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August Art Dump!

So here we are again. Yet another month has gone by and more art has been made 😀

Since I consider many things to be art – painting, drawing, sketching, writing, music, theater, dance, film making – I would like to add other features to this art dump and all art dumps in the future. For this month, this means I will also be showing you the songs I’ve covered/made.

If any of these pieces interest you, feel free to check out the rest of my gallery here: BOOP (opens in a new tab). Thank You!

So let’s-uh go!

Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots

I wanted to make a poster – prints are available for purchase on my Deviant Art account! – so I played with the idea of the color red which these two have been very much promoting in their latest album Blurryface. Also, this was a commemoration of my obsession with the album. My all-time favorite track from it is “Message Man”. I can almost nail the rap.

Put me to sleep evil angel

Put me to sleep evil angel

I haven’t made too many artworks inspired by music this month. This is one of three. Inspired by “Evil Angel”, my favorite Breaking Benjamin song.

Ooh la love

Ooh la love

I referenced Marion Cotillard for this one. I like playing with geometrical, solid shapes so this was the time I discovered what I could do with boxes! Also, you may notice I’ve been playing with lighter colors, mostly greys and pastels. The song here is “I Would Do Anything For You” by Foster The People.

For you I'll always take a bullet

For you I’ll always take a bullet

The last of the music inspired pieces. This one is inspired by “Bullet” by Ryan Star. This is one of a few selection of songs that I can listen to on repeat, which is exactly what I did as I was making this piece, so that I might be inspired by colors that I hear and feel.

Lined

Lined

I love hatching and cross-hatching and if you may have noticed a LOONG time ago with my St. Leia piece during my Star Wars craze, I used a similar technique to create this piece. This time I went free hand because the line tool in Paint Tool Sai takes forever. Plus, you’ve gotta get it perfect since it is a tool for perfect lines.

While You're Sleeping

While You’re Sleeping

For this piece I used a photo reference to a picture my father took on a trek we took last year to Sapa in Vietnam. This month to me was all about mood and landscape so with that in mind, I wanted to create a more detailed landscape than usual with my signature minimalist style.

Sapa Valley

Sapa Valley

This is a less detailed Sapa. Just a bunch of clouds floating around.

Dragon in the sky I can fly twice as high

Dragon in the sky I can fly twice as high

What initially got me into landscaping this time around was this notion of giant creatures in the sky against a fairly normal scene. This is an electric pole outside my house with a bunch of crows perched on top. And I also like to find shapes in the things I see – I made a month-long doodle once because I saw a face on the bathroom ceiling – thusly, the might needle-toothed cloud dragon was created. And yes I realize it looks rather phallic.

A Gojira sunset

A Gojira sunset

The last piece I did in accordance with the landscape + beast theme. I shall do more upon the request of my buddies. This is Tokyo, and a picture that I took, thank you very much. So obviously, I had to put Gojira in there.

Three

Three

The last creature I made this month. These are three seagulls. With three eyes. In three red boxes. Using three colors: white, blue and black. Yeah, I’m very meta when I create. 😛

Kaya

Kaya

I was looking through an old sketchbook of mine and found a watercolor piece of Kaya Scodelario during my Skins phase – which is a great teen drama UK TV show if you don’t know – so I decided to redo it.

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

And one with Hugh Laurie because this face is priceless.

Wolverine

Wolverine

When I go through a creative rut, I recreate scenes and posters. This is what happened on this day.

Rogue

Rogue

And this day. Also, I discovered there was a Rogue Cut to Days of Future Past. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THIS?? If I could be any one of the X-Men it would be Rogue, so surely someone should have told me this >_>. In any case, I love Anna Paquin and I love her portrayal of Rogue.

Waking Up

Waking Up

And lastly for art this month, a self-portrait (I try to make at least one every month to let you know how I’m doing) in remembrance of the extreme lethargy I experience during the month of August. I stopped working out, I think I slept for forever and I would have gone the whole day sleeping if I could, and I started midnight-snacking which is no bueno. So I used by lovely pastels mixed in with some electric neons so that I can finally bloody wake up!

To end this post, let’s music!

Pretty self-explanatory. 2 covers and one original. The original was written as a song about loss, but in a way that’s aware that leaves you okay with yourself and the other person in the end.

PHEW! And that’s all the art I made this month. Stick around next month for another ginormous dump!

Echo out.

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Justice June – Week 1

I decided to take up another personal art challenge. This time, I’ve stretched it out to a whole month! A whole month of artsy shenanigans! Gah!

If you like anything you see in this post and you have a deviantArt account (though the second is not a requirement), then please go over to my dA page and watch my daily progress: EstherLR

So far, I have learned that sitting on a table is better for tablet use than sitting on a bed. Yes, every single piece of artwork you have seen before today has been made by the trackpad on my laptop. I am not ashamed to admit it though I do feel like a right derp.

And I have also learned that despite my preference for all things Marvel, I seem to know about DC so much more and am actually more excited to be drawing DC characters. Huh.

Day 1 - Batman

Day 1 – Batman

Day 2 - Nightwing

Day 2 – Nightwing (really don’t like this one…should probably redo)

Day 3 - Superman

Day 3 – Superman

Day 4 - Wonder Woman

Day 4 – Wonder Woman

Day 5 - Black Canary

Day 5 – Black Canary

Day 6 - Martian Manhunter

Day 6 – Martian Manhunter

Day 7 - Enchantress (I realize tomorrow is the 7th of June but I'm just too gosh darn excited)

Day 7 – Enchantress
(I realize tomorrow is the 7th of June but I’m just too gosh darn excited)

You can probably tell that after Superman I started to stick to one style.

My favorite one this week has got to be Martian Manhunter. I think he is my favorite character in the JLA team because 1. He’s not human, 2. Humans are such a mess, 3. The human form he chooses to morph into is pretty hot. 4. Green is my favorite color.

(Can you tell from the numbering that I’m reading Paper Towns?)

That being said, my other favorite due to technical reasons is Wonder Woman. I think I did a good job with the coloring and the background color combination (though I feel the same about Black Canary too). I also made the skirt longer because what she was wearing before was a diaper. And got rid of the heels. How does one in battle even??

So there you go! Stick around for another week, maybe?

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Star Wars Minimalist Portraits (Part 2)

Happy May 4th!

May the 4th be ever in your favor….wait, what?

I can’t believe I’ve actually done it. I stuck to my commitment of producing art daily. I’m so proud of myself! *pats self of back while no one is at home to see how pathetic I’m being*

So here’s my final installation. I gotta say, goal well-achieved. My primary goal throughout these two and a half weeks was to improve my skillz and I think I’ve achieved that. Hurray for improvement.

Enough rambling:

Leia

Leia

Master Skywalker

Master Skywalker

Boba Fett

Boba Fett

Darth Vader: Can you feel the love tonight?

Darth Vader: Can you feel the love tonight?

I was going to end this series with a portrait of Yoda but searching for reference pictures online just now, made me realize how creepy he looks and that I’d probably get nightmares tonight.

Until next time, my fishies! (I’ve decided to call you my fishies)

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Star Wars Minimalist Portraits (Part 1)

I’ve titled this “Part 1” but I’m still unsure whether I want to paint any more of these or not. I know I should since I promised myself I would until May the 4th. I think I’m just running out of characters.

Any character suggestions?

Obi Wan


Qui-Gon


Amidala


Darth Skywalker


Windu

And yes, I realize these are only characters from Episodes 1-3 but I’d already done a few of the older ones a week ago. Don’t worry, those will be done too 😛

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Too Much Art To Make!

I don’t know if anyone’s following my Star Wars art progress but I have been very very faithful to my word, making art every single day since last Saturday. Woot! Here’s the proof.

I thought I’d post the past four days’ worth of art – one for each day – all in one go so I don’t overwhelm you with single daily posts. If that makes any sense.

Also, I’m completely not a fangirl. I promise. I don’t ONLY paint Star Wars. The primary purpose of these paintings was and is practice. I’m slowly finding out the kind of art and the style I want to pursue.

Enough talk, here’s some art:

St. LeiaDarth Maul

Qui-Gon Obi Wan

Slowly but surely, I think I’m becoming a minimalist.

Thank you for your time!