Creature Design: A New Orr Kid

A few weeks ago I started a project based on one of nature’s most creative specimens; orchids! Each little critter is based on a species of said plant family, and as a start I created two (which have since been updated a tad). Today, I present to you the third of the bunch; Phalaena!

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This Orr Kid is the most unique thus far, setting itself apart not only by its lithe figure but its ability to roll up into a ball, camouflaging itself as a poisonous berry common to its native habitat. What appear to be wings are largely useless for flight and it mostly glides with the help of its tail and loose skin, which is webbed at its hindquarters. Helping to conceal the Orr Kid when it’s curled up, the showy appendages can also make it look much bigger than it actually is when they are extended. In addition to its massive ears and strategic facial features (including fur that will stand on end), it can give off a horrifying appearance when distressed. Its feet are equipped with tacky hairs and claws that help it cling to most any surface, and similarly to other Orr Kid species it has unique antennae that help it taste and smell.

Here’s a picture of the flower that spawned the idea:

Blue Orchid by garden-share.com
Blue Orchid by garden-share.com

Character Design: Digital Fun

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It’s been a while since my last post (a sudden surge at work + Easter will do that…)! Started two new courses at Syn Studio this semester; 3D Fundamentals & Character Design. Both are purely digital-based, so expect more of that medium from now on. Nothing much to show 3D-wise for the time being, but here are a couple of quick concepts I created during my character design class. The above started off as an ‘astronaut’, evolved into an alien, then finally took a turn for the… um… aquatic monstrosity, I guess. I experimented with the posterize effect at somepoint, hence the blocky shapes.

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For lack of a better name, here’s a ‘Crystal Goblin’, hunched over due to the weight he(it?) carries and the heaviness of its crystal footsteps. The design is a bit messy and could definitely use some polishing, but this is what I got done in class.

Thanks for looking, have yourselves a merry little day! :)

Mini Moleskin: Gesture Fest

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So there are times throughout the day that I find myself with nothing to do… It is at that point that I pull out my pocket-sized moleskin sketchbook and whatever pen I can find (I generally have a Pigma Micron on me at all times, but recently discovered Faber-Castell’s Pitt Artist pens… so smooth!), doodling whatever comes to mind. At the moment I’m focusing on my gesture drawing; for which the little pad ‘n pen is fantastic!
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Advanced Anatomy: Inkwashing Finale

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Yesterday marked the last day of my Advanced Anatomy class at Syn Studio Art School. We started off with quick warm up poses, but soon moved on to another ink wash session! I think I’ve improved, if only a tad, at this technique, and I hope to do more… because it’s really, really fun. The above was our longest pose, at about 30 mins (including a preliminary pencil sketch). Clearly I need to work on my hand technique. Check below for more!
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Wet Media: A Tiny Adventurer

WatercolourPencil-LadybugFor my first post, I decided to upload my first attempt with watercolour pencils. I can’t say that I’m 100% satisfied, but at the very least it was a learning experience. Faber-Castell pencils with a touch of Pentel Brush Pen magic, topped with a dash of correction pen highlights (another first). That little blop next to my signature? Yeah, that’s supposed to be a bug… Ahaha.

To be honest, I personally hate – okay, strongly dislike – ladybugs in real life (past infestation experiences will do that to you…), but on paper they’re kinda cute. … Okay I admit when I see them in their native habitat I think they’re adorable. Shush.