Birthday card

I’m an introvert who don’t last much in any social situation. So when a friend sent out formal invitation to her birthday party I was pretty torn. In the end I regretfully declined and tried to made up for it with a bespoke birthday card that – surprisingly – took 5 hours!

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Imaginative Illustrators of NYC: Fun With Body Horror!

This week on Imaginative Illustrator of NYC! Body parts horror! Referenced some of Wayne Barlowe’s creatures. Added the inky box later, but the brush pen’s strokes are clearly visible, so it needed adjustment in Photoshop. Now I’m wondering if it would’ve been better to do the black box completely digitally. The amount of wet ink caused the flimsy sketchbook paper to buckle a lot, and the shadows needed extra Photoshop treatment.

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On the other hand, I took today as a rest day, and didn’t work on work-related art, just fun coloring line art done during previous meetup.

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Imaginative Illustrators of NYC – Mercenaries

This week on Imaginative Illustrators of NYC! Mercenaries! As usual Ryan the story factory whipped up briefs for 4 armed groups that already sounds like part of a game. I drew at random and got: “The Night Owl Syndicate. Taking up the symbol of the owl, they are highly intelligent as well as deadly, specializing in nighttime operations.”

Doing this sketch group is by far the best practice for any concept artist because you never control what kind of brief client or AD give you, and you just have to come up with something without excuses or running away to distractions. So, thank you Ryan!

Since I don’t do weapons or soldiers, I subconsciously steered towards comfort zone while drawing. In the end the most mercenary part of him is the butt of a rifle. Will challenge myself more and be far less precious about these next time!

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I wanted to do the 1hr daily ideation practice again, but today I was very ready for sleep by sketch time. The first ideation attempt with color markers didn’t work, so to not let a day end on a sour note, I pushed on and drew this instead. Which is at least better than that pink pineapple scribble I will never post.

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Imaginative Illustrators Of NYC: Old to New

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This week,  on Imaginative Illustrators Of NYC – Old to New! We are to take the oldest drawing of ours, bring it to the meeting, and do it anew! I was too embarrassed to bring all the horses and wolves I drew, so I brought an old character, Cobra, to this meeting. Since I haven’t been doing humans all that much, I didn’t really improve him all that much either in this version, hahaha! I have him a tail and a new story, and some fancy clothes.