Daily Creativity: Rory as a Union Soldier – Union Dragon
Tek and I visited Gettysburg before going down to Balticon. I highly recommend this trip, it has changed so much since the last time I really explored there, twenty years ago. The roads are paved, there is this auto tour you can buy (in CD form now but there is an app in Beta) and they built some overlooks. All while preserving the integrity of the historical site.
We learned a lot we didn’t know. Even having studied the Civil War I missed a lot of things that I learned on this visit. I was inspired to paint Rory as a union soldier. Artillery of course. I’m thinking the war might have been won faster with Dragons on the Union side, but it would have been a very different war.
I started painting this at Balticon, doing some work on the few moments I wasn’t on a panel or getting my 5-2-1. I finished it when I got home. So yes this does break the rules of Daily Creativity as it took more than one day to finish, but in the time total it wasn’t more than I would spend in a day, I think. I am pleased with how it came out and had Tek check my work with the depiction of the enfield riffle Rory is holding. I painted some dirt on his uniform and fur, and tried to make it look dirty. Faded blues too. I’m really happy with how this piece came out. I may be the only person who wanted to see Rory as a soldier, but it marks this trip for me.
This Peppermint Pony was a commission by the same person who commissioned the Penguinaut last year. This is for the new knitting team name. When I was given the inspiration of ponies of course my mind went one place. I did this with markers because I wanted the color to be bright and cheerful. Thanks to Tek for reminding me to add a cutie mark. I had almost forgot and I knew something was missing. This doesn’t count as a Daily Creativity piece because I this is the result of many sketches that I dismissed before settling on this one, and it took longer than a day to make. Still, Daily Creativity has become the label and tag I post most of the art under, so I feel like it still fits into that tag. Ink on paper.
Who doesn’t like a chocolate bunny? Rory loves them. Concluding this year’s lent I finish with a pice of the world’s cutest dragon enjoying the spoils that often we avoid during lent. Growing up we always had a really good chocolate bunny in our basket. It was something that was a big treat because it was always fine chocolate. Unlike our Christmas Santa, this bunny wasn’t hollow either. The question always was, do you eat it all on Easter? Or do you savor it over time? A word to the wise, don’t savor too long, opened chocolate goes bad. Plus there is the added risk of a sibling finding where you hid your candy and eating it on you. With 8 siblings, this was always a danger. I chose to savor though, and often too long and had to throw away turned chocolate. At least the jelly beans were plentiful. Markers and Ink on Bristol.
Breaking the Fourth wall is the concept I had while drawing this. I wanted to see if I could play with perspective enough to make it look like Rory was moving through this space realistically. Realistically for a cartoon dragon that it. Originally it wasn’t going to be colored in, but halfway through I changed my mind. Which wasn’t the best because I didn’t draw this on marker paper, I drew it on regular sketch paper, so the ink bleed a bit. I tried to clean it up after scanning and by using my colorless blending marker. Ink on Paper.
Daily Creativity: AKA Rory – Jessica Jones Rory Mashup
Jessica Jones is an amazing character but figuring out how to have Rory portray her was a bit difficult. Unlike many other superheroes Jessica doesn’t have a real costume, and anyone could be rearing jeans and a biker jacket, right? So I styled this one after the cover style I most think of when I think of the Alias & following comics. The washed out watercolor look. If you are a fan of the Netflix show you will notice that the opening credits also makes a nod to these covers. I posed Rory similarly but had to put more defined green for him so it was clear who was in Jessica’s spot. Watercolor painting on paper.