Thursday, October 20, 2016

INKtober 2016, Day 19!

INKtober 2016, Day 19: Discord
9x12 brush pen on Stonehenge paper

I'd wanted to draw Discord for ages. His character design is so much fun! It's a shame I wimped out on adding his hind legs; like his arms, they're mismatched. I'll have to give him another try! :D

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

INKtober 2016, Day 18!

INKtober 2016, Day 18: Comfort
9x12 acrylic and watercolor on Canson XL watercolor paper

INKtober 2016, Day 17!

INKtober 2016, Day 17: Raccheruchhe
11x14 technical pen / pen and ink on Strathmore Windpower Vellum bristol paper

Technical pen sketch.

Skull inked with technical pens; body with pen and ink.

I used Eliot Goldfinger's Animal Anatomy for Artists as reference.

Fixed Raccheruchhe's wing, again using Animal Anatomy for Artists as reference.

Fixing unwanted inks with an X-Acto knife!
Almost finished!

Raccheruchhe (RAW'keh rook), the Restorer, is another one of my terribly neglected fantasy babies. She has taken many forms over the years, but currently has a mixture of sphinx and manticore characteristics. She is the elder sibling of Uyne, Ersphse, Tetzylrach, and Zhaji. Ersphe and Tetzylrach will be Inktober pieces soon!

Generally loving with her siblings, Raccheruchhe is the most volatile of The Five. As with her siblings, she is asexual, physically and by orientation. She prefers feminine pronouns.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

INKtober 2016, Day 16!

INKtober 2016, Day 16: GIMME ANOTHER ONE
6x8 Derwent Inktense on Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media paper

Ballpoint pen sketch.

Dry Derwent Inktense looks like regular colored pencil.

I needed to draw another silly thing for Inktober. After a half hour or more of deliberation, I had the urge to draw an "angry drunk" hummingbird. And so it was done.

INKtober 2016, Day 15!

INKtober 2016, Day 15: Thank You for 200 IG Followers!
6x8 Derwent Inktense on Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media paper

I quick beagle puppy to show my thanks for reaching 200 Instagram followers. Woo hoo!

INKtober 2016, Day 14!

INKtober 2016, Day 14: The Ever-Grinning Maw
9x12 technical pen and ink wash on Stonehenge paper

Referencing several older sketches before choosing a pose.
Ignore the opposing up-down head counts.
Chose a good pose!

Ezthlitofett, the Ever-Grinning Maw, is a vigilante marked by congenital deformities and scars from grievous wounds. He is quiet by nature and out of necessity; it's hard to speak with retained and overgrown deciduous teeth. He is one of my oldest characters, and someone I need to draw more often.

INKtober 2016, Day 13!

INKtober 2016, Day 13: Never Say to Finch
11x17 Sharpie and Copic marker on smooth bristol paper

It was only a matter of time before I made a large comic page for this longstanding inside joke. :D

INKtober 2016, Day 12!

INKtober 2016, Day 12: "I am no glutton, Elwick."
11x14 acrylic ink on smooth bristol paper

Fixed up old sketch I'd started last year.

2010 maquette I'd built for a college class. 

The ink I started off with feathered - not good!

"I am no glutton, Elwick. I am merely what the Fáèl dictate I be: a devourer. Understand, however, that I do not devour the innocent."

Uyné is a gregarious and highly intelligent beast. It's not easy to show, however, when you're feared by evil and good alike. Bobbin grew up with tales of Uyné's indiscriminate gluttony. The Mouth was said to be the most fearsome of The Five: a mindless beast driven by hunger.

Appearances are deceiving, however, and that is the theme behind this interaction. Despite his size, 
Uyné is gentle, and well-finessed with handling delicate visitors.

INKtober 2016, Day 11!

INKtober 2016, Day 11: Ace of Spades Hummingbird Hound
6x8 Derwent Inktense on Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media paper

October 11th was National Coming Out Day. I read many wonderful stories about my friends' experiences with finding who they are, and it inspired me to make an homage to my own self-discovery! Actually, "self-discovery" is a misnomer, in my case. My good friend, Tiana, suggested I might be asexual based on answers I gave on a dA quiz in 2005. That suggestion changed my life.

I've identified as asexual for 11 years - since I was 17. I wanted to draw something cute to represent the Ace of Spades - an aromantic asexual - and decided upon a pudgy hummingbird hound.

To everyone who chose to come out on October 11th - lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, nonbinary, pansexual, and otherwise - and to everyone who chose not to come out: you are valid.
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