Month of Monsters: Syphilitic Sylvester - Drawing Process

I thought I would mix things up today. Instead of just heading straight to the finished monster, I felt like sharing my drawing process in the hopes that it's either helpful and/or mildly interesting. The first step is figuring out the creature design. If I were doing a larger piece, I'd probably take some time to play around with a few ideas on a scrap piece of paper or in Photoshop. Often, the sketch is redone several times until a desired design is found.

Yeah, that looks better. Let's try this design.

Now it's time to clean up the drawing. Yay! The monster is taking shape.

Now it's time to throw down some ink. Nice, but it needs some details and line variation.

Oh yeah, now we're talking. He's definitely got a skeezy vibe going on now.

And the finished monster in all its syphilitic glory.

 

Original art for sale. SOLD

 

 

 

 

Wrapped

"Some day you too will wander the wooded wastes, wrapped in your own tattered hopes and fears." She said.

"With each step you will feel your bindings tighten their grip." She said.

"With each other step you will feel your bindings falling, tattered, to the forest floor, soiled and left behind." She said.

She shuffled back into the barren trees of winter, white hair and white wrappings fading, and becoming one with the white bark.

As for myself,  I turned my attention back to the Boreal chickadee I had been admiring a little while before; a new species for my life list.

 

30 Characters Challenge: Days 23-30

As of last night, I completed my first time participating in the 30 Character Challenge. When I started, I wanted the use the project as a push to work on my humanoid drawing skills. Well, it was a good thought, but as you can see from this last set, I drifted back to the land of monsters. At any rate, I still think I accomplished what I set out to do even with this lapse in focus. I feel like my skills have improved over the month, and I am more confident in sketching out human forms without references. Also, completely unexpected, I learned how to use the pen tool and as a result, I have taken my first steps into the land of vector illustration. So, all in all, I think it was a good challenge and one that I would be happy to repeat next year and recommend to others looking to push themselves creatively. You can see my full set of characters at the 30 Characters Challenge website.

And thus, with a dapper octopus, the challenge is complete!