Dwarven King Progress

While trapped inside with my little family, I’ve been making steady progress on the little dwarf bust I showed you a few days ago. This disease that has shut our society down, and which will cause suffering worldwide for a long time to come, does invite reflection, appreciation, and maintenance of the self. I’m thankful I have something creative to pour my efforts into in these strange and frightful times. I can say that I have enjoyed this project in a way I have never felt before.

I got the idea for the russet beard from a friend of mine. I would not have thought of that option myself.

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Forest Folk

My friend has been spending her Spring break drawing Pokémons for her kids, and told me her son was styling himself Professor Oak. I thought that was funny, so I drew him a flunky to boss around.

Meet the Sapling. He’s a very loyal aide to Professor Oak and always does his job with the utmost seriousness.

However…

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Lots More Knots

Work and life have been taxing lately, but these repetitive, process-driven drawings of knitting have been just what I’ve needed to mentally disconnect from the stresses in my life.

I can play around with texture and color, trying different approaches from one illustration to the next and seeing what effects I can create.

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Knot My Usual Drawing Subject

I’m not sure why, but I had a mind to draw a bit of knitting. My mom really likes to knit, and maybe I was looking at one of the hats she has given me. But I was suddenly seized with the urge to try out the texture of wooly clothing with my pens, markers, and colored pencils.

I drew this yesterday. The colors are mostly Copics (with a tiny touch of Prismacolor colored pencil). The pens are all Pigma microns, black, sepia, and brown. I really like it. I just like looking at it. I was very flattered when my daughter Cassie tried to feel the little bumps.

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A Few Drawings

I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to drawing lately but I did manage to get a few marks on the page in the last few days.

These are all just little things I did to keep myself happy. I try to find some opportunity for creativity even when circumstances conspire against it.

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Mushrumps for Granny

At last her search is over. Granny has found an incredible patch of all sorts of mushrooms! Perfect for her soup!

What have we here?

There are a few poisonous fungi in these woods, but Granny knows what’s good and what’s not.

She’ll never tell you where she found them!

My plan is to add a few animals to complete the scene, but I’m basically done with this fun project at last. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial on sculpting the mushrooms I have scattered throughout this diorama.

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A Couple of Weird Drawings

I haven’t enjoyed a wealth of inspiration lately, but I have knocked out a couple of strange little drawings.

Here’s a big scary monster full of teeth & tentacles. His maw seems to defy space, receding into some unaccountable place not occupied by an external body. Spooooooky!

This was a little drawing I did of a little burrow through the earth. It was really just a little exercise with a pen. I couldn’t figure out what to place at the opening, so I pulled out the colored pencils and drew a sort of cosmic warp storm or something.

It can’t all be happy little lichens and friendly fungus!