Mega Art Dump 2017

To begin, I want to thank you guys for all the sweet comments related to yesterday’s drawing. They just really made my day.

Now, for what you have been waiting for…

…the most epic art dump of 2017…

…28 pages of good drawings…

…including a minor change in style…

…You’re excited, aren’t you?…

…Ready?

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Part One: Before The Style Change

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Some people. I’m getting better aren’t I?

(A lot of these will be kind of grey because I had to lower the brightness to get the lines to show.)

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I will leave you to decide whether this is a wolf or a horse.

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Hand holding a hot dog? I did attempt to shade.

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Stargazing wolfos (not inspired by The Lion King II at all….;)) This is really adorable, but the white wolf looks like a bear. 😦

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An epic tree.

Part Two: The Switch

I got into a drawing slump after drawing the two stargazing wolves. I couldn’t get my wolves to look like they had any dimension. Out of desperation, I looked up some wolves from the second Balto movie. Just to get some ideas.

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Yeah, they aren’t bad.

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Not bad at all, actually. But something about them lacked what my drawings usually have. I identified it as the eyes. It always bugs me when animals are drawn/animated with whites in their eyes. There is such thing as an expressive eye without whites. So I experimented…

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Hmmm…

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Not bad. (I was thinking about lip syncing here.)

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You know, I actually like it! It balances cartoonability and realism, and considering that I draw for the purpose of animation, I decided to stick with it.

So I worked further, seeing if it could be translated into a pup form.

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(The big blur underneath covers up possibly the creepiest drawing ever. You should be thankful I covered it up.)

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Awww.

I like the style because I’m able to communicate an incredible amount of expression into it.

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This comes from the animatic I am working on right now. Here are some other shots from it.

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Any guesses as to what it could be about?

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Yes, I definitely am keeping with this style. It helps give them dimension and looks the same from all angles.

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And this is the grand finale! I’m in love with these wolfos.

Thus endeth the biggest art dump possibly ever.

What do you think of my new style?

{Tess}

 

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The Completed Picture {Thanks, beans}

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blogfriends (pl. n.) – Friends made through the blogosphere that become far more than entities as time progresses.

I’ve met some awesome people in the fourteen months that I’ve been blogging. Every single one of my followers is special to me, and there’s nothing that cheers me up better than when one of them leaves me a comment or a like.

I wanted to try to find a way to thank some of my best blogfriends ever; namely, Mya, Enni, Miles, Sam, Clara, Zielle and Ava. Everyone has been super-supportive, but these seven in particular have really helped me along. I could not write enough to suffice for the inspiration I’ve gotten from them.

I shall now go through each one separately, both telling them how awesome they are and critiquing my rendition (because this can’t get too mushy).

(DISCLAIMER: Distance to or from Tess does not indicate frenship status. If I could have put all you beans right next to me, I would have.)

(DISCLAIMER: Randomness ahead.)

Mya (Life From Behind A Camera)

Mya, you’re an underdog of the blogging world, and you’re totally okay with that. You’re still under 100 followers, but you put together beautiful photos and excellent writing. The result? Posts I always look forward to reading. You’re a bit soft-spoken in comparison to others, but that’s one of the reasons I like you so much. Keep peacing out the world.

(Art critique: I wish I had made her smile a little less wide. Less like this: ) and more like this: >. Other than that, Mya turned out pretty good!)

Enni (Hooves and Pens)

Enni, you horse nerd, we have so much in common! It’s so refreshing to see a blogger who loves her older brothers as much as I love mine. And our horsiness…we should not have coffee together. Caffiene and geeking may have adverse effects upon our riding posture. But it might be worth it. Keep dreaming – we will ship Bristy soon enough.

(Art critique: I only had a rather blurred-out photo to work with, so hopefully my imagination filled in adaquately.)

Miles (Art Style)

Miles miles miles miles miles….remember when we were at the Pottery and I was voted the weirdest girl because of my evil scientist impression? If we were to compete again, you would take the cake, you silly jelly bean. But hey, are you really complaining about that? I can see you doing all kinds of awesome stuff. You hack it out, bubble.

(Miles and I are IRL frens, so this makes no sense to anyone but her and I. :P)

(Art critique: How do you put a crazy unicorn like Miles into a drawing? Hot pink shirt, emoji hat, orange Toms and weird socks, of course. My original design had her giving me bunny ears. Though it would have been more accurate, it was causing problems relating to arm length. I mean, she’s cray, but not stretchy…)

(And we respectfully skip Tess because this is not the time for a session of heavy self-lauding. :P)

Sam (Redhead With A Book)

Sammy, you’re so smol it’s hard to not smile when I see one of your posts. You’re one of the few real booknerds I trust to know the difference between a good book and kindling. And your doll blog. INSANE. How do you do that? You’re epically awesome and you should keep being epically awesome. Finis.

(And…I tried include your swanfriend but his inflatable feathers would have been too hard to draw. And it would have looked really, REALLY weird.)

(Art critique: Sam is probably the most interesting to look at out of all the beans, considering she’s the only one not looking a the cam…I know your hair isn’t THAT red but I wanted it to be more red than – shall I dare say it? – ORANGE.)

Clara (Clara & Co.)

Clara! My first follower! The one I addressed all this drivel to for the first few weeks! I’ve been following you ever since I started ‘pressing, so this frenship wins the Longevity Award. Don’t ever stop being that frendly, sweet, colorful bean you are. Just don’t.

(Art critique: If only I could capture Clara’s frenliness in a drawing…*sighs* The panda is a reference to what was her profile picture for a long, long, long, LONG time. I wanted to give Constance a nametag but there wasn’t enough room!)

Zielle (My Homeschool Notebook)

Zielle, Zielle, I always wished my name had started with an awesome letter like Z. But not Zebedee. Your blog is so awesome! I love your photos and writing, and since those translate to your soul, I love your soul you so much! I know that my chances of meeting you in person are really, REALLY slim, but we can dream across the Pacific, right? Keep it up!

(Art critique: I love the way Zielle turned out. Except for her skin. I had intended to make it only a bit darker, because she said she was epically Filipino, but…I think I went overkill. Let’s just say she got a lot of sun this summer. :/)

Ava (Elysian Artiste)

Ava, you and I were born under the same star. Yes, talking to characters is normal. Yes, feeling that your characters are real is normal. Yes, developing crushes on historical fiction characters is normal (even though people say that they aren’t real, and even if they were, they’d be dead). We could do this all day. Continue writing histfict, continue getting in deep with your characters…continue being Ava, because you are awesome awesome awesome.

(Art critique: I took a gander with Ava’s clothes. Hopefully they match her character. But I thought daydreaming required daydreamy clothes. Tess, what do you know about fashion? You wear your jeans until they turn grey and get holes in the rear. You wear your T-shirts until they get so nasty no one can tell what’s on them. You wear Target sneakers that kind of look like Converse but not really. And you own a pair of corduroy pants. Be ashamed for ever thinking you knew anything about fashion. Ahem. Ava, show all of us sneaker-wearing hoodlums how to wear flats, please?)

And this concludes my 1,000-word epic on you guys. Even if you were not mentioned, I love you so much. Thanks for the great year so far, and let’s hope for lots more epic years!

Lots of tea,

{Tess}

 

Ava, Zielle, Mya, Enni, Samantha, Miles and Clara: Last Chance!

I got the idea to draw some of my blogging friends (and I say some because I have a lot of blogging friends). Below is my first sketch of things.

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Fortunately, Mya, Clara, Zielle and Ava had somewhat of picture to work off of, I know Miles in person, and Sam is descriptive enough in her posts to let me draw her. (Pippi Longstocking braids and all.)

I think this is what you guys look like:

Mya: Caucasian, long brown-blonde hair.

Enni: Chinese-American, black-brown hair.

Miles: Caucasian, light brown hair.

Me: Caucasian, dark brown crazy wavy long hair, always braided. 😛

Samantha: Caucasian, red hair, usually braided.

Clara: Caucasian, dark brown hair, shoulder-length.

Zielle: Filipino, brown-black hair in a ponytail.

Ava: African-American, black hair with a braid and bead on the front section.

If I did something wrong, TELL ME. PLEASE. Whether it’s that you never wear jeans or that I completely messed up your nationality, TELL ME. And if there’s something that bugs you about your pic, TELL ME. I can still fix it before I colour it and I will not be offended!

I will be adjusting the size of Enni (because she’s wayy too small) and making Miles and I a tad bit smaller.

Love all you guys and hope I got it right!

{Tess}

 

A Tiny Art Dump – June 27

I have been in a drawing slump recently. I’m in between the point where I thought I was good, then realised a serious error in all my wolf drawings and am still trying to get better. As a result, most of my drawings have been small sketches here and there.

I don’t even think this counts as an art dump. Oh well.

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A couple of Disney doodles. I liked the Danny (Great Dane on top from 101 Dalmatians) except that his legs were too short. So I abandoned him. Tramp is not bad, but there’s something up with his mouth and the rat’s claws. And the Bambi is hands-down horrible.

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I sketched some more wolves, trying to get angles just right. So far all my front views have been awful. But the wolf in the middle wasn’t bad, so I did a transfer onto another sheet of paper.

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I like everything about it except that:

  1. his colouring needs to be more blended
  2. his back right leg is too floppy.

You’ll see what I mean if you look at the original sketch.

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(The grey box contains a bit of P.I. so I covered it up.)

This, on the other hand, wasn’t bad, and it’s nice to have a bit of a break from the usual horses and wolves. I’m making a photocopy of it for my art binder and giving the original to my dad to hang up at work. I love this!

With tonight’s lion, I may be getting out of my drawing ditch.

Any tips?

{Tess}

(PS: Who else is psyched for Camp Nanowrimo? I may be making a cabin for blogging friends – comment JULYNOWRIMO if you think this is a good idea.)

Amateur Art Dump (May 8, 2017)

I hate you, WordPress. Why won’t you let me use my ‘r’ and ‘l’? You have forced me to resort to writing this out on another application and pasting it into the writer-thing. It’s even affected (or, shall I say, infected) my commenting. Is anyone else having this problem? It’s driving me slightly insane.

Weird Automattic issues aside, here’s the latest amateur art dump, ranked, as usual, from my least favourite to my favourite.

A friend and I took a quiz, and our results came back with her being a Golden Retriever and me being a Saint Bernard. (I never really thought I was the Saint Bernard type, but oh well.) So I drew a portrait of the two of us. As dogs, of course.

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I tried using my ADF on my printer, so these are a little lower-quality than usual. Oh well, though, you can see the lines.

(Suddenly, my ‘r’-‘l’ problem is fixed. Coincedence? I think not.)

In speaking of canine front views, here’s a lackluster wolf. But a wolf nonetheless.

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(ADF, why the line?)

Ignore the pawprint in the corner. I was explaining something on one of my drawings.

Next we have a horse & rider.

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The rider’s side-glancing eyes are slightly unnerving. Almost creepy.

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Here’s a wolf. This is the first three-quarter angle that I’ve done, and I’m super proud of it. I like the eyes especially.

(This is Sanya, for anyone who knows about le wolf story. Not like anyone does, though. Blast. The wolf’s name is Sanya!)

Okay, time for the better drawings.

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I am about to die over the 3/4 angle here. This is one of the first times I have tried that, and I’m so proud. It’s based off a familiar, duly-loved Stallion of the Cimmaron….

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Words do not describe how proud I am of this. Seriously. He’s amazing. Here’s a comparison:

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See! Not exact, but pretty close anyways. Close enough to tell who he is.

Question: Is anyone interested in any more Spirits? He’s so much fun to draw. Maybe some horses drawn in his style? Just let me know.

Also, I’m going out of town on Thursday. I’ll be finishing The Plastic Challenge and reporting on something really, really awesome. Although I won’t have any photos. But still, look forward to it!

See you around!

{Tess}

Sarah Briel’s wish may just have come true

If I recall correctly, Sarah Briel mentioned to me in a comment that she would love to see what my drawings would look like animated. That began the gear-turning in my head, until finally the idea was executed last night. Now I’m addicted.

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No background, and the refresh frame sort of bugs me, the way it makes it choppy. But hey! It’s my first animation. And it really moves! The little wolf buddy wags his little wolf tail! Gah!

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This is today’s animation. Just a bit more detail. I like this one a bit better than the first. Although the hills move around unnaturally.

Things to work on: stillness of things that need to be still. And editing skills. Perhpas they’d be smoother if I scanned them better.

What do you think? Would it be interesting to see more animations? Let me know.

{Tess}