Creatures

Creatures

It’s the 3rd time I’ve taken part in Twitters illustration collective – Animal Alphabets.  It’s been a great way to practice, try new things and see all the amazing work produced by other creatives. The Monster Movie/Book Characters round has been suitably gloomy as I love dark art – it’s also been really hard as I have a picture book to finish! I’ve made some rather mediocre monsters at times – some that are definitely on my redraw list when I have the time. Here are my favourites so far. The rest can be seen with all the other entries here.

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I work. I used all kinds of references for these creatures  – my tablet is full of photos, I follow many awesome artists and my book shelf  is full of books.  I think my Spectrum collection and my Japanese Comickers  are probably the most inspiring set of books I own but then the postman brings me an Imagine FX once a month and it’s so full of awesome digital work I suddenly remember why I bought that graphics tablet. The tablet is barely used – I really will learn how at some point but I love working traditionally so much, maybe it was a massive waste. I really hope not but I think it was, deep down.

I need music when I work – I go through dreadful phases of being hooked on the same thing and then suddenly it’s all over and a new fad starts. Right now it’s anything Tokyo Ghoul – that season 1 opening theme!  I just finished the anime (season 1 and 2) and I’m heartbroken. Not sure if it’s because it’s over for now or if the story was just so sad.  I have started purchasing the Manga.

Bibliography and Inspiration

Spectrum Fantastic Arts

Imagine FX

Japanese Comickers

@AnimalAlphabets (Twitter)

Music I listened to

Probably a lot of metalcore and goth – as is my way.

Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 – full song Unravel by TK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0v3ajXh5S0

Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Actual Intro with characters/art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMeR2W19wT0

http://www.pandora-epic-music.com/

 

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Fileas and the Balloons

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I have been taking part in the Animaloon Collective on Twitter- each month a new animal is chosen to inflate (February is Guinea Pigs). What fun!

I decided to try and use it as an opportunity to work on Fileas Funeral Pyrate as he has been cast aside over other work lately and it’s frustrating . I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your own projects and interests alive when you are doing work on other people’s projects – it’s a good way to relax and take stock of your own goals – it’s all too easy to see your personal projects abandoned and collecting dust where you left them. Drawlloween helped me with that in October and now the Twitterverse is keeping me sane with Animal Alphabets and Animaloons.

Fileas is a story I am developing. It began with the idea of him starring in scenarios I wanted to draw and I’m now looking at developing his character and giving him some history.

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The earlier drawings for the Animaloon Collective

The illustrations here are the works in progress. I drew him on his Grandfather’s bike and then added a growing entourage of balloons – each month I added more detail to his clothes, and of course the new balloon. Each month I noticed all the flaws in the drawing too, so it became a useful tool in assessing the work which, unfortunately, eventually turned into self-loathing. Oh! the horror of how bad I thought it was! I decided the time had come to make a new illustration using the Indian ink I had fallen for during Drawlloween/Inktober. I enjoyed making the hot air balloon/Grandfathers bike conversion so much! The ink makes swift work of the colouring and works very well with my beloved Polychromos pencils!

The New Year balloon  is a unicorn which I decided to Steampunk because Fileas is Steampunk and I am excited that this balloon project works with my original plan of using the character for  practice with environments, as well as his developing story. This new idea for my animaloony balloons will no doubt evolve. It is evolving! The bike, and adding a new balloon each month, could only last so long so I’ve committed myself to a new illustration each month –  a patchwork, steampunk inspired hot air balloon with Fileas at the helm! Saying that, I’ve already set my cap on a space ship for next month…

Fileas Hot Air Balloon (Reindeerloon)

Fileas in his Hot Air Balloon (with a Reindeerloon to light the way)

 

Bibliography and Inspiration

Spectrum 22

Spectrum 23

Spectrum 24

Sci-Fi Essentials, Imagine FX/Future Publishing.

Anatomy for Fantasy Artists – An essential guide to creating action figures and fantastical forms, Fabry, G., and Cormack, B., David and Charles Publishers, 2006.

Animaloon Collective – @animaloonies

All of this:

https://drawingpaynes.wordpress.com/inspiration/

 

Music I listened to

This is a link for a playlist called Into the Void  from the YouTube  channel “Pandora Journey”– its dramatic, sci fi, futuristic space music and its wonderful! I listen to it a lot when I’m working !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kEMzXw7P2A&t=1596s

http://www.pandora-epic-music.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoopy

Spoopy” is an Internet slang word used to describe something that is comical and spooky at the same time. Originally seen on a photograph of a misspelled Halloween sign (source: Wikipedia)

Not sure if all of my Drawlloween submissions come under that but I like the word and that cute sort of humour, so spoopy it is. I guess disaster might be a good descriptive word for some of them – weirdly most of the ones I hated were the most popular. Pity points? Maybe?

My favourites and potential redraws are the Little Witches, the Spider Bride (bottom of this entry),  Plague Doctor and Crypt Creep. I learned that the Windsor and Newton ink I used is a little like water colour in application and a bit of water will keep it wet for longer leaving you ample time to make an absolute mess of it before it dries in to rancid streaks of bleak. Happily you can add another layer and pray it masks all that heartache or develops into an accidental masterpiece.

 

I did learn to like the fineliners, a little. The very fine pens (my finest being 0.05) aren’t too much trouble and I used mine as I would a pencil – working out the details and lines, and lightly adding fine marks to build up the lights and the darks. I also realised that, though it may be frowned upon by some, lightly drawing out your piece in pencil will actually help build confidence as it prevents mistakes and despair. I simply drew my idea, erased my mistakes and worked away until I was happy. I rolled a putty eraser over the pencil work to make it even lighter (and pick up any graphite dust) and then drew over the work with my pen. I realised that I could actually use the pen and come away with a decent line drawing – all ready and waiting for pen marks to create the form, shadows and little details. Maybe even mess it up! But at least it had a fighting chance.

 

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Days 1 to 16

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Days 17 to 31

Bibliography and Inspiration

A lot of inspiration was found in fellow Drawlloweeners and spooky movies.

My slowly growing Spectrum book collection – Spectrum 24 is out this month!!!

Music

I have pretty much spent the entire month listening to Deftones. I recommend ‘Rosemary’ – its subject matter is very sci-fi, and ‘Tempest’.