Tuesday, November 30, 2010
So this is what it's all been leading up to. Day 30 of Sketchavember has wrapped up with...
...a goofy comic strip.
It's a pretty fair approximation of my creative process today...I mean, without the whole falling asleep at the drawing table bit. I would have liked to have done a nice, big colorful work to finish off the month but I couldn't settle on just one idea and time was already nagging away at me. Besides, it's been a while since I've done any artwork of the sequential nature.
Overall, I'd say the Sketchavember challenge was absolutely worth it and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I highly reccomend it to anyone who wants to get back into a regular drawing groove, to challenge themselves or those who just love to draw plain and simple.
A big thanks goes out to Croaky for concieving this challenge and to all of you for sticking with me throughout all this glorious madness.
Don't think the art will stop here. Oh hell no. I've got ideas up the wazoo for future pieces and projects. Just you wait. ;-)
PS, that is so totally my drawing face. :-P
Monday, November 29, 2010
Day 29 of Sketchavember has proven to be a day of sorts for resurrection. I'm returning to a series of images that kinda fell on the wayside this time last year: a bunch of "cute-but-not-necessarily-cuddly" bunnies!
"Scurvy Bunny" is the most recent addition to the bunch. Doesn't disease, mangy matted fur and rotting teeth fill you up with warm and ooey-gooey fuzzies? ARRR!
"Stitchy Bunny" was where I last left off...or at least the last one I was most happy with. There was one I completed last year but never posted since I was never completely satisfied with it. Expect that "missing bunny" to get a complete overhaul. Back to this bloody little bunny; what was intended to be a cyber-esque bunny ended up going in a guro-nurse/B-grade horror movie direction. For the record, the bunny is NOT beheaded.
Finally, here's the one that started it all in the first place: "Spewey Bunny" (or "Bunnies Spew Rainbows"). Many days and nights watching "Superjail!" are to blame for this cheerful abomination. ;-P
Expect at least three more bunnies to be added to the roster soon.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Oy, technology decided to be a finicky little bitch on Day 28 of Sketchavember. That still didn't stop me from completing this sketch of excelladon's (of DeviantART) original character Zacho Fedro.
I gotta say, Zacho's pretty different from what I usually do but I had quite a bit of fun playing around with big, thick, sharp lines like his hair and the lightning powers. I apologize for any inconsistencies with the character but I hope he likes it!
THUNDER!! Na na na na na naaa-aaahhh THUNDER!!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Some days you just need to dive into a well of your own favorite cliches. Day 27 of Sketchavember just happened to be one of those days.
"You wear guilt
Like shackles on your feet
Like a halo in reverse..."
These particular lyrics from Depeche Mode's song "Halo" popped into my head earlier this evening and thus this drawing was born.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Just a quick little doodle for Day 26 of Sketchavember. Why am I losing track of time all of a sudden?
Anyway, if you folks don't know I drew a little cyber smiley (or "CYB3R-SMIL3" two years ago...
I decided to give it a cousin of the deathrock persuasion. Just because. ^_^
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Day 25 of Sketchavember sends me back...way back into one of my old high school sketchbooks! I remember drawing this creepy little clown girl back in Grade 12 so I decided to revisit and update her a bit. Clowns, no matter the gender or style, always give you ample opportunities to amp up the morbid factor.
It's a good thing my fear of clowns was eradicated over the years thanks to frequent Krusty the Clown sightings on "The Simpsons".
Onwards and upwards to the final stretch of Sketchavember!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Day 24 of Sketchavember filled me with the urge to draw something simply silly. Nothing complex or extravagant. Just giggle-worthy goofiness.
For all you 'net savvy folks out there; I can't be the only person who gets sudden pangs of hunger each time they see someone use the term "copypasta", right? :-P
I bet you're getting hungry just looking at this drawing now, aren't you?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
WHEW! Didn't think I'd complete this one in time but here's Day 23's picture for Sketchavember!
Sideshow Bob has always been one of my favorite characters in general and I've always wanted to draw him in something. Sweeney Todd just seemed like a marvellous fit. Sure helps when you have the movie poster right beside your drawing table. ;-P
Monday, November 22, 2010
22 days into Sketchavember and it's evident that I still haven't gotten Disneyland (nor mice in general) out of my system. :-P
I was reminded of my Minnie Mouse inspired lolita design from a few years back and I thought it would be interesting to meld her signature look with more of a rockabilly/pin-up girl type flavor. Did I pull it off?
Oh hey, a hidden Mickey!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Day 21 of Sketchavember has struck me with the urge to draw Canadian electronica musician/producer Deadmau5.
Yup. Nothing much else to say except that he's the coolest mouse, er, mau5 with a giant red head around. ^_^
Friday, November 19, 2010
Barely defeating the clock once again, Day 19 of Sketchavember has me drawing some very large, very colorful glasses.
I gotta admit, I love this little spur-of-the-moment character design. I think I gotta use Wanda in another drawing some time. ^_^
Thursday, November 18, 2010
EDIT: Re-uploaded with a much, much better scan.
Here's an older pre-Sketchavember madness drawing I had lying around my drawing table. It's my take on how I think "teen of the future" Judy Jetson would look like in this day and age.
She strikes me as a total teeny-bopper, go-with-the-flow, trendy type with the typical teen fascinations like shopping, iPods, Lady Gaga and the solar system. ;-P
I might do a few more "twists" on classic cartoon characters some time down the road. We shall see. ;-)
For Day 18 of Sketchavember, I got my tush in gear and finally completed this sketch for shoppergurl at DeviantART who wanted me to illustrate a scene from a fan fiction for "Child's Play" called "Mother?"
To be honest, I don't know a helluva lot about "Child's Play" or its canon (other than the fact that there's a killer doll named Chucky and that there were was a "Bride of Chucky" and "Seed of Chucky" movie done a few years back) so I had to go by a lot of the descriptions I was given plus a few Google image searches so I apologize if there are any mistakes or inconsistencies.
I had no idea how my Chucky (or Glen for that matter) was going to turn out but I gotta say, I'm pretty pleased with how Chucky's nasty eye turned out.
Hope she likes it!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Not gonna lie, I was feeling a little stumped as to what to draw today but inspiration for Day 17's drawing for Sketchavember came in the form of The Most Dangerous Cake recipe and repeated listenings of bands like Dead Can Dance, Black Tape for a Blue Girl with a little helping of Voltaire.
Thus, the fancy shmancy funeral themed cake was born. I've always admired the work and craftsmanship that goes into all those crazy elaborate cakes and I've always wanted to take a crack at designing something in that manner.
Not sure I exactly have the baking skills to live up to it but I'm working on it. ;-)
Hungry yet? :-9
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
EDIT: Re-uploaded with a much better scan.
Oh hey guys! Guess what movie I just saw today? XD
Yup, I decided to channel all that "Spirited Away" awesomeness into Day 16's drawing for Sketchavember.
There's so much to love about that movie (including its protagonist Chihiro) and I just couldn't resist drawing those cute little soot creatures. I also decided to try something a little new with the eyes. I held back on the "eye comets" this time so let me know what you think.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Ugh...I feel like mucus and all kinds of other lovely things but I still decided to pump something out for Day 15 of Sketchavember because I'm a big tough girl like that. :-P
I hope I have it in me to draw some more ornate and extravagant stuff soon and I most certainly hope I'm not coming down with a cold.
But hey, at least it's something.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I may have been out all day but I still managed to squeeze in a little something for Day 14 of Sketchavember!
Once again, my love and admiration for magnificent dreadlocks comes through in this drawing. The overwhelming need to draw some super stretched out earlobes was also apparent. Resistance against a punny title was more than futile.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
'Twas the 13th day of Sketchavember that I finally completed a sketch for CureMyBlackendHeart (of DeviantART) of her original character Trixie.
Okay, okay, I'll stop with the faux-Christmas narration (oh crap, am I finally getting desensitized by the ever-so-early bombardment of Christmas?!). The point is that I had a ton of fun drawing this mechanic from the future, complete with random splotches of motor oil.
Hope I did Trixie justice!
Friday, November 12, 2010
EDIT: Re-uploaded with a better scan.
Bizarro ideas ensue on Day 12 of Sketchavember.
Sometimes weird, weird ideas like a bloodhound with the body of a bikini model hit you at strange times of the day. Or, um, night in this case.
Interpretation of this one is totally up to you. ;-P
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
For Day 10 of Sketchavember, I strolled down a different path from what I usually do.
I wanted to try not only drawing a guy but a rather powerful, sensual kind of guy as well. I've been known to dip my toes into the "sexy girl" sketches so I only figured it would make sense to see if I can translate that into my guys.
Hopefully I managed to straddle a line between smokin' sexy and tasteful.
I can see this guy as part of a boylesque troupe (yes, they really do exist! Google it!) under the stage name of "Little Tramp".
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The wee hours of Sketchavember: Day 9 has led me to toy around a little with Bryan Lee O' Malley's art style.
Yup, I actually do own everything I am wearing in this drawing and since I used the word "I", this is indeed a cartoony self portrait.
JENNA SOKALSKI HAS DEFEATED THE CLOCK![/voice over]
Monday, November 8, 2010
Woo! Another week of Sketchavember approaches!
This here is Day 8's drawing. It appears that I'm not quite done turning the idea of a traditional happy little housewife on its head just yet. For those not in the know, my Halloween costume also ran on this theme: a homicidal 1950's housewife (complete with the bloodstained apron, gloves and cut up face).
Lots of Bikini Kill and Gossip (with just a pinch of classic oldies for that retro touch) helped fuel this piece along.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
It appears Day 7 of Sketchavember has led me to experiment with one of my original characters appearance wise.
I woke up this morning and wondered what Serena (from my "That Rave Last Night" comic story) would look like with bangs.
For reference, here she is sans bangs.
So whaddya think? Yay? Nay? Has potential? Don't even bother?
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Sketchavember is still underway as I make it to Day 6.
Now here's an old character of mine I never thought I'd revisit: it's Kidd!
She, along with a few other characters, were going to be a part of a much larger scale story but I fell victim to the "Backstory Curse": fixating too much on the characters backstories to really come up with a concrete plot. If you're planning on developing an original story, please don't succumb to the "Backstory Curse".
Anyway, she will be returning in some published format. Stay tuned for future details.
You're intrigued, no? ;-P
For shits and giggles, here's one of the earliest drawings I have of Kidd drawn way back in 2007.
I hope to god I have improved since then.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Here is Day 5's drawing for Sketchavember.
I had a feeling binging on all those "Simpsons" DVDs (the Season Four boxset to be precise ) would catch up with me sooner or later. It's been quite some time since I last drew something "Simpsons" related anyway.
I think the ultimate push for me to draw alien Maggie came in the form of CR's "Top 13 Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Stories" video over at TGWTG.com.
I swear it wasn't intended to go in such a morbid direction but I just had to place a butcher's knife in her tentacle. It wouldn't totally surprise me if she had a knife in her possession, she is Maggie "Shot Mr. Burns" Simpson after all. ;-)
Thursday, November 4, 2010
"Open your eyes for me..."
Day 4 of Sketchavember brings a continuation of what I was working on yesterday: a completely over-the-top costume design inspired by the crazy addictive online game "Robot Unicorn Attack" over on Adult Swim's website.
Are your eyes burning from the rainbowrifficness of it all? :-P
The mane is attached to a hairband with the ears and horn and the tail is a belt. I can imagine the hooves being achieved with clear color paper. The same kind of material they used to make those old school 3D glasses.
Why is it that I always come up with more costume ideas right after Halloween? Must be a sign that I need to hit up more conventions. ;-)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
EDIT: Got rid of that annoying smudge.
Day 3 of Sketchavember brings me my second contribution.
It was originally going to be a costume design but it started getting much, much too big so I decided to shift my focus on something small and simple that would also give me a little practice in a few departments...
-My Pentell brushpen (but I had to use a few other multiliner pens for certain areas but the brushpen was used for a good bulk of the image.
-Different perspectives of the head.
Kinda had sultry sex symbols like Bridget Bardot on the brain here. Just wanted to draw a good haughty little pout. ;-)
Was I on the mark or hopelessly off? Let me know. ;-)
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Okay, so here's the other freebie sketch I was talking about. This time, it was for MrVorhias over at DeviantART who wanted me to draw his cyberpunked out avatar.
If you all know me by now, there was no way I would have turned down an oppurtunity to engage in some cyberpunkery in sketch form. ;-) Mmm, goggles.
This was done before Sketchavember, for the record.
EDIT: I cleaned up the image a little more on Photoshop.
Holy crap! An honest-to-god update on this blog! Yup, I've gotten my drawing groove back and what better time to get it back than for SKETCHAVEMBER!
"What is Sketchavember?", you might be asking. Well, you know how thousands of people take on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and attempt to write a full length novel throughout the month of November? Well, this is the drawing equivalent of it. The goal is to produce one piece of art per day be it a simple doodle on a napkin, a comic strip or even a full-on mural painting. It's totally up to you. For more information, you can read the official and original journal entry here or on the originator's DeviantART page here.
Now, as for the drawing itself "Porcie: Such a Doll" is an original character belonging to diesseapril over on DeviantART. This was done as a freebie sketch along with a few others which I shall post soon.
But back to the drawing. The dress was so fun to design. It became this Rococo meets glam vampire thing and with such beauty and glamour, I just had to add in a big ol' scythe to spruce things up. Ahhh, manic violence and dainty elegance. My favorite combination!
This also doubles as my first and second drawing for Sketchavember: I worked on this yesterday and discovered the challenge later that night and completed it today. Make sense?
Stay tuned for more Sketchavember goodness!