Another Cleo, doin’ her stringaling thing. I feel like this one is kind of a sibling-sketch to the second one in this post with Nemo washing her hands- both the ladies getting zen with their chosen elements I guess? I’ve been developing the Nemo/Cleo relationship lately so it makes sense that I would see parallels, perhaps. They have an interesting dynamic together- half-flirtykissy, half-sisterly (Cleo is no doubt the big sister in this equation). Anyway, my point is: Cleo is associated with Things Woven, Things Unbuilt and Rebuilt, and Things Ever-Changing. Nemo is associated with Things Fluid, Things Felt on a Deeply Resonant Level, and Things Tied By Causality. Now that I write this I don’t necessarily think it makes sense to anyone besides me why I like their dynamic or why I feel like it fits.
(You may notice that her body art is different from previous pictures of her. She doesn’t have tattoos because she’s too prone to change, but she does use temporary body paint on herself a lot.)
Oof, it’s been a while since I’ve posted art. I’ve been hard at work on some stuff I have to sit on for now, but until then: three very quick couple trades, because I miss drawing snuggs and my chars have been withholding them lately. :P
From top to bottom: Quinne and Anita for uneide; Dmitri and Lizimaquia for dfalcao-art; and Eve and Casey for delborovic. All of them were so much fun! COUPLES YAY! <3
I want to see how many of you are out there and to show there are more of us than people think.
I even make a comic about it!
I rarely deviate from art while posting/reblogging and I’m sorry to any followers who are annoyed at the digression, but I am very vocal about the fact that tabletop gaming is one of my favorite hobbies, so… *waves fingers*
Some further Nemo stuff, post- getting made over by Cleo. Hence, the super-amped-up amount of makeup in the first one. (Well, it’s a lot by her standards, at any rate.)
I wanted an outfit that sort-of suited her, but also that looked/felt different enough from her usual clothing style that she’s not totally sure whether or not to be comfortable in it (“How can someone be wearing so much fur and still feel so uncovered? And what’s up with these purely-decorative sleeves that don’t attach anywhere, because they’re sure not keeping anything WARM?”). She’s from a temperate-but-northern latitude, so in her experience people tend to be either clothed from head to toe for warmth, or totally naked (for bathing, swimming and sexytimes); and states of half-undress are only commonly seen during “private time”. In the city where Cleo and Jonah come from, which is not only further south (so clothes tend to be skimpier than she’s used to), people commonly dress for sex appeal, which is… a bit befuddling and awkward-making for someone from a tiny northern backwoods community where dressing suggestively isn’t a particular priority when clothing oneself.
I might be misrepresenting her home society a little bit here (I swear it’s not like a village of nuns or anything, they’re actually very sex-positive, just huge on privacy and practicality), but this is like… the simplified version to explain her mindset. It’s like the her-world version of traveling from rural northern New England to Los Angeles or vice versa: there are going to be some serious cultural and climate differences influencing clothes and the way people dress and why, and it can make for a little bit of a shocker if you’re used to one and end up immersed in the other.
So there, have some world-building, or something like it. World explanation. I don’t talk a whole ton about it on here, but there’s a lot of it into that goes into the story and design, so. *shrug* PROCESS.
Over the last couple weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time on stuff I can’t show off yet, but I also FINALLY installed Manga Studio 5 and I’ve been playing around with it. So I’m going to share this thing for now.
Which is not a great Nemo head doodle. It’s not even a particularly GOOD doodle. But what is noteworthy about this, is that I did not do it on paper, nor is it based on/drawn on top of anything that I ever put on paper. It’s all straight out on the computer, using Frenden’s custom MS brush set, and no lie, it looks like an actual physical pencil drawing, and there’s none of the line shakiness that’s been impeding my Photoshop drawing process. The inking? The inking. Augh. I could go on. And I’m not even using the program to its full potential yet.
So yeah, I’m sorry, this kind of turned into an unsolicited Manga Studio advertisement underneath a less-than-impressive practice drawing, but I really did like it that much. Being able to create a drawing, even a simple one, from the ground up using just a tablet and software, and have it come out not looking utterly terrible, is totally novel for me, even if it’s second nature to most of you by now. :)
A Nemo/Cleo bonding session happening over hair braiding. Because doing hair and giving makeovers is how Cleo bonds with everyone. I think she’s probably very pleased with having a new person to work on, because you can only do this to Jonah so many times over the years before it gets boring. :3
I want to draw these two being besties all the time <3
Three mythological ladies! Artist proof commissions from Perna Studios’ Classic Mythology II set. I was so happy to work on all three of them. Sekhmet is Egyptian, the goddess of war and plague (among other things, some benign… but one of her monikers is “Lady of Slaughter”, which is just so metal); Sedna is Inuit, the mistress of marine life, from whose severed fingers were born the animals of the sea; Macha is Celtic (specifically Irish), the queenly aspect of the Morrigan triple goddess who represents (at turns) war, strife, and sovereignty. I dig most mythology as a general rule, but all of these goddesses are among my all-time favorites, so I was thrilled to get a chance to draw them.
I tried to keep clothing and jewelry detail as close to historically-supported as I could (yes Sekhmet’s shawl I know, no nudity was a rule, some artistic license is inevitable), and the research led me to some (I thought) surprising details: did you know ancient Irish women dyed their nails red? I didn’t. And I thought I knew plenty of various and sundry details about them. Go figure.
All of these are trading card size, Micron pens, Copics, gel pen. I think most of you know the drill by now. :)
Phew! Finally back from all that traveling, which was AMAZING. I haven’t had a trip that was long enough to be truly fun in ages, and I got to see some fantastic landscape that I’ve never been to before. Awesome time. But even while I’m out in the world I can’t not draw, even if it’s only for like 10-15 minutes at a time. As a result, this took way more time than it was worth, but it’s just a first-time character plop so I can’t feel too broken up about it.
So I should probably mention at least a little who this lady is; she’s Cleo, and she’s an adorable friend of Jonah’s (and now of Nemo’s by extension, since she was kind of… absorbed into his friend group. This is not a problem for her, though). Cleo’s a weretarantula, so in her other forms she can play multiple musical instruments at a time. I’m trying to figure out how to swing this in a picture so it doesn’t look impossibly creepy, even though she’s very nonthreatening. I much prefer drawing all the animal folks in their human forms generally anyway, because logistics. >_>
Alan and I are off on a family vacation for the next couple of weeks- we are driving! It’s a 2000 mile drive just one way! Because we’re old-fashioned that way, I guess. (Planes are neither of our favorite.) But really, I’ve always wanted to do a road trip this extensive, so it’s win-win. Wish us luck! :D
Further PortCon commission antics. A Marceline; a Kid!Loki being scolded by Scarlet Witch for scarletkittie; and a PPG Bubbles (with Octi!) and Vegeta for aoespearman. Thanks to everyone who visited, bought stuff, or commissioned me! It was a great time and I hope to do it again next year :D
Two ATCs done at #PortCon- Scarlet Witch (commission) and Sailor Uranus.
This is where I am this weekend! Come see me at PortConMaine in South Portland!
Third piece for display at PortCon! Sailor Moon. Because why not. :3 Originally I had wanted to do all the senshi- or at least Uranus, because she’s my fave and I love her forever- but sadly, I ran out of time and if you only can do one, Usagi is pretty iconic. Oh well! I can still draw the others while I’m sitting at my table! :D Again, those dates are the 19th-22nd for the general con; Artist’s Alley opens up tomorrow morning at 9 (and at 9 again each day after). Come visit me! I’ll be starved for company and probably a little overwhelmed! :D
5”x7”, Micron pen, Copic marker, colored pencil, gel pen on bristol.