Throwback Thursday: Old sketches from 2003

tbt_2003_airikaI started art school in October of 2003. For the first time in my life, my sketching hobby was legitimized. I basked in it and drew all the time (as if that was much different than what I did all through high school, and elementary school, and before).

tbt_airika_bandage_clicheHonestly, some of these are so bad I cringe a little bit as I post them now, feeling like they might offer a window into some part of my brain I’d rather keep buried.

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My college program was really big on developing a story, and it was during those years that I started to build the world which I still like to explore in my personal art.

My main ladies have changed surprisingly little in 12+ years. Tzipora is still short and red-haired with a preference for black clothes, Tren is tall and blonde, and Airika is somewhere in between with messy brown hair and a blue sweater.

tbt_unknown_vince_airika_woodsVince is still a dude in the woods with a sword and a cape, though he’s not an enigmatic (or dickish) character anymore.

tbt_vince_airika_2003What has survived is the “forbidden love” nature of their relationship.

No, I don’t know why they look okay with the idea of being sliced up by this crazy guy with a sword on the page below.

tbt_airika_vince_scenesThere are probably only about 20 people on the planet who remember this comic book cover – it was the first completed piece I ever debuted in class. It looks amateurish to me now, but at the time it was my crowning achievement.

tbt_oct_2003_comic_book_coverI can’t believe it’s been 12 years since I drew all of these (and nine years since I graduated)!

Hope you enjoyed these old drawings. 🙂

Guildless characters (done)

3_11_2015_guildless_groupies_doneIt’s done! I started this one back in January (click for WIPs) but I sort of lost interest, maybe because artwork that tries to tell a story or capture a mood is so much more interesting to me now than plain old character sheets.

Anyway, I felt kind of bad about not finishing it so I dusted it off earlier this week. I knew I could do better rendering (and faces… man, always the faces). Much better now – and more importantly, it’s DONE – so I can move on now, haha.

I think this is the first time these four characters have appeared in one artwork together. The last time I drew them all together – 2006 to be precise – they were just a bunch of poorly rendered disembodied heads.

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Photoshop CS, many hours

Summoning WIPs

Summoning at the ice swamp? I dunno. I let this one naturally evolve over the course of a couple hours and that’s what it became.

Wip 01: an ice pond and some trees. This was wider, originally, but got cropped in later revisions down to the size you see here. I set out knowing I wanted to make a blue, snowy scene, but the particulars were free to evolve along the way.

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Wip 02: Added one of my favorite characters, Tren (also called Trinth) making some sort of green hand magic.
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Wip 03: Added a couple figures in the foreground since Tren was looking rather lonely, refined her face, changed her sitting pose, and turned some of those background blobs into misty horned creatures. Now I’m digging it!
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Wip 04: Refinements to wip 03. I still like the concept, so I’ll keep going with it. 12-11-14-sketch4I don’t know when (if) I’ll return to this piece so I figured I might as well go ahead and post the wips. Hope you enjoyed!