Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I'm new to drawing dogs, but they're easily becoming one of my favorite subjects. They're a huge challenge for me to get right, but that's what makes it so much fun. Dogs are beautiful and unique, and I just can't get enough of 'em!

I love my new sketchbook. It takes watercolor washes beautifully, and what better way to break in a new sketchbook than go to the local dog run and do some sketches? <3

Drawing them from life was proving to be difficult, so I took pictures and did most of these that way, still referencing the running guys all the while. These were the practice sketches I did for my Corgi comic. I had never seriously drawn a dog prior to this, save maybe once or so.

My dog books just came today, it's filled with so much information and beautiful pictures! I'm happy I purchased them. My favorite hobby is studying the different dog breeds, and now I have two great resources at my disposal to learn even more! <3

An oekaki I did just now over at Cimetery:

I love the Saluki, they're always so beautiful and elegant!

ah, how I want a dog so bad...oh well, that won't be for a few years! Until then, I'm content with studying them and learning much about these awesome animals. :D

Saturday, May 16, 2009

TOUCH sketches

The sketches for my Touch allegory project.

First one, I tried to do a literal translation. I quickly realized that wasn't gonna work for me.

...so I went nuts. still, there was something off. (I may turn this sketch into a digital piece, I still kinda like it.)

and here's the winning sketch:

Tom made me change the whale, or rather said to make more 'sense' out of it. so I made him a pterodactyl. I still like the sketch better than the final, though.

the final:
In the end, it's okay. I made a TON of mistakes along the way, but I'll take it for what it is. I wish I had taken progress shots of it, because the ink b&w was WAY better. it had a cool drybrush thing goin' on. but what's done is done, and this project was a HUGE learning experience.

the dA link, with the original allegorical text.

...so my class with the feared Tom Woodruff is at an end. It was one of the most challenging experiences I've had, but I learned so much about myself and my art, and about appreciating other art forms. The chair of our department is feared by most in the cartooning department, but it's really unjustified. Tom's class was the most fun I've had working so hard in a really long time. I'd love to take it again if I had the chance, I'm gonna miss having a class with him so much. <3

Unapproving Jazz


but...umm...anyway, I've been posting some of my art from Tom Woodruff's Drawing class on my dA, so you can check that out if you want. <3


Monday, May 11, 2009

prep work

I would like to upload stuff here more often. I have tons of pages from my sketchbooks to scan in, I just haven't gotten to it yet.

I like to draw on regular printer paper a lot more now. gives more freedom to just do whatever without having to worry about people seeing it. usually comes out better if I have that mindset.

so here's some prep work of an Okami fanart illustration I'm working on. I start off with warm-up doodles of whatever (in this case cygnus, lyra, and an aussie shep puppy <3 ), then go on to little thumbs, bigger thumbs, gesture study, etc, etc...

lolz doggie butt. <3 I'm debating whether the final should have that or not. XDD

summertime means job hunting, but the market's so dry it's proving to be incredibly difficult for me. here's hoping I can at least make a buck this summer! ^__^;;

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Houndoom WIP

Finally done with my schoolwork, so I continued a picture I've wanted to do for SO long now!

here's a work-in-progress:

Houndoom, use Fire Fang!

still got a long way to go on it, but just thought I'd show the rough. wanted to do an actual painting...a charchoal + acrylic, but I think I'll save it for another time. :p

aaand here's another WIP:

pretty much finished with the main Houndoom, but for the BG I'm planning on making a whole pack of 'em among a rockface and grass, as if you encountered them in the wild. haha, I'd hate to be camping and bump into a pack of these guys. XD;;

hahaaaa....Dobermans = LOVE. they're so...sleek and badass. <3 I've really been on a dog kick lately. XD

wheeee here's the finish:

lalala....the deviation link is here: http://firecloud.deviantart.com/art/Houndoom-Fire-Fang-121359026

this was fun to do. I'm glad I have time to do things I want to now! ^___^ <3