Sunday, June 25, 2017

Homages, Designs, and Improvements

It's probably a good thing you don't know how long these blog entries sit in my drafts with the pictures already added but me unable to think of anything coherent to say.

First is a simple sketch of two Attack on Titan characters, Mike and Nanaba, based on a photo of Carrie Fisher being held up by Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca).  The size difference is just uncanny and reminded me of these two.

A few entries ago I showed a sketch I did of Shiro from Voltron as the alien race Altean. I finally took it a step farther and designed some body markings for him, too. So far we've only seen the face marks on the Altean characters, but I think it'd be fun if they had those all over. And if they glowed.

 

Also while working on this I made an outfit template for anything else I want to design for Shiro. Then I looked at the original template I'd done a few months prior and there was like a leap in improvement. It's good to look at whenever I'm discouraged about my artistic journey.


Drawing all those muscles was a nice bonus, too.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Outfit Design and then Some Moana Spoilers

SPOILERS ARE ARE THE VERY BOTTOM

A while ago a fried asked me to help her design a costume for anime convention purposes. Specifically a sort of humanoid interpretation of the Blue Lion from Voltron: Legendary Defender. The Blue Lion bis of course meant to represent water so we tried to incorporate some water/ocean-like details. This is what we ended up with between her giving me details and me sketching ideas a few times. We're both pleased with the end result.

 

Here's what the Blue Lion looks like in the new show, as a reference.


SPOILERS FOR MOANA BEYOND THIS POINT



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Moana is a wonderful movie with amazing music. One song specifically from near the end of the movie really strikes a cord with me. It also made me think of a scenario for Voltron where maybe Shiro has been captured/corrupted and it's up to Pidge to save him not through violence but reminding him of who he really is.

I realize if you're not familiar with Voltron this makes no sense but I worked hard on this and by gum I'm posting it.



Monday, May 22, 2017

Good Thing You're Here For Art

Or at least I assume you are. You're definitely not here for blog titles.

This entry has some nice variety too, I think. Not just in subject matter but in media and the amount of color.

Attack on Titan Season 2 started airing in April... four years after Season 1. But! It was worth the wait. It has gorgeous animation, beautiful music, and it's great to see all my favorites again, especially Hanji.

Strong, intelligent Hanji who can lift grown men without breaking a sweat. Hence the drawing.

Finally rented Moana a while ago from Redbox, and I loved it so much. All of it was amazing, and the music really sticks with a person. One of the songs inspired me to do this drawing of Shiro from Voltron, before he left for the fateful Kerberos mission.

Originally the song is about the ocean, but it could really apply to space too, and how Shiro dreamed of exploring it.


Another Voltron character's birthday was on April 3rd, Pidge! So Pidge and the green lion. I am slowly learning to draw lions semi-decently if not Disney-esque.

And finally something from back in February. It was actually a valentine's gift for a friend of mine of two of her favorite characters, Shiro from Voltron and Mikasa from Attack on Titan. Also muscles because why not. Muscles that... actually turned out decently.



Monday, May 8, 2017

Because Variety is Spicy - Some Attack on Titan Spoilers

*Spoiler-related art will be at the very end for the sake of courtesy



Last entry I mentioned a fanartist and the Voltron contest she won with a monster design. I really enjoy drawing the little guy with Shiro and she likes art of him with Shiro so it all works out. Also the pillbug is really fun to draw.



Also continuing with the official Voltron twitter giving the characters birthdays, Shiro's is on February 29th. That being the case they held an event on the 28th this year instead. My humble contribution is similar to my Hunk birthday drawing where he gets a small, cuddly version of his mecha lion. And a nap. Because he needs one.



I need to start updating this thing more frequently so I can stop having to see months-old art and spot every single anatomy error when I upload them. But I also don't want to over-load everyone so I'll need to find a happy medium somewhere.



*Attack on Titan Spoilers Follow*




In one of the recent story arcs in the Attack on Titan manga, Hanji sustained an injury that cost her an eye. Being the long-time nerd that I am, I was reminded of Roy Mustang at the end of the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime series and reacted accordingly. I actually really like this one still.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Okay, This One's All Voltron

Last winter the official Voltron website hosted an art contest for fans to design a monster for Voltron to fight. A great artist and really great gal who goes by "Zilla" won and to congratulate her I draw Shiro with her "beast's" innocent default, "Pillbug" because he's adorable.

You can see him here. 



This time around the Voltron characters all have official birthdays! We don't know all of them, but they're revealed as they come. Hunk's was January 13th. I love him (and all the characters) so for his birthday I gave him a small, cuddle-sized version of his robot lion.




This one's sloppy and quick but I wanted to draw Shiro as an Altean, one of the alien races in the show. 


My next update should have more variety and some traditional art. I thought I had more from the beginning of the year, but maybe a lot of it was messy sketches that I just never got around to scanning.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Catching the End of 2016

We're closing in on me being up-to-date with the drawings I post here, as these are all that's left from my 2016 folder. That's exciting but also a bit intimidating because soon I'll need to be sure to draw regularly so that this blog has regular content.

Fittingly this entry will be a mix of content. Great way to complete a year of art I think.



Christmas gift for a friend; his hyena character as a Jedi



My first real attempt at the Voltron: Legendary Defender version of Keith, also a gift for a friend. He's cute, it was fun!


Yet another Christmas gift for a Levi/Hanji Secret Santa exchange on Tumblr. My giftee also likes Star Wars, so I rolled with it. They'd be great Jedi.



Saved this for last, since it took the most work. It was part of Shiro week, and the prompt was "Black Lion", which of course is the lion he pilots. I designed a "human" type look for the Black Lion a while ago and decided to use her for the drawing.

This is the Black Lion in case anyone needs a point of reference:



The symbolism is how she protects him and works with him and accepts all of him, including the parts of himself he hates (like his alien cyborg arm).


So that concludes 2016's art! Onto 2017 with the next entry.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Voltron Favorite

Note: The third and final drawing in this entry will have some violent content


In case I haven't made it totally obvious, Shiro is my favorite character in Voltron: Legendary Defender. I relate to him on many levels and he's just so pretty. So here's a mini-dump of some of the (several) drawings I did of him last year.

For Shiro Week: A very young Shiro before he joined the Galaxy Garrison and went to Kerberos



Last fall the Voltron art team released a limited lithograph with every single character from season one of the show... and also these weird floating poofs. I thought they were cute so I drew Shiro with a few.



Drawing with some blood below



Another Shiro Week prompt. "Champion". I based it on his first battle in the arena, which is where I think the scar came from.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Newsflash: I Am Still Bad at Titles

Will I ever be good at titles? No. Moving on.

I saw this dress on a random website and thought it would look great on Hanji. And I was right. Somehow I end up not drawing full body images as often as I should.




More Erwin-dedicated art, this time I wanted to draw his dad. I've drawn him before and it was fun, and the second go was as well. Had to use a reference for his arms but I like how they turned out. 

I believe this was for Halloween, but my favorite Attack On Titan couple dressed as my favorite TV couple, Bob and Linda Belcher (Bob's Burgers).



Also as I post this, it's only a few days until Attack on Titan Season 2 starts. I am not ready for this.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Keep Calm and Form Voltron

Last year in June Dreamworks released an animated show exclusively on Netflix. When a close friend suggested that we watch Voltron, I wondered why she was recommending some corny robot cartoon from the 80's. She was not.

Voltron: Legendary Defender is a re-imagining of the 1983 Voltron: Defenders of the Universe. It's beautifully animated, fantastically written and over-flowing with amazing characters. Honestly I could write a book about how great this show is.

But this isn't a book, it's an art blog. Far less reading and writing involved.

This was the first round of Voltron fanart that I drew. I always start with head sketches when trying new characters. It's actually strange to look back at these and see how far I've come, mainly in drawing Shiro (bottom right).
 

 

I also realized around the time I was hopping aboard the Voltron train that Daniel Henney (Japanese-American actor) looks a lot like Shiro. Of course now that this drawing is old I see all sorts of errors with it. Maybe I should re-do it as a challenge. The facial anatomy makes me want to cry.




Saturday, February 11, 2017

Still Attacking Those Titans

We're getting close to the time last year when I started watching Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix and my artwork started to include that as well as the usual Attack on Titan art. That will probably start in my next catch-up entry. Until then, enjoy some more Attack on Titan characters.



Mikasa is someone who just looks like she'd be into the "punk" style, so when I see clothes like that online I have to draw her in them.




Hanji's birthday is in September and I always try to make sure to do at least a sketch for the occasion.


Another Levi/Hanji event happened on Tumblr. These are the two drawings from that week that I still actually like.

(Levi hate cold >:C )

So next time we'll have more variety! These continue to be a bit sporadic in updates but hopefully I'll get a regular day nailed down.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Attack On Titan Spoilers Follow

For any fans of Attack on Titan who aren't caught up with the manga, turn back now if you don't want spoilers. The spoiler drawing will be the last one.


Levi and Hanji cuddling. Part of a birthday gift for a friend last July.


Levi walking a female Even down the aisle to give her away. Note the implied threat in his eyes for the groom.



Attack on Titan Spoilers Below








The manga spent a lot of chapters hinting that Erwin Smith would die before the end of the series. But that didn't make it any less sad when it happened. He's a character that I love, so I had to draw at least somethingin his memory. It's not bad for a quick digital sketch.

This entry took much longer to finish than planned. It's been sitting in my drafts for a while. But the deed is finally done and I  can brainstorm was to post next.



Monday, January 16, 2017

Visual Representation

Art isn't always for fun. Sometimes it's because you can't scream.

(March 20 2016)


Friday, January 13, 2017

Wow, This Is A Lot

Once in a while fandom communities will come together on Tumblr to organize a week of prompts dedicated to said fandom. It's unofficial and always just for fun. Last March there was such an event for my favorite Attack on Titan pairing, Levi and Hanji.  It's crazy to think that this was the last major art project I did before starting my full time job.

Technically there were seven days' worth but I don't like all of them enough to share. What I do feel like sharing I'll put up with the prompt that inspired it and how I chose to fill it.


Prompt: Service Men/Women
Fill: Levi and Hanji as police officers


Prompt: Fantasy
Levi is a shape-shifting dragon and Hanji is his human mate.


Prompt: College
Fill: ...self explanatory

Prompt: Iconic Movie
Fill: Levi and Hanji as members of the MIB



Going back through these I realize that I couldn't seem to choose a consistent color palette for Hanji other than "darker skin than Levi". Lately I've been more consistent with that.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Color is Also Over-Rated

I don't really color traditionally anymore. There's a long list of reasons, but to summarize it comes down to not much free time, how messy I color on paper, and the cost of replacing supplies. With the exception of sometimes slapping some color on with a sharpie, I tend to color anything digitally after scanning it.

Anyway, to the art. More Attack on Titan to the shock of absolutely no one.

Last Valentine's Day I drew up a couple of gifts for some fellow single ladies. Armin in the bunny outfit he wears in the Attack! Jr High spin-off, and a sexy but still gentlemanly Erwin Smith.

 

Early last year when I was still desperately hunting for a job, I decided I'd try making and selling some art prints. Sadly not long after I finished them Society6 took down all the Attack on Titan prints at the request of Funimation. Just as well I suppose, since they weren't selling anyway.

First up was is Levi but as the lead singer in a metal band. I still like the drawing even though I never did anything with it. It would have made a neat phone cover or something.

This drawing of Mikasa was for the same purpose but also never actually sold or used. I also still like it and these were both good practice for drawing more "contained" designs.


So far book-ending the week in blog entries seems to be working best, for the catch-up phase at least. Once I'm actually posting entries as I draw we'll see how that goes.