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Just a portion of something I’m working on.

Just a portion of something I’m working on.

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Sorry about all of these boring profile drawings. I haven’t drawn the Deitar in a while, and a couple of them I never really nailed down their design. These three though have been pretty clear for a while though so I just wanted to get a better feel for their shapes and proportions.
If you’ve followed my personal work on DA for a while, you’ve probably seen Zharcaor before. Part of the reason why he’s drawn more frequently is because he is the first of the Deitar, and I always think I’ll do drawings of all of them in order, but then I don’t get very far. Here I feel like I’ve gotten the proportions of his body pretty close to what feels right, though I’m not sold on his head and neck. I didn’t want to spend too much time on it, because I wanted to move on to the others.
For Keosarka I just decided to make her tail floofs really big on a whim and I actually really like it. Other than that, she’s not really that different than before.
I ended up getting rid of Hiikirru’s three tails for one larger one. I needed to simplify her design a little, though her new tail has three distinct tendrils so it’s still sort of there. She and Shentai are correlated with each other, so they both have some similar anatomy in that they are these deer canid looking creatures. Shentai is quite a bit larger though.

Sorry about all of these boring profile drawings. I haven’t drawn the Deitar in a while, and a couple of them I never really nailed down their design. These three though have been pretty clear for a while though so I just wanted to get a better feel for their shapes and proportions.

If you’ve followed my personal work on DA for a while, you’ve probably seen Zharcaor before. Part of the reason why he’s drawn more frequently is because he is the first of the Deitar, and I always think I’ll do drawings of all of them in order, but then I don’t get very far. Here I feel like I’ve gotten the proportions of his body pretty close to what feels right, though I’m not sold on his head and neck. I didn’t want to spend too much time on it, because I wanted to move on to the others.

For Keosarka I just decided to make her tail floofs really big on a whim and I actually really like it. Other than that, she’s not really that different than before.

I ended up getting rid of Hiikirru’s three tails for one larger one. I needed to simplify her design a little, though her new tail has three distinct tendrils so it’s still sort of there. She and Shentai are correlated with each other, so they both have some similar anatomy in that they are these deer canid looking creatures. Shentai is quite a bit larger though.

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I’ve always been unsure about Agnirin’s design, however it’s always been at least semi-aquatic. Though her element may be considered ice, her theme is change and transformation, like water changing states. I figured amphibian influence in her design would be appropriate, so here are a few of the amphibious whale concepts I came up with that I liked.

I’ve always been unsure about Agnirin’s design, however it’s always been at least semi-aquatic. Though her element may be considered ice, her theme is change and transformation, like water changing states. I figured amphibian influence in her design would be appropriate, so here are a few of the amphibious whale concepts I came up with that I liked.

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I decided to give him a mustache because most of the other Deitar have little beards and his head was looking too similar to Zharcaor’s.

I decided to give him a mustache because most of the other Deitar have little beards and his head was looking too similar to Zharcaor’s.

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Kyrough /kjɾx/ or /kɾx/

I decided to simplify his head a bit. I may have went too far though, as he doesn’t even have external ears anymore. Due to how far back on the skull they would be they might end up being a liability anyway.

The top is a more snugly bipedal iteration. Really, I was just figuring out his head, and then continued the drawing down to the bottom of the page. He’s missing some neck fluff, but the rest of his fur seems unusually soft (normally it’s pretty course and stiff, and in some areas, prickly and nearly quill like.)

Then I decided I need to pin down his more typical burning form, which is the bottom drawing. For several years now, I’ve been pushing his anatomy to be more bear like, but this time I decided to go all the way and actuallly make him plantigrade. I’ve tried designing him with his neck forward, but he just looks so miserable every time I’ve tried. It’s just not Kyrough unless he can hold his head up high.

 

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Anonymous asked: When you were a student, as an artist, do you ever had those periods in which you thought you were never gonna achieve anything in life and your future was the darkest thing you could think about? If so how did you ever overcame them so you could be the amazing artist you are now? I´m having a pretty bad series of events with my art in Graphic Design and hope just flies away **literally it grew wings and flew**

nicholaskole:

Yes.

Oh yes yes.
Art-angst is a familiar country to me- I know the lay of that dim and soggy land all too well.

I go through periodic dry spells- especially with my personal work, where I just seem to fall out of love with art-making and can’t think of anything I want to draw.
But I’ve learned over the last years that those moments are temporary; the feeling vanishes and inspiration comes again. 
Lack of inspiration and self-doubt are normal, but it’s important to know that they aren’t the final word on your career as an art-maker. 

When that happens, I do two things: One I call the Kiki Method (from Kiki’s Delivery Service). When Kiki loses her powers, her friend Ursula compares her experiences with painting and inspiration to Kiki’s magic:

I stop drawing. I take walks, look at the scenery, take naps, do nothing. Then after a while, all of a sudden I get the urge to draw again.”

There is more to life than art- than what you do- and it is important to remember that.

So take a break, let the pressure slip away- often art-block is the result of an overgrown feeling of responsibility, pressure and expectations of yourself: the fear of failure. You’re afraid you’ll make bad art, so you stop making any art at all.

But that’s the worst bit!
The only way through to making better art is by making the bad art first. All of it. You have to make every little bit of bad art that is in you before it gets better. 
Don’t be afraid- it’s okay to be not-amazing!

Which leads me to the second thing: give yourself permission to suck, and then push steadily ahead. 

Accept that every sketch you sketch won’t be the best thing ever- but make them anyways. Make them all, discipline yourself to sketch onward, fill pages with unviewable garbage. It will help, I promise- because you’ll be doing something, moving forward. And suddenly it won’t be about how you feel anymore, or whether you’re inspired. 
Sometimes it’s just about pressing on. 
Sometimes it’s about accepting as graciously as you can that you’re not the best- but that the only way to get better is to keep going- to keep not-being-the-best. I’m not the best either. You’re in good company :)
But don’t give up, whatever you do. Giving up is the only surefire way to make sure you fail. 

With all love: Hang in there- I know it sucks sometimes. Take a break, remember all the beautiful things and people you have in your life, then come back and move slowly, steadily forward. You got this.

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Wing harness for Segunda Etapa

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So instead of making new costumes this year I’ve been updating Segunda Etapa. I’ve redone or altered pretty much every part of this costume except for the gloves since I first wore it in 2011. Even though you can’t see it from this angle, there is still a tail. It’s just 8ish ft of tail bent in an S shape now as opposed to 13 ft of tail everywhere. 

So instead of making new costumes this year I’ve been updating Segunda Etapa. I’ve redone or altered pretty much every part of this costume except for the gloves since I first wore it in 2011. Even though you can’t see it from this angle, there is still a tail. It’s just 8ish ft of tail bent in an S shape now as opposed to 13 ft of tail everywhere. 

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Wabbit Season