Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Themed Scribblers- improved 2004-2006 art

The following is a Spring themed collection of scribblers and drawings from early years of 2000. From the originals to the adjusted versions made more interesting with extra techniques.

Someday I may draw inspiration from old work and make new versions based off of them. It would be a good way to explore and practice.
Flower Field- Jul 6, 2006. Tweaked Mar. 26, 2018

Mrs. Chamomile Campbell in the flower field. Original is the top one, then I added better grass and patches of flowers. The flowers were copies of the ones from her hand, then made into bunches on the field.

I added a bit of shading, and then added some extra light for interest (right). Being in a flower field at sunset can be a rather warming experience. This image was a scribbler, the woman was the focus, the flowers and everything else were added.
Scent of Evening Spring- Oct. 24, 2006. Tweaked Mar. 25, 2018

Scribbler of a pompous man with a Colonial hair style, deeply inhaling the fresh scent of a wild garden flower.

I worked mostly on making the background interesting for this one (tweaked version on the left). A garden scene at sunset seemed like a nice choice with some trees, flowers, grass, and gradient colored sky. I tried a bit of shading and lighting touches, and I can't really tell why I drew a brown border around the man, but I think when I had first made the picture I thought of his face being a photo in a frame.

I can see this picture being a rather interesting image to redraw based off the scribbler For some reason I always thought of this man as being some kind of teacher character, not sure why. If I were to redraw it I would zoom out and make a full bust image of him.
Toxic Flower Soup- Jan. 7, 2006. Tweaked Mar. 27, 2018 (left).

Most of the scribbler parts of this wild, brightly colored picture is in the background. Springtime is all about flowers, which is what this collection is kind of all about.

The name Toxic Flower Soup comes from two things. Toxic flowers are a concept I've had on the brain for nearly a decade, just something I call really bright colored flowers in my art world which also are associated with stories I've played.

I wasn't sure what to make of the original, the background was kind of just this psychedelic set up of random shapes and colors. For some reason when I looked at it again I thought of a flower floating on water with stuff added. That's where the soup idea came from.

I spotted peppers, odd veggies, and sea creature shape. This is another picture I'm considering making a redraw of, maybe to bring out more of the soup aspect of it. I may make the peppers, octopus, and colorful crab claws more of a focus.
Butterfly Rose- Mar. 5, 2006. Tweaked Mar. 23, 2018. Previously posted back on Sept. 19, 2014

This one was previously mentioned on another post, and was also a scribbler. I went back in and adjusted it again. I lightened the shadows, then added a warm light source (right).
Bubble Pink Butterfly- Jan. 22, 2006. Tweaked Apr. 2, 2018

Bubble pink butterfly is one of the images that isn't a scribbler. I went through a phase of drawing with the calligraphy brush. The original (above) was super bright with the flat blue backdrop. I wasn't sure whether or not the picture could be of squiggly, cute jewelry items on a bed, or if I intended for it to look like flowers and a butterfly against the sky.

I went with changing it slightly my adding shading and lighting, extra details, and a plant background with some warm light. First I left it without extra glow (left), then added more sunlight against the plants (right).
Dewy Rose- Jan. 31, 2004 (right). Tweaked Apr. 2, 2018

Thew dewy rose may have also been a scribbler, I'm not entirely sure. This one was practically just some lines and colors before I went back in and defined the rose a bit better, changed up the background, formed rose bushes with duplicate roses, then added glowing light and a sprinkle of dew drops.
Purple Hibiscus- Apr. 6, 2005 (right). Tweaked Apr. 3, 2018

The purple Hibiscus wasn't actually my drawing if I remember correctly, it was a project started by my sister. She had digitally painted over a photo of a flower to make a background for a butterfly picture she had done.

It seemed kind of lonesome on the flat, dark green backdrop without any light, so I played with it to bring a bit more life to the scene.
Cute Mosquito- Aug. 3, 2006. Tweaked Mar. 23, 2018

The cute mosquito scribbler was mentioned in a previous post, but again it fit with the Spring theme despite mosquitoes being more of a summer bug. I made some adjustments to this one a second time by lightening the shadows and adding grass to the cloud background.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Creepy Bunny- tweaked 2005 art

Apr. 5, 2004 (left). Tweaked Mar. 25, 2018

Old kid art being adjusted in PSE. This rabbit is oddly creepy, yet it makes me laugh. A lot of my old digital art was done in a basic paint program with limited brush options, and I had little understanding of layers, blending modes, shading, or color shades at the time.

I like looking at my kid art taken and painted to be more interesting than when it started. Lately I've been going through a splurge of themed art, tweaking bunches of old pieces as part of a Spring time collection.

I've also considered looking back at my very old work and maybe sometime challenging myself to redraw it. This rabbit may have been a scribbler art find, but I can't quiet remember.

I did basic adjustments, used gradients for the sun and sky, added better clouds, used a grass brush, and selected another old drawing of an egg to place in the grass. With a bit of shading and light glow I got the final results (above right).

Easter Egg Barbie- dress design

Easter themed Barbie dress from 2005.

I've been visiting old art from many years ago during a time when I was still playing with a basic paint program as a kid. I've enjoyed fashion design since I was little, and when I look back on the things I scribbled down I see potential in defining the designs better now.

I did just that and pulled together the design on one of my fashion forms, complete with the hat and basket full colorful eggs. I wasn't sure whether or not the shaded version (left) or flat version (right) looked better, so I included both.

I did make some minor adjustments in the design, but not too entirely different from the original.

Related image
The Easter egg Barbie dress design is more so themed around Easter eggs over rabbits, though I did code name it the Easter Bunny Barbie dress. I vaguely remember being inspired to design this silly Barbie outfit because I loved a certain special edition Peter Rabbit Barbie doll I had gotten.

The one shown on the left. I still have her to this day, and her wardrobe was switched to that of a lacy Victorian outfit.

Easter Egg Designs

I've been exploring my old art files from many years ago, dating from 2004-2005, childhood years when I was still playing with basic paint programs on a very old computer. I found these old Easter egg designs I had done as a kid, based off of actual Easter eggs I had made using one of those Dollar Store egg dying kits.

I remember loving the little stickers that came with them, especially the rabbits, eggs, and borders. Above is a compilation of the old designs all from 2005 except the one in the bottom right corner, that's from 2004.

I've been revisiting my old art with the idea of redoing it or tweaking it for fun. I wanted to bring new life to my kid art, and redrew the egg designs shown below.

I started by designing the five main eggs from 2005, all but one (upper right corner of the original panel) which wasn't much different from the ribbon crossed version it was based off of. 

I designed these redone versions based more off of the idea of creating them as batiked eggs like Ukranian eggs, and not so much like a normal Easter egg. Pulling some of the designs off in general would be a bit difficult even as batiked eggs, but I do like the designs as just pictures on paper. 
Bluebird's Sun

This was a redo of the 2004 egg design, the one in the bottom right corner of the original collection.

I tried sticking to the design and colors as much as possible, but was given some tips on certain shades and realized it looked better with more orange colored yellow over the bright yellow.
Mar. 28, 2018

Aside from the drawn egg designs, I did some digital versions based off of one of the original egg designs from 2005. These were done a few days earlier and I used selections of imagery from old postcards provided by a collector on Deviant Art who goes by the name of yesterdayspaper.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lulu fish footies-Laza and Aeris fashion designs

Lulu's fish footies, mentioned in the role play episode "Breaking Bubbles". Lulu's fashion is sometimes fun to think about considering her element is water, air, and plasma combined.

She likes the water mostly, and aims to have fish themed items in her surroundings. Since she has a low tolerance to cold, currently staying in a frigid region, she has herself a full covering set of footie pajamas with a set of fish slippers to wear with it.

I liked the idea of adding fins and gill decor to the jammies, makes it cuter.

I imagine the material to be something warm like fleece, with orange fins made from soft nit.

Next on the designing spree came Laza's wardrobe. The first design seemed a bit youthful for her character (left) with the flairs and flows, but could still work. It could also be lent to a different character like Terro or possibly Laza's younger sister Zatani.
My main reason for designing the first outfit was to have something for placing Laza's bat apron on. Her bat apron is first mentioned in the episode "Teater Totter".

I wasn't quite sure about the design, but wanted to continue practicing some random drawing of folds. This resulted in Laza's evening wine tasting gown (right). This style was much more fitting for Laza and her firm, caring, yet mature stature. She is a mother of two sons after all.

After making her an evening gown, I got a better feel for what her basic clothes might be like. This lead to designs which fit her character better, and the third design I made was called "Tea Delivery" (left). I wasn't sure which color scheme to go with, and added some green into the mix. Junshau may like dark colors because they're of shadow, but that doesn't mean they don't like brighter colors too. 

The final design with two different color schemes and optional details I called "Tea Field" clothes. I imagined Laza's character wearing this on an average day or when working in the tea garden she keeps out back on the property of her home. 
The lighter purple version is one that I imagined Laza lending to her sister Zatani, simply because a design similar to this came to mind when I was thinking of fashion ideas for Zatani awhile ago.

After all those designs came Aeris's goth outfit.

Aeris is normally dressed for voodoo, but she also wears goth styled clothes. The series is based off a chibi of her I did (left), just not exact.

I played with different patterns and color sequences, sticking to four colors just changing them up here and there.

After showing Tarrok the basic designs, he felt I should give Aeris the green top with black skirt, and change out the socks for for the purple ones, then add some chain jewelry and a hair thing. His instincts were right.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fire Beach Beauty- fashion design

As usual, my fashion designs commonly come to mind while I'm working on the MN-I role play, and designing wardrobes for different characters. Coaline-pronounced (Coal-leen) has been one of the characters I've been focusing on.

Her theme is fire, and there's an episode coming up where she's going on a date to the beach with Seph. I thought to myself how often the characters in the story are bound to visit the beach since the story takes place on an island, so I wanted to make a series of bathing suit desigsn for each of the characters I play most.
This was also an excuse to think up designs on what Coaline would wear to taunt during her beach date.

The starter designs (made on the sixth of this month) above involved either a black suit or red suit, with complimenting sarong in the reverse color. I also explored the designs with and without flames. Coal also has a pair of black sandals for days on the sand.
After designing her first set, I let the idea sit for awhile, then came back to it today for adjustments. It occured to me that Coal and her rebellious side might be even bolder than what I had first imagined.

Her wardrobe tends to involve peeky spots and low cut lines with strap or net accents. the first design has some peeky spots, but still didn't fully say Coal to me. I went in and tweaked the base of the suit by angling the top, changing the straps, making a more defined curve in the sides, then pulled it together with the choice of strap sides, or net sides in either fine nit or large nit. And again the choice of flames or no flames as a pattern.

After talking about the designs with Tarrok, we decided the character may have more than one suit. One for business, one for hanging out with friends, and maybe two others for leizure. The one with a black net side likely is her normal business trip or hanging out with anyone suit. The one with the strap sides is more like her leizure time suit which she'll wear because she can with whoever she wants to taunt.

I designed  the suits specifically to show Tarrok, since it's easier to show a picture than describe an outfit through text. This was the fun way to let Tarrok know what his character Seph will likely get to see during his date.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mini Candies and Peek A Boo

Aren't these cute? I've had plans to make them for a long time now. Tonight I made these miniature lifesaver candies wrapped up in their own little packages and also loose in a jar.

I got a set of three mini art jars from A.C. Moore the other day for the purpose of filling them with mini candies and cookies for toys.

The candies themselves are dyed stone beads I got from Joahn's awhile ago. I emptied them into my little glass jar and chose one of each color to make two wrapped versions of the sweet. I kept the rows together by feeding them onto head pins. The wires were disguised once I took some saved plastic candy wrapper and rolled them into it, securing it with a bit of tape, and twisted the ends.

I was pleased with the results, and now have other ideas for the growing collection of mini sweets developing, hopefully to one day put into a miniature sweets shop scene.
There are still those funny moments when I find particular flier images peeking at me out of a bag or box. I noticed this one today.

A recent update from the craft corner is that I dumped half my flier collection into a carboard box for easier sorting, then set it aside so I could focus more on making junk journals.