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Some weeks ago, I saw a "DrawYourOCInThis tweet of some lovely lingerie.

My immediate thought: "I should draw Frost in this!"
Frost: "Really. Me."
Thistle: "yes pls."
Frost: "Don't you have at least twelve female protagonists you could draw instead?"
Me: "C'mon, Frost. You wear robes and gowns with long skirts in 90% of the book and when you're not wearing those, you're cross-dressing by your own culture's standards." Frost: "I do not object to it being feminine. I object to it being lingerie."
Me: "Just because I don't describe you in lingerie in the book doesn't mean you'd never wear it."
Frost: "I would not wear it in public."
Me: "Who says you're in public?"
Frost: "You are posting it on Twitter."
Me: ".... my feed isn't that popular?"
Frost: *narrows his eyes at me*
Me: "You're disrobing on the book cover!"
Frost: "Everyone undresses. Not everyone wears over-the-top lingerie. It's different."
Me: "...if you didn't want to be objectified you shouldn't've been fictional."
Illustration is in an ordinary pose and shows less skin than a bathing suit, but still. It's lingerie. Might be NSFW depending on your workplace.  )

I am not sure why Frost is my go-to for objectification, though. I've drawn more pictures of him than any other character, outside of header images. By a huge margin. Most of my protagonists get maybe a thumbnail sketch, if that. Frost has his own folder. I dunno.

The thing I am happiest about with this picture is that I managed to draw a male character in a feminine outfit but he still looks like a man. I am bad at drawing men that look male so this is a triumph for me.

Frost is from Frost and Desire.
The pose reference is from SenshiStock.
The background reference is from a photo I took of a plaza in Venice. (Piazzo San Marco, IIRC.)

Gimme One

Dec. 14th, 2018 08:44 am
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"Good work, large friend! Gimme one!"

gimme one

I pronounced this drawing done a few days ago. This is the first time I've done a black and white digital picture and then converted the b&w to color. (There is a specific tool that basically changed the color without changing the values. So you select the areas/layers that have the same color -- "these are all brown skin" -- and just change them, and it keeps all the shading.) I am not perfectly happy with the process. I think I am supposed to do some touch-up work to make it look better. This probably requires looking at tutorials or something. I find tutorials on digital art a bit grating because they're all designed around Photopaint and while I have two art programs and they can do most of the things Photopaint can, they do not do them in the same way so spending five minutes watching someone dig through submenus on Photopaint is not as helpful as I'd like.

For this particular picture, however, I'm calling it here. I didn't have a purpose in mind for it anyway. It's just "I saw this pose on a Senshistock (a stock/pose reference account) and went OMIGOSH SO CUTE I WANT TO DRAW THIS."

Now I've spent 15 hours drawing it and I feel like I should come up with personalities for the characters and write a story for them. I mean, I already have a cover, that's the hard part, right?

It kind of is, actually.

I don't think I like this picture enough to make it a book cover though. Even if there is plenty of room at the bottom to lay out the title and author name.

I am a little tempted to go back to one of my early pictures of Miro and Ardent and try coloring it in this fashion, though. Except the layout on my favorite wouldn't make a particularly good book cover. I feel like, while my rendering skills are weak, my framing skills are [File Not Found]. I can't figure out how to frame things in a dynamic, effective way. Art. So hard.
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I drew many pictures in 2015! Enough that I decided to do a picture-a-month collage, which I gather is a DeviantArt thing? I don't know if I did it right. Especially since I had to leave January blank because I drew absolutely nothing during it. I didn't start working on headers until April, and February was the first month that I started going to Panera and doing sketches from Twitter user prompts.

February: a sketch for @ChipUni's prompt of "werewolf cub on moonlit night".
March: A ladybug for [ profile] ankewehner, from her Twitter prompt.
April: For [ profile] alinsa's Twitter prompt: "Isolation".
May: I could have used headers for every month from April through November, but I wanted some variety. This one is of Anthser and Nikola during the bowrace. I'm using these from the month I completed them, not the month they were posted.
June: For [ profile] iron_fox21's "opossum motorcycle gang" prompt on Twitter. The shoulder patch that is too small to read says "Brothers of the Pouch".
July: Wisteria, from the header where Nikola kisses her hand.
August: "Coffeemonsters" for Twitter user @MorganRLevine. The droopy one is the not-enough-coffee monster.
September: Wisteria and Nikola, from the scene of their first kiss.
October: One of the few illustrations that was neither a Twitter prompt nor an RA header! Frost giving a lesson to his apprentice, Thistle.
November: Wisteria and Justin when he called on her after the rescue.
December: From a Twitter prompt: [ profile] iron_fox21's fursona.


Oct. 4th, 2015 10:40 pm
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I finished the first draft of "A Regular Hero" today. (It came out to 19 scenes, so [ profile] tuftears wins the contest. :D )

So I spent the evening painting to celebrate. Or something like that. @_@

My thought process when painting is something like this:

This sketch is okay. It'll look better when it's colored.
... no, that made it much worse.
I have no idea what I'm doing. Why do I keep using the marker and airbrush tool for everything?
*zen-like state where I have no thoughts*
This part is a disaster.
Now it's just bad.
Let's just do a different part.
ZOMG painting with a reference is wonderful why do I not always use a reference?
Why do I ever paint anything but naked torsos this is the best ever. Except maybe horses.
actually this robe is kind of fun too.
ohh this looks pretty good I might even like this picture when I'm done
Why are hands so hard to draw?
no hands please just look like hands
just look a little like hands
I even have a reference why can't I do this?
and hands are so beautiful too whyyyyyyyy
*cries forever*
that's it I give up YOU ARE CRUEL, HANDS, CRUEL and I'm leaving you for hair.
*more zen*
*wonders why my hand hurts*
*goes back to ignoring pain because zen*
That's about done ...
... oh wait that one part is still bad. NO NOT THE HANDS I HATE YOU HANDS and you're just going to stay bad. That other part.
*tries to fix*
How did I not notice until now that the proportions are completely messed up here?
*tries to fix the proportions at way too late a stage*
uh okay.
I should do a simple background thing.
*plays with every tool in artRage*
Huh. Is that how it looks at the end? I thought it was gonna be better.
Oh well. Done now!
What how did it get be so late? @_@

I'll put the picture behind a cut-tag. It's a beefcake picture of Frost, because I decided if I'm mainly drawing him 'cause he's pretty I might as well go full objectification with it.
Cut for bare-chested male elf! )
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I have three finalists! You should be able to click to enlarge any of 'em. They're shown in the poll at the thumbnail size used on Amazon.

[Poll #2013914]

This poll is only about the typeface/text style used for the title & author. Please disregard the slight differences in the background (the final text is all going to be slapped on the same background.)

Thanks, everyone!
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But inching closer. These are my two contenders at present; I can't quite making up my mind whether I like the nested "A Rational" or not. I think it looks a little more elegant and is a little less readable. Hrmph.


[ profile] alinsa wanted to take a stab at it, so I will see what she comes up with before I make my final decision. But I don't think I'll be making any more significant changes myself. Perhaps fiddling with the teaser text.


Jan. 8th, 2012 03:24 pm
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Fluttershy-shadowbolt, originally uploaded by Lady Rowyn.

Okay, this one is [ profile] terrycloth's fault.

Fluttershy as a Shadowbolt. From Terrycloth's fanfic, "No Need for Rainbows". Where it actually makes sense that Fluttershy is a Shadowbolt. No, really. The story is adorable, in fact. :)

This is my first attempt to synthesize my own pony; I used a bunch of ponypics for reference, but it's not actually a copy of any given picture.
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The Mane Cast, originally uploaded by Lady Rowyn.

Maybe I should blame [ profile] terrycloth, because he's the one who got me started watching the show, but no. I blame [ profile] the_gneech for this one. I watched the Gneech Livestreaming the creation of his last ponypic, and watching someone else draw a pony made me realize what freakish little creatures these guys are. Their proportions are bizarre: their eyes take up about a third of the space on their faces, their foreheads are gigantic, they have these teeny button muzzles that are maybe half the size of one eye, and their bodies are only slighlty larger than their heads. No, really, if you take a typical image from the show, the distance from base of neck to top of head is almost as long as the distance from base of neck to bottom of foot. And yet, somehow, they're adorable anyway.

Since it's an animated kid's show, the characters are colored very simply as well as highly stylized, and it made me wonder how hard they are to draw. Finally, I decided to go ahead and try it.

Answer: DAMN HARD. I spent over two hours sketching them by staring at screenshot references and freehanding copies -- all of these sketches are copies of poses from the show. Copying an image, or working from life, is much easier for me than trying to draw from my head. But even with a reference right there, I struggled trying to make the copy look like the original. My sketch of Rainbow Dash looks like Twilight Sparkle to me and I don't even know why. @.@ Even knowing that the bodies are supposed to be tiny, I still drew them a little too large. It's just ... weird.

In theory, I don't think of fan art as the highest and best use of my creative energy. In practice, pretty much all the art I do is fan art, albeit usually for more obscure fandoms. So, I don't know, maybe I'll draw more ponies if the mood strikes me. I'm pretty sure that drawing ponies is what I did instead of playing more Star Wars: the Old Republic, not what I did instead of writing fiction, so what the heck. It's all good.


Oct. 2nd, 2011 09:18 am
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After approximately forever, I finally finished the art card for [ profile] tuftears.  Crappy cell phone pic below because hooking up my scanner is ... problematic.

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.

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Five Black Griffons, originally uploaded by Lady Rowyn.

[ profile] terrycloth switched viewpoint characters on his story, "Familiar". So I had to do a picture of the new POV character. (OK, I didn't have to. I wanted to, though.) This is Five Black Griffons. Yes, all of the figures are one character. Five Black Griffons is a gestalt: a single person made up by combining (in this case) five individuals. Gestalts can control multiple bodies; Five Black Griffons controls the bodies of the two space otters who joined them, plus a multitude of black bats and rats. I drew both otters and threw in two bats and one rat in the foreground to represent the five total components, but there are a lot more rats and bats that belong to the gestalt, which is why there are more of those in the background.

And an icon-sized version, if Terrycloth decides not to stick with the one he made for himself:

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Earth Era

The dominant figure is supposed to be Era, the main protagonist from [ profile] terrycloth's latest story, Familiar. She looks more-or-less like an otter with the coloration of a grey squirrel.

Instead of putting the picture under the cut tag, I am putting my artistic whinging under it instead. )

Art Anyway

Feb. 1st, 2010 07:40 am
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This weekend, having finished the art card project, I found that I kept thinking about doing art anyway. By midday Saturday, I gave up and decided to work on a new picture. During my multiple art supply runs, I'd come across something called "Aquabord™". It's "Claybord™ textured", and appears to be a piece of the kind of board used to make clipboards (chipboard, maybe?) coated in some kind of clay. [ profile] ursulav had sung the praises of clayboard before, so I was curious about it. This stuff was supposed to be for watercolors, and one of the things that annoys me the most about watercolors is the way the medium warps the paper. Well, this stuff clearly wasn't going to warp for anything short of being thrown in a pool for a couple of days, so I picked up a package of three 5"x7" boards.

5"x7" is four times the size of the art cards I've been working with. Huge!

I spent an hour or two looking at pictures of otters and references in DragonArt. At one point in DragonArt, J. Peffer illustrates the principal of giving your figures realistic-looking anatomy, but not by directly basing them on real animals. In so doing, she draws this adorable cat-dragon -- kind of a dragon-skin on top of a cat body. It's so cute! I kinda wanted to do that with this figure, but didn't.


The gigantic pale purple tree in the background is the trunk of the World Tree, so many miles away that distortion from the atmosphere turns it hazy and blue, the way distant mountains look on Earth. I tried to make it obvious that's what was going on by having a receding line of mountains in the nearer distance, but I'm not sure it works. I got the idea from an illustration [ profile] haikujaguar did which had the World Tree trunk in the distance like this, and thought it was so cool I had to try it myself.

I scanned in the early sketches to, so those who like to see the process can click here to see them )
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Last batch from the art card challenge! First one out of order, because it's my favorite:


My second watercolor painting, and probably my favorite of the whole set, at least as far as technical skill goes. It's on textured paper, because I couldn't tell which was watercolor and which was textured in the variety pack. Later I bought more watercolor cards so now I know which is which.

I like this one a lot, too:

22-Green Dragon

I was browsing through [ profile] haikujaguar's art archive from 2001 or so, and she had some pictures up where she'd been practicing drawing dragon wings. I thought "That looks like fun", so I started drawing a dragon wing, which went fine. Then tried to draw a dragon body, which did not go as well. Then I remembered that I have a 'How to Draw Dragons' book (DragonArt) that [ profile] koogrr got me several years ago. Yay! I got it down and used it to draw this dragon, which I quite like. I did two more dragons after this one because I was enjoying using the book so much.

4 more behind the cut. All work-safe, cut for length. )
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Oh right, I was going to link to the mermaid card separately. Here she is!
Hidden behind the cut due to boobies! )


Dec. 16th, 2009 04:44 pm
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Art! Bikini-clad pinup type thing. )
This is a marker-piece I started ... a long time ago. Eighteen months? I worked on it sporadically for a really long time, and eventually pronounced it done in October. "Done" here meaning "It's never getting any better and I'm sick of working on it". I tried to give the original to [ profile] terrycloth as a birthday present, but failed. I will probably try again. Bringing a frame next time, so that I won't store it in my sketchbook for safekeeping after showing it to him and then taking it home with me by accident. Well, unframed artwork just gets destroyed anyway.
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After I posted the Ferret picture for the Crowdsource Tarot, [ profile] octantis commented with a link to [ profile] okojosan's weaselblog, which is chock full of adorable ferret pictures. One picture in particular caught my eye: Marcus Is an Oaf.

The thing that really grabbed me about this photo was the combination of adorable and sinister. It's a photo that says to me: "I am eviiiiiil! I will eat your sou!! Rub my tummy!"

It immediately made me think of Kijji, [ profile] terrycloth's sometimes-weasel demon, who is insane, evil, and strangely cute. Terrycloth has been writing about Kijji in a World Tree fanfic recently, so I decided to take a stab a doing a portrait of Kijji using the photo as a reference. The portrait is based on a description of Kijji I have from MUCKing with Terry, rather than any form he's used so far in the LJ story. [ profile] okojosan generously provided me with a larger version of the photo to work from, and this is the result.

Kijji: the mind-devouring demon-weasel demands tummy rubs

And an icon-sized version, with a caption provided by Lut that seemed appropriate for both Kijji and the picture.

Why so serious?


Aug. 29th, 2009 05:00 pm
rowyn: (artistic)

Ferret Ferret
Illustration for the Ferret card in the Crowdsource Tarot

This is intended as an illustration of the Ferret card for the immensely cool Crowdsource Tarot, which was created by [ profile] beetiger and [ profile] bard_bloom based on words chosen by 87 of their friends. I wanted to draw this one in particular because "ferret" was the word I offered.
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These were more fun to do than to format for posting. Phew! I hope you like them, [ profile] beetiger, [ profile] koogrr, [ profile] ltwarhound, [ profile] minor_architect, [ profile] sythyry, and [ profile] terrycloth.

Larger versions under cut. )
Lt. Warhound
Minor Architect
rowyn: (artistic)
[ profile] bard_bloom asked for dragons, so I drew two from his latest novel, Mating Flight. I had a lot of fun drawing them!


Dec. 4th, 2008 08:12 pm
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[ profile] the_vulture asked for a sketch of his character from the Traders PBEM. Here he is. Click for the bigger version!

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