Inktober Wrap-up!

And here comes the end of Inktober 2015!  This is composed of three parts because I was somewhat slow to upload them here, so let’s jump right in to the first set.

The first set, 21 to 24 is all related to Natural Selection 2.  I totally have had a lot of fun playing it over the past year or two, so had to draw it as well.  Initially I was going to do all 5 of the alien lifeforms but I was hindered by the fact that the sketchbook I was working in was going to run out of pages before the last image!  I didn’t want to break up the set over two sketchbooks so I decided to pick the ones that I generally played — and then add in the MAC to represent the marines.  Thus, here’s the skulk, gorge, and lerk that I ended up doing.  I really like how the MAC came out especially though.  Definitely one of my favorites from all of my Inktober images.

Next up, parrots!  I went through and picked a whole flock of them.  In order, a budgie, Meyer’s parrot, Hahn’s macaw, blue & gold macaw, red rump parakeet, and alexandrine parakeet.  By now, everyone should know I like birds, gee.

My final image for Inktober, however, didn’t exactly have the greatest start.  It took me a while to decide what to do since I decided I was going to do a full page spread (versus the half page per image I was using for all the previous ones).  I ended up going with one of my dragons from Flight Rising.

Inktober 2015 #31 - Ganymede

Looks nice, right?  Well, let me note that all the fixes I did on it were done traditionally with acrylic paint.  So it’s not 100% ink like previous ones.. But why would I need fixes in the first place?  Because I spilled black ink over a reasonable sized chunk of it courtesy of a not-quite-closed container.  I think I cleaned it up pretty nice!  I will probably do a minor digital cleanup pass at some point too, but at this point, I’d rather just leave it at the minimally edited version.

Anyway, that brings Inktober to an end.  I’ll hopefully have some new projects posted soon!

Inktober, Part 2 – Dota 2

How about that, the second set of Inktober stuff has finally appeared! This one is all Dota 2 themed.

They’re basically grouped by two (after all, I was fitting two on a page), aside from when they’re grouped by four. The first two are the heroes I’d most want to learn to play — Visage and Invoker. Next are the heroes I have the highest win rate with — Dark Seer and Disruptor.  Then came a pair of heroes that I think are fun to play but I haven’t had much of a chance to do so, but the times I have played them, it’s turned out well — Phoenix and Silencer.  Then comes a set of four, the heroes in current meta that I should learn to play — Night Stalker, Ember Spirit, Templar Assassin, Doom.  The last four are basically under the umbrella of “I would like to see these more in games because I think they’re fun,” — Faceless Void, Warlock, Elder Titan, and Oracle.  Oracle also gets mention because I’d love to see him put into Captains Mode so the pro players will actually play him.

Anyway, the next post might actually be two sets, will see how it goes!  I’m running behind on it, but that’s not a big deal (I think)… Hopefully will have some more great images to post soon, one way or another!

Welcome to Inktober!

If you haven’t heard of Inktober, the portmanteau pretty much explains it all — do an ink drawing every day (or some other schedule) for the month of Inktober. If you poke around the internet, you’ll find it also combined with other things like Drawlloween or other themes like that so the artist can tie things together in ways other than just the medium.

I decided for mine I would primarily pick stuff relating to games I am playing or have played so I would focus less on the character design and more on learning ink, in this case I wanted to work with my acrylic inks again. So, not necessarily an ink drawing for me, but more of a painting. So far, it’s day 20 (and I’m actually up to date with it, huzzah) but I’m only gonna post the first 6 for now, which all were Pokemon themed.

I was working with my FW acrylic inks for these, with only minimal digital touchup, as is the case with all of my Inktober pieces that I’ll be uploading. This group of six Pokemon could almost work as a party, but probably wouldn’t be the greatest against certain types — I’d have to go check the chart about what’s good against what again!

I had to draw inkay because the pun seemed appropriate though I hadn’t realized it until after I initially uploaded it (and inkay is awesome). Next up was aron, though I don’t think I was ever able to get a good spread of types to squeeze one into my lineup but honestly, it’s been a while.

The group totally needed one legendary, so Suicune was my choice — after all, that’s the one legendary from gold/silver that always seemed to like cooperating so I could catch it. I did initially try to stay on model for Suicune, but I eventually decided that the front leg design made less sense to me anatomically, so I adjusted it to fit more with real life animals. Fletchling shared the page with suicune — I wanted to pick one of the birds, and I do rather like its design.

Galvantula was one of those Pokemon that I think at least look pretty neat but I haven’t worked into a party, mostly, if I recall correctly, because by the time I find one I probably have something else trained up. The final Pokemon is of course haunter. I hardly ever go a game without trying to catch one to keep in my party through the whole game. It’s just one I really like having around.

That wraps up the Pokemon though! Tomorrow or not long after I should be posting the next set of Inktober images, which are all Dota 2 themed. I have a lot more of them, mostly because it’s what I’ve been messing around with lately gamewise. Beyond that, the next set (NS2) will probably be posted the 26th or so, then the final images at the start of November. Hope you enjoy ’em!

Ink experiments

I’ve had a set of acrylic inks sitting around since I was at Art Center. They were from one of my early classes, probably in the first three semesters, and I think at the time when I got them, I had basically no idea what the heck I was doing with them.  I remember I probably used them too think and treated them more like actual acrylics rather than ink… Which of course does not have to be super opaque, though I’m pretty sure that’s something I trend towards with traditional media in general — The times I’ve used gouache, I haven’t thinned it out at all really, even if it maybe would be more appropriate to do so.  Still wish that I’d been able to take one of the courses that were actually gouache-based but that’s another medium for another set of experimentation later on, not now.  As it is, this was my random medium of choice for the moment, so onward to art!

Alizentha : Isvarnii Painting

Anyway, here’s the first image I did.

I only kind of remembered how to work with these inks, so unsurprisingly, much could be improved.  I also didn’t have a character in mind that I was depicting… More just some random just because I needed something other than a blank page to paint.

Final pass through it I grabbed my colored pencils and added a bit of detail, cleaned things up and the like to put a bit of a finish on it.  It was a good learning experience.

Next pass I went through and actually picked a character, Arla, and I think overall it was a much more successful image.  I experimented a bit more with laying in a solid color across the whole thing first to unify it — which I kind of did at the end of the previous image, so I just did so in a more logical fashion.

Alizentha : Arla

I’m really hoping to go and work more with the inks in the future, I have some ideas for what I want to do, just gotta get a little bit of time set aside to do so.  No problem!

I still want to know what Darzanth was going to be — I think I wonder this every time I categorize something as a personal project.  I guess at some point I’ll have to either find my notes or make something up to take that name.

Initial Development for Cradle

One of my upcoming project ideas is currently titled Cradle.  It started off as one of those ideas where some totally off-the-wall concept turned out to be something that sounded like a great idea. When I have a bit more solidly defined information ready to present on it, I’ll post again and reveal more about it, but for now I can’t go and get anyone’s hopes up, can I?

Cradle may end up being a comic, once I staple down an exact plot for an issue/chapter/book/whatever.   I think it definitely has a lot of potential to be presented in that way, at least.  Anyway!  You really want to see the art, right?  Well have a few sketches and a preview of a to-be-edited image set which should be showing up in its final form in not too long I hope.

And unrelated, as I was categorizing this, I still have no idea what Darzanth was supposed to be… It’s listed under personal projects, but apparently I have totally blanked on what story it actually belonged to — could have been an old version of part of what has now become Cradle, but I’m not sure.  I still kind of like the name, though.

This hooded guy

I’ve been trying to expand my portfolio, mostly along the lines of character doodles, which I’ve run a bit short on, comparatively.

This guy was bouncing around in my head for a few days.  I don’t have a name for him yet, or even an idea for where he’d fit.  He’s just some random hooded dude with a long tail, mole/sloth claws and emu feet.  Go figure.  He’s fun to draw though.

The Greater Mittar

Of course, I can’t forget to show how I did my other Imaginatomy project.

It was kind of neat that I was able to go and do another project that was associated with Zikkihuru.  Hopefully in the next couple of months I’ll be able to go do a few more pieces with it.  I think I know what I’ll be doing, so we’ll see how it goes between any work I might have.

Of course, I had to start somewhere. So the first step was to go and build the wire skeleton.  I decided I wanted it to be slightly more dynamic, so I started working with one of the feet off the ground.  To balance this, I curved down two of the rear toes so that it’d stick into the foam base I was going to build this on.

Then came the clay.  It was a lot easier working on this one than it was the hyena, mostly because the bones were broader, comparatively.  The main issue I kept having was that the head was pretty heavy, even with the majority of it made out of tinfoil.  Keeping it attached and not crooked in some way was troublesome.  Once it was baked it was less of an issue — though I was afraid that it’d crack right around where it stuck onto the neck.

I set to work on the base next, which was, of course, a total mess.  Since I had experience with it from last time, I sort of knew what I could get away with and how to more efficiently use the materials.  Because of this, it was pretty easy to sculpt out a little creek bed sort of shape and make it look more natural.

I painted it, then added some real dirt to blend it in better.  I left the part where the fake water would be a slight more blue tone to compensate for the yellow cast the fake water had.  I used some white glue and duct tape to create a barrier which would keep the fake water from running off and making a huge mess, and it seemed to work okay.  I really liked the result as well.

I bought a garland of fake plants and trimmed them down to be more of the right scale for the piece.   Combined with some moss and some random cheap herbs from the grocery store to be leaf litter, it blended in really well and made a much better presentation than the one I did last time.  I kept the background fairly simple, and after a few rough prints, finally got one that worked.  I got that attached, painted the front of the model, and added the very compact information card and the whole thing was ready to go.

I learned a lot from the hyena project last time I took the class, and it’s really obvious how I was able to apply that to this one.  Sculpting is definitely fun and I’ll hopefully have time to do it, if only for myself, in the future.  I’m sure that if I hadn’t graduated this term that I’d be TAing the class again and making a third — but hey, I can always do it on my own.  Just got to say thank you to Rey Bustos for teaching such an awesome class, and letting me TA for him these past four semesters.  Definitely going to miss it.

The Turaco Rider

There was this big green bird that hopped a lot in the pet store in the town my parents lived in.  Turns out, that bird was a turaco.  They’re pretty neat birds, so you should totally read about them.  For this, I picked the red-crested turaco, because it wasn’t too extravagantly colored, but wasn’t just the basic green bird I had seen in the pet store.

Most of the development for this piece was spent just working on the Turaco itself. The stylization was proving to be somewhat of a problem at first — there were so many potential ways to do it.

Though I could have likely pushed it more, once I decided I had enough potential variations, I went through and started the composition.

Mice or rats seemed to be a fairly logical choice for a rider just because of  their size.  Somewhere between the two would be the right steed-to-rider ratio.  Combining them with the turaco drawings I did, I was able to figure out just how much I did want to stylize them, and went forward from there.

There were a few fun influences in this one, I think.  Take a little bit of Final Fantasy‘s chocobos, combine with Bill Peet’s Cowardly Clyde, and a splash of Brian Jacques’s Redwall.  All things considered, I’m pretty happy with the result, considering it was a goofy, random idea.

The Toy

Budgies are great little birds — and quite silly, which lends itself well to one-off images.

For those who don’t have parrots, understand that they can be scared of the most bizarre things, including their own toys. I picked a normal green budgie and an English violet crested budgie, and went from there.

The toy is based off of one that we actually had and attempted to convince our birds to play with.  I don’t think they ever really got used to it, let alone used it in the intended way.

The Aquarium

This was technically the third of my new pieces from this last semester.

After pretty much being told that there was a huge difference between my new and old work in my portfolio, I figuratively trashed the old stuff and started work on some new things.  Of course, I had to draw at least some (non-avian) creature.

The initial thumbnail for this piece looked nothing like what the final became. I had started off with a Broker & Son story point (if you follow my blog, you’ll eventually hear about that project, once I get around to it) involving a basement and a critter in a giant tank there.  However, in this case I wanted to shy away from the wider shots I seem to have gravitated towards, as well as showing off the creature — after all, I do prefer designing creatures over tweaking the perspective of a staircase.  I still might use this thumbnail for an actual B&S image, but for now, it’s just going to sit there as my initial thought for the image.

From that thumbnail, I thought of my trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific last semester for Dynamic Sketching, and worked from there.  I initially wanted the creature to be more crocodilian but decided that a smoother creature would be more likely to be in an ocean, so went for a fat, newtlike shape instead.  Except with pointy teeth and gills.