Latest art piece 🙂
The bestial form of my true vampyre. I unintentionally made her appear a little sad, but I think it works, because despite her vicious nature, there is a sadness to her. In the Detective Docherty series, true vampyres are a part of the fairy family, unlike turned vampires which are considered otherkin (the other kin of fairy).
I would tell you her name, but spoilers for those who haven’t read the books.
First book in the series Here.
A Digital Art Journey
I thought I’d take this opportunity to show just how far I’ve come with my digital art. There was a time when I hated digital art and refused to try it, then came the time I sucked at it, until finally I found something I could work with, and began to mold my style in this new medium. Once that happened, my whole perspective on digital art changed.
This drawing was done using a small wacom tablet in Photoshop. I found looking at a screen and drawing on a tablet beyond frustrating. Also, prepare yourself for a lot of My Little Pony (MLP) fanart. I am a vintage MLP collector and watch the show, but mostly I find ponies to be a great go-to for practice.
Unable to get the hang of drawing in Photoshop with the tablet, I tried to draw the line art by hand on paper first, then took a photo, unloaded the image, and then cleaned it up, traced it, and colored it in. Eventually I gave up on digital art and only used Photoshop for my book covers and promotional graphics (which I drew and painted by hand).
Enter the iPad pro and Procreate (drawing program). Thanks to my friend Teabvt, I was introduced to drawing on an iPad with an apple pencil. That one trip to the coffee shop changed my life.
This was my first attempt at drawing on the new iPad. It’s not amazing, but it’s leagues ahead of the other crap I tried to draw. With this drawing, I got to really see the benefit of layering–when I do traditional art now, I really miss the layers (and the back button).
Fizzy Pop looking at Dream Castle while Applejack and Bubbles run in the field and Medley and Starshine play together in the sky. This was my first attempt at trying to mimic a style. I was going for the basic design that most MLP art has and it’s not great, but I was pretty happy with how Fizzy turned out.
Ditching my attempts at the simple MLP style background, I decided to go for a semi-realistic, yet artful, background and drew The Last Unicorn as a plump G1 pony ^_^ I branched out and used a lot of different brushes for this one and managed to get some nice layering done, and although the overall lightness of the piece fits the dawn imagery, I think part of the reason it’s so light is because my brush strokes aren’t entirely confident yet.
Everything’s starting to come up Milhouse. My ponies are looking more three-dimensional and that background is LAYERED. I’m not a real fan of the castle in the back and I accidentally covered up the big shell I put as kind of like an Ivory Tower type thing, but whateves. I absolutely love the teal lion-fish type pony I designed for myself and overall, this is probably one of my best backgrounds (though I really like the forest above as well). I have done a lot of artwork throughout the years, but backgrounds have never been a strength of mine.
And here we are. So you can see my digital style has come a long way. It’s kind of neat to see them all lined up like this and yes, I acknowledge that I have an MLP problem, but there will be more, so sorry, not sorry? 😉
I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can create using my iPad pro, but I’ve never been the kind of artist to dedicate myself to just one medium, so it’ll be interesting to see what characters and what scenes I pluck from my mind and in which medium I choose to share them. So, stay tuned for more artwork.
I hope you got a couple laughs from my digital art journey, because I know I did.
Thanks for reading,