Thursday, November 18, 2010

30 Days: 16

Day 16. Have taken leave of my senses. Rations running dangerously low. I drew a nose-pilgrim.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

30 Days: 15

More Breckendy! This is back in her circus days, when her hair was a bit longer and her heart was a bit softer. (Awww.) In case you haven't noticed yet, I am a TEXTURE ADDICT. (If you are too, check out this amazing free texture site.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

30 Days: 14

Further development of the Breckendy picture. Her "knife" could use some development next...

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 Days: 13

Here's Breckendy being rad. Before you ooh and ahh over the pose -- I traced a stock photo from DA. I am also lying significantly about what time it is right now. SO. SLEEPY.  -_-

Sunday, November 14, 2010

30 Days: 12

Lazy, lazy, lazy. I've been thinking a lot about Girl with a Pearl Earring today, so I did a messy trace-over of it. Blarrrrgh.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

30 Days: 11

Today's Creative Thing is also a bit of a cheat. Anything that I was gonna do anyway, for other reasons, feels like cheating to me, I guess. Thirty Days should be Extra! But who's enforcing the rules, anyway? Sometimes I have to kill two birds with one... drawing. Otherwise things will pile up.

So, this is a promotional poster for Ben's aunt, who runs a music conservatory. I was going for a kind of Saturday-Evening-Post look, but there's also some Art Nouveau in there...

Friday, November 12, 2010

30 Days: 10

It's Breckendy! I've actually never colored her before. Got to show her white freckles, finally.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Days: 9

A Lichtenstein-inspired doodle.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 Days: 8

What happens when I take naps during the day:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 Days: 7

Today's Creative Thing is a bit of a cop-out, I'm afraid. Tuesdays are really hard and busy for me. So, I'm just posting this character sheet that I had to do anyway for a class. This is preparatory work for a goofy little webcomic I'm going to launch by the end of the semester.

Monday, November 8, 2010

30 Days: 6

A counterpart to Carrigan Quinn, from two days ago. He doesn't have a name yet.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

30 Days: 5

Today, I took a Facebook picture of my friend Matt and horribly mangled it. It looks like some kind of deranged Pokemon, or one of those weird fleshy monsters from Darwin IV. This is in no way a reflection on Matt's character -- I just had to use that face for something.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

30 Days: 4

Here is a character of Ben's invention, an Irish roboticist from the FUTURE! My pictures seem to be getting bigger and bigger...

Friday, November 5, 2010

30 Days: 3

Today I did a fanart of the completely rockin' comic Hanna is not a Boy's Name by Tessa Stone. This is my favorite character: a dead guy who doesn't remember his name or anything else about himself, but is also totally classy! This picture is a crazy mixture of Tessa's style and Leonid Afremov's paintings (which are BEAUTIFUL and I must buy an original someday) which actually turned out well, I think. I think I'll send it to her... Maybe she'll like it!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 Days: 2

Day 2. Still trying to be cool like Emily Carroll. D:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 Days: 1

Creative thing #1! Doodled it during work this morning, scanned it in the afternoon, colored it in the evening. It's red-haired explorer/detective/journalist-type lady in an exotic city! Woohoo! At the moment, I'm very obsessed with Emily Carroll, so I'm channelling her style a bit. I also found out about the Thirty Days Project on her blog!

Thirty Days Project

It's NaNoWriMo season again, and many of my friends are bravely diving into it despite their college workloads. I did it last year, but I'm not feeling the spark this time around.

Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about personal creativity vs. imposed/required creativity. I am always bursting with ideas and dreams for my creative future... but it's for the future. Someday. And actually, I don't produce all that much, except for school assignments. I don't have much of a portfolio, because I don't feel that I have many "complete" works of art to my name. There is such a disparity between what I want to do and what I am currently capable of doing. I get discouraged very easily...

Well, the obvious solution is to just do stuff, much of which will be awful, and get better through experience. But sometimes desire isn't enough... I need pressure. I need a NaNo for general creativity. And it just so happens that one exists.

It's called the Thirty Days Project, and it officially happens in June, but... whatever. I'll do it again in June if I like it. The premise is simple: create something, every day, for thirty consecutive days. For me, this will probably be drawings, but it is open to every kind of creativity.

I'll aim for drawings that are a bit more committed than notebook doodles. Maybe I'll start tomorrow. Wait, it's already tomorrow.

I'll start today, then. Don't think, don't rationalize, just do it.