Saturday, March 18, 2017

January 2017 sketchbook / Creatuanary art!

Sculpey kitty-dog I ended up giving to Mom!  

Day 1: Harpy (Grizelle, from Paradigm Chimera)

Day 2: Hippocampus (whale-based!)

Interlude: Oaxacan Honeybee for my friend, Elsa! It was actually a gift for her beekeeper friends; they give her honey throughout the year. She told me they loved it! 

Final details added with colored pencil.

Visited Mom's work after hanging out with Elsa. Mom has a bunch of my early Sculpey figurines at her cubicle. :D

Finch and I contemplate the meaning of being 29.

Day 3: Stirge (mosquito-bat hybrid from Dungeons and Dragons)

Day 4: Chimera

Day 5: Lamia

Day 6: Hydra

Day 7: Tzika

Day 8: Gryphon (Silverclaw, from Legacy [working title])

Day 9: Mutated T-rex

Sir John Hurt passed away on January 25th. Three of his films had immeasurable impact on me as an artist and person: Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, and The Elephant Man. I drew Hazel, Snitter, and Joseph "John" Merrick, respectively, to represent each film.

Musky, my faithful Smilodon model.

Day 10: Manticore (based off of Musky)

Mass catch-up strikes again!

I jumped on the Creatuanary train a little late. I completed only 10 of 31 prompts, but it was still needed practice! The early months of any given year are when I'm at my most fickle. I like having different things to do, even when I try to complete a drawing challenge.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book cover: Elder's Pride - Part 1

August 2016 sketches drawn in preparation for my friend Robert's book cover! His novel, Elder's Pride, focuses on a group of Smilodon fatalis in the California Pleistocene. It's a fantastic read, and if you're familiar with Robert T. Bakker's Raptor Red, you're going to want to keep your eyes peeled.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

30 Day (Personal) Monster Girl Challenge (December 2016)

Tiny announcement drawing of my Paradigm Chimera harpy, now named Grizelle.

I love working from printed reference.

I never finished outlining Grizelle's face - oops!

Older sketchbook work and Skully used as reference for Tourniquet.

2006 illustration (framed) and older sketches as reference.

Partial reference for my Moraunx warrior, Plybestra.

I used my Schleich Therizinosaurus toy to help me draw Atriaph's face.

Hurray for different body types! Shika Noriah (left) and Cobra Venom (right) are a couple.

Gavabu (left) and Gesarke (right) are rivals of sorts.

Nique (left) and her daughter Ceruliko (right) have been with me since the early 2000s.

First piece of fan art for the challenge: Demona from Gargoyles

More fan art: Lying Cat from Saga.

Hello, 2017. It's about time I started blogging again!

Starting off with some backlogged 30 Day (Personal) Monster Girl Challenge posts. I shared most of them to my Instagram, but I've included some extra progress shots. I certainly kept myself busy during December! I began at home and finished while visiting my family in California.

This was the perfect opportunity to explore my characters' appearances and stories, and to include some fun creature studies and fan art.
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