This is Kivrin Frost, a forest witch of sorts. I kept screwing up the color palette doing foresty things and it just didn’t look quite right to me, so we ended up with snow. The contrast and values are MUCH better now. Plus I think that’s one of the best snakes I’ve painted to date. I tried a colorizing technique Neogeen mentioned and while I don’t even remotely have it mastered, it was very interesting and I’ll probably keep messing with it. This is also the first typical anthro I think I’ve painted in aaages, it was very good practice.
There has been a lot of debate circulating Tumblr lately about Disney’s upcoming film Frozen. A lot of this debate was sparked by the fact that the character design of the film’s heroine, Anna, is strikingly similar (read: identical) to that of Rapunzel in Tangled. Implications of lazy animation…
Although I’m not boycotting - I did go see it yesterday as the family went together. I was disappointed and I wanted really badly to like it. I adore Disney, I know and continue to research it’s deep creative history, but I just couldn’t get behind this film. It felt like it had been rewritten a touch too many times…it’s been on and off the table since 1998. Styles and pacing clashed, I was not immersed in what should have been a Scandinavian wonder, and I felt I didn’t know or care about any of the characters by the end. I felt like it was a movie that should’ve been advertised as “We modeled the movie on some thoughts we had while reading The Snow Queen without actually making a movie about The Snow Queen itself.”
More importantly the feminist points made in the above post are totally true. Disney subverted a FEW tropes, but nowhere near enough. The changes they made from the original fairy tale stink of deeply ingrained problems. At least in The Little Mermaid those choices were rooted in not terrorizing little girls with the heroine disappearing into sea foam. We rooted for Chihiro in Spirited Away, I would gladly have cheered on a kid who’s raw love for their best friend took them places adults feared to tread. I also couldn’t for the life of me get behind the overly dramatic displays of wounded sisterhood. They felt cheap, childish, and without the depth that kind of separation without explanation would cause. It was an ok to good idea (Depending on your interests), it just felt poorly executed.
This is the first page in my little 6x6 sketchbook. It’s nice because it’s easier to doodle in on the go than my full size book, which shamefully doesn’t have anything in it yet. I might reink this digitally; I think it would make a great sticker, shirt, or phone case.
A Carolina Wren painting from earlier in the spring, with American Beech tree leaf buds.
This is actually from June, Dusty passed away a little less than a month later on July 2nd. Dusty was my 17 year old Sheltie; we’d been together since I was nine. I can still remember picking him out from all the puppies at the breeder’s house. He passed away on what would have been our girl Sheltie’s 17th birthday if she hadn’t passed away seven years earlier. I miss him.
Abandoned Ixataca drawing.
Another pair of Despair portraits, half done.
This is the last of my commissions I took to replace my reptiles’ heating; I’m glad to say it has all been replaced between wonderful clients and a very special Samaritan. I was even able to purchase some other items I’d been wanting to replace, like hide boxes and a thermostat.
This beautiful lady is an ancient dragon goddess character I had the pleasure of designing. She was described as being a subtle, intelligent, and primordial being resting beneath the ocean. I chose feathered wings to match a similar character the client already had (Another if more flamboyant god), stony colors for dark depths, a saurian skull for primitiveness/ancient times, and a long sinuous body that would be both good for swimming and snake-like.
Random sketchbook day.
My ragdoll cat Tiger Lily has an alter ego; Luxurio the villain. Her nemesis is our collie Oberon as “The Bite Watchman”. lol. I’m going to make her a high collar cape like this next Halloween. XD
Needs reference, but I’m starting to get a better handle on feather groupings and how feathers interact with each other.
That owl’s head is too tall/thin.
This is an exact representation of what it’s like to be both anxious and stuck in an 8 hour class. I think my butt is still asleep and it’s almost two months later.
If you want to get better…make some bad art. Make some UGLY art. BLECH! I want to get better at humans. If I use a lot of reference and spend a lot of time I can get some pretty good looking ones. But I want to draw humans as effortlessly as I do most animals; so here are some gross quick people where I stared at my classmate’s profiles and tried.
In some ways I can draw in wildly different styles, but I often see myself making the same shapes over and over again. I was trying to make an adorable, cartoony Malachai but I still see the same muzzle, foot, and hand shapes. Still pretty cute though.