It just occurred to me that instead of uploading EVERY single piece I did in 2020 to this new account, or at least the ones I feel are essential would flood how much artwork it seems I'm producing in this new year. So instead, I'd like to share my work in a news post.
2020 was a difficult year as I was restricted to only taking classes at home - essentially meaning that any art assignments I had at home also required me to sit in the same space I have and influence myself with when creating the art that I may be a lot more passionate about. However, through loads of experimentation and a realization of what I want my art to look like (most of the time), this was also the year where I felt the most comfortable with a style. This "news" post is meant to take you through some of the posts that I was the proudest of this year and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
January 6th: The Librarian (Barbara van Courtland)
Painted, digitally, completely out of the blue during a discord call - The Librarian was meant to be a quick idea of a college catgirl that also interns as a librarian. After a friend suggested that I should make a fursona, I thought of giving her the name Barbara van Courtland. While I do like this piece, I don't think I have any interest in using this character further.
March 1st: Happy Birthday Chun Li!
Meant to be a quick piece in celebration of one of the most iconic faces in fighting games and video games in general, this portrait marks the first time I used a new brush that I created in SAI2. Although I wanted to capture aspects of Kinu Nishimura's art style, I wanted the lining of my illustrations to capture the look of my pencil marks in traditional sketches.
As I've posted this work already, I'll link to it instead of showcasing it here.
These two are my favorite pieces of 2020, so I felt as if I had to talk about them even though I also posted them separately. I feel like these works were an evolution of the kind of work that I could create, while also being a significant step forward in what I want my art to look like. For a long time, I've wanted to draw or animate to tricot's music, and these improvised pieces, although I did use reference, is meant to capture the feelings I have when I listen to tricot's music.
When it came to Fleming, I wanted to capture the moment of a young adult pouring out their feelings through screaming and music. For this piece, I had to take a picture of myself holding a broom, as I don't have a guitar.
For QFF, I felt the song was very romantic in its tone, but also about a toxic relationship within its lyrics. Thus, I wanted to capture a woman that was distanced from a lover, while seeped in poison - represented by the purple background. This one had a lot more improvisation in its creation, especially when drawing the hair.
I'll post my Meet the Artist and the illustration after it in a separate news post.
With this being a request, there really isn't much to say. However, I did want to experiment with capturing an entire scene instead of a character within the void of a solid color background.
Since I've gone into full detail on this project I did for school, I'll link to my Twitter post about it instead!
Not even gonna sugarcoat it, I drew her because I thought she was hot and badass. Sometimes you don't need any more of a reason to draw a character.
December 29th: Travis Touchdown (NMH3)
With No More Heroes coming to Switch and new information of No More Heroes 3 being revealed late last year, I felt like it was time to challenge myself by drawing a character that I felt like would be very hard to draw. Honestly, I'm very happy with the results, aside from his mouth.
And with that, that's all I really have to showcase for 2020! There are other works that I created, but this is what I was most proud of. However, I'm already working on various new pieces for this year that originally got their start in 2020. I can't wait to share them and grow more as an artist this year.
Thank you for reading.