I’ve built up a buffer of discarded images from my attempts at drawing something in Oekaki. Sometimes I get frustrated with a sketch and change it completely or latch onto a radically different idea instead. Either way, I think it’s kind of interesting to look at the framework and totally messy ideas. When I draw digitally I tend to make several layers of scratchy lineart in obnoxious colors; I’m not sure if its a novice technique or if it actually helps with anything, but I do it subconsciously.
This is pretty old; I’m not sure if I ever posted it or not. I like doodling my Zanik dragon character frequently, but I struggle with his face. I often make his face very wide and rudimentarily-shaped so it looks too cartoony for my tastes.
I tend to sketch out people very poorly and then give up once I reach the feet. This person below is a good example where I forget what to do with the leg parts (how do the feet things???):
Below isn’t really a true scrap piece, but I did run out of canvas (the Oekaki I used limits the canvas to a max of 600 x 600). Recently I actually moved the file to my Photoshop elements, where I might finish it later.
I still struggle with drawing figures. I should really sit down and practice drawing people and movement. I was going to draw some sort of oracle with a magic crystal or something, but I became discouraged:
I was trying to draw an accompanying piece to Fire and Ash but I messed up the horn placement:
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.
Sketch of my demon golem character Scully.
His body is constructed like a golem’s with bits and pieces from various animals, notably a deer’s body and a bear’s pelt. His creator intented to summon a servile spirit but unfortunately a malicious and petty one was summoned by accident. Scully’s not particularly invested in taking over the world but he does his best to mess around and make his creator’s life more difficult out of spite because he doesn’t enjoy his patchwork body (he desperately wishes he had claws) or the physical plane for that matter. He’s also pretty chatty, like all vindictive monsters should be. :)
20 minutes in Oekaki.
I’m trying to iron out his design so I can draw it with consistency.
I used a teeny tiny reference photo from a biology book. One of the patches on its head is supposed to be red, but it’s going to be black and white for now.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of black and white designs for T-shirts. I have to say, sharpies are the worst pens ever. They get blunt and have that odor that makes you dizzy after a while. People also complain when you use them and fill the atmosphere with its unpleasant scent. This time I used a paint pen and a ballpoint pen for the sharper lines. Much nicer. I also made a black and white with an octopus, but that’s missing somewhere….