAD I DON’T SEEM TO EVER LEARN.
You know what, Blog? I know you really like that look, but you’ve been wearing that same thing since June 10th and honestly, you’re making me a little uncomfortable. Time to change out of that and put on something new. Or at least something that doesn’t look that gross. Or smell… I mean really, Blog. Have you even put that in the laundry at all… you know what? Forget I asked.
What I’m trying to say here is that I’ve gotten tired of looking at that sad colour-spot-test thing that’s been haunting my most recent post page. Also, I’m embarrassed by how awkward it is, even if it is just a WIP. So to flush out the bad, here’s the much nicer looking sketchy until I have time to actually colour this properly.
I also mentioned in the last post that I was waffling between making Rinzler tall or short. I wasn’t joking about having gotten a more refined sketch of tiny!Rinzler, and while he looks fine (barring a few anatomy issues I’ll have to fix up) he just doesn’t look as striking as tall!Rinzler. Also, with Uprsing’s crazy stretched out insanely awkwardly tall anatomy going on, maybe tall is the right way to go? Even though this picture is dated July 2011, I’m so slow at art, that by now, there’s already been at least 3+ similar themed Tron fanarts floating around. I’ll admit I’ve been a little nervous to continue working on this for fear that someone’ll jump out of a bush and call me a dreaded ‘idea-stealer.’ What I think I need to do here, Blog, is remind myself that ALL ideas have already been done, flip my hair over my shoulder, and just do what I want.
I still might need you to hold my hand though, Blog. You know, for reasons.
PS: that red elbow-y sort of thing that’s going on in the left side there was my sketch for a matching Ram who I’d also put in a suit. These two were supposed to be based off an AU from the 60′s where they were both varying degrees of detectives. Unfortunately that endeavour kind of lost steam, so it’ll just be Rinzler in the end that’ll get completed. Once upon a time, I had a Clu in there too. Oh well, at least I’ve a better chance of finishing this now.
Hey Blog, this is what you get for taking forever at doing your art. Sure, “concentrate on real life,” they said, “it’ll be a good, idea” they said; “you’ll thank us later when you’re able to pay your bills.” Yeah, well, THANKS FOR NOTHING, Practical Advice. You get all tangled up with school, work, and sig figs, and next thing you know a new television show has come out, and unless you can finagle your picture done before a couple more canon reveals, all your fanwork won’t make any sense.
That’s what you get for trying to take care of business, Blog. Leave it to you to take care of exactly the wrong business.
And speaking of business, let’s talk funny business. Namely the funny business of Bruce Boxleitner be Tron be Rinzler be Anis Cheurfa and their distinctly wavering heights. Originally I was going to draw short Legacy Rinzler, but the sketch came out 80′s Tron tall. I’ve got a more refined sketch of the bloke with a smaller stature, but given how lanky everyone is in Uprising (which I still haven’t watched) I wonder if I should retool this guy to be somewhat less short?
Oh hey Blog, looks like my life is this continuous cycle of never having time to do art but when I do, then having to send off my glitchy computers for fixing. And by fixing I mean the tech people will give it a cursory look over and then shake their heads sadly. But enough about me, Blog, let’s talk about you.
I can’t help but notice that your latest entry (this) is sporting a new WIP. I also can’t help but notice that it was for a picture you said you’d do for someone, what, roughly two years ago? Anyway, nice to see you’re still at that. Even if, you know, your timing is kind of embarrassingly horrible.
Remember the sketch I did back here?
Well here are the two main colour schemes I’m waffling between. Do I pick creepy, pale and sickly looking? Or creepy and ethically ambiguous? I’m torn between the two, but leaning more towards Pasty there on the right, since Primeverse Starscream is the palest and greyest of all mechs in the series so far.
Ps: gosh I’m on the edge of my seat with this show, and wondering how they’re going to end up balancing Starscream’s badass moments with his overwhelming patheticness.
Anyway, I could sure do with a vote on what colours looks best.
Or maybe we all just like Loud Noises, I dunno.
Oh look, a picture of a giant robot who is neither very giant NOR a robot. Welp, so much for my first Transformers fanart being very true to the series. Anyway, trying my hand at drawing Primeverse Starscream as a human because no matter how hard it is to render people, they’re still easier than big metal alien men. Humans in general also require less rulers to draw, and let’s not even talk about me and vehicles (or vehicle-people for that matter).
Other people!formers I ‘ve got on the go right now include:
- Slipstream (TFA)
- Knock Out
I wanted to draw Ratchet (and still might if I can think of an outfit for him) but Bulkhead, and Optimus are giving me trouble. Optimus especially since his helmet looks like a baseball cap and his … robot goatee and weird… three lines of ‘hair’ peeking out from under his ‘hat’ are all kind of tough to translate into a person in my style.
By the way, I do have an entire outfit an actual pose that extends below Starscream’s neck but I’m currently caught up in trying to decide between two potential colour schemes. The spot colours are on tumblr, so I’ll upload them here pretty soon too.
What it says on the tin. I accidentally saved a .PNG file over my working .PSD file, and now I’ve effectively got to paint over this, or start anew. Ah well, I will persevere for my art! Or you know, for someone else’s art. Namely that someone else is the ever fabulous infiniteviking who graciously let me slap some colours onto her already stunning lineart. I’m kind of down about losing all the work I’d done on this, but eh, what can you do? C’est la vie n’est-ce pas?
This is going to be part of an ADVENT CALENDAR EVENT I’m hosting, where every day of March for the first 11 days (or possibly the first 30 days if I can manage) I’m going to upload/gift a fandom related thing to someone (and in some cases, just straight up mail some lucky SOBs some tangible goods). Fandoms are going to be Tron and Transformers almost exclusively. The above image is part of one person’s gift, and I’m hoping I can pretty it up (and re-relearn photoshop in the precess since idekwtf I’m doing at this point) in order to make it an acceptable present … since, y’know, I didn’t even do half the work.
I am dying on my feet tired today and I’m not entirely sure why. Yesterday was super busy and quite an adventure with the dangerous as hell roads, (no, my mistake; when I said “roads,” I really meant ICY CHASMS OF DEATH) the business meetings, the business dinner, the business lunch, the parties and the mint tour, but these usually don’t tire me out this much even in conjunction. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure I went to sleep yesterday, so I have no right be this fatigued. Ah well, it’ll stay a mystery I guess.
Arble Garble, but I have so much stuff I need to get done this weekend and it’s already 1 AM. So instead of doing the smart thing like studying, working or getting me to bed, I’m going to prove I’m not a fibber.
I keep telling people I like photography and have been meaning to post up some of my experiments in the field for, well, years now. So, here goes. Links go to my new photography account on Deviant art.
Take it, and let it light your way back to us.
It was a delicate but beautiful wedding.
A good day to be a Seagull King
Mass Effect OCs and a plant-shark named Watermelon.
I was going to do some homework and then play some Mass Effect – not necessarily in that order – when my Xbox circle went three parts red. I decided to post some WIPs I’m working on and off on, instead.
Focus on the “off” part of that last sentence. Bah, I wish I had the time to work on this one more.
Started this last year, you can see the first WIP I did over here. You’ll notice the quality didn’t improve but the picture got bigger. Anyway, this gentleman is an OC and he’s kind of a backstabbing, neurotic bad guy. What’s missing [aside from the clothes, appropriate proportions, talent and a background] are a peppering of scars to complete his McNasty look. I should probably give him a bloody nose. He tends to get hit a lot – and he deserves it too – but it would knock him down a peg you know. Wipe that stupid smug expression of his ugly face. I mean, look at his stupid loungy pose and his stupid cancer-stick. Don’t you just want to shove him into a wood chipper? I know I do.
On a slightly less insane homicidal aggressive note, here’s a WIP that’s not really a WIP because it has no bearing on anything; the flats aren’t even right. I just liked how symmetrical it looked I guess. To be honest, I’m not really sure why I saved the image at all. But what can you can do?
It’s still January, so that means the new year’s still new.
I’m back for another semester at commerce school and not yet behind in anything, so the horizon is bright and inviting. For me, there’s still this hopeful feeling permeating every single day. You can be productive, I’m telling myself, and better yet, I’m believing it.
More pictures under the cut.
When I told you that I wanted to “Focus on work [and my social life],” I was being honest. But our time apart has taught me many valuable lessons. I’ve also come to realise I’ve missed being with you so much. Really. I’m sorry about all those things I [may or may not have] said. I [probably] didn’t mean them. Please, Blog, please take me back. I think I’m finally ready to take our relationship to the next step like you had originally wanted. I may be a working, studying, immensely talented and super hot young person* but that doesn’t mean I’ll have to push you away this time. I can make this work. Honest.
Blog, baby, I don’t know how else to say this… but I think I love you.
On a different note.
Normally I don’t make resolutions because I believe that if you’re going to improve yourself you should start in the moment you decide to do that. This year is an exception for me because I really needed to kick myself into doing more things that I want and should be doing.
- Draw moar.
- Write more. Already know this isn’t going to happen.
- Do better at school. Work harder at work
- Send more letters this year
- Learn CSS / more web design stuff I assume this won’t happen either.
- Take classes during the summer
- Get more upper body strength and tone out the rest of me.
- Go skating more (and do more winter activities)
- Be more positive
- Take more photographs
- Go to more free lectures
This whole webcomic business is supposed to help me with that first bullet. And while I do also write everything in Sleep Pending, it’s the drawing part that is hardest for me.
Anyway, in my effort to draw moar, I tried to sketch Coraline (not Gaiman’s ) at a lecture I was at tonight. Coraline is another minor character from the Sleep Pending comic. Zoe, her best friend calls her Cici. There is a reason for this, but it’s more of a little buddy thing than really relevant to any plot (mostly).
This sketch isn’t very fabulous or anything, but it isn’t that bad either. I’m tempted to continuing the image (read: overkill) just because I haven’t had a drawing laying around in a long time.
Gosh, I miss drawing for drawings sake.
Not bad for my second ever paint chat eh? Sure there are many many things wrong with this picture.. but I kind of like it. And you know what? That pastel baby colored dragon back there, ya him, he’s very comfortable in his masculinity. [Could help that VietMan is there, but whatever. ] (Everyone, let’s ignore the fact that she is not wearing an áo dài, but some sort of … weird combination of a qípáo and her original costume. ) So I went back and edited a few very terrible errors out (I hope).
The cut to the full journal entry is very picture heavy so beware.