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Jackalope from Don't Starve. Both belong to Klei Entertainment.
Mars, my latest character. He is kind of a blend of various sight hounds.
Finally got around to finishing a reference sheet for this guy. It's pretty minimal but really that is because it's just for my use.
Seriously... How much of a jerk would I be to ask people to draw him? Haha I would never do that.
It seems a little insane to make a character that I will be redrawing quite a few times to have such intricate markings, but what a lot of people may not know about me is that I put myself through college mostly by doing henna tattoos. I really find drawing something like that to be relaxing while being challenging.
Bit of an older piece of fanart but I still like it so thought it would make a nice first.
A mock spot-illustration intended to illustrate a factoid. I chose to bring light to this interesting breeding project going on in South Africa, The Quagga Project. Whether the 'quaggas' they're attempting to revive are considered legitimate or not, I still find it absolutely mindblowing that dormant genes can be tapped into so easily!
Quaggas weren't really bright orange, but I'll admit to being heavily inspired by Terryl Whitlatch's portrayal in her Katurran Odyssey illustrations. It also helped to obviously differentiate the two species, so I went with it. This was another Big Huge Media Experiment, as the oil wash over watercolor I wanted to try was rendered useless by the Arches' watercolor board I decided to use. Instead, it became a giant mashup of watercolor, marker, gouache, and colored pencil. :']
I did a half dozen or so pieces last year in this style--scanned sketches on brown paper, printed and sealed to board, then worked over heavily with clear gesso, colored pencil, watercolor pencil (the watercolor pencil was key!) so that it kept some of the rough scratchy appeal of a sketch, but had layers of washes added to it. Some of them came out very expressive and moody, in ways I didn't anticipate.
This was my favorite of the bunch. My great fear is that I'll go to do more, probably before the next con season, and I won't be able to remember how I did it. This happens to me a lot. I have gotten good at recreating techniques because I never remember to write anything down. It's kind of a problem.
Sun and Moon circled, Day after Night, Night after Day,
As summer grew, Eagle spread his wings, but Falcon,
She eyed him, jealously, and shrank away.
"Oh, he takes night from me!" she cried, "fewer eyes
To gaze upon me and my stars!" So envious Moon
Could take no more, and chased Sun away!
Night followed Night, and Night followed once more
Where Day should be, but Sun could not be seen.
Proud, Falcon spread her wings but found them dark!
"My light!" She looked up, angry "Stars! How do you shine
When I have no light?" The Stars laughed,
"Foolish Moon!" They called, "you do not see?
"Sun gives his light not only to Day, but to you, too!"
Falcon was vain no more, but cried out for Eagle,
Searching across the world, but he could not be found.
"Bright sun!" At last she called, "come back! The Sky,
It grows cold and dull without your wings. The Night
Shines with naught but laughing stars."
A brilliant light cloaked Moon, and she closed her eyes
And she knew it was Sun.
"I have spread my wings too wide," Eagle called,
"We will share the Sky; in Summer I will fly long, and in
Winter, you shall take my perch." And Falcon felt joy.
Twice a year, when Day and Night are equal,
Eagle and Falcon fly together, each shining bright in the sky.
Watercolor and acrylic on illustration board, 7.5 X 12 inches
My original illustration, you can get prints and sculptures of these guys at my website!
I love prehistoric animals :D
I designed a stationary with this in my professional practice class (buisness cards, letterheads, etc)
Decided to make a final piece with it.
Process of reconstruction (for me):
Make sure the skull is as accurately drawn as possible.
Overlay tracing paper. Use muscle references to reconstruct.
Overlay another tracing paper. Now that the muscle is applied, overlay with flesh. Modern day felids can be used as a guide.
The background was made with crackle paste, and painted in acrylics.
I do not claim to be 100% accurate, this is my first serious attempt at a reconstruction by looking at bones and multiple references of muscles.
Smilodon Populator is the largest of the smilodon species.
Cervine based unicorns are awesome!
(Not to say equine ones aren't cool either. They are! I love unicorns of all kinds! :D)
Done for Ishaway, of her new unicorn character she's developing! Too much fun! :D
Another one of my last ditch attempts at painting...though this was a combo breaker of my other coloring style with gradients then the painted background. I was trying to replicate some of Fantasia's BG in it...of course it's kinda wonky but whatever.
Again, Inderel and Ravenwing...this time as centaurs. I haven't posted this anywhere else actually I don't think - unless it's on my tumblr and I forgot I stuck it up there.
But yeah, I was inspired while talking to a good friend of mine about drawing Centaurs a la Fantasia since as a kid I always loved them in that one bit. I couldn't draw them at the time, but boom, I attempted though my own bits and pieces came out with it.
I meant to put flowers in their hair and tails, but eh, just pretend. Maybe i'll go back one day and put 'em in.
Despite not wearing anything, nothing is really showing on either of them so I don't think this warrants a NSFW.
Secretary birds are probably one of my favourite things to draw, especially if they happen to be wearing goggles! :D
i caribou-ed my buddy Ifus, basically :3
i love drawing these critters. i could make an LS-bou that i would never use, but i would get to draw one again so MAYBE i will!
Painted for the Werewolf Calendar: 2012! There are still calendars for sale, get one before they are all sold out!
Last winter I went whale watching and we came across a pod of killer whales. The sense of wonder I felt stayed with me, and when I was assigned swimming werewolves, I knew I wanted to show the connection and kinship between the wolves of the land and wolves of the sea. My first sketches showed a split of above and below view with some woofers swimming with orca fins cutting the surface of the water, among other things.
But then as I was looking for reference I kept seeing so many incredible shots of dogs underwater, and I was inspired to sketch this guy.
This fellow is out for a swim when an orca comes up and interacts with him. The werewolf reaches out to gently touch the orca as it swims by.
Created in Corel Painter X. My first serious try at total internal reflections and caustic light on fur...and floating fur as well. A lot of work went into this, from sculpting mock ups and using a mirror to figure out the reflection, to spending hours in the pool acting this out and staring at my hands under the shifting waves. I suppose the pool part wasn't so bad. ;3 I learned a lot, and would love to do better next time.
"Werewolves are capable swimmers in the wild, their powerful arm and leg muscles providing easy thrust in water. Swimming is both carried out as a recreational activity and out of necessity. Young werewolves are drawn to pools of water and enjoy long hours of leisurely frolic under parental supervision. Young adults and occasionally older adults will be seen joining in the play sessions. Beyond serving as a moral boost and social bonding exercise, swimming also aids in removing land-born parasites from the thick coats of werewolves, cooling in hot summer months and valuable skill training for young werewolves. During play sessions, young werewolves may practice fishing skills or endurance swimming. During floods or times of scarce food, werewolves may be required to traverse wide expanses of water to reach fresh territory. Hence these jovial play sessions serve as important life lessons as well."
I left out the fact she has a spot on her tongue because it doesn't usually show.
I probably could have described her personality just as well with "shut in nerd who isn't completely lacking in social skills." but let's go with "affable introvert." Yeah.
A late Christmas gift for Korppi! For a while she's been urging me to paint a Lammergeier, and I've always meant to. Finally I got off my butt and did it! :D Lammergeiers (also known as Bearded Vultures) are amazing birds. They pick up bones and drop them onto stones to smash them open. This sounds easier than it actually is, and it it takes years for birds to perfect this technique! They break them open to get the nummy marrow inside, and will also eat bone shards. Their stomachs, with a pH of around 1, dissolve the bones in about a day!
Watercolor on cold-press Fabriano, 8 X 10 inches
let it be known that next to Lapras this is one of my fav ice/water pokemon :}
I am thrilled to be a part of the Werewolf Calendar for a second time for the year 2012, here is my submission which will be featured for May! I camped in Canyondlands National Park a lot as a kid, the desert is a great getaway when you need more open space than the woods provide. The colors of the desert in contrast to those of the pine forests of my home have always mesmerized me, so I tried to match some of the amazing palette offered by the land. This young werewolf, on a journey to collect precious salt minerals key to his pack's survival, is fortunate enough to experience some of the same intense hues found in the desert. The path is long, difficult, and often lonely, but he is grateful for the opportunity to experience such breathtaking and humbling views which few others are privy to.
Painted in Photoshop with a Wacom Intuos 3
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My caption assignment
In the wild salt is a prized and often hard to find commodity, being both rare and crucial to animal survival. Animals have an appetite for sodium chloride that is so acutely well defined it is second in nature only to the desire for water. Natural salt deposits and salt springs are frequently visited by not only werewolves but other wild animals. Werewolves will also use these salt rich areas as frequent hunting grounds, knowing that other animals also have the same drive to seek out salt rich sources. Salt is often also collected by werewolves and stored in natural pouches made of animal hide. Many werewolves inhabiting regions where natural salt is hard to attain have formed a habitual habit to carry these salt pouches with them always. They are often seen hanging from their necks as a decorated necklace to conceal it's utilitarian nature.
The closest thing I have to a character reference for Vre, for now. This is an older character I keep adjusting, but I think I maybe leaving it alone for a while. She is a wolf and cat cross (likely a tiger or something).
Adobe Photoshop CS2 with tablet. Chenneoue 2011
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