IW: Wack! List 2

I did some more that I wanted to show you, continuing to experiment with this simplistic and self-expressive style.

It’s self-expressive because it carries on with my impulse to record feelings and moments that I want to capture and the lining colour, as well as the extra details, is a reflection of that feeling. The muscle-man tells that muscles don’t compare to real, practical muscle and it’s comical of the typical “meathead” as they’re called around here. Another one to mention is the sleeping fella, whom resembles me and my consistent bouts of fatigue when I get up in the morning.

Like I said, it’s simplistic and self-expressive so although it’s cartoony and most often comical, it’s also personal :).

Illustrator Journal #15: Another Animal Kingdom Update

Just another couple of sketches to add to the collection: The Miner Mole and The Guide Goat. It’s a continuing development of The Animal Kingdom and the current progress is 12 out of 26, so I’m nearly halfway. It’s a long process, but it will reflect upon the time and effort spent to visualise this concept well. It’ll also show a development in my drawing skills since all those months ago that I started this.

Hope you enjoy the drawings and glad to have all you followers bear with me on this “journey” of sorts. See you tomorrow for the Haiku.

Illustrator Journal #14: Word Play Project

After a LONG long time, they’re finally finished and I’m quite pleased with the result. I had a hard time choosing between two different sets of the pieces, mostly because of lighting, but I decided on the darker ones since they’re more clarified.

Before I show, I probably should explain:

This was a college project where the class was given two words each and instructed to create a final piece based on our interpretations of those two words. Mine were “Effervescent Scale.” After a time spent researching and brainstorming (to myself), I had the notion to draw/paint people of a “rotund” size using bubble/circular shapes as their fatty deposits were vanishing in an effervescent manner. The bubbles draw from effervescence and overweight people is my interpretation and association with scale. It took me roughly a day for the two smaller pieces and another full day for the bigger piece. I saved the best for last and as much as I hope they look great as a set of artwork, that the main piece (in the middle) stands out from the others.

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I would also like to note, that even though I’m tippy-toeing around the weight subject, I do not care if any person of a certain size is offended by this. This is an art project and I merely made an interpretation of the criteria given to me. Regardless of that, I do enjoy taking in other people’s opinions/views on this kind of subject, comical or serious. I tend to be quite sensitive around touchy subjects and that’s just me being nice really, but sometimes I have to realise that someone is always going to be offended by SOMETHING I do and I can’t please everyone. I’ve decided that the priority for all my work, is personal satisfaction and then the aim to please others.

I hope you enjoy them and as always, I’m still learning, so any and all critique is gladly accepted.

IW: Animal Kingdom – Lumberjack Beaver

I had some time to flex my drawing skills in between college work and video games, so I draw another design/idea for the Animal Kingdom (as it says in the title). It’s quite befitting to give this to the beaver, since they do gnaw trees to help create their dams.

Lumberjack - Beaver

I kept it in pencil since I thought using ink would ruin the sketchy quality of it… Besides, I think it looks good as it is and for a quick sketch, it’s pretty detailed. Hopefully it’s accurate enough so you can see it resembles a beaver. I gave him a woodland-style hat and a hatchet, even though they use teeth naturally, but since I’m humanising and taking the concept literally that it’s befitting for this character.