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Well folks, I’m out of the country again for a solid month starting tonight. So these two pictures may be the last updates for a few weeks. I’m bringing a baby sketchbook and pencils, but tablet stays at home, so expect very little updates unless they’re instagram’d photos of art or something. If you want to know more of my shenanigans, I’m always updating my flickr, twitter, and tumblr.

Here are some neurotic ducks for you. And angry Canadian geese. Scary, they are.

Two friends who wanted a drawing to put up in their home. Now they can stare at themselves.

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Here’s Merida. I drew her from memory, so don’t nitpick about her clothes.

I liked Brave! I didn’t love everything about it, but I’d say it did what it set out to do: tell a story about a mother and a daughter. The emotional resonance succeeded for the most part, in that special way that only Pixar movies can showcase. Female characters do not exist solely to find mates. People would do well to remember this.

Drawn on an iPad using the Paper by FiftyThree. I really like Zen Brush, too, but it’s not as intuitive as Paper. I’ve tried Sketchbook Pro and I found it so-so, and I think I paid for a few that really did nothing for me, since I can’t even remember their names. Anyone have any other app recommendations?

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War for the Oaks by Emma Bull is a delightful book. This is my idea of the main character, Eddi. What I remember about her (visually) was that she has blonde hair, sings, and plays a red Rickenbacker. She does sport some kickin’ outfits during the course of the book, but I played around and designed my own for her. I didn’t intend for the colors to turn out the way they did (I don’t think I ever really have intentions for my colors, sigh, haha), but I must say I like the way the red and electric turquoise contrast. I drew Willy Silver, too, but maybe I’ll post him tomorrow.

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Twee twee twee, I said I’d post again and here I am. It’s a color piece today, completed a few nights ago. It’s a character from Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Show is seriously addicting! It’s a trade I did with my friend Brett. He drew Lin Beifong and I drew Tarrlok. He’s a sneaky sneak, and I really enjoy his character design, so good times were had by all.

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I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know anything about Halo. Most attempts to play it end up with me holding the controller upside down. But when my friend Sarah asked me to draw her friend Eric as Master Chief, I happily obliged. He owns the armor in real life. So it’s like art imitating life imitating art. With a bunny.

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“Amélie a soudain le sentiment étrange d’être en harmonie totale avec elle-même. Tout est parfait en cet instant. La douceur de la lumième, ce petit parfum dans l’air, la rumeur tranquille de la ville. Elle inspire profondément et la vie lui paraît alors si simple et si limpide qu’un élan d’amour comme un désir d’aider l’humanité entière la submerge tout à coup.”

One of my favorite scenes from Amelie is right after she’s changed a man’s life by returning several precious items from his childhood (though I guess the entire movie is a “favorite part” for me). Inks/sketching in Manga Studio, colors in Photoshop. As close to done as it’ll probably ever get. Done in about an hour.

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By that time, Joscelin had arrived, and his sword sang free of its sheath as he drew it. “David de Rocaille,” he said softly. “Turn and face me.”

The remaining Cassiline backed slowly away, covering Ysandre’s retreat. In the stillness, David de Rocaille turned to meet Joscelin Verreuil.

Something more completed, yes? This is warrior-priest Joscelin, from Jacqueline Carey‘s fabulous Kushiel’s Legacy books. I drew him in a pseudo-comic for my friend Christy, who is developing some really breathtaking compositions inspired by the books. This image is old, but I was in a mood to post it. The best part of this picture to me is that Joscelin has only recently come out of hiding, which involved dying his hair brown (which is why his eyebrows are blonde – I wanted a fun reminder of his epic blondness). If I had to have a second go at this, I’d probably angle the sword differently and re-do the vambraces. Never say never…though I guess when you run a sketchblog, threats like that are a given. (Fun fact: I’d thought that I knew how to spell vambraces up until literally thirty seconds ago when I had to check. I wasn’t.)

 

 

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This is an original character – or some iteration of one. His name is Mir and while you can’t really tell by his posture here, he is built/quite athletic! He’s also really enthused and in awe of like, the world. I’m trying not to make him a man-child, but this was a doodle that I mostly wanted to use to convey my OWN amazement, so that’s my reasoning there. It’s also like, 1:30 AM and I really am just posting this because I said I would post every day. So ignore my babble and please enjoy his glee.

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I’m so serious about that updating thing. See! Here I am! Posting things! These were done in August. They are characters from George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. I was probably reading Storm of Swords or Clash of Kings at that point. I mix up the book titles a heck of a lot, for someone who has actually read them. Shh, don’t tell.

Lord Snow. I wish I got Ghost in, but I kind of just wanted to see how I’d draw his face. Next time! This one was done with Photoshop in about an hour or so.

Daenerys Targaryen. Giving a total bitchface, but hey, she’s Khaleesi, gosh darn it, and she has to suspect your motives if she wants to ~survive~. It is known, yo. Next time I draw her there will be more braids and a dragon. Sketched in Painter.

And just as a silly thing, here’s a doll maker I was playing around with — rather than make my own Princess I made Dany for fun. Beware, for you too may spend the rest of your day on that website making them.

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I mean it. I’m going to update it every day for a week. A WEEK! STARTING TODAY! With stuff I’ve drawn since my last update, which was painfully long ago.

Here’s the first one. I drew my friend Ronnie in April. He’s immensely talented and kept leaving fun songs on our friends’ facebook walls for their birthdays, so I figured I’d make him something using my own “skills” (ha). I bet he can rock a skinny tie in real life, too.

It's Ronnie, y'all.

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