I'm sharing the February Art Update earlier this month, since I'm travelling back to Canada(!) on the 27th to celebrate my mom's birthday on the 28th. I haven't seen my parents in the year-and-a-half since I moved to California, so to say that I'm excited for this trip is an understatement.
Any art-stuff I complete during the next few days will just be bumped to March's Update, though anyone following me on social media (or Ko-fi) will get to see anything I share.
I'm not promising that I'll be posting much during the trip, though. There will be parents to bug, dogs to hang-out with, and newborn puppies to care for. (The tiniest of sub-woofers, just born on the 23rd.)
The result was a 20-30 minute sketch done entirely on the tablet, using ArtFlow. There was nothing in mind when I started other than "draw an elf". For a sketch, it turned out fairly well. I made a note to come back to it eventually because, while I like it the result, it doesn't capture quite what I wanted.
Something wasn't perfect. But it would have to do, for now.
This is a new process for me, and I'm not at all familiar with video editing. (Read: I did not edit this at all.) If time-lapses of my art process is something people want to see more of, do let me know. If that's the case, in the future I will take the time to learn and either at voice over, or music, depending on what makes most sense. (There's YouTube tutorials for everything these days, right?)
In 2005, I had a story idea that I was mulling about for some time. There's a character, Rae, that I had finally got inspired enough to actually draw. The image below features the first (and, until recently, only) time she's been seen in any of my work.
These days, I'm writing a story about Rae's world and much has changed from 2005. Only two characters from that first idea still exist in the story... but that's something I'll share more on, later. For now it's still in the early stages and there's much work to do.
Nearly 15 years later, I finally revisited this character's design. And this time, I'm more confident that I got her looks nailed down. Her features are much more angular and intense, and I wasn't afraid to draw the antlers protruding from her skull.
FEBRUARY 20 & 21
"Later" was the difference of twenty days.
While I liked the original, something was missing. It wasn't quite what I had in mind, but I still couldn't quite picture it. I used the sketch as a reference to rework the lineart, and made additions as I went. I'm much happier with the result now.
Sometimes you just have to rebuild from the base to get it just right!
I'm starting to add flowers into my art and I think they're just... easy to create and fun to draw. I'm often listening to music or calling the parents when I'm creating and the flowers just seem to... happen.
(Maybe they sprout? Can I make a plant pun here?)
The challenge is open to everyone, and for anyone else wanting to try I recommend checking out the post on Twitter.
Here's my attempt:
I tried a few different things here, too, especially with the flowers. I removed the bold outlines and tried to make them feel more delicate, and used both softer and lighter colours to the image instead of the usual dark theme.
I may have to draw this elf a bit more and incorporate her into my writing in some way. Decisions.
Which one do you prefer?
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