Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Salute your solution.

I've been working on this sketch off an on for a while.

But it's another attempt to draw a cool redhead character.

Ever since I saw Misty in Pokemon, I've always felt redheaded characters have a unique charm or cool factor.

But without fail, every time I try to draw a character like that, it just doesn't quite work out.

And here we go with another swing and a miss, but I do feel like we're getting closer.

This started as an attempt at minimalism and negative space, but give a mouse a cookie and you'll want to color it, and if you want to color, you want to try a cool redhead.

This was our original version for the daily sites.

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Monday, November 27, 2017


V eager to get the scoop as always.

I've wanted to draw V in a more newsy, on the job setting.

So this sketch will have to do for now.

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Friday, November 24, 2017


A simple, little Torky for Torkoydoy, mang!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017


A lonely monument.

You know, sometimes I save these before the idea is fully fleshed out, in the "splash colors and shapes on the canvas and see what emerges" phase. So I believe I saved this one when it was looking like I was painting a green ocean or something.

In any case, I did this one a while ago, but had always wanted to revisit it since it felt like it could look really neat if given some more time to bake.

I particularly took the time to develop the clouds and do some more experimental lighting, and I even cut a version with runic light beams.

The other big objective here was to do more convincing green grass in a purple context, since our last attempt felt just a little too fantastical.

Anyway, this is the original version I posted to the daily sites, Twitter and Instagram.

And this is a neat black and white version of our final.

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Monday, November 20, 2017


A traditional pencil sketch, my first in a while, inspired by "My Propeller" by Arctic Monkeys and some Kr0npr1nz art, I'm sure. Mildly depressing.

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Friday, November 17, 2017


This is a weirder one.

I wanted to try making one of those minimalist film-style illustrations and to see if I could get away with blue skin.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


I really don't like painting hot temperature stuff, but decided to give it a go with this desert mountain affair.

Since I wasn't invested in the outcome I felt freer to try out some new tricks, and I'm satisfied with how it came out.

But I still would prefer returning to cooler subject matter.

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Monday, November 13, 2017


I didn't realize I never posted the final to that old Florrie-inspired Torn Alter Token, so here it is at long last.

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Friday, November 10, 2017


Zero's first night was 10 years ago this October, ya know.

I drew this original sketch back during a period when I was just sketching into a pocket sketchbook strictly inks-only.

This is a re-creation of our very first meeting of Zero and Nyao (who is hurtling towards him), and it always makes me think of the Yale band Harlem Shakes's "A Night" (original version).

This was a super nostalgic draw, and I tried to do a wacky perspective for some added specialness.

I've always wanted to give this piece a proper coloring, and so here we are (7/18/18 as of writing) finally giving it a go. It looks like I never posted the original sketch, though--I must have been hesitant to post it since I knew I wanted to color it some day--so please find it above!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Well, here's a pikachu and some ketchup.

I feel like I keep falling into traps, like how I always paint ocean scenes because they're so forgiving, and this one appears to manifest the "pikachu in a forest" trap.

But I did try to get inventive, I wanted to make a kind of emo pika, and the device by which we got there was with his little ketchup packet.

I've actually drawn a ketchup-y thing before with that old Adrian Simon piece, amusingly enough.

Anyway, as the story goes, Pikachu love ketchup, at least Ash's does, so I thought it'd be neat to make that the emotional center of a piece.

I also drew this initially mainly with my good old Steve Ahn's Ultimate Brush, but then took the opportunity to try out some of my new Dave Greco brushes, which I found here.

These new brushes are pretty sweet, and I'm looking forward to utilizing them some more, though I really like using the SAUB to set up a piece since it's nice and non-frilly. I turned out this initial Daily Post version pretty quickly, in fact, so it bodes well for quicker turnarounds.

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Monday, November 6, 2017


Everyone loves a catchy tune.

Everyone loves George Washington.

Everyone loves ancient references.

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Friday, November 3, 2017


Saw this rando bag-o sitting aroundo and had to sketcho.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Ok, we wrapped MTGintkober, but I got a request from Tibaut on Tumblr for a creature I never got around to, namely Sygg, River Guide, so here he be at long last!

My hope with this year's MTGinktober run was to hit as many of the obscurer Magic characters as I could, since the main guys always get all the attention, but I was positive I'd miss some characters near and dear to some people's hearts. Thus I made the offer early on to consider anyone's pet cards, to see if I could work them into a future illustration, and even flat-out do "bonus tracks" after Inktober ended to clear out any characters people were really hoping to see.

I don't believe Sygg was ever a candidate for a piece this year--the closest he could have gotten was maybe Deep or Underwater, but as indicated in those process posts, I had other concepts in mind for those prompts. But I got the request near the end of the run, so the cleanest solution was just to dedicate a special-edition-type post just for him.

Fun Facts: This is the first "traditional" merfolk I've ever drawn. Kiora is technically a merfolk, but she's of the convenient plot-construction school of design, meaning she's got legs rather than the usual, fishified finish to her anatomy. I also drew this in the sketchbook that only contains one Inktober 2017 piece, Ship, since I had rediscovered that the paper of this sketchbook randomly splotches ink, making it too risky to use for full-fledged Inktobers. But since this was a special edition, there was less pressure to avoid cleaning up random errors in Photoshop, and besides, I had a bunch of just-cleared pages just going to waste!

Easter Eggs: The background of this piece was based on Sygg's Lorwyn art, though we lowered the camera to get that half-submerged look.

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