Saturday, January 19, 2019

Inktober 2017, Day 6!


Inktober 2017, Day 6: "I can see the sugar in your eyes!"
6x9 acrylic ink and walnut ink on mixed media paper





Over a year later: here's Day 6 of my Inktober 2017 challenge! Seeing as I have most of my backlogged work organized for sharing, I figured I might as well just pick up where I left off.

The title was inspired by that day's Starbucks treats at work. I had a tuxedo Salted Caramel Mocha - just about the sugariest BS you can drink, but oh man, was it an experience!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

I let 2018 whiz past me with nary a blog post. As guilty as I felt about not sharing my art process, I had to remind myself that working full-time (usually 45+ hours a week) left me little time to prepare blog posts. And I like to share thorough blog posts!

I've got a lot I still want to share. Part of me says Start Fresh and Move On. The other part of me organizes progress folders for the following projects:


And that's not even counting the projects I didn’t fully share in 2017, including my comics venture, "Lily's Nightmare," nor the many adventures I experienced throughout 2018. Oh, jeez.

I'm on the fence about sticking with Blogger. Most of my Inktober 2016 pageviews were spam, spiking at consistent times throughout the day, week, month, and so on. In a word: discouraging. I'm considering a partial switch to Wordpress, i.e. cross-posting between platforms for better SEO.

Time will tell. What do you think? Slowly work through the wealth I have stored, or New Year, New Blog?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Inktober 2017, Day 5!


Inktober 2017, Day 5: Baku
8.5x11 brush pen in sketchbook


Inspired by Thornwolf's Inktober challenge! The Baku is a dream eater from Chinese and Japanese mythology. Inked in my sketchbook while hanging at Books With Pictures for Comics Night!


Sketchbook photo from Books With Pictures.

Inktober 2017, Day 4!


Inktober 2017, Day 4: Invertaur
9x12 pen and ink on bristol paper



2015 sketchbook drawing and re-sketched version.





The Invertaur is a biomechanical vanguard unit hailing from my fledgling scifi story, Paradigm Chimera. I haven't written much for it at all, save for one creative writing prompt during college. I've slowly populated this world with more characters, however, and I enjoy returning to it!

Invertaurs likely come in different classes or 'models,' but they're all MASSIVE and share a hive mind.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Inktober 2017, Day 3!


Inktober 2017, Day 3: Queen of Self-Disgust
9x12 Derwent Inktense on Strathmore Mixed Media paper








Unsex Me Here (2006)
9x12 Micron pens on paper


Process video showing how I apply water to dry Inktense.
(Sound off if you'd like to avoid a silly conversation I have with my roommate.)

Queen of Self-Disgust is based off of 2006 vent art (still one of my favorite old drawings, despite its issues). I hadn't considered making this character colorful until I sat down to draw this new rendition!

She's shown up in my sketchbooks several times throughout the years since that ink drawing.

Inktober 2017, Day 2!


Inktober 2017, Day 2: Human!Twitch
6x9 technical pen and colored pencil on smooth bristol paper





Human!Twitch is fun to draw. Disgusting, but fun. Pose and quote directly inspired by a scene from AKIRA (the film; said scene is absent from the manga).

Twitch is usually a huge tomcat, and a sadomasochistic cannibal.

Inktober 2017, Day 1! (plus BONUS)


Inktober 2017, Day 1: DECAY
9x12 brush pen in my sketchbook



Ahklut bonus sketch!

Blogger isn't what it used to be, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't continue to update it! So, better late than never, here is Inktober, Day 1. I began with my poster girl for all things grim and gory, Decay. Added a bonus Ahklut for Thornwolf's creature challenge!

Decay didn't scan well; I drew her too close to the sketchbook seam. I used to add margins to my sketchbooks to prevent this from happening, ha!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

February Face-Fest, Room Renovations, and DIY Photo Boxes!


Kicking off with the Meet the Artist meme.


Studies and character studies for Paranoid. 


 Studies and character studies for Lily.


Finch's turnaround came out pretty well!


Test run: mini photo box!


Owl charm and Musky the Smilodon toy.


Quartz crystal (purchased) and a hag stone from Oceanside.


Agates I collected from Oceanside last year.


A couple of my old Sculpey figurines: kitty-dog and a Moraunx (1999 or 2000).


Raccoon skull I cleaned in 2006. Lots of damage, but a great reference! 



Anne's turnaround is decent.



Rant's turnaround: EYEBROWS.



Zentangle-inspired owl based on a suggestion from Sophie!


ADORABLE papercraft portrait Katie made of me! (Plus tiny cat friend.)



Christine's fabulous Sphynx cat, Gandalf the Pink!


Table setup prior to breakdown.





Naked walls are so weird...


Built with generous help from my aunt and uncle!











Fieran's turnaround is getting there. Best version I've drawn of her, at least!


Brought my Samsung monitor out of storage to use with my Surface!



Raquel and Fieran. <3 p="">



Quick reworking of an old marker illustration using watercolor pencils and Derwent Inktense. I want to make a full version!


February was another fickle month. I began my personal art challenge - February Face-Fest - on a good foot, and ended with few completed drawings to show for what I'd had planned. It was progress, but it often felt in vain.

I found distractions to pique my interest: installing and learning how to use Linux on my old laptop; building my own photo boxes to take better photos of my prints (tested with many different items); making charms with the owl beads Mom gave me for Christmas; and preparing to upgrade to a loft bed. I participated in Fanaticon 2, which was lackluster in sales but wonderful for inspiration.

...I'm finally posting this in August and I began prepping this post in March??? Life is weird. ;P