Sketchclub: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

I seriously don’t know how I found time to work on plushies and draw during the *same week*! I guess when I’m super duper busy, I find a way of packing in a lot of stuff at the same time. I dunno. lol. But I think the main reason why I participated this time is because of the theme. This week was Edward Gorey’s “The Gashlycrumb Tinies“, which is one of my favourite books of all time (as well as one of my favourite artists of all time)! I was so motivated to draw stuff for it, that I topped my record and drew 3 pieces! :O (The Sketchclub is even thinking of putting a book together if we do the whole alphabet, but I don’t think we’ll get that many entries.) It was a lot of fun working on this theme, and I drew while watching some of my favourite movies (Labyrinth, Neverending Story, and Mirrormask). It was weird drawing my own versions of this story because I think Gorey did an amazing job on the book, and it would be near impossible to make any new version even come close to the amazingness that he’s done.

Anyways, here they are:

Z is for ZILLAH who drank too much gin.
This one was my first, and favourite piece, and the one I spent time putting extra detail into. I know that Zillah looks older than a child, but I had so much fun drawing her long legs and little feet, that she just became older. 😛 I added a Sweet Madness Doll into the pic for fun… it’s like dolly tea time! ^_^

C is for CLARA who wasted away.
Clara was fun to draw. I tried using sharp shapes in this one. I like how her hair looks like it’s shriveling up and dying.

M is for MAUD, who was swept out to sea.
I tried to make Maud look like a little French girl. ^_^ I thought about going for a Hokusai type wave (which is one of my favourite pieces of art of all time), but since it was my last drawing, I got lazy and didn’t bother even putting any detail into it. 😛

I drew everything in my sketchbook with a light blue pencil. The colour was altered later, in Photoshop. When I’m drawing, I can already see the colour of certain things before there’s colour there (for instance, Maud has brown hair, she’s wearing a white & navy blue outfit, and she has a bright red ribbon tied around her waist). As I was working on each piece, I already knew the colour theme I wanted to change it to. I decided a on monochromatic scheme because I suck at digital colouring, and I figure that this is the easiest thing to do, and I think it looks nice. (It’s also a style I first tried out with the Leprechaun I drew back in March.)

Sketchclub: St. Patrick’s Day

Boy did I sure fall off the Sketchclub boat! >_> I’ve really been meaning to participate, but I keep forgetting. So this week I tried to make an earnest effort, and I actually came up with something. So, here’s my little leprechaun with his pot of gold:

Sketchclub: Santa

This week’s theme for Sketchclub was “Santa”. I drew him up the night before the challenge was due. (I should really give myself more time to do these!) I was thinking about what Santa would look like if I made him into a stuffed animal, inspired by the simplistic Santa design in the 1964 stop-motion movie: “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Sketchclub will start up again in the new year, so I will try my best to keep drawing in my spare time.


Sketchclub: Peter Pan

These are my first set of drawings for a weekly Sketchclub I’ve decided to join. The theme this week was “Peter Pan”, so I drew Peter & Hook, one of the mermaids and my version of Tinkerbell. I haven’t drawn in years, so I thought this would be good motivation, and a good opportunity to get some practice. It’s my first time colouring in a sketch using Photoshop. It was fun being able to splash colour across the character. It was also really nice to draw again. Although I feel extremely out of practice, and I’ve lost a lot of knowledge of anatomy, volume and shape… I know it’ll come back, but it’ll take time. I just have to keep drawing. I hope to have enough creative inspiration to keep drawing for Sketchclub every week. ^_^