Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Inktober 2016

Annyeong! C: This girl hasn't posted for two months goodness me.

A year ago, back in October, I did a couple of ink drawings for Inktober 2015! (If you're interested, you can find both posts by clicking here!) Unfortunately, last year, I couldn't do that many because 1) I was too slow and 2) I was super stressed and busy with school that year (and *cough* spending way too much of my free time on Tumblr fangirling about KFP3's release *cough*). But for this year, Inktober 2016, I decided to change: I set myself a goal, completing one for every day, and drew a mix of all sorts of different ideas (not just fanart which I did for most of the drawings last year and yes that wasn't very interesting xD). I feel like I improved so much from the first day throughout until the last!

Inktober is an international art challenge that arrives every October set up by Jake Parker in 2009. I think it's by far my favourite art challenge because not only does it motivate artists and avoid procrastination, it's also great encouragement for artists to use ink pens more often and learn new techniques. During the other months of the year I've noticed digital art, Prismacolor/blending pencils and copics/promarkers have taken over, especially... Which is perfectly fine of course (I use those tools most myself) but it's awesome that there exists a month dedicated to inking as well! It's also been interesting seeing that most of the artists I follow (that is, a lot!) all participated this year too! :D

Not to mention, this year was a wonderfully motivating year because I got to participate with Megan via Megans Mega Blog! It was really intriguing posting my Inktober drawings whilst also looking at what Megan up to throughout the month! Her ideas were truly inspiring and I really liked how she drew Halloween-themed pictures, beautiful designs she had created and also combining Inktober with her school project! Please do take a look at/comment on her Inktober post by clicking here! <3

Off we go! :D

Day 1: Shams
I completely disregard the fact that this is supposed to be Shams though, because this honestly doesn't look anything like how I imagine him. For one thing, he looks like a chibi here with the short-looking arm (initially he was going to have a shirt with his sleeves rolled up as in the red sketch I did, which I'll share later hopefully, but I ruined it when I changed that) and for another thing, his hair is very exaggerated - it doesn't go up that high.
In a nutshell, I hope I didn't destroy anyone's image of what they think he looks like because this just isn't him, trust me. xD #kenza rants

Day 2: Marinette Cosplay Fanart
 Absolutely loved the Marinette cosplay by steakpresident (on Instagram) that I found whilst scrolling through the Spree Picky Facebook page! I decided to draw it for Inktober day 2. :D

Day 3: Kei
Kei in the Lovelyz For You MV! :D She looks super cute in the dungarees and striped top so I thought I'd draw her for the third day. <3 

Day 4: Tigress
I really had to rush this one because I'd been agonising too long over an idea and then what pose to draw Tigress in and gosh she looks more like her teen self in SotS here. xD I think I like the concept of this one though so I might redraw it: either colour it digitally or colour it traditionally using my Prismacolor pencils... opinions?

Day 5: Taylor Swift
 Really wanted to draw Taylor because her fashion sense is fabulous! The shading in this one was so intense though and umbrellas are my enemy. xD But I think I really like how it turned out considering how stuck I was.

Day 6: Fariza
Since I drew Fariza last year for Inktober 2015, I thought I'd draw her again this year too. And looking back at the old one, I think I've made progress. C: (I used to draw hibiscus flowers a ton, since they're my favourite flowers, but haven't been drawing them a lot lately so I decided to draw one in her hair.)

Day 7: Caracals
Because I love felines. :3

Day 8: Po
This is based on an old drawing I did a while back, after purchasing The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3, that I'm not even going to share because it's flawed. So I decided to re-draw it, but granted it's improved, I don't think I like it that much anymore now I've improved further. xD (I drew his shoes, like, six times too big and his eyes are off so it doesn't look Po-ish enough and his cape doesn't swing in the breeze too accurately. ;-;)

Day 9: Hiccup and Astrid
Since I drew these two dorks last year, for Inktober 2015, I thought I'd draw them again just to see where my improvement has gone this past year. C:

Day 10: Elena 
This was meant to be just a super quick one but I think I like how it turned out!

Day 11: Lila Rossi (Miraculous Ladybug)
This wins the award for the one I dislike the most. I honestly wanted to tear it up and not post it but Inktober made me, so. Gosh I can't stress enough how awful this turned out. O.O" Also I really like Lila and didn't do her any justice here, so more fanart of her soon!

Day 12: Mulan
Her hair swinging in the breeze turned out top-notch here if I do say so myself. xD

Day 13: Princess Jasmine
It might look like I copied this from an official image but nope, it's original. :'D 

Day 14: Black cat with witch hat and pumpkin
Because I'm no good at titles. xD

Day 15: Su Wu
Her eyes looked much better in the practise sketch.

Day 16: Fariza
The only thing I like about this is the fire lily albeit it's barely visible. I could have done better on her facial features. ;-; (Cover up the left eye and it looks a lot better!)

Day 17: Poppy
Poppy is SO cute btw and I drew this before I watched Trolls. (It's a super beautiful movie but I'll save that talk for the next post. xD)

Day 18: Fariza
I love how this turned out? (I think I'm neglecting my other OCs whoops. C':)

Day 19: Moroccan Date Tree
I can't access my photos from Morocco atm because they're on a different memory so I sketched this from a photo I've already posted a while back (click here to see the post!).

Day 20: Chibi Witch and her Kawaii Black Cat
Since I suck at titles. C: 

Day 21: Blossom
I remember a while back +Fatima Salman asked if it were possible to draw with a fountain pen so I decided to try it out. And I have some wonderful news: test successful, it worked!! :D The fountain pen worked better on the blossom here than any of my proper art ink pens would! Thanks for the idea, Fatima! <3 
(I'm also hoping to add some colour to this using my watercolours soon!)

Day 22: Yeti's gift
Indeed this is *supposed to be* +Captain Nathat's OC, fabulous-cinnamon-roll-first-elite Rance! C': I didn't even do him any justice at all. ;-; It doesn't look anything near as good as how the yeti draws him, trust me. Also I think I accidentally turned him into dude from a shounen manga... my apologies!! D: I think his eyes are off and his hair is too short? ;-; Ahh I need to draw you more fanart of your characters because gosh this doesn't do Rance any justice. (Also haven't forgotten the note on dA btw! which you absolutely did not have to give me. gosh too kind u_u)
Rance belongs to +Captain Nathat <3

Day 23: Lotuses
They're actually super relaxing flowers to draw. xD

Day 24: Yein
I absolutely loved the gymnastics performance by Lovelyz's Yein so I decided to draw her for the 24th day! (You can see the video of the performance by clicking here.)

Day 25: Naeun 
Quick drawing of Naeun in Apink's Only One MV (which is very inspiring btw)!

Day 26: Po and Tigress
(Po looked 1000x better in the original sketch which I'll probably also share just because.) This piece also wins the award for art that has caused me the most anxiety and pain in my drawing history since it took me about 7 hours non-stop work until my bed time just to get it finished that day. o.o' For this one I decided I wanted to enhance the blossom concept I used in the one of Tigress for day #4.
I'm also going to add some colour with my Prismacolor pencils. :D 
(Oh hey the shading worked well on the cape - I totally thought I'd wrecked it. xD)

Day 27: Kei
I drew this right after seeing the new Beautiful MV by Kei (Lovelyz) and The Solutions. (The MV is SO good. <3)
Day 28: Jen Yu
Yup, I watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and decided to draw Jen (Yu Jiaolong) with the Green Destiny sword! Tbh I prefer Yu Shu Lien to Jen because Jen's character was a little bit rebellious for my liking but that's just me. xD It is SUCH a beautiful movie though, I loved the action and fighting montages, the soundtrack and the plot (so emotional ;-;). I especially liked that scene where Jen walked into this pub dressed up as a man (*cough* Mulan *cough*) and it was as if the whole Imperial Army followed her in but she destroyed all the guys (woo!!). xD I also finally understand why Mulan's haircomb in Mulan was so significant because I didn't get that at all before. C:
Hopefully I'll get to watch more wuxia films soon!~ xD

Day 29: Mijoo
This one is Mijoo in Lovelyz's Candy Jelly Love MV which really inspired me and is totally worth the watch! <3

Day 30: Fariza
(She is so my favourite.) I like mostly everything about this picture except for the pleats in the skirt.

Day 31: Fariza
I had planned in advance that I wanted to draw a Halloween-themed picture for the last day so I did! Initially, it was going to be a poster for my latest excerpts (I still know what it looks like in my head haha xD) but I decided I would complicate things if I had to draw both Shams and the Dark Villain with Fariza, however, so I drew this instead. This one was fun! 

Overall, my first drawing of Kei (44 likes), Yein (28 likes) and my last drawing (29 likes) proved to be the most popular on Instagram. :D I had so much fun with Inktober this year and I feel like I improved so much, so I highly recommend giving it a go if you can! I was, however, so relieved when it was over because I needed a break! 8D

What was your favourite? :D (Please don't feel obliged to comment on all of these because I know it would take up a lot of your time and there are a lot here that aren't worth commenting on that I don't particularly like myself but had to share because of the challenge!) Thanks for viewing!! <3

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Realism, OCs, Fanart and more (Traditional Artwork!)

(Hooray for back to school! ;-;) Here's some more traditional artwork!~

I have millions of comments on Blogger to reply to but I'm hoping I can get to all of them soon! C: If you can, please do vote in the poll on the right!

This is a heron card I made my mum way back in the summer!
She asked me if I could re-draw the heron on the plate in a Country Living magazine so I did. C:
Flawed cliff drawing I sketched from on a ferry. xD I only had a few minutes to sketch it because it soon shrunk as we sailed further and it disappeared from sight~

Remember the digital art of Po and Tigress? Here's how I started Tigress! Yes, a sketch in my art book. xD Also paw practise - I developed a way of managing to draw paws in KFP after seeing this piece of art in The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3.
Sometimes I draw a sketch on paper before doing the digital piece, but other times I just do a sketch on the computer~

I wanted to try a realism attempt! :D I was using a photographed person as a ref - which I found on a Chinese blog on Tumblr here. Unfortunately I didn't save the link to the picture, but it's on there somewhere! (If you do happen to find it, please let me know!)

(Once again if you find the links to the references I used for these please let me know!)
These were super fun realism attempts! I think I like how they turned out too. :D
(The references I used are actual photographs of real people, btw - I didn't trace any artwork or anything. xD)

This is exactly what you think it is! x'D I had this crazy, crazy idea that if Tigress were a Miraculous heroine she'd be called Stripy Baby or something. So basically in Miraculous Ladybug there is a Chinese legend and all the Miraculous holders date back centuries or something and there's this Chinese book with the older, Chinese versions of Ladybug, Chat Noir, Volpina etc. and I was heavily inspired by Ladybug's and Volpina's designs the most for this (click here and here). (Not to mention, Tigress is Chinese of course, so.)
Back to the drawing, yeah she'd be human of course? xD I mean, I've seen thousands of drawings of human!Tigress but never really attempted it myself before, even though I'd been meaning to. I acknowledge the ears aren't my best and the hair doesn't weigh down accurately in the second. ;-;
Wow. This looks like teen!Tigress more than adult!Tigress. xD
(Ear fail once again. ;-;)
Just some blue pencil sketches of Tigress that I did copying her official movie concept art (click here). These don't of course look as good as the originals, but this was mainly just to fire up my inspiration. ^^' 

(Please ignore the eye drawings in the corner - I was using an older art book!)
I was just checking I could draw her exactly as she is in a ref still because I haven't done so in ages! o.o The middle one is so off - I can do a lot better than that but I was being lazy. xD I wanted to try different perspectives too. I would personally advise doing studies of a character like this every so often (copying an actual image of them) because it helps to define and emphasise the character's personality in your original artwork pieces of them.
(KFP2 gives me so much nostalgia. ;-;)
refs I used: x, x, x (please excuse dork Po)
This is really old. xD

Just practise for my KFP fursona. These were drawn a really long time ago, way before the digital piece. I hadn't drawn her for a long time, so I needed practise again. I also used Su Wu (Secrets of the Masters style) as refs for these, but tbh I think they're all absolutely nothing like me except for the top right one (*cough* also the middle left one when I'm fangirling *cough*).
These are the sketches I drew of Su Wu before I made the digital icon...
tbh I think the result here was better than the final piece, but I couldn't make the digital one look as good as this unfortunately. D: (Now I realise it's because I didn't curve the horizontal guideline (for the eyes) enough.)
okay but DreamWorks have actually made a new anime, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and I love it so much okay? (it's based off the real Voltron of course xD) Augghh it's SO good. I love everything about it. So naturally I had to draw some of the crew - Princess Allura, Keith and Shiro respectively. Tbh I think Allura is my favourite and then Shiro. But Keith is cool too and I wanted to draw him. (I haven't watched enough episodes yet but I'm already obsessed.)
If you haven't watched it yet you totally should if you get the chance - the episodes are really worth the watch! (In case you're interested, you can find the official trailer here. ^^)
*coughs loudly* I tried to draw Shams.
Like I said, I can't draw guys very well, let alone dear Shamsey.
The top one is the most accurate representation of him out of these two. But as for the second, I made him look like a teen rather than a chauffeur in his twenties... in fact that one looks more like Ali. xD
(*cough* yes Nomad/Arabian hairstyle... I'm not even sorry *cough*)
Trust me, +Captain Nathat's versions are a zillion times better and more accurate than this though. C': (Gosh how do you draw my OCs better than me? ;-;)
Fariza practise.
I didn't show the other two because the top one is too cartoony for my liking and the bottom one was symmetrically inaccurate.
(okay... this is very smudgy? xD)

While I was searching for a Chinese fur coat ref for my fursona I stumbled upon this other outfit in leather and I thought it'd suit Fariza well since she wears expensive outfits (she's the rich, British princess; daddy's precious girl). I started sketching it in red first bc it's good to sketch first in red/blue for many reasons and I didn't want to smudge my hands the typical artist's way. I also used a hair ref for this.

Then I outlined it in pencil.

And once I'd done that I began the nightmare: going over all of it in ink! Golly gosh those details made me feel like I'd never see the light at the end of the tunnel. xD I think I like how the fluff on the fur turned out best tbh. But the sunglasses didn't turn out the way I wanted them to sadly. ;-;
(There's also a mistake with something to do with the anatomy that I'm only mentioning it in case you spot it - yes I know. xD)

Here I decided to draw Kei (aka Kim Jiyeon) from Lovelyz, because she's a total cinnamon roll and she's amazing. *-* <3 I've actually been obsessed with Lovelyz for a long time now but never admitted it.
(And as y'all know I'm obsessed with anything related to Asia haha. xD)
(and here's a cute Kei gif if you need to add some extra cute dorkiness to your day: here <3)
After the red sketch I outlined it in pencil of course~
And then did the ink! :D (I really want that same outfit soooo baaaad. xD)
Here's the ref I used: x 
(I didn't quite get some things right, like her eyes, but I tried! ^^)
I drew a chibi girl! I've been meaning to draw one for a long time. If you don't know what a chibi is, a quick search in Google will tell you. :D I haven't yet gone over this in pencil/ink.
Thanks for viewing! <3 You're welcome to give constructive criticism if you wish. ^^