A new art style I had an idea for, which seemed to best fit Miss Zanotto here. It’s been a really, really, really long time since I’ve played Psychonauts, but it’s still one of the best games ever.
In other news, the massive project I’ve been working on seems to have hit a roadblock. I’ve got plenty of plot for future scenes, but can’t seem to figure out what is supposed to happen in the next comic in the continuity. I’m tempted to just draw all the scenes I want to draw first and then fill in the blanks; but if I do that, then, as my style evolves, the key scenes will be really crappily drawn while the boring, in-between bits will be gorgeous. It’s really getting on my nerves, as I’ve only been able to draw three pages in three months.
This is hasty concept art for one of the very very minor characters. No he is not a time-traveler from the 80s.
And now for something completely different.
I went to see Ender’s Game on Saturday, and here’s what I think: as a standalone sci-fi film? Not bad. As a series of cinematographic illustrations for a handful of scenes of the book? Pretty darn good. But as the film adaptation of Ender’s Game? An electronic donkey food-trough wiper. Seriously. Major Anderson was decent, and Peter was decent for all ten of the seconds he had on the screen, and Asa Butterfield looks like a cross between Elijah Wood and Benedict Cumberbatch. But if you actually wanted to see an intelligent, rational young boy — or even any of Ender’s actual games — you’re out of luck, because it’s just an hour and a half of having glorious CGI-Outer Space being shoved in your face.
Anyway. Peace and Long Life!
I finished SSBB and Portal 2 two days ago on the same day, and it sort of all got mushed together in my head and this is the end result. You can sort of see where I got lazy and decided not to draw her feet, but overall I’m quite pleased with it. Think of this as a Halloween special, I guess. There won’t be much coming for a while now because I’m working on something else.
What a silly thing I have made.
HEY GUYS GUESS WHICH MINOR CHARACTER WILL TRAGICALLY DIE IN THE FINAL CLIMACTIC BATTLE
If the first Hobbit movie was ridiculously unfaithful to the book, wait until you see the second one.
Look! Will Turner is suddenly King of Dale! Aw, and Thranduil is offering his help to the Dwarves instead of locking them up in the dungeons for being stubborn and menacing. How sweet. Maybe he’ll offer them lollipops and helium balloons on their way out.
Argh. I realize this may seem a bit harsh on the movies, but frankly, I’m sick of disloyal film adaptations. It doesn’t actually seem that bad overall; what really bugs me is the gratuitous side-villain with the stupid spiky arm that was supposed to have died decades ago, and whatshername, the ginger stick-in-the-mud. Absolutely pointless extra characters who only make things seem overly dramatic. Grr.
Possibly what bothers me the most about miss scowly-face is that she is an Elf. More specifically, she is an Elf who is the romantic interest.
Think about it. If Elves went around having descendants all over the place like Humans do, the entire planet would be overpopulated with elves because they are immortal. So I figured that, to reduce the chances of overpopulation, they would have a much weaker sex drive than Humans do, and only like a quarter would ever fall in love at all, much less have children. That the romantic interest in the film should be an Elf would simply be statistically improbable. Of course, this is just my theory, but it is still science, and it bothers me that science is being contradicted here. Even if it’s just hypothetical science.
There. My frustrations have been vented.
It’s Lore! With a gun! ‘Nuff said.
Yes, I know, his right arm shouldn’t be doing that, but I wanted it in that position and if it were anatomically correct he would have to be facing away from the viewpoint and blah blah blah so I cheated, okay? Hopefully it doesn’t look too jarring.
In other news, I updated the About page yet again. The only reason any of you regulars could be remotely interested is because I drew stuff that is now there and nowhere else on the site. (Apologies for the messiness of the last sentence. Sometimes I just can’t figure out how to phrase something properly.)
Not much to say here — as suggested, my last few weeks of summer vacation are going to be spent in an extensive relationship with the living-room couch. I do actually doodle something post-worthy from time to time, though, so here’s what I’ve been up to the past week.
Ford Prefect from Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as described in the book and not the radio show or movie, which, as you may or may not know, are completely different in many respects. His left shoulder is rotated too far back, and he should looks too much like Hanna Cross, but on the whole I’m pretty happy with it.
Hours of playing Minecraft have produced this, an under-detailed sketch of an Ender Man, de-blocked. And by “de-blocked” I mean “how I think one would look if it didn’t live in a universe where all form of matter is arranged in convenient three-foot-high cubes”. This is in fact less similar to what it would probably actually look like, but I wanted to go for something with more sharp, pointy bits that looked sorta like a Xenomorph, and this is what I came up with.
That is all.
This is a vampire. His name is Steve. ‘Nuff said.
So yeah, figured I’d try following Tessa Stone’s drawing tips because, well, if the wizard who forged the gem known as Hanna is Not a Boy’s Name had anything advice to give about drawing, then it was probably going to be pretty darn good advice.
The result of this venture is, apparently, a green-haired vampire wearing burgundy velvet and a goofy expression. Also his skin is way too yellowy-pink for someone who’s dead, but I think this particular tone works just fine with the rest of the image.
So anyway, moral of the story is: overuse the gradient tool and your contrasts will look gorgeous. Yay!
More Aikonia stuff! Their characters are so drawable it’s so easy and fun do draw fanstuffs. Woo!
The redhead is Katherine, a.k.a Kat, newly introduced character and explorer extraordinaire. Ira, the new illustrator, has done a pretty good job with her so far, but it’s my personal opinion that Katie — the old illustrator — did a stronger take on the character and the party in general. Speaking of which, I wonder who’s designing the graphics in the game itself and whether they will intentionally resemble Katie’s or Ira’s art styles? Only time will tell
In other news, I can’t draw shadows right.
Hello again, internet! Still haven’t found the word for a bird’s claws; no matter, I’ll just use ‘talons’. Anyway, this is a drawing in which I practiced facial expressions; namely, the one commonly know as “double-you tee eff”. And, yes, I decided to stick the face onto Legolases’ head because, well, why not? Also because in a lot of the comics I sketch (but don’t post), faces such as these are common, as well as their being on the scion of Thranduil’s face. Either way, it just seemed like a fun idea.
On an unrelated note, who else’s physics teacher looks like the Medic from Team Fortress? Because my physics teacher looks like the Medic from Team Fortress.
Okay, I know I really, really, really shouldn’t be doing this but I am desperate, people, SO. PLEASE PLEASE can anyone tell me what the word for a bird’s claw is and NO IT IS NOT A TALON that is the claw on the BACK of the foot I need to know the word for a bird’s fingers. I know Terry Pratchett mentions it in a Discworld novel but I can’t find it SO if one of you excellent incredibly eloquent people who follow my blog — and I know there are quite a few of you — if ANY of you know what that one word is, please let me know. Thank you.