Ok There you have it. The Finished Lounging Spike. I combined several drawings I did of him to get the look just right. You can see my process in the sketches in an earlier post. I basically digitally painted it Photo shop using airbrushing and using the textured brushes technique. I also used many layers and channels all the while keeping in mind where and how the lighting should look on Spike est. Even though I wanted a realistic look, I still wanted to keep the cartoony look too. And there you have it. As usual for now you will not be able to view it on my web site until the first half of my web site is done with the renovations.
The full Lounging Spike.
A close up so you can see the details of the hair est.
Just featuring a few creatures I’ve been drawing/doodling for the past few months and weeks scanned straight from my personal sketch book. As you know making up creatures and characters are my favorite things to draw. These were shared earlier at a art web site where people of professional to novas come to share thoughts and their art in forum form. There are other handy artist related things there too.
Now to the pics. These are mostly inspired by a number of random objects and some are from pure imagination.
A chompy reptile creature inspired by a staple remover.
A made up little wombat like creature.
Another reptile dino like creature with a fingered lip. Inspired by some dumb children's hand puppet show.
A cute little creature with a deadly defensive secret weapon that you do not want to mess with.
Another reptile creature inspired by the mayfly.
Cute little alien girl.
Some creatures inspired by a humble maple key. I may try and experiment more with this theme in the future. The long necked one is a type of sap sucker. Bother it and it can zing you. The other short and plump one likes to eat small insects.
The last one is a tripod creature who uses its tail like a third leg. And another little alien reptile sits.......in the corner.
New clip art. 3 Green figs. It wont' be in my personal web site/portfolio until after renovations are completed in my creative half of the site. Can't really access the other half here any ways. ;)
Oh and my first Spike the Tiger illustration for my creative part of my site is coming along fine. Its almost completed too. It will go on the index page. Also fall or better known as autumn is this Saturday. Boooooo! Where are my wings so I can fly south for the winter. :p
A little history on Spike the Tiger, how he came to be. When I was little, growing up I was teased and bullied a lot. I didn’t have any one really to be on my side. No sisters, no brothers, no grandparents, no relatives. My mother was often sick and my dad was working. Friends/ neighbors only help so much and can’t be with you 24 hours a day. I only had one or two friends if I was lucky enough. I had the occasional guidance counselor at school est but in the end they move on to greener grasses and you never hear from them again. Being separated in to special classes which in my normal class time only creates a feeling of segregation to make matters worse. So often as I did, I daydreamed in class or any where boring or being in a scary situation. I would imagine something powerful and only friendly to me to be on my side. Then I would doodle the ideas of imaginary friends in on some paper or in some school book. I would draw the powerful black stallion from the movie The Black Stallion. I would draw him running and have smoke billowing out of his nostrils. I would draw big eagles, tigers, lions and powerful lizards and est. I would doodle my favorite characters from my favorite cartoons of the day and I began to make new characters and stories based on those cartoons and have my own persona character in those stories. Eventually there was a cartoon called Voltron that I really enjoyed watching as a kid. I just loved how these characters were in charge of these huge and powerful robo lions and fought the forces of evil. I then as always created a story with characters of my own only with giant robo tigers. But over time favorite cartoons fade to black as so many times before, things change and so did my little imagined cartoon and characters. Many robo tigers and their operators dwindled to one beloved imaginary powerful tiger friend who was no longer robotic but something more with a heart and personality something that was just as good as those other things imagined to be on my side but can do so many more things and adventures.
In time I added a few more things like a world where he came from, a few more friends and enemies to fight est.
Also over time I kept him as a mascot, as a learning tool and a wonderful story/cartoon idea.The rest is history and spoilers to be revealed someday when the time is right.
These set of drawings is for the front page of my web site. I'm just going to have to decide which pose is the best. Spike doesen't normally act this way. He normally does the typical poncing, fighting and protecting but he as made an exception to pose for my drawings so I can fix up and refurbish my web site. I would like to have Spike's tail to over lap some of the title. You can help me choose if you like. I have left the rough drawings as is so you can see how my ideas were coming along. As you can see, I had a few drawings that I did not continue since i did not like the direction they were going in. Others were experiments. Also because I have a bad habit of making the drawing run off the page I had to draw extra arm/paw drawings to be added later.
I used a blue erasable pencil that animators and drafters use for the loose sketching part and then used a regular writing pencil on top of that for the details.
Here below are the rest of the sleeping Spike drawings and a scratching Spike to be used for my new Scratching post banner.
Below I will use these potential drawings for my Creative blog banner here. Just have to make up my mind to which is best. BTW he's just gotten in to the paint and is painting paw prints all over your screen. Again not typical for Spike.
Another position for the paw printing Spike. With both of these positions I used some picture reference of small house cats so I can get the look right since I wasn't sure. Spike was a bit stubborn. ;)
I tried a different pose and theme in this one with Spike fighting with an airbrush gone crazy. The treasure box drawing is for potential over hauled idea for my treasure part of my site.
The last drawing is another version of that treasure themed idea.
Artsy things that I’ve been up to. Just finished this latest clip art based on this pic I took a number of years back when we lived at that certain old neighborhood with the big beautiful yard. Gggg I miss the place. It won’t be on my web site till I finish with the renovations.
That of course is another thing I’m catching up on. Renovating my web site, which is nearly completed other then the fact it needs a few completed drawings and possible a few link updates.
Which leads me to the drawings I just completed as well which I will be showing soon. Some very cool drawings based on my main character.
Made a few small changes to a bunch of things regarding my web site and banners that I use here which were really begging for it. More noticeable things in the future. As of right now, you don't see much. ;)
More on the snowy theme a trio of best snow friends. No I’m not crazy about winter. Totally the opposite. This illustration should also be featured on my site shortly. That would be in one or two days.
Well this is cool. My latest “make” which is was featured in the last post is now featured at Instructables.com Which was due to an invitation offer to enter a water based contest. Very cool. Its still entered to have a chance to win more stuff as well. Besides being featured they even gave me a 3 month pro subscription too. Double the cool. Now to decide if I want to pursue it. Just have to find out a few things first. Thanks a bunch. :D
Introducing Anti Warp Water Colour Painting Frame A great tool for watercolour artists to minimize the paper warping after it dries. There’s nothing more annoying then working with paper that has warped, especially when you have to go back to a spot you painted earlier in order to do some fine details and the paper is all wavy. This thing is great for wet on wet painting techniques too since the frames are for the most part water proof providing that you follow instructions.
Sure, I could have used craft paper and glued it on the back of the watercolour paper but I really don’t like it for that kind of paper I use, so that’s why I came up with this thing.
You can download instructions provided by me from my web site or go to Instructables.com and while there see what others have made to share. None the less, hope some of you can find this useful.
In case you haven’t noticed I’m back and have been back for a week or two now. For awhile at least. Until I get another freelance project that is. And that may come soon enough since I have been offered another book to work on this coming season of fall or maybe sooner. Who knows? But that’s cool none the less. The latest Sunshine The Lion Cat adventure should get published soon and I’ll link in here when it gets completed. In the mean time I’ll be catching up on spring cleaning, clip art, some other art work , animation if I had some of the equipment, my web site( could use a new look) and possibly some special tee shirts for ads. And maybe some other things If I possibly get to them. Last season I barely had any time to do any thing me wise since I had gotten a new kitty in my life and other things which made things get a bit crazy. Oh well, such is life. ;)