Monday, September 28, 2009

Ah! Foxes (Obsessed)


Yes, I have an obsession. I think that is clear, but how many ways can it manifest itself? This time I anthropomorphized the fox and gave it a sword.

Foxes are just so darned cool! They are a strange combination of canine grit and feline grace. Do you think those slitted eyes are suited to benign fancies? They can only be plotting evil, just as surely as their ears are listening for squeaking opportunities in the grass. Don't forget that luxurious tail, both their pride and downfall.

Characters as varied as their appearance, foxes appear in folklore all over the world.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sickeningly Cute Often Gone Sick

So I recently became acquainted with the art of kawaii which is something that originated in Japan. Wikipedia describes it best, but the basic idea is that the art is cute beyond all reason.

At first it seems harmless. What could be wrong with making things cute? Well, this "cuteness" often gets applied to things us Westerners would consider serious causing a bit of a paradox in our brains. It's an interesting movement with quite a few spin-offs.

I don't think this sketch really captures the essence of kawaii, but I did enjoy using ridiculous looking faces on inanimate objects to humorous effect.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Regurgitation.


Okay, so maybe this doesn't qualify as new content, but sometimes it's just fun to pull things apart and put them back together in different ways. Like Legoes or Linkin' Logs. It never gets old.

Digital collage is fun, and it definitely has its advantages over traditional collage in that the material is almost endless. Well, it's almost endless. How creative can you be with pictures and scanned images/objects? The drawback is you never get the fun experience of meshing things together, nearly tearing a delicate magazine clipping that stuck to you with classic Elmer's Glue. It's nerve wracking, but very satisfying if you can manage a successful piece. There's always "undo" on the computer.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Queen's Document

This sketch was inspired by a variety of sources. One was the Roman Centurion helm. Other influences would be a lion's mane and a patch of flowers. Combined with a flowing gown, it gives the impression of royal power.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gunslinger in Space. Spaceslinger?




Perhaps this is a weak attempt at monster creation, or a mediocre rendition of some gallant scoundrel who slings guns for personal benefit. I like to think that those two things go together rather well. What, pray tell, would our gunslinger "sling" at if there weren't these alien monsters inhabiting the ruins he's exploring?

That's what I thought.

The color is truly nothing more than an exercise in using digital media.While I prefer traditional media for my finished pieces, such as acrylic or watercolour, there are simply no excuses in this day and age to not know how to use the digital equivalent. Unless you are already rich.

I believe I was in the mood for a good Sci-Fi program when I drew this. Then I remembered that almost every other show on basic cable was cop related or who done-it escapades, only to be delivered by the phenomenon known as Hulu, where science-fiction classics abound.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Running with knives.

Who says it's not good to run with knives? I'm pretty sure most mothers say that, but sometimes they run with knives too, especially if they are going to defend king and country. Although infrequent, there are some notable women in history who have taken up the sword, so to speak, and have been lucrative in their field, albeit for a relatively short period of time. Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni and the Tru'ung Sisters of Vietnam are good examples.

A more successful example could be found in Hatshepsut, a royal, female Egyptian who declared herself Pharaoh and reigned for about fifteen years.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Three is a crowd.

I enjoy the many uses for masks, especially in fiction. They always have a a unique role in the story, either exaggerating the wearer's character or by becoming the cause of the character's affliction (i.e. Batman, Spiderman). They are the fixed representation of an emotion, or the wall that blocks it. Sometimes they're just darned pretty.

Masks can also be menacing; evildoers wear masks to protect themselves from being caught by the authorities. This is probably why the Anti-Mask: New York Penal Law of 1845 was created. According to this legislation, it is illegal for three or more persons to wear a mask in public unless it is for the sake of a masquerade, party, parade, or other benign entertainment. Also, most banks wont serve their customers unless they have removed all head coverings and sunglasses.

This particular sketch is going for the mysterious look. He should be fine as long as he doesn't have a couple buddies that want to hang out with him in New York.