After many months... a thing

Hey! Long time no write. Constant schoolwork and general lethargy on my part have meant that drawing time is few and far between; however, I managed to rise up from bed to make another concept of a flower-themed hero design I've had in mind for a while.

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This design is of one of my characters who I draw often, a delinquent named Maurice. He's one of those characters I go to whenever I'm stuck.

Previous attempts at the same design:

So yeah, it's inspired by amaryllis belladona. I'm thinking of making the costume match the color of the flower better.

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Til next time,

Mariel

Ted Naifeh's Princess Ugg + more of nothing

I've finished Ted Naifeh's Princess Ugg recently and I thought it was pretty cool. I'd read a couple of his Courtney Crumrin novels before and liked them a lot so I'm not surprised that I also enjoyed Ugg.

The story's pretty basic: it's about a strong and somewhat violent princess who's living alongside some vapid, well-kept princesses so she can learn to be a "true princess".

However, I like that Ugg is attending the classes so she can keep her mother's promise to find a new way of life: learn diplomacy vs. continuing the war back home for another thousand years. (I also felt for her while the other princesses would make fun of her. When I was young, I used to be bullied myself by other girls for acting too 'butch' or 'manly'.)

Still though, Ted Naifeh's art skill is what draws me in. His line work and watercolours are so beautiful. I guess I can be kinda vain when it comes to art but I tend to like comics with well drawn people (facial expressions and body language). Kinda random but I especially love that he draws men as pretty as his women characters. (Also that Ulga is short and beefy! It's not something you see often in works created by dudes).

Somewhat related: I really hoped that the live-action Wonder Woman was stocky and beefy too. I wasn't able to see the movie because $$$ but I'm of the opinion that Gal Gadot just wasn't muscle-y enough for the role... When I look at her I don't really see a warrior goddess but a physically fit runner-athlete? However, that's an unpopular opinion for another day (or lifetime).

Princess Ulga and Princess Julifer

Princess Ulga and Princess Julifer

(Also reading the artist bios at the end of the book, it says that the colorist for Princess Ugg, Warren Wucinich, lives in the same town as me?? Which is pretty cool! If I wasn't so nervous I'd probably try to say hello... haha;;;)

 

 

Anyway, as for drawing, I've only been able to manage doing some studies here and there. I notice that I've not been good at varying hairstyles so I used the UK Hairdressers site to practice some.

Since I was practicing hairstyles and textures, as well as improving my speed, I was happy with these results.

Since I was practicing hairstyles and textures, as well as improving my speed, I was happy with these results.

Also played some Tales of Zestiria and fell in love with Mikleo so yeah

Also played some Tales of Zestiria and fell in love with Mikleo so yeah

Guess that's it for today. I'll probably update this blog twice a week? Depends on if I have anything to say haha. Anyway, til next time.

Mariel