Wednesday, March 26, 2008


This last month, I joined the Anthro Sketch Exchange community on LiveJournal. Basically, the idea is that a bunch of artists sign up for a certain month's exchange by posting a description and reference images of their original anthropomorphic or animal character(s). Then, at the beginning of each month, the names of those who signed up are mixed up and randomly redistributed. So each participant gets assigned someone else's character to draw. This is my first time doing it and I had a lot of fun. It's a great challenge, trying to adapt someone else's creation into your own style. This time, I was assigned Likeshine, a bright green martial eagle/cheetah gryphon. Likeshine is a very well-known character and artist in the world of online fantasy and animal art, so I was slightly intimidated, but really excited by the assignment to draw her. I sketched this out during my Archaeology class, during which I was obviously paying avid attention, and colored it in Photoshop CS3 when I should have been working on my research paper for Physical Science. I am the best college student ever. But I am pleased with the result of my procrastination. She's so pretty and shiny.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


I recently got the DVD of the musical Cats and watched it for the first time in years. I used to watch it all the time as a kid, so I had a lot of fun reminiscing about my childhood back home. I was on such a Cats high afterwards that I had to vent it off with some art. It's been a while since I did any straight-up digital art. I've been so busy with sketches for school and animations that I haven't had a lot of time to exercise my tablet. It feels good to just break out and do some personal art every once in a while. Ya know, the stuff that doesn't conform to an assignment or a deadline, but is done just because you want to do it.