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Sketchblog: Yet More Riorla

Riorla_leaflJust a sketch I did of Riorla the other day that came out pretty well. It was weird, because I started this drawing all wrong– no stick figure or anything– but it didn’t seem to matter in the end. I should probably try starting the “wrong” way more often and see what happens.

Even though I draw her differently pretty much every single time, Riorla has become my go-to character to draw when I feel like doodling but don’t have anything particular in mind. Back in the day, it was Aeka, but my favorite Dryad has replaced her. I’m still working on Riorla’s game, but it’s been hard to find the time to finish it now that I’m back at Japanator. One of these days I need to sit down at the computer and bang out a few more illustrations for the opening cut scene, because that’s the main thing I still have left to do at this point.

Oh, and of course there’s balancing the battles and whatnot, but who needs that? Meh! Details!

Sketchblog: Gambit (X-Men)

Gambit

Look guys, I drew a guy! An actual guy!

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.

Sketchblog: Jean Grey (X-Men)

 

JeanGrey 001On 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.

However, if you are not that into the cartoony-ness and would rather see some over-rendered nonsense, click through for a sketch I don’t like as much! There are also boobs. Continue reading Sketchblog: Jean Grey (X-Men)

Sketchblog: Dragon’s Crown Sorceress

Her eyes are up THERE

For the record, my opinion on the whole Dragon’s Crown PR blow-up is pretty much the same as Jim’s.

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 ^^;;…..

Sketchblog: Softball girl

Softballgirl 001Another 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.

 

Lazy Otaku Fanart #1: Penguin Drop

Rin from Usagi Drop wearing the magical girl outfit from Mawaru Penguindrum.

 

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.