No Heart Line, No Sun Line

No Heart Line, No Sun Line

I don’t always draw people, but when I do, they look like faux-Wolverines.
My character Zanik in his human shape, which by his own admission, doesn’t look that human on closer inspection. He’s really a dragon (the same one from Fire and Ash) with three horns, which I tried to translate into hair, but it only ended up looking like more like Wolverine’s cut than I wanted. whoops.
His shape isn’t a simple glamour or spell, it’s a shapeshift which is based off his natural scale colors which are red, black, and grey (hence the overly grey color). I probably should have drawn him a little more angry or something – the raised eyebrow look isn’t working for him.

C&C welcome!
1 hour and 34 minutes in Oekaki
(Title shamelessly stolen from Los Campesino’s “Baby I Got the Death Rattle”)


Fire and Ash





Fire and Ash

One of my oldest characters, Zanik. He’s not interested in obligations, familial or otherwise, feels loyalty to very few dragons, and mostly sticks to himself. He’s nice if he deems you a friend, but rude to just about anyone else.

He used to be one of those catch-all OCs with crazy super powers and tragic back stories, but in recent years I’ve sorted out his personality and history so he’s a little more respectable. Sometimes I think about drawing a comic for him and his friends, but I’m lacking in the ‘draw anything consistently’ category.

Overall I’m pretty happy about how it turned out, especially his facial profile. He’s supposed to resemble a more reptilian, snake-ish dragon as opposed to some friendly Oriental style creature. The halo is not part of his design, but I thought it would look cool. He’s a dragon playing for the good side anyway. Even if he is a bit of a jerk, he’ll get around to doing the right thing eventually.

1 hr and 47 mins in Oekaki


Robot Repair Time

Trusty wrench!

I should really get back to work on my other stuff rather than drawing my OCs in Adventure time style.

But either way, it was a fun exercise and I have a super simplified design for King, a robot engineer/maker/something. He has more skills with robots than with normal people and enjoys putting together flashy robots for battle tournaments as a way to make a living. He is best friend to this guy:

1 hour or so in Oekaki

Pressing Developments

I watched Minority Report the other day and I really liked all the touch displays and screens shown in the film. Come to think of it, all the sci-fi stuff and gadgets was what I really liked about the movie (what can I say? I’m a “stuff” person). I’m not much of a fan of Tom Cruise or any of the other actors, but the visual inspiration was worth it.

Pressing Developments

I’m writing a short sci-fi story already, so I thought it would be cool to sketch up what one of the main characters looked like. I had trouble with the legs so I cheated and borrowed some Minority Report screen ideas even though my story is more of a futuristic robots and post-human exodus to Mars kind of story. It’s not really the most accurate representation of my story now that I think about it, meaning I should probably redo this later.
I used a lot of refs for the overall anatomy (thank goodness for and for the clothes. I still need to practice drawing people in general; I don’t do any real life studies and it sort of shows. Like the last attempt at a full body person, this took three hours in Oekaki.

Red Scully 2


Red Scully 2

Oh glorious red pen! How I’ve missed you!
More character refinement on an old character of mine. The proportions of the face and antlers are better than the last picture I drew, but there’s still some off parts about his neck (llama neck!?) and leg that bothers me. One day I hope to nail down all the details and nuiances of all my imaginations — I’d say Scully is about 50% done.

Anyway, comments and critique are highly appreciated. (:

Portraits + Henna

I’ve practiced two things this past week: portraits and henna.

I’m finishing a Memory Project portrait for a child in Vietnam. It’s a fabulous way to practice drawing people and donating to a great cause.

Last year I finished a portait for a little boy in the Dominican Republic, and this year I feel even more confident in my portrait skills.

Henna is a pretty facinating form of body art- but it’s tricky. Henna is a natural paste made from a plant and stains the skin due to a chemical called lawsone. A girl who practices it often for fundraising taught me how to hold the tube of paste and draw some of the designs. Holding the henna tube is not like holding a pencil or a chopstick- you hold it with your index and middle finger and provide constant pressure with your thumb.

I’m still pretty awkward with the ink and making sure it is thick enough to leave a rich color behind after the paste is washed off. I practiced a little lame geometric design (since I didn’t trust myself with drawing flowers) on my own hand last Friday, but because I didn’t use enough paste, it’s already fading. I’ll get the hang of it eventually.