A very special button for my Dragon*Con friends.
Neo made this INCREDIBLE button design for our Dragon*Con posse and I can’t wait to test it out! I love everything about this ;___; Dragon! Burger! Fries! PERFECT!
I’m gonna try my hand at making a button design of my own, but we’ll see if it comes close to this perfect cutie. I can’t wait to do test buttons tonight!
For anyone who doesn’t know, I’ll be at DragonCon next week with my husband, Neo, Neo’s husband, Soupgoblin, Soup’s brother, and Zyxxs and I CAN’T WAIT! AAAAAH!
Okay, stand back, everyone! This is a WHOLE LOT of doodles here! I suggest clicking on these each individually. There’s a lot to be seen on these little sketch pages.
This is a quick sampling of some doodle sheets done for the Wanderlust Tales project. The characters here are Baz the green dragon, Aardal the human (Baz’s rider), and Cradacoz their orc captive. I LOVE doodling like this! These are pages in one of my moleskine notebooks and I just fill them to the brim with little pen doodles. I was planning to hold these back until I could put them all in a sketchbook to sell, but I still have plenty left that no one’s seen, so why not share a few. The sketchbook versions will probably have some color splashed in.
So yeah, this is what character and story development look like for me. Lots of super tiny doodles XD I hope you guys enjoy them!
Reposting to my main blog so you guys can enjoy more Wanderlust sketches :D
And now for another edition of Dragon Expressions! :D Last time we saw a green dragon and a silver dragon display some pretty simple body language. This time I have a white dragon displaying some aggressive body language. (Please click to full view so you can see the details properly.)
On the left we see a common pose dragons use to indicate they do not wish to be approached. Their wings are curved around their body, creating a barrier to anyone approaching them. The tail is curled in front of the body to serve the same purpose. A dragon with a tail curled in front of their body in a sitting position like this is trying to keep you away. Also note that the dragon’s head is tilted up so as to avoid eye contact. This dragon has no interest in being social. Best to stay back.
On the right we see the dragon taking a more aggressive stance that says they are ready to fight. The wings are raised and ready to move as needed. The dragon’s front legs are spread wide and the back end has lifted off the ground. This dragon is ready to move! Also note that the head is down, the horn lowered, and the teeth are showing. All of these are unmistakable signs of an angry dragon. And note the tail curved around in front of the body. This is a left over warning from the “stay away” stance. Now this tail doesn’t just act as a barrier, it’s ready to be used as a weapon. Don’t press this dragon unless you’re ready for a nasty fight!
Okay, that’s it for this expression sheet. Up next I have some friendly gestures planned. If there’s any simple body language you might be interested in seeing, please feel free to suggest it and I’ll do what I can to include it in a future post! That sounds, fun, eh?
I posted this first to the Wanderlust Tales tumblr, but reblogging here for you all to see. More dragon expressions! You can go to the Wanderlust blog and suggest future expressions for me to draw if you like :D
Hey, how about some more Wanderlust Tales art! I spent some time this weekend doodling up some art of Berak, a lady orc ranger who will be part of the first story my husband dyslexicoedr is writing in our Wanderlust world. I haven’t really tried my hand with her gear just yet (I’m not always great at that stuff), but I at least wanted to feel out her basic body type. Also, her hair is supposed to be shaved down on the sides and braided down the middle. Not sure I pulled that off so well.
I tried some new techniques with my coloring in the bust sketch, but I still have a ways to go before I’m happy with my digital coloring. I do like the freckles I gave her, though :3 Freckle orc. Berak is a green orc, but there are other types of orcs in Wanderlust. My husband and I haven’t finalized all the info on the races in our world, so stay tuned for that, I guess. I’m jonesing to do some world building >:D
Berak will be featured in the Wanderlust story my husband is currently working on. It’ll be a short erotic story that we’ll put up for sale on Amazon.com once it’s finished. Hopefully we’ll make a script from that story and make our first Wanderlust comic off of it. Crossing our fingers!
Aw yeah, dragon art! Please click on these to see the bigger version. I’m terrible at resizing things properly for tumblr, so I included larger versions of the individual characters in case anyone wanted a better look.
So this is a bit of character doodling I did last night for the first story being worked on by my husband in our Wanderlust Tales project. Wanderlust Tales is a writing/art/comic project that my husband and I are working on at the moment. We wanted to do a series of stories/comics set in our version of a D&D/Pathfinder type setting. Most of these stories will be adult in nature. We really want to join in on the movement of making sex positive erotic work. We want our stories to be very positive and to cover many different types of sexuality and feature characters of all different genders and identities. We want to break out of a lot of the torpes in fantasy games that we dislike (example: orcs as savage monsters meant to be killed on sight). I won’t get too far into it here, but our goal is to do positive things with our storytelling and art.
The main theme for these stories is…dragons. No surprise there, eh? In this world a lot of dragons spend a part of their lives living among humanoid people. From about age 20 to age 200 many dragons feel what they call The Wanderlust which encourages them to leave their family nest and spend time wandering the world. Dragons naturally know how to shapeshift and many choose to spend their Wanderlust in a humanoid form. Sometimes they tell companions about their draconic nature, sometimes they don’t. It is these adventures that shape the dragon as a person. And so, these stories will all feature dragons, in some form or another, living through their Wanderlust years.
The character featured above is Tolin, a brass dragon bard. My husband dyslexicoedr is writing a story about him meeting a lady orc ranger at the moment. This is just a first pass at the character based on some character concepts I commissioned a while back from thoughtsupnorth (you can see him here). By the way, if you ever have a chance, you should definitely commission this artist! They are amazing and I love every bit of art I’ve ever commissioned from them!! Anyhow, Tolin is a young brass dragon who’s set off on his wanderlust and is eager to meet new friends. He spends his time as a skinny human to contrast his natural form, a bulky brass dragon.
These are just some quick sketches I whipped up last night, so please forgive the roughness of them. My coloring skills need work ^^; Up next I’ll have some doodles of his companion, the lady orc ranger. Enjoy these for now!
Also, I have a journal where my husband and I will eventually start uploading things for our Wanderlust project. It’s http://the-wanderlust-tales.tumblr.com/ for those interested. There’s nothing there yet, but sooooon!
So, my studios first big game is gonna be hitting Steam for sale on Friday. This is such a big deal for all of us at the studio and I am so excited to see the response. If you want to check it out, this is the link to our steam page: The Sun At Night
VERY excited about this! :D I worked on this game for almost 3 years with a very small team and seeing it arrive on Steam is a huge accomplishment! We had two animators plus one artist drawing background assets. I did a couple of the background assets, but my job was mostly managing the team. My husband was the lead programmer and he and his team did awesome work too. And lets not forget the designers, writers, and producers (who could all be counted on one hand XD). Labor of love from a small team. I hope you guys will check it out this Friday!
You’ll want to click to expand the above image. There’s a bunch of detail that didn’t really show up great at smaller size.
This is just some doodles I did to explore some dragon body language. I’m trying to explore the idea that dragons, having different bodies, don’t use the same gestures and body language that humanoids do. This set is me exploring some gestures with their wings using a sitting green dragon and laying silver dragon as examples.
Dragons take up a lot of space and flexing their wings allows them to occupy even MORE space. To me, a dragon pulling its wings close to its body is a way of indicating that it is willing to let another dragon or creature/humanoid approach it and enter its personal space. The two gestures on the left mean “You may approach me.”
It takes but a second for a dragon to expand and mark out its personal bubble of space. A flexing out of the wings is a way for a dragon to say “Hey, please stay away. Give me my space.” Laying it across the ground when reclining or extending it out to the side when sitting is what’s depicted above. There are other things a dragon can signal by flaring out its wings, but this is just a basic example.
I’m going to try to do a whole set of these when I have the time. They were a lot of fun and I feel like there’s a lot more body language to explore! This is just a touch of world building for my Wanderlust Tales project I’m working on with my husband. It’s mostly about dragons :D DRAGONS!
I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly. :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy! You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through. You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way! Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!
Love your art, love yourself!
I was actually going to write a long post about this yesterday, but this lovely comic sums up all my points perfectly! Artists, please read this! It can be hard to break out of your bad “my art sucks” habits, but you gotta try. I used to do that ALL THE TIME, but a few years ago I made a conscious effort to change and I feel my art is much better for it. It’s not easy, it’ll take practice, but it’s worth it. Love your art!
DRAGONS! This is a bunch of dragon faces I banged out to make stickers out of. I saw that Moo.com was having a sale and I thought…well, what the heck! I love stickers and I love dragons and it was time to put the two together. In actuality, I’d like to eventually make a Patreon and I might be testing out things to send patrons >__>
Be sure to click on the pics to see them larger and more detailed. I’m super rusty on my digital coloring, so this is also practice. I’m slowly getting better. I kind of wish I could have found better background colors, but color picking isn’t my strongest suit. The range of tone and contrast will be good for this test run, though. You never know how they’ll end up looking when printed.
Anyways, enjoy dragons! I might eventually sell sticker sets if people are interested. Until then these will decorate my sketchbooks and be tossed at friends as gifts :3