This one has a bit of a story to it:
My boyfriend is a huge Alien fan – (we’re talking wants a to-scale and movie-acurate Xenomorph statue in our home someday level fandom) – and we’re both big fans of Alphonse Mucha’s work. I had been pestering him for a while to tell me what he wanted for Xmas, since we’d only been dating about 6 months at that point, and I wasn’t sure what to get him.
During the conversation, he mentioned that he’d love to have a Mucha-style illustration of the Xenomorph from the Aliens franchise someday, which led to me scouring the internet for such an item and coming up with absolutely zilch. I eventually decided that, ‘hey, I’m an aritst. I have the power to create cool things. I can make this poster happen.’
There was just ooooooone little hitch in my plan…
While I knew the basic premise of the Alien(s) movies and the gist of how the monsters operated, I had only ever seen Aliens Vs. Predator (and that was one time, waaaaay back when it first opened). The only part of the original three films that I had actually seen was the famous chest-burster / dining-hall scene, out of context, on YouTube. I had a pretty vague sense of what the Xenomorphs looked like, aside from a lot of phalic imagery; and I didn’t know a damn thing about the eggs or the face-huggers (aside from that they hugged faces).
I probably could’ve watched the movies and gotten a better sense of what I was working with, but my bf had already told me that he really really wanted to watch the movies with me the first time I saw them. Unfortunately, he wasn’t going to have any time to sit down and actually watch them for the forseeable future, and this drawing was going to take a while to get right. Since it seemed a little backwards to blow off something that was really important to him, all in order to make his gift a little more authentic… I decided to just ask the internet about the major movie themes and look up screen-shots and replica photos – which fortunately weren’t very hard to find.
All of that ended up leading to this puppy eating most of my summer last year, between research, sketching, inking, coloring, and refining.
I gave the finished print to him last Christmas, in a hand-decorated customized frame. I finished it just in time to get it wrapped and under our itty-bitty Ikea Xmas tree – and he loved it – so I call the project a resounding success 😀
I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack 😀 (And I’ve been practicing)
I admit, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for fan-art that asks ‘what if’ about well known characters – as long as it’s an interesting what-if.
What happened to the Peanuts gang as they grew up? Did Marci and Patty ever actually get together?
(Yes. Yes they did.)
In my mind, they grew up, went to college, discovered LGBTQ alliances, realized they’d always sort of been different… and interested in each other. After a lot of shyness and hemming and hawing, Marci finally just up and asked her best friend on a date. The rest is history.
This is Patty trying to teach Marci blues dancing, and only sort of succeeding. At least they’re having fun 🙂
(See if you can spot all 6 easter-egg references in the picture :D)
Bonus sketch: The quick-and-rough doodle that inspired this!
Let’s call this one ‘Junior Year Netflix Night’.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, you might be aware that the new Star Wars movie opened in December, and ZOMG I loved it 😀
(Don’t worry, I won’t put any spoilers here, you’re safe 🙂 )
In preparation for the movie, I started drawing a jedi, based on my cat Emmy – and I think she makes a fine feline jedi knight if I do say so myself 😀
After that, I was having so much fun, I decided to draw one based on myself, but I didn’t want it to be just a boring drawing of regular ol’ me in a jedi robe, so I took some liberties with my species (largely the color scheme)
I kind of want her boots…
Lastly, I decided to make a jedi Jason, and I REALLY took some liberties there, but I am REALLY REALLY happy with the results 🙂
For background, during my birthday last year, we went to the EMP Museum in Seattle, dressed as a jedi and Queen Amedala – because we’re giant dorks. Jason ended up deciding to be a jedi slowly turning to the dark side after we drew some heavy black markings over his face. I decided to work that into my jedi Jason, and was partly inspired by Darth Maul’s interesting design for his look, (minus the evilness and toning down the demonic imagery significantly).
All the horns and spines, ftw 😀
I really love that teal mohawk look, I have to admit.
More shiny shiny artwork will be coming along as we move along into the new year, so stay tuned kids! 😀
Just for fun, since I was on a bit of a Nightmare Before Christmas kick around Halloween, I decided to try my hand at designing a kid for Jack and Sally. That resulted in Polly, the girl on the left.
Polly is built from part of a skeleton that her parents found and the rest is made up of rags using Sally’s expert seamstressing skills. Her hairbow has Jack’s skeleton grin in the center and her dress is a combination of Sally’s dress fabric and a version of Jack’s coat. The clasp on the coat is a jack-o-lantern.
Since I was having so much fun with Polly, I moved on to Albert, the second kid (in the middle). They had fewer bones left to work with when they built Albert, so they substituted a big lumpy pumpkin and some pumpkin vines for most of his body and gave him the jawbone and spine from the skeleton. His bow tie has Sally’s face in the middle and his hair is made of red yarn.
Last, because these things work best in threes, is Winston, the baby on the right. Winston is supported by a ribcage (the last of the bones left) and is basically a jack-o-lantern ghost with a rag-doll blankee for a body. His mouth is a zipper that opens and shuts whenever he wants to talk or eat. Winston is shy and likes to stay close to his parents and sibs when he can, and tends to hide behind them around strangers. He hovers a few feet off the ground at all times.
I may yet build full model sheets of these little folks and flesh out their accessories and backstories more, but for now, this is what I have.
Back in September I decided, just for funsies, to start another Gargoyle portrait while I had a little bit of time on my lunch break, and had a lot of fun with her.
Of course, Emmy had to join me for my rooftop sit 😀
After I showed it to Jason, he wanted to do one too, but had even less free time than I did, so while I was visiting him one Sunday afternoon, I drew one of him to go with mine 😀
Nothing to see here, just another commuter on their way to work.
Phwew. It took a while, but #2 is finally done 😀
This one is taken from a wedding photo of the happy couple. I cut out all the background stuff so it wouldn’t distract from the main subjects, and I really like how they came out. What do you think, oh portrait-ed ones?
(I have such snazzy-looking friends :D)
See Portrait #1 for a brief description of the project 🙂
I promised Jason I’d draw him, and since we were chatting earlier… 😀 I did a thing.
Itty Bitty Kitty Committee may or may not have been mentioned – hence, cat ears and tail. He seems to really like this version of himself, so I’m sharing it with y’all now 😀
More portraits and other art goodies will be coming along. (And I think we may have just launched an art-war between ourselves XD)
So, I decided around the end of last month to do a series of portraits of my friends. The idea was that each person who wanted to be drawn had to provide a clear photo that showed their face and then was put in my que to be drawn.
Here’s portrait number one 😀
Alex, I’ll get you the file soon 🙂