Creature Card #30
Today would be a close second for the busiest day of my year so far. It was one of the most exhausting. I really notice the drain when I don't get my daily nap with Kaleb lol. I don't sleep as much at night since I get a nap but without the nap I'm hurting. Today I was able to get in to see the va dentist on an emergency basis. They are trying to treat me while my referral is still in effect. If I used regular appointments they are so booked up I wouldn't get any work done in time. This morning I got fitted for a mouth guard, received two fillings, and a deep cleaning all before noon! They will have me back in a week or so to get about 4 more cavities filled and make sure the mouth guard fits nicely. Needless to say, by the time we got home I was exhausted, but I had to work on my card :) I have been wanting to make an an angry face. I've never been good at anger faces. I find them to be particularly complex. I pulled out my facial expression and cartooning books and worked and worked. I tried to make it with an open mouth but that was a failure, so I transitioned to the angry snarl with a closed mouth. Honestly there are parts about it I like and parts I'm not entirely satisfied with, but for a first time angry face I feel pretty good. It was hard to keep my eyes open and the exhaustion of the day made the card harder to draw. I noticed while I was drawing that I kept scrunching up my face to try to feel the expression as if my face would make the drawing better. Whenever I post the cards I see details I would still work on, like I could have sunk the eyes in more, but when one is making something new every day there isn't a lot of time to perfect it. I have to accept them as done without getting the chance to stare at them for hours like I do on my portraits.
I'm a little concerned about the smaller ATC standard cards. I will start them tomorrow and give it a try for at least all of February. They are dramatically smaller and I will be inclined to work on them like I do on my miniatures. Extreme details takes a lot of time and is challenging, normally in a fun way. I'm hoping to conquer the intimation factor and make some good work. We will just have to wait to see how it turns out :) Thanks for stopping by.
Final bid 500 credits. This card is going to Idaho.
1/31/2012 03:13:46 pm
I think teeth showing would have made him look angrier
1/31/2012 03:50:14 pm
The goal was pure anger. I think the teeth would have helped as well. I was having trouble keeping the anger away from a smile. This one has more of a snarl with disgust, disdain then just pure anger. It's a very tricky emotion to capture for me. But I do have lots of practice ahead to try it again :) I think I'm going to try a different emotion every day in February and see how that goes.
2/1/2012 06:30:25 am
in that case, will you do love on valentine's day?
2/1/2012 09:41:16 am
I thought about the concept more today and I don't think I'm going to do the month of emotions part. There isn't a love in my book, some emotions are a combination of lots of things and without any context they can be very difficult to achieve. Plus I don't want to stray too far from the creature concept. When I do the road gets bumpy. I'll probably work on something starting with a heart shape on Valentines day lol :)
2/1/2012 03:00:16 pm
heart shape works!
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.
When searching for a creature use the specific name or number only for best results.