Hot on the heels of my relative success with cute little Jean Grey, I tried to draw a cute little Gambit; he did not come out anywhere near as cute. That said, at least this sketch has some personality. I’ve always thought the idea behind Gambit’s card-throwing gimmick is really clever, because it gives you lots of stuff to draw–with all the cards flying everywhere with their trails of glowing energy and whatnot. He’s a character who’s just really suited to the medium he was created in, which may be a reason why he’s been mostly ignored by the movies.
This definitely looks a little off-kilter though…I think I just need more practice drawing guys. And cartoony things. And everything. I really like drawing X-Men fanart though, so I’ll probably do more of it– who knows, give me enough time and I may have a downright X-Men doujin going on here.
On Twitter, Peter Simetti, president of Alterna Comics, has been posting a bunch of sketches lately, including many of the X-Men. That made me think, “Hey, I like the X-Men and I draw pictures, lemme get in on some of that!”
So I drew Jean Grey, she of the ridiculous aerobics costume and terrible codename. Her ’90s outfit was pretty much the worst example of costume design from that era, but I love it because I grew up with it, so THERE! I’m just happy I drew something cartoony that seems to have worked; lately whenever I try to go cartoony instead of detailed, it just looks bad.
I didn’t plan to draw the Sorc from DC, it was more like I was having a frustrating session of drawing where nothing was coming out right, then I thought “Well, why don’t I draw that sorceress character everyone is making a fuss over– at least I can probably draw boobs okay.” Needless to say, my expectations were not high.
However, something weird happened when I started drawing this: I stopped fussing about proportions, “realism” and everything else that had been taking the fun out of drawing for me. I just focused on drawing this one, highly exaggerated character, and I actually loosened up– after that, I felt like I was able to draw just for the joy of drawing, without having to listen to that incessantly critical voice in my head. It was downright refreshing.
So thank you, Dragon’s Crown Sorceress: you helped me out. You may be a weird looking mutant sex doll, but you’re A-OK in my book.
EDIT: And notice that I mispelled the word as “Sorcoress” in my sketch book, because it’s not like I’m a writer who should know how words are spelled or anything ^^;;…..
Another sketch in my “trying to figure out how I want to draw for serious” series. Why she’s playing softball in boots, I really couldn’t tell you. I had a certain pose in mind that I wanted to draw and maybe half-succeeded. I’m going to pay special attention to how people are standing from now on, because portraying accurate weight distribution is hard.
One thing I want to make a note of is that when you’re doing this– drawing a series of sketches and posting them online– it’s easy to get “sketchbook anxiety,” or the feeling that everything you do is being watched, stifling your creativity before it even gets started. I’m trying to combat this by only posting around 5% of what I actually draw here, so I have the knowledge that most of what goes in my sketchbooks doesn’t need to be seen by anyone. I guess I need a comfortable margin of suck, you see.
Also, this sketch started out as Aeka from Sterling, then I kind of went away from that and gave her different hair/features, but she still looks like her. So I guess it’s Aeka’s long-lost cousin, Baeka. She likes to play ball. In boots. I think it’s safe to say she’s the black sheep of the family.
I actually did this a while ago, but I didn’t have my scanner hooked up until recently. Just a quick sketch of Cassie, the main character from The Problem With Black Magic. Anatomically it’s got some issues, but there was something about this sketch I just immediately liked.
Killing some time at Starbucks today, I decided to draw Riorla, one of the characters from Dark Juice Box. I’m trying to stay away from detail work and just sketch, just get a feel for different ways of drawing the character.
If Google is to be believed, some people periodically search the internet for the comic I used to post years ago, Sterling. I have some Sterling art archived here (check the Sterling tag), but I removed all the comic pages from the internet within the last year or two for several reasons. However, despite the fact that my comic was never that well known, considering the fact that some people have apparently been looking for it (and finding Otakusphere in the process), I thought it might not be a bad idea to explain what the status of that project is. Continue reading So, Whatever Happened to Those Comics?→
This is a character who was meant to appear in Sterling, but i kept pushing her appearance back, and in the end she never appeared– well, she was on the other end of a phone conversation, but I don’t think that really counts. More importantly, this little character sketch is one of the first images I ever colored on the computer, so I was incredibly impressed with it back in the day. It looks grainy because I don’t have the original file anymore– I just have a scan of a really old inkjet printout, which I think I printed out at school.
Fan panels at anime cons don’t seem to get much coverage- I noticed before I was attending cons with regularity that all the anime news sites tend to cover is licensing announcements, which are honestly kind of boring. Yes, Funimation has licensed another title; no, they won’t release it when you actually feel like watching it. Next?
I set out to Otakon this year to correct this horrible injustice and cover some panels myself (and to cover the con from a Sailor Moon perspective for Moon Chase again, like I did last year), only to come away with a new understanding of why no one covers fan panels; not much happens there. It’s usually a large group of people getting together and collectively saying, “How awesome is our favorite show? That’s right, SO AWESOME!” I enjoyed the Durarara!! panel, but that’s really all it was.
Currently without art software on my computer (it’s a long story), so I haven’t adjusted the levels or done any of that fancy stuff. I only realized once I started doodling this that there were disturbing implications to Rin wearing the PenguinDrum outfit; let’s just assume she’s cosplaying, and there’s no problem.