January 27, 2010

Day 20: More fairy tales

So, after taking a few days to apparently do nothing (yeah, I'm doing really great with the whole Drawing a day concept. Yeesh.) I'm back with a quick sketch for the fairy tale "Many Furs." I had previously posted about this work by the Brothers Grimm. I'm really hoping to do a few finished illustrations for this. It's one of my favorite fairy tales and I've rarely seen it interpreted visually in a few places. So, there will be more of these drawings in the coming weeks. You've been warned.

January 24, 2010

Day 19: Zombie

Today's sketch was inspired by a friend of mine. That, and I'm kind of intrigued by the idea of zombies throughout history. There's nothing to say that a zombie wouldn't cling to the trappings of their human existence. And if a person spent most of their mortal existence being an over-coifed peacock, she might try to remain fabulous after death.

January 22, 2010

Day 18: Gargoyle

Sometimes I think that being a gargoyle would be really boring. You just sit around all day, watching stuff, getting rained on. Your only friends would be other gargoyles and pigeons.

January 21, 2010

Day 17: Wasn't Everyone's Childhood Like This?

Every little vampire girl should have a franken-kitty.

January 20, 2010

Day 16: Crafty!

This is a tribute to my passion for sewing, done in a traditional tattoo style.

January 19, 2010

Day 15: Cupcake!

Yep, today's drawing is a quick sketch of a cupcake. I was truly at a shortage for ideas today. Plus, I like cupcakes.

January 18, 2010

Catch-up Day!

Well, it's been a few days since I posted, but that doesn't mean I haven't been drawing! The first few were inspired by the Brothers Grimm story "Allerlerauh" or "Many Furs". It's about a princess who runs away from home and disguises herself in a robe made of the furs of all the creatures of the forest. There's parties, pretty dresses and a happily ever after.
This is when the king finds Allerleiruah hiding in a tree.

This is a design for what she would look like in the furs.

I couldn't really decide which time period to set this story in, so I just drew an 18th century French gown. I've got a fascination with historical costumes.

This last one was just a random drawing of a rib cage that I did. It has nothing to do with the fairy tale. I think my drawings were getting too "pretty" and I had to do something a little weird.

January 14, 2010

Day 10: Anglerfish Monster

Today I found myself without my sketchbook. So I drew this in my notebook, which I try to keep with me at all times so I can jot ideas down. I sat in a coffee shop and doodled this. I have a fascination with deep sea creatures and fish monsters. So why no combine the two of them? Also, not having a pencil I had to do this with just a ball point pen. I forgot how much I enjoy using ink.

January 13, 2010

Day 9: Space Girl Pin-Up

Ah, there's nothing like a retro-futuristic space girl out to combat the forces of intergalactic evil. I'm a fan of pin-ups, especially the saucy ones.

January 12, 2010

Day 8: The Aviatrix

I like the term "Aviatrix". This was sprung from looking at too many old photographs of pilots, ladies and war uniforms. She's a little too pretty to be a real pilot from the early days of flight. Probably just a silent movie star in a film about a female pilot.

January 11, 2010

Day 6 & 7: Catching Up

Due to my weekend plans, I got a little behind on posting. So here's drawings for Saturday and Sunday. Apparently this weekend was the time for anthropomorphic creatures. The first drawing is of some deer/man forest spirit thing. Obviously the second is a mermaid. Not much else to say.

January 8, 2010

Day 5: Red Panda Scare

Ok, he's not scary, but he's a red panda. I've always wanted to draw a red panda in a fuzzy Russian hat (I'm sure I'm not original in this idea.) I don't usually draw cutesy critters, but he happened. I think lack of sleep has made me delusional. I did the color in about an hour and a half in Photoshop.

January 7, 2010

Day 4: Doodle Day!

Yeah... today, due to another project, I didn't have much time to spend on a drawing. But the point is to get something on paper, even if it's a quick doodle. Looking at this, I'm considering enrolling in a figure drawing class. It's been at least 4 years and I feel rusty.

As for inspiration, it's cold here, and this guy's expression is about how I feel right now. Cold, weary and on the border of insanity. So, nothing new.

January 6, 2010

Day 3: Quetzalcoatl

This is Quetzalcoatl, the Meso-American god. He was worshiped by the Aztec and Maya as well as other cultured of Central and South America. He's been depicted in several different form, but I kinda prefer the feathered serpent.

The first two drawings were cleaned up a little in photoshop before I put it up here. Today I decided to leave the page raw. The doodle in the top left corner was where I was trying to figure out positioning. Also, I wrote "day 2" in the top right corner. This drawing was supposed to be for yesterday, but he wasn't done in time. I was influenced by the way Gustav Dore drew his creatures as well as original Meso-American art.

January 4, 2010

Day 1 Drawing: Dreaming in R'yleh

Day one: This is the first drawing. An interpretation of C'thulhu from the work of H. P. Lovecraft. I'm a huge fan of Lovecraft's work and a horror fan in general. Given the nature of my Experiment, I thought it would be appropriate to open with the insanity-inducing Old One himself.

The Experiment

Welcome to my artist blog. This is an experiment. Well, it's more like a challenge for myself, which will hopefully help me grow as an artist.

The experiment is to make one drawing a day. Sometimes this will be a finished rendering. Other times this will be a doodle on a napkin. Either way I am going to try to put pen/pencil to paper and create something every single day.

This comes out of a need to reconnect with the "artist" part of myself. Honestly the idea of this is daunting, but I'm pushing forward. I'm hoping that by putting this out on the interwebs it'll force me to commit to the experiment.

I'll probably post other work on this blog, too. Hopefully some of these drawings get turned into finished pieces. Stay tuned!