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1) Hmm. It’s weird that I’ve been drawing so many sketchy outline-y pictures lately. You have to scroll a good deal before hitting styles that I identify more with (e.g. this panic attack picture, which I really like). Interesting interesting.

2) This is not a real story/comic/whatever, but merely a fake cover for a thing that doesn’t exist.

There’s an improv exercise for “getting out of your head” where you do a scene “as if you’re in a play that you’ve memorized the lines to.” It sounds like an absurd exercise, but it often produces fantastic results—people end up making bolder choices, being more dramatic, painting a fuller picture, and just generally having more interesting reactions when they imagine that they’re in the context of a larger work. I was basically trying the same thing here. I want to work on pictures that tell more of a story, and I think that imagining that this picture reflected a larger existing story (by making it a title page) made it easier for me to add more fun details (this started out as just a picture of a businessman crying).

I thought it was a fun exercise!

1) Hmm. It’s weird that I’ve been drawing so many sketchy outline-y pictures lately. You have to scroll a good deal before hitting styles that I identify more with (e.g. this panic attack picture, which I really like). Interesting interesting.

2) This is not a real story/comic/whatever, but merely a fake cover for a thing that doesn’t exist.

There’s an improv exercise for “getting out of your head” where you do a scene “as if you’re in a play that you’ve memorized the lines to.” It sounds like an absurd exercise, but it often produces fantastic results—people end up making bolder choices, being more dramatic, painting a fuller picture, and just generally having more interesting reactions when they imagine that they’re in the context of a larger work. I was basically trying the same thing here. I want to work on pictures that tell more of a story, and I think that imagining that this picture reflected a larger existing story (by making it a title page) made it easier for me to add more fun details (this started out as just a picture of a businessman crying).

I thought it was a fun exercise!

— 5 months ago with 9 notes
#covers  #lettering  #priest  #demon  #sketch  #art  #digital art  #original art 
maecoon:

omg they r perfect i just had 2 draw them ♥ ♥ ♥

so I made a SuPeR sEriOUs FaNbLoG for Night in the Woods and the loving relationship that’s CLEARLY at the heart of the game (just watch the trailer, you can cut that sexual tension w/ a knife).

maecoon:

omg they r perfect i just had 2 draw them ♥ ♥ ♥

so I made a SuPeR sEriOUs FaNbLoG for Night in the Woods and the loving relationship that’s CLEARLY at the heart of the game (just watch the trailer, you can cut that sexual tension w/ a knife).

— 5 months ago with 141 notes
#night in the woods  #maecoon  #fan art  #art  #digital art  #derp  #sketch 
I watched Alex Grigg's video tutorial on animating in photoshop today, and, animation tips aside, after learning about recorded actions and his neat fill trick it feels like I’ve been driving this whole time with the parking break on and I just now noticed.

Anyways, I made this lil’ gif to try out animating in photoshop. With the exception of a seizurey three-frame party-promotion gif I made a year ago, this is the first thing I’ve animated since like…middle school (9 years ago).

I have noooooo idea what I’m doing.

I watched Alex Grigg's video tutorial on animating in photoshop today, and, animation tips aside, after learning about recorded actions and his neat fill trick it feels like I’ve been driving this whole time with the parking break on and I just now noticed.

Anyways, I made this lil’ gif to try out animating in photoshop. With the exception of a seizurey three-frame party-promotion gif I made a year ago, this is the first thing I’ve animated since like…middle school (9 years ago).

I have noooooo idea what I’m doing.

— 5 months ago with 49 notes
#animation  #gif  #sketch  #birds  #original art 

demon and ghoul contemplate cats

I’m forcing myself to draw more quickly, more loosely, and more digitally.

— 5 months ago with 16 notes
#sketch  #demons  #monsters  #cats  #halloween  #original art 
We’re technically a few hours into Saturday, but here’s a quick sketch for Friday Knights anyways. Perhaps I should’ve gone with either “knight with a flower for a head” or “knight that uses guns” but I guess I’m not one for moderation.

We’re technically a few hours into Saturday, but here’s a quick sketch for Friday Knights anyways. Perhaps I should’ve gone with either “knight with a flower for a head” or “knight that uses guns” but I guess I’m not one for moderation.

— 6 months ago with 24 notes
#friday knights  #sketch  #original art 
I saw Short Term 12 tonight and thought it was phenomenal. So I drew Marcus, one of the film’s most interesting characters who gets two of its strongest scenes, IMO (rap scene & head-shaving scene).

I accidentally made this picture way too somber, which belies the nuanced tone of the film itself. While definitely heavy, the movie is overall hopeful, positive, and sweet. In fact, the importance of levity is a prominent theme, and it practices what it preaches by being playful and funny throughout.

Seriously, if it’s playing in a city near you, you should absolutely go see this movie. If you’re not sold by my recommendation, Film Crit Hulk calling it a masterpiece, or its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes, then you can also watch this teaser (although that scene will probably be much more powerful in context).

I saw Short Term 12 tonight and thought it was phenomenal. So I drew Marcus, one of the film’s most interesting characters who gets two of its strongest scenes, IMO (rap scene & head-shaving scene).

I accidentally made this picture way too somber, which belies the nuanced tone of the film itself. While definitely heavy, the movie is overall hopeful, positive, and sweet. In fact, the importance of levity is a prominent theme, and it practices what it preaches by being playful and funny throughout.

Seriously, if it’s playing in a city near you, you should absolutely go see this movie. If you’re not sold by my recommendation, Film Crit Hulk calling it a masterpiece, or its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes, then you can also watch this teaser (although that scene will probably be much more powerful in context).

— 6 months ago with 13 notes
#short term 12  #film  #sketch  #keith stanfield  #fan art 
gwumpy king throws a temper tantrum

gwumpy king throws a temper tantrum

— 7 months ago with 8 notes
#cards  #sketch  #original art 
felt like doodling a teenage anubis

felt like doodling a teenage anubis

— 7 months ago with 77 notes
#anubis  #cigarettes  #sketch  #jackals  #original art 
another quick, sloppy, grimy-looking, digitally-colored pencil scan!

I was looking through Light Grey Art Lab’s super cool tarot deck, which I bought because Light Grey’s awesome, I’m a big fan of several of the contributing artists, and I find occult symbolism nifty. I took a quick whack at the magician (traditional version vs Andrea Kalfas’s nifty lil’ version for the Light Grey deck).

another quick, sloppy, grimy-looking, digitally-colored pencil scan!

I was looking through Light Grey Art Lab’s super cool tarot deck, which I bought because Light Grey’s awesome, I’m a big fan of several of the contributing artists, and I find occult symbolism nifty. I took a quick whack at the magician (traditional version vs Andrea Kalfas’s nifty lil’ version for the Light Grey deck).

— 8 months ago with 11 notes
#tarot  #the magician  #pencil  #sketch  #original art 
A deer in the headlights.

Still can’t quite get those hooves down.

A deer in the headlights.

Still can’t quite get those hooves down.

— 8 months ago with 24 notes
#deer  #sketch  #action lines  #derp  #original art