Throwback Thursday: My trio of characters slaughter a box of inking pens

tbt_airika_vince_tren_ink_drawingContinuing last week’s topic of Using a Lot of Ink, here we have… exhibit B! I made this about 1 month into art school and I still think it’s one of the more competent pieces from that era. It’s got action, halfway decent anatomy for the time, and a sense of lighting. Woohoo!

Too bad about all the crazy sword positions. It took me a minute to realize that Vince wasn’t about to chop off Airika’s head with his right hand while her right arm was crossing his body – no, her right arm is behind her body in a strange little contortionist act. I wouldn’t trust her in a battle.

Throwback Thursday: Airika and Vince inked with bad anatomy and sliding faces

tbt_Airika_Vince_line_drawingAhh, 2003. You were a good year for wasting Micron pens and erasers in the grand college-induced effort to INK ALL THE THINGS.

What was with my instructors and inking? They had me (and most other students) convinced that a drawing wasn’t done until it was inked. Everything had to be inked. I wish they’d spent more time beating the importance of anatomy and reference into my thick skull instead! Haha.

Anyway, today’s Throwback Thursday is a familiar couple of characters to regular visitors to this blog/Tumblr/Twitter/DA or wherever you are reading this from. As usual for my older artworks, Airika really only had two looks: sexy or dumbstruck (this is an example of the latter) and Vince looks, well… pretty much the same as he does in every decent drawing of him. I always struggled to get his face looking halfway okay so I imagine my 2003 self was pretty satisfied with this one seeing as I still had it laying around in 2015 to photograph and share here. BUT WHAT HOLDS HIS SCABBARD ON?!

I still can’t decide if my continued fascination with these characters is evidence of my consistency and commitment to an idea… or just proof that my creativity well is pretty shallow. 😀

These old artworks always make me cringe and smile at the same time.

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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