Aikido Mice was inspired by tonight’s activities. Along with some other members of our Dojo we dojo stormed a neighboring dojo about an hour and a half away. We were invited to attend classes to celebrate their 20 year anniversary. It was amazing, as always. Also there were 4 dojos in attendance. We just had so much fun and I’m still hyped up. Also, their juniors reminded me of mice.
Daily Creativity: We all need a protector. Rory to the rescue
Protector Rory is keeping his friends safe with his stance and this big umbrella. This didn’t work out as I had planned. I was working with a new supply of paper that was given to me, I didn’t expect too much from it, but since I wasn’t planning to layer too much I thought I would be safe. Well one layer in and the paper started to tear. It is actually worse in person, I touched up the worst tears after scanning it in. The paper isn’t even good for writing, since it is so textured. So I flipped it over and think I can use the back as practice sheets for lettering. Sadly, this supply is a bust. Let that be a lesson to me, don’t use untrusted brands.
With all this talk about Disney buying parts of Fox there is the discussion, does that mean the Xenomorph is a Disney Princess? So of course I had to draw that. I’m not sure if the Alien franchise was part of the deal, but it is enough for me to be a big ‘ol geek about it. Colored pencils on paper.
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.