Cael’s Artslam Days 31 - 32 - Original Post Here
I went to a nearby coffee shop to just sketch without the distraction of home stuff and it was good! I’ll do it again some time I’m sure. I started with tern studies and then did an initial doodle for the next part of that painting series I want to do, which started retroactively with the Sparrowking illustration I posted the other day. It’s going to be a series in the same style, different colors and individuals, but all with nature elements like birds and plants and maybe bugs, and exploring portraying different shades of gender spectrums in bodies and presentations.
Oh, and the flowers were just from imagination, trying to doodle the sorts of shapes I wanted to work with, so I can ask someone I know with flower knowledge what they resemble so I know what to use for ref.
And just a landscape master study focusing on colors. This week for my online class is photo studies, so I’ll probably do a bunch of canyons and rocks and maybe clothing folds in prep for the next illustration I want to next week, which is the one with Riark holding the snake.
Cael’s Artslam Day 7 - Original Post Here
SO MANY FILES, get ready! I’ve been busy today and last night!
1 - Some quick still life color studies for that online class I’m taking! Uh, yeah. I gotta do more of these this weekend I think.
2 - Aaaand then for the same thing, quick master studies on color. I was supposed to do these last week but didn’t have time.
3 -After lunch today I just spent a few hours messing around with pens and
binge watching Orange is the New Black OMG I love loved the very ending ahhhh so so happy sad! doing some quick drawings from ref of birbs. While also being distracted by my own birb. (That video is getting reblogged like nothing I have ever posted before. I have been upstaged by my own parrot.)
Anywho, I think with studies and drawings in general I’ve gotten too out of the habit of slowing down and being more exact on proportions and details; I used to get way TOO bogged down in that, but switched to pens for a while to get into the habit of working quicker and more decisively- but there are pros and cons to that. I should probably mix the pencil stuff back in, cause I’m not learning much about surface details in this method.
4 - I’ve always been enamoured with the idea of having some dragon breeds adapted more to hunting fish and whatnot, so I’ve toyed with making a heron dragon once or twice. Never solidified it though, so this is just more or me playing with variations and shapes there. I really need to get around to actually outlining a few set breeds, up to now I only really know one or two breeds and their details are still kinda up in the air. (For example, Thearen is actually of mixed breed.)
5 - Speaking of Thearen! Messing around with him again, too, just trying to figure his features out more. (As always.) I still quite like the portrait I posted of him on Day 1, but I’m still figuring out how to reproduce said likeness. Part of me is worried that some of my characters have fallen into a bit of sameface, despite great pains to avoid such. I think part of that is still just learning the specifics of their features more… They feel different in my head, but its hard to hash out with consistency, of course.
…All those ears look creepier now that it’s scanned.
Bah, I’m supposed to get some other stuff done tonight (more studies for my class and also my weekly work for an indie game) but MAN I just wanna draw more faces and dragons and shit for hours.
I figure it’s about time again to remind you how stupid cute cha is
You can’t really tell by looking but dang caiques got some swol friggen legs
Not really surprising considering how easily they can walk upside down from the top of a cage and hang by a toe without a second thought
Artslam - Adecia Days 36 & 37
Whenever I see herons flying by overhead I always am struck with how much they could resemble dragons in flight. The way they hold their necks is really cool and seeing their legs just sticking straight back is kind of funny to me. I based the poses here on pictures of herons in flight, of course.
Artslam - Day 27
African Crowned Eagle as well- I wanted to some more crested raptors but I haven’t gotten around to it yet, I’ve hardly been home during the day at all lately!
Artslam - Days 24-26
Just some secretary bird studies- I wanted to get a closer look at how their distinctive head feathers work.
Artslam - Adecia Day 19
More Harpy Eagle studies- I have a bunch more in the folder I could draw from but this was all I had time for that day. But I’m interested in looking at other birds with various feather types existing up against one another, and especially birds with crests and things.
Artslam - Adecia Days 17 and 18
BIRD FEETS. The first two pages are ostriches, then I move over to emus, and on to hawks- the last page is the Harpy Eagle, who has the most amazingly meaty bird-fists. I did these to look both at bird feet which are designed to run, and bird feet which are designed to grab prey. Since, ideally, I’d like my dragons to be able to do both to some extent. Birds are one of the things I’ve always drawn the most, but I still always benefit from boning up on things a bit with some studies. I kind of want to draw some more Harpy Eagles in general- with their huge bulk and expressive head feathers, it seems like a great basis for some dragon body language.
Artslam - Adecia Day 6
I dorked around playing Flight Rising for a few hours this evening instead of being productive, so I don’t have much of a write up for today, though I do have plenty more to get around to explaining when I get the chance. Still figuring out what tomorrow’s focus will be.
At any rate, messy marker dragons! I think these ones are pushing right up against being too gryphon-y rather than dragon-like, though at this point I’m mostly just messing around with extreme variants in designs in an effort to come up with ideas for possible different breeds. Also playing around with ideas for how much of the body should be covered in feathers, and how scaling or bare skin in places without feathers should look. So none of these are official designs, or whatever- just experiments!
One of these badasses showed up on my dash the other day and I knew I had to draw some.
So I accidentally stayed up until 3am last night doing so.
Bearded Vultures… more like beaded badass dragon birds eh. I get excited every time they grace my dash.
Forgot to post this when it arrived! A magpie skull. The seller was in China and it came with a little note- two characters on a slip of paper. I assume it either says ‘thank you’ or ‘magpie’.
Anyway, the jaw on this one does open, but it is very delicate so I don’t want to mess with that too much. Loving drawing it so far, though. I’m super happy to have a corvid to study! <3
Back home, I have a black-capped caique who hates me for going away to college… I’ll be trying to win her affections back after I graduate. But yeah, as I was drawing this I realized that I apparently have her ‘screaming for attention’ pose memorized.